Furever Friday with Officer Bohn & Bliss

For more information about this “furever” pal, please contact Katrena at Animal Services by calling 940-761-7824.

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WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrest and Narcotics Seized

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Stephany Baxter

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Jesse Buckley

On Tuesday, November 14th, at approximately 1:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on 1997 blue Buick Lacrosse in the 2300 block of Holiday.  The driver was identified as 36 year old Jesse Buckley and the front seat passenger as 26 year old Stephany Baxter.

Officers observed Buckley reaching for his waist.  Believing he may have a weapon or trying to conceal evidence of a crime officers ordered Buckley to show his hands.  He refused at which time officers opened the door of the vehicle in an attempt to gain control of Buckley.  Buckley began kicking at officers and refused to comply with orders to show his hands and stop resisting.  Officers deployed their Taser in an attempt to gain control of Buckley.  He continued to resist, but was eventually placed into custody.

Officers conducted a search of the driver’s area and located a plastic bag with a crystal like substance in the floor board.  The substance in the bag rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine.

Officers then spoke with Baxter and asked her if she was in possession of any illegal narcotics.  She stated that she was and removed a clear bag from her person.  Inside the bag were multiple smaller bags that contained a crystal like substance.  The substance was field tested and showed a positive result for methamphetamine.  The total weight of all the methamphetamine seized was 14.1 grams.

Both Buckley and Baxter were transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident.

Buckley was charged with resisting arrest and Baxter was charged with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.

WFPD Offers Vacation Home Checks

vacation-circled-on-calendar-jpgWith many people going out of town for the holidays the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you that you can set your residence up for a vacation home check.

While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the WFPD will periodically stop by your home to check for open doors, broken windows or any other suspicious circumstances.  In the event that something out of the ordinary is discovered, you or your listed emergency contact will be contacted immediately.  This is another added security precaution you can utilize to safeguard your possessions and assure your peace of mind while you are on vacation.  This is a free, but invaluable service provided by the WFPD.

Please fill in the form below to request a vacation check.   If you have any questions please contact the Community Services Section at 940-720-5019.

Click here to request your Vacation Patrol Check

Homeowner realizes that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily, only when Sentinels are available.

WFPD Releases Year End TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats – Fiscal Year 2017

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The 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 Year End FY 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 376
Child Safety Seats – 11
Intersection Violations – 812
Speeding – 2069
Other Violations – 641
Arrests – 21
Vehicles Impounded – 37
Hours Worked – 1482.1
Miles Driven – 12989
The Wichita Falls Police Department is currently participating in the FY 2018 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018).

WFPD Releases 2017 4th Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

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The 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 2017 (July-September) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 53
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 137
Speeding – 389
Other Violations – 96
Arrests – 4
Vehicles Impounded – 3
Hours Worked – 270.8
Miles Driven – 2507

‘Tis the Season for Package Theft

holiday-package-theft-jpgBelieve it or not, but it is that time of the year again when many people have packages sent to their residence in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a few simple precautions that you can take to keep from becoming a victim of theft.

If you have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts, or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries DO NOT require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages, which quickly catch the eye of potential thieves, offer criminals that “Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. Thieves looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks so they can target your home after the parcels are delivered.

Below are some “Package Theft Prevention Tips” for you to use which will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

If Possible:

  • Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages
  • Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up
  • Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option
  • Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them
  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for you packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home
  • If your packages do not arrive as scheduled contact the sender immediately

 

What Should You Do If You See Packages Being Stolen In Your Neighborhood?

  • Call Police.
  • Supply Police with an accurate description of the suspect(s) and any vehicles that may be used.

One Suspect In Aggravated Robbery Arrested

barnes 21On 11-07-17, at approx 4:20pm, two suspects robbed Western Finance, 1800 Kemp Blvd, at gunpoint and fled the scene in a Ford Mustang.  Investigation led to one of the suspects being identified as 21 year old Jehcobi Barnes.  Later that night, Barnes was located in an apartment complex on Professional Drive and arrested after a brief foot pursuit.  Barnes was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, and several warrants.  The Mustang was also located and impounded.  The case is still under investigation.  If anyone has any information about this crime, including the identity of the other suspect, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

Second Suspect Arrested on October 22nd Aggravated Robberies

downloadOn Wednesday November 1st at approximately 8:15 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police responded to the 2100 block of Ave H in reference to a subject with a warrant for aggravated robbery.  Upon arrival officers located a 16 year old male who had two outstanding aggravated robbery warrants. He was taken into custody without incident.  Due to his age his name is not being released.

 

The warrants stemmed from two recent aggravated robberies that took place.  On October 22nd at approximately 10:15 pm two suspects where in the 1400 block of Beverly when they pulled a gun on the victim and demanded his wallet. The suspects then fled the scene on foot with the victim`s wallet. The second was on the same night a few minutes later in the 4100 block of Seymour Hwy. Two armed suspects entered the Eskimo Hut and demanded money.  They fled on foot with cash, cigarillos and the victim’s phone.

On Friday, October 27th, at approximately 9:30 pm officers with the WFPD arrested 22 year old Justice Smith in connection with the aggravated robberies.

WFPD Arrest Three for Halloween Night Aggravated Robbery

Agg RobberyToday, at approximately 10:50 am, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 2100 block of Avenue H in reference to a subject with a warrant.  Upon arrival officers located 17 year old Devin Mullins and placed him into custody on an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery.

The warrant stemmed from an aggravated robbery that was reported on Halloween night, October 31st, in the 900 block of Kemp.  According to the victim two males entered the Dollar Saver located at 911 Kemp, displayed firearms and demanded money. The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and some cigars. They were last seen on foot going east on 10th Street.

WFPD Detectives have also arrested two other juvenile males in connection to this offense.  Their names are not being released due to their ages.