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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WPD celebrates 200 years

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The Winchester Police Department celebrated their 200th anniversary yesterday.

A luncheon kicked off the celebration which will continue throughout the year.

WPD has a few other projects and events lined up, including a car show in May.

The Mayor and Manager of Winchester and Chief John Piper spoke on the department’s historical accomplishments and honored fallen officers.

The department which began in 1822 has seen many changes including their first patrol vehicle in the 1910s, two way radios in 1940, the first female and black officers in the 1970s, and the formation of a SWAT team in 1983.

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WPD make arrest in gunfire incident

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A social media post from Winchester Police Department (WPD) confirms that an arrest has been made in a Fri. Feb. 4 gunfire incident.

Police responded to a report of gunfire in the 900 block of S. Cameron Street Winchester around 5 p.m..

The incident started as a dispute that escalated to gun fire with no injuries reported.

It has been confirmed in the post that one unidentified male suspect has been arrested and charged with assault in the ongoing investigation.

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WPD and FBI host a violence mitigation session

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A social post from Winchester Police Department (WPD) invite citizens to join Chief John Piper in a virtual training opportunity.

WPD along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Richmond Office are partnering with faith based leaders and offering a virtual training session on mitigating violence Feb. 10.

This session will bring awareness, conversations and preparedness to mitigate violence that has devastated communities.

Registration for the event must be made by February 8 at this link.

More information on the event is available by contacting the WPD at (540) 662-4131.

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WPD respond to shots fired in residential area

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A social media post from the Winchester Police Department (WPD) reports an arrest having been made of one Donald Cox.

Police responded to reports of an intoxicated man firing a gun in the 1600 block of S. Braddock St. Winchester.

This led to the brief lock down of nearby Quarles Elementary School until the subject was in custody according WPD Officer Amanda Behan.

When officers arrived they found the 36 year old Cox with a gun and in the possession of several types of drugs.

Cox has been charged with public intoxication.

He also faces two counts of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm charges and could see more charges pending consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Police report no injuries in the incident but a car was struck by one of the two bullets that were fired.

Cox is currently held without bond.

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