Author: NRHPD Media

This is the official blog site for the North Richland Hills Police Department (TX). If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency concern, please contact police dispatch 24/7 817-281-1000.

Scam Smart Seniors – Steps to Avoiding Scams

Our Community Services Division offers “Scam Smart Seniors,” a class on identifying scams, and protecting financial info.

We know many of the seniors in our community do not have the fast world of social media available at their fingertips, so we wanted to work to bring the information to them. Our incredible Community Services team makes time to travel to our Senior Center, Retirement Communities and even church groups with the “Savvy Saving Seniors” class. This class is dedicated to arming our senior community with steps to identify scams or fraudulent activity so that they don’t become the next victim.

To learn more about it or to schedule a class at your facility, contact Community Services today! 817-427-7021 or by email: Officer McEachran: rmceachran@nrhtx.com or Officer Kasterke: gkasterke@nrhtx.com

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February 2018 Missing Man located – PR 18-04-2

February missing man’s car found in Trinity River in Dallas. Recovery efforts to remove the vehicle were successful.

After a lengthy and exhaustive search, the North Richland Hills Criminal Investigations Division was alerted by the Texas Department of Public Safety that on August 7, 2018, their dive teams had positively located and identified the vehicle of missing NRH resident, James Booth. The vehicle was located in Dallas, downstream from the area where our department initially received reports of a white sedan in the river on February 21, 2018.

On August 8, 2018 recovery efforts continued, as crews worked to remove the sedan from the river. Once the vehicle was removed, remains were found inside.

On August 9, 2018 the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office positively identified the remains as that of Mr. James Booth. Per our investigators, there is no foul play suspected in the case.

Our department extends our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Booth’s family during this process. It remains our goal to at least provide them with a degree of closure, with the hope that it may be helpful to their grieving process.

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Link to original Press Release

 

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-04-2

Phone: (817) 427-7076

Cell: (682) 325-1832

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Warrant Scam

We’ve been made aware of yet another scam circulating our town regarding a phone call about warrants!

While our volunteers DO make courtesy warrant notification calls from our main police line, we can assure you that we will NEVER ask for financial information, ask you to call another out of state number, or ask you to pay your warrant in gift cards or iTunes cards.

The warrant calls we do make, that occur on every other Wednesday, are simply a courtesy notification and direct you to visit the court in person to handle your unpaid fines – NOT to make any payments over the phone.

Should you receive the spoof/scam call, please report to the FTC via https://www.ftc.gov/complaint and do NOT provide any financial or identifying information over the phone.

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Painted Address on Curbs

We were made aware that people are going door to door stating they are with the City and Police/Fire Departments and have been sent to paint house numbers on curbs.

While the Public Safety Departments encourage homeowners to have their address prominently displayed out front, we can assure you that we are not requiring or endorsing any service that may be going door to door selling the curb painting of house numbers. Should you encounter someone doing this, give dispatch a ring and provide them with a description of the subjects (817-281-1000) or check their solicitor permit status via the city website. NRH Solicitor Permits

Having a properly numbered house does make it safer for first responders and residents, as it allows us to locate and access locations faster. But again, curbside addresses are neither a requirement or an endorsement effort by the City or Police/Fire Departments.

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NRHPD’s First Female Sniper

Officer Kneisel is a five and a half year veteran of the North Richland Hills Police Department, who began her tenure as a Detention Officer in our Joint Detention Facility. She has spent the last four and a half years working in the Patrol Division and recently became appointed to the NRH SWAT Team as the department’s first female sniper.

Kneisel attended the Garland Basic Police SWAT School and Fort Worth PD Sniper Course, becoming the first female to pass the sniper course in the Fort Worth PD’s sniper course ten year history.

Congratulations to Officer Kneisel! Hard work and dedication are most evident!

SnapMap

We realize that this may be considered “old news,” however we think it’s worth sharing again! With the ever evolving world of social media, and millions of new users signing on daily, it’s worth a refresher!

**👻Snapchat👻 lovers and parents of those who love Snap**

The map, we have to talk about it. It’s the elephant in the room…

The ‘Snap Map’ connects via your phones GPS and automatically updates the map with your location. This allows others to see exactly where you are, even if you’re not snapping. We recommend turning on ‘Ghost Mode’ to prevent sharing your location.

To turn on Ghost Mode, pinch the screen when the app is open and the map should appear. If it’s your first time doing so, it will prompt you with the option to go in to ghost mode. If it doesn’t, click the gear icon in the top right corner. Then flip the ‘switch’ to turn Ghost Mode on.

Please be safe when using social media!

 

E-Mail Scams – Don’t fall victim

Double check the validity of an email requesting money from you. If it sounds fishy, it likely is!

We have received some recent reports about emails circulating requesting money to help someone that’s in a “bad situation.” The emails may be short, abrupt and use incorrect language or they may be lengthy, well written and tug at your heart strings using local businesses or names you are familiar with. If you question the validity of the request, don’t be afraid to ask. Check the email address (usually a give away!), logos, phone numbers, addresses etc. If it sounds fishy, it likely is. Trust your instinct!

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-Carissa Katekaru

Public Information Officer/Media Relations Coordinator

Office 817-427-7076  || ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

 

Overdose Subject Search – PR 18-08

*UPDATE 2:10 pm* The subject was located and taken in to custody without incident. 

Academy Carrie F Thomas, Walker Creek Elementary and Birdville High placed on soft lock down regarding an overdose subject that was reportedly armed with a handgun.

Shortly before 10:30 am on May 30, 2018 officers were dispatched to the area of 7800 Mockingbird Ln. regarding a report of an attempted overdose. Officers were alerted that the subject may have a handgun and he was last seen leaving the area on foot. The subject is described as a white male, late 40’s, blue t-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Surrounding schools, Carrie F Thomas, Walker Creek Elementary and Birdville High, were asked to take precautionary procedures. Following their given protocols, each school was placed in a soft lockdown for approximately 30 minutes. Due to the scheduled early release, officers were placed at each of the aforementioned schools during pickup/release time.

After a thorough search of the surrounding area, the search was discontinued at about 12:30 pm. No immediate threats to the public were made by the male subject and the department will remain in contact with reporting parties should he return to the area.

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-08

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Can you help?

Help us ID this woman who has been using forged checks under different identities for over a year!

The suspect pictured below has passed numerous forged checks under different identities for several years across the metroplex. Help NRH and other surrounding agencies ID this woman and solve cases! If you recognize her, give Criminal Investigations a ring – 817-427-7030 – refer to case number 18N8706 for Det. Whitlock

Updated: 5/16/18 1015 – new pictures

Police Chase leads to SWAT Stand-off

North Richland Hills domestic assault suspect barricades himself in vehicle – Fort Worth PD SWAT assists in apprehension.

On Saturday, March 31, 2018 just before 11:00 am, officers were called to the 7400 block of NE Loop 820 to investigate an alleged domestic assault. North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect leaving the area in a gold Hyundai sedan and signaled for him to stop.  Instead, the suspect continued driving until he reached the 2200 block of Jacksboro Hwy in Fort Worth, where he still refused to exit the vehicle.

After North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect was armed with a handgun, assistance was sought from the Fort Worth Police Department, who responded with their SWAT team, and successfully took the suspect into custody at about 2:00 pm without further incident.

The suspect is: Nicholas Hoefer, white male, 26 years of age from Euless, Texas.

The subject is being held in the Tarrant County jail pending charges from the North Richland Hills incident and on a warrant from the Tarrant County Sheriff Office.

**UPDATED 4:24 pm- to reflect subject housed at Tarrant County jail rather than NRH jail.

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

PR 18-06