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Curious about pursuing a career in law enforcement, firefighting, or the military?

Join Winchester Police Department for a Career Preview event where you can gain valuable insights!

Engage in hands-on scenarios and gain firsthand knowledge about the responsibilities and rewards of serving from local police, fire, and military professionals.

Secure your spot by registering in advance!

Participants must be between the ages of 13-18 years old, registration opens on Tuesday, May 7th.

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WPD respond to a disturbance on Valley Avenue

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report by email the response to a disturbance at the ANS Inn and Suites on Valley Avenue April 13.

On arrival a woman came out of the room and informed officers that a male was still in the room and was armed and then she went back into the room.

Officers were able to deduce that the man was intoxicated and possibly suicidal.

A perimeter was established, and attempts were made to have the male exit the room.

Contact was made by phone and after some time the male finally came out unarmed and was taken into custody without further incident.

Because of his suicidal actions the man was placed in custody on a paperless emergency order and transported to Winchester Medical Center for observation.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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WPD report a case of counterfeit currency

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Merchants across the region need to be cautious when accepting cash for products.

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) reported a case of counterfeit currency being used at one of the Winchester Martins stores on January 27.

Merchants need to stay vigilant when it comes to accepting currency for products.

Anyone with information on  the January 27 incident is asked to contact the WPD at  540-662-4131 or use the p3tips app found here.

Tips leading to an arrest in the incident could result in a reward.

A picture of the person who passed the counterfeit funds is found here.

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Winchester Police investigate a carjacking incident

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced the investigation of a carjacking incident on Berryville Avenue.

Wednesday December 13 authorities reported to an attempted carjacking in the Berryville Avenue area around 3:40 p.m.

The owner of the vehicle reported that a male brandishing a knife approached his vehicle and began banging on the window and attempted to open the door.

When officers arrived, the assailant left the scene east bound on Berryville Avenue.

About a half hour later a witness reported a more successful carjacking from the McDonalds on Berryville Avenue.

The witness reported that a male with a knife ran up to the vehicle in front of her vehicle entered it and drove off.

Investigators were advised that the suspect was in a Sports Utility Vehicle.

That vehicle was found abandoned on the entrance ramp of Berryville Avenue from Interstate 81.

While investigating the vehicle a wallet with Identification was found.

Police are looking for 19-year-old Jason Diego Abarca of Hagerstown Maryland regarding the investigation.

Abarca is being investigated for possible carjacking and destruction of property.

Anyone with any information on Abarca is asked to contact the WPD at 540-662-4131.

A picture of Abarca is found here.

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WPD conducts an underage vaping operation

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) Criminal Investigations Division with the Community Resources Team announced an underage vape operation has been conducted.

The operation targeted S and M Tobacco and Vape and Smoke King Vapes shops both on Berryville Avenue.

Plume House Vape Company shop on South Loudoun Street.

The Tobacco Hut Vape and Cigar shop on South Pleasant Valley Road.

The Smokers Den shop on Weems Lane.

The Tobacco Hut and Vape and Smoke Up Vape shops  both on Valley Avenue.

Each of those locations were found to have clerks that sold nicotine related vape products to underage customers.

Each of those clerks were charged with violating Virginia code.

The code prohibits the purchase, possession and sale of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products and hemp products intended for smoking to persons under 21 years of age.

Violators of that code are subject to a civil penalty.

WPD Chief Amanda Behan commended the community members who expressed their concerns and the leadership that made the operation successful.

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Arrest made in Warrenton malicious wounding case

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On July 8th, the Warrenton Police Department (WPD) was called to Fats Warrenton on West Lee Highway shortly after midnight for a fight in progress.

Upon arriving at the scene police located several victims and witnesses.

Two victims had to be transported to the Fauquier Hospital for wounds to their face.

However, neither the victims nor witnesses could identify the suspect. 

Over the last several weeks, WPD viewed video evidence and conducted follow up interviews with both the victims and witnesses.

Police were able to identify Aaron Degeneff, 25, of Bristow, Virginia as their suspect.

He was arrested on August 29th and charged with two counts of malicious wounding.

He is being held in the Fauquier Adult Detention Center. 

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WPD opens registration for citizen and Jr. academies

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that they are preparing to host their Citizen’s and Junior Academies.

The Citizen Academy offers and in-depth look into the procedures of the police department and starts September 14.

It is important to register with the Winchester Police Department as soon as possible as this academy fills quickly.

Likewise the Jr. Academy fills quickly and registration is open with the Winchester Police Department.

The Jr. Academy is geared toward young people 5 to 8 years of age engaging in activities and a visit from McGruff the crime dog.

The Jr. Academy will begin September 30 at the Timbrook Public Safety Building.

Registration and additional information  for the Citizen’s Academy is found here.

Registration for the Jr. Academy is found here.

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WPD arrest 2 in domestic situation that included an injury

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report responding to a stabbing at approximately 1 p.m. August 1.

As officers arrived at the home in the 400 block of South Cameron Street, they found a male lying on the ground suffering from a stab wound to the lower abdomen.

The woman who is accused of stabbing him ran upstairs to the second floor of the building.

Officers attempted to negotiate her surrender from the stairwell but could not make contact.

Winchester SWAT and negotiation teams were called in to assist.

A search of the house was conducted and 34-year-old Samantha Myers was found in a bedroom and taken into custody at approximately 1:45.

During the investigation 37-year-old Barron Gordon was also in the house and found to be wanted in Warren County and arrested.

A search warrant was secured and executed to find a substance believed to be crack-cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol.

A knife that may have been used in the stabbing was also recovered.

Myers is facing charges of domestic assault and battery, malicious wounding and possession of cocaine.

Myers is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The victim was transported to Winchester Medical Center where he remains in serious but stable condition at this time.

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WPD investigate hit and run

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The Winchester Police Department is investigating a hit and run at Cody’s Auto on 32 West Cecil Street.

A white mini van possibly an older style Honda Odyssey or Dodge Caravan driven by a woman described as a petite Asian female caused property damage at the Cecil Street location and drove away.

Anyone with any information in the incident should contact the Winchester Police Department’s Officer Crosby.

Contact information and a picture of the vehicle is available at the Winchester Police Department Facebook page.

You can also use the P3 Tips App to leave a tip anonymously.

Winchester Police investigate potential stabbing

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The Winchester Police Department is investigating a possible stabbing that occurred on Thursday around 4:30 pm in the 300 block of East Piccadilly Street.

Officers responded to a report of an altercation where they spoke with a 27 year old female victim who claimed she was in a verbal altercation that turned physical.

The victim displayed two puncture wounds likely caused by a bladed item.

She was transported to a medical facility with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was known to the suspect, Kennedy Broy, 21, of Winchester.

Detectives obtained charges of malicious wounding and a warrant is outstanding for her arrest.

For a picture of the suspect, click here.

If you have information on this case, contact WPD’s Detective Bansal or use the P3 Tips app.

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