Winchester Police Investigate Burglary

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Olde Towne Realty located in the 1800 block of Valley Avenue. On Monday officers responded to the business around 9 a.m. for a reported burglary and forced entry. Sometime between Friday, February 20th around 5 p.m. and Monday morning someone had broken into the business and taken an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information on this incident 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.

New Signs Designate Snow Emergency Routes

The Winchester Police Department wants to educate the public on the importance of keeping designated emergency routes clear of vehicles during heavy snow storms. When snow plan B is in effect no one is DSC_4525permitted to park or leave a vehicle on any snow emergency route. Vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense. The streets that are designated as snow emergency routes have been determined to be the major traffic arteries, which need to be kept open at all times. The City has recently placed new signs along these routes to keep the public informed. The snow emergency routes are cleared first by the Public Works Department and having these streets cleared of parked vehicles helps crews do a more thorough job of clearing the roadway. The following streets have been designated as snow emergency routes:

  1. Amherst Street, from Boscawen Street to Route 37 (U. S. Route 50).
  2. Boscawen Street, from Braddock to Amherst Street (U. S. Route 50).
  3. Braddock Street, from Boscawen Street to Valley Avenue (U.S. Routes 50 and 11).
  4. Valley Avenue, from Loudoun Street to corporate limits (U.S. Route 11).
  5. Gerrard Street, from Braddock Street to Cameron Street (U.S. Routes 50 and 11).
  6. Millwood Avenue, from Cameron Street to Frontage Road (U.S. Routes 17 and 50).
  7. Cameron Street, from Gerrard Street to Loudoun Street (U.S. Route 11).
  8. Loudoun Street, from Cameron Street to corporate limits (U.S. Route 11).
  9. Fairmont Avenue, from Piccadilly Street to corporate limits (U.S. Route 522).
  10. Piccadilly Street, from Fairmont Avenue to East Lane (U.S. Routes 50, 7, and 522).
  11. East Lane, from Piccadilly Street to National Avenue (U.S. Route 7).
  12. National Avenue, from East Lane to Berryville Avenue (U.S. Route 7).
  13. Berryville Avenue, from National Avenue to Ross Street (U.S. Route 7).
  14. Stewart Street, from Gerrard Street to Boscawen Street
  15. Washington Street, from Gerrard Street to Fairfax Lane
  16. Cork Street, from Washington Street to Academy Lane
  17. Clifford Street, from Washington Street to Handley Avenue

Snow emergency route designation is covered under City Code Section 14-32.

 

 

Crime Solvers Tip Leads to Arrest of Wanted Person

Winchester Police arrested a wanted person Tuesday morning after a tip called in to the Crime Solvers HOTLINE identified the man’s location. Isaac Henry Burns, Jr., 27, of Winchester was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Wilson Boulevard. Burns was served with warrants out of Winchester for show cause summons and two counts of capias. He was also served with warrants out of Staunton and Fairfax County.

Isaac Henry Burns, Jr.

Isaac Henry Burns, Jr.

Burns was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The Winchester/Frederick/Clarke Crime Solvers is a non-profit organization that provides a 24 hour confidential hotline where callers can anonymously call in tips on crimes or wanted subjects. The Crime Solvers HOTLINE number is 540-665-TIPS.

Local Councilman and NAACP President Speak to WPD Officers

WPD BADGEThe Winchester Police Department is taking a proactive approach to improve relationships with minorities in our community. The police department is opening up a dialogue about the current law enforcement climate. Winchester City Councilman John Hill and Winchester NAACP Chapter President Gwen Walker are addressing officers about how minorities may feel when they are being pulled over by a police officer. The presentation includes a brief history of racial segregation and the feelings that may still exist among African Americans following these historical events. Members of the media are invited to attend the presentation of John Hill and Gwen Walker on Wednesday, February 18th at 7 a.m. in the Debbie Bock Training Room at the Timbrook Public Safety Center.

Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher is also leading a group that is planning activities for our local youth. The first event, which included a DJ from Shenandoah University’s Black Student Union, games, pizza, dancing, and door prizes, was held Friday night at the Boys & Girls Club. About 30 local youth, primarily from the North End of the city, attended the event which was free to Handley High School Students ages 14 to 18. The students had the opportunity to interact with police officers who were not in uniform. This was the first of many events that will be planned to improve the relationships among police officers and area youth.

WPD Offers Secure Location for Craigslist Sales

The Winchester Police Department is welcoming local residents to use the lobby or front parking lot of the Timbrook Public Safety Center as a place to complete in-person Craigslist sales. The police department wants to give people a safe and secure option when completing these transactions. On Monday the police department received a report of counterfeit money being passed in exchange for a gaming system sold on Craigslist. The victim met the suspect in the 500 block of South Cameron Street to complete the transaction. The male suspect gave the victim six $50 bills that were counterfeit and all had the same serial numbers. The suspect is described as a black male, around 18 to 19 years-old and was wearing a black hoodie and red beanie.DSC_0023

Anyone with information on a suspect 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 this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

2nd Annual Senior Festival to be Held in April

During the 2nd Annual Senior Spring Festival hosted by the Winchester/Frederick County TRIAD, local seniors will be educated on our area’s heroin epidemic and what they can do to help combat the problem. Research shows prescription drug abuse often leads to heroin abuse and the prescriptions that are abused are many times stolen from a loved one. One of the seven presentations during the TRIAD Spring Festival will be on proper medication disposal. Seniors will be encouraged to lock up their prescriptions in a medication lock box, and to dispose of their unused and expired medications in a collection unit.TRIAD Senior Festival 2015

The Senior Festival will be held on Friday, April 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Braddock Street United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. TRIAD is a partnership between the local sheriff’s offices, police department, seniors and senior service providers in the community who work together to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly. The local Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council (S.A.L.T. Council) includes representatives from the Winchester Police Department, Winchester City Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, more than a dozen senior service providers, and local seniors.

The festival will include vendors, free breakfast and lunch, and speakers on the following topics:

  • Fraud/Scams
  • Elder Abuse
  • Medication Disposal
  • Medicare and Your Options
  • Seniors Driving Safety
  • Respite Care
  • Project Lifesaver

To register visit www.dutchhavenassistedliving.com/Events.html or RSVP to Linda at (540) 327-3083. Registrations are required by March 27th.

Police Receive Reports of Counterfeit Money Being Passed

The Winchester Police Department is encouraging local businesses to take extra precautions to avoid accepting counterfeit money. On three different occasions counterfeit $20 bills have been used to pay for purchases at the Wendy’s on Berryville Avenue. The first incident happened on January 23rd around 6:30 p.m., the second exchange was on January 24th at 2 p.m. and the third purchase happened on January 29th around 3:30 p.m. A suspect in one of the incidents is described as a white male, around 30 to 40 years of age, about 5’ 5” tall, with short blonde hair, no facial hair, and he was wearing a blue Columbia brand jacket and blue jeans. The male was seen driving a white SUV.counterfeit money

Winchester Police hope local businesses will use a counterfeit-detection pen and UV light to ensure the bills they are receiving are not counterfeit. It’s often not enough to only look for the security features in the currency. The public should also become more familiar with U.S. currency. The United States Secret Service offers more information by visiting http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml.

Anyone with information on these incidents 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.

Winchester Police Investigate Breaking and Entering

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that happened on January 28th in the 300 block of Avon Court. Between 8 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. someone broke into a townhome and stole the following items:

  • 3 televisions
  • A gaming system and games
  • Money
  • Jewelry
  • A cell phone
  • A tablet

The items are valued at a total of more than $3,000.

Detectives are hoping someone saw these items being taken from this area. Anyone with information on this incident 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.

Help Identify Suspect in Shoplifting

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a felony shoplifting that happened on January 19th. Officers responded to Kohl’s located in the 2100 block of South Pleasant Valley Road around 5:30 p.m. 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.Kohls Shoplifting Suspect

Anyone with information on the suspect 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.

Don’t Break the Law, Brake for Buses

The Winchester Police Department and Winchester Public Schools are teaming up on a campaign to remind drivers they have to stop when a school bus’s lights are flashing, even if they’re driving in the opposite direction unless there is a median. The campaign focuses on the safety of our children who get on and off school buses on a daily basis.Don't Break the Law, Brake for Buses Flyer

Drivers are reminded that whether you’re driving toward a stopped school bus or following behind one, you must stop when the bus’s flashing lights are on. When you are travelling on a four lane road without a divided highway and a school bus comes to a stop, you must also stop. Examples of these roads in the City of Winchester are Valley Avenue (Route 11) and Pleasant Valley Road.

Those in violation of the law will be charged with reckless driving, a class 1 misdemeanor that is punishable with up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

The campaign’s message is Don’t Break the Law, Brake for Buses. During the week of January 20th officers will be stepping up patrols to ensure drivers are stopping when a bus’s red lights are flashing.

Children often forget to look both ways when they are getting on or off the bus, and these traffic laws are in place to prevent an accident involving a school bus or the bus riders. Your cooperation can help ensure that our children get to school and back home safely every day.

Code of Virginia § 46.2-859. Passing a stopped school bus; prima facie evidence.

A person driving a motor vehicle shall stop such vehicle when approaching, from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, and shall remain stopped until all the persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway and the bus is put in motion; any person violating the foregoing is guilty of reckless driving. The driver of a vehicle, however, need not stop when approaching a school bus if the school bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway when the other roadway, access road, or driveway is separated from the roadway on which he is driving by a physical barrier or an unpaved area. The driver of a vehicle also need not stop when approaching a school bus which is loading or discharging passengers from or onto property immediately adjacent to a school if the driver is directed by a law-enforcement officer or other duly authorized uniformed school crossing guard to pass the school bus. This section shall apply to school buses which are equipped with warning devices prescribed in § 46.2-1090 and are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” in black letters at least eight inches high on the front and rear thereof. Only school buses which are painted yellow and equipped with the required lettering and warning devices shall be identified as school buses.

The testimony of the school bus driver, the supervisor of school buses or a law-enforcement officer that the vehicle was yellow, conspicuously marked as a school bus, and equipped with warning devices as prescribed in § 46.2-1090 is prima facie evidence that the vehicle is a school bus.