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Tue
06
Jan

Pilot uninjured in Llano Airport plane wreck

by Alexandria Randolph

The pilot of a four-seat aircraft was uninjured when the plane flipped on its head at the Llano Municipal Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 6, Llano County Sheriffs Department Officials said.

Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn confirmed the accident and said there was “pretty good damage to the plane but none to the pilot.”

The female pilot is currently unidentified.

Blackburn said the aircraft will have to remain in place until representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration arrive at the scene. Texas DPS Troopers are also working the scene.

For an updated story, see next Wednesday's Llano County Journal.

Tue
06
Jan

Granite Shoals man indicted for June child sex crime case

Jose Jorge Camacho Moran

by Alexandria Randolph

A Granite Shoals man was arrested on New Year’s Eve after he was indicted on a child sex crime charge stemming from an incident that reportedly happened back in June.

Jose Jorge Camacho Moran, 45, was indicted on Oct. 7, 2014, in the 424th District Court on charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony.

He was arrested on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, to face the court for the charge.

District Court records show the initial incident took place on June 20, 2014.

The indictment stated the victim was younger than 17 years of age.

Tue
06
Jan

Burnet man arrested on felony drug charge during traffic stop

Edmond Desautels

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man was arrested on felony drug charges when Marble Falls Police discovered methamphetamine in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Saturday, Dec. 27.

Edmond Simeon Desautels, 54, of Burnet, was arrested on charge of possession of a controlled substance between four and 200 grams, a second-degree felony.

Marble Falls Police Lt. Steve Eckstein said Desautels was stopped by an officer after he was observed running through a red light around 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of US 281 and RR 1431.

Eckstein said the patrolman noticed a passenger in the vehicle was “behaving with nervousness,” prompting the officer to search the vehicle.

The search turned up drug paraphernalia, which led to Desautels’ arrest.

“When they patted him down more thoroughly, they found methamphetamine in his front pocket,” Eckstein said.

Mon
05
Jan

Parks and Rec officials discuss grants and beautification

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department Officials are one step closer to a historical grant, and progressing with a community beautification project.

In a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss relayed to the commission that an application for a Lone Star Legacy historical grant was nearing completion.

Moss showed directors a series of new photos that he had collected of Johnson Park, including softball teams from as early as 1924 and as recently as 2014, and one that showed the bridge into the park prior to the new construction.

Parks and recreation officials are also taking tentative steps toward establishing a Keep Texas Beautiful Marble Falls Chapter by attending a workshop about the organization in San Saba Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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

Fri
02
Jan

CShores Police Dept. to host city’s first Town Hall meeting

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

For the first time in its existence, the Cottonwood Shores Police Department is hosting a Town Hall meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the library (4111 Cottonwood Drive).

“This is going to be a give-and-take thing: I’m going to ask for questions and we’re going to discuss any issues that come to the forefront,” said Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Tom Williams Friday, Jan. 2. “No subject is off limits.”

Williams said he has conducted similar Town Hall meetings at previous agencies, and it is part of his community policing paradigm. “Part of being a community cop is talking with people, giving people an opportunity to get things out of their system—whatever they don’t like, do like, issues they want addressed, what they’re afraid of," Williams said. "We can go forward better as a police department tied to the community.”

Wed
31
Dec

Flu season in full swing, classified as “widespread”

This image from the CDC shows the different features of an influenza virus.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Texas joined 35 other states with a classification of “widespread” influenza outbreak this year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which was generated by epidemiologists for flu week 51, which ended Dec. 20.

Fifteen children (including two in Texas) have died from influenza or pneumonia since Oct. 1, reaching the “epidemic threshold” used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When 6.8 percent of pediatric deaths are from these causes, it is classified as an epidemic by the CDC.

“We’re an acute care walk in clinic, and I would say 35-40 percent of patients over the past 7-10 days have had the flu or flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Chad Gray, MD, medical director of the Baylor Scott & White extended hours clinic in Marble Falls. He added “this is on par with my experiences over the past few flu seasons.”

Tue
30
Dec

No injuries in helicopter crash

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander

No one was injured at a helicopter crash on Monday afternoon, Dec. 28 at the Horseshoe Bay Airport.

by Alexandria Randolph

No one was hurt when a helicopter made a crash landing at the Horseshoe Bay Airport on Monday, Dec. 29.

At about 3:25 p.m., Horseshoe Bay Police, Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area EMS were dispatched to the runway after dispatch received several calls regarding a helicopter crash.

Horseshoe Bay Police identified the pilot as Charles Deyhle Jr. of Horseshoe bay. There were no other occupants in the aircraft.

For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano Country Journal or Friday's Highlander.

Mon
29
Dec

Former city manager honored

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
Former Marble Falls City Manager Ralph Hendricks embraces Janey Rives at a celebration of his recovery on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

by Alexandria Randolph

Friends and supporters of former Marble Falls city manager Ralph Hendricks gathered on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 23, to celebrate his recovery.

After a year-long recovery process, Hendricks is returning to his life in Marble Falls in the wake of an egregious head injury sustained in a accident on Oct. 12, 2013, while bicycling with a group on CR 340.

The group presented Hendricks with mementos of their support, including a signed racing jersey from the "Ride and Run for Ralph” at the start of the 60-mile Texas Cycling Challenge sponsored by Race Across America in March 2014. Rives said that Hendricks had participated in the challenge for the last two years.

“We were collecting things while you were recuperating,” said Bill Rives, executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

Wed
24
Dec

Cottonwood Shores council denies payment to fire department

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department will not receive its monthly check from the city in January because of not filing a report required by its contract with the city, said the city’s mayor at the council meeting Thursday, Dec. 18.

“We asked for their financial report, as per their contract, and did not get it,” said Mayor Donald Orr. “We emailed them about it and they emailed back that someone would be here, and they’re not.”

No CSVFD representatives were present at the meeting.

CSVFD Chief Travis Hockensmith chose to let the public information officer respond to an information request. “Chief Hockensmith called city hall and requested to be placed on the agenda and was told he would be placed on the agenda,” said Janet Taylor-Carusi in an email Monday, Dec. 22. “The city then did not place the chief on the agenda and did not notify the fire department.”

Wed
24
Dec

Highland Lakes Birding & Wildflower Society ready to count Christmas birds

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Highland Lakes Birding & Wildflower Society is seeking volunteers, or “citizen scientists,” to participate in its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) planned Friday, Jan. 2, in Burnet County’s circle, which is one of around 2,400 circles across the hemisphere.

More than 60,000 people across the country are expected participate in the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, according to the Audubon Society.

The key to CBC citizen science is consistency: the same circle of area, at the same time of year, using the same methodology, said Sammye Childers, HLBWS member and compiler for the count this year. “I think people are starting to realize the importance of this documentation,” she said. It is the oldest citizen-scientist survey in the world, according to the Audubon Society.

Nine teams of around five people will cover the 177 square miles contained within the circle, which is 15 miles in diameter.

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