Alissa Skelton, The Virginian-Pilot

Alissa Skelton

The Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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Past articles by Alissa:

How Trump Republican Tim Anderson beat out Chris Stolle for GOP nomination in Virginia Beach

Tim Anderson became the Republican pick for the 83rd House District by getting involved in numerous political and racially polarizing issues to attack Democrats. → Read More

Advocates oppose Virginia Beach housing project because it would institutionalize people with disabilities

Local advocates are encouraging city officials to cut ties with the project because they say creating an isolated housing community only for disabled people goes against best practices. → Read More

Families and victims of Virginia Beach mass shooting still looking for closure 2 years after the tragedy

For the workers and families impacted by the tragedy, the time that has passed since the mass shooting has been excruciatingly difficult. → Read More

Virginia Beach will appeal court ruling that deemed its voting system illegal and discriminatory

The court will ultimately determine the type of election system the city will have going forward, but the judge is allowing each side to submit proposals for consideration. → Read More

Floatopia’s possible return raises fresh concerns for Virginia Beach neighborhoods on Chesapeake Bay

Civic leagues along the Chesapeake Bay are concerned that could happen again this weekend after seeing a "Floatopia 2021" event posted on social media before it was removed or made private. → Read More

Virginia Beach Oceanfront bar to become police station

The 2,100-square-foot space is located at 2110 Atlantic Avenue, which has been occupied by the bar called The Boxx. → Read More

Virginia Beach officers who shot mass shooter in 2019 named in commonwealth attorney’s report

In a Friday letter, Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle said he completed his review of the shooting and determined the officers were justified in their use of deadly force. → Read More

Virginia Beach council approves budget: Drops real estate taxes and gives significant raises to police, fire and EMS

The council found a way to decrease the real estate tax rate further than had been previously proposed during last week’s public meeting. → Read More

Before she died, a Chesapeake woman scheduled a surprise delivery to her friend

Mary Fallon wanted to make sure her friend felt special on her wedding anniversary. → Read More

A single mom took down Virginia Beach’s discriminatory voting system — and she’s not done yet

Latasha Holloway was motivated to stand up to the city after she said she discovered her son, who has special needs, was being locked in a secluded room during the school day. → Read More

Woman seriously injured while skydiving in Suffolk

An unidentified woman landed on top of an aircraft hangar near the 1200 block of Gene Bolton Drive where Skydive Suffolk is located. She sustained serious injuries. → Read More

1 person died in single-vehicle crash on Oceana Boulevard in Virginia Beach, police say

Police believe speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in an early Saturday morning fatal crash on Oceana Boulevard. → Read More

Virginia Beach law enforcement could get 8.5% raises — first responders, too — under city budget proposal

The mayor and vice mayor said raises will help recruit and retain the best public safety professionals in today’s competitive job market. → Read More

5 weeks after Oceanfront shootings, victim’s family still doesn’t have answers

Deshayla Harris was one of two people killed during a Friday night out at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on March 26. → Read More

An Armada Hoffler company has 3 more years to develop plans to build a high rise in Town Center

The City Council voted 9-2 on Tuesday evening to extend an agreement that gives Town Center Associates first dibs on developing the 1.4-acre property. → Read More

Additional clinics in Norfolk and Virginia Beach will offer COVID-19 vaccines to people without appointments

Norfolk will offer Pfizer vaccines to people without pre-scheduled appointments in the Campostella neighborhood on Saturday. Starting Monday, Virginia Beach will also begin offering same-day COVID-19 vaccinations, as available, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. → Read More

Pharrell Williams attends funeral of cousin killed by police, calls for Virginia Beach to do better

Donovon Lynch’s life was honored at 9:45 a.m. at Wave Church on Monday. → Read More

Virginia Beach police arrest three more people associated with Oceanfront shootings

The police said they have recovered 14 firearms during the investigation of the three shootings that took place at the Oceanfront on Friday evening. → Read More

Virginia Beach City Council will hold special meeting to discuss Oceanfront shootings

The 1 p.m. briefing will be held at the Convention Center as police continue to investigate the three shooting incidents that unfolded in the Oceanfront resort area over the weekend. → Read More

Virginia Beach must change the way it elects local leaders after Northam signs law

Starting next year, Virginia Beach will no longer be allowed to have a voting system where district representatives are elected by all voters across the city. → Read More