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Thu
25
Oct

Wilson placed on unpaid administrative suspension following DWI Charge

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

At an emergency City Council meeting called Thursday, Oct. 25, Bertram City Council members unanimously voted to place embattled Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson on unpaid administrative suspension following his arrest for suspected driving while intoxicated after crashing and leaving his patrol unit along the 5000 Block of Ranch-to-Market 1431 outside Marble Falls on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene of the crash 8:30 p.m., and eventually arrested Wilson at Scott and White Hospital in Marble Falls, to which he had gotten a ride.

This incident occurred not a month after a 424th Judicial District Grand Jury indicted Wilson on charges of felony aggravated perjury, felony misuse of official information, and misdemeanor official oppression, according to court documents.

Thu
25
Oct

Bertram police chief in patrol unit crash faces DWI charge on heels of grand jury indictments

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Authorities impounded a Bertram police vehicle Oct. 24 after the unit was involved in a crash on FM 1431 east of Marble Falls.

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An embattled police chief will face a driving while intoxication charge, after he was arrested following a crash of his Bertram patrol vehicle Oct. 24 on FM 1431 East in Burnet County.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Bertram Police Chief James Jay (“JJ”) Wilson, who was recently indicted on felony perjury and misdemeanor official oppression charges, posted a $1,500 surety bond and was released from the Burnet County Jail on the DWI charge.

The crash incident was reported around 8:20 p.m. Oct. 24 in the 5800 block of the roadway, about five miles east of Marble Falls, according to the incident report log of the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

Wilson's Bertram Police unit Chevrolet Tahoe left the roadway for an unknown reason.

Wed
24
Oct

Vaccines offered to homeowners, volunteers

Property owners and volunteers cleaning up the mess left by the Hill Country flood are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from bacteria in the water. 

Individuals may receive Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccines at Lakeshores Church, 700 US Hwy 281, Marble Falls, Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 9 a.m.

Both insured and uninsured individuals will be provided vaccines.

If you are insured, bring your insurance card to verify.

Sat
20
Oct

Body found on Lake LBJ identified as missing Junction flood victim

 

 

 

 

A body found near Circle Drive near Kingsland on Lake LBJ during Tuesday's flooding has been identified as a woman who went missing in Llano River flooding in Junction nearly three weeks ago.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has identifed the body as being that of Charlotte Moye, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, which issued a press release Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call to the Lake LBJ waterfront in the 700 block of Circle Drive at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The complainant believed he had located a body that had washed ashore during flooding on Lake LBJ.

Patrol deputies arrived and called investigators to the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson and an autopsy was ordered. The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.

Fri
19
Oct

Area cities deal with flooding aftermath

Larry Gutzler/Channel Oaks
Flood waters submerged several homes Oct. 16 on Lake Marble Falls including the Gutzler property in the 100 Block of Elizabeth Drive in Channel Oaks just off RR 2147 West between Cottonwood Shores and Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

In Central Texas, where the Llano and Pedernales Rivers flow into the Colorado River and where many cities are built near or around the rivers, heavy rains often result in floods.

Fri
19
Oct

LCRA opens Buchanan Dam flood gates

Contributed/Cory Evans, Inks Lake State Park
The Inks Lake State Park Store is quickly surrounded by water after eight flood gates at Buchanan Dam are opened Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17. Waters quickly filled Inks Lake over its normal level after the opening of the gates, prompting the closure of the park and its entry road, Park Road 4 for the time being.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

After buckets of rain filled the Colorado and Llano Rivers on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Lower Colorado River Authority made the decision to open eight flood gates at Buchanan Dam to release much of the floodwaters.

This in turn created a hazard for residents living along Lakes Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield, and Tom Miller as waters began to rush through the Highland Lakes on Tuesday evening.

To ensure the safety of its campers and visitors, officials at Inks Lake State Park decided to close their trails on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when the first four gates were opened.

Upon the next four gates being opened on Wednesday, Oct. 17, park officials made the decision to close the park entirely, moving 34 campers out and discouraging other visitors as waters continued to rise.

Fri
19
Oct

Shelters established, supplies donated for those in need

Tony, Megan, and Elijah Flores live in River Oaks in Kingsland and were evacuated by FEMA at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. They live near the collapsed 2900 bridge. They spent Tuesday at the Kingsland Community Center, where a shelter was established.

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Fri
19
Oct

Horseshoe Bay back to 100 percent water production

The City of Horseshoe Bay has returned to 100 percent water production capacity. Citizens may begin to utilize water for full domestic use and cleanup operations.

Currently, there are some residents and locations who are encountering slightly discolored water issues. This discoloration is directly attributed to the recent floods. The color of the water is aesthetic in nature only and poises no health issues to the public. City staff is diligently working to mitigate the color issue. A Boil Water Notice was never issued for the City of Horseshoe Bay during the flood event. The water remains safe for consumption.

Please contact the city if you have any questions regarding water quality, 830-598-8741.

Wed
17
Oct

Boil water notice issued for Marble Falls

Frank Shubert/The Highlander
Several homes along Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls were submerged Oct. 16 at the height of flooding from the Llano River which made its way into the Highland Lakes.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ordered the city of Marble Falls to alert all residents today (Oct. 17) to boil water for consumption, following flooding of several neighborhoods due to stormwater runoff making its way into the Highland Lakes from the Llano River in the last 24 hours.

The Marble Falls Police Department Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued the alert, “Due to conditions which indicate that the potability of the drinking water supply has been compromised as a result of recent flooding.”

Wed
03
Oct

Utopiafest moves to Reveille Peak Ranch

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Utopiafest organizers announced on their website Wednesday, Oct. 3, they are moving the festival to Reveille Peak Ranch on County Road 114.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd confirmed the move Wednesday and said he believes “this is a much better location for this type of event” than a private ranch on Shady Grove Road (County Road 200).

“I think this was something they had planned on doing after the public hearing and it was actually the first site they originally picked,” Boyd said. “I think they have a much better chance of getting a (mass gathering) permit with this new location. Reveille Peak is set up for events like this and getting out there is much safer, so I feel better about it.”

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