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Thu
30
Mar

Child sexual assault added to Cude's charges

Charges have been expanded to include sexual abuse of a child and burglary against a man arrested in a tense confrontation in Burnet Tuesday, March 28.

In summary, the charges against 55-year-old Danell “Danny” Cude are now aggrivated kidnapping aggrivated sexaul assault and assault of a child and burglary of a hapitation, all state jail felonies and possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.

Burnet police first arrested Cude for sexually assaulting a woman at her apartment while her two small children were inside the home. According to Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, Cude allegedly made entry into an apartment in the 800 block of Dixie Drive, where the female victim was alone with her children.

Thu
30
Mar

Police respond, arrest Burnet man in brutal sexual assault

Burnet police arrested a local man Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman at her apartment while her two small children were inside the home.

Danny Cude, 55, was arrested for aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping. According to Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, he allegedly made entry into an apartment in the 800 block of Dixie, where the female victim was alone with her kids.

Cude allegedly sexually assaulted the woman multiple times while putting a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her and her children.

Tue
28
Mar

Boat sought in lake hit-and-run

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement is asking for information tied to a hit-and-run boating accident on Lake LBJ Wednesday night, March 22.

A man and a woman from Kingsland were injured when their boat struck retaining wall near Legends Golf Course about 11:30 p.m. that night. The woman was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated and released for facial lacerations.

“They said they were struck by another boat, causing them to run into the wall,” said Steve Lightfoot, TPWD spokesperson.

Anyone with information about a boat that fled the scene not far from the Ranch to Market Road 1431 Bridge should call the TPWD law enforcement number, 512-389-4848, and request a callback from Capt. Cody Hatfield.

Mon
20
Mar

Aerial chase ends at Llano airport

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

An overnight aerial chase over several Highland Lakes counties ended Monday, March 20, with an airplane forced down at the Llano Municipal Airport and an Austin man arrested with 15 duffel bags of marijuana.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District, said federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Monday afternoon in Austin against 64–year-old Wayne Douglas Brunet for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

State authorities arrested Brunet at the Llano airport after discovering approximately 230 pounds of hydroponic marijuana on board his aircraft, announced U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio Division.

Thu
16
Mar

Two arrested at Enjoy Massage

Two Marble Falls massage parlor workers were arrested on prostitution charges Wednesday afternoon, March 14, after underage clients reported being touched in a sexual manner while receiving a massage.

LiLi Chen, 38, and Huafen Fu, 49, both of Marble Falls, remain in the Burnet County Jail on charges of promotion of prostitution to an individual under the age of 18, a second-degree felony punishable by a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Wed
01
Mar

HSB employees learn to face disaster

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Safe extraction of victims is critical to active shooter events. At 'active shooter' response training in Horseshoe Bay Thursday, Feb. 23, that occurs after the 'all clear' as Bobbi Havens, safely wrapped in canvas, is carried from city hall by Horseshoe Bay Fire and Police Department personnel, from left counter-clockwise,Travis McDaniel and Ryan Guthrie, both HSBFD; David Vaughn, HSBPD, and Terry White and Kurt Goshen, both HSBFD.

 

A drill carried out Feb. 23 in the City of Horseshoe Bay simulated an "active shooter" event.

Conducted by the Horseshoe Bay Police Department (HSBPD), and Horseshoe Bay Fire Department (HSBFD), the simulation brought employees, as well as Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) ambulance crews into a scenario with gunmen and explosives.

“This training will allow the individual agencies to coordinate and respond with one another to a simulated active shooter situation and later evaluate their collaborative response,” said HSBPD Chief Rocky Wardlow.

“This joint training will assist our agency in reducing the risk to our firefighters by incorporating procedures, training, and protective equipment, while providing rapid stabilization, treatment, and evacuation of the wounded despite hazardous conditions that would otherwise delay treatment,” said HSBFD Chief Joe Morris.

Wed
01
Mar

New body-cam system coming to MFPD

BodyWorn police cameras integrate into officers' uniforms, keeping them from being knocked off, and with the in-car vehicle system. They are coming to the MFPD thanks to a citizen's donation.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) will be moving to the cutting edge of technology in body cameras thanks to a donation from local citizen Robert Ruff.

At the meeting of the Marble Falls City Council Feb. 21, the formal approval of a $50,000 donation was passed with Mayor John Packer's thanks to Ruff. With the donation, budgeted money for the year and other funds designated for equipment, the MFPD should deploy the new $127,683 system before the year is out.

“We are no strangers to audio/video recording in Burnet County,” said Detective Sgt. Tom Dillard. “We have used in-car cameras since the mid-1990s.”

Tue
21
Feb

HSB announces 'active shooter' drill Thursday

The City of Horseshoe Bay is cautioning residents to expect a large police and fire presence at city hall on Thursday, Feb. 23, during an "active shooter" exercise.

The drill will be conducted from 3-5 p.m. and city hall will be closed to the public during that time. Officials say residents should expect to hear loud noises, such as simulated gunshots and sirens, from numerous public safety vehicles.

"One of the primary concerns of any city council and city manager is employee safety," said City Manager Stan Farmer. That is why several months ago Farmer instructed the Horseshoe Bay Police Department (HSBPD) to spearhead a joint training exercise for city hall, and Horseshoe Bay Fire Department (HSBFD) employees, as well as Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service (MFAEMS) ambulance crews to better prepare for an active shooter event.

Thu
09
Feb

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.

Fri
03
Feb

Bond jumper back behind bars

Mary Sewell

A San Saba woman is in the Burnet County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond after she failed to appear in court for charges regarding injury and abandonment of her three children in Llano County and fled to Nevada. It was her second bond jump.

Mary Elizabeth Sewell, 23, originally was arrested in October 2015 and charged with abandoning and endangering a child through criminal negligence. She was released on bond, apparently fled the state.

“She took off and we had to send two deputies, a male and a female, to go pick her up from Reno, Nevada,” Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said. “She bonded out when she was returned and when it appeared she was going to test hot for drugs, she went on the fly again. After we got warrants out on her, she came back and turned herself in at Lampasas.”

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