WPD receive trauma kits from WMC

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Because Law Enforcement are often the first on any scene needing to secure it before Emergency Personnel can even enter the area medical kits have been requested and received.

Often Law Enforcement need to provide life saving measures before Emergency Medical Services can even arrive.

It is vital that those Officers have the equipment and training to provide those measures.

According to Winchester City’s website this is why the Winchester Trauma Leadership have requested and received $10,000 worth of equipment.

The request included 45 kits of medical grade trauma management products.

The kits are provided by the Winchester Medical Center (WCM) Foundation and will be regularly updated and swapped out for hospital use before they expire.

These kits include all the items necessary for Officers to begin lifesaving measures immediately.

Training of Law Enforcement personnel will be provided by Winchester Fire and Rescue Personnel.

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WPD promote Officer Myrtle

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) Chief John Piper announced the promotion of Lieutenant Frank Myrtle to the rank of Captain.

Myrtle began his career in law enforcement when he  joined the WPD in 2002.

Myrtle has served as a Detective and Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division for over ten years.

Captain Myrtle has served the citizens of Winchester in other positions as well including as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

Myrtle has also been very active in volunteer activities including the Police Department’s Kids and Cops Camp.

Now Captain Myrtle will be the Commander of  the Administration Division of the WPD.

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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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WPD announce a wanted fugitive has been apprehended

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a wanted fugitive has been apprehended.

Chanz Doleman has been sought for his association with an incident that left a male victim with serious injuries.

Authorities have been searching for Doleman since March 20.

Doleman is being investigated by WPD for his involvement with the incident.

Doleman was apprehended in West Virginia on Wed. July 13 and faces charges of felony assault.

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WPD involved in civilian crash

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Wednesday afternoon, a Winchester Police officer crashed his 2021 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor into the rear end of a civilian vehicle.

This then caused a chain reaction leaving four vehicles damaged and sent one person to Winchester Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Valley Pike and Apple Valley Road.

The traffic light was green but traffic slowed and the officer did not stop in time.

The accident heavily damaged the police cruiser while the three civilian vehicles had minimal damage.

Traffic was halted for roughly 45 minutes before WPD restored traffic flow.

LT. Frank Myrtle identified Officer J. Bahl as the driver of the police vehicle and determined the department will conduct an administrative review.

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WPD arrest murder suspect

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) confirm in an email the arrest of a murder suspect.

Officer have arrested and charged 32 Jessie Nathaniel Simms with second degree murder as a result of the investigation into the death of 37 year old Nathaniel Jones of Winchester.

At 1:30 the morning of May 6 authorities responded to reports of a fight in the Henry Avenue area.

As officers approached they were advised by dispatch that 911 calls indicated a male had been shot.

Jones was found and pronounced dead at the scene.

A search warrant was obtained for Simms’ residence on Henry Avenue where a handgun was found.

Simms and the victim were acquaintances and this is believed to be an isolated incident.

Simms is being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the WPD as the investigation continues.

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WPD make a major drug arrest

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A news release from the Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a major narcotics arrest on April 29.

California resident Obamdidamu Newton was arrested in a Winchester motel room on Valley Avenue.

The proactive enforcement officers of the WPD led to a search of Newton’s room which netted approximately $30,000 in narcotics and a firearm.

A backpack in the 35 year old Newton’s room was found to contain, all approximate amounts.

Eight ounces of Methamphetamine, 27 grams of Crack Cocaine, a quarter pound of Marijuana, 2.5 ounces of Psychedelic Mushrooms and 75 Ecstasy pills.

Authorities also confiscated almost $5500 in currency and a stolen 9 millimeter handgun from Newton’s room.

Newton faces charges of possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.

Newton also faces times 5 possession charges with the intent to distribute narcotics.

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WPD assisted by WCSO in finding missing teen

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) and Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) both announced the use of Warren County’s K-9 unit in helping to locate a missing teen.

The WPD was notified of a missing 13 year old male with autism from the Bellview Avenue South Braddock Street area of Winchester.

The WPD called in the assistance of WCSO K-9 Officer Anderson and his partner Rooster.

With the pair’s assistance the young man was found quickly and safe.

The WPD was grateful for the WCSO’s assistance in the search and rescue.

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WPD reports problems contacting ECC with cell phones

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) reports a problem may still exist when attempting to call 911.

The issue involves several cellular phone service carriers when attempting to call the Emergency Call Center (ECC).

The Apr. 14 report states that Verizon customer callers are now being routed to the non-emergency number when calling.

That means that there maybe extra necessary questions asked before service can be provided.

The WPD ask for your patience when placing a call.

Again this is affecting only center cellular phone service carriers and is being urgently addressed by authorities and will be corrected as soon as possible.

If you are attempting to contact the ECC and experiencing difficulties call (540) 662-4131.

An announcement will be made as soon as the issue is resolved.

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Winchester Police investigate a large fight involving injuries

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An email from Winchester Police Department’s (WPD) Lieutenant Frank Myrtle reports a large fight involving several individuals and at least two injuries.

The WPD is seeking information on suspects involved in the fight and assault in the Smithfield Avenue area.

There were at least two victims in the altercation Wednesday night Mar. 30 who were treated at Winchester Medical Center for non life threatening wounds including cuts to the upper torso and arm.

Police responded to the report of the fight involving several individuals who fled before they arrived around 10 p.m..

The two victims spoke with police and were able to identify their assailants and charges are pending.

No weapons were recovered and victims and suspects are known to each other.

Anyone with information on the incident  is asked to contact the WPD at (540) 662-4131 and ask for Detective Thurman.

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