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Beach city council votes unanimously to continue studies into getting light rail

Virginia Beach, Va.– Update: The light rail ordinance was approved by city council in Virginia Beach on Tuesday night to continue studies into getting the Tide in the city. The vote was 10-0.

This ordinance will authorize the use of all reasonable efforts to support the financing and development of the Tide. 

Virginia Beach city council is going to vote on whether to continue pursuing the light rail in the resort city tonight.

Under their agenda is an ordinance to authorize the use of reasonable efforts to support the financing and development of the Tide.

On Election Day, Virginia Beach voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum that supports studying the Tide.

It’s estimated the Tide will cost 800 million dollars.

Man arrested in connection to Beach vandalism cases

Police have arrested Theodore Olsen in connection to several cases of vandalism in a Virginia Beach neighborhood.

Neighbors on Loveland Lane found the damage over the weekend. It’s in a neighborhood near Dam Neck.

People’s cars were spray painted and some had windows smashed out and even siding on one of the houses was covered in paint.

Police say Olsen was arrested at his home last night.  It turns out he is the neighbor of those he is accused of vandalizing.

He’s currently facing two charges destruction of property and violation of a protective order.

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Va. Beach neighborhood gets unwanted paint job

Officials say Beach woman allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend died from strangulation

(Tune in now for the latest) Update: According to Virginia Beach police, a Beach mother of two who was killed allegedly by her ex-boyfriend died from strangulation. 

Police are still investigating this case. 

Virginia Beach, Va. - Police say 29-year-old Jamiel Graves killed his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Mandi Myers. She was a nurse and a mother of two.

Police still have not released a cause of death or where she was found in her apartment. 

According to Virginia Beach police, Graves stole a car and gun from Myers’ house,  although they believe the stolen weapon wasn’t used in the murder.

Najee Walker, a neighbor, says he heard banging coming from the apartment next door on Sunday night, where Myers lived with her two young daughters.

“We thought it was her kids, just running around, we heard screaming, but not mutilation screaming,” says Walker. 

Five cats perish in burning Virginia Beach home

Virginia Beach, Va. – Five cats have died in a house fire in Virginia Beach early Tuesday morning, officials tell NewsChannel 3. 

Battalion Chief James Ramsey with the Virginia Beach Fire Department says the call came in at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Crews responded to the 200 block of Stancil Street, and the fire was contained by 1:58 a.m. The home is located in the Princess Anne Plaza area.

According to Battalion Chief Ramsey, crews arrived to find heavy smoke throughout the home, and two rooms were severely damaged.

The fire has been ruled as accidental, due to “unattended cooking”. Officials say the occupants of the home were transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 

Crews say a total of 13 cats were inside the structure; five of them died in the fire. No working smoke detector was in the home.

Firefighters did not suffer injuries, officials say.

FDA suspends plant after salmonella outbreak

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — U.S. regulators shut down a New Mexico nut-processing facility Monday after the plant was linked to an outbreak of salmonella earlier this year.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to suspend the registration of the Sunland, Inc., plant in Portales, New Mexico, comes after health officials traced the June outbreak to nut butter produced at the facility. In a statement announcing the move, the agency said it would reinstate the company’s food facility registration “only when FDA determines that the company has implemented procedures to produce safe products.”

Beach police investigate death at Indian Lakes Apartments

Virginia Beach police are conducting a death investigation. 

Police were on the scene in the 1500 block of Hiawatha Drive in Virginia Beach at the Indian Lakes Apartments on Monday. 

NewsChannel 3 is working to gather more information about this case. 

We will update this story as soon as more details are released.

Beach police search for two men wanted in connection to home invasion robbery

We’ve learned new details about a Virginia Beach home invasion and robbery. Police are now looking for Teon Capel and Deron Snow in connection with the crime.

They say just after midnight on Wednesday, the men went into a Pickering Street home and fired several rounds.

They’re facing several charges.

If you know where either man is, take action against crime and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.