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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.”

Public input needed on Comp Plan Revisions

May 15, 2014

The Winchester Planning Commission will host a public input meeting on proposed revisions to the Winchester Comprehensive Plan 2011. The revisions are primarily focused in the West Central Planning area, and include, but are not limited to, potential location of a new John Kerr Elementary School and other land use recommendations along the planned extension of Meadow Branch Avenue.
What: Public Input Meeting - Proposed Comprehensive Plan Revisions

City's Memorial Day Schedule

May 14, 2014

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the City’s schedule on Monday, May 26th is as follows:

National Police Weekend

May 12, 2014

In 1962 President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  It’s a time to pause and honor police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  National Police Week this year runs from Sunday, May 11th through Saturday, May 17th.  This week the Winchester Police Department remembers Sergeant Ricky Timbrook.
On Wednesday, May 14th the 11th Annual Police Memorial Service will be held at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy at 10 a.m.  Fallen officers from our area, including Sgt. Timbrook, will be honored during the ceremony.  

Three Charged with Prostitution

May 09, 2014

The Winchester Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has been conducting undercover operations aimed at arresting those who are arranging meetings online to engage in sexual encounters.  The following three people have been charged with prostitution.
Gabrielle Turner, 30, of Winchester was charged on May 5, 2014
Natalie Ellison, 27, of Winchester was charged on May 6, 2014
Deja Collins, 24, of Dallas, Texas was charged on May 7, 2014

Residents Report Damage from a Bear

May 09, 2014

The Winchester Police Department’s Animal Control Unit is receiving calls from residents regarding a bear in the area.  Officers have received reports of bird feeders that have been destroyed.  On Thursday the police department received a call from the 1900 block of Harvest Drive where a resident reported that several trees and bird feeders were damaged.  Officers determined the damage was caused by a bear.