Protect Your Valuables with ‘Report It’

reportitThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a great tool available to them free of charge: Report It.

Report It is a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It’s completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.

Nobody expects to have their property lost, stolen or damaged, but if it does happen, you’ll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement and your insurance provider.

You can use Report It to store identifying information of anything of value – think about collectibles, jewelry, electronics, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and handbags.

 

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Two Arrested; Over 11 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

IMG_1793On Thursday, April 19th, at approximately 10:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 2000 block of Roberts.

During the course of the search officers located 11.69 pounds of marijuana along with 14.5 grams of THC liquid (vape pens).  Two subjects were arrested; 20 year old Alisha Dillard and 22 year old Quentin Sims.

Both were transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with possession of marijuana over five pounds in a drug free zone.

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Alisha Dillard

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Quentin Sims

WFPD Releases 2018 2nd Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 2nd Quarter FY 2018 (January-March 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 91
Child Safety Seats – 4
Intersection Violations – 208
Speeding – 432
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 9 
Other Violations – 127
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 9
Hours Worked – 343.8
Miles Driven – 2,573.2

WFPD Makes Early Hour Burglary Arrest

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Wesley Boren

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Nicholas Coleman

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 900 block of Airport Drive in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival officers observed a male subject wearing a blue bandana covering the lower half of his face, latex gloves and carrying a crowbar running from an apartment. Officers detained and identified the subject as 34 year old Josh Gieseler.  Giesler stated he arrived with two other friends who were still inside the apartment. Shortly after Giesler mentioned his friends being in the apartment two more male subjects exited the apartment.  One was in possession of a bat and the other a set of knuckles. Officers were able to detain both subjects. The subject carrying the bat was identified as 30 year old Wesley Boren and the subject with the knuckles was identified as 23 year old Nicholas Colman.

Officers went to check the apartment that the suspects were seen coming from and located several people inside. One of the victims inside told officers that Giesler, Boren and Colman entered the residence after beating on the door. Once inside all three suspects began to threaten everyone.   The victim stated that one of the males demanded her purse and took four twenty dollar bills from it.  After a search incident to arrest Boren was found to be in possession of four twenty dollar bills.

Officers placed all three suspects into custody and transported them to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with burglary of a habitation.

WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotic Arrest

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Cedric Gray

On Friday, April 6th, at approximately 1:40 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a 2002 tan Buick Le Sabre at the intersection of Barwise and Texas Ave for improper tags. The driver was identified as 43 year old Cedric Gray.

While officers were in the process of writing a citation to the driver the WFPD K-9 Unit responded to the scene and conducted a free air search around the vehicle. During the search K-9 Turko alerted to the presence of narcotic odors emitting from inside the vehicle, at which time officers conducted a search of the vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle officers located a grey plastic bag inside a CD player box. Inside the bag officers observed numerous small clear plastic baggies containing a clear crystal like substance. The substance was field tested and rendered a positive for Methamphetamine. There were a total of 18 smaller baggies inside the plastic bag, all of which contained the same crystal like substance. 17 of the baggies weighed 29 grams and one weighed 28 grams for a total weight of 521 grams.

Gray was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.

Scam Alert

Scam AlertFinancial crime scams continue to hit our area. Recently the Wichita Falls Police Department has received reports in which victims have been contacted by someone stating they are with Apple and telling the victims that they have a virus on their device. The victims are directed by the caller to purchase prepaid iTunes gift cards and provide the caller with the PIN for each card in order to resolve the issue.

It is recommended that you use caution when receiving unsolicited calls requesting that you provide personal information (name, date of birth, etc.), passwords, financial information, purchase gift cards or send money.

Take down the caller’s information (name, business, phone number, etc.) and then you can follow up with the business to determine whether or not the request being made is legitimate.

If you have questions or concerns contact the Financial Crimes Unit at (940)761-7762.

Click the link below for additional information on recent scams.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

WFPD Makes Aggravated Robbery Arrest

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On April 2nd at approximately 11:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 3600 block of Maplewood to Parks Place Apartments in reference to a possible aggravated robbery.  While in route to the call officers were advised that a Hispanic male wearing a blue long sleeve shirt and shorts had just taken some items from the victim’s vehicle and threatened him with a hammer.

Upon arrival officers located two males, one of whom matched the description of the suspect, standing outside.  When the Hispanic male saw police he began to walk away.  Officers detained the subject who was later identified as 21 year old Alexis Rodriguez-Maldonado.

Officers spoke to the victim who stated that while he was inside his apartment he heard a loud banging sound coming from outside. The victim looked outside through his window and observed Rodriguez-Maldonado inside his vehicle, a blue 2015 Chrysler 200, taking items out. The victim went outside to confront Rodriguez-Maldonado. When he confronted him, the victim stated that Rodriguez-Maldonado threatened to hurt him with a hammer that he had in his hand.

The victim observed Rodriguez-Maldonado take items from his vehicle and run back to his apartment which was directly behind the victim`s apartment. The victim stated while on the phone with dispatch, Rodriguez-Maldonado came back out of his apartment without the stolen items or the hammer.  It was at this point that officers arrived on scene.

Officers spoke to a witness who stated that they observed Rodriguez-Maldonado inside the victim’s vehicle. The witness also stated that they observed Rodriguez-Maldonado threaten the victim with a hammer.

Officers arrested Rodriguez-Maldonado and transported him to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with aggravated robbery.

WFPD Arrest Parents Who Left Their Children Home Alone to Go Buy Drugs

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Amanda Kiggan

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Ryan Kiggan

On Wednesday, March 28th, at approximately 9:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a red 2012 Chevrolet Cruze in the 700 block of Bonner.  The vehicle was occupied by the driver who was identified as 32 year old Ryan Kiggan and the front passenger as 30 year old Amanda Kiggan.

Officers observed that Amanda had something in her hand.  When asked what it was she opened her hand to reveal five pills that were later identified as Adderall.  When asked if she had a prescription for the pills she stated that she did not.  Amanda told officers that Ryan was her husband and that they have two children together.  She went on to state that they left their two children, a seven year old female and a one year old male, alone at their residence in the 4200 block of Seabury while they drove to an address to purchase the Adderall.

Officers responded to the Kiggan’s address and found both the seven year old female and the one year old male inside the apartment sleeping alone.  CPS was contacted and the children were released to family.

Both Amanda and Ryan were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child. Amanda was also charged with possession of a substance in penalty group two.

Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS

Texas is always susceptible to severe weather and damaging storms that threaten lives and property. Whether its tornados, severe thunderstorms, lightning, or floods, stay informed and protect yourself against potential severe weather threats in your area.

 

OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM

Wichita Falls has 53 Outdoor Warning Sirens. These sirens are used to warn people who are outside during an event. This system is activated when:

1. There is a verified report of a tornado within the City limits or a verified report of a tornado that will be entering the City limits.

2. There is a verified report of sustained winds at or in excess of 58 mph. The term “sustained” is defined as three minutes long.

NOTE:  It is possible that sirens may not be heard while indoors or in loud environments. If there is a threat of severe weather, please monitor local media coverage.

TESTING AND USE

The Outdoor Warning System is tested with an audible signal and silently on the first Monday of each month to ensure that they are working properly. If the weather appears threatening, this monthly test will be canceled.

The sirens can also be used as a public address system to provide a verbal message such as the status of an event or an all clear. This feature is only utilized on an incident by incident basis.

When the sirens are used, residents and visitors are advised to take shelter immediately and tune into the local TV or radio station for additional information.

MONITOR LOCAL TV AND RADIO WEATHER REPORTING

Residents and visitors should monitor weather forecasts so they know when severe weather is expected and how to plan accordingly. Weather forecasts for tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, flooding, snow, ice and high winds require preparation and knowledge.

NOAA weather radios and apps are also available for purchase that will alert you of severe weather. However, before making a purchase, please research the item/app and make sure that it will meet your needs.

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TORNADO SAFETY TIPS

More tornadoes strike Texas than any other state. They can occur at any time of year, including winter, but are most frequent from mid-March through May. Tornados are also a common occurrence during hurricanes. Take the following precautions during tornadic activity:

  • Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of your home, such as a bathroom, closet or room without windows. Cover yourself with a mattress or cushions.
  • In an office building, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and take shelter in a nearby building. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch or ravine.
  • Never stay inside a car! Get out and lie flat in a ditch or a ravine. If a building is nearby, take shelter inside. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • At school, follow plans and go to a designated shelter area, usually interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid auditoriums, gyms and areas with wide, free-span roofs.
  • In a shopping center, move towards the interior away from exterior glass walls.
  • If you are in open country, take cover in a low spot away from trees.
  • Remember there is a difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar, and you must seek shelter immediately!

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

Texas ranks among the top states for lightning fatalities each year. Lightning can occur up to 10 miles away from a storm, and may be conducted through a number of surfaces including the ground. A direct strike is not necessary for severe injury or death to occur. Individuals in the general vicinity of a strike may experience minor to significant side effects from a strike, such as brain or cardiac damage. Always seek immediate shelter when storms approach. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Take the following precautions during thunderstorm and lightening activity:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home, large building or automobile. Do not take shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, dugouts, or other small, open sided buildings.
  • Do not take shelter under isolated trees, cliffs, or rocky overhangs.
  • If you are in a vehicle roll up your windows.
  • Avoid high objects that may attract lightning. Stay away from tall isolated trees, telephone poles, or communications antennas.
  • Avoid being taller than your surroundings by standing on an open hilltop.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks and faucets. Do not take a shower or bath during a lightning storm.
  • Stay away from concrete floors and walls.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you have a true emergency.
  • If lightning begins while you are swimming or boating, get out of the water.
  • If outdoors, avoid contact with metal surfaces and do not carry anything made of metal. Stay away from metal fencing and pipes, as these objects are conductors of electricity. Also, avoid contact with metal farm equipment or small metal vehicles (such as golf carts).

FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

Flash flooding is the number one weather-related killer in Texas. Nearly 50 percent of all flash flood fatalities nationwide involve vehicles. Saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown (TADD).

Remember:

  • Even in relatively shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices, lifting up big vehicles and sending them downstream. It takes only two feet of water to float a 3,000-pound car.
  • Beware that water covering roadways may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds. If you attempt to drive across, you may not be driving on a road.
  • In rainy weather, be alert and stay tuned to local radio or TV.
  • If you are in a low-lying area when flooding is occurring, get to higher ground quickly. Be sure to avoid canyons and washes that can channel swift water.
  • Do not attempt to cross-flooded roads or streams on foot. It can take as little as six inches of water to knock an adult off his or her feet. Furthermore, water may be flowing more rapidly than it appears.
  • Never allow children to play near ditches and storm drains.
  • During stormy weather, do not camp or park vehicles along streams or washes.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.

ALWAYS BE PREPARED

Always be prepared for any severe weather or emergency that may arise. Preparing and maintaining an emergency supply kit is a simple and effective way to sustain you and your family following a disaster. Developing an emergency plan for you and your family is another way to protect yourself should a disaster occur.

More information about TADD can be found at: www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/

For more information on emergency supply kits visit:www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/Preparedness/emerSupplyKits.htm.

Additional information on emergency planning is available at:www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/Preparedness/emerPlanningTips.htm.

For more information about severe weather awareness and building community resiliency, you can visit NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation website:www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/.

WFPD Arrest Suspect in Aggravated Robbery of Local Restaurant

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Gregory Reynolds

On Wednesday March 14th at approximately 4:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 1600 block of 11th Street to the URHCS in reference to a Crime Stoppers tip that they received regarding a subject with an aggravated robbery warrant.

Upon arrival officers located 51 year old Gregory Reynolds.  A records checked confirmed that Reynolds had an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.

The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that took place at the Subway restaurant, located in the 3700 block of Fairway, on February 1st of this year.

The reporting party stated that at approximately 3:00 pm a subject came into the store and demanded money.  The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.