Burnet County Sheriff's Office


Burnet County Sheriff's Office commerical vehicle inspection officer targets safer roadways

BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd/Special to The Highlander
Burnet County Sheriff's Deputy William Talamantez, a former DPS commercial vehicle enforcement officer, was hired by the county agency to inspect larger commercial vehicles to ensure safety on the roadways.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In its first fiscal year of operation, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office commercial traffic unit has helped clear the way for safer roadways.


Forensics results confirm human remains those of missing Lufkin woman

Tina Marie Logan, 40, who went missing about five months ago, has been positively identified as the skeletal remains found near her vehicle discovered abandoned in a remote area northwest Burnet County.




From staff reports •

Authorities have identified the human skeletal remains found in a remote area of northwest Burnet County as those of a 40-year-old Lufkin woman reported missing by her family since April.

According to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office statement released Sept. 26, forensic scientists with the University of North Texas positively identified the remains as Tina Marie Logan.


His Joshua House not affiliated with Joshua Home in Bertram




While an investigation into a Bertram-based “residential home for troubled boys” continues, a Llano County organization is making sure people know they are in no way affiliated with the group home.

The confusion has come about due to the similarities in the names of the two organizations. Authorities on Wednesday removed eight juvenile males were removed from the Joshua Home near Bertram after an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations, and human trafficking.

Meanwhile, in Kingsland, is the headquaters of His Joshua House, a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery house for men. It is also a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Eight juvenile males removed from Joshua Home





Eight juvenile males were removed from the Joshua Home near Bertram Wednesday after an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations, and human trafficking, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office reported today.

During the past several weeks, investigators and officials from many state and local agencies conducted joint investigations into the Joshua Home, which purports to be a residential home for troubled boys and which is affiliated with a nonprofit organization known as The Joshua Home Ministries.


Saturday is Drug Take Back Day


This Saturday, April 28, is the day to eliminate all those unused prescription medications from around the house.

In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Drug Take Back program, the Marble Falls Police Department, Burnet County Sheriff's Office and an area pharmacy will host locations where people can anonymously dispose of outdated and unused prescription drugs.

No questions or requests for identification will be made, and medication labels will not be read. Syringes/needles, "sharps," and scalpels, however cannot be accepted.

“Unused prescriptions sometimes seem like 'fair game' to kids who might ingest them or people from out of the household who might take them for illegal consumption,” said Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitaker. “On Saturday, someone will be on hand from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at the Public Safety Facility (606 Avenue N, Marble Falls) to man a drop-off box in the lobby.”


Child sex assault alleged by BCSO

A Meadowlakes man was arrested Wednesday on charges relating to alleged criminal sexual conduct against multiple children beginning at least as far back as 2014.

Leroy Lilley, 59, was arrested by the Burnet County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) on two formal charges of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child under age 14 and one count of Indecency with a Child under age 14.

According to the BCSO, the arrest and charges stem from a joint investigation that has been conducted for more than a month by BCSO investigators and the Child Protective Service of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

“During the investigation, multiple children disclosed details of criminal sexual conduct on Lilley's part spanning a time period that dates back to at least 2014,” the release stated. “The investigation is ongoing.”


Planning helps prevent active shooter incidents

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Law enforcement officers from all over Burnet County gave more than 100 people tips on staying alive during an active shooter incident Thursday evening at the Marble Falls High School auditorium.

Burnet County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Weems, who led the hour-long event, said the first big step toward avoiding being a victim is to have a plan.


Kingsland motel closed by state fire marshal

Burnet County Precinct 1 Constable Missy Bindseil, right, and State Fire Marshal Investigator Moe Jones talk with the manager of the LBJ Motel in Kingsland after posting an order to vacate the establishment until repairs for safety can be made. Bindseil first received dumping complaints about the area and she and Precinct 1 Constable Leslie Ray, not pictured, took safety concerns to the state.






By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A Kingsland motel has been declared “uninhabitable” by the Texas State Fire Marshal and tenants have been barred from staying there unless or until repairs have been made.

State and local officials converged on the LBJ Motel at 13813 Ranch to Market Road 1431 about 11 a.m. Monday, June 5, to investigate.

“Essentially there had been a lot of complaints about the motel, about loose wiring and other things,” said Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd on Tuesday. “The state fire marshal said the people there could stay the night, but they had to be out by 8 a.m. this morning.”

The official notice was posted on the door of the motel office at a little after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Boyd announces new chief deputy

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

In front of the Burnet County Law Enforcement Center Monday, Dec. 19, Burnet County Sheirff-elect Calvin Boyd is joined by his command officers for the announcement of new Chief Deputy Mike Cummings. Pictured, from left, are Capt. Ricky Bindseil, incoming Administrative Capt. Chris Jett, incoming Sheriff Boyd, incoming Chief Deputy Cummings and CID/SOU Capt. Dwight Hardin. Not pictured is Burnet County Jail Capt. Matt Kimbler.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Burnet County Sheriff-elect Calvin Boyd introduced his choice for a new chief deputy Monday, Dec. 19, introducing Mike Cummings of Houston at a morning press conference.

“Mike Cummings has a great resume and he is going to be really good for the Sheriff's Office,” said Boyd. “There is a lot of excitement in the Sheriff's Office.”

Boyd, who won his post handily in the Republican Primary, will quietly take the oath of office at midnight on New Year's Eve to step into the shoes of retiring Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith.

He went on to enumerate the chain of command reporting to Cummings: Chris Jett, as the new administrative captain; Capt. Ricky Bindseil, continuing as patrol captain; Capt. Dwight Hardin, in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Special Operations Unit (SOU), and Capt. Matt Kimbler, in charge of the Burnet County Jail.

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