WFPD Makes Aggravated Robbery Arrest

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Jimmy Downing

On August 22nd at approximately 9:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were flagged down by a subject in the 500 block of Filmore stating that he had just been robbed at gunpoint at his residence that is located in the 2400 block of Talunar.

The victim told officers that he was outside working on his truck when a tall black male in his 30’s or 40’s wearing a dark blue pullover hooded sweatshirt, dark blue sweat pants, white shoes and black framed eye glasses approached him asking for money.  When the victim told the suspect that he did not have any money the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened to kill him.  The victim fled towards the 500 block of Filmore where he located an officer patrolling the area.

Officers began searching the area for the suspect to include two vacant houses that were in the area.  Officers located a male in one of the vacant residences in the 2400 block of Talunar that matched the description of the suspect that the victim gave.  Officers were also able to locate a handgun in an attic crawl space nearby where they located the suspect.

The suspect was identified as 41 year old Jimmy Downing.  He was read the Miranda warning at which time he admitted to possessing the firearm and to getting into an earlier altercation with the victim.

Downing was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and criminal trespass.

It’s that time of year again!

downloadChildren in Wichita Falls and surrounding communities will be returning to school in the next few days. We would like to  remind drivers to be extra cautious as school zones become more active and be aware of school buses that will be making frequent stops.

Following these simple tips can help children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets.

Tips for Driving in School Zones

  • Put away your cell phone. Cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators face fines of up to $200 in school zones where signs are posted.
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School

  • Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and then left again before proceeding.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Always obey crossing guards.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Back to School Driving Tips

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Be Safe. Drive Smart.

TxDOT Back to School Driving Tips

The end of summer means millions of Texas children will soon return to school. TxDOT reminds drivers to be extra cautious as school zones become more active and be aware of school bus safety.

Last year, 663 vehicle crashes occurred in school zones in Texas, resulting in zero deaths and 21 serious injuries. August and September of 2014 alone saw 107 crashes in school zones. The most common factors contributing to these crashes were driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield the right of way at stop signs.

Following these simple tips can help Texas children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets.

Tips for Driving in School Zones

  • Put away your cell phone. Cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators face fines of up to $200 in school zones where signs are posted.
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School

  • Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and then left again before proceeding.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Always obey crossing guards.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

WFPD Releases 2016 3rd Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

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The 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 3rd Quarter FY 2016 (April-June) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 192
Child Safety Seats – 12
Intersection Violations – 218
Speeding – 405
Other Violations – 139
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 17
Hours Worked – 371.7
Miles Driven – 3355

WFPD Seizes over 2.5 Pounds of Methamphetamine

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Latasha Jones

On Monday, August 15th at approximately 5:45 pm members of the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit executed a search warrant in the 900 block of Airport Drive.

During the search officers located over 2 1/2 pounds (1,230 grams) of methamphetamine (street value $85,000.00 – $100,000.00).

Officers arrested 35 year old Latasha Jones and transported her to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one over 400 grams.

This arrest follows an earlier search warrant that was executed on the 10th of August by the WFPD OCU and K-9 Units in the 4100 block of Berwick.

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Elizabeth Davidson

During the course of the search officers located and seized 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine along with a .40 caliber Ruger handgun.

34 year old Elizabeth Davidson was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and unlawful possession of a handgun.

WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to Two Narcotics Arrest

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Victor Palmer

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Stacey Quisenberry

Saturday, August 13th at approximately 8:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a white 1993 Cadillac Deville in the area of 13th and Broad.  It was occupied by the driver and a female passenger.  Officers recognized the driver as 49 year old Victor Palmer and knew that he did not have a valid driver’s license. Officers initiated a traffic stop and while approaching the vehicle observed Palmer and the passenger moving around in the vehicle with their hands near the center console.

Palmer gave consent for officers to search the vehicle at which time they located a bag containing a green leafy substance in the center console.  It field tested positive for marijuana.  At this time Palmer was placed under arrest.  The female passenger was identified as 33 year old Stacey Quisenberry.  Quisenberry was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was also placed under arrest and they both were transported to the Wichita County jail.

Upon arrival to the jail Quisenbeery was searched and was found to be in possession of two clear plastic baggies that contained a white crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.  The total weight was 4.34 grams.

Quisenberry was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Palmer was charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces.