Be on the look out in the area of the 600 blk of Sunset for a Luke Allen King. He was being transported by Archer County Sheriff’s Office for treatment. He freed himself from his restraints and escaped custody. He was last seen in and around the area of the 600 blk of Sunset and the WFISD bus barn. He was reported to be wearing orange Archer County Inmate clothing and possibly grey sweat pants underneath and belly chains. If you see him please call 911 do not attempt to approach or detain him for safety concerns. Officers are in the area currently searching for him.
Around 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 1927 Wichita Falls Police Motorcycle Officer Hugh S. Fuller was en route to a vehicle accident at Ninth and Broad streets. Just one block from the accident scene he struck the side of a motorist making a turn in the intersection of Ninth and Bluff streets. The motorist was en route to the hospital to see his seriously ill wife. He accompanied the injured officer to the hospital. Officer Fuller died one hour later at 3:00 p.m. at Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. He was 20 years old.
Officer Fuller had been a night patrolman and had transferred to the motorcycle unit several weeks earlier. He had been a well known motorcycle racer since he was a teenager and had won many awards. Officer Fuller’s wrecked motorcycle was placed in the lobby of the police station for many years.
Officer Fuller was survived by his wife, Sallie, and his parents. They had a daughter born on August 5, 1927 who died two days later. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls.
May we never forget.
** NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS TONIGHT **
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
This year, we will be hosting our National Night Out celebration TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 1st) from 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion and we would love for you to join us!!! There will be FREE hot dogs, chips, and all the fixins’ (while they last) provided by First National Bank and drinks provided by the WFCPAA! There will also be door prizes and lots of fun!
Come see us and bring the family!!!
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
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
We are currently hiring for the position of POLICE OFFICER! Application deadline is September 1 and the testing date is September 7!
For more information or to apply, please visit www.wfpdnow.com/jobs
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!!!