Deputies investigating July 4 Lake LBJ drowning




The body of a 38-year-old white male from Austin was recovered Wednesday, July 4, from the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ in Kingsland after the man apparently drowned trying to swim across the lake.

Llano County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Neff said his department received a 911 call about a missing swimmer at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded to the scene and requested assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.

Neff said four individuals had decided to swim from one side of the lake to the other near the Ranch to Market Road 2900 in Kingsland. One of the swimmers apparently turned back while the other three continued to swim across the channel.


Llano County meth ring busted through law enforcement cooperation




By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

On Monday, May 14, Kingsland resident Shaun Daughtry — fed up with the presence of methamphetamine dealers and users in his neighborhood off Lover's Laner — put up a sign on his property declaring the area to be a “meth-free zone.”

Daughtry told The Highlander he was worried about children who lived in the area coming in contact with drug use as well as a lack of sanitary conditions at a trailer home in the area that was a reputed manufacturing lab for methamphetamine.

Daughtry said he witnessed trash and human feces being burned outside one home and was horrified to think children might be exposed to disease due to the filfth. He was hopeful local law enforcement could do something to get rid of the drug dealers and users in Llano County.


Kingsland man arrested in Burnet home burglary



Burnet Police charged a Kingsland man with burglary on Sept. 29 after he allegedly confessed to burglarizing a Burnet home.

Joshua Kayde Amidon, 28, was charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony and theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.

Burnet Police said two other suspects are still under investigation.

“He burglarized a house in town,” said Burnet Police Investigator Steven Vollmar. “He confessed to taking a TV and a pistol.”

The television, a 52-inch flat screen, and the pistol, a Glock 9mm, have yet to be recovered, police said.

Vollmar said the residents discovered the theft after leaving their home for several hours, and returning to find that an air conditioning unit was not in its place in the window.

Vollmar said the displaced window unit was probably the way the burglar gained entry.


Lake LBJ drowning under investigation

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers


A Labor Day weekend drowning is under investigation by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).


The identity of victim of the incident Saturday, Sept. 3, is confirmed as 19-year-old Dominiq Amir Castillo Porterfield.


News outlets have published varying accounts of the event, but TPWD will say only “the investigation is still on going as to cause of death and other details."


“The call came in to the Llano County Sheriff's Department at 3:20 p.m.,” according to LCSO Chief Deputy John Neff. “The boaters were not sure where they were on the lake.”



Kyle Stephen McAlister

Kyle Stephen McAlister

Sept. 23, 1950~Aug. 14, 2016


Kyle Stephen McAlister, 65, of Kingsland, Texas went to rest in Heaven on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Kyle was born on Sept. 23, 1950 in Big Spring, Texas to George and Lavonia McAlister. 

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Lavonia McAlister, and his brother Clint McAlister.

He is survived by his wife Tara McAlister; son Jake and his wife Toffee McAlister of Midland, TX; son Travis and his wife Ann McAlister of San Antonio; son Kent and his wife Gretchen McAlister of Denver, Colorado; son Taylor Smith of Midland, and son Hunter Smith of Chicago, Illinois.

He is also survived by his four grandchildren Rhodes McAlister, English McAlister, Campbell McAlister, and Wynn McAlister.

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