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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.

Police Pursuit Ends with Two Arrested

May 08, 2014

The Winchester Police Department arrested two people early this morning following a pursuit through the City.  Just after midnight officers were in the 800 block of Berryville Avenue when they saw a male pull his vehicle into the middle of a parking lot, rev his engine, and start doing doughnuts in the lot.  When officers attempted to pull the car over, it left the parking lot, travelling westbound on Berryville Avenue toward Pleasant Valley Road at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle continued through the City running a red light, nearly causing a crash, and eventually came to a stop in the

May is Adult Abuse Prevention Month

May 07, 2014

The recent passing of Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney reminded us not only of his storied movie career but of his courageous public acknowledgement that he had experienced financial exploitation at the hands of a trusted family member. “If it can happen to me, Mickey Rooney, it can happen to anybody,” Rooney told a U.S. Senate committee in 2012.
And it does.

City of Winchester Schedule During 2014 Bloom

Apr 28, 2014

With the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival this week, the City of Winchester will modify several services and schedules to accommodate Festival events and to minimize traffic impacts.
City Offices
Most City offices will be closed to the public on Friday, May 2nd, but employees will be available to assist customers by phone until 12:00 pm.  However, if you’d like to make a bill payment (personal property taxes, real estate taxes & utility bills), please place your payment in the box outside Rouss City Hall or pay online.

Eagle Scout makes donation to Winchester Fire & Rescue

Apr 25, 2014

This week, Anthony Damico, an Eagle Scout with Troop 22 in Stephens City, donated five knot boards he made to the Winchester Fire & Rescue Department as part of his final requirements to become an Eagle Scout.

News You Need to Know for the 2014 Bloom

Apr 24, 2014

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, the area’s greatest springtime celebration, begins with the Bloomin’ Wine Fest on Friday, April 25, and continuesthrough Sunday, May 4. This year commemorates the 87th anniversary of the Festival. As always, safety is our number one priority during the Bloom. There will be a strong presence of police personnel at events throughout the week.