Bertram Police Department


Bertram approves cop car rules; amended radius protocol will aid officer recruitment

By Nathan Hendrix

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Bertram Police Chief L. Dewayne Kyle reported the Bertram Police Department is experiencing difficulty hiring experienced officers at the monthly city council meeting Tuesday, June 18.

The Bertram City Council approved an amendment of an ordinance to allow officers to take home patrol vehicles if they live in a 25-mile radius of the city limits to assist in the hiring process.

The department has two vacant officer slots and no current applications to fill those positions. Kyle interviewed an experienced officer recently, but the applicant declined the job due to lack of appropriate and affordable housing in the area.

“He was looking for a place to rent, but the cost of living here is too expensive,” Kyle said. “He's the sole provider and has four kids. He was trying to live in the 25-mile radius.”


City of Bertram, Wilson reach separation agreement, former chief to reimburse city $1,000 deductible for wrecked cruiser

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

Embattled former City of Bertram police chief J.J. Wilson has agreed to reimburse the city for a $1,000 deductible to acquire a new police cruiser that he's been charged with crashing in October.

Wilson and the city also reached a separation agreement, officially ending his employment with the northeastern Burnet County town's police department and stating other conditions by which he's expected to abide.

As per the separation agreement, Wilson has agreed to accept a separation designation of general discharge. This is one step below an honorable discharge.

Wilson had been on unpaid leave, following Oct. 2 grand jury indictments for felony perjury and misdemeanor official oppression charges (for which he was released from the Burnet County Jail on a $1,500 surety bond).


Bertram police chief faces felony perjury and misdemeanor oppression charges

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Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson faces several indictment charges of official oppression, aggravated perjury and misuse of official information, according to court documents.




Editor's Note: For our publications, Bertram Police Chief JJ Wilson refuted the indictment charges in an article in the Friday, Oct. 5 issue of The Highlander. The 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office also offered a statement on their investigation. The updated story will also be published in the Wednesday, Oct. 10 issue of The Burnet Bulletin.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer •

The 424th Judicial District Grand Jury indicted Bertram Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson Oct. 2 on charges of felony aggravated perjury, felony misuse of official information and misdemeanor official oppression, court documents stated.

The charges stemmed from three incident allegations in Burnet County in connection with a dispute over hay ownership, the release of criminal background information and a sworn statement in a drug-related arrest, according to the grand jury indictments.


Abducted children found; mother faces charges


Tekecha Milena Quinonce


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A biological, non-custodial mother who abducted her children from Bertram Elementary School faces felony charges in Burnet County after her May 22 arrest.

Tekecha Milena Quinonce, 29, turned herself into the Houston Police Department and is expected to be returned to Burnet County to face a charge of interfering with child custody, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail if convicted.

Bertram Police Chief J.J. Wilson said a court order was in place forbidding Quinonce from taking custody of her three children — 9-year-old Taniya Chatman, 8-year-old Brock Chatman and 7-year-old Teanna Chatman.


Bertram PD lucky in face of 'series of unfortunate events'






Bertram PD suffers 'series of unfortuante events'

By Lew K. Cohn and Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A Bertram police officer is recovering from injuries suffered when his patrol vehicle was hit during a traffic stop on Texas 29 Saturday night and another escaped injury on the same highway Tuesday night in another rear-end accident that led to the arrest of a Bertram woman.

Patrol officer James Threadgill was treated and later released from the emergency room at a Williamson County hospital, according to Bertram Police Chief J.J Wilson, who said Threadgill continues to recover but the patrol car is a loss.

“Last night around 7 p.m., officer James Brown was on routine patrol when here comes a ... lady in a four-wheel drive pickup,” said Wilson. “The damage was not as extensive. She tried to apply the breaks but slammed into him.”

Unlike Threadgill, Brown had no apparent injuries on Tuesday.

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