ECSC will be 6-star rated surfing event in 2012

Story by Laurie Simmons, WTKR Reporter

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It’s been 50 years in the making.

“It will be, hopefully with the weather cooperating with us, the largest action sports event on the east coast,” said organizer D Nachnani of Coastal Edge.

The East Coast Surfing Championships, a Virginia Beach staple since the early 1960s, just got a big boost for its 50th birthday celebration – it will be moving up from just a four-star rated tournament to a six-star rated tournament.

This means some big names in surfing will be competing for bigger prize money.

“We will see a lot of people that normally don’t compete in the pro division be here for the money and the points, it’s a big deal, because Virginia Beach doesn’t really get this type of attention very often,” said Wes Laine, former pro surfer.

And those bigger names will draw bigger crowds.

“The rooms we secured on the Oceanfront for the event are already filling up. To give you an idea, we expect over 300,000 people to come to Virginia Beach,” Nachnani added.

Businesses like Waterman’s Grille, located right next to the site for the surfing championships, can’t wait for what’s to come.

“Huge weekend for retailers, restaurants, hotels, means a lot to us,” said Mike Standing, owner of Waterman’s Grille. “This is the biggest draw I believe for the Oceanfront, for the city, for the entire year, because it attracts all different types of people.”

But this event is not just about money, – it’s also about showcasing the rich surfing tradition and heritage that has grown over generations in Virginia Beach in what is now the longest continuous running surf event in the United States.

Former pro surfer Wes Laine says, “Families who have generations of kids, parents, and grandparents who have competed in the event and still do, it’s lots of fun to see them down there.”

Event coordinators have even invited President Obama to attend. He has an invitation, and his own board if he chooses to come.

According to, the ECSC will be held in Virginia Beach from August 20 – August 26, 2012.

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Suffolk woman arrested for exposing herself to police officers

By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

A gesture performed by a 38-year-old Suffolk woman caused police to make an arrest on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at approximately 3:27 p.m. Suffolk police officers responded to a fight in progress in the 100 block of Charles Street.

When officers arrived, they saw a group of people arguing in the street.

Police say as an officer approached the group, a woman bent over in the middle of the street and pulled her shorts down to expose her buttocks to the officers on scene.

Suffolk police later identified the woman as 38-year-old Temple Kearney. She was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

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St. Patrick’s Day Checkpoints in Virginia Beach

By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

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According to Beach police officials, Virginia Beach police officers arrested 2,541 individuals for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs in 2011.  Of the 26 fatal crashes that occurred in 2011, ten involved alcohol or drugs.

In anticipation of the number of people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week, officers from the Virginia Beach Police Department will be conducting numerous traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

These checkpoints and saturation patrols represent the police department’s efforts to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads of Virginia Beach. Those traveling in and around Virginia Beach may see message boards reminding them to celebrate responsibly.

‘Partygoers’ that decide to drink should make arrangements to have a designated driver to ensure they return home safely.  They should also keep in mind that officers will hold multiple saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the weekends before and after St. Patrick’s Day.

“The Virginia Beach Police Department takes a serious stance on addressing impaired driving and wants all citizens to arrive at their destination safely,” officials say.

For those drivers that have vehicles parked in one of the Municipal Parking Lots located at the Oceanfront at 2nd, 4th, 19th, and 25th Streets or Rudee Loop and realize they have had too much to drink, please be reminded of the city’s “Do Not Tow” program.  To avoid having your vehicle towed, simply contact any police officer at the Oceanfront or call 757-385-5000 to avoid having your vehicle towed.

Woman charged with DUI after hitting Virginia Beach police car overnight












By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer


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A Virginia Beach police officer has been involved in an accident in their police cruiser.

The crash happened early Wednesday morning at the intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and First Colonial. Injuries are reported.

Police say the officer was hit by a drunk driver.

The driver was charged with DUI and also hit-and-run. Police say she attempted to run from the scene, but was apprehended.

The driver’s name has not yet been released.

NewsChannel 3 has a crew on the scene.


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One person dead in Chesapeake morning house fire

By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

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A man has died as a result of a house fire this morning in Chesapeake.

According to Michael Thibeault, Assistant Fire Marshal for the Chesapeake Fire Department, fire crews were called to the 800 block of Dorcas Road at 7:43 Tuesday morning in response to a house fire.

Crews arrived and found a single story structure with heavy smoke showing. Crews forced their way into the home, and discovered an unresponsive male inside the home.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say the fire was under control at 8:06 a.m.

Crews remain on scene and are still investigating.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.