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April 27, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011 3:45pm

Bond Revoked For Man Charged In Hit and Run

After reportedly purchasing alcohol at least four times at a Virginia Beach ABC store on the date of his release from custody, Mark Richard Tietjen’s bond was revoked at the request of the Commonwealth.

Tietjen, 37, has quite a driving record including multiple DUI’s, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and speeding.

Tietjen’s was granted a $25,000 secured bond on March 17, 2011 by Judge A. Bonwill Shockley after Tietjen appealed Judge Randall Blows decision to deny him bond on March 2, 2011. Judge Shockley ordered Tietjen to remain alcohol/drug free and refrain from driving.

He is currently being charged with Hit and Run-Personal Injury involving an 11-year old girl. The incident occurred on February 9, 2011.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 25, 2011.


Monday, April 4, 2011 4:15pm

Jury Recommends 48-years Behind Bars For Double Shooting

After a six day jury trial Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney Harvey L. Bryant stated that 32-year old Isidro Loredo Amaya was found guilty of First Degree Murder, two counts of Use of a Firearm and Aggravated Malicious Wounding in the shooting that occurred late last year.

Based upon the evidence provided by the Commonwealth the events leading up to the death of Florentino Martinez-Melendez on December 26, 2010 are as follows:

At a trailer located on the 1100 block of Virginia Beach Blvd. several people were gathered including Isidro Amaya and Jorge Loredo. The group was playing a card game when a fight broke out amongst them– Amayas brother being involved in the dispute urged Amaya and Jorge to “go get the gun.” Amaya returned home to retrieve the weapon and upon returning to the trailer fired four shots; three at Florentino Martinez-Melendez and once at Modesto Martinez-Melendez. Florentino died at the scene.

The Virginia Beach Police arrested both Amaya and Loredo on the 1800 block of the Virginia Beach Blvd after they tried to flee the scene. The firearm used to shoot both victims was found in the vehicle.

After hearing the case in its entirety the just recommended 48 years of imprisonment.

Amaya will be formally sentenced on July 18 of this year by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien.

Amaya is said the serve his sentence and be deported.

On August 9 of 2010 a jury found Loredo guilty of voluntary manslaughter and unlawful wounding.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011 3:05pm

Man Confesses to Attacking Woman on Oceanfront

40-year-old Stephen James Franklin of Chesapeake, Virginia pleaded guilty to charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Unlawful Wounding in the Commission of a Felony.

Franklin confessed to attacking a young woman walking along the beach near the Resort Hotel and Conference Center off of Shore Drive. The incident happened around 2a.m. on August 21, 2010.

The woman was cut on the left side of her throat with a sharp object and tackled before a nearby resident heard her screams and came to her aid causing Franklin to flee.

Franklin was later arrested and confessed to the attack.

His sentencing will take place on August 16, 2011.


Friday, April 8, 2011 11:00am

Black Bear Sighted in Virginia Beach Oceanfront Area

At approximately 10:50pm on Thursday, April 7 the Virginia Beach Police received a 911 call reporting a bear-sighting on Mediterranean Avenue near 9th Street.

The bear was last seen near Cooke Elementary at the intersection of Baltic Avenue and 13th Street around 2a.m.

Officers have not yet located to bear.

This incident follows a series of bear-sightings in the past 48 hours including the areas of London Bridge and the Pine Ridge subdivision.

Residents are urged to call 911 if they see a bear and to keep a safe distance away. Do not attempt to feed, approach or attract the animal.


Monday, April 18, 2011 8:30am

Free Self-Defense Workshop

The Virginia Beach Police Department and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation are teaming up to host a free self-defense workshop called “The Best-Defense.”

This class is specifically targeting those ages 12 and up. Participants will learn about crime prevention, personal safety tips, how to escape dangerous situations and increase awareness of the environment.

Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, preferably loose and no jewelry. A guardian must be present for those under the age of 16.

Instructors of the Virginia Beach Police Department will be supervising the event.

Registration is required by May 7, 2011. The class will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1-4pm at Bayside Recreation Center.

For more information on “The Best Defense” contact MPO Let Krieger in the Crime Prevention Unit at (757) 385 1324.

Participants can register online at for class #101284

or by calling any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.


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