WPD responds to another suspicious package call

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) reports receiving another call regarding another suspicious package.

This caller reported a suspicious package found in the area of Amherst Street and Merrimans Lane on Tues. July 19.

Out of an abundance of caution authorities shutdown both east and westbound traffic on Amherst Street during the investigation.

Operations at Winchester Medical Center were totally unaffected by the road closure.

After deploying a drone for a better view of the package it was deemed harmless.

Authorities moved in to find it to be a satchel of tools and a non threat.

All lanes of traffic were reopened in under an hour.

Winchester Police Lt. Frank Myrtle confirmed that this incident was isolated and has no connection to the three suspicious packages  that were found last week in Winchester.

That incident is still under investigation by Virginia State Police.

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Suspicious Packages under Investigation

Several roads were blocked off yesterday in Winchester. From the post office on North Pleasant Valley Road and the area

of Jim Barnett Park to Cork Street. In a joint effort between Virginia State Police, Winchester Fire & Rescue, Frederick

County Sheriff’s Office & Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office the roads were opened back up and now currently under

investigation by the Virginia State Police. If anyone has any information or witnessed the placing of the suspicious boxes

please contact VSP.

804-674-2000 or email at vsp.virginia.gov

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VSP investigate reports of suspicious packages

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of a suspicious package with  Virginia State Police (VSP).

The suspicious item was reported inside the Murphy Deming Health and Science’s complex in Fishersville Virginia.

A 911 call was received from an unknown male subject who claimed to find a backpack with exposed wires in a classroom on the school’s campus.

VSP and other Authorities evacuated the building but found no suspicious item.

It has been revealed that there were at least three other incidents of similar nature across the state.

Again no suspicious items were found in any of those cases either.

VSP and other authorities in the investigation don’t believe there was ever an active threat.

All the incidents remain under investigation and anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities.

If you have any information you can call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-322-2017.

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