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Three-alarm fire at Zero Pak on-going

May 30, 2014

Units from Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County and Mount Weather have responded to a three-alarm structure fire at Zero Pak around 12:30 pm today.  The 9-1-1 call was received at 12:23 pm and Winchester Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene at 12:28 pm and saw smoke coming from the roof of the multi-story center portion of the structure. Other than a small demolition crew, the building was vacant. The fire continues to burn as there is currently no safe way to get to the location of the fire. 

VA Enterprise Zone seminar coming June 5th

May 30, 2014

A VA Enterprise Zone (VEZ) seminar is coming to Winchester on June 5th.  This training session is being offered to educate businesses, property owners and investors about 14 local incentives and two state incentives available to them as part of the VEZ program.
Thursday, June 510:00 am and 2:00 pmGeorge Washington HotelSponsored by: Yount, Hyde and Barbour

Nominations Being Accepted for 2nd Annual Valor Awards

May 30, 2014

An officer who had shots fired at him by a bank robber, firefighters who ran into a burning home in an attempt to save lives, and a citizen who saved the life of a passenger by pulling him from a burning car.  These are three examples of heroic actions that were honored last October during the inaugural Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Valor Awards Ceremony. 

Two Injured in Stabbing

May 23, 2014

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  Just after midnight officers responded to the first block of South Loudoun Street in reference to a possible stabbing.  When officers arrived on scene they found a 42-year-old Winchester man who had an injury to his face.  An investigation determined there was a second male, a 21-year-old man from Myrtle Beach who had gone to the hospital for injuries to his abdomen.  An investigation determined there was an argument between the two victims and another male.  The suspect stabbed the victim

Get educated about pool safety

May 22, 2014

Winchester Fire & Rescue urges the community to take the time to get educated about pool safety to prevent a tragedy from occurring.  Each year, too many children become victims of drowning and non-fatal submersion injuries. Other families experience close calls when a child has a submersion incident or near-drowning and requires emergency room attention or hospitalization. Some children are permanently brain damaged by these incidents.
According to the CPSC 2013 Pool and Spa Submersion Report:

Phone Scammer Poses as Winchester Police Officer

May 22, 2014

The Winchester Police Department wants to warn local residents about a scam that involves phone calls from people pretending to be Winchester Police Officers asking for money to pay back taxes.  On May 20th the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a resident who received several phone calls from a phone number with a 717 area code.  On one occasion the caller identified himself as being with the IRS.  On another call the individual said he was a police officer for the Winchester Police Department, but he would not provide a name or badge number.  The caller told the vict

Heroin Action Committee Meets

May 21, 2014

On average every nine days someone in our area dies from a heroin overdose.  The statistics show that heroin is an epidemic in our community and efforts are being made to combat the deadly addiction.  This morning a Heroin Action Committee meeting was held at the Timbrook Public Safety Center.  In attendance were those who committed, during an April heroin summit at Shenandoah University, to partake in designing and executing a plan to address the problem.  There were 23 people in attendance representing law enforcement, parents, educators, treatment professionals, legislators, businesses,

Winchester Woman Charged with Prostitution

May 20, 2014

A Winchester woman was charged with prostitution Monday during an undercover operation by the Winchester Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.  Patricia Louise Bridges, 28, of Winchester posted an ad on an Internet site.  Monday afternoon she came to a location in the City and exchanged money for sexual activities.  Bridges was released on a summons.
Winchester Police are hoping the recent increase in prostitution arrests will curtail this activity in our area.\\
 

Do You Know the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule?

May 19, 2014

National Lightning Awareness Week is June 22-28 
Summer is on the way, and that means summer storms are, too. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur in the summer months when people are caught outdoors during the afternoons and evenings. Reduce your risk with these safety tips:
If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter – a substantial building or a metal-topped vehicle with windows up.

May 18-24, 2014 is EMS Week

May 16, 2014

May 18-24, 2014 is the 40th annual National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week which celebrates and honors the hundreds of thousands of EMS practitioners serving our communities across the nation. This year's theme is "EMS: Dedicated. For Life."
“When Americans find themselves in times of crisis — from car accidents to national tragedies – our robust network of EMS professionals ensures that quality medical care is only moments away.  This week, let us RECOMMIT TO SUPPORTING EMS personnel and thanking them for their heroic contributions to our lives.”