FY 2021 3rd Quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat Totals

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, distracted driving (cell phones), and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Offices, Constable’s Offices, and local Police Departments.

The following hazardous citations were written during the 3rd Quarter (April – June) Comprehensive STEP.

Speed – 406

Intersections – 20

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 2

Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 29

Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 0

In addition to the hazardous citations, the following citations, warnings or arrests were issued or made.

Non- Hazardous – 54

Written Warnings – 103

Arrests – 1

A total of 243 STEP hours were worked by officers and 2,364 miles were driven.

FY 2021 Comprehensive STEP totals to date:

Speed – 1167

Intersections – 49

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 3

Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 29

Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 0

Non- Hazardous – 158

Written Warnings – 318

Arrests – 1

Hours Worked – 708

Miles Driven – 6199

Remember to buckle up and slow down.  Your life and the lives of others depend on it!

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Arrest Made – ATM Theft

On 07-20-2021, at approximately 5:00am, WFPD patrol officers observed a truck backed up to an ATM at First Capital Bank, 2405 Kell East. Officers began to converge on the area and the vehicle fled the scene stopping behind the Cinemark Theater on Judson Circle. Patrol chased after the suspects and one suspect was caught on the front side of the theater.

The suspect was identified as 23 year old Seth Solomon Ashton Brashears. Investigation revealed that the truck being used had been stolen prior to the Attempted Theft of the ATM.

Brashears was arrested and charged with multiple crimes: Theft of Property < $300,000 ATM, Evading Arrest & Detention, and Possession of a Controlled Substance >= 1G < 4G.

The case is still under investigation.

If anyone has any other information about this crime, please contact us or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

Multiple Search Warrants Lead to Arrest

The WFPD SWAT team executed a search warrant with the Crimes Against Property detectives on 06-10-2021 at about 3:00 pm at 505 Lee Street in search for 35-years-old Nolan Sylver Kerry. Kerry was wanted for thirteen felony arrest warrants out of Kaufman County, Texas. Kerry was arrested on the scene.

An additional search warrant was obtained to search for stolen property at 505 Lee. The WFPDdetectives located four stolen vehicles and additional items stolen during a train cargo burglary.

A third search warrant was obtained for the residence of Nolan Kerry at 814 N. Cottonwood street inWichita Falls. During the search of the residence, the detectives located more stolen property.

The Crimes Against Property detectives said more future criminal charges are expected to be filedagainst Kerry based upon the property located as a result of the search warrants.

Remembering Our Fallen – Day 6

Today we honor Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins.

Lieutenant Walter Collins was shot and killed while assisting other officers respond to a call involving a man firing a .30-.30 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.

Remembering Our Fallen – Day 5

National Police Week is a time where we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1890, we have lost 7 officers protecting and serving the citizens of Wichita Falls. Each day this week, we will honor our fallen.

Officer Robert E. Fellows & Officer Walter E. Rappolee Jr.

End of Watch: August 22, 1968

Officer Fellows and Officer Walter 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.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Fellows and Officer Rappolee.

Remembering Our Fallen – Day 4

National Police Week is a time where we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Since 1890, we have lost 7 officers protecting and serving the citizens of Wichita Falls. Each day this week, we will honor our fallen.

Officer Russell C. Scott

End of Watch: November 28, 1958

Officer Scott was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of accident at the intersection of Hampstead Street and Milby Street. Another car entered the intersection and struck a disabled truck at a high rate of speed. The truck was pushed into Officer Scott, knocking him 54-feet. Officer Scott was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.

Officer Scott had been with the agency for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife.

Please take a moment and join us in honoring Officer Scott.

COLD CASE MURDER ARREST MADE

On 02-21-08, 49 year old Hulan Dewayne Waldon was murdered in the 800 blk of Dallas Street. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The case remained active but went cold as very little information was available at the time. However, WFPD Officer Casillas and WFPD Cold Case Detective John Laughlin kept examining the case and were determined to bring closure to the family.

As a result of their hard work and dedication, an in-depth investigation led to a suspect being identified and an arrest being made.

On 05-11-21, a MURDER warrant was served on Terrance Odel Reese, DOB 05-01-77, while he was in Federal Custody. Excellent work!