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Voter guide: Overview of 2017 races for Virginia House of Delegates districts in southern Virginia Beach and constitutional offices

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will choose executive branch officials for the commonwealth, local constitutional officers for Virginia Beach and members of the Virginia House of Delegates in local districts. The latter races include three… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach sheriff

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for Virginia Beach sheriff to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited, and they appear in the order of the candidate’s names… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival arrives this weekend; meet the dignitaries

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Frank Davis started participating in the Pungo Strawberry Festival, including overseeing parking, back in 2002 – about a year after the retired Navy master chief joined the sheriff’s office, initially… Continue Reading

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Inmate dies in Virginia Beach city jail; foul play not suspected

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – An inmate died in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to the sheriff’s office. The inmate was identified as Francis Phillip Charrette, 57. He was booked on Sept. 21 on a… Continue Reading

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At Virginia Beach jail, a garden program for inmates with mental health issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The sheriff’s office in June began Operation Green Thumb, a program that aims to improve the wellbeing of inmates with mental health issues through periods of work in a garden located outside the jail. About 400… Continue Reading