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One Virginia Beach elementary misses accreditation

VIRGINIA BEACH One Beach school will fail to make full accreditation this year, Superintendent Jim Merrill told the School Board on Tuesday evening. It is the first time in four years that any Virginia Beach public school won't be fully accredited, the state Department of Education's measure of school performance.

Cities in Hampton Roads join in National Night Out

PORTSMOUTH Communities across Hampton Roads and the country are kicking off block parties and motorcades to raise awareness of crime.

Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Neighbors are turning on porch lights and meeting with police as part of the event.

Former Chesapeake assistant principal will stand trial in January

CHESAPEAKE -- A new trial date of Jan. 13, 2009, has been set for Wesley Earnest, the former assistant principal at Great Bridge High School accused of killing his estranged wife.

Obesity risk detectable at age 2, local study finds

NORFOLK Chubby cheeks and dimpled arms may be dismissed as baby fat in a toddler, but a study of local children suggests pediatricians need to raise concern about weight for tots as young as 2. That's the age the new study tags as a "tipping point" when children who become overweight start putting on more pounds than others. Some begin outpacing peers even earlier.

Portsmouth police investigating copper theft from elementary school


Police are investigating a case of copper theft from an air conditioning unit at an elementary school.

The copper was removed from the unit at Portsmouth Catholic Elementary School some time between 10 p.m. on July 26 and about the same time the next night, said Ann Hope, police spokeswoman. The school is located at 2301 Oregon Ave.

Beach police release names of men arrested in robbery

Two Virginia Beach police officers witnessed a robbery Monday evening at a motel, then arrested three suspects, police said.
The officers were on patrol near the Wayside Motor Inn, 400 S. Military Highway, and noticed a suspicious vehicle with its headlights off, said Adam Bernstein, a police spokesman.

State police identify passenger who died in crash on I-64

State police have identified a Hampton man who died after a crash yesterday on Interstate 64 at Camp Peary.

Freddy Pineda was in a car that was headed east when the driver fell asleep and the car left the road and went into the woods and hit a tree, said Sgt. Michelle Cotten, state police spokeswoman.

Chesapeake police say man ran illegal business in storage units

CHESAPEAKE Police accused a Portsmouth man Tuesday of running an illegal scrap metal business out of two side-by-side storage units big enough to hold a couple of cars. Copper, aluminum siding, steel and other metal packed the space, where people received cash in exchange for the commodities since mid-July, police said.

Work to close Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake for several weekends

CHESAPEAKE The Gilmerton Bridge will be closed for four weekends for repairs, according to the city.

The work, which will take place in September and October, will begin at 8 p.m. each Friday night and end at 5 a.m. each Monday morning, according to a city news release.

Newport News police plan special patrol for National Stop on Red Week


Police are planning a special patrol tomorrow afternoon to stop red light runners in conjunction with National Stop on Red Week.

Traffic and patrol officers will conduct the special patrol 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., according to a police news release.

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