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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.

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.

Keep Your Prescriptions Out of the Hands of Others

Apr 23, 2014

This year 11 people in our area have died from heroin overdoses.  Experts say an epidemic of prescription drug abuse is fueling a spike in heroin use.  Heroin addiction is a community-wide issue and local law enforcement agencies, spearheaded by the Winchester City Sheriff, are calling on residents to help in the fight against a deadly addition.  We can all start by cleaning out our medicine cabinets this week.  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following collection sites in our area.

Community Walkabouts to Improve Safety in Neighborhoods

Apr 14, 2014

Winchester City Officials will be doing community walkabouts in an effort to improve the livability and safety of our neighborhoods.  Each Thursday at 3 p.m. officials will be walking along different streets and blocks to identify any problems so they can be addressed at an early stage.  We want our neighborhoods to be an attractive place where people want to live. 
City departments that will be represented on the walkabouts include the Winchester Police Department, Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, Planning and Zoning, and Inspections and Code Enforcement.

World Explorer Obstacle Course returns June 7th

Apr 09, 2014

On June 7, 2014, area children ages 5-12 can jump, dash, weave, crawl, balance, and slip slide around the world in Winchester Parks & Recreation’s 3rd annual  World Explorer Obstacle Course.  This fun competition, which will take place in Jim Barnett Park behind the War Memorial Building, will test each child’s skill, agility and speed with 10 country-related obstacles (Italy, England, Antarctica, USA, France, China, Switzerland, Ecuador, Russia and Ethiopia).  Held rain or shine.

Dog Park to receive upgrade thanks to donation

Apr 07, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Winchester Parks Foundation has received a generous donation for dog park improvements from the Elizabeth C. Clarke Foundation. This year’s donation will allow Winchester Parks & Recreation to add doggie playground equipment (nine activities) and two picnic tables with shade structures.   The dog park is located in Jim Barnett Park.

Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run Passes through Winchester

Apr 03, 2014

The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Virginia will pass through Northern Virginia Region 6 on Tuesday June 3rd, as runners make their way to Richmond for the Summer Games.  We would like to invite YOU, the community, to run with the Law and help support Special Olympics!  The Region 6 run will commence at the Old Town Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will pass through several areas including Cork Street, Washington Street, Handley Blvd., and south on Valley Avenue towards Kernstown to the Virginia State Police Barracks.