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

WPD Hiring for Police Officer I (Animal Control) Position

WPD BadgeThe Winchester Police Department has an opening for a Police Officer I (Animal Control) position. Applications will be accepted through October 3rd. Selected candidates will be notified and invited to participate in the physical and written testing to be conducted on October 17th. Please click here to apply.

For more information on a career with the Winchester Police Department please visit http://winchesterpolice.org/police-career-opportunities.

Community Safety Fair

Kota Web AdCommunity Safety Fair Flyer

The Winchester Police Department and Winchester Medical Center are teaming up for the 9th Annual Community Safety Fair. The event is Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Jim Barnett Park. The Community Safety Fair is a free event with more than 50 exhibitors, hands-on activities, learning, and fun for everyone.  Come join law enforcement officers, hands-on activities, learning, and fun for everyone.

 

2014 Valor Award Winners Announced

 

WINCHESTER – The 2014 Valor Award Winners have been revealed. Today the Chamber announced the winners during a press conference. The specific awards they are receiving will be announced at the Valor Awards Ceremony in October. The award recipients are:DSC_3169

 

  • Detective Jonathan Dixon, Winchester Police Department
  • Master Patrol Officer Adam McCoy, Winchester Police Department
  • Lisa Craft, Citizen
  • Deputy Stephen Moore, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Master Patrol Officer Michael Brunson, Winchester Police Department
  • Detective Charles Barlow, Winchester Police Department
  • Sergeant Wayne Monse, Winchester Police Department
  • Corporal Chris Ivins, Winchester Police Department
  • Master Patrol Officer Michelle Hearn, Winchester Police Department
  • Winchester/Frederick County Fire/Police Emergency Services Chaplains
  • Costco Employees – Doug Barrett, Courtney Brown, Linda Delozier, Fonda Engle, Dave Michael, Jim Moyer, Danny Padgett, Ron Raines, Ron Routhier, Mike Shake, and Billy Wallace

 

DSC_3165K-9 Officer Kota of the Winchester Police Department will be in attendance with his handler and will receive a special recognition.

 

The awards will be presented at the Valor Awards Ceremony on October 23th from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn & Conference Center in Winchester. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Winchester Fire and Rescue Foundation.

 

DSC_3167The Valor Awards honors local public safety members and every day citizens who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of others.

Deadline Approaches for the YDC’s Second Annual Charity Challenge

The deadline is quickly approaching for the Golden Seal Charity Challenge to benefit the Youth Development Center. Teams have until September 15th to sign up to compete in this year’s event. On Saturday, September 27th, teams will participate in eight physical challenges including swimming, running, starting a fire, shooting, giving first aid, building and climbing a log wall, carrying sandbags, and climbing a rope.DSC_0048

The Winchester Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and Winchester City Sheriff’s Office have each signed up teams to compete.

This year there are two divisions: a Master’s Division for teams with all members age 40 and older and an Open Division for teams with members age 16 and older. Each team must have a minimum of five members, but may have up to six members. Register your team today to go head to head against officers in your community. You must register by September 15th. For more information on the Charity Challenge visit winchesterpolice.org or myydc.org.

The YDC provides area youth with the opportunity for recreational and educational programs focused on their total development. The programs provide resources and services to empower youth to improve the quality of their lives.

To see a video of last year’s event visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFB5W1Nw5qI.