Psychic & Clairvoyant Scam Alert

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The Wichita Falls Police Department has recently received reports in which scammers are targeting members of our community trying to convince them that they can read palms, heal family members, remove curses, etc. It is most likely that the scammers are just passing through our area but we wanted to inform our community in order to help you from becoming a victim of the scam.

Most of the victims have reported to have been approached while at some of the larger retail business here in town. The scammers try to convince the victims that they can help with them whatever issues they might be facing.

For more information on Psychic & Clairvoyant scams click the link below.

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/buying-or-selling/psychic-clairvoyant

Local Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges to Include Burglary and Motor Vehicle Theft

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Ryan Downey

On Monday April 8th at approximately 8:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4800 block of Johnson Rd in reference to a possible burglary.  Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that 22 year old Ryan Downey forced entry into her apartment, assaulted her, stole a necklace, took her car keys and drove off with her 2013 black Chevrolet Impala.

WFPD Officers observed a 2013 black Chevrolet Impala driving in the area of McNiel and Call Field and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Downey, refused to pull over and began to speed away in an apparent attempt to evade police. Downey struck a curb in the 4300 block of Seymour Rd at which time he jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.  He was caught by officers in the 4300 block of Seymour Hwy.

Downey was transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was charged with burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading.

6 Tips to Help You and Your Neighbors Stay Safe this Spring

Garden with drums of paint and brush - 3D RenderingAs temperatures increase over the next several weeks, the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to take the follow precautions as you enjoy the spring season:

1. Always keep your home’s doors and windows locked when you go to bed or leave your house, even if you are leaving for a short period.

2. Secure all lawn and gardening equipment in your garage or a storage shed, and keep your garage doors closed at all times (even when you’re doing work around the house).

3. Put all ladders and other tools back into a secure storage area after you use them.

4. Be aware of home improvements scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.

5. Always remember to close your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.

6. Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this spring. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.

WFPD releases latest STEP grant results

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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 Spring Break TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 12
Child Safety Seats – 1
Intersection Violations – 19
Speeding – 37
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 3
Other Violations – 20
Arrests – 1
Vehicles Impounded – 2
Hours Worked – 44.5
Miles Driven – 264

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.