How Many Vehicles Burglaries could be Prevented by Locking Doors?

Burg July 2014 take lock hideThe Wichita Falls Police Department wants to remind citizens that simply locking their vehicle is the first step in preventing vehicle burglaries. In almost half of the vehicle burglaries shown on the map in the last 30 days the vehicles were left unlocked.

Lets take the opportunity away from criminals with 3 steps.

  1. Lock you vehicle

  2. Always Take your keys

  3. Hide any valuables you do leave in the vehicle

Officer Involved Shooting Press Conference (Gloria Lane)


On May 14, 2014 Officer Ginger responded to a domestic disturbance on Gloria Lane in Wichita Falls. Upon arrival he was involved in a deadly force encounter. This was presented to the Grand Jury by the District Attorneys office on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The Grand Jury did come back with no criminal wrong doing on the part of Officer Ginger. Listen to the above press conference to hear more.

Accident Claims the Life of Wichita Falls Teen

Fatality Crash

At 10:18am, WFPD Officers responded to a one vehicle accident on Kell West between Austin and Burnett.  A silver Mercury sedan, driven by 19 year old Mark Anthony Sanders, was travelling westbound in the 1100 Blk of Kell West when the vehicle lost control striking a curb and a tree.  The impact of the crash split the vehicle in half and Sanders was ejected. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash remains under investigation, however speed and wet road conditions are believed to contributing factors.  Sanders’ body will be sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.    More information will be released if, and when, it becomes available by the WFPD Public Information Office.

This is the 8th fatality due to vehicle crashes in Wichita Falls this year.

WFPD 3rd Quarter FY 2014 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Statistics

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The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter FY 2014 (April-June) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seat Belts – 186
Child Seat Belts/Safety Seats – 4
Stop Sign Tickets – 81
Red Light Tickets – 12
Other Intersection Tickets – 86
Speeding Tickets – 655
Non-Hazardous Tickets – 153
Total Arrests – 7
Hours Worked – 506.5
Miles Driven – 4116

The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

Accident Claims Life of Wichita Falls Teen

fatalityAt 10:18am, WFPD Officers responded to a one vehicle accident on Kell West between Austin and Burnett.  A silver Mercury sedan, driven by 19 year old Mark Anthony Sanders, was travelling westbound in the 1100 Blk of Kell West when the vehicle lost control striking a curb and a tree.  The impact of the crash split the vehicle in half and Sanders was ejected. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash remains under investigation, however speed and wet road conditions are believed to contributing factors.  Sanders’ body will be sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.    More information will be released if, and when, it becomes available by the WFPD Public Information Office.

This is the 8th fatality due to vehicle crashes in Wichita Falls this year.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Arrest

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On 07-10-14, the WFPD Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation. The vehicle did not stop immediately and continued driving to the 800 block of Stratford.  At that location, 31 year old Alvin Sadler fled the vehicle on foot but was apprehended.  Officers recovered 9 ounces of Heroin and Sadler was arrested.  Sadler is currently being held in the Wichita County Jail on the following charges:

1) Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance >= 200 grams – Penalty Group 1 (Bond = $200,000)

2)  Evading Arrest/Detention (Bond = $5,000)

Search Warrant Yields Drugs – Arrest Made

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On 07-14-14 , at 1630 hours, WFPD s Organized Crime Unit and SWAT executed a search warrant in the 4700 Blk of Eden Lane.  The search yielded marijuana, 6 oz of Cocaine, scales, packaging material, and $1,100 cash.
Arrested:
     Allen Dennis (age 38)
Charges:  
     1)  Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group – Cocaine over 4 grams
     2)  Possession of marijuana over 4 oz
Allen is currently being held in the Wichita County Jail.