WFPD K-9 Unit Arrest Two on Narcotics Charges

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Tinh Lap Ho

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Scott Hong Plant

On June 22nd at approximately 2:35 pm Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a white Hyundai Sonata for a speeding violation in the 3100 block of US Highway 287.

The driver was identified as 39 year old Tinh Lap Ho out of California and the passenger was identified as 39 year old Scott Hong Plant out of California. Officers on scene could smell the odor of marijuana. The driver (HO) gave officers consent to search the vehicle. During the course of the search, officers located approximately 802 grams of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) wax and cash.

Both Ho and Plant were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with Manufacture or delivery of substance in PG2 >=400 grams.

 

WFPD Captain Scott Vaughn Graduates from National FBI Academy

DSC_0186Wichita Falls Police Captain Scott Vaughn was one of 228 law enforcement officers that graduated earlier this month from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. The 268th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, five military organizations and seven federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the university’s accreditation of the many courses offered.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, John Richard Russo, Chief of Police, Rutherford Police Department, Rutherford, New Jersey. A total of 50,141 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.

Captain Vaughn graduated from the 51st Training Academy and has served 21 years with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Share the Road

sharetheroadThe Hotter’n Hell 100 is fast approaching which means the presence of more cyclists on the roadway.  The Wichita Falls Police Department reminds motorists to share the roadway and be aware.  Here are a few safety tips to remember:

  • Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other vehicle operators:(551.101)

Yes, this means you have to stop at stop signs and red lights, but cars are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate, just as to any other vehicle.

  • Ride near the curb and go in the same direction as other traffic: (551.103)

Near the curb is subjective (we recommend leaving a cushion of about three feet) but the law gives a cyclist the right to take the lane when necessary for safety.

  • At least one hand on the handlebars (two are safer): (551.102c)

One when signaling but two when turning works well.

  • Use hand and arm signals: (545.107)

Point the way you are going, let the other operators know what you want to do.

  • One rider per saddle: (551.102a)

Don’t let your friends share your bike while riding unless you’re both on a tandem.

  • You may ride two abreast as long as you don’t impede traffic: (551.103c)

Racing and taking the lane are special cases.

  • Must have a white light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the rear (for riding at night): (551.104b)

The light is primarily so people can see you coming from the side, where their headlights do not shine on your reflectors. The law, effective as of Sept. 2001, states that a red light can replace a red reflector.

  • Brakes capable of making the braked wheel skid: (551.104a)

Don’t test that front brake to see if the wheel will skid while riding, especially downhill.

WFPD Make Arrest In Faith Village Vehicle Burglaries

Generic handcuffOn June 19th at approximately 10:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 500 block of Lamar at the Juvenile Detention Center where they served arrest warrants for theft of a firearm on two juvenile males that were currently in custody.  The juveniles were in custody on other unrelated charges.

The theft of a firearm charge stemmed from a vehicle that was broken into in the 4500 block of McNiel between the evening of June 6 and the morning of June 7th.  During that same time frame there were multiple vehicles broken into in and around the 4500 block of McNiel.

Detectives are still investigating and further charges are possible.

The WFPD would like to remind everyone to “Lock, Take, Hide.”  Lock your car, Take your keys and Hide your belongings.

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Wichita Falls Police Department Receives Recognition…AGAIN!

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At this morning’s City Council meeting, the Wichita Falls Police Department was presented with the “Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program” Certificate of Recognition by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. The Wichita Falls Police Department was originally certified 4 years ago making us 1 of only 59 Texas law enforcement agencies to ever achieve re-certification status.

To find out more about the program, click this link:http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org/recognition-program

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WFPD Arrest Two for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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Xavier White

On June 15th at approximately 4:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 3200 block of Harrison in reference to a check suspicious person call.  Officers were advised that three males wearing all black were in the area Martin Plaza Park.

When officers arrived they located three males matching the description given in the call at the intersection of Harrison and Berkley.  One of the subjects was identified as 18 year Xavier White.  A records check revealed that he had numerous warrants for his arrest.  He was placed into custody and during a search incident to an arrest officers located a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the front of his waistband with a fully loaded magazine and an additional loaded magazine in his pants pockets.

Officers also identified 18 year Kwamain Martinell as one of the other subjects.  He gave officers consent to search him and when he went to stand up a .380 caliber handgun fell out of his pants.  Officers discovered that it was loaded with one round and that he had additional live rounds in his pockets.

Neither subjects had a license to carry permit therefore they were both arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

The third subject, a juvenile male, was clear of warrants and when officers were unable to locate a parent or guardian to release him to they transported him to the teen shelter.

WFPD Offers Free Vacation Patrol Checks

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The Wichita Falls Police Department offers Vacation Home Checks to all Wichita Falls residents.  While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the Wichita Falls Police Department will periodically stop by your home to check for open doors, broken windows or any other suspicious circumstances.  In the event that something out of the ordinary is discovered, you or your listed emergency contact will be contacted immediately.  This is another added security precaution you can utilize to safeguard your possessions and assure your peace of mind while you are on vacation.  This is a free, but invaluable service provided by the Wichita Falls Police Department.  Please fill in the form below to request a vacation check.   If you have any questions please contact the Community Services Section at 940-720-5019.

Click here to request your Vacation Patrol Check

Homeowner realizes that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily, only when Sentinels are available.

WFPD 2017 “Click It or Ticket” Stats

CIOT-BannerSeat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. They save lives!

The Wichita Falls Police Department has recently wrapped up the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Here are the statistics from the enforcement period May 22 – June 4, 2017:

Adult Seatbelts                        287 citations

Child Safety Seat                     10 citations

Intersections                            9 citations

Speeding                                     1 citation

Other Violations                       82 citations

Arrests                                          0

Hours Worked                            186

Miles Driven                               1,416

Why seatbelts are so important:

Whether you’re the driver, front seat passenger, or back seat passenger, you have to buckle up. It’s a state law and not doing so could cost you up to $200. Want an even better reason? Your seat belt is your number one best defense in case of a crash.

A DEADLY OVERSIGHT.

If you forget to buckle up or choose not to, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way. It’s common that unbuckled passengers get thrown from their vehicle, which all too often rolls over and crushes them.

BACK SEAT DANGER.

Unbelted back seat passengers can become human projectiles in a car crash. They can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even injure or kill those in the front seat.

ATTENTION ALL ADULTS.

Texas law requires drivers and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Yes, that means unbuckled adult passengers in the back seat can face fines and court costs of up to $200.

KIDS CAN COST, TOO.

Children younger than eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Fines can be as high as $250 plus court costs.

For more information on “Click It or Ticket”, please visit http://www.texasclickitorticket.com/

Buckle Up and Save a Life!

WFPD Search Warrant Leads to Arrest and Over Half a Pound of Methamphetamine

DSC_2359On Friday, June 9th, at approximately 5:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit and SWAT team conducted a narcotic search warrant in the 600 block of Central Freeway East at the Wayfarer Motel.

During the course of the search they located several small plastic bags that contained a clear crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.  The total weight for the methamphetamine was 279 grams. Officers also located two pills that were identified as Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy and a digital scale.

Officers located 45 year old Bilal Jihad in the room.  He was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one ($50,000 bond) and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two ($50,000 bond).