Scam Alert in Wichita County

The Citizens of Wichita County are receiving telephone calls, text messages and emails from an individual who is claiming to be Deputy Melvin Joyner. Some of the emails are including an invoice demanding payment. Others include telephone calls that are stating that the persons being called have an outstanding warrant and that they need to go and get a gift card to take care of the warrant. They will then call back wanting the numbers off of the gift card.

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office does not telephone, text or send emails to persons who have outstanding warrants. Usually this is done by the courts using the U.S. mail. Please be aware of this current scam going around.

If you receive a questionable call please be feel free to call the non-emergency number at 940-766-8170.

Financial Crimes Suspects Arrested

On Monday December 3, at approximately 1:45 pm, A Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Midway Church Road. During a consensual search of the vehicle, $75,215.00 in U.S. currency, gift cards not under the names of the driver or two passengers, and two flash drives containing hundreds of names, credit card numbers, pin numbers and zip codes were found.

The driver, Osniel Ramirez, 3-11-84, a passenger, Disney Avila, 5-6-93, and third passenger, Miguel Aguiler, 8-29-91 were placed under arrest. They were transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and were charged with Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information and Money Laundering over $30,000.00 under $150.000.00.

The three subjects were currently being investigated by the Amarillo Police Department in regards to a large number of Identity Theft Cases that had occurred in that city.

Highway Interdiction Deputy Makes large Drug Arrest and Seizure

On Thursday October 25, at approximately 3:51 pm a Wichita County Sheriff’s Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and F.M. 1739. The 48-year-old male driver, Lucien Sacha Niccore, 12-19-69, was placed under arrest after a Sheriff’s K-9 made a positive alert on the vehicle. He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 2, a First Degree Felony.

657.4 pounds of THC Hash Oil Electronic Cartridges valued at 15 million dollars was seized. Street Value is estimated to be around 30 million dollars. information over the phone. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office WILL NOT contact you over the phone if you have missed jury duty or if you have a warrant for your arrest. You will be contacted via mail for jury request or missing a court date. You will NEVER be asked to process any sort of payment over the phone. If you are contacted by someone from the Sheriff’s Office and have any question regarding the legitimacy of the information please call the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office at (940)766-8100 ext. 8170.

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2018 National Night Out

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The 2018 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, October 8 from 5-8 pm. This marks the 35th anniversary of National Night Out events. National Night Out is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts, and to enhance police and community relations. We will be having a central celebration at the Kamay Volunteer Fire Dept. located at 8537 SH 258 W Kamay, TX. There will be free food and drinks, giveaways, raffles, numerous vendors, and representatives from all the first responder agencies that serve the community. Bring the whole family as we celebrate Wichita County’s National Night Out.

Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Hiring Event

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The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a Hiring Event on July 7th, 2018 from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Wichita County Emergency Management Office located at 110 Jefferson Street in Wichita Falls.

The event will be focusing on hiring Detention Officers to work in the Wichita County Detention Center. This position can open doors within the criminal justice system and can be used as a stepping stone into a career in law enforcement. We encourage anyone who has an interest in serving the community to attend, so we may answer their questions about the position.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Career Opportunities page to print off and complete their Job Application and Personal History Statement prior to coming to the event.

For more information please contact the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Recruiter at 940-766-8170.

Fundraiser Cookout for Deputy

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The Wichita County Sheriff’s Posse will be holding a fundraiser cookout Thursday April 12 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm  to help a fellow officer. The fundraiser will help  Deputy David Stout, an 18 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, with ongoing medical expenses. The posse will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be a silent auction and great music during the event.  Come help an officer that has spent so much time helping this county. The cookout will be on the front lawn of the courthouse.  If weather is bad, cookout will be at the parking garage located at 7th and Indiana. For more information contact Jill Gann at 940-766-8170.

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Deputies Seize 80 Pounds of Marijuana

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On November 4, 2017, at approximately 1:28 p.m., a Wichita County K-9 Interdiction Deputy along with his K-9 partner Cane conducted a traffic stop on US 287 South and Burnett Ranch Rd for a traffic violation. During the stop, the deputy observed several signs of criminal activity. The 64 year old driver consented to a vehicle search. During the search, the deputy located over 80 pounds of high grade marijuana concealed within the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County Detention Center where she was charged with Possession of Marijuana Over 50 pounds/ Under 2000 pounds, a second degree felony. The estimated value of the high grade marijuana is over $360,000 dollars.

Beware of Phone Scam!

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The phone scam of missing jury duty is going around again. An unidentified caller is making calls informing individuals they have missed jury duty and warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller is stating they are a deputy with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office and the warrant needs to be taken care of immediately or jail time is imminent. The caller is telling the individual to go to a store and purchase a large amount of prepaid gift cards and relay the cards’ information over the phone. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office WILL NOT contact you over the phone if you have missed jury duty or if you have a warrant for your arrest. You will be contacted via mail for jury request or missing of a court date. You will NEVER be asked to process any sort of payment over the phone. If you are contacted by someone from the Sheriff’s Office and have any question regarding the legitimacy of the information please call the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office at (940)766-8170 ext. 8100.

Wichita County’s National Night Out

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Join us Tuesday, October 3rd from 6pm to 9pm at the Kamay Volunteer Fire Department at 8537 SH 258 West for our National Night Out Celebration.  There will be hotdogs, games, and police and fire equipment to explore.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. 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.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more