WFPD Makes Arrest in Capital Murder Case

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Tyrone Smith

On Tuesday, November 5th, at approximately 10:30 pm 30 year old Tyrone Smith of Wichita Falls was arrested in the 1800 block of Las Cruces by officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department on a Capital Murder warrant.

The warrant stemmed from the murder of 41 year old Eddie Donte Hill that occurred on October 26th in the 700 block of Warford.

Officers with the WFPD had been dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Warford in reference to a possible shooting where a witness had stated an unknown male suspect had shot Hill.  When police arrived they found Hill inside the residence.  He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

WFPD Detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip that, along with their investigation, helped lead to the arrest warrant being issued on Smith.

WFPD Releases 2019 4th Quarter and Year End TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 4th Quarter FY 2019 (July – September 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 40
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 47
Speeding – 330
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 9 
Other Violations – 84
Warnings – 138
Arrests – 0
Vehicles Impounded – 4
Hours Worked – 245.5
Miles Driven – 1,962

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats for the fiscal year starting at October 2018 and going through September 2019

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 231
Child Safety Seats – 13
Intersection Violations – 264
Speeding – 1,613
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 52 
Other Violations – 555
Warnings – 548
Arrests – 13
Vehicles Impounded – 34
Hours Worked – 1,170
Miles Driven – 9,417
The WFPD is currently participating in FY 2020 Comprehensive STEP Grant, which runs from October 1, 2019 through September 30th, 2020.

In Memory: WFPD Officer Hugh S. Fuller

police-silhouette-1Around 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.

WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotic Arrest

On Thursday October 10th at approximately 8:20 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a black Hyundai Santa Fe near 31st and Holliday.  The driver was identified as 54 year old Brian Terry and the passenger was identified as 49 year old Angela Pendley.

Terry gave consent for officers to search the vehicle at which time they located in the center console a marijuana cigarette and a small plastic bag that contained a white crystal like substance that showed positive for methamphetamine when field tested. It weighed 0.9 grams.

Terry stated the marijuana was his but neither her or Pendley claimed ownership of the methamphetamine.  Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail.  While at jail Pendley was searched and was found to be concealing a plastic bag that contained 7.19 grams of a crystal like substance on her person.  The substance was field tested and rendered a positive for methamphetamine.

Terry was charged with possession of a substance in penalty group one, possession of marijuana and driving while license invalid.  Pendley was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a substance in penalty group one, tampering with evidence and two traffic warrants.

WFPD Arrest Subject on Narcotics and Evading Charges

On Sunday September 29th at approximately 8:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a 2016 Nissan Altima speeding in the 900 block of Kell West.  Officers initiated a traffic stop at Kell West and Bluff.  They identified the driver as 37 year old Raymond Williams.  When officers asked him to step out of the vehicle he drove away. Officers caught up to the vehicle in the 1600 block of Lucile where they observed Williams running on foot.  Officers saw Williams reach into his waist band as he attempted to flee.  He was eventually caught in the alley of the 1600 block of Lucile.

As officers searched the area where they saw Williams reach into his waist band they observed on the ground a bag that contained three plastic baggies with a white crystal like substance.  The substance showed a positive when field tested for methamphetamine. The total weight for the narcotics was 171 grams.

When officers searched the vehicle they also located a usable amount of marijuana.

Williams was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with evading, manufacturing/delivery of a substance in penalty group one and possession of marijuana.

National Night Out is TONIGHT!

** 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!!!

WFPD Congratulates Two LEMIT Graduates

Kevin L. Folmar, Lieutenant of the Wichita Falls Police Department, and Donald L. Miller, Sergeant of the Wichita Falls Police Department, recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 85 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 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 September 27, 2019 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.

WFPD Serves Multiple Search Warrants on Illicit Massage Parlors Throughout the City

crime-arrestOn Thursday September 26th Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit served multiple search warrants throughout the city on various illicit massage parlors arresting five foreign national females and charging them with prostitution.

The search warrants were served at the following locations: 2407 Kemp at Spring Touch Spa, 3308 Kemp at Magic Massage and Spa, 912 Scott Ave at Wellness Center Spa, 4822 Kemp at Joyou Massage and 3701 Sheppard Access at Lucky Spa.

The arrests stem from a long term investigation where sophisticated surveillance techniques were used to build probable cause against the massage parlors.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges and arrests are expected.

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

Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Robbery after Stealing Children’s Charity Donation from Subject in Wheelchair

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Angel Solorzano

On Thursday, September 19th at approximately 1:18 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of Central Freeway to Love’s in reference to an aggravated robbery.

Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that she was inside the store collecting money for the Children’s Miracle Network when she was approached by the suspect who was later identified as 26 year old Angel Solorzano.  Solorzano asked the victim if she knew where he might be able to get some help to purchase a bus ticket to Ft Worth.  While the victim was talking to Solorzano he reached done and grabbed the donation bucket from the victim who had it in her lap due to being in a wheelchair and not having full use of her arms and then ran out of the store with it.

A witness began to chase Solorzano around the store and onto the access road at which time they confronted Solorzano and told him to give the money back. Solorzano then threw a backpack at the witness and struck him in the face with his fist.  Solorzano then pulled out a knife and told the witness to, “back up.”

Solorzano then continued to run down the access road when he was confronted again by two other witnesses. One of them had a firearm and was able to hold Solorzano at gunpoint until police arrived.  Solorzano was found to be in possession of approximately $60 in loose, crumpled bills.

Officers placed Solorzano into custody and transported him to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with aggravated robbery.