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Houston man arrested on child sex charge indictment

Michael Anthony McGilvray

by Alexandria Randolph

A Houston man was arrested on capias warrant after he was indicted on sexual assault of a child charges in early September.

Michael Anthony McGilvray, 27, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 12 by Burnet County Deputies on capias warrant out of Llano County. He was indicted Sept. 9, 2014 on a sexual assault of a child charge that originated June 16, 2014. The indictment was filed in the 424th District Court by the Honorable Judge Evan Stubbs.

McGilvray was booked in Burnet County Jail Feb. 12 on charges of sexual assault of a child, possession of marijuana under two ounces and a prior charge of abandonment or endangerment of a child/criminal negligence. He remains there on bond of $72,500.

Mon
16
Feb

The party’s over: Gas prices on the upswing

Just as folks were getting used to filling up their vehicles for a song, gas prices are on the upswing again.

Prices fell for 17 weeks in a row, but by the beginning of this month prices began to increase, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Prices rose nine cents in a week, between Feb. 5-12, but it’s still more than a dollar less than this time last year, according to AAA, which monitors gas price trends.

Texans are lucky compared to other parts of the nation: “The statewide average is 16 cents less than the national average of $2.23, which is eight cents more than one week ago,” according to AAA.

One of the reasons for the rise in prices is maintenance schedules at refineries.

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16
Feb

“Anna’s Story:” Community bands together to help stranger in need

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

“Anna’s Story” started with a series of Facebook posts late last year: “So, I got a call this week that a girl has been left destitute with 4 children under 6! She has managed to get a small place but has NOTHING to put in the house.”

Just two minutes after that Jan. 30 post, responses started rolling in: “Please let me know what she may still need,” “I have several sets of twin sheets, a bunch of children's books I would gladly donate,” “What ages are [the] kids? [Do] they need toys, clothes...?”

An organizer of the effort, Shelly Callahan of Pro Movers Plus in Marble Falls, thanked friends on Facebook for their “unbelievable” response: “The smile on her face was just priceless! I love my friends and the community...so much! Thank you to everyone who has donated and to all that is still coming in!”

After a New Year’s Eve update post, it took three minutes for more offers of help to appear on her computer screen.

Mon
16
Feb

“Anna’s Story:” Community bands together to help stranger in need

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

“Anna’s Story” started with a series of Facebook posts late last year: “So, I got a call this week that a girl has been left destitute with 4 children under 6! She has managed to get a small place but has NOTHING to put in the house.”

Just two minutes after that Jan. 30 post, responses started rolling in: “Please let me know what she may still need,” “I have several sets of twin sheets, a bunch of children's books I would gladly donate,” “What ages are [the] kids? [Do] they need toys, clothes...?”

An organizer of the effort, Shelly Callahan of Pro Movers Plus in Marble Falls, thanked friends on Facebook for their “unbelievable” response: “The smile on her face was just priceless! I love my friends and the community...so much! Thank you to everyone who has donated and to all that is still coming in!”

After a New Year’s Eve update post, it took three minutes for more offers of help to appear on her computer screen.

Mon
16
Feb

MFHS robotics team learns from mistakes

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The three-person robotics team from Marble Falls High School, Team 4769, finished in the middle of the pack at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge regional contest Saturday, Jan. 31, in San Antonio.

To their teacher, however, what his students learned is more important than hauling away trophies and awards.

“They had a good time,” said MFHS engineering teacher Randy Guffey Tuesday, Feb. 10. “They all left the contest feeling good about what they’d done and learned, both from their own experiences and by observing other groups.”

Guffey said previously he was hoping students would be challenged by difficulties, and they were.

During an autonomous portion of the contest, in which the robot had to run entirely on students’ programming instead of being controlled manually, a programming glitch caused problems.

Thu
12
Feb

LCRA: Burnet man arrested for disturbing artifacts

by Alexandria Randolph

Lower Colorado River Authority Rangers arrested a Burnet man on a misdemeanor charge Tuesday, Feb. 10 after he allegedly disturbed a historic site near Bluffton.

Ray Alan Pauling, 68, of Burnet, was arrested on charge of removing historical artifacts, a violation of the Natural Resources Code and a Class “B” misdemeanor, after LCRA Rangers discovered him moving stones in his front yard. 

According to a probable cause affidavit report from the LCRA Public Safety Department, two rangers were “dispatched to an area near Lake Buchanan... and on Burnet CR 128 reference to (the defendant) removing or destroying a historical structure.”

For more on the story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Mon
09
Feb

C’Shores man indicted on child sex charges

Roger Dale Dunlap

by Alexandria Randolph

A Cottonwood Shores man was indicted Tuesday, Feb. 3, on charge of indecency with a child.

Roger Dale Dunlap, 32, was indicted by the 424th District Court on a second-degree felony charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact. He was booked into Burnet County Jail Feb. 7, and was released the same day on bond of $50,000.

According to the indictment, on or about Aug. 28, 2014, the defendant “intentionally or knowingly cause (the victim), a child younger than 17 years of age, to engage in sexual contact by causing (the said victim) to touch the genitals of the defendant.”

For more on the story, see Friday's Highlander.

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06
Feb

UPDATED Two teens dead in CR 120 wreck, 2 hospitalized

A community in mourning started a memorial for Groth and Griffin, Jr. at the site of the crash.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula and Alexandria Randolph

One Marble Falls High School student and another male from Granite Shoals are in the hospital in critical condition after a car accident on CR120 around 10:30 Thursday night. Two other men were pronounced dead at the scene, said a Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Friday, Feb. 6.

School officials confirmed Friday morning that two are dead.

The four men were driving a 1998 Dodge pickup truck when the driver lost control due to a high rate of speed, said Trooper Robbie Barrera. She did not think that weather was a factor. The truck caught fire during the crash and came to rest against a tree in a pasture, Barrera said. 

The driver, Robert Groth, 17, of Granite Shoals was pronounced dead at the scene. Groth was a MFHS graduate. Passenger Ramie Griffin, Jr., 15, of Sedona, Ariz. also died at the scene.

Thu
05
Feb

Suspect in alleged police assault apprehended

Gaylord

A man who allegedly shot at a Llano Police Officer has been apprehended, officials said Thursday evening.

According to Llano Police, around 11:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, a Llano police officer attempted to pull over a dark gray 2003 Ford Mustang for a traffic violation.
But, according to the police, the driver of the vehicle — bearing Texas license plate CSSP037 — did not stop and police chased it for about 24 miles on TX 71 to the Mason County community of Pontotoc.

There, the suspect vehicle turned onto Commerce Street, where gunshots were fired at Llano police.

An officer returned fire and was not injured; it is unknown whether the driver was injured. The Mustang was found stuck in mud and covered with a tarp in San Saba County.

Wed
04
Feb

Three taken to hospitals after head-on collision on FM 1174

Three people were transported by helicopters to area hospitals after a two-vehicle head-on collision Wednesday afternoon at the Cow Creek bridge on FM 1174.

The site of the accident is about 12 miles south of Bertram and about three miles north of the FM 1174 intersection with FM 1431.

Witnesses said a pickup pulling a trailer south on FM 1431 crossed into the north-bound lane and struck a car carrying three people.

The three people in the car were airlifted by helicopters from Marble Falls and Austin to area hospitals.

The names of the injured and the hospitals they were taken to were not released.

The driver of the pickup was administered a series of field sobriety tests by Department of Public Safety officers investigating the accident and was subsequently handcuffed, placed in the back of a DPS patrol car and taken from the scene.

See Friday’s Marble Falls Highlander and the Feb. 11 Burnet Bulletin for the complete story.

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