On December 23, 2018, at 10:53 pm, the Winchester Police Department (WPD) responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of Smithfield Avenue. Once on scene, officers located 40-year-old Jerry Wayne Reid, Jr. inside of his residence suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. Winchester Fire and Rescue units transported the male to the Winchester Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.
Below is the City’s schedule in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:
1. City of Winchester government offices will be CLOSED: December 24-25 and January 1
2. Refuse and recycling schedule:
The City will hold a public input open house on Monday, December 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm to solicit feedback from residents and community partners concerning the next Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief. City residents, organizations and business owners are invited and encouraged to attend.
On December 7, 2018 at approximately 9:21 a.m., the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) responded to a possible structure fire at 200 Bellview Avenue, where heavy smoke was seen exiting the eaves of the residence. Once on scene, firefighters discovered an active smoldering fire in the attic. The call was then upgraded to a structure fire.
Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed former Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief, Frank Wright, as Interim Fire and Rescue Chief. Chief Wright will serve for approximately three months as the City completes the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief.
The City has hired the recruiting firm, GovHR USA of Northbrook, IL, to manage the national recruitment process which will include the following:
For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Winchester has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its FY19 Adopted Budget document.
Click here to view the press release from GFOA and details about this prestigious award.
The funeral for Winchester Police Officer Hunter Edwards who was killed in a single-car crash as he responded to a call on Saturday is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at 11 am. The funeral, to be held at the Winchester Church of God, is exclusive to the Edwards family, friends and acquaintances, law enforcement personnel, and authorized media representatives. Community members interested in showing their respects to Officer Edwards, his family and the Winchester Police Department are encouraged to do so on the procession route following the funeral.
The following funeral arrangements have been set for fallen Winchester Police Officer Hunter Edwards:
Thursday, November 29
3-5 pm and 6-8 pm
Winchester Church of God
2080 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603
Friday, November 30
Winchester Church of God
*Open to law enforcement personnel, and family, friends and acquaintances of Officer Edwards ONLY
On November 25, 2018 at approximately 3:10 p.m., the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) responded to Shamrock Laundry, 71 South Braddock Street, in order to battle a fire that originated in one of the laundromat’s dryers.
During the incident, residents of the second floor living space were evacuated. There were no injuries to residents of the building, patrons and personnel of the business, or WFRD personnel.
On November 24, 2018 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Officer Hunter Edwards, 30, was involved in a single vehicle crash on West Jubal Drive in the City of Winchester that took his life. Officer Edwards was responding to a call of a fight just a few blocks away on S. Loudoun Street. Officer Edwards is survived by many family members including his wife, Tara Edwards, and stepson.