Winchester Police investigate a shots fired incident

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The Winchester Police Department reports the investigation of a shots fired incident on June 13.

Both parties involved exchanged several rounds of gunfire with bullets hitting multiple vehicles and structures in the area.

Investigators were able to determine that one individual involved was on a scooter while the other person was in a vehicle.

Indications are that the person in the vehicle stopped in the middle of Berryville Avenue with that person exchanging gunfire with the person on the scooter.

Several rounds were exchanged but no reports of injuries have been recorded yet.

Authorities are asking residents and business owners in and around the 675 Berryville Avenue area to review any security footage or doorbell video from June 13 around 11 to 11:25 p.m.

Look for any evidence of the incident.

Anyone with any relevant information on either the shooter or the incident itself is asked to contact the Winchester Police Department at 540-974-1794.

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VDOT works to protect pollinators with roadside refuge

Traffic Update

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports they are adding to roadside refuge to protect pollinators.

Governor Glenn Youngkin declared June 17 through the 23 as Virginia Pollinator week to bring awareness to importance of the pollinator to Virginia’s agriculture and economy.

VDOT has been to protect and encourage pollinators since 2014.

The Pollinator Habitat Program is creating naturalized areas of native plants along state-maintained roads to help threatened and dwindling pollinators.

Initially the program hoped to establish just over 3,000 acres around Virginia highways.

To date the program has established almost 8,000 acres for bees, birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, and flies to use and thrive.

VDOT started with just four plots initially and looks to add an additional 135 acres to the list.

The pollination effort not only helps the wildlife but helps control water runoff, soil erosion, and mowing efforts and more for VDOT as well.

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Two Marylanders are apprehended after a chase through Berkeley County

Used by permission of Berkeley County Sheriff Department Office Administrator Brandy Sullivan

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) reports a chase of two Maryland men through Berkeley County.

Deputies began the high-speed chase of a Toyota 4 Runner that refused to stop for a traffic infraction shortly before 2 a.m. June 17.

The vehicle took various routes at high rates of speed with reckless indifference to avoid arrest attempting to reach Interstate 81.

The front tires of the Toyota successfully defaulted after spike strips were deployed and a pit maneuver stopped the vehicle before entering the Interstate to head south.

Two males jumped from the Toyota and fled on foot.

After a short foot chase that included a Canine Officer Tyler Cook and Tyler Sigler were apprehended in the Pepper Tree Road Jamaica Trail area.

Further investigation found the vehicle was stolen and was loaded with stolen property including weapons.

The stolen property and vehicle were taken from Cook’s recently deceased grandparents’ Boonsboro Maryland home.

The grandparents’ home was vandalized sometime June 16.

The pair are facing several charges including fleeing law enforcement and transporting stolen property across state lines.

Additional charges are pending in the ongoing investigation.

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News Maker Dale Corey on SAR upcoming events

Independence Day approaches and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) schedule gets even busier.

We spoke to Dale Corey of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of American Revolution about it in our latest news maker.

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Dale tells us that Flag Day was merely the beginning of  a busy season for the SAR.

He tells us there is more flag talk this weekend as well as their regular meeting which anyone can join.

Dale also tells us the SAR will be all over the map from Middletown, to Fairfax, and all points in between.

Click here for Dale’s latest news maker.

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