Never Forget: Officer Bob Fennell

003On March 20, 1938 Special Officer Bob Fennell of the Wichita Falls Police Department died after his throat was slashed by a subject that he had ejected from a local nightclub.

Earlier in the night Officer Fennell had confiscated three knives and two razors from women who were at a local nightclub. He had ejected one of the women and her escort from the club. A short time later the man returned, approached Officer Fennell from behind, and slashed his throat with a razor.

Officer Fennell drew his pistol as he fell, but was unable to fire at the subject who continued towards him. The nightclub’s owner picked up Officer Fennell’s gun and shot the subject three times, killing him.

Officer Fennell had been appointed a special officer by the Wichita Falls police chief several weeks earlier. He had previously served with the Burkburnett Police Department and Electra Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.

Wichita Falls man arrested for threatening officers.

simsOn March 18, at 5:15 pm, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 blk of Kenley for a disturbance.    The parties separated after  the situation was calmed down.  Some went inside the residence and the suspect, Tyler Sims, began to walk away.  As the officers walked back to their vehicles  Sims turned around and came walking back to the residence.  Sims then pulled out his cell phone and called 911 asking for two new officers because he was about to kill the two that were there.  The officers, overhearing this threat, arrested Sims after a brief physical struggle.  Sims was charged with Terroristic Threat Against a Public Servant.

WFPD Motors Unit Brings Home Top Honors From 6th Annual COTPMCO

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Members of the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit participated in the 6th Annual COTPMCO (Capital of TX Police Motorcycle Chute Out) held in Buda, TX between February 27 and March 2nd.

They competed against several other agencies and came home with multiple top finishes to include coming in First place for the Overall Team Award.

Along with competing the officers attending we were able to meet with numerous agencies from several different states, sharing training ideas and tactics, along with looking at the latest in technology related to police motorcycle operation.

Congratulations to all those who competed.

First Place Overall Team Award

Sgt. Van Dotson

Officer Justin Whisenhunt

Officer Clint Halloway

Officer Danny Castillo

 

Third Place Team Challenge Event

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Officer Justin Whisenhunt

Officer Clint Halloway

Officer Chris Cozart

 

**Individual Awards by Category**

 

Metric Bike – Expert Class

2nd Place – Officer Chris Cozart

6th Place – Sgt. Van Dotson

7th Place – Officer Justin Whisenhunt

8th Place – Officer Clint Halloway

11th Place – Officer Danny Castillo

12th Place – Officer C.J. Mauck

13th Place – Officer Kody McBride

17th Place – Sgt. Leland Wright

 

Metric Bike – Novice Class

3rd Place – Officer Jessie Whitehead

5th Place – Officer Dustin Moffett

7th Place – Officer Danny Atnip

WFPD Arrest Suspect in Possession of Approximately one Pound of Methamphetamine

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Alonzo Williams

On Wednesday March 6th at approximately 10:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 tan Chevrolet Suburban in the 2100 block of Holliday.  Officers identified the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle as 30 year old Alonzo Williams, Jr.

When officers approached the vehicle they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  Due to the odor officers conducted a search of the vehicle.  During the course of the search officers located in the center console plastic bags containing a green leafy substance and a crystal like substance.  The crystal like substance was field tested and rendered a positive for methamphetamine. The total weight of the substance was 447 grams. Officers also located digital scales and plastic baggies. When searched Williams was found to be in possession of over $3,000.00 in cash made up predominately of smaller bills which is consistent with narcotic dealings.

Williams was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacturing and delivery and money laundering.

WFPD Arrest Man for Aggravated Robbery

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Billy Payne

On Monday March 4th at approximately 8:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1800 block of 9th Street to King’s Food in reference to a possible aggravated robbery.

Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that as he was exiting the store when he was approached by a white male who was later identified as 60 year old Billy Payne.  The victim stated that Payne asked for money.  The victim told Payne that he had none to give him and continued to walk away.  Payne followed the victim to the victim’s vehicle at which time Payne displayed a knife and began to wave it around while continuing to approach the victim.  The victim then got into his vehicle, locked the doors and called police.

Officers were able to locate Payne in the parking lot.  He was found to be in possession of a knife.  Payne was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.  When Payne was searched he was found to be in possession of a usable amount of marijuana.  Payne was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of marijuana.

WFPD Hosts an Active Shooter Training

CRASE LOGO WFPDThe Wichita Falls Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training on Wednesday March 13th at 6:00 pm at the Public Safety Training Center located at 710 Flood St.

The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Along with the CRASE training the WFPD will also cover current Texas State laws pertaining to gun ownership.

The class is free and open to anyone.  If you are interested in attending please click here and fill out the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Coffee with a Cop this Friday.

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Coffee with a Cop event this Friday, February 22nd from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at McDonald’s, located at 1412 Holliday St. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and meet the officers that serve the community.
 
We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

Two Arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping

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Justin Harmon

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Jesse Olvera

On Sunday, February 17th at approximately 11:35 pm Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of Grandview W. in reference to a disturbance involving a handgun.

Upon arrival officers spoke with the reporting party who stated that 21 year old Justin Harmon and 20 year old Jesse Olvera had called him from his sister’s phone and advised him that he had 30 minutes to be in Iowa Park or they would kill his sister. The reporting party stated he owed Harmon $500.

Harmon and Olvera went to an address in the 1700 block of Grandview W. to find the reporting party to collect Harmon’s money. Harmon and Olvera arrived at the residence and discovered the reporting party was not there, but the victim was. Harmon and Olvera told the victim to get in their vehicle. Harmon and Olvera displayed a handgun. The victim stated she was in fear for her life and got into the vehicle against her will. It was at this time that Harmon called the reporting party.

Officers contacted the Iowa Park Police Department and made them aware of the situation.  Officers with the Iowa Park PD made contact with Harmon, Olvera, and the victim on Magnolia St in Iowa Park. Officers spoke with the victim and she stated multiple times that she was in fear for her life and that Harmon and Olvera had forced her to drive to Iowa Park.

Both Harmon and Olvera were taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Beware of Tax Scams

taxscams+irsIt’s that time of year again and tax time is fast approaching.  With that it mind the scammers will be out in full force attempting to steal your money and identity.

Scammers  will  try  to convince you to pay them money for owed taxes or requesting payment (money up front) for a tax return.  They may even ask for personal information to “verify” your identity so they can complete their offer to help.

Like before, scammers are going to use threats such as you have a warrant for your arrest and the police are coming to get you, or they are watching your house.  These are all false and should be reported to the police and  IRS as soon as possible.

Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.

The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Local McDonald’s to host Coffee with a Cop event.

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On Friday, February 22nd,  officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

All  members of the community are invited to attend. The event will be Friday, February 22nd  from 7:30 am to 8:30 am  at McDonald’s, located at 1412 Holliday St. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department and officers.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public occur  during emergencies, or emotionally stressful times. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may even feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.