Granite Shoals Police Department


Pilot, passenger walk away from Granite Shoals plane crash

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Two men, who were on their way to Llano, survived an emergency landing into an empty lot in Granite Shoals. The incident happened about 1:15 Wednesday, March 6 at the intersection of Hilldale and Baker Street, a few blocks from the community's air strip. Police reported the Granite Shoals men in the single-engine aircraft said shortly after take off they heard what seemed to be engine problems. The refused treatment at the scene. Other than the aircraft, there was no damage to nearby property. The FAA will conduct an investigation.


Granite Shoals police officers make little girl feel somebunny special

Granite Shoals Police Capt. Chris Decker hands a new pink stuffed rabbit to Victoria, who lost her best friend, "Bunny" in Robin Hood Park recently.




Special to The Highlander

Thanks to the Granite Shoals Police Department, a local child missing her best friend — a stuffed rabbit named “Bunny” — has a new stuffed animal and new police officer friends.

On Jan. 21, Granite Shoals Police Capt. Chris Decker was contacted via the Granite Shoals Police Department Facebook page by Debra, the mother of Victoria, the little girl who had last seen Bunny in Robin Hood Park in Granite Shoals that day.

Decker notified on-duty officers of the information and relayed a picture of Bunny. Chief Gary Boshears was in the area and searched without success.

Decker placed a picture of Bunny on all of the Granite Shoals Police Department social media forums. In a matter of days the posts had reached more than 21,000 people with more than 367 shares and 160 reactions, just from Facebook.


Former GS chief JP Wilson faces June 15 arraignment for aggravated perjury


Former Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson


Former Granite Shoals police chief Joshua Patrick “J.P.” Wilson has been indicted on a charge of aggravated perjury, a third-degree felony, by a Burnet County grand jury — nearly two years to the date after he stepped down from his job.

Wilson, who turned himself in May 9 to Bee County Jail officials, was released on $15,000 bond the same day. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 15 before Judge Allan Garrett in Burnet County on Case Number 48099 and a status hearing is scheduled for July 27. He is being represented by attorney Charles Baird.


Badger charged with sex offenses in Granite Shoals

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

In an investigation still ongoing in Granite Shoals, Dustin Allen Badger, 27, is facing first degree felony charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Sex Abuse of a Child Continuous of a victim younger than 14.

Badger was arrested on the first charge April 12, while victim outcry interviews were still underway at the Hill Country Child Advocacy Center. The Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) requested cooperation from the press to delay coverage as the investigation continued.

Arrest on the second charge took place Monday night, April 17, and Tuesday the GSPD issued an official press release on the investigation of the young man with no prior assaultive or sex offenses on his record and, in Burnet County, only one previous arrest for driving with an invalid license.


GSPD conducting survey

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) is seeking public input about their law enforcement services through a survey, available through Friday, Feb. 24.


Ebola hoax arrestee headed for court

A Granite Shoals woman who gained notoriety by asking police to check her methamphetamine for Ebola is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Chasitiy Eugina Hopson, 29, appears on the plea docket for 424th District Judge Evan Stubbs at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

Last March, Hopson had the misfortune of falling for a Facebook meme posted by the Granite Shoals Police Department indicating methamphetamine circulating around town had been tainted by Ebola, a virus which has killed thousands of people, especially in Africa, where the disease is thought to have originated.

The meme suggested that concerned individuals should take their meth to the police to have it tested to see if it contained Ebola.


BPD Officer survives head-on collision

Officer Matt Imrie

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Burnet Police Officer Matthew “Matt” Imrie underwent a lengthy a delicate surgery Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the aftermath of a traffic accident north of Marble Falls late Tuesday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety troopers assigned to investigation of the accident have been unavailable with details, but reports from the scene described the accident as a two-car, head-on collision at the intersection of US 281 and Farm to Market Road 1855 (Fairland Road).

The Burnet County Sheriff's Department dispatcher received the first call on the collision at 5:30 p.m. Almost immediately, social media was busy with prayers and condolences for Imrie and his 10-year-old daughter, Carleigh, a passenger in his SUV, who was not seriously injured.


Granite Shoals welcomes new police officer

Gynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

New Granite Shoals Police Officer Leon Ingersoll, left, is introduced to to the Granite Shoals City Council Tuesday night, Dec. 13 by Police Chief Gary Boshears, left.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

One of the first orders of business at Granite Shoals City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, was the introduction of a new police officer, Leon Ingersoll, by Granite Shoals Police Department Chief Gary Boshears.

“We received applications from several dozen qualified individuals for this position,” said Boshears. “We looked for someone who also were a good fit for the community.

“Officer Ingersoll brings some important training to the department. He served our country as a U.S. Army military policeman and K-9 officer. From there, he went to the State Department, providing security for dignitaries in different areas around the world. He has been a Texas peace officer since 2011. He is a certified mental health peace officer and a certified hostage negotiator.”

Boshears noted that Ingersoll still devotes time to staying in shape and enjoys his time with his family.


GSPD cracks mobile forgery operation

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A mobile forgery operation and drug contraband were confiscated by the Granite Shoals Police Department (GSPD) Friday, Dec. 2, when officers arrested a Longview woman and her female transient companion.

“We see lots of forgeries and credit card fraud, but this is the first time we have seen a whole mobile operation going on,” said GSPD Chief Gary Boshears.

“The Dollar General store staff called us Thursday night,” said the chief. “The two women had tried to make a purchase with a check the store declined and reported as a possible fraudulent check The two suspects left, but the staff provided a description of them and their vehicle.”

Officers quickly located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Ranch to Market Road 1431 near the intersection with Farm to Market Road 1980.


Security cams lead to arrest in Granite Shoals

William Edward Flemmer

by Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspaper


A Granite Shoals man is in custody following the break-in and burglary of a food pantry.

Granite Shoals Police said William Edward Flemmer, 49, was arrested at his Granite Shoals home on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:05 p.m. on Castlewood Drive on two charges of burglary of a building.

A new release issued by Granite Shoals Police stated that Flemmer was identified as the suspect of two early morning burglaries that occurred on Sept. 13 at the Black Pearl Market and Joseph's Food Pantry. Granite Shoals Chief Gary Boshears said the burglary at the market took place at 2:30 a.m., and the burglary at the pantry, about seven blocks away, took place between 6-7 a.m.


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