In August, a burglary occurred at a business in the 2000 blk of E. Scott. During the burglary, a trailer containing approx. $5000 worth of property including a zero turn mower, was stolen. Detectives worked the case and were able to identify 44 year old Cory Turkett as the suspect. Detectives were also able to recover the trailer and the property.
All this tied to a later trailer theft that occurred in September in the 2900 blk of Sheppard Access Rd. During the investigation of the previous case, detectives learned that Turkett was trying to sell a trailer that matched the trailer stolen from Sheppard Access Rd.
Detectives with the Property Crimes Unit and the Tactical Unit were able to set up a meeting with Turkett to purchase the stolen trailer. During the meeting, Turkett was arrested and the trailer was recovered.
Further investigation led to the recovery of a stolen trailer and 4-wheeler utility vehicle that had been stolen from a location in Vernon, TX.
On 09-08-17, a local husband and wife had separately been contacted by “kidnappers” alleging that the other had been kidnapped. The kidnappers were making monetary demands and the couple, who could not reach each other, were frantically trying to meet those demands. Both were found safe and no kidnapping had ever taken place.
Investigation discovered that they had become victims of a scam known as a “virtual kidnapping”. In this scam, victims are contacted over the phone by scammers who are attempting to manipulate them into believing their loved ones have been kidnapped – in an attempt to quickly extort ransom payments.
Be aware and do not fall for this type of scam. If you receive such a call, contact your relative immediately to ensure his or her safety and then call police.
On 09-07-17, at approx 3:30pm, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 blk of Blonde St. The front passenger of the vehicle, 31 year old Joanna Noah, was known by officers to have a parole violation warrant and she was arrested. After Noah was taken into custody, she was found to be in possession 15.71 grams of methamphetamine and charged.
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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by Hurricane Harvey and it’s aftermath. Two of our own, Captain Scott Vaughn and Officer Joseph Anderson, have responded to the area as part of the Incident Management Team to provide support and render aid to those in need. We would like to thank them for their service and pray for their safe return.
We also just received word that Officer Reginald Lewis is being called up by his Naval Security Forces Unit to respond to the DFW area to assist with Harvey evacuees. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayer as well.
UPDATE: The suspect and driver of the suspect vehicle are still actively be by sought by police. The two female witnesses mentioned in the original post below have been located and interviewed. However, video obtained by police show several other unknown people in the area of the incident that left without speaking to us. We are asking anyone that was one scene during or after this incident that have not yet been interviewed to please come forward.
UPDATE 2: The suspect vehicle has been located.
On 08-27-17, at approx 6:47pm, officers were dispatched to the shopping center located at 3146 5th Street (Seymour Hwy) in reference to what was believed at the time to be a possible vehicle accident. Clifton Carr (03-17-97, age 20, B/M) had exited a vehicle in the parking lot at that location and walked into the Little Caesars Pizza where he collapsed on the floor. They immediately called 9-1-1. When officers arrived, they discovered that Carr was bleeding from a gunshot wound. Carr was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery. At 3:55am this morning, Carr passed away.
Investigation revealed that Carr had been involved in a disturbance in the shopping center parking lot with James Sherman Green III (07-01-97, age 20, B/M) over a drug transaction. During that disturbance, Green shot Carr and fled the scene. It is believed that Green fled in a dark blue sedan driven by an unknown female.
An arrest warrant for Murder has been issued for James Sherman Green III in reference to this incident. Green should be considered armed and dangerous.
In addition to Green and the unknown female driver, we are also searching for 2 female witnesses that were possibly in the vehicle with Carr when this incident took place. Both females left the scene prior to speaking with police.
If anyone has any information about this case or any of the people involved, they are asked to contact us at 940-720-5000 or call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.
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Lt. David Ferguson of the Wichita Falls Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 79 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded on June 23, 2017 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.
Each of the three 3-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.
This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation. No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, which is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs; affording eligible Texas Law Enforcement managers and executive’s essential professional development. Between one and two thousand Texas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year.