Burnet County Jail

Thu
10
Aug

Llano County residents upset by jail study, possible 'depopulation'

This story appeared in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Highlander. It prompted a letter to the editor on Thursday, Aug. 10, also found here on HighlanderNews.com and to be included in the Friday, Aug. 11, print edition of The Highlander.

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners got an earful Monday from county residents who want to keep the county jail open.

Commissioners held a budget workshop but part of that involved a study by Precinct One Commissioner Peter Jones on the feasibility of turning Llano County Jail prisoners over to Burnet County under a contract yet to be written.

Jones emphasized that he hasn’t finished the study. But he said preliminary numbers indicate that the county could save some $170,000 a year by sending inmates to the reginal jail in Burnet.

Mon
17
Apr

Burnet County jailer killed in murder-suicide

Millie Chance

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A preliminary investigation indicates the wife of a Burnet County Jail employee shot her spouse once in the back of the head Thursday, April 13, at their Lampasas home before turning the weapon on herself, according to Lampasas Assistant Police Chief Jody Cummings.

Tue
09
Aug

New details arise in Llano rape case

Shane Taylor

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Llano City Police have released additional information on a rape case in which a Gatesville man was indicted last month.

Shane Nolan Taylor, 36, was indicted on July 5 on charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felonies, aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony, and sexual assault, a second degree felony, after an incident in a Llano County home on April 11.

Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff said Taylor was arrested after authorities said he broke into a woman’s home and raped her on April 11 between 9 and 10 a.m. Ratliff said Taylor made forcible entry into the woman's home in a duplex in the 700 block of East Sandstone Street.

“We believe he knew her, or had just met her,” Ratliff said. “He thought his girlfriend was in her house.”

Tue
02
Aug

County contracts for more inmates, hires more jail staff

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Burnet County officials and law enforcement are preparing for an influx of inmates from nearby counties in coming weeks.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said commissioners court approved contracts with three Texas counties on Tuesday to house inmates in overflow conditions or special circumstances, and the jail has hired additional staff to handle the increase. Hayes, Somerville, and Taylor county jails have all contracted for the ability to send inmates to Burnet County Jail.

Prior to new staff, the jail was only allowed up to house 240 inmates based on its staffing. The total capacity of the jail is 587.

“It's a See-Saw effect,” Oakley said. “As we bring in new inmates, we hire more jailors.”

In late June, commissioners voted to unfreeze eight positions at the jail to prepare for the influx of new inmates.

Fri
29
Jul

County accepts contracts for more inmates, hires additional jail staff

by Alexandria Randolph

Burnet Bulletin

 

Burnet County officials and law enforcement are preparing for an influx of inmates from nearby counties in coming weeks.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said commissioners court approved contracts with three Texas counties on Tuesday to house inmates in overflow conditions or special circumstances, and the jail has hired additional staff to handle the increase. Hayes, Somerville, and Taylor county jails have all contracted for the ability to send inmates to Burnet County Jail.

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