Our hearts are heavy tonight following the passing of Iowa Park Police Department Sgt. Sherry Fowler. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to her co-workers, family, and friends.
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!
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Houston Police Department following the line of duty passing of Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox over the weekend.
Police Officer Jason Knox was killed in a helicopter crash in the 17050 block of Imperial Valley Drive at about 2:00 am.
He was aboard the MD 369E helicopter as the tactical flight officer. The helicopter had been requested to search the nearby Greens Bayou after police had received unconfirmed reports that two bodies were in the area. The helicopter experienced an issue during the search and crashed into an apartment complex clubhouse.
Responding fire department units extricated Officer Knox and the pilot from the wreckage.
Officer Knox suffered fatal injuries in the crash and the pilot suffered severe injuries.
Officer Knox had served with the Houston Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and his parents.
WFPD Celebrates National Telecommunicators Week!
We would like to take a moment to thank all of our dispatchers for their hard work and dedication to our community. We appreciate you more than you know and your service does not go unrecognized. Thank you for being our lifeline and always providing an attentive ear and a caring heart to our citizens. We are grateful for the work that you do everyday!
We will be honoring our dispatchers all week with an interesting fact or profile each day! #thankadispatcherWF
Crime of the Week
March 16, 2020
Crime Stoppers could use your help in solving a burglary of a habitation. The crime occurred between March 5th and March 6th 2020 in the 1000 block of Harlan Ave. Unknown suspects broke into the victim’s home and stole a handgun along with the victim’s wallet.
Police have very little information about this crime and could use your help.
If you have any information about this crime or any other felony crime, call us twenty-four hours a day at 322-9888, or if you are calling long distance, call 1-800-322-9888. You never have to give your name, and if your information leads to the arrest and board approval, you could earn up to $1,000.00.
Crime Stoppers, citizens, police and the media working together to make our community a safer place to live. Together, we can make a difference.
** BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIS WANTED SUBJECT **
Thomas Henry Banks, age 24, is wanted for AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. If you have any information about Banks, or know his whereabouts, please call us at 940-720-5000 or call anonymously Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers @ 940-322-9888.
Your information can help bring this fugitive to justice!
All WANTED subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.
The WFPD Crimes Against Persons Unit have arrested 17 year old Shane Diaz and 18 year old Jiovani Morales in connection to the murder that occurred on January 26 in the 3500 blk of Cumberland. With these arrests, all 4 suspects are now in custody. 18 year old Shaundre Ransom and 17 year old Zaeveion Denson were arrested on February 1st.
Not only did the investigation lead to the arrest of these 4 individuals, but it also led to the recovery of the victim’s personal belongings as well as the murder weapon.
All four suspects are currently being held in the Wichita County Jail.
Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers is offering up to $3000 for information regarding yesterday’s homicide on Cumberland as part of their Fresh 48 program (until Wednesday @ 8am). If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.
FOR RELEASE ON
JANUARY 27, 2020.
Crime Stoppers needs your help solving a murder. The crime happened in the early morning hours of January 26th at 3513 Cumberland. Victim Carolyn High was found murdered in her driveway.
Police have very little information about this Crime and could use your help.
If you have any information about this Crime or any other felony crime, call us 24 hours a day at 322-9888 or if you are calling long distance, call 1-800-322-9888. You never have to give your name, and if your information leads to the arrest and board approval, you could earn up to $3,000.00 if information is received in the next 48 hours.
Crime Stoppers, Citizens, Police and the Media working together to make our community a safee place to live. Together, we can make a difference.
With the increase in holiday shopping we would like to remind you that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary is to simply lock your car.
Take, Lock, Hide is the basic crime fighting tool to help reduce vehicle burglaries.
- Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
- Hide valuables from sight or take them with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in and will move on.
- Park in highly visible areas. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
- Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
- Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn the item, will be identified.
There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. But there are steps you can take to reduce risk. Simply locking your vehicle and hiding or removing property from inside is half the battle.
On November 27, 1958 Wichita Falls Police Officer Russell C. Scott was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of accident at the intersection of Hampstead Street and Milby Street. Another car entered the intersection and struck a disabled truck at a high rate of speed. The truck was pushed into Officer Scott, knocking him 54-feet.
Officer Scott was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.
Officer Scott had been with the agency for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife.
May we never forget.