Texarkana Texas Police Department

Texarkana Texas Police Department We are a police agency recognized by the Texas Police Chief's Association for Best Practices, serving our citizens with HONESTY, EQUALITY and RESPECT. Emergency - call 911 General Questions call 903-798-3116

Kevin Schutte -- Chief of Police Chief's Message: Thank you for your interest in the Texarkana Texas Police Department and the services we provide. I invite you to browse this website to acquaint yourself with our organization and our commitment to the community. We are proud to serve you and appreciate your trust and support in our efforts to keep Texarkana safe. The opportunity to serve the Texarkana community for more than three decades has allowed me to witness the incredible growth and development throughout our city. The community has transformed into a regional hub that offers quality economic, entertainment, health care, and educational opportunities to both those that live here and those who visit. As the Police Chief, providing services to our community that reduce both crime and the fear of crime is my main priority. We work to provide service in a manner that is fair, courteous, responsive, efficient, and effective. We are also committed to maintaining awareness of our community’s needs and concerns as we work to keep all neighborhoods safe. We enjoy strong support from our community, city management, and elected officials. It is through this support and public trust that we are able to work to help maintain a high quality of life for our city. We realize that every interaction is an opportunity to build trust, maintain transparency, and ensure success in our efforts to better serve our community. I invite you to become a partner in these efforts by being a caring and considerate neighbor, staying informed, and being observant. It is my honor to serve you as your Chief of Police. Our organization is made up of highly skilled caring professionals who take great pride in serving our richly diverse community. I am proud of the men and women of the Texarkana Texas Police Department and feel fortunate to serve alongside them. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at (903) 798-3116.

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We arrested Heather Rose, 38, of Texarkana, Arkansas, for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student earlier tod...
09/15/2020

We arrested Heather Rose, 38, of Texarkana, Arkansas, for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student earlier today.

Pleasant Grove Independent School District officials were notified in August of an alleged improper relationship between a seventeen-year-old male student and Rose, who was employed as an instructional aide at Pleasant Grove High School. The relationship is believed have started in October 2019 and lasted for several months. Upon learning of the allegations, they were reported to the Texarkana Texas Police Department.

During the course of the investigation, Detective Cliff Harris obtained search warrants of Rose’s cellular phone and social media accounts. He discovered evidence that Rose and the student were involved in a sexual relationship during this time frame. While their liaisons occurred at multiple locations in both Texas and Arkansas, there is no indication that any of them occurred on school property or during school hours.

An arrest warrant for Rose was issued on Monday, and she turned herself in this morning. She was booked into the Bi-State Jail and released later in the day after posting the $40,000 personal recognizance bond set by the judge.

Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student is a second-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment for a term of up to twenty years but not less than two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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About 4:30 last Friday morning, we got an alarm call at Tractor Supply on North Stateline Avenue.  When Officer Dewey Fl...
09/14/2020

About 4:30 last Friday morning, we got an alarm call at Tractor Supply on North Stateline Avenue. When Officer Dewey Fleming arrived a few minutes later, he found David King inside the fenced area of the business trying to break off the metal cable securing a small motor bike. When he noticed the officer watching him work, he knew he'd been caught, simply walked over to the fence and gave up.

Apparently, his less-than-stellar plan was to somehow break the cable with a long wooden pole and wait until the business opened later that morning, when he'd return and simply ride the minibike off into the sunset... uh, suppose it would have actually been the sunrise in this case. 🤷‍♂️ Well, it doesn't really matter because we wound up giving him a ride anyway - although the Bi-State Jail was not probably not his destination of choice.

He was charged with Criminal Trespass and Theft of Property, with a total bond of $6,000. He's still a guest upstairs...

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Contractor crews are resurfacing parts of College Drive this month.   It will involve milling the roadway and applying a...
09/14/2020

Contractor crews are resurfacing parts of College Drive this month. It will involve milling the roadway and applying a new asphalt overlay.

They're starting with the section between North Robison and Richmond Roads today. Next Monday, they will start working on the section between Summerhill Road and Texas Boulevard. Everything should be finished by the end of the month - if all goes according to plan.

We strongly suggest that you avoid these sections of College Drive during this time. Take an different route and potentially save yourself some frustration. The street will remain open during all of this, but some congestion and delays are inevitable.

It's probably gonna be a pain in the back side out there for a few days, but just remember that it's only temporary. Once it's all done, we'll all have a nice smooth road to drive on. 😉

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UPDATE 9/14/20 at 9:30am - Mr. Baird was just located on Interstate 30 at the 213 mile marker. LifeNet is on the way now...
09/14/2020

UPDATE 9/14/20 at 9:30am - Mr. Baird was just located on Interstate 30 at the 213 mile marker. LifeNet is on the way now to check him out and then he will be transported back to the facility. He appears to be fine.

Thanks for your help on this.

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We need your help. We are looking for 80 year old Billy Baird after he walked off from an assisted living facility on Hampton Road about 4:00 this morning. It’s believed that he left through a window that he somehow managed to get open. He has been diagnosed with a cognitive illness, and we are very concerned for his safety.

He has short grey hair with a scruffy beard and has an open wound on the right side of his neck. He’s probably wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots.

Please help us keep an eye out for him. If you see Mr. Baird, please call 911 immediately.

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As we pause to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, we honor those who died, those who served, and those who car...
09/11/2020

As we pause to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, we honor those who died, those who served, and those who carry on.

A quote by Sandy Dahl, the wife of Flight 93 Pilot Jason Dahl, seems especially relevant in 2020. "If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is too short and there is no time for hate."

Let us never forget.

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Our administrative offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.  We hope each of you have a happy and sa...
09/07/2020

Our administrative offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. We hope each of you have a happy and safe holiday.

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We don't normally post crime scene photos but thought that we should make an exception in this tragic case. It's still u...
09/05/2020

We don't normally post crime scene photos but thought that we should make an exception in this tragic case. It's still under investigation, but we suspect that catnip was involved in this crash.

Remember that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous and you should always have a designated driver if you are going to be "partaking".

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We arrested Lajonta O'Neal just a few minutes ago for Obstruction or Retaliation.O'Neal is the bother of Xavier French, ...
09/04/2020

We arrested Lajonta O'Neal just a few minutes ago for Obstruction or Retaliation.

O'Neal is the bother of Xavier French, who is accused of pistol whipping and robbing a woman while holding a gun to her 2 year old baby's head in front of their home last summer. His trial for Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping is scheduled to start soon. O'Neal has been calling and texting witnesses in his brother's case and threatening them if they testify.

After learning of this, Detective Craig Buster immediately went to work to obtain a felony warrant for O'Neil late yesterday afternoon. Officers Colten Johnson and Wade Johnson saw him in a vehicle on Richmond Road this afternoon and stopped him. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Bi-State Jail. In addition to the warrant, the officers discovered that he had marijuana in his possession at the time of the arrest and was also charged with that.

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The three-day Labor Day weekend is almost here, and we know that's traditionally when a lot of people try to squeeze in ...
09/04/2020

The three-day Labor Day weekend is almost here, and we know that's traditionally when a lot of people try to squeeze in one last summer fling. For some, that includes drinking alcohol. If you're in that group, we want to offer up this not so discrete reminder to not drink and drive.

It's actually very easy to do with just a little bit of planning. Have a sober designated driver... Call a cab or Uber... Heck, spend the night there if you have to... Just don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking!

Your dog would not understand why you left and never came back. :(

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Answer me this…  How is it that Superman can put on a pair of glasses and no one ever figures out that he’s Clark Kent? ...
09/04/2020

Answer me this… How is it that Superman can put on a pair of glasses and no one ever figures out that he’s Clark Kent? Really? Nobody ever sees it?

Well, that’s not the real world and honestly only works in comic books and the movies. Someone probably should have clued Amanda Pollock in on that tidbit of information before now. Two days in a row last week, she went to the New Boston Road Walmart to steal televisions and tried to change her appearance both days so no one would recognize her. She’s on Felony Friday a week later, so it was obviously an epic fail for her.

Last Wednesday night, Amanda went through the self check out line with two 43-inch televisions and something from the hardware section. However, she only scanned and paid for two sodas. The store didn’t figure out what she’d done until she was already long gone. However, she apparently had need for more entertainment options in her house, so she came back the next day for more. After loading up two more televisions in a shopping cart, she apparently got spooked for some reason and left everything abandoned in the apparel section before making a hasty departure. She was seen getting into a dark Chevrolet Impala in the parking lot both days – where an unidentified man helped her load the first two televisions into the car the first day. Turns out, that everything was captured on video, which was a big part of her undoing.

Detective Warren Smith was able to track down the former owner of the car, and the trail quickly led him straight to Amanda. With a little more investigative work, he was able to positively identify her as the suspect in the theft and ultimately get a warrant for her arrest. As is often the case, it turned out that this wasn’t her first rodeo. Because she’s been convicted of theft at LEAST twice before, the charge was upgraded to a felony. It really wasn’t altogether a surprise to us, but we found out that we’re not the only ones looking for her. Turns out that the State of Arkansas also has a felony parole violation warrant for her. Last we heard, she lived in Hope but obviously comes to Texarkana at least occasionally.

If you happen to know where Amanda is now, please give us a call at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP. We’re hoping that she will be pretty easy to spot. And even if she’s still trying to use a disguise, it probably won’t fool you either. After all, she ain’t Clark Kent. 🤷‍♂️

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We shouldn’t have to say this, but...If you’re walking down the street and a squirrel starts talking to you, that’s prob...
09/04/2020

We shouldn’t have to say this, but...

If you’re walking down the street and a squirrel starts talking to you, that’s probably not a good thing. And if he starts telling you to go into a stranger’s house, please don’t listen to him. Most people won’t appreciate you doing that.

That happened today to Kenneth Jones after he reportedly did a little meth. Unfortunately for him, the squirrel didn’t hang around to corroborate his story,so Kenneth was kinda left holding the bag. He was arrested for Public Intoxication and is spending the night in jail. Hopefully, there won’t be any squirrels in there that want to try to keep him company. 🤷‍♂️

You can’t make this stuff up...

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UPDATE:  9/2/20 at 4:50a - The AMBER Alert has been discontinued. Thank you to everyone who helped keep an eye out for t...
09/02/2020

UPDATE: 9/2/20 at 4:50a - The AMBER Alert has been discontinued. Thank you to everyone who helped keep an eye out for them and shared the post.

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AMBER Alert from Atlanta. Please call 911 immediately if you see them.

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Thank you so much to Brad and Crista Thomas of East Funeral Home for the snack packs for each our officers. 😃#texarkanap...
08/31/2020

Thank you so much to Brad and Crista Thomas of East Funeral Home for the snack packs for each our officers. 😃

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This week’s Felony Friday Wall of Shame inductee is what could be considered a frequent flyer.  As a matter of fact, we ...
08/28/2020

This week’s Felony Friday Wall of Shame inductee is what could be considered a frequent flyer. As a matter of fact, we have three felony theft warrants for Oral Shorter Sr. right now - plus another one for failing to show up for court like he promised on yet another theft arrest from earlier this year.

Oral seems to have made quite a name for himself with the stores around town, as they all recognize him when he comes in the door and apparently know to watch him. It seems that he doesn’t disappoint… On April 15, he walked out of the Dollar General on Richmond Road with a bag of soaps and body wash that he didn’t pay for. A few weeks later, he was caught on video hiding a couple of bottles of Fabuloso Cleaner in the front of his pants at the EZ Mart on Texas Blvd. The manager, who said he had come into the store several times over the last few months and stolen from them, told him to stop and return the items as he was walking out the door. Of course, he didn’t listen and just kept on going. Then, on July 2, Oral loaded up his shopping cart with almost $200 in steaks at the Walmart Neighborhood Mart on Richmond Road and tried to walk out the door. However, the store manager saw him when he came in and recognized him as one of their regular shoplifters, so he was waiting on Oral at the front door. The manager confronted him as he tried to leave the store with the cart filled with the meat that he’d failed to pay for, he immediately abandoned it and took off running to his car in the parking lot. There’s video in all three cases so there’s really not much question about what happened in each of them.

You might be saying, “He didn’t steal much so wouldn’t these be considered misdemeanors?” Ordinarily, you’d be right. The value of the stolen items typically has to be more than $2,500 to be considered a felony. It would have been the case in all three of these had it not been for the fact that he’d already been convicted of theft at LEAST twice before. That automatically results in any subsequent misdemeanor theft cases being upgraded to a felony.

Detective Jennifer Hargrave would like to sit down with Oral to talk about all of these, but he doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of dropping by for a visit. So we need a little help making that happen. If you see him anywhere, we would be happy to run by and give him a ride down to talk to her. Give us a call at 903-798-3114 and we’ll send someone out right on out there to pick him up. If you’d like a little cash for your efforts, you can call Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP and they’ll pay a reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to his arrest.

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A Hobby Lobby employee got to work early yesterday morning just in time to see a guy ram a shopping cart through the fro...
08/27/2020

A Hobby Lobby employee got to work early yesterday morning just in time to see a guy ram a shopping cart through the front door windows. He honked his horn several times at him to try to keep him from going in, but he just ignored him and kept right on going.

When officers got there a few minutes later, they went inside and found the store aisles covered in broken merchandise and clothing items. Then they heard a big commotion toward the back of the store and found Brad Dickens back there swinging a long metal bar at whatever he could find to hit with it. When he saw the officers coming toward him, he tried to climb over a display shelf - but couldn't get over it. He then picked up another stick and acted like he was going to hit the officers with it. He never got the chance because one of the officers immediately got him with one round from his JPX pepper gun. He dropped stick and tried to climb over the display shelf yet again, but one of the officers was able grab him and pull him back down. They managed to get him on the ground but still kept fighting with them as they tried to get him handcuffed. They were eventually able to arrest him and transported him to the Bi-State Jail.

The store estimates that Dickens did at least $5,000 damage. He was charged with Burglary of a Building and Resisting Arrest. A judge set his total bond for the two charges this morning at $57,500.

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Can't believe that we almost missed National Dog Day.  Sorry, Argus.  We'll do better next year.  😉#texarkanapolice#bett...
08/26/2020

Can't believe that we almost missed National Dog Day.

Sorry, Argus. We'll do better next year. 😉

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Batten down the hatches!!!  We are going to be in for a tough day tomorrow as the remnants of Hurricane Laura move throu...
08/26/2020

Batten down the hatches!!! We are going to be in for a tough day tomorrow as the remnants of Hurricane Laura move through our area. Take action now to protect yourself, your family, and your property.

Texarkana is under a Tropical Storm Warning through all of Thursday. (Who would have thought we would see something like that around here?) At this point, the National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 20-30 mph - with the potential of some up to 57 mph. That could mean damage to some awnings and carports - and unsecured lightweight items being blown about. There's also a pretty good chance that some tree limbs will be broken or the trees themselves will be completely uprooted and blown over.

There is also a Flash Flood Watch in effect until 7:00 on Friday morning. If Laura passes us to the east as expected, we will likely not see as much rain and wind as we would if we were on the right side of the storm. However, we are still expecting 3 - 6 inches of rain - with higher amounts possible in some places. It goes without saying that you should keep a close watch on things if you live in an area that's prone to flood. Chances are pretty good that some flooding will happen with this storm so make your emergency plans now - or better yet, you might want to make arrangements to stay somewhere with higher ground.

And on top of everything else... There is the potential of isolated tornadoes developing with this storm.

We know that we say this every time we are expecting a lot of rain and flooding, but there's always some that don't listen - and we wind up having to come rescue them. Don't be that guy... Do NOT try to drive through flooded streets!! Turn around and find another way to get wherever you're going. Actually, the best plan is to not even be out in it unless you absolutely have to be.

If you haven't already, right now might be the perfect time to register for the CodeRED Emergency Notification System to get critical weather alerts on your phone within seconds of them being issued by the National Weather Service. It's completely free for any resident of Texarkana (Texas and Arkansas), Bowie County, and Miller County. Just follow the link at www.txkusa.org to register online. It only takes about two minutes to do.

You guys be safe!

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