Police Investigate Armed Bank Robbery

The Winchester Police Department is investigating an armed bank robbery that happened just before 1 p.m. on September 18th at United Bank on Valley Avenue. The suspect walked into the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen heading east on foot. A police canine tracked a scent behind Wards Plaza to Hope Drive where the track ended.United Bank Suspect

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20′s, around 5′ 10″ tall, 180 lbs., wearing khaki shorts, a gray fleece jacket, a white hat, and a white handkerchief covering his face.

There were four employees in the bank during the robbery. No one was injured.

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

Winchester Man Arrested Following Double Stabbing

Melvin Eugene Robert AlexanderA Winchester man is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding following a stabbing late Sunday night. Officers responded to the 1800 block of Henry Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. for a stabbing. When officers arrived at the residence they found two people outside with stab wounds. A 36-year-old male victim from Winchester had stab wounds to his neck. A second victim, a 26-year-old male from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, had stab wounds to his neck and his arm. Officers identified the suspect as 28-year-old Melvin Eugene Robert Alexander. Alexander was inside of a residence in the 1700 block of Henry Avenue and would not exit. The Winchester SWAT team responded to the scene and took Alexander into custody. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was treated and released. Alexander was arrested and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with their K-9 partners and assisted police units.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.

Community Safety Fair

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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.

 

Police Seek Tips on Stolen Statue

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a statue that was recently stolen from a local resident’s front porch. Sometime between August 22nd and August 26th someone took a statue of a Native American Indian from a house in the 1300 block of Whittier Avenue. The statue stands 2 to 3 feet high and weighs about 40 pounds. The picture below depicts a statue that looks like the actual one with the exception of a shield that is on the left hand of the statue that was stolen.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.

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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.

 

 

Officers to Leave Warnings on Unlocked Cars

The Winchester Police Department is urging drivers to be extra vigilant in locking their car doors and will be leaving warnings on vehicles left unsecured in an effort to cut down on larcenies from motor vehicles. The police department is investigating 66 reports of larcenies from motor vehicles since July 1. Nearly all of the cars that were reportedly broken into were left unlocked. Officers will be checking car doors and will be leaving warnings on the vehicles that are left unlocked. The warning will read:

“The Winchester Police Department was busy last night patrolling your neighborhood. We found your car door unlocked. Had we been bad guys your possessions could be gone! Please lock your doors. The vast majority of our crime is due to people leaving doors unlocked. Help us help you! Secure your vehicle and send the bad guys away.”

Thieves have been targeting cars in neighborhoods throughout the city and are looking for money, electronics, cell phones, navigation systems, wallets, and purses. We cannot urge the public enough to stop these thieves in their tracks by protecting your valuables and doing your part to prevent becoming a victim of this crime.

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Two Juveniles Arrested for Breaking into School

The Winchester Police Department arrested two juveniles Monday for breaking into Virginia Avenue Charlotte Dehart Elementary School. The 16 and 17-year-old males, both of Winchester, are charged with burglary and grand larceny. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Around 4 a.m. Sunday the juveniles broke into the schools and stole electronic devices. School teachers reported that items in their classroom were gone through and other items were missing.

Surveillance pictures sent in a press release Monday afternoon helped detectives identify the suspects.

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Local Law Enforcement Agencies Acquire Special-Use Vehicles

The Winchester Police Department has recently acquired two specialty vehicles to assist with handling non-conventional incidents. The rapid deployment vehicle replaces a vehicle that has been in service for a number of years. It is used by the SWAT Team in tactical situations to transport team members and their equipment to a scene. In addition, the Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have each acquired an armored vehicle joining hundreds of other agencies across the nation. The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected “MRAPs” were acquired in May through the military surplus program. The vehicle will be used by the Winchester Police Department as a rescue vehicle to evacuate a citizen, hostage, or officer who is injured or down in what is considered a “hot zone”.

The MRAP which is valued at $733,000 came at no cost to the agencies, outside of a delivery fee.

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Detectives Investigate Breaking and Entering at School

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that happened at Virginia Avenue Charlotte Dehart Elementary School. On Sunday, August 17th around 3 p.m. officers responded to 550 Virginia Avenue for a reported breaking and entering. Teachers at the school reported that items in their classrooms were out of place. Electronic devices were also reported stolen. At least seven classrooms appeared to have been rummaged through during the early morning hours.

Video surveillance shows at least two suspects. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.

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