March 8, 2016 Jail Update

If you have a family member, friend, or client currently incarcerated in the Wichita County Jail, please call the Sheriff’s Office (766-8170) before showing up for visitation. Several inmates have been moved to nearby counties due to the closure of housing areas. These housing areas are likely to remain closed until the chances for rain pass this weekend.

Due to the increased attention on issues facing in the Wichita County Jail, and in light of the above, this short video taken today is a sample of another difficulty the county faces in housing prisoners in the Wichita County Jail Annex.

November 19, 2014

On Tuesday November 18, at approximately 3:15 am, Lieutenant Patrick McFerrin and Deputy Gabriel Villarreal responded to the 1900 block of FM 368 North in reference to a structure fire.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Tuesday November 18, at approximately 7:21pm, Deputy Jeff Penney responded to the 6500 block of Hwy. 258 in reference to a Fraud.  Upon arrival, the Reporting Person reported that an unknown person(s) attempted to remove funds from three of her bank accounts.

On Tuesday November 18, at approximately 12:30 pm, Deputy Lee Crossman responded to the 8000 block of Tica Road in reference to an Identity Theft.  Upon arrival, the Reporting Person reported that an unknown person(s) filed a taxed return using her identification without her consent.

On Tuesday November 18, at approximately 7:38 pm, Deputy Roy Biter responded to the 7400 block of Central Frwy. in reference to a Criminal Mischief.  Upon arrival, the Reporting Person reported that an unknown person(s) damaged two tires on his vehicle.

On Tuesday November 18, at approximately 4:19 pm, Deputy John Warner and Deputy Brian Koschak  made a traffic stop on U.S. 287 near the weigh station.  The 24-year-old male driver was placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and was charged with five outstanding warrants for two counts of No Current Vaccinations for Animal, two counts of Fail to Obtain Dog/Cat City License and Fail to Remove Weeds over nine inches.

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is now hiring Detention Officers.  If you are interested in a fun and rewarding career, you can pick up an application at the Sheriff’s Office located at the Wichita County Courthouse, 900 7th Street or contact the Training Unit at 940-766-8254.

Disclaimer:  Wichita County Sheriff Deputies respond to multiple events every day.  This information is just a sampling.  Information is subject to change as case investigation proceeds.  Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged.  All suspects charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

WCSO Now Hiring Detention Officers

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The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is now hiring for Detention Officers. This position involves maintaining the safe and secure care, custody, and control of incarcerated adult male and female inmates. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 940-716-8678.

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the best and brightest individuals.  Those who have the aptitude and sense of commitment, those who want to help their community, and those who want to make a difference. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office’s goal is to provide the highest level of professional public service to the wide range of ethnic and culturally diverse groups that make up Wichita County.

A Career with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office offers; challenge, excitement, teamwork and job satisfaction, opportunities for special assignments, and career development, opportunities for promotion, and competitive salary and benefits.

Requirements

As a minimum, applicants with the Sheriff’s Office must meet the following requirements:

Age: 18 years of age (21 for Field Deputy)

Citizenship: U.S. citizen or a Naturalized citizen.  Civilian applicants must be able to show proof of residency or a work visa.

Education: A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required (For Field Deputies must hold valid Texas Peace Officer’s License.)

Criminal History: In general, no record of conviction for any offense above the grade of Class B Misdemeanor, no convictions for Class B Misdemeanor within the preceding 10 years, must not have ever been on probation for any offense above the grade of Class B Misdemeanor.

Valid Driver’s License: Field Deputies and Detention Officers are required to maintain a valid Texas Driver’s License.

Hiring Process

Each applicant seeking employment with the Sheriff’s Office must successfully complete a multi-step hiring process as outlined below.

Steps in Hiring Process

  • Complete application packet
  • Complete minimum qualification Review
  • Pass a Reading Comprehension Exam
  • Interview with oral review board
  • Pass extensive background investigation
  • Placement on eligibility list
  • Offer of employment made as appropriate position becomes available.  Offer is conditional upon the successful completion of:
    • Medical examination
    • Psychological examination
    • Drug Screening
    • Strength Test

If the steps listed above are completed successfully and the position is offered is accepted, the applicant will receive a starting date and complete in-processing.

Applicants MUST successfully complete each step to progress to the next step in the hiring process. 

 

Tax Sales

1. Tax Sales are held the first Tuesday of the month between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the court house steps on the south side of the building. The address is 900 7th Street, Wichita Falls, TX. 76301

2. The Sheriff’s Office, The Tax Office nor the Tax Attorney’s Office prints out a list of properties to be sold. A list is posted on the bulletin board on the hallway outside the Sheriff’s Office and on the second floor bulletin board for viewing. These are not to be taken from the bulletin boards. Properties for sale are published in a newspaper publication for 3 consecutive weeks prior to sale. Properties in Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Kamay and Electra are published in the Electra Star News. Properties in Iowa Park are published in the Iowa Park Leader. These newspapers are published each Thursday. You also may get obtain information by going to the tax attorney’s website at www.pbfcm.com .

3. All sales are without warranty of any kind. Purchasers receive a Sheriff’s deed that is without warranty. Bidders should satisfy themselves concerning title, location and improvements on the property including any encroachments and bio-hazards prior to bidding. The tax sale is an “as is”, “where is”, “buyer beware” sale. If you have any questions about specific liens or ownership of the property, you may research the title yourself or through a title company. The Sheriff’s Office, Tax Office and Tax Attorney’s Office will not do the research for you. The judgments in these cases list the parties included in the tax suit.

4. If you wish to bid on a particular piece of property at the sale, you must first sign in. The Sign-In-Sheet is passed around the morning of the sale for those wishing to bid on properties. We do not accept sealed, internet or phone bids.

5. A minimum bid will be given at the beginning of the sale of each property. Please do not call the Sheriff’s Office, Tax Office or the Tax Attorney’s office requesting the minimum bid, as the information WILL NOT be released and could change prior to the sale.

6. The successful bidder of a piece of property will need to be at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office by 3:00 p.m. to pay If the successful bidder fails to show up in time to make his/her payment, we will go back on the courthouse steps and re-auction the property. PAYMENT MUST BE EITHER CASHIER’S CHECK OR MONEY ORDER. NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Once payment is received, the bidder will be issued a receipt for payment. PLEASE DO NOT LOSE THE RECEIPT.

7. The successful bidder will need to go to the Wichita Co. Tax Office at 600 Scott St., and obtain a Tax Certificate showing that they don’t owe taxes. This certificate will be sent to the Tax Attorney’s Office prior to a deed being filed.

8. The tax attorney’s office will prepare the deed which is WITHOUT warranty. Once the Sheriff’s Office receives the deeds, they will be signed, and then sent back to the Tax Attorney’s Office for filing and distribution. This could take anywhere from 3-6 weeks.

9. The Deed is filed in the County Clerk’s Office by the Tax Attorney’s office.

09 Oct 2013 – Daily Crime Brief

RE: Daily Crime Brief, October 9, 2013

On Tuesday October 8, at approximately 4:30 pm, Sergeant Sergio Teruel responded to the 900 block of 7th Street in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival, the Reporting Person reported a theft.

On Tuesday October 8, at approximately 6:04 pm, Sergeant Sergio Teruel and Deputy John Warner responded to the 1100 block of Springlake in reference to a Disturbance. Upon arrival, the Reporting Person reported that there had been a disturbance at the residence prior to Deputies arrival.

On Tuesday October 8, at approximately 10:15 am, Deputy Ralph Burdick and Deputy Dustin Lowery responded to the 900 block of 11th Street in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival, the Reporting Person reported that he had cashed several checks for a subject totaling $12,000.00 and that the checks were later revealed to be fraudulent.

Would you like to save money on your homeowners insurance? Contact the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Section to schedule a free home inspection. A deputy will come out and check your doors, door locks, window locks and your alarm system if you have one. You could receive a discount from our insurance company up to 20%. Call 716-8676 today. The inspection can be completed in 15-20 minutes.

David Duke, Sheriff

Disclaimer: Wichita County Sheriff Deputies respond to multiple events every day. This information is just a sampling. Information is subject to change as case investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged. All suspects charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.