Arrest Made in Early Morning Murder

UPDATE:

An arrest has been made in this case. The arrested subject has been identified as Randy Dale Russell. Russell is currently being held in the Wichita County Jail on the following charge: Murder.

Great job by our officers and investigators!

Original Post:

On 4-22-21, at 0036 hrs., Officers responded to 5910 Kemp Street. Chadrick Russell was found with a serious wound to his chest. He was transported to URHC where he was pronounced dead at 0219 hours. The case is being investigated as a murder.

FY 2021 2nd Quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat Totals

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, distracted driving (cell phones), 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 local Police Departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 2nd Quarter as provided below.

2nd Quarter FY 2021 (January 1st thru March 31st) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 26

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 12

Speeding – 418

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 1

Non-Hazardous Violations – 41

Warnings – 121

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 3

Hours Worked – 250

Miles Driven – 2179

FY 2021 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stat Totals to Date:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 38

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 29

Speeding – 761

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 1

Non-Hazardous Violations – 104

Warnings – 215

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 6

Hours Worked – 465

Miles Driven – 3835

Remembering Our Fallen

Special Officer Robert Franklin Fennell

End of Watch: March 20, 1938

Officer Carlisle succumbed to gunshot wounds received two days earlier while he and his partner tried to question a man about an aggravated robbery.

Special Officer Bob Fennell 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 the club. 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.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fennell.

Injury to a Child Arrest Made

Jacob Lopez, age 33, was arrested following the service of an evidentiary search warrant in the 1300 blk of N. 9th. The warrant was the result of an WFPD/CPS investigation into allegations that Lopez had used a BB gun on several children at that location.

Lopez was taken into custody and booked into the Wichita County Jail on charges of Injury to a Child.

Bond was set by a judge at $50,000. Great job by all agencies and officers involved!

COUNTERFEIT CHECK OPERATION BUSTED – TWO ARRESTED

On 02-25-21, our Financial Crimes Unit, along with a DPS Special Agent, executed a search warrant in a room at the Motel 6 on Central Freeway. The search warrant yielded multiple counterfeiting items including IDs, computer equipment, date stamps, blank check forms, and a large check writing machine. Investigation has linked this operation to multiple victims.

Jermaine Green, age 39, and Robin Kolker, age 40, were arrested and charged with Fraudulent Possession/Use of Identifying Information (50 or more items) which is a 1st Degree Felony. Their bonds have been set at $100,000 each!

Excellent work!

Wichita Falls Crime Mapping

Do you want to know what is happening in your neighborhood? Would you like to be able to filter that activity by date, date range, and type of activity? If so, we have great news for you! You can and it’s absolutely FREE!

All you have to do is visit https://www.crimemapping.com and select Wichita Falls Police from the drop down menu and you are on your way!

You can also sign up to RECEIVE ALERTS!

Scam Alert

Recently our department has received several reports in which victims said that they were contacted by phone by someone posing as a “DEA Agent”. Victims are told that their Social Security Number has been associated with drug running, sex trafficking, etc. and that there is a warrant for their arrest. Victims are then asked to purchase gift cards from different locations so that the warrant can be cancelled.

What You Can Do to Avoid a Scam

Block unwanted calls and text messages. Take steps to block unwanted calls and to filter unwanted text messages.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email, or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

If you get an email or text message from a company you do business with and you think it’s real, it’s still best not to click on any links. Instead, contact them using a website you know is trustworthy. Or look up their phone number. Don’t call a number they gave you or the number from your caller ID.

Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legitimate businesses will give you time to make a decision. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer.

Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or by using a money transfer service. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone.

Stop and talk to someone you trust. Before you do anything else, tell someone — a friend, a family member, a neighbor — what happened. Talking about it could help you realize it’s a scam.

If you were scammed or think you saw a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

STEP Holliday and 1st quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat totals

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 Holiday Season Stats and 1st Quarter as provided below.

Holiday season TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats (December 1st through December 31st):

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 5

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 4

Speeding – 114

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 0

Other Violations – 17

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 0

Hours Worked – 71.5

Miles Driven – 578

1st Quarter FY 2021 (October 1st thru December 31st) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 12

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 17

Speeding – 343

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 2

Other Violations – 63

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 3

Hours Worked – 215

Miles Driven – 1656

Now Hiring

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2021.TEST DAY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2021.

Are you between the ages of 21-44 and looking for an exciting career with competitive pay & benefits?

Do you enjoy serving others?

If so, then we are looking for you!

How To Apply

  1. Fill out the application found here: https://bit.ly/3eZ3C1o

2) Once your application has been successfully submitted, download and print out the WFPD Personal History Statement Packet found here: https://bit.ly/36wQPzj

3) Fill out the Personal History Statement Packet completely and follow all instructions

4) Bring your COMPLETED Personal History Statement Packet with you on testing day (TBD)NOTE: You must have your completed Personal History Statement Packet with you on the day of testing to be considered for employment!

For more information on our hiring process, please visit www.wfpd.net/hire If you have a question that cannot be answered via our webpage, please call 940-720-5059.

Now Hiring Police Officers

WFPD Sgt. Charlie Eipper is joined by the Boys Head Basketball coach at Hirschi High School, Coach Donald Hedge. Sgt. Eipper and Coach Hedge have a conversation about recruiting and specifically on their common desire to see more men and women of our black community serving as officers on the WFPD team. If you have a passion to serve in this capacity, apply today at www.wfpdnow.com/jobs