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 (TxDPS), Sheriff’s Offices, Constable’s Offices, and local Police Departments.
The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter as provided below.
3rd Quarter FY 2022 (April 1st – June 30th ) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 22
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 48
Speeding – 315
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 12
Non-Hazardous Violations – 29
Warnings – 80
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 2
Hours Worked – 217.82
Miles Driven – 2352
FY 2022 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stat Totals to Date:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 65
Child Safety Seats – 1
Intersection Violations – 177
Speeding – 899
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 26
Non-Hazardous Violations – 124
Warnings – 241
Arrests – 4
Vehicles Impounded – 7
Hours Worked – 604.88
Miles Driven – 6043
Remember to buckle up and slow down. Your life and the lives of others depend on it.
There have been several reports lately involving a group of subjects targeting our citizens with a solar panel scam. The subjects are described as being white males, in their 20s or 30s, driving a gray SUV. They refuse to give the name of their company because they say it is “new” but they do not have any problem asking for personal banking information.
Do not fall for this scam and, if they come to your door, please notify us by calling our dispatch center at 940-720-5000.
On 02-16-22, officers were dispatched to the 100 blk of Patterson in reference to a disturbance involving 32 year old Jerome Williams. Records check revealed that Williams was a WANTED FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE and had an active parole violation warrant out for his arrest. After Williams was taken into custody, he intentionally went limp and refused to walk. During his resistance, he became violent, and kicked one of our officers in the shin. At the jail, his resistance continued and he spit on one of the jailers and tried to bite another. In addition to his parole violation, Williams was charged with the following:
On 02-15-22, at approx 5:39am, in reference to an occupied vehicle check in the parking lot of Texas Tire, 1703 Seymour Hwy. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, occupied by 52 year old Jerry Patterson in the parking lot. Records check confirmed the vehicle to be stolen out of Electra and Patterson to have an outstanding arrest warrant.
Patterson was arrested for the warrant and also charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
WFPD officers responded on 02-12-22 at 4:56 am to the Stripes store located at 2200 Southwest Parkway to investigate a homicide. The officers arrived and found the store clerk, a 41-year-old male, had been murdered.
The WFPD detectives responded to the scene. Video of the incident shows a thin to medium build black male wearing a gray hoodie is the suspect who shot the clerk. It is believed the suspect left the area walking to the north.
The detectives are waiting for photographs and possibly video of the incident captured on the store’s security camera system. I will send those with any future update as soon as I receive them.
The victim’s name has not been released at this time.
The WFPD believes our community is safe and this appears to be an isolated incident.
If you have any information on this Capital Murder, please call the WFPD Crime Stoppers number at 940-322-9888 or the WFPD non-emergency number at 940-720-5000.
Officers of the WFPD Special Operations Unit were searching for 29-year-old Dustin Davidson of Wichita Falls on the evening of 02-01-2022. Davidson was wanted for Violation of Parole. The original offenses associated with Davidson’s parole are Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Penalty Group 1.
The officers initiated a vehicle stop on a 2017 Honda Accord in the Wal-Mart parking lot located at 3130 Lawrence Road at about 8:40 pm in order to arrest Davidson. Davidson was seated in the Accord’s front passenger seat.
When the officers approached the vehicle, Davidson produced a firearm and discharged the weapon. The officers fired upon Davidson striking him multiple times. Davidson was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The female driver of the Honda was struck during the gun fire. She was transported to the URHCS with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and the body of the deceased has been sent for an autopsy.
Steve Duran, age 40, was arrested yesterday on 4 counts Sexual Assault stemming from events that occurred on 12-09-21. Each of the 4 arrest warrants carried a $125,000.00 bond. Duran is currently in the Wichita County Jail.