On Monday, January 15th, at approximately 8:30pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department was dispatched to the 3000 block of Speedway in reference to a check suspicious person. Officers were advised that a subject wearing camo coveralls and a beanie was on the reporting parties back porch. When they confronted the subject he walked off in an unknown direction of travel.
Officers were able to locate a subject matching the suspect description at the intersection of Speedway and Avondale. The subject was identified as 44 year old Randy Konovsky. A records check revealed that Konovsky had an outstanding warrant for burglary of a building.
The warrant stemmed from a report that was taken back on December 19, 2017 in the 4600 block of Cypress at Rider High School. The reporting party stated that on December 15, 2017 between 3:05 pm and 3:44 pm a subject entered the school and began going to different offices and rooms within the school. The suspect caused damage to various filing cabinets and doors.
Konovsky was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
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 1st Quarter FY 2018 (October-December 2017) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 70
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 126
Speeding – 445
Other Violations – 123
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 10
Hours Worked – 317.1
Miles Driven – 2,856.5
Update: At approximately 9:15 am, Friday January 12th, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to an address in the 3100 block of Hollywood in reference to the missing child.
Officers were able to locate and recover both Nikki Hill and another male juvenile.
Both subjects were safe and had left on their own accord.
They have both been released to family members.
This case is being investigated as a runaway and CPS has been notified.
Update: The WFPD has reason to believe that Nikki may be in the company of this individual.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of either Nikki or the male subject you are encouraged to contact police at (940) 720-5000.
The Wichita Falls Police Department are investigating a missing child, 12 year old Nikki Hill.
She is a white female, with brown hair, brown eyes, 4 foot 10 inches weighing 84 pounds.
She was last seen at approximately 9:30 pm on Thursday, January 11 in the 6600 block of Southwest Pky wearing a yellow hoodie, black running pants that have a white stripe down the leg and grey Nike running shoes.
If you have any information of her whereabouts you are encouraged to call the WFPD at (940) 720-5000.
On Wednesday, January 10th, at approximately 8:58 pm, 28 year old Brandon Alexander Gilleland was transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and booked into the Wichita County jail on a Capital Murder warrant.
On October 4, 2016 officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2500 block of Terrace in reference to a subject that had been shot.
Upon arrival officers located 60 year old Roger Aliff on the ground. He had suffered gunshot wounds. Aliff was transported to the hospital where he later died from those wounds.
WFPD Detectives began to investigate and were able to obtain Capital Murder warrants for two individuals; 37 year old Dustin Hord, who turned himself into police on April 28, 2017 and Gilleland.
Gilleland’s bond was set at $1,000,000.00.
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a free program that is designed to keep you, the citizen, informed of what’s going on around you as it relates to police activity; RAIDSONLINE.
RAIDSONLINE is an analytical information system. The WFPD keeps records about incidents that occur within the jurisdiction. When an incident happens, the responding officer writes a report with information about the event including the location, people, related vehicles and other useful information. The information is then shared at www.raidsonline.com and is updated on a regular basis for accuracy.
You can easily search for information on nearby criminal activity.
Analytical layers show how crime relates to other factors such as date, time, location type of crime, etc .
RAIDSONLINE helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe. RAIDS crime map connects law enforcement with the community to help reduce crime and improve public safety.
RAIDSONLINE is a web based program but it is also available as a free app download.
To ensure your safety this holiday season, please consider the following safety tips. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with your friends, family, and neighbors.
-Let a trustworthy neighbor know if you’re planning to go out of town for the holidays so that they can keep an eye on your home. Don’t hide a key outside the house!
-Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re not home.
-Park in well-lit and high activity areas close to store entrances during your last minute holiday shopping. Keep all windows closed and doors locked. Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle! If you need to return to your car while shopping, place your bags in the trunk and move your car to another safe location.
-Add Emergency Contacts to Nextdoor to provide your neighbors with another way to help out in case a safety concern arises. Go to your profile and select Add Emergency Contacts. If you are not already a member of Nextdoor you can join free by going to Nextdoor.com.
-Arm your security system to protect your home. While it may seem obvious, your mind is distracted when you’re rushing out the door. Don’t forget this simple step to ensure your home stays protected.
On Sunday, December 17th, at approximately 5:18 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to an occupied vehicle check at the intersection of Pyrenees and Catskills. Upon arrival they located a black Toyota 4Runner occupied by a white female who was lying across the front seat of the vehicle asleep. The vehicle was not running.
Officers identified the female as 58 year old Susan Tiffany. Her demeanor was erratic and she was unable to focus or speak in complete sentences. Officers detained her for possible intoxication.
Officers saw in plain view a purse sitting on the front passenger seat. The purse was open and inside the purse was a pill bottle that contained several small plastic bags. Upon a closer search officers located a second pill bottle inside the purse that contained three more plastic baggies. Inside each bag was a crystal like substance. Officers used a field test kit on the crystal like substance and it field tested positive as methamphetamine. The total weight of the methamphetamine, including the baggies, totaled 3.6 grams.
Tiffany was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1.
Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year’s Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.
- Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
- Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled
- Put that cell phone away; many distractions can occur while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit
- Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
- Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
Information provided by the National Safety Council
Gas pump skimmers are a common method crooks use to steal your identity. Here are a few tips to help you as a consumer to avoid or reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a skimmer scam.
First look at the overall condition of the gas pump. Is there anything attached to it that appears out of place? Is there more than one card reader? Any visible wires on the outside of the machine? Is there tape holding objects on the pump?
If you notice anything attached to the outside of the pump that appears out of place or brand new in appearance compared to the pump itself, it could be a skimmer or camera. Some externally placed skimmers will allow the transaction when placed over or near the pump card reader, but will also steal your card information at the same time.
If possible avoid gas pumps that are out of view of the store employee. These pumps could be more easily compromised with a skimmer device since employees will not be able to see activity around the pump. Use the pumps that are within view of the employee these may have a reduced risk of being compromised.
Check to see if the pump has a security seal placed on the access door. If this seal is broken or gone, move on to another pump if possible. It could mean that the pump has been compromised. If the seal is missing or broken notify the employee immediately. If you have to use a pump with a broken seal, pay with cash or card inside and notify the employee about the condition of the gas pump.
Use a credit card instead of a debit card if possible. Many credit cards offer better protection against most types of fraud. Debit cards immediately withdraw money from your account. If you have to use a debit card, run it as a credit card so you don’t have to enter a PIN.
Bluetooth Skimmers – More advanced skimmers are blue-tooth capable so the crook will not even have to come and get it! They will simply park nearby and access the blue tooth skimmer through mobile devices such as laptops or smart phones. Others that are externally attached may have to be retrieved by the crook at some point in time.
Suspicious People – If you see people hanging around gas pumps or pretending to be maintenance workers, inform the employees or call the police. It could be nothing or it could be the criminal retrieving stolen information.
Credit/Debit Cards – Finally, check your credit/debit cards or gas card statements regularly for any irregularities or unusual charges. Notify the police and credit card company as soon as possible for the fraudulent charges to protect yourself and your credit.
On Monday, December 4th, at approximately 11:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of Joline in reference to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival officers located the victim who was on the front porch arguing with the suspect, 40 year old Angela Everman.
The victim told officers that when they came home they discovered Everman naked inside their residence. The victim stated that Everman had turned on the gas to the stove and began eating the victim’s food to include cake, a salad, popcorn, a cookie and drank a Pepsi.
Everman spoke with officers and advised them that she broke a window to get into the apartment. She said once inside she washed her hair and ate some cake, tomatoes, and lettuce. She said the food was already inside the apartment when she entered and she did not pay for it. She said she had been at the apartment for about two hours but she did not have permission to be inside. Everman went on to tell officers that she chose the apartment because she remembered it from a long time ago and she knew the lay out.
Officers were able to see signs of forced entry into the residence by way of a window.
Everman was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where she was charged with burglary of a habitation.