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Gary and Meghann Wiggins

Couple indicted on human trafficking charges related to Bertram residential facility

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON A Burnet County grand jury indicted an Alabama couple accused of trafficking boys in association with a Bertram-area residential facility. Gary Wiggins, 49, and Meghann Wiggins, 34, face human trafficking charges related to a July 2018 investigation. According to the grand jury indictment, the two knowingly trafficked four boys and made them […]

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Burnet County tables bar hours request due to wording

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A vote to extend a Bertram-area bar’s hours was put on hold during the Burnet County Commissioners Court’s regular meeting July 23. It’s unclear how a vote held Tuesday would have gone, but commissioners took no action on the agenda item so they could address its wording. The item specified the […]

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Former Bertram Police Chief James ‘J.J.’ Wilson.

Ex-Bertram police chief pleads guilty to crimes, loses license

FROM STAFF REPORTS Former Bertram Police Chief James “J.J.” Wilson agreed to a guilty plea in the 424th District Court on June 6 for three crimes. Judge Evan Stubbs sentenced Wilson to four days in jail on each of the two counts of official oppression and five years’ probation on one count of abuse of […]

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UPDATE: Murder suspect caught near Bertram identified

UPDATE: Murder suspect caught near Bertram identified

FROM STAFF REPORTS Authorities arrested a suspect in a Bartlett murder northeast of Bertram late Feb. 1. (more…)

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Bertram Police Chief James Jay “J.J.” Wilson.

Bertram council votes to extend police chief’s suspension, negotiate separation agreement

FROM STAFF REPORTS Bertram City Council agreed to extend the unpaid suspension of the town’s beleaguered police chief through Dec. 27 and authorized staff to negotiate a separation agreement with him. (more…)

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Bertram Police Chief James Jay “J.J.” Wilson.

Bertram police chief charged with DWI after his patrol car crashes near Marble Falls

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Three Texas Department of Public Safety troopers noted an odor of alcohol — two were “overwhelmed” by it — coming from Bertram Police Chief James Jay “J.J.” Wilson as they investigated the crash of his marked patrol car Oct. 24 near Marble Falls. (more…)

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Bertram Police Chief J.J. Wilson

Bertram police chief indicted on charges of official oppression, aggravated perjury

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Bertram Police Chief James “J.J.” Wilson surrendered himself to the Burnet County Jail on Oct. 3 following a grand jury indictment on several of charges, including official oppression and aggravated perjury. (more…)

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Authorities remove boys from Bertram-area residential facility under investigation

Authorities remove boys from Bertram-area residential facility under investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — After a two-week investigation, state and local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant July 25 at a Bertram-area facility that claimed to be a residential home for troubled boys. (more…)

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A wildfire scorched about 15 acres July 23 on RR 1174 near Whitewater Springs. The road was temporarily closed as firefighters contained the blaze. Photo courtesy of David Maple/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildfire scorches 15 acres off RR 1174 in Burnet County; fourth blaze in recent weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Despite the heat and fire services taxed from battling other area wildland blazes, crews were able to swiftly snuff a 15-acre blaze July 23 just off RR 1174 near the Whitewater Springs subdivision, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet Patrol Officer Mark Edwards visited Shady Grove Elementary on May 16 for Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District has approved a full-time school resource officer for each of its campuses starting next school year. Courtesy photo

School shootings prompt officials to place police officers on all Burnet CISD campuses

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The most recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, prompted Burnet and Bertram city and school officials to approve officers for the 2018-19 school year on all school campuses in Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. (more…)

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HIGHLAND LAKES ELECTIONS: Longtime council member unseated

HIGHLAND LAKES ELECTIONS: Longtime council member unseated

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council will get three new members after the May 5 election that saw voters unseat a longtime councilwoman. (more…)

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Bertram authorities are trying to track down two people in their mid-20s who stole several boxes of donated items from the Bertram Library Thrift Store, 140 S. Gabriel St. Courtesy photo

Police seek Bertram Library Thrift Store thieves caught on camera

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  BERTRAM — Authorities could charge two people with theft after a man and a woman cleared the front stoop of the Bertram Library Thrift Store on April 29, making off with several boxes of donated items. (more…)

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Bertram man dies after being pinned between pickup truck and house

Bertram man dies after being pinned between pickup truck and house

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — A 26-year-old man died Feb. 10 after accidentally getting pinned between his pickup truck and his house, authorities said. The incident happened at about 10:15 p.m. after Justin Dewight Battles pulled into the driveway of his residence in the 600 block of CR 243 East in Burnet County. (more…)

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Bertram man dies in one-vehicle wreck on Texas 29

Bertram man dies in one-vehicle wreck on Texas 29

FROM STAFF REPORTS GEORGETOWN — A Bertram man died Jan. 12 after the truck he was driving struck a tree just after midnight in Williamson County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (more…)

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Texas 29 in Bertram reopens following fuel tanker rollover

UPDATE: Officials have reopened Texas 29 just east of Bertram after an early morning fuel tanker rolled over Jan. 5, forcing law enforcement to close it for several hours.   FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Emergency crews have closed down Texas 29 just east of Bertram due to a fuel tanker truck rollover, according to the […]

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Kitchen ‘grease fire’ blamed in Dec. 16 blaze that displaces Bertram couple

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — A house fire, believed to have started from grease on the stove, left a couple without a home Dec. 16 and prompted a warning about fire safety. Nearby residents reported the fire at about 5 p.m. that day in the 100 block of Henna Street. (more…)

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Victim ID'd in fatal rollover on rural road outside Bertram

Victim ID’d in fatal rollover on rural road outside Bertram

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — A motorist died at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover on a rural roadway on Nov. 14, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The accident happened at around 9:40 p.m. on CR 212A about 10 miles northeast of Bertram. (more…)

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Two Burnet County women killed in three-car collision on Texas 29

Two Burnet County women killed in three-car collision on Texas 29

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the victims of a fatal collision that happened Oct. 2 on an accident-plagued stretch of Texas 29. (more…)

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At least two dead in multi-vehicle crash on TX 29 between Burnet and Bertram

At least two dead in multi-vehicle crash on TX 29 between Burnet and Bertram

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — At least two people died Oct. 2 following a crash involving multiple vehicles on Texas 29, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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Texas 29 near Liberty Hill site of two fatal crashes in 24 hours

Texas 29 near Liberty Hill site of two fatal crashes in 24 hours

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LIBERTY HILL — Three people, including a motorcyclist, are dead following two separate collisions in a 24-hour period along the same stretch of Texas 29 in Williamson County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (more…)

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Bertram’s Texas Pecan Cake Shop wins first in HEB’s Quest for Texas Best contest

Bertram’s Texas Pecan Cake Shop wins first in HEB’s Quest for Texas Best contest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BERTRAM — The days of baking only a handful of Lorraine’s Original Texas Pecan Cakes at a time might be over for Bridget and Will McCoy after the couple nabbed first place in the 2017 H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest. (more…)

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Bertram woman dies in two-car crash outside Bertram

Bertram woman dies in two-car crash outside Bertram

  CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said a 72-year-old man was killed in the collision. The deceased, Christopher Bussell, is a woman. DailyTrib.com regrets the error. STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — A 72-year-old woman died July 25 in a collision after she pulled out onto the highway from a rural road and […]

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Judge denies man early probation release in Lake Buchanan boating hit-and-run death

Judge denies man early probation release in Lake Buchanan boating hit-and-run death

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A state district judge on July 14 denied a request for early release from probation by a man who pleaded guilty in a Lake Buchanan hit-and-run boating incident that left an 18-year-old man dead and two others injured.  (more…)

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Crashes put big dent in Bertram police fleet

Crashes put big dent in Bertram police fleet

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — Authorities made an emergency purchase of a new police vehicle July 6 after back-to-back crashes in which motorists slammed into the agency’s patrol units, one of which resulted in a drunken driving arrest, according to the Bertram Police Department. (more…)

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Bertram police officer injured during traffic stop collision

Bertram police officer injured during traffic stop collision

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — A police officer is recovering from injuries after a van collided with his patrol unit while he was inside during a traffic stop June 24 on Texas 29, Bertram Police Department officials said. (more…)

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A truck carrying bags of fertilizer rolled over May 15, delaying traffic for about three hours. Courtesy photo

Truck carrying fertilizer load rolls over on Texas 29 outside Bertram

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — A truck tractor-trailer loaded with pallets of fertilizer delayed traffic for several hours May 15 after the vehicle rolled over, dumped its contents, and blocked three lanes of Texas 29 on the Burnet/Williamson County line, authorities reported. (more…)

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