Burnet County Sheriff's Office

Thu
29
Nov

'Tis the season to be wary! BCSO offers ways to keep package deliveries safe from burglars

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Don't be a victim of Scrooge during the holiday season. Burnet County Sheriff's Department officials offered some advice to rural resident to avoid becoming mail package burglary victims, as was the case recently in Williamson County.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As the holidays descend on the Hill Country area, Burnet County authorities are alerting residents about the potential for mail package burglaries seen in recent cases in a nearby county.

“Online shopping has pretty much taken over,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Dillard said. “You may be having dog food delivered, but the thief doesn't know that.

“He's just picking up packages.”

As more Christmas packages are delivered, the chance of becoming a mail theft victim increases.

“Crooks are bolder and bolder,” Dillard said.

A string of recent incidents in Williamson County involving burglary of mail packages on door steps has captured the attention of sheriff's offices.

“Williamson County just arrested a prolific package thief,” Dillard said. “He was going through neighborhoods looking for packages left on door steps and snatching them.

Tue
27
Nov

BCSO: Pursuit locks down school, nabs 2

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Authorities captured two pursuit suspects Nov. 17 who fled the scene after a crash in a pasture adjacent to Burnet High School.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Two Fort Worth area suspects remained in custody Nov. 19 in connection with a Burnet County Sheriff's Office pursuit, which locked down an elementary school, stalled a community event and ended with the suspects vehicle crash, a fugitive search and attempted escape.

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. Nov. 17 on U.S. 281, north of Burnet in the area of County Road 112.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies engaged a dark-colored BMW Mini Cooper in a high-speed pursuit with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit eventually entered The Green Mile, the main roadway, with limited outlet, onto the grounds of Burnet High School.

Tue
20
Nov

Burnet County sheriff's deputy pursuit locks down school, launches fugitive search

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Authorities captured two pursuit suspects Nov. 17 who fled the scene after a cash in a pasture adjacent to Burnet High School.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two Fort Worth area suspects remained in custody Nov. 19 in connection with a Burnet County Sheriff's Office pursuit, which locked down an elementary school, stalled a community event and ended with the suspects vehicle crash, a fugitive search and attempted escape.

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. Nov. 17 on U.S. 281, north of Burnet in the area of County Road 112.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies engaged a dark-colored BMW Mini Cooper in a high-speed pursuit with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit eventually entered The Green Mile, the main roadway, with limited outlet, onto the grounds of Burnet High School.

Wed
26
Sep

Forensics results confirm human remains those of missing Lufkin woman

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Tina Marie Logan, 40, who went missing about five months ago, has been positively identified as the skeletal remains found near her vehicle discovered abandoned in a remote area northwest Burnet County.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports •

Authorities have identified the human skeletal remains found in a remote area of northwest Burnet County as those of a 40-year-old Lufkin woman reported missing by her family since April.

According to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office statement released Sept. 26, forensic scientists with the University of North Texas positively identified the remains as Tina Marie Logan.

On Aug. 14, investigators found an abandoned 2005 Mazda Tribute, and following a subsequent k-9 and drone search discovered the human skeletal remains in the vicinity.

Just days earlier the agency sent out a missing person alert for Logan, who was reportedly last seen at the 29 Tire Shop, 5030 Texas 29 in Burnet.

When investigators initially found the remains, they awaited forensic testing before confirming her ID.

Tue
25
Sep

Utopiafest, Burnet County residents quarrel over pending permit

Lew Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd spoke Sept. 25 during a public hearing on the Utopiafest. The lawman is scheduled in October to decide the fate of the festival's mass gathering permit.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Burnet Bulletin •

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said Tuesday, Sept. 25, if he had to make a decision that day, he would not approve a mass gathering permit for Utopiafest Down in the Oaks at this time due to concerns about public safety.

Boyd's comments came during a morning public hearing on the festival's permit request at the Burnet County Courthouse and remain consistent with earlier statements he made to festival organizers and concerned residents last week.

“Not much has changed at this time, but I am still concerned about the road leading into the event and the fact there is no other way in or out of the festival site,” Boyd said. “I am concerned that if something were to happen in the event and everyone was rushing to get out, I and my people wouldn't be able to get in.

Sat
28
Jul

Llano County organization not affiliated with Bertram boys home

 

 

 

While an investigation into a Bertram-based “residential home for troubled boys” continues, a Llano County organization is making sure people know they are in no way affiliated with the group home.

The confusion has come about due to the similarities in the names of the two organizations. Authorities on Wednesday removed eight juvenile males were removed from the Joshua Home near Bertram after an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations, and human trafficking.

Meanwhile, in Kingsland, is the headquaters of His Joshua House, a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery house for men. It is also a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Fri
27
Jul

Eight juvenile males removed from Joshua Home

 

 

 

 

Eight juvenile males were removed from the Joshua Home near Bertram Wednesday after an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations, and human trafficking, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office reported today.

During the past several weeks, investigators and officials from many state and local agencies conducted joint investigations into the Joshua Home, which purports to be a residential home for troubled boys and which is affiliated with a nonprofit organization known as The Joshua Home Ministries.

Thu
15
Feb

Planning helps prevent active shooter incidents

By Phil Reynolds

Burnet Bulletin

Law enforcement officers from all over Burnet County gave more than 100 people tips on staying alive during an active shooter incident Thursday evening at the Marble Falls High School auditorium.

Burnet County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Weems, who led the hour-long event, said the first big step toward avoiding being a victim is to have a plan.

In a prepared presentation, Weems played the tape of the call to 9-1-1 operators during the mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Listening to the tape, Weems said it was obvious no one had planned for such an event – and at that time, they had no reason to. Fewer students might have died if there had been a plan in effect, he hinted.

Since then, it’s become obvious that such events can happen, and while no one wants to be part of one, it’s important to decide ahead of time what to do if it does occur, he said.

Tue
12
Dec

Cadets complete CTC Police Academy

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The newest member of the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department, David Walenta, left, receives congratulations from fellow officers during the Central Texas College Police Academy graduation ceremony.

The Central Texas College (CTC) Police Academy held a graduation ceremony Saturday, Dec. 2, for 24 cadets completing the Basic Peace Officer course.

All graduates passed the state licensing exam prior to graduation with an average score of 87 percent and are now eligible to become peace officers in Texas. The class average for the entire course was 92 percent. At the start of the course, only nine of the 24 cadets were sponsored by a law enforcement agency. By graduation all but six cadets were hired by local agencies and those six are currently in the process of being hired.

Sat
15
Apr

Burnet County Sheriff's employee dies in apparent murder-suicide

Facebook photo of Millie and Deborah Chance taken from Millie Chance's Facebook page.

A Burnet County Sheriff's Office employee died Friday morning in what officials believe may have been a murder-suicide at a Lampasas home.

Millie Chance, 24, worked in the Burnet County Jail. She died Friday morning at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where she had been airlifted the previous day.

Lampasas police officers had responded just before noon Thursday to a disturbance call at a residence at 702 W. North Ave. after a woman called 911 to ask for help, but the call was disconnected. When officers arrived, they knocked on the door but got no answer. Then, they heard two noises that appeared to be gunshots coming from inside the house.

Officers forced entry into the home and found Deborah Chance, 47, dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Millie Chance was still alive, but had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. A post on the Burnet County Sheriff's Office Facebook page on Friday announced Millie Chance's death.

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