Virginia Beach Fire Department receives state award for training technology

VBFD scommand staff and training staff at the event Saturday (Photo courtesy of VBFD)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Beach Fire Department received a state award for its incident command simulation lab — a technology used for fire service training. The fire department received the Governor’s Award for Excellence Saturday during a fire training conference at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. “[Incident command] simulation training has permeated all levels of our […]


Hampton Roads Sports Commission gets $5,000 for tourism marketing

Photo courtesy of Jarrett Campbell's Flickr

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Hampton Roads Sports Commission, an amateur athletic events organization  with ties to Virginia Beach and Norfolk, will get $5,000 for marketing from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the grant on Feb. 22, and HRSC is one of 260 state tourism partners that will be impacted by a total of $772,000 awarded […]


Juvenile shot Saturday in Virginia Beach, police say

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VIRGINIA BEACH — Police are investigating a Saturday night shooting involving a juvenile, according to a Virginia Beach police news release. Police identify the victim as between the ages of 14 and 17, according to the release. Authorities received a call for a gunshot wound at 9:31 p.m. in the 1200 block of Peace Square at the Friendship […]


‘Bruce did not have to do this’: Hundreds march Atlantic Avenue supporting a full, independent disparity study

Gabriel Diaz, lead singer of Reggae band United Souls, led the march with a megaphone. (Justin Belichis)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Hundreds marched 40 blocks from the Rudee Loop lot to 40th Street and 16 blocks back to 24th Street Saturday afternoon in an attempt to make waves supporting a full, independent disparity study to be conducted in Virginia Beach. “Women, minorities, small businesses and working class families have been disenfranchised and left without […]


Man in custody after standoff that shut down Norfolk streets

Donald Smiley (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office)

NORFOLK — A man is in custody early Saturday after a standoff with police closed sections of 30th Street, 31st Street and 32nd Street Friday evening, according to a Norfolk police release. Police say Donald Smiley, 48, is charged with one count of abduction and could face charges for domestic assault. The victim was taken to Sentara […]


Sailor dies after being shot by security at NAS Oceana

police tape/crime scene

VIRGINIA BEACH — A U.S. Navy sailor died after being shot Friday night at NAS Oceana by a base security officer, according to spokesperson Jennifer Colaizzi. A security officer encountered the sailor on base and shot him because he feared for his and others’ safety, according to Colaizzi. The sailor was then taken to the hospital, where he […]


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