On 9/30/14 at approx. 1029 hrs the Drug Interdiction Unit observed a black Mazda 3 speeding southbound on 287. A traffic stop was intiated and the Officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, who was identified as Samuel Eugene Rogers, 39 years old from Arlington, Tx, admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle Officers discovered 11 bags containing marijuana weighing a total of 10.73 pounds. Rodgers was arrested for Felony Possession of Marijuana and his vehicle was impounded and seized as a result of being used in a Felony. Good Job to the Drug Interdiction Unit/K-9 Officers for getting these drugs off of our streets.
On 9/27/14 at approx. 0356 hrs Officers were searching for a white four door vehicle that had struck a light/electrical pole at Carolina & Corwin and left the scene. Officers observed a vehicle matching this description in the 900 block of MLK and observed a black male get out of the back seat and run into a nearby wooded area. Officers then activited their overhead lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued, refusing to stop until it finally pulled into a driveway in the 300 block of E. Wichita. Both driver and passenger exited the vehicle and the passenger took off running. After a brief chase and search the suspect was located hiding under a parked car. He was identified as Harvey Neil, Jr. and arrested for Evading Arrest. The driver was then identified as Luz Jimenez and was arrested for Evading Arrest with a Vehicle. During an inventory of the vehicle marijuana was located in the floor under the drivers seat, therefore Jimenez was also charged with Poss of Marijuana. A records check determined that Neil was listed under the Gang Injunction and had committed 3 violations under that Injunction, therefore he was also charged with Violation Court Order Enjoining Organized Criminal Activity.
Jimenez is currently still being held at the Wichita County Jail on $4000 bond.
UPDATE: Next of kin has been notified…The deceased pedestrian has been identified as 52 year old Gary Brazeal.
WFPD responds to a fatality vehicle-pedestrian accident on I-44 Northbound @ Exit 5. The 9-1-1 call came in at 1641 hrs. A silver Mercury was traveling NB on I-44 taking Exit 5 when a male pedestrian crossed in front of the vehicle on the exit ramp. The driver of the vehicle took evasive action but the pedestrian was struck. The pedestrian was transported to URHCS where he was pronounced dead at 1727 hrs. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending next of kin notification. The accident is currently under investigation by the WFPD Crash Unit.
Sgt. Greg Lillis retired after 24 years, 6 months, and 18 days of service. He graduated from the 45th WFPD Police Academy in 1989.
Officer Adam Maloney promoted to Sgt and will begin his new assignment on 10-01-14. He graduated from the 59th WFPD Police Academy in 2007. Adam is the son of retired WFPD Sgt. Kelly Maloney and will be wearing his dad’s old badge #413.
Also honored at today’s ceremony were Lt. Scott Vaughn and Capt. Karl Lillie. They were the last 2 sworn WFPD members to give up their revolvers and switch to semi-automatic service firearms.
Congratulations to all that were honored today!
Beginning in August 2012 the Financial Crimes Unit undertook what would become an ongoing joint investigation with Health and Human Services. The investigation centered on Lonestar card fraud involving several local businesses. During the course of the investigation Det. Kelly Brunson received information that Anil Parikh had knowledge of a felony amount of Lonestar Card Fraud that had been committed by his local business. Parikh facilitated an operation that allowed the fraudulent purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, synthetic marijuana as well as cash back transactions all using Lonestar cards. The investigation has thus far resulted in several felony arrests, including one count of Money Laundering as recently as September 9, 2014. $63,000 in currency and more than 500 packages of synthetic marijuana (K2) have been seized. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are imminent.
“Fur-ever Friday” Week 7 – Ava and Officer Clayton Collier. Ava is a beautiful 2 year old Husky Mix. She is currently in a foster home with the Texas Pit Crew. Ava loves everyone including kids. She is very sweet and friendly. Ava is looking for her Fur-ever Home. Please consider adopting her and giving her a fur-ever family to love. Contact Texas Pit Crew at email@example.com.
Update: Chief Borrego has been released. Thank you for the help!
Chief Borrego is “locked up” in the fight against MDA. His goal to raise is $1800.00. Any donation helps. Please help him get out of jail by making a donation by clicking here:
On 9/22/14 at 1213 hrs Officers observed a vehicle swerve into traffic almost causing an accident. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle and Kelly Cribb was identified as the driver. Officers observed a pipe on the center console and Cribb advised it was her marijuana pipe. K-9 Officer Turko did an open air sniff around the vehicle and alerted on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle Officers located items and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, a gun and marijuana. During this search an ambulance was called for Cribb due to a medical condition and she was transported to the hospital accompanied by an Officer. While at the hospital Officers located methamphetamine that Cribb had concealed on her person. Cribb is a convicted felon. She was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Poss/Transport of Chemical w/Intent to Man C/S, Manufacture & Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Poss of Marijuana. At the time of this post Cribb was still being held in the Wichita County Jail. Good job to all the Officers involved.