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Newest Bertram police officer hitting streets on four feet

Newest Bertram police officer hitting streets on four feet

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BERTRAM — The Bertram Police Department is adding a new officer in February, one with a nose for crime, one might say. “We’re so fortunate to get this addition,” Bertram Chief J.J. Wilson said. “We had a local businessman and resident step forward with a nice donation to make this happen.” (more…)

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A man, who survived a 75-foot fall and an overnight stay in a creek bed, was extracted via helicopter Jan. 7 just off CR 328 in Burnet County. Courtesy photos

Crews rescue man from Burnet County creek bed after fall from cliff

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET COUNTY — A man is recovering from a broken leg and dehydration after he tumbled to the bottom of a cliff in southeast Burnet County while searching in the dark for a water source on a remote county road, according to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. (more…)

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Plug from air conditioner blamed for travel trailer fire near Bertram

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM —  Fire officials say a plug connected to an air-conditioning unit might have ignited a fire that destroyed a travel trailer on a property on CR 304. The incident was reported at 3:11 p.m. Nov. 23 in the 1900 block of CR 304 near Bertram. (more…)

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Bertram man gets 25 years for role in meth distribution network

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — State District Judge J. Allan Garrett sentenced a Bertram man to 25 years in prison after a Burnet County jury convicted him for his role in a methamphetamine operation. (more…)

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A fire destroyed a family’s home Oct. 4 just outside Bertram. No one was home at the time, and the cause is undetermined. Courtesy photo

Bertram family loses home, pet in blaze; no injuries

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM —  A family lost its home Oct. 14 after a blaze that took firefighters several hours to contain, officials say. The fire was reported about 10:40 a.m. that morning in the 6100 block of RR 1174 just outside Bertram. According to a fire official at the scene, no one was inside […]

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CHARLES NEWMAN SMITH JR.

Man sentenced to 25 years in meth ring case in Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Burnet County jury on Oct. 7 convicted another suspect in connection with a methamphetimine operation spanning multiple counties and involving a large cache of weapons and a network of dealers. (more…)

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Man dies in crash near Briggs

FROM STAFF REPORTS BRIGGS — A Copperas Cove man died after a two-vehicle collision on a rural road in northern Burnet County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The crash happened just before noon Sept. 3 on FM 2657 about a mile and a half north of Briggs, DPS reported. (more…)

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Bertram police chief resigns; city appoints officer as interim

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM — The Bertram police chief has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons,” after a year with the department, officials say. (more…)

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Bertram woman sentenced to life for murdering husband

Bertram woman sentenced to life for murdering husband

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — After more than two weeks of hearing testimony in the murder trial of Karra Trichele Allen, a Llano County jury took about 20 minutes to return a guilty verdict just before noon June 2. (more…)

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JIMMY DON HARDIN

Bertram man gets 30 years in connection to major meth operation

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Bertram man who local and state law enforcement authorities believed was behind an operation that put between 4-5 pounds of methamphetamine on Highland Lakes streets will spend the next three decades in prison. (more…)

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Opening statements begin in murder trial of Bertram woman who shot husband

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — A jury has been seated and opening statements are underway May 19 in the murder trial of Karra Trichele Allen, accused of sending phone text messages warning she would kill her husband before she shot him in the back, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet County, schools respond to ‘non-specific’ bomb threat

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet school officials initiated a search of all their campuses after the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office received a “non-specific” bomb threat for the county April 8. Burnet and Bertram police and fire departments began conducting sweeps of all Burnet Consolidated Independent School District campuses as a precaution, officials said. The […]

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EPA proposes investigation into contaminated water wells

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — The federal government is expected to launch an investigation and provide funding to clean up as many as nine contaminated water wells in Burnet County, officials said. Tests identified the contaminant as a “plume of tetrachloroethylene” (PCE), typically known for its use in dry-cleaning fluid and degreasing materials […]

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Federal jury convicts Bertram man in major 2013 drug investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A jury convicted 44-year-old Jimmy Don Hardin on Feb. 12 of federal firearms and drug trafficking charges stemming from a 2013 investigation in Burnet County that netted more than 15 people. (more…)

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