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An Austin man faces charges after authorities on July 12 seized a cocktail of drugs from his car, including illicit psilocybin, also known as hallucinogenic mushrooms, during a traffic stop in Lampasas. Courtesy photo

Lampasas authorities seize hallucinogenic mushrooms, other drugs during traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS LAMPASAS — Police on July 12 seized a combination of illicit drugs, including hallucinogenic mushrooms, and charged an Austin man following a traffic stop, authorities said. (more…)

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Blanco police officers seized 45 grams of meth and several gift cards and credit cards believed to be stolen. Photo courtesy of Blanco Police Department

Blanco police seize stolen credit cards and meth in traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS BLANCO — A man and woman believed to be from the Los Angeles area are behind bars at Blanco County Jail after investigators seized 45 grams of methamphetamine and several stolen credit cards during a traffic stop, according to the Blanco Police Department. (more…)

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BCSO deputy stops to help woman in overheated SUV then arrests her on drug charge

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities arrested a Kingsland woman July 11 on a drug charge after a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to help the motorist with an overheating vehicle, according to a report. (more…)

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Blanco home burglary suspect found in bathroom recaptured after escaping custody

Blanco home burglary suspect found in bathroom recaptured after escaping custody

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BLANCO — After a nearly two-hour manhunt, authorities on July 10 captured a suspect who had escaped from a patrol vehicle when investigators were in the midst of processing a crime scene to which the man was linked, according to Blanco County officials. (more…)

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LEFT: Martin Joey Eng. RIGHT: Authorities have charged a man with making a terroristic threat after entering a Catholic church in Blanco and threatening to kill the parishioners because of their religious affiliation. Google photo

Blanco police: Man threatened to ‘kill Catholics’ at church

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BLANCO — A man wanted for threatening to “kill Catholics” turned himself in to authorities July 9 after police released a photo of the suspect captured on a cellphone by a parishioner during the suspect’s tirade at the church, according to the Blanco Police Department. (more…)

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Video captures suspect setting fire to Burnet patrol vehicle

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet police are seeking information regarding an individual who set one of the department’s marked patrol cars on fire while it was parked at the police department around 1 a.m. June 27, according to a press release. (more…)

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Granite Shoals man accused of pushing woman out of car

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — A driver, suspected of domestic violence, will face an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge after he allegedly pushed a female out of a vehicle and dragged her along a neighborhood street, according to a Granite Shoals police report. (more…)

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Bryant Edward Dulin, 46, of Granite Shoals was found guilty June 18 on several charges of child sexual abuse.

UPDATE: Granite Shoals Man gets 225 years in prison in child sexual abuse case

  UPDATE: At 2:30 p.m. June 19, a Burnet County jury recommended Bryant Dulin get 20 years for the indecency charge; 60 years on each count of aggravated sexual assault of a child; 50 years for continuous sexual abuse; and 35 years for the super aggravated charge. State District Judge Evan Stubbs then “stacked” several […]

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Police charge two girls in bomb threat hoax at Boys and Girls Club unit in Burnet

Police charge two girls in bomb threat hoax at Boys and Girls Club unit in Burnet

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Two female juveniles face terroristic threat charges after confessing to calling in a bomb threat from inside the Burnet unit of the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, according to the Burnet Police Department. (more…)

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Lee Don Houston

Burnet police investigating stolen check call arrest meth suspect in ‘dope house’ bust

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A man faces narcotics charges after a police responded to a call June 11 about a stolen check in a “known drug house,” according to the Burnet Police Department. (more…)

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Bryant Edward Dulin

Child sexual assault trial of Granite Shoals man underway; Bryant Dulin accused of molesting four girls

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Opening statements got underway June 12 in State District Judge Evan Stubbs’s courtroom in the trial of a Granite Shoals man accused of molesting four girls, some of whom alleged repeated sexually inappropriate behavior dating back 15 years. (more…)

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Marble Falls man gets 12 years in indecency with a child case involving 11-year-old girl

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Marble Falls man told the mother of an 11-year-old girl he was only trying to wake her for school when he touched the child inappropriately, but the mother, law enforcement, and now a Burnet County jury didn’t buy his explanation. (more…)

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Graffiti on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls has joined a list of cleanup projects slated for June to be done by Texas Department of Transportation contractors. Courtesy photo

U.S. 281 bridge graffiti tagged for cleanup by TxDOT at estimated cost of $2,000

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Texas Department of Transportation officials have targeted an eyesore on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls for a cleanup project in June. (more…)

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Verizon sends phone fraud alert after scammer targets Marble Falls customers

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS —  As Marble Falls resident Jane Marie Hurst started answering questions from a recent caller claiming to be a Verizon Wireless representative, something just didn’t seem right. Now, Verizon officials are warning customers about such calls. (more…)

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Kingsland man, a former police officer, gets life sentences in child sexual abuse case

Kingsland man, a former police officer, gets life sentences in child sexual abuse case

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — A Llano County jury handed a former police officer two life sentences May 31 after he was found guilty of molesting a 9-year-old girl while on a family trip, according to court testimony. 424th Judicial District Judge Evan Stubbs presided over the three-day jury trial, held in the Llano County […]

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Seminar for small-business owners offers strategies for blocking cybercriminals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Low-hanging fruit. That’s how cybercriminals describe small businesses and their often inability to protect themselves from cyberattacks.    John Wright, a cybersecurity consultant, said he has seen how criminals ambush unprotected computer systems to steal valuable data, putting the business owner at risk. (more…)

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Pumps at Marble Falls gas station hit again by credit card skimmer thief

Pumps at Marble Falls gas station hit again by credit card skimmer thief

STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Police Department is advising people to pay for gas with cash or inside with a credit or debit card after multiple card skimmers were found on several pumps at a local gas station. (more…)

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Texas DPS Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper (left) died Nov. 4, 2017, after a Chevy pickup struck the rear of his patrol vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 35 in Temple during a traffic stop. A Bell County grand jury indicted the driver of the pickup, Scott Douglas Taylor (right), 44, of Sunrise Beach Village, on a charge of criminal negligent homicide in the trooper’s death.

Sunrise Beach Village man indicted in 2017 traffic-stop death of Texas DPS trooper

FROM STAFF REPORT KILLEEN — A Bell County grand jury indicted a Sunrise Beach Village man in the November 2017 death of Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Nipper. (more…)

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(Top, from left) Chance Adrian Adverse Braziel, 21; Jeremy Elmer Helterbran, 37; and Pennie Joanna Hodge, 29; (bottom, from left) Coquetta Elaine Morgan, 27; Kalley Jo Odom, 36; and Robert Robinson, 62.

Llano County investigators and DEA round up drug suspects

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Authorities conducted a sweep of 20 drug suspects in a joint operation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety after a seven-month-long investigation targeting drug dealers in Llano and surrounding counties. (more…)

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Authorities have issued warrants for the arrests of two people involved in a police chase and a vehicle rollover into a house May 19 in the 2000 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

Arrest warrants issued after police chase ends with car crashing into business

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Police have issued warrants for the arrests of two people who evaded a traffic stop May 19 and crashed into a horse trailer and, eventually, a business under renovation, according to a Marble Falls Police Department media release. (more…)

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Houston mother faces Burnet County charge in abduction case involving her 3 children

Houston mother faces Burnet County charge in abduction case involving her 3 children

FROM STAFF REPORTS HOUSTON — The mother of three Bertram Elementary School students is facing a felony charge May 22 after taking the children off a school bus against their will and driving them to Houston, where she eventually turned herself into authorities, officials said. (more…)

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Danielle Marie Norwood

Reports: Cottonwood Shores arrest escapee found clinging beneath patrol car

FROM STAFF REPORTS COTTONWOOD SHORES — A manhunt on May 18 involving several law enforcement agencies from Burnet and Llano counties as well as state troopers resulted in the recapture of a woman accused of stealing a firearm and possessing dangerous drugs, according to police reports. (more…)

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Joshua Patrick 'J.P.' Wilson

Ex-Granite Shoals chief charged with perjury surrenders to authorities

FROM STAFF REPORTS BEEVILLE — A former Granite Shoals police chief turned himself into the Bee County Jail on May 9 in response to a Burnet County grand jury indictment alleging he lied under oath about recordings and documents he took from the agency after he parted ways with the city, according to court and […]

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The Burnet County Jail’s intake center. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

ICE detainees flooding Burnet County Jail at twice the monthly average

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County Jail officials have reported a spike in the number of inmates in April and May on immigration holds due to an “overcrowding” issue in detention facilities near the South Texas border. (more…)

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Kristy Broadway and Robert Wayne Hicks III have been charged in a Bertram Library Thrift Store theft case.

Bertram police charge couple in thefts from library thrift store

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — Authorities used surveillance video and more than 100 social media tips to track down a couple accused of taking donated items from the local library thrift store to fund their methamphetamine habit, according to the Bertram Police Department. (more…)

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Llano County prosecutors have launched a weekly social media listing with mugshots and court violations to try to coax offenders to resolve outstanding warrants. File photo

Llano County spotlights offenders on social media to clear up warrants

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Offenders who fail to pay their fines or show up in county court could face another problem — public scrutiny — due to a new Llano County Attorney’s Office program that calls out warrant violators on social media. (more…)

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