Burnet County Texas news

Thu
15
Dec

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.

Wed
14
Dec

Ballard trial: guilty, life without parole

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Garrett James Ballard was found guilty on two counts of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole on Monday, Dec. 12, in the 33rd District Court of Judge Allan Garrett.

He was charged in the shooting of two close friends, Elijah “Eli” Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate.

After a week of testimony, the jury was out just over half an hour from deliberation to verdict, 2:10 p.m. -2:45 p.m.

“Once found guilty of capital murder, when the state does not seek the death penalty, life with no possibility of parole is the automatic sentence,” said District Attorney Sonny McAfee.

The decision not seek the death penalty in this case was made in cooperation with the victims' families from the outset.

Fri
09
Dec

Belton woman jailed for intoxication manslaughter

Candice Rae Buckley

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Candice Rae Buckley, 26, of Belton was confined in the Burnet County Jail Tuesday, Dec. 6, on charges of intoxication assault and homicide with a vehicle, apparently in connection with the Sept. 3 four-car fatality accident on U.S. 281 north of Burnet.

The accident occurred not long after 9 a.m. that Saturday morning.

Roselee Rodriguez, 26, and her seven-year-old son, West Adair Jr., of San Antonio died when they were thrown from their 2003 Ford Expedition in a head-on collision with a northbound auto forced into her path by a 1998 Lexus, driven by by Buckley. The victim's three-year-old son, Isreal Rodriguez, survived the crash after being treated at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin.

Fri
02
Dec

Trial set for Ballard capital murder case

Garrett James Ballard

By Alexandria Randolph

The Highlander

Garrett James Ballard will go to the 33rd District Court Monday to face trial in the fatal shooting of his two friends just over two years ago.

The plea deadline for Ballard, a 23-year-old Burnet County man who was indicted on a capital murder of multiple persons charge in Nov. 6, 2014, was at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29.

District Attorney Sonny McAfee said Ballard pled not guilty in an arraigment hearing early on in the court proceedings. Ballard's trial is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5.

“I expect it will take all week,” McAfee said regarding the trial, but could not comment further about potential tactics taken by the defense, namely local attorney Eddie Shell.

It is possible the defense will argue on grounds of diminished capacity, meaning that Ballard could receive a lesser sentence due to his admitted hallucinogen induced delusion during the time of the killings.

Wed
23
Nov

Craddock Field rededicated on 55th anniversary

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander
Community members, City of Burnet and Burnet County officials gather with representatives of the Commemorative Air Force, Texas Department of Transportation,and Federal Aviation Administration at Burnet Municipal Airport for the rededication and ribbon cutting of Kate Craddock Field. The ceremony was the culmination of months of construction and restoration of the airport on US 281 in Burnet.

Alexandria Randolph
Highland Lakes Newspapers

Tue
15
Nov

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.”

Fri
11
Nov

Free car seat inspections offered Nov. 12

Making sure no child is injured an auto accident is the goal of the car seat inspection event of Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The MFAEMS is scheduling appointments before 1:30 p.m. for car seat inspection and fitting at their main station, 609 Industrial Boulevard, in Marble Falls.

The number to call is 830-693-7277. The service is free and the MFAEMS can help provide a seat for families that cannot afford one.

Every child younger than age eight and shorter than four-feet-nine-inches tall travel in a federally approved child car seat. Fines from $25 for the first offense up to $250 for subsequent offenses are little compared to the heartache of injury or death of a child.

Tue
08
Nov

RV fire leaves Denver man high and dry

Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers

No one was hurt when an RV caught fire while traveling on Farm to Market Road 1174 Saturday night, Nov. 5, but the vehicle was a complete loss.

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

No one was injured when an RV caught fire in the northbound lane of Farm to Market Road 1174 on Saturday evening.

At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, Bertram Volunteer Firefighters were called to FM 1174 just 200 feet south of the entrance to Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge Doeskin Ranch, where an RV was already engulfed in flame.

Bertram Volunteer Fire Chief Bobby Huffstuttler said the owner of the vehicle had made it out before the fire consumed the cabin.

“He said he was driving and heard the engine make a strange noise,” Huffstuttler said.

The driver pulled as far off the road as possible, with a portion of the RV still in the northbound lane, and stopped to inspect the situation.

“He pulled the hood off and the engine was already on fire,” Huffstuttler said, adding that the driver attempted to use a fire extinguisher, but it “didn't do any good.”

Tue
08
Nov

County early vote tops 50 percent

Burnet County voters top 50 percent

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

Just how far numbers will rise today, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 General Election Day, remains to be seen, but so far early voters are breaking records.

“It wouldn’t take much of a record election day to push us to 80 percent turnout overall,” said Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson.

Burnet County citizens flocked to early voting polls, which closed at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, with a record 47 percent of registered voters, 13,885 of them, having voted early in person.

Another 1,686 ballots by mail had been received in the Burnet County Elections Office Monday morning, Nov. 7. That means 15,571 of the county's 29,556 voters had cast early ballots, or 52.68 percent of them.

“Our military mail ballots are coming right in too,” said Karen Peraino of the elections office.

Fri
28
Oct

MFAEMS celebrates 40 years Saturday

Contributed

Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conduct resuscitation practice. The EMS received a $22,256 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative in April for new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) equipment and they train community members in basic CPR. The MFAEMS will celebrate 40 years of service to south Burnet County at an event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the station, 609 Industrial Boulevard in Marble Falls.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

An event billed as “food and lots of memories” will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

It will take place at the EMS station at 609 Industrial Boulevard in Marble Falls and it will be a rare chance outside the throes of an emergency or the clamor of a community celebration to visit with paramedics and technicians.

And the memories will be many for an organization that has grown from a fledgling ambulance in Marble Falls in 1976 to a force of six MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) capable ambulances and two SUV first responders housed at stations in Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, and Horseshoe Bay.

The service runs up to 4,000 calls each year in as many as 450 call per month by 9-1-1 and inter-facility transfers. They are staffed by 48 paramedics, 32 of whom are are full time.

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