October 2nd is national Coffee With a Cop day.

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Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

All members of the community are invited to attend. The event is from 8 am to 10 am on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, at Frank & Joe’s Coffee House located at 2919 Bob Ave, in Parker Square. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotionally stressful times. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may even feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers. These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time

WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to the Arrest of Three on Narcotic Charges

Early this morning at approximately 12:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a tan 2006 Chevrolet Silverado with expired registration in the area of Kell and Taft.  Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop at which time the driver refused to stop.

As the vehicle was near Harrison and Kell officers observed a clear plastic bag being thrown from the vehicle.  Officers were eventually able to get the vehicle stopped in the area of Brook and Kell.  Officers identified the driver as 38 year old Kristin Martin and the two other occupants as 29 year old Amanda Carroll and 31 year old Andrew Carroll.

Officers went back to retrieve the bag that was thrown from the vehicle and found it to contain a substance that showed positive for methamphetamine when field tested.  The weight of the substance was 14.88 grams.

All three suspects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with possession of a substance in penalty group one and tampering with evidence.  Martin was also charged with evading.

Remembering Our Fallen – Officer Robert Edward Fellows and Officer Walter Edwin Rappolee, Jr. EOW: Thursday, August 22, 1968

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Officer Walter Edwin Rappolee, Jr.

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Officer Robert Edward Fellows

Officer Fellows and Officer Rappolee were crushed to death when a wall fell onto their patrol car. A large fire had destroyed a section of downtown Wichita Falls and the two officers were sitting in their patrol car in front of one of the damaged buildings when the wall collapsed and landed on top of the car.

Officer Fellows had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for just over 4.5 years. Officer Rappolee had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for just over 2 years.

 

Share the Road

sharetheroadThe Hotter’n Hell 100 is fast approaching which means the presence of more cyclists on the roadway.  The Wichita Falls Police Department reminds motorists to share the roadway and be aware.  Here are a few safety tips to remember:

  • Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other vehicle operators:(551.101)

Yes, this means you have to stop at stop signs and red lights, but cars are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate, just as to any other vehicle.

  • Ride near the curb and go in the same direction as other traffic: (551.103)

Near the curb is subjective (we recommend leaving a cushion of about three feet) but the law gives a cyclist the right to take the lane when necessary for safety.

  • At least one hand on the handlebars (two are safer): (551.102c)

One when signaling but two when turning works well.

  • Use hand and arm signals: (545.107)

Point the way you are going, let the other operators know what you want to do.

  • One rider per saddle: (551.102a)

Don’t let your friends share your bike while riding unless you’re both on a tandem.

  • You may ride two abreast as long as you don’t impede traffic: (551.103c)

Racing and taking the lane are special cases.

  • Must have a white light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the rear (for riding at night): (551.104b)

The light is primarily so people can see you coming from the side, where their headlights do not shine on your reflectors. The law, effective as of Sept. 2001, states that a red light can replace a red reflector.

  • Brakes capable of making the braked wheel skid: (551.104a)

Don’t test that front brake to see if the wheel will skid while riding, especially downhill.

Remembering Our Fallen – Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins EOW: July 25, 1989

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LT Walter Tommy Collins

Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins was shot and killed while assisting other officers responding to a call involving a man firing a rifle at construction workers.

He and two other officers were wounded by the gunfire. Lieutenant Collins was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to three 99 years prison terms.

Lieutenant Collins had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.

Protect Your Property – Lock, Take, and Hide

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The WFPD would like to remind you to Lock Your Car, Take Your Keys, and Hide/Remove Your Belongings! A large majority of the vehicles burglarized are being left unlocked and thieves are checking door handles stealing everything from stereos and electronics to purses and guns. It only takes a few seconds to remove a weapon from your vehicle and secure it elsewhere so that it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands.

WFPD Crime Prevention Specialist Officer Jeff Hughes says, “Most of the guns that are being reported stolen from a vehicle burglary are from unlocked vehicles. These guns are falling into the hands of the thieves and being used in other, more violent crimes. My advice would be to never leave an unsecured gun, or any other valuable item, in a vehicle. By removing them, you eliminate the criminal’s opportunity.”

Whether you are home for the night, out shopping, or just running a quick errand, please remember to Lock, Take, and Hide!!!

City Ordinances Pertaining to Fireworks

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As we get closer to celebrating the 4th of July, the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of the City Ordinances prohibiting the use or possession of fireworks.

The possession of all fireworks is illegal in the city limits of Wichita Falls. If you are found to be in possession of or discharging fireworks you can be subject to a fine. It is important that the public recognize the potential dangers in the use and handling of fireworks.

Please celebrate Independence Day safely and responsibly!

ARTICLE IV. – PYROTECHNICS
Sec. 50-93. – Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Pyrotechnics means and includes any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and includes Roman candles; sky rockets; helicopter-type rockets; cylindrical fountains, cone fountains; wheels; illuminating torches and colored fire in any form; sparklers and dip sticks; mines; shells; firecrackers; salutes; whistles without report; squibs; a fire balloon; a hydrogen-filled balloon; signal lights; blank cartridges; toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes or toy guns in which explosives are used; torpedoes; dago bombs or other devices of like construction and any devices containing any explosive or flammable compound or any tablets or other devices containing any explosive substance. However, the term “pyrotechnics” does not include auto flares, paper caps containing not in excess of an average of 0.25 of a grain of explosive content per paper cap manufactured in accordance with the regulations for packing and shipping as provided therein and toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices for use of such caps, the sale and use of which shall be permitted.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(a); Code 2001, § 50-91)

Sec. 50-94. – Applicability.

(a)

This article shall not apply to the possession or use of signaling devices for current daily consumption by railroads, the Police Department and Fire Department and others required to use them by law, nor to the possession, sale or use of normal stock of flashlight compositions by photographers or dealers in photographic supplies or for signal or ceremonial purposes or athletic or sports events or for the use by military organizations.

(b)

This article shall be applicable within the corporate city limits and also within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending outside the city limits for a distance of 5,000 feet. Notwithstanding the prohibitions contained in this article, pyrotechnics warehouses and commercial wholesale pyrotechnics stores containing in size at least 1,500 square feet existing on the effective date of the ordinance from which this section is derived shall be authorized to continue operation for a period of ten years from date of annexation into the city. Upon the expiration of such ten-year period, such structures shall be utilized for a purpose consistent with the requirements of this article. Commercial wholesale pyrotechnics stores, as that term is used in this subsection, shall mean pyrotechnics stores that sell pyrotechnic devices to bona fide retail dealers and not to the general public.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(d), (j); Code 2001, § 50-92)

Sec. 50-95. – Using, keeping, storing, manufacturing or selling in city limits.

No person shall fire or explode or keep, store, manufacture or sell any pyrotechnics in the corporate city limits.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(b); Code 2001, § 50-95)

Sec. 50-96. – Possession in city limits; identification of commercial vehicles.

(a)

No person shall have in his possession in the corporate city limits any pyrotechnics. Subject to Texas Local Government Code § 342.013, any pyrotechnics so found in the possession of any person shall be condemned, seized, and confiscated by the Police Department or the fire marshal.

(b)

Any commercial pyrotechnics dealer or operator, jobber, retailer, importer, or manufacturer transporting Class C fireworks within the city limits and extending for a distance outside of the city limits for a total of 5,000 feet must display on each vehicle the word “fireworks.” This may be permanently attached to the vehicle or on a sign. The word “fireworks” must be at least six inches in height and shall be visible on both sides and the rear of the vehicle.

(c)

Prosecution for possession of fireworks pursuant to this article shall be subject to the affirmative defense established by Texas Local Government Code § 342.013.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(c); Code 2001, § 50-96)

State Law reference— Extraterritorial jurisdiction regarding nuisances, Texas Local Government Code § 217.001.

Sec. 50-97. – Permit for pyrotechnics display.

The state fire marshal may issue a written permit to a properly qualified person for giving a pyrotechnic display in accordance with Texas Government Code § 417.0041. It shall be the duty of the city fire marshal to make an investigation as to whether such a display as proposed shall be of such a character and so located that it may be hazardous to property or dangerous to any person, and he shall so advise the state fire marshal of his findings. All pyrotechnic displays must be permitted by the city Fire Marshal’s Office. A fee established by separate ordinance will be assessed for the permit. All displays will be supervised by the fire marshal.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(e); Code 2001, § 50-97)

Sec. 50-98. – Use, keeping, manufacturing or selling in extraterritorial jurisdiction.

(a)

No person shall have, keep, store, manufacture or sell any pyrotechnics within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending for a distance outside of the city limits for a total of 50 feet. It shall be unlawful to do or perform any act in violation of this subsection within such area of 50 feet outside the city limits, provided that this subsection shall not apply within any portion of such 50-foot area which is contained within the territory of any other municipal corporation.

(b)

No person shall use, fire, explode or cause to be used, fired or exploded any pyrotechnics within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending for a distance outside the city limits for a total of 50 feet. It shall be unlawful to do or perform any act in violation of this subsection within such area of 50 feet outside the city limits, provided that this subsection shall not apply within any portion of such 50-foot area which is contained within the territory of any other municipal corporation.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(f), (g); Code 2001, § 50-98)

Sec. 50-99. – Permit for keeping, manufacturing or selling in extraterritorial jurisdiction.

No person shall have, keep, store, manufacture or sell any pyrotechnics within an area extending for a distance outside of the city limits from a distance of 50 feet to a distance of 5,000 feet from the city limits, unless such person shall have obtained a permit from the city fire marshal’s office. The application for such permit shall contain the specific location of the building used to keep, store, manufacture or sell the pyrotechnics and must also contain a blueprint or diagram showing the construction of such building. The construction of the building must comply with the rules and regulations of the city fire marshal’s office. A permit fee established by separate ordinance will be assessed per retail location.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(h); Code 2001, § 50-99)

Sec. 50-100. – Hours of closing for manufacturing or selling in extraterritorial jurisdiction.

All persons manufacturing or selling pyrotechnics within an area extending for a distance outside of the city limits from a distance of 50 feet to a distance of 5,000 feet from the city limits shall close their doors and places of business each night from 11:55 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following morning and shall not sell or manufacture any pyrotechnics during this time period.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(i); Code 2001, § 50-100)

WFPD Reminder: All Fireworks are Illegal Inside City Limits

fireworksAs we get closer to celebrating July 4th the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of the City Ordinance prohibiting the use or possession of fireworks.

The possession of all fireworks is illegal in the city limits of Wichita Falls. If you are found to be in possession of or discharging fireworks you can be subject to a fine. It is important that the public recognize the potential dangers in the use and handling of fireworks.

With safety in mind, we would like to remind residents and visitors that the best way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday with family and friends is by attending the 4th in the Falls celebration at the MPEC.

WFPD Arrest Suspect on Two Counts of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Burglary

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Steven Oliver

On Wednesday June 5th at approximately 10:50 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a check welfare at a residence in the 1200 block of 35th.  Officers were advised that the suspect had forced his way into the residence and threatened the victim inside with a firearm.

When officers arrived they approached the door of the residence when they heard a male voice tell them not to open the door.  Multiple rounds were then fired out the door. Officers set up a perimeter around the house and attempted to make contact with the suspect.

At approximately 11:18 pm officers were able to make contact with the suspect and get him detained.  He was identified as 23 year old Steven Oliver.

Oliver was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and burglary of a habitation.

No one was injured in this encounter.