Local agencies attend Special Olympics ceremonies

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The Wichita Falls Police Department participated in the opening day ceremonies of the Special Olympics Spring Games.  16 teams  consisting of 150 athletes from the region participated in the event.  The opening ceremonies began with the Light of Hope Torch Run where  each Special Olympian is partnered with a local law enforcement representative. The Law Enforcement Torch Run takes place throughout the United States  with representation from Texas through June.  Local agencies participating in the event were  the Wichita Falls, Iowa Park, Holliday, Burkburnett and Quanah police departments along with Texas DPS, Texas Rangers and the Allred Unit, Department of Corrections.     Good luck to all our Olympians!   “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Law enforcement agencies attend MSU Moonlight Stampede against drugs

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Hosted by the Midwestern State University Campus Crime Stoppers Program,  the MSU Moonlight Stampede is a fund-raiser designed to bring awareness to the presence of drugs in our communities and school campuses.  The goal of the Stampede is to raise money for the 14 campus programs, including MSU and all junior high and high schools in Archer, Clay and Wichita Counties.  The money is used to pay cash rewards for information that leads to crimes being solved, making our communities and schools safer.

WFPD Awards Ceremony

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WFPD held an awards ceremony today to recognize several citizens and numerous Officers with awards. Here are a list of those receiving awards:

Letter of Appreciation (Civilian)

Nick Alread

Bennett Lifland

Carl Wiersema

Certificate of Life Saving and Bar

Officer Jacob Blashill

Officer Tyler Bohannon

Certificate of Meritorious Conduct and Bar

Officer Chad Nelson

Officer Michael Poirot

Officer Scott Poole

Certificate of Merit and Bar

Sergeant Johnathan Spragins

Lieutenant Scott Vaughn

Officer Matthew Bailey

Officer Colby Preston

Certificate of Merit (Civilian)

Dr. Josh Schacter

Certificate of Police Excellence and Bar

Officer Mario Avitia

Officer William Burchett

Officer Patricia Duncan

Officer Michael Fincannon

Officer John Gordon

Officer James Jackson

Officer Karl King

Officer Jason Leavelle

Officer Christopher McDowell

Officer Marc Montana

Officer Tony Ramirez

Officer Charles Roberts

Officer Brett Wise

Traffic Stop Leads To Felony Drug Arrest

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On 4/21/15 at approx. 1817 hrs. WFPD Officer initiated a traffic stop on an orange Dodge pickup at North Beverly and Borton for failing to stop at a stop sign. Driver, Mark Anthony Peysen, 54 year old W/M, gave consent for the Officer to search the vehicle. During that search Officers located 5.5 grams of Methamphetamine, 3.8 grams of Cocaine and 0.6 grams of Marijuana. Peysen was in a Drug Free Zone therefore the charges were enhanced.

Large Amount of Marijuana Lands Five In Jail

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A joint effort between WFPD Patrol, Organized Crime Unit and the Drug Interdiction Unit leads to 4 felony arrests, 1 misdemeanor arrest, 2 vehicles and approx. 27 pounds of marijuana seized.  Henry Arambula, 23 year old H/M, Bianca Ortega, 27 year old H/F, Gary Walker, Jr., 23 year old BM were arrested for Possession of Marijuana under 50lbs (Felony) and Possession of Controlled Substance under 28 grams. Matthew Martinez, 27 year old H/M was also arrested for Possession of Marijuana under 50 lbs (Felony) and Jose Escobedo, 27 year old H/M was arrested for Possession of Marijuana under 2oz and a warrant for Surety Off Bond/Possession of Marijuana under 5lbs, bond $10,000. All subjects are currently being held in the Wichita County Jail.

Public Invitation to the 2015 WFPD Police Memorial Service

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The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to invite you, the public, to the annual WFPD Police Memorial Service to be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 10:00am, in front of the Police Department at 610 Holliday.  We will honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice in police service, including 7 of our own.  We hope to see you there as we pay tribute to these heroes!