At 12:43 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to 433 ½ N. Loudoun Street for a report of a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene at 12:46 pm and could see smoke coming from the first and second floors. The two occupants of the home, one adult male and one adult female, self-evacuated and the male was transported to the Winchester Medical Center with minor injuries. The fire, which was confined to the kitchen, was extinguished in seven minutes (12:53 pm).
City residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the following Halloween events again this year:
Wednesday, October 30: Winchester Police and Fire & Rescue Department’s Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat
Candy, games, prizes, face painting, fire truck and police cruiser displays, McGruff the Crime Dog and more at Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company (2210 Valor Drive). Held rain or shine. In inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Shawnee station.
Thursday, October 31: City-wide Trick-or-Treating
Begins at dusk and ends at 8:00 p.m. No rain date.
The City of Winchester is now accepting registrations for the 15th INSIGHT Citizen's Academy (canceled in 2005 and 2013). Since 2004, INSIGHT has provided local residents an opportunity to discover their city through interactive, hands-on activities and to gain exposure to the wide range of government services, programs, functions and challenges.
Winchester Public Schools (WPS) has been awarded the 2019 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grant totaling $480,714 in federal funds over a two-year period. The funds will be used to improve security at city schools in partnership with the City of Winchester Police, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management Departments.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) is reminding residents of some tips for safeguarding their homes and property after seeing an increase in residential break-ins. Over the past month, WPD has responded to 13 homes for reports of burglary. In comparison to the first eight months of 2019, the Department saw an average of four incidents per month.
The following safety tips can help protect your home and belongings:
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its third-annual Color with a Cop event on Tuesday, November 5 (Election Day) at two locations:
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and the City of Winchester will open the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The program will take applications ONLINE ONLY from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The website to apply is vhda.apply4housing.com.
Who Can Apply?
The Housing Choice Voucher program provides decent, affordable housing to very low- to low-income individuals and families, including people with disabilities and senior citizens.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has launched an awareness campaign titled “Fight the Fraud Inferno” in order to educate residents about how to safeguard their personal information and protect their finances. From January 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, the WPD received over 250 calls regarding reports of fraud and potential scams. Many reports of fraud cannot be investigated by local police, because scammers are difficult to track down and often live outside the United States.
Drug Landscape Shifts as Opioid Crisis Continues
Source: Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
Law enforcement officials in the Northern Shenandoah Valley are seeing an influx of methamphetamine in the area. This year, more than 3,000 grams of methamphetamine have been seized by the Northwest Regional Drug and Gang Task Force. The methamphetamine that is being seen in the area is crystal meth, also known as “ice”, and there is a concern about the dangers of meth-related crimes due to the often aggressive nature of those using the substance.
The Winchester Police and Fire & Rescue Departments will host the annual Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The event will be held at the Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue station, located at 2210 Valor Drive in Winchester.