Woodmen of the World and Jones Funeral Home Make Donation to Honor Guards

On Monday, October 27th Woodmen of the World Chapter 34 and Jones Funeral Home made a generous donation to the honor guards of the Winchester Police Department and Winchester Fire and Rescue Department. The donation will allow the honor guards to purchase equipment to include flags, flag poles, flag pole stands, and harnesses. Representatives from the organization presented checks to both honor guards. The honor guards are available to present colors at community events, high profile special events, funerals for an officer who is killed in the line of duty, memorial services, and parades. To request the Winchester Police Department’s Honor Guard to attend an event visit http://winchesterpolice.org/honor-guard.

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Woodmen of the World Donation3

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Safety is the number one priority as children of all ages head out trick-or-treating on Friday for Halloween. The Winchester Police Department will have extra patrols on the streets of Winchester to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters. Officers want to remind parents of several safety tips they should keep in mind as their children head out trick-or-treating.

Costumes should be:

  • Light colored or have reflective tape.
  • Flame-retardant so little ones aren’t in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Short to prevent trips or falls.

Costumes should not:

  • Include masks; instead use makeup. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Include fake weapons.

Trick-or-treaters should:

  • Be accompanied by an adult.
  • Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Stay within the neighborhood.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or car.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Look both ways, and only cross at corners or crosswalks, not between parked cars.
  • Only accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Go only to houses with exterior lights on.

Residents welcoming trick-or-treaters should:

  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch as they could pose a safety risk to children.
  • Remove any objects from the yard that may present a hazard.

Trick-or-treating will take place in the City of Winchester on Friday, October 31st. Winchester Police recommend your children conclude trick-or-treating by 9 p.m. Residents are reminded to drive slowly all evening and look for children crossing the road. If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately to the police department.

The Winchester Police Department is teaming up with the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department for a Public Safety Truck-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Friendship Fire Company on North Pleasant Valley Road. The event will include games, prizes, and fun for everyone.

As the weekend approaches the Police Department is also reminding residents who may be going to Halloween parties to call a cab or designate a driver if you will be drinking.

We wish everyone a safe Halloween!

Trunk or Treat 2014

Surveillance Video Captures Shoplifting Suspect

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a shoplifting from Skyline Paintball and Laser Tag. On October 17th around 4:30 p.m. officers responded to the 2000 block of South Loudoun Street in reference to a paintball gun that was stolen. Video surveillance shows a male suspect come into the front door, take a paintball gun off the shelf, and then run outside to his vehicle and drive away. The incident happened on October 14th. The suspect is described as a white male, with dark hair and facial hair driving a golden or tan Chevy Trail Blazer.    Skyline Paintball2 Skyline Paintball1

Anyone with information on the suspect in these pictures 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.Skyline Paintball3

Phone Scams Target Local Residents

The Winchester Police Department is educating local residents on two phone scams targeting people in our area. On October 16th an officer responded to a call in reference to a phone scam. The victim reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be from Criminal Investigations with the Internal Revenue Service. The victim was told she would be arrested for not properly filing her taxes. The caller told her that in order to avoid being arrested, she needed to wire $1,000. The victim did not comply. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS you should hang up and call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.Phone Scam Pic

On October 6th a Winchester resident called the Winchester Police Department to report being a victim of fraud. The individual stated he received a phone call from a person claiming to be his grandson who was supposedly involved in an accident. The victim says the caller sounded just like his grandson. The caller told the victim to send $1,300 to bail him out of jail. The victim got a money gram and sent the money to an individual in the Dominican Republic.

There are a number of variations of these scams and fraudsters put a lot of time into being convincing. The Winchester Police Department reminds residents of these tips to prevent from becoming a victim of phone scams:

  •  If you receive a call, and have caller ID, look at your caller ID. If it is a number that you don’t recognize or if the number is blocked it is best not to pick up the phone. If it’s someone who needs to get in touch with you they will leave a message.
  • Be suspicious of any request for you to wire money or load money onto a prepaid card.
  • Never give your personal information to anyone over the phone.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you believe you have been a victim of a phone scam contact the police department to make a report.

 

Arrest Made in Vandalism at Taylor Hotel

Winchester Police have arrested a man in connection with vandalism found at Taylor Hotel in August, after forensic evidence linked the suspect to the crime. On October 14th around 11 a.m. officers arrested Dale Marchant, 21, of Winchester and charged him with vandalism. Marchant is charged with spray painting several swastikas outside of the Cajun Experience at the Taylor Hotel on North Loudoun Street. Marchant was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was given a $2,000 secured bond.

Dale Marchant

Dale Marchant

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

A 24-year-old Winchester man was arrested early Friday morning in connection with two bank robberies at United Bank. Robert Austin Scott was taken into custody around 7:30 Friday morning. He was arrested after the Winchester Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) executed a search warrant, earlier in the morning, at a residence in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A firearm and clothing were taken from the residence. A second search warrant was executed by detectives on a truck at the residence and clothing was taken. Scott is charged with two counts of armed robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. An investigation led detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division to Scott. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Robert Austin Scott

Robert Austin Scott

Scott is charged with robbing United Bank at 2252 Valley Avenue in Winchester on September 18th and again on October 6th. During both of the robberies he displayed a gun and demanded money.

Drug Collection Unit Promotes Safer Disposal of Unused Medication

Addiction Action Committee Combats Prescription Drug Abuse

            WINCHESTER – The heroin epidemic in our region has claimed 25 lives this year. Local data shows more than 60 percent of those overdose victims had prior history of prescription drug abuse. The Addiction Action Committee recognized this growing trend and researched a way to provide a unit for citizens to get rid of unused prescription drugs at no cost, anytime of day or night, with no questions asked. The Winchester Police Department applied to receive a Drug Collection Unit through the CVS/pharmacy Medication Disposal for Safer Community Program and was awarded the grant. The Drug Collection Unit has been installed outside of the Timbrook Public Safety Center at 231 East Piccadilly Street and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.Drug Collection Unit

We don’t want medications to end up in the wrong hands. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.

The new unit will also help prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.

The Timbrook Public Safety Center’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and medications can be dropped off with no questions asked. The unit is located to the left of the main entrance of the Timbrook Public Safety Center at the bottom of the stairs.

NTelos Wireless Customers Experiencing Technical Difficulties When Calling 911

NTelos Wireless Customers are experiencing technical difficulties when calling 911 to reach the Winchester Emergency Communications Center. NTelos Wireless Customers are asked to please call the non-emergency number at 540-662-4131 until further notice. NTelos Wireless has been notified about this issue and they are working to correct the problem. At this time we have not been given an estimated time for the issue to be resolved, however, we will notify the public as soon as this problem is fixed.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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1 in 4 teens have misused or abused prescription drugs according to the Partnership at drugfree.org.  You can help stop prescription drug abuse by dropping off your expired, unused, or unwanted medications for safe disposal and by locking up medicine to ensure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.  Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.   Drop off your unwanted medications at collection site near you!

 

WINCHESTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE ROTZ PHARMACY PARKING LOT
ACROSS FROM JAMES WOOD MID SCHOOL
1338 AMHERST STREET WINCHESTER VA, 22601
WINCHESTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE CVS PHARMACY PARKING LOT
PARKING LOT NEAR ENTRANCE
804 BERRYVILLE AVENUE WINCHESTER VA, 22601
WINCHESTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE FREDERICK COUNTY/ WINCHESTER JOINT JUDICIAL CENTER
FRONT PARKING LOT, CAMERON STREET SIDE
5 N. KENT STREET WINCHESTER VA, 22601
FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WINCHESTER ELKS LODGE
MAIN ENTRANCE
466 FRONT ROYAL PIKE WINCHESTER VA, 22602
FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CVS PHARMACY – PARKING LOT
PARKING LOT OR INSIDE BREEZEWAY
1379 NORTH FREDERICK PIKE WINCHESTER VA, 22603
FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MARTIN’S FOOD MARKET
INSIDE NEXT TO PHARMACY
240 ELIZABETH DRIVE STEPHENS CITY VA, 22655