Dog Owners Warned of Parvovirus Outbreak

Parvovirus PupThe Winchester Police Department’s Animal Control Unit is warning dog owners of an outbreak of canine parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly infectious disease that can be deadly for dogs. It is believed that a group selling puppies during an event held on the Loudoun Street Mall on May 16th had dogs that were infected with parvovirus. At least two of the seven puppies that were purchased have died from the virus.

Animal Control Officer Andrea Enke recommends that if your dog attended the event or has any of the following symptoms that you seek immediate veterinary attention:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Parvovirus incubates for four to 14 days before symptoms emerge. If you purchased a dog on May 16th during an event on the Loudoun Street Mall or if your dog was with you that day, please be extra attentive to your animal’s symptoms. Parvovirus is highly contagious between dogs and is transmitted through feces.

It is recommended that when you purchase an animal you require proof of vaccinations.

Officers are investigating the incident and charges may be filed.

Help Officers Identify Shoplifting Suspect

Kohls Shoplifting 5-12 (3) The Winchester Police Department is hoping the public can help identify a suspect in a recent shoplifting. On May 12th just before 3 p.m. officers responded to Kohl’s located at 2194 Pleasant Valley Road in reference to a shoplifting. Officers were informed that a female wearing a black hoody with “no cash” on the back of it and white shorts could be seen on surveillance cameras taking items.

Anyone who is able to provide information on the suspect in the pictures is encouraged to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 and remember you can remain anonymous.

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Shoplifting Suspect Caught on Surveillance Cameras

Walmart Shoplifting 5-18The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a shoplifting suspect who was caught on surveillance cameras. On May 18th around 8 p.m. officers responded to Walmart located in the 2300 block of South Pleasant Valley Road for a shoplifting. A white male wearing a tank top is seen on camera leaving the store with a shopping cart full of items that he didn’t pay for. The male left in a blue Honda CRV which was occupied by another white male and a white female with blonde hair. The items taken totaled around $400.

Anyone who is able to provide information on the suspect in the picture is encouraged to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 and remember you can remain anonymous.

Winchester Police Make Arrest in Large-Scale Shoplifting Case

Winchester Police arrested a male Friday morning after thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise was found in a vehicle he was driving. On May 15th around 11:30 a.m. officers responded to Belk at Apple Blossom Mall in reference to a shoplifting. Officers were informed that a male and female had left the store with a suitcase and shopping bag full of clothing. A Winchester Police Officer located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the 1600 block of South Pleasant Valley Road. Two passengers, a male and female, ran from the area. Officers found large trash bags and a suitcase containing numerous stolen clothing items and handbags. It was determined that there were more than 100 items taken from Belk totaling nearly $3,400. Numerous other items had been taken from Victoria’s Secret at Apple Blossom Mall and Sears in Frederick, Maryland.

Henrry Steveen Navarette Aguilar

Henrry Steveen Navarette Aguilar

Officers arrested Henrry Steveen Navarette Aguilar, 20, with no fixed address. Aguilar was charged with possession of stolen property, driving without a license, and obstruction of justice for giving police false identities of the other two suspects. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

The total worth of the stolen merchandise is still being determined. All items were returned to Belk, Victoria’s Secret, and Sears in Frederick, Maryland.

The other two suspects in this case were not located.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

 

Stolen Merchandise

Stolen Merchandise

Two other suspects

Two other suspects

Police Department Asks for Public’s Help in Identifying Shoplifting Suspect

Shoplifting1The Winchester Police Department is hoping the public can help identify a shoplifting suspect. On April 30, 2015 officers responded to Sears in Apple Blossom Mall located at 1850 Apple Blossom Drive in reference to a shoplifting. A white female was seen on surveillance cameras leaving the business without paying for a number of men’s clothing items. The female can be seen getting into an early 2000’s model Chevrolet pickup truck that was silver in color and had damage to the passenger side front door. The female is about 5’ 2” tall, has dark hair, and was wearing a black shirt under a pink hoodie and gray sweatpants.

Anyone who is able to help identify the suspect in this case is encouraged to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 and remember you can remain anonymous.

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UPDATE: Shooting Remains Under Investigation

Detectives with the Winchester Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are working to identify a suspect in a Sunday night shooting. Officers responded to the 300 block of Highland Avenue around 10:18 p.m. for a fight and reports of shots fired. Officers discovered a 23-year-old old male from New Jersey with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. The male was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was later transported to Fairfax for treatment. The male sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 and remember you can remain anonymous.

Winchester Police Investigate Shooting

WPD BADGEWinchester Police are investigating a shooting that happened around 10:18 Sunday night.  Officers responded to the intersection of Highland and National Avenues for a fight in progress.  Before arriving on scene officers were informed that shots were fired.  When officers got to the scene there was a 23-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the buttocks.  The male was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.  At this time there are no suspects in custody.

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 the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Additional information on this incident will be released as it becomes available.

Man Wanted for Child Abuse

Angelo David Penque

Angelo David Penque

The search is on for a Winchester man who allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old boy.  On April 25th officers responded to Winchester Medical Center in reference to an assault.  An 11-year-old boy was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained after being physically assaulted by his mother’s boyfriend.  The child had head and face injuries.

Officers obtained warrants on Angelo David Penque, 35, for malicious wounding and child abuse.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Penque 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 the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Apple Blossom 2015

Apple Blossom LooThe streets of Old Town Winchester will soon fill with hundreds of thousands of people coming together to celebrate the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The Festival kicks off Friday, April 24, with the Bloomin’ Wine Fest and the festivities continue through Sunday, May 3. The Winchester Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety and security of local residents and festival goers. There will be a strong police presence at events throughout the week. The public is asked to assist in ensuring everyone’s safety by doing the following:

  • Staying aware of your surroundings
  • Reporting any suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement
  • Keeping your belongings with you at all times

The Apple Blossom Festival continues to keep safety a priority and will have bag checks at the entrances into a number of events. We strongly recommend that guests do not bring bags, backpacks, handbags, and purses to events unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. If an item is left unattended it is subject to search and disposal. Diaper bags that have necessary items for small children are acceptable; however they will be subject to searches. The following items will be prohibited at the Bloomin’ Wine Fest, Weekend in the Park, all tent events, and the Coronation:

  • Backpacks/large bags 14 X 9
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons, knives of any kind
  • Any items that could be used or construed to be a weapon
  • Illegal drugs
  • Bottles, cans, thermoses, coolers
  • Animals (except for service)
  • Aerosol/spray cans
  • Food, snack, beverages
  • Noisemakers
  • Exception: diaper bags

Detour Route

The detour route goes into effect on Friday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. and will remain in effect until the end of the Firefighter’s Parade around 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, May 2 the route goes into effect at 8 a.m. until the end of the Grand Feature Parade around 7 p.m.

We strongly encourage anyone who is not attending a festival event to utilize alternate routes:

Interstate 81 and Routes 37, 50, 7, and 522. Drivers in the City of Winchester should expect heavy congestion and delays. We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation with traffic changes.

Parking Restrictions and Detour Routes:  Parking Restrictions and Detour Routes

Detour Route Map: 2015 Detour Route Map

Weekend in the Park Map:  2015 WIP Map

Police Department Safety Tips:  2015 PD Safety Tips for the SABF

Fire Department Safety Tips:  2015 Apple Blossom FD Safety Tips

Parking Restrictions

No parking signs will be posted on Thursday, April 30. The parking restrictions go into effect and are strictly enforced beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1 and continuing until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. There are no exceptions to these restrictions, even for residents. We will attempt to locate the owner of a vehicle that is not following parking restrictions to avoid towing. If we are unable to locate the owner, the vehicle will be ticketed and towed. If your vehicle has been towed, you will need to contact the Winchester Police Department’s non-emergency number at 540-662-4131 to find out where to pick up your vehicle. Various towing companies will be utilized to assist in the enforcement.

Parking for downtown events will be available in all four Autoparks to include Braddock Street, Court Square, George Washington, and Loudoun Street.

Handicapped parking is available at each Apple Blossom sponsored event. We recommend that residents utilize downtown parking garages for the Grand Feature Parade.

Handicapped parking for Weekend in the Park will be available in front of the War Memorial Building.

Animals/Pets

Animals are prohibited in festival areas during specified events. Please refer to Section 5-15 of the Winchester City Code.

Children

Each year children are separated from their parents during the festival. Parents and guardians are asked to take a picture of their children with their cell phone and to also know what their children are wearing to assist in locating them if they become lost. Inform your children that if they become lost to go to a uniformed police officer for help. If you need to report a lost child, call the Winchester Police Department’s non-emergency number at 540-662-4131.

Alcoholic Beverages

Persons attending any festival event on public streets or grounds are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages or being in possession of an open container. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons 21 years and older is allowed at some festival events within approved areas and restaurants where state licenses have been obtained. Officers will be actively enforcing laws pertaining to open containers and drunk in public. If you plan to drink, remember to drink responsibly and designate a sober driver before you leave home.

Public Works

The Public Works team deploys more than 265 barricades and 200 cones throughout the city to be used for traffic and crowd control. The team puts together 2,000 trash boxes that will be used at the festival. In 2014 the festival generated about 39 tons of trash on Friday and Saturday with the Wine Fest generating 2.5 tons of trash. The trash is picked up after each parade and it is collected Saturday morning following the fireworks held on Friday. There will be recycling containers at some of the events; however, residents are encouraged to take items home that can be recycled. Residents whose regular trash pickup is on Fridays should place trashcans by the curb Thursday night. The trash will be picked up early Friday morning.

Additional Resources

AB AppThe Winchester Police Department will be utilizing the Apple Blossom Festival’s New Smartphone App to keep local residents and festival attendees informed about emergency situations including traffic hazards and areas to avoid. Those who sign up will be notified through push notifications. We encourage the public to download the Apple Blossom Festival App today!

If anyone has questions regarding street closures, parking, and detour routes, the Winchester Volunteers in Policing will be available by phone Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to answer questions. The numbers are 540-545-4737 and 540-545-4738. We strongly encourage the use of these numbers over the non-emergency telephone number due to the number of calls received by our Emergency Communications Center. Please refrain from using 911 unless you have an emergency.

Agency Assistance

The Winchester Police Department’s entire force will be providing security for the festival and will be assisted by a number of agencies. We would like to thank the Virginia Defense Force, the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, Mount Weather Police, the FBI, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Forces, Winchester Emergency Communications Center, Emergency Management Coordinator Lynn Miller, and civilian employees with the Winchester Police Department.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Bloom!

Surveillance Pictures Capture Shoplifting Suspect

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a shoplifting incident. On March 29th around 7 p.m., officers responded to Walmart located in the 2000 block of South Pleasant Valley Road for a reported shoplifting in progress. Officers were informed that a white male had pushed a cart full of items out of the store without paying for them. The male left the parking lot in a black truck and was last seen heading southbound on Pleasant Valley Road.Shoplifting Suspect

Anyone with information on the suspect or suspect’s vehicle in this case is asked call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Shoplifting Suspect Vehicle