Winchester Police arrested two males after they attempted to take tires from Firestone on Valley Avenue. On Sunday, March 29, 2015, around 1:30 a.m., an officer was patrolling in the area of 2100 Valley Avenue when he saw two individuals inside the rear gated area of Firestone. The males were seen attempting to take tires from the fenced area. James Graham Deering, 26, of Richmond was arrested and charged with burglary with the intent to commit larceny and conspiracy to trespass. James Williams Edwards, 33, of Richmond was charged with larceny, conspiracy to commit trespassing, and possession of marijuana. Both males were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where they were held without bond.
The North West Virginia Regional Drug Task Force is working jointly with the United States Postal Services Inspectors Office to crack down on drugs coming into our area by mail.
On March 19, 2015 Drug Task Force agents intercepted a package containing 16 pounds of high grade marijuana addressed to 400 Pin Oak Lane in Winchester. Agents with the Task Force and USPS Postal Inspectors Office arranged for a controlled delivery to occur at this location. After the package was delivered agents executed a search warrant and seized the 16 pounds of marijuana with a street value of approximately $64,000. Jeffrey Alan McCoy, 33, of Winchester was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On March 24, 2015 Drug Task Force agents and the USPS Postal Inspectors Office intercepted a package containing about 10 pounds of high grade marijuana. The package was being sent to an individual at 2491-30 Martinsburg Pike in Stephenson. Agents arranged for a controlled delivery, executed a search warrant, and recovered 10 pounds of marijuana. Juan Pablo Flores, Jr., 25, of Stephens City and Barbara Lynn Foley, 49, of Stephenson were arrested. Flores, Jr. is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Foley is charged with possession with intent to sell more than five pounds of marijuana. A further investigation led agents to an address where Flores resides at 301 Sherando Circle in Stephens City where an additional search warrant was executed and agents discovered $19,000.
On March 26, 2015 Drug Task Force agents including representatives from the Winchester and Shenandoah County Offices initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route 37 just prior to the Route 11/Interstate 81 interchange in Kernstown. Agents discovered about three pounds of marijuana in the vehicle with an estimated street value of $12,000. David Allen McDaniel, 26, of Woodstock was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. A further investigation led agents to 1040 Dicks Hollow Road in Frederick County. Agents, along with deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at the residence and located about one pound of marijuana and $10,000. Travis Bryant Newcome, 24, of Frederick County was arrested and charged with distribution of more than ½ ounce of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
All of these cases remain under investigation by Drug Task Force agents.
The Winchester Police Department is investigating an armed bank robbery that happened at BB&T at 2082 South Pleasant Valley Road. Around 11 a.m. a white male entered the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded money. The suspect is described as being in his late 40s to early 50s, wearing a black V-neck t-shirt, blue jeans, a green jacket, a black ski mask, and an orange glove on his left hand. It appears from surveillance pictures that the male has a beard. The male left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen heading south in the parking lot on foot.
A Winchester Police Department K-9 Unit responded to the scene and attempted to track the suspect, but was unable to locate him.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Detectives with the Winchester Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested a Winchester man following an investigation into two breaking and enterings at the same business. Bernardo Lee Lewis, 55, is charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering. On August 24, 2014 Hopscotch Coffee Roasters on Millwood Avenue was broken into and money was taken. On September 23, 2014, the same business was forcefully entered and a laptop was stolen. An investigation linked Bernardo Lewis to the crimes.
Lewis was arrested on March 12, 2015 and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. He has been released on bond.
These incidents remain under investigation and other charges may be pending.
A Winchester woman was arrested this morning after a stabbing that happened in the 100 block of Holliday Drive. Winchester Police responded to the call around 10:48 a.m. When officers arrived on scene they discovered a 27-year-old male from Winchester with a puncture wound to his right upper arm. The male was taken to Winchester Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation determined the stabbing happened after an altercation.
Kathryn Teel, 30, of Winchester was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where she is being held without bond.
A Winchester grand jury indicted Nija Johnson, 18, of Winchester Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge. Johnson is charged in the death of her 6-month-old daughter Natalia Johnson. On January 20th around 1:30 p.m. officers responded to the 600 block of Sherlock Trace in reference to a baby in cardiac arrest. The infant was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she later died on January 23rd.
An investigation revealed Nija Johnson caused the death of Natalia. The investigation is ongoing and the details of the case will be released during court proceedings.
Nija Johnson was arrested just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the first block of Raleigh Court following the direct indictment. She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted person. Isaac Henry Burns, Jr., 27, of Winchester is wanted for eluding police, capias, and probation violation in Winchester. He is also wanted out of Staunton, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Isaac Burns is asked call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Tips called into the Crime Solvers Hotline led to the arrest of a shoplifting suspect. The Winchester/Frederick/Clarke Crime Solvers Hotline received around 25 tips last week after the Winchester Police Department released a surveillance photo of a suspect in a felony shoplifting. Jeanette Marie Barrett, 37, of Inwood, West Virginia was arrested around 4:30 Monday afternoon. Barrett is charged with one felony count of shoplifting.
Winchester Police Officers responded to Kohl’s, located in the 2100 block of South Pleasant Valley Road, around 5:30 p.m. on January 19th in reference to a shoplifting. A white female could be seen on surveillance cameras taking around $300 worth of jewelry and then leaving the store. She left in a grey four door sedan with a West Virginia license plate.
The Winchester Police Department would like to thank the public for its assistance in identifying the suspect in this case.
On Sunday, January 25th around 7:30 p.m. Winchester Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of Amherst Street in reference to suspicious persons. Officers began investigating and made contact with the individuals at the business. Officers discovered numerous chemicals and other evidence inside of their vehicle that were consistent with a mobile meth lab. Agents with the North West Virginia Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Vivian Sophia Howard, 31, and Ian Kirkwood Finch, 26, both of Winchester were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
An investigation revealed that Howard and Finch had gone to several locations and attempted to purchase Pseudoephedrine. After they had been denied the purchases, they were in the process of trying to get other individuals to buy it for them. Pseudoephedrine is a common cold and allergy medication that is used in the production of methamphetamine.
Through the investigation it appeared that some of the chemicals found were used in previous mixtures to produce methamphetamine, however, the mobile meth lab was not active at the time law enforcement were in contact with the two suspects.
**The mugshot for Ian Finch was not immediately available. This post will be updated with his picture once it is received.
The Winchester Police Department is investigating several incidents of breaking and entering that occurred at All Points Self Storage located on Shawnee Drive. On January 11th at approximately 10:45 a.m. officers responded to the business after it was discovered several locks had been cut off of storage units. It is believed this incident occurred during the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday. A total of 75 storage units were entered.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.