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Man Arrested for Stealing Jewelry

Jun 20, 2014

A West Virginia man was arrested Thursday afternoon for stealing jewelry out of local residents’ homes.  Jayson Thomas Music, 33, of Bunker Hill, is charged with obtaining money by false pretense and grand larceny.  An investigation revealed Music was stealing money out of homes he was entering to work on residents’ cable. 
On Thursday detectives conducted two search warrants and a substantial amount of jewelry and jewelry boxes were located.  Detectives believe some of these items may have been stolen during unreported incidents.

Council to Take Work Sessions to Community

Jun 13, 2014

Beginning June 17th, City Council will hold all work sessions (3rd & 4th Tuesdays) at a Winchester elementary school in an effort to reach out to the community and encourage more citizens to attend Council meetings.  This new format is a trial run and locations have been scheduled through September 23, 2014.  Future dates will be announced if Council decides to continue holding Work Sessions outside of City Hall after September. 
The below meeting schedule represents the dates and locations determined thus far:






Millwood Avenue Blasting

Jun 13, 2014

Beginning Friday, June 13, Shenandoah University’s contractor, Perry Engineering, will begin installing a large storm drainage pipe in University Drive between the basketball and tennis courts as a part of the Millwood Avenue Improvements Project.  Due to the existing rock that must be removed to install this pipe, the contractor will be performing some minor, intermittent drilling and blasting through Monday, June 30.  

Register Your Moped Before July 1

Jun 02, 2014

The Winchester Police Department wants to remind local residents that the deadline for moped owners to register their vehicle is approaching.  Virginia law will require mopeds be titled and registered by July 1. 
The titles are $10 and the annual registration fee is $20.25.  These new requirements will allow law enforcement to better track mopeds that are stolen and/or used in commission of a crime.

Zero Pak Update #3

May 31, 2014

The fire at Zero Pak was finally extinguished this afternoon with minimal damage to the building.  Chief Baldwin expects to be able to clear the scene by 6:00 pm.  No more injuries were reported.
To extinguish the last remaining flames that were hard to reach, the command staff (including Chief Baldwin), manufactured a device on scene using a radiator hose and a clamp.  Firefighters are now applying foam to the area to ensure the fire doesn’t rekindle. 

Zero Pak Fire Update

May 30, 2014

The fire at Zero Pak is on-going but the firefighters are making headway. They have regrouped and re-entered the structure after better ventilating the area by cutting a hole in the side of the building. More companies from outside Winchester (Warren Co., Berkeley Springs) have responded because it is now considered a 4-alarm fire. Others are on the way: air guard from Martinsburg, Halfway, MD, and Frederick, MD.  The fire has been extinguished on levels 1-4 and they are currently working in levels 5-6.

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.