Today begins National Forensic Science Week (September 20-26) and we would like to kick it off by honoring our Crime Scene Unit.
The Crime Scene Unit (CSU) consists of five crime scene technicians, whose duties include responding to crime scenes 24 hours a day 7 days a week for crime scene documentation. Crime scene documentation includes, but is not limited to, photography, videography, diagramming, the collection, packaging, preservation and transportation of evidentiary items, and processing for latent prints.
The CSU also performs fingerprint and palm print comparisons. Crime scene technicians enter unknown latent fingerprints and palm prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System databases for the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crime scene technicians also provide expert testimony in crime scene and finger/palm print examination in Wichita County courts, courts for surrounding counties, as well as the federal judicial system. The CSU provides forensic support to other city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies within a two hour radius to include the FBI, ATF and Texas DPS. The CSU educates the public and provides training to law enforcement officers and new crime scene technicians concerning forensics, such as finger/palm print processing, and crime scene processing and documentation. The CSU must also stay informed regarding the latest scientific developments and court cases in the field of forensics to aid them on crime scenes, in the lab and in the courts.
This morning, at approx 8:24am, 34 year old William Wright was found deceased in a yard in the 1600 blk of Hamlin. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with any information about this crime is being asked to call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.
Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers Fresh 48 is in effect – an additional $500 added to the reward for information that comes in within the first 48 hours that leads to the arrest and board approval.
UPDATE: Wilson has been located in Clay County and arrested!
A MURDER warrrant has been issued for 68 year old Jimmy Harold Wilson. He is a white male, 5’10″/165 lbs. Wilson is driving a red 2009 Nissan Altima with Texas tag HGK-7738.
Wilson should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS!
If you see Wilson, do not approach him, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have other information, or know where he may be, please contact us at 940-720-5000 or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers anonymously at 940-322-9888.
We would like to introduce you to Officer Marc Montana!Officer Montana grew up in the far northern Adirondack Mountain region of New York State, which borders Ontario and Quebec, Canada. He joined the US Army – Military Police and served in Operation Desert Storm on the northern border of Saudi Arabia near Iraq and Kuwait. A short time after leaving the Army, Marc joined the Wichita Falls Police Department and graduated from the 49th Wichita Falls Police Academy in 1993.
Officer Montana is currently assigned to City Hall Security Detail under the Community Services Section. Prior to this assignment, he served as a motorcycle officer in the Traffic Unit and as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, working in Misdemeanors, Burglary, and the Crimes Against Persons Unit.
Officer Montana was fortunate enough to return to the Motorcycle Unit one last time prior to being transferred City Hall Security Detail.
Thank you Officer Montana for your service to our city! You are a true hero!
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)
Sec. 50-94. – Applicability.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 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.