Month: February 2017

PR – 1706 – Officer Discharged Weapon

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                    PR 17-06

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On February 18, 2017 at 6:49 AM, a North Richland Hills officer initiated a traffic stop in the 6300 block of Davis Boulevard. After the vehicle stopped, the officer approached from the passenger side of the vehicle to speak with the driver. It was reported that the driver without warning, made a sudden lunge towards the officer, while reaching behind the passenger seat for a weapon. In fear for their life, the officer discharged one round from their duty weapon. The round however, did not injure the driver. The driver began complying with officer commands. Additional units arrived on scene, and the driver of the vehicle was placed in to custody. Officers observed a machete located behind the passenger seat.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, as per policy, while an internal investigation is conducted. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the North Richland Hills jail, charges pending.ois_davis-blvd

 

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Press Release PR 17-05 – Family Violence

Carissa Katekaru                                                     PR 17-05

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release

On February 17, 2017 at approximately 5:00 AM, officers were dispatched to the 8300 block of Davis Blvd reference a possible domestic disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and were able to secure the area. During the initial investigation, it was relayed that there may be additional occupants inside a home and that a suspect may be armed in the house.

It was discovered that two adult females reportedly sustained injuries from an assault by the male subject and left the residence to receive medical attention for their injuries. As the investigation continued, it was determined the male subject was still inside the residence with a five year old juvenile female.

At 9:04 AM officers were able to remove the juvenile female from the residence and secured her safety. Officers continued negotiations and at 11:10 AM the suspect was taken in to custody without incident.

The two adult females were treated and released from area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The juvenile was uninjured and later reunited with family members. The suspect has been identified as Robert Winsett, 49 year old white male. Winsett is charged with one count Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon and one count Assault Family Member With Bodily Injury. He is currently being held in the North Richland Hills jail, awaiting arraignment.

**Update 1615 – Investigations has confirmed that the male subject and one of the female subjects were domestic partners.**

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#MHM – Bipolar Disorder

When we see someone switch moods suddenly, we often hear someone say, “Wow, they are so bi-polar.”

The reality is, people with bipolar disorder do not have sudden and unexpected mood swings. That is more typical of borderline personality disorder which we talked about a couple of weeks ago.

People with bipolar disorder instead have longer cycles of mood changes between mania and depression which may cycle anywhere from a few times a year to a few times a month with most cycles lasting at least a week.

During the depressed phase, the person shows all the classic signs of a depression disorder such as feeling hopeless or helpless and having little to no motivation to enjoy things they normally would have.

During the manic phase, the person may show hyperactivity, increased impulsivity, increased risky behaviors, and go days without sleep. Some can even become psychotic during this time and have delusions or hallucinations.

Bipolar disorder also carries an increased risk of suicide with nearly 50% of those with the diagnosis having attempted at some point. The risk of suicide goes up dramatically when bipolar disorder goes untreated.

So what can be done about bipolar disorder? Well, medications such as mood stabilizers and psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy have shown great success. The key is getting treatment. Treatment can also be difficult as 40% of people with bipolar disorder also have a lack of insight, called anosognosia, which we’ve talked about before as well. This lack of insight makes treatment routines difficult to stay on.

Again, treatment is key and is helpful. Some resources include:

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder

And, as I frequently mention, a great book for helping your loved one with a lack of insight help themselves:

I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help!

 

Officer C. Morgan #622

Mental Health Peace Officer

North Richland Hills Police Department

(817) 427-7092

 

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Media Release – Shooting – PR 17-04

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release                      PR 17-04

 

On February 11, 2017 at approximately 6:28 PM, North Richland Hills Police received a report of a shooting in the 6600 block of Onyx Drive North.

Officers arrived on scene and located a 52 year old white male and 22 year old white female, both with apparent gunshot wounds.

The investigation indicates the shooting resulted from an accidental discharge of the firearm. The male subject was handling the weapon when it discharged, striking both the male and female.

Both victims were transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Attempted Abduction Press Release PR 17-03

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

            NEWS RELEASE                For Immediate Release            PR 17-03

The North Richland Hills Police are currently investigating a report of an attempted abduction that occurred in the area of Little Ranch Rd and Hightower Dr. The incident occurred February 9, 2017 at approximately 7:30 AM.

Police were able to determine that the victim (Male 13 yoa) was riding his bicycle to school, when he was approached by a Grey Nissan Titan.  The police were told that the driver of the truck pulled near the child and asked him if he needed a ride. The child answered “no” and the driver proceeded to get out of the vehicle. The child pulled his cell phone from his backpack and attempted to take pictures of the subject. The subject quickly returned to his vehicle and left west on Hightower Dr towards Rufe Snow.

The male driver is described as: White male, red hair and red goatee, approximately 30-40 years of age, around 6’0” tall with a stocky build and 3 visible round marks on his left cheek. Subject was reported as wearing a black sweatshirt with grey hood and sleeves, with a deer logo on the front.

The vehicle is described as: Grey Nissan Titan, 4-door, with black rims, step bar and a roll bar with six round lights.

The police are currently investigating the incident and are asking the community for their assistance in identifying all persons and possible witnesses to this incident. Please contact the North Richland Hills Police Department with any information on this incident by calling 817-427-7000.

 

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*Last updated 02/09/2017 2:24 PM*

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UNIDOS Health Fair Press Release

UNIDOS Health Fair Press Release – PR 17-02

The UNIDOS team of the North Richland Hills Police Department will host a free Health Fair.  The community wide event will take place on Friday, February 25, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at G.W Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Avenue Haltom City, Texas.

UNIDOS is a statewide program geared towards improving the quality of life for our Hispanic Community. This is accomplished by partnering with resources in our community to provide assistance in areas of relevance to our residents whose first language is Spanish.

The Health Fair will bring more than 40 health vendors to the market to provide services and educational materials on important health issues that affect the Hispanic community.  Services include Free Blood Pressure and Health Screenings for the entire family, information on breast and cervical cancer, Medicare/Medicaid, diabetes, dental screenings, skin care, free giveaways and more!

 

The Health Fair is free and open to the public.  For more information regarding the Health Fair, please feel free to reach out to Officer Kristina Gonzalez of the North Richland Hills Police Department at 817-427-7211 or kgonzalez@nrhtx.com.

 

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Beat Management Program

Did you know the City of North Richland Hills is divided in to eight districts, also known as “beats?” Do you know what beat you live in?

For the purposes of response to calls for service, the City of North Richland Hills is divided in to eight separate geographical areas, known as districts or beats. In the Beat Management Program, patrol officers get to select (based on seniority), their own beat and work in it every day. By utilizing this program, our officers can better serve the community and form a partnership with our citizens. By managing their beats on a daily basis, officers can get to know the people that reside and work in their assigned areas, and truly understand any associated problems within their individual beat. We encourage officers to interact with staff and students in schools, attend homeowners and neighborhood watch meetings and truly “get to know” their piece of the community.

If you have any questions or to see who your assigned officer is, follow the link to our website to learn more: Beat Officers

 

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