Burnet County

Fri
07
Apr

Burned body belonged to San Antonio child porn suspect

By Lew K. Cohn and Christi Bertelson

copyright 2017 Highland Lakes Newspapers

A burned body found in the charred remains of a vehicle in Burnet County last June has been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office as that of a San Antonio man allegedly under investigation for child pornography.

Brian Lee Magee, 52, of San Antonio, died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries in a manner consistent with suicide, according to a Travis County medical examiner's report obtained by The Highlander.

A passerby found Magee's body not moving and unresponsive in a vehicle filled with smoke in the 3800 block of County Road 202 in Lake Victor in Precinct 2 at around 8 p.m. June 20, 2016. The vehicle initially did not appear damaged by fire, but flashed over, causing it to be engulfed with flames, according to the report.

Fri
27
Jan

Former Cecil Atkission Motors GM indicted for theft from dealership

Kirk Edmond Hagen

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The former general manager at Cecil Atkission Motors in Burnet has been arrested and indicted for theft of money from his former employer that was earmarked to pay for a direct credit mailer.

Kirk Edmond Hagen of Bertram, 39, currently a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Burnet, was arrested by Kerrville Police Department on a warrant from Burnet County on Friday, Jan. 20, and was released on $7,500 surety bond. He was charged with theft of property greated than $1,500 but less than $20,000, a state jail felony under Section 31.03(e)(4)(A) of the Texas Penal Code.

Fri
27
Jan

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.

Thu
19
Jan

Burnet CISD wants state to repeal 'A-F'

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District joined more than 200 other Texas school districts Monday night when the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the new A-F school rating system that goes into effect next year.

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett asked the board to consider the resolution after the Texas Education Agency released its preliminary scores for school districts late last month. The A-F system does not become official until August 2018, but the TEA was required to report on the current progress of school districts using the criteria of the newly established rating system and data culled from the most recent academic testing by the schools.

Thu
19
Jan

BPD officer Imrie improving

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

Burnet Police Officer Matthew “Matt” Imrie, injured in a traffice accident near Marble Falls Jan. 10, is improving.

Following lengthy and delicate leg surgery for a badly broken femur bone on Jan. 11, Imrie remained in intensive care until Sunday, Jan. 14.

Police Chief Paul Nelson said Tuesday that Imrie is now in a rehabilitation center.

“He will be there for a couple of weeks,” Nelson estimated. “He is recovering, taking it a day at a time and getting stronger.”

He said that as soon as plans are complete for a fundraiser details would be posted on the department's Facebook page.

“All your prayers have been working and will continue to work for Officer Imrie and his family,” read the chief's last online post.

For now, a donation can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location by identifying it as a contribution to the benefit fund for Matthew Imrie.

Fri
13
Jan

PEC Complaint Committee recommends against removing Oakley from Board

PEC director and Burnet County Judge James Oakley

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee has stopped short of calling for the removal of Burnet County Judge James Oakley from the Board of Directors entirely but has recommended his removal as Vice President of the cooperative's board.

The recommendation of the Complaint Committee will be discussed and action taken during Tuesday's regular Board of Directors meeting at the cooperative's headquarters in Johnson City.

The board will also consider a resolution by Oakley to rescind the bylaws for removal and discipline of a PEC director from bylaw amendments that were put in place just one week before Oakley made a post on Facebook which brought national media spotlight to the PEC and cast Oakley in an unfavorable light.

Wed
14
Dec

Belton woman charged with intoxication manslaughter

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

Candice Rae Buckley, 26, of Belton has been arrested on charges of intoxication assault and homicide with a vehicle, in connection with the Sept. 3 four-car fatality accident on U.S. 281 north of Burnet.

The accident occurred not long after 9 a.m. that Saturday morning.

Roselee Rodriguez, 26, and her seven-year-old son, West Adair Jr., of San Antonio died when they were thrown from their 2003 Ford Expedition in a head-on collision with a northbound auto forced into her path by a 1998 Lexus, driven by by Buckley. The victim's three-year-old son, Isreal Rodriguez, survived the crash after being treated at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin.

Serious injury to Lacy K. Pearson, 52, driver of the 2014 Dodge pickup that collided with Rodriguez, led to the assault charge.

Wed
14
Dec

Ballard found guilty, sentenced to life without parole

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

(Updated with comments from the defense.)

Garrett James Ballard was found guilty on two counts of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole on Monday, Dec. 12, in the 33rd District Court of Judge Allan Garrett.

He was charged in the shooting of two close friends, Elijah “Eli” Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate.

After a week of testimony, the jury was out just over half an hour from deliberation to verdict, 2:10 p.m. -2:45 p.m.

“Once found guilty of capital murder, when the state does not seek the death penalty, life with no possibility of parole is the automatic sentence,” said District Attorney Sonny McAfee.

The decision not seek the death penalty in this case was made in cooperation with the victims' families from the outset.

Wed
09
Nov

The results are in! How Burnet County Voted

NOTE: The following results are the complete, but unofficial, results of the 20 voting precincts of BURNET COUNTY. They may or may not line up with state or national outcomes. See the upcoming edition of the Burnet Bulletin for the details.

Fri
04
Nov

Records exceeded every day of early voting

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

The rate of registered voters who have submitted their ballot jumped to 34 percent as of Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Burnet County Elections officials had received 10,056 votes as of Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. The number totals roughly 34 percent of registered voters.

“At this point I don't think I've ever seen a higher percentage,” said Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson. “We're breaking the daily records every single day.

“We have 8,527 that voted in person,” Ferguson said, “and 1,529 absentee (mail-in) ballots.”

Ferguson said the turnout has been far beyond previous presidential elections.

“Every day we've had more voters than that day ever before in history,” he said. “It's been substantially larger every single day.”

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