Burnet County Sheriff's Department


Abducted children found; mother faces charges


Tekecha Milena Quinonce



By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A biological, non-custodial mother who abducted her children from Bertram Elementary School faces felony charges in Burnet County after her May 22 arrest.


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.


Burnet County sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.


BCSO foils News Year's burglary

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander


Bindseil succeeds Jett in Precinct 4

Frank Shubert/The Highlander Publisher

Burnet County Commissioners appoint Millicent “Missy” Bindseil, second from left, to replace Chris Jett as Precinct 4 Constable. Jett resigned his office in November to become administrative captain with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. From left are Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Missy Bindseil, Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Hibler, Precinct 1 Commissioner Bill Neve, Jett, Burnet County Sheriff Patrol Captain Ricky Bindseil and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery.

By Frank Shubert

The Highlander Publisher

Burnet County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Tuesday, Dec 13. Among the first items of business included action on replacing Burnet County Precinct 4 Constable Chris Jett with Millicent “Missy” Bindseil.

Jett resigned his office in November to accept the position of Administrative Captain with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office.

“My command staff position is responsible for developing a new policies manual, evaluating and helping implement new technology,” said Jett “I will also also be responsible for dispatch, court security, warrants and bonds, and civil process.”

The Court expressed their appreciation for Jett’s service.

“You’ve been an outstanding constable,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Bill Neve.


Car fire corpse still unidentified

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Burnet County officials are still waiting to get DNA results back on a body that was found burned in a mysterious car fire on June 20.

The vehicle, believed to be a Kia Soul, was discovered off the road next to the southbound lane in the 3800 block of County Road 202 on that Monday evening. A deceased man was inside.

The man was burned so extensively that authorities were at first uncertain of the gender, and sent the body to the Travis County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and DNA test to identify him.

However, Burnet County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Joey Canady said in June he didn't feel foul play was involved.

“It could be six months before we know anything,” said Lisa Whitehead, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, in which the body was discovered. “That's just how long these DNA tests take.”


Burnet County rallies around law enforcement

Food and cards of good wishes cover a desk in the Marble Falls Police Department after citizens and businesses responded with support to the July 7 shooting of 11 police officers in Dallas.

In response to the July 7 shooting that took five Dallas police lives last week, Burnet County residents rallied around the local law enforcement teams to show their support for the men and women in uniform.
Burnet city police got a special surprise on Friday, July 8, when four-year-old Leilani Cullen brought $5 gift cards from MOJO’s Coffee for each officer as well as Wells Fargo Bank delivering breakfast for the team.
“The City of Burnet has always shown their support for our police department, it doesn’t take a shooting to know that they always back us,” said Burnet Chief of Police Paul Nelson.
“But when something like this occurs and these people take their time out to show us how much they support us, makes it an honor to serve this community and we greatly appreciate it,”
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