Paul Nelson


Pilot makes emergency helo landing

From Staff Reports

The pilot of a private helicopter made an emergency landing with no loss of life not far from Kate Craddock Field in Burnet Saturday, Sept. 2.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. when the aircraft, a Hughes 369 A, lost power, according to reports attributed to the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA).

The helicopter came to rest on its side by US 281 about 200 feet south of the entrance to Delaware Springs. Two occupants went by ambulance to the hospital with injuries described as “non-life threatening,” one with a possible broken ankle. Two others, including the pilot were uninjured, said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

“The Department of Public Safety works all airplane and helicopter crashes, even within the city, but we were assisting on the scene,” said Nelson.

The Burnet Fire Department covered the copter with fire-retardant foam.


Police: woman strikes man with vehicle



One Burnet County man is in the hospital and one Burnet woman is in jail after police said her vehicle struck the man while he was walking down TX 29.

Michele Lee Weems, 34, was arrested on charge of intoxicated assault with a vehicle on Monday, June 13, after police said she hit Robby Stockwell, 38, while he was walking down the highway.

The collision occurred at 7:30 p.m. that evening, when it was still daylight. Weems was driving a white 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck.

“She was driving eastbound in the 2200 block of TX 29 east of the railroad tracks,” said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson. “Stockwell was walking westbound on the south side of the road towards Burnet.”

Nelson said Weems “admitted at the scene she was texting and driving,” and that she thought she had struck a mailbox.

“She came back and found him in a bar ditch,” Nelson said. “He had serious injuries to his entire body.”

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