Press Release

Largest Registration for annual Women’s Conference

North Richland Hills Police Department is hosting the annual Women of Law Enforcement Conference September 26, 2018 – September 28, 2018 at the Bob Bolen Training Center in Fort Worth.

We are anticipating our largest crowd yet, with over 240 registrants from as far away as Hawaii. This yearly event draws female police officers from across the nation to gather in environment specific to a female officer. Opening ceremonies will feature keynote speaker, Chief Jessica of Robledo Pflugerville Police Department. Special sessions will include: Pistol Skillset (taught by nationally recognized ret. Fort Worth Police Officer Dorcia Meador and FWPD Instructor Jaime Malone), Tactical Medic (taught by Fort Worth Police Department Brandi Kamper), Defensive Tactics and more.

Special presentation of the R.I.S.E. (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Award will be given on the final afternoon of the conference to a deserving female who has shown incredible strength in the face of adversity.

When:            Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Friday, September 28, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where:           Bob Bolen Public Safety Training Complex

501 W. Felix St. Fort Worth, TX 76115

www.womenoflawenforcement.org

 

The event is hosted by the North Richland Hills Police Department, with facilities provided by the Fort Worth Police Department. Media is invited to attend the event – please contact our Public Information Officer, Carissa Katekaru, with specific questions and to ensure proper access to secured areas.

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

Cell: (682) 325-1832

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

Updated: 9/25/18 – 1015 hrs

Robbery – 5300 Rufe Snow

Criminal Investigations is asking for your help ID’ing this robbery suspect.

 
Thursday, September 13 at about 4:00 pm a black male, wearing a black Chicago Blackhawks hat with a red bill & red writing, and light yellow shirt entered the Check-n-Go in the 5300 block of Rufe Snow Dr. He passed a demand note to the teller and left the business on foot.
 
If you have any information regarding this incident, or recognize the suspect, please contact CID at 817-427-7030 or email bgoen@nrhtx.com.

Body Worn Camera Program – PR 18-10

North Richland Hills Police finalize and implement body worn cameras – Axon is chosen.

The North Richland Hills police department is proud to introduce the Body Worn Camera Program. Cameras have been issued to all sworn officers, Public Service Officers and Crime Scene Examiners. The body worn cameras will provide an added layer of transparency and be a great benefit to the community and officers as we continue to work in partnership to keep our community safe.

State Legislature approved Senate Bill 158 that allowed departments to apply to receive grant funding to help support the cost of implementing body worn cameras. The North Richland Hills Police Department received approximately $94,000 that supported the implementation, with the remaining funds coming from the annual operating budget. The program was presented to the North Richland Hills City Council in November 2017, and the council authorized the North Richland Hills Police Department to enter in to a contract with Axon.


The public will notice the cameras on sworn officers, Public Service Officers and Crime Scene examiners as full implementation and training have been completed.

Carissa Katekaru
Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer
Phone: (817) 427-7076
Cell: (682) 325-1832
E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

 

Early morning fatality crash -PR 18-09

Early morning single vehicle fatality closes 820 eastbound at 121 split

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at about 5:00 am, officers were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 7800 block of eastbound Loop 820 at the 121 split. Upon arrival, they located a motorcycle and a deceased white male driver.

Accident investigators responded to the scene and the freeway was closed for about an hour to conduct the investigation. Accident Investigation reports that speed appears to be a factor in the crash. It does not appear any other vehicles were involved.

The name of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner after family notifications have been made.

Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO

ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Office – 817-427-7076

Cell – 682-325-1832

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

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

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

Auto Pedestrian Accident – PR 18.05

Auto pedestrian accident has one transported by air ambulance in critical condition – Davis at Shady Grove.

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 just before 7:30 pm, North Richland Hills dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call reference an auto pedestrian accident in the 8500 block of Davis Blvd near Shady Grove Rd. Officers arrived on scene and found an adult male in the roadway with apparent injuries. The driver of the sedan that struck the adult male remained on scene and cooperated with officers.

The roadway was closed in both directions at approximately 7:30 pm and remained closed throughout the investigation. Air ambulance arrived and transported the adult male pedestrian to an area hospital in critical condition. At this time, the driver of the sedan is not expected to face any charges.

The roadway reopened in both directions shortly after 9:00 pm.

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Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                    Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

PR 18-05

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Missing Elderly – PR 18-04

Update 3/6/2018 2:00 pm -The North Richland Hills Police Department continues to work towards bringing Mr. Booth home to his family. At this time, the Silver Alert remains inactive due to the lack of leads coming in. The department is diligently working with Dallas Fire Rescue (DFR) to investigate the reports of a white sedan that went into the Trinity River in Dallas on February 21, 2018.

DFR is coordinating the search and any vehicle recovery operations through Texas Parks and Wildlife. Efforts will continue to increase as the Trinity River conditions continue to improve and become safer for search and recovery operations.

North Richland Hills PD has received several inquiries regarding a reported white truck in the Trinity River in Dallas on Friday March 2, 2018. Further investigation and ID by the Dallas County Medical Examiner revealed this is an unrelated incident to our missing person’s case for Mr. James Booth.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Booth’s disappearance is encouraged to call the North Richland Hills Police Department Investigations Division, 817-427-7030.


Update 3/1/18 10:00 pm – DPS Austin has discontinued the #SilverAlert for James Booth due to lack of leads coming in. In the event any new or additional leads come in, the Silver Alert will be reactivated. We will continue to investigate the case vigorously in an effort to bring Mr. Booth home to his family, including following up on the lead from Dallas regarding the white car in the Trinity River.


*Update 2/26/18 11:00 pm* – We are actively working any and all leads that come in. We have received multiple leads from areas in the DFW metroplex to include reports that a white car was seen in the Trinity River in Dallas. Our Detectives continue to work with Dallas Fire Rescue to look in to this lead. We appreciate your continued thoughts, prayers and shared efforts to help bring Mr. Booth home to his family.


*UPDATE 2/22 7:00 pm* We have received approval from DPS to activate the Silver Alert – Active Silver Alert issued for Mr. Booth


Missing 84 year old male, last seen in the area of Mid Cities Blvd/Ice House Dr. in a white Toyota Corolla Texas license plate – JHC2212.

James Booth, an 84 year old white male, was last seen in the area of Mid Cities Blvd. and Ice House Dr. on February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am. He was last seen wearing a dark green sweater over a beige sweater and is described as 5’8”, 165 pounds, white hair, blue eyes.

He left his house at 9:00 am for an appointment that he never showed for. He was driving a white 2017 Toyota Corolla TX license plate JHC2212. He does not have a cell phone with him. His family believes he may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We are working with family members to gather the necessary information to issue a Silver Alert, however, we have not received all documentation required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to issue one at this time. In the event you see him or know of his whereabouts, contact 9-1-1 or the North Richland Hills Police Department at 817-281-1000.

(Vehicle pictured below is stock photo)

Carissa Katekaru                                                                                                      PR 18-04

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com

Murder Suicide – PR 18-03

North Richland Hills Police called to scene to investigate a death – find mother and son deceased from apparent murder/suicide.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at approximately 4:30 pm, North Richland Hills Police received a call from a caretaker to a home in the 4800 block of Wedgeview Dr. regarding a death investigation. Upon arrival, officers found a 95 year old female and 61 year old male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The initial investigation reveals this was an apparent murder/suicide.

While the department is still attempting to notify family members of the deceased, they have been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as:

  • Female, Beatrice Thomason 95 years of age
  • Male, James Thomason 61 years of age

The police department has no prior calls at this address. The relationship between the two deceased is mother and son.

 

PR 18-03

Carissa Katekaru

Media Relations Coordinator/Public Information Officer

Phone: (817) 427-7076

E-Mail: ckatekaru@nrhtx.com