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).


Brisk turnout as early voting gets underway in Burnet and Llano counties

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
There are two early voting locations for Burnet County residents through Nov. 2; the Burnet County Courthouse (seen here) on the square in Burnet and the Marble Falls south annex, just off U.S. 281 south for county, state and judicial elections.





Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting in Burnet and Llano counties has begun for the Thursday, Nov. 6, general election and will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

Early voting in Burnet County will be held at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce, Burnet; the Marble Falls Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Pkwy., Marble Falls; and Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Drive, Marble Falls. The polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 1, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Burnet traffic stop nets mushroom, LSD and marijuana

KUSO, the Burnet Police Department K9 drug dog, uncovered raw hallucinogenic mushrooms among several other suspected illicit drugs during an Oct. 4 traffic stop on East Polk Street in Burnet.




By Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

Authorities seized a variety of illicit narcotics, including hallucinogenic mushroom and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), after the Burnet Police Department K9 drug dog alerted on four individuals during a traffic stop on Texas 29 within the city limits, according to the report.

Four suspects were eventually arrested the afternoon of Oct. 4, following a “reckless driver” call on East Polk Street (Texas 29).

Investigators questioned the occupants of the vehicle, smelled marijuana and dispatched KUSO the drug dog, the report stated.

The dog “alerted” on the vehicle, which resulted in a probable cause search warrant, where subsequently officers found mushrooms and LSD among several other drugs which were turned into DPS for testing.

The suspects told police they were traveling from the Austin area to the Inks Lake area in Burnet County.

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