National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016


Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on the Congress to declare war and “make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.” In that spirit, Americans came together to pay tribute to the victims, support the survivors, and shed the comforts of civilian life to serve in our military and fight for our Union. Each year on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those whose lives were forever changed that December morning and resolve to uphold the legacy of all who stepped forward in our time of need.

From the docks of Pearl Harbor to the beaches of Normandy and far around the world, brave patriots served their country and defended the values that have sustained our Nation since its founding. They went to war for liberty and sacrificed more than most of us will ever know; they chased victory and defeated fascism, turning adversaries into allies and writing a new chapter in our history. Through their service and unparalleled devotion, they inspired a generation with their refusal to give in despite overwhelming odds. And as we reflect on the profound debt of gratitude we owe them for the freedoms we cherish, we are reminded of the everlasting responsibilities we have to one another and to our country.

In memory of all who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 — and those who responded by leaving their homes for the battlefields — we must ensure the sacrifices they made in the name of liberty and democracy were not made in vain. On this solemn anniversary, there can be no higher tribute to these American patriots than forging a united commitment to honor our troops and veterans, give them the support and care they deserve, and carry on their work of keeping our country strong and free.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2016, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


‘Tis the Season for Package Theft

holiday-package-theft-jpgIf you have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts, or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries DO NOT require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages, which quickly catch the eye of potential thieves, offer criminals that “Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. Thieves looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks so they can target your home after the parcels are delivered.

Below are some “Package Theft Prevention Tips” for you to use which will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

If Possible:

  • Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages
  • Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up
  • Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option
  • Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them
  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for you packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home
  • If your packages do not arrive as scheduled contact the sender immediately


What Should You Do If You See Packages Being Stolen In Your Neighborhood?

  • Call Police.
  • Supply Police with an accurate description of the suspect(s) and any vehicles that may be used.

Happy Thanksgiving From the WFPD


The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and to remind everyone of a few safety tips to help make this time more enjoyable.



If you are traveling:

  • Please give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
  • Do not drive tired.  If you become drowsy, find a safe place to stop and take a break.
  • Always, wear your safety belt.
  • Be prepared to slow down.  The road conditions can quickly change due to weather or traffic congestion.

If you are shopping:

  • Always, be mindful of your surroundings.
  • Lock your car; Take your keys; Hide your belongings.
  • If you are shopping at night, try to park in well-lighted areas.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Keep a record of all your credit card numbers and contact your credit card company immediately if one is stolen.

At home:

  • If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time have a neighbor collect your mail.
  • Have various inside lights on multiple timers.
  • Ensure that all your doors and windows are locked and secured.
  • If someone knocks at your door that you do not know you Do Not have to answer it.

These are just a few simple crime prevention techniques that can help ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

WFPD Arrest Local Man for Forgery


Troy Shelton

On Tuesday, November 22nd at approximately 4:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 3900 block of Kemp Blvd (Kemp Discount) in reference to a check suspicious person. Upon arrival officers spoke to employees who stated a subject identified as 25 year old Troy Shelton came into the business and attempted to pass a check from Action Auto Salvage and Repair in the amount of $400.00.

The employee stated due to the amount of the check they called the business to verify the check was accurate. The employee then spoke with the business owner who arrived on scene and stated the signature on the check was not his and he had not authorized any checks to be written or passed. The owner also stated he had never seen Shelton on his property before and had never given him a check from his business.

Shelton stated his friend wrote the check to him and he went inside of Kemp Discount to cash it.

Shelton was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with Forgery.

Hit and Run Fatality Accident


WFPD Crash Investigators need your help in locating a suspect vehicle involved in a fatality hit and run.

Last night at approximately 2128 hrs Officers responded to the 3900 block of Iowa Park Rd. There they found 31 year old Joseph Clark had been hit by a vehicle while in his wheelchair. Clark was transported to the hospital but passed away due to his injuries. The suspect vehicle, which is a Maroon 2007-2010 Dodge Charger, fled the scene. This suspect vehicle will have front end damage.

If you have any information about this hit and run or the suspect vehicle please contact the WFPD at 761-7792 or CrimeStoppers at 322-9888.

WFPD Makes Forgery Arrest


Jerrie Syon

On Thursday, November 17th officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of 9th to Barri Financial in reference to a possible forgery in progress.

Upon arrival officers spoke with an employee of the business who stated that 43 year old Jerrie Syon came into the business and attempted to pass a check in the amount of $2,300.00.  The check was written on an account for Kansa Technology LLC.  The employee called the company listed on the check and was advised that the check was fraudulent.  It was also determined that the routing and account numbers on the check were invalid.

Officers placed Syon in custody and transported her to the Wichita County jail without incident.  She was charged with forgery.

Mother Daughter Team Arrested for Selling Meth



Ashleigh Schlegel


Deadrea Bruce

On Tuesday, November 15th at approximately 4:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a 2016 silver Hyundai Santa Fe in the area of Airport Drive and Central Freeway for a traffic violation. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, 33 year old Budde Strickland and two female passengers; 24 year old Ashleigh Schlegel and her mother 41 year old Deadrea Bruce.


Budde Strickland

A records checked confirmed that Strickland had an outstanding parole violation warrant.  Strickland also stated to officers that there was methamphetamine inside the vehicle.  Officers searched the vehicle and located two bags with a crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.  The methamphetamine weighed over 44 grams. Officers also located inside the vehicle a digital scale, numerous empty, small plastic bags, multiple cellular phones and cash.

After officers read the passengers the Miranda warning they both agreed to speak with officers and stated that they were aware of the narcotics and were in fact selling them.

All three were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.  Strickland was also served with the outstanding parole violation warrant.

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotic Arrest


William Burns

On Sunday, November 13th, at approximately 2:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by 39 year old William Burns in the 300 block of East Jefferson.  Officers knew from prior contact that Burns’ driver’s license was expired.  Upon stopping Burns it was also discovered that he did not have valid insurance.

When officers began to process the vehicle for impound they discovered three small baggies with a crystal type substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.  The total weight for the methamphetamine was 12.51 grams. Officers also located under 2 ounces of marijuana, several more empty plastic baggies and a digital scale.

Burns was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and possession of marijuana under two ounces.

WFPD Arrest Iowa Park Man for Aggravated Robbery


Samuel Streeter

On Monday, November 7th at approximately 3:30 pm Wichita Falls Police officers observed 18 year old Samuel Streeter walking in the 2000 block of Maurine Street.  Officers knew Streeter to have an outstanding aggravated robbery warrant.  Streeter was seen getting into a white Chevrolet Silverado.  Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Officers confirmed the warrant and transported Streeter to the Wichita County jail without incident.

The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported on June 26th in the 100 block of E. Hatton Rd at the 7-11.  The victim stated that two males came into the business wearing camouflage masks.  One of the suspects pointed a black handgun at the victim and demanded money.  Both suspects fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

WFPD Make Aggravated Robbery Arrest


Miguel Morales

On November 4th at approximately 1:15 am in the 1200 block of North 5th officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department arrested 19 year old Miguel Morales on an aggravated robbery warrant. The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported on June 26, 2016 in the 4400 block of Northwest Fwy at the 7-11.

Back in June of this year officers responded to a report of two suspects wearing green Halloween style masks entering the store and demanding money from the store clerk.  One of the suspects pointed a gun at the employee while the second suspect threatened to kill them if they sounded the alarm.  Both suspects fled the scene on foot with the drawer from the register and cash.