Llano County Sheriff's Office


LCSO: Kingsland stabbing suspect had self-inflicted wounds

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Llano County investigators believe a man suspected in the stabbing death of a 49-year-old Kingsland woman may have caused his own life-threatening injuries.

A neighbor in the 200 block of Ridgeway called 9-1-1 around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in Kingsland, according to a press release from the Llano County Sheriff's Office.

“The caller claimed a man showed up at his door with injuries. Deputies were dispatched to the scene and through an initial investigation and talking to the injured man, determined that a homicide occurred at a residence in the 300 block Ridgeway Street,” the release stated. “A female victim was found at that residence.”

The victim was identified as 49-year-old Rachel Mansell.

Investigators were dispatched to the scene and determined the case to be a “homicide.”


Lady in the Lake: New clues forge trail in Llano County homicide cold case

Contributed/Llano County Sheriff's Office
LCSO investigators are searching for tips, including the last owner of a distinctive dog house bought at a Buchanan Dam yard sale, which could lead to the capture of a suspect in the death of a woman found cemented into a boat submerged in the water up from Inks Dam. A photo on the Justice for Holly Simmons social media page captured an image during the 2009 investigation of a body, later identified as Simmons, found cemented into the hull of a boat in the water near Inks Dam.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

A new perspective and new leads prompted the Llano County Sheriff Office Nov. 27 to take another look at a homicide cold case involving the discovery of a woman's body submerged and cemented into the hull of a boat just up from Inks Dam nearly a decade ago.

The woman, 46-year-old Holly Simmons of Buchanan Dam, was last seen alive Nov. 28, 2006 after she dropped one of her children off for school.


Llano County Sheriff hosts first National Night Out event Oct.2

Burnet Police Department is hosting its annual National Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace Riddell Park. Llano County Sheriff's Office is hosting its inaugural National Night Out Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Kingsland Community Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.





Connie Swinney
Staff Writer •

The Llano County Sheriff's Office is hosting its inaugural National Night Out event to promote public safety and introduce first responders to the community in a casual setting.

The community is invited to turn on their house lights tonight (Oct. 2) and go to the Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We just decided to have it, so they can see we're just normal everyday people just like they are,” Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said. “Meeting us one-on-on and meeting their police officers.”

Llano County deputies and constables are expected to attend to meet-and-greet the public.

“People always introduce you to a child and say that you're the guy who will put them in jail,” Blackburn said. “We want them to know we're here for them when they need help – not to scare anybody.”


Human skull found in Lake Buchanan

Llano County authorities are trying to identify a human skull found Aug. 8 by a jet skiier on the shoreline of Lake Buchanan.





Authorities have sent a human skull found in the receding Lake Buchanan shoreline Aug. 8 for forensic testing to determine identity and age of the bones, according to the Llano County Sheriff's Office.

The human skull was found by an individual on a personal watercraft that evening as the recreationist was attempting to dock the watercraft on the shoreline in an area of Poppy's Point on the west side of the lake just of Ranch Road 261 in Llano County.

On Aug. 9 the following day, the Department of Public Safety dive team members spent about three hours searching for other bones but found none, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said.


Llano will not replace suspended officers

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano city officials don’t plan to hire any police officers to replace four who are on paid administrative leave, according to City Manager Scott Edmonson.

City council members went behind closed doors during the Monday, Jan. 22, council meeting to talk the matter over with city attorneys, but took no action following the executive session, Edmonson said.

“We have the city covered with the four remaining officers and the Llano County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO),” Edmonson said.

He explained the sheriff’s office and the city have a memorandum of understanding that calls for sheriff’s deputies to back up city police officers when necessary.


Llano PD officer indicted

LPD officer indicted

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


Llano Police Department (LPD) Ofcr. Grant Harden has been indicted by a Llano County Grand Jury on six various counts related to video evidence of a June traffic stop.

Harden had been banned from the dispatch and administrative areas of the Llano County Law Enforcement Center since around that time and was further blocked from entering the jail recently. Sheriff Bill Blackburn said that was because of “not being professional while in the jail area.”

The indictments, recorded Tuesday, Dec. 5 include two third-degree felony charges of tampering or fabricating physical evidence; one count of a state jail felony of tampering with a governmental record and three counts of a Class A felony, official oppression.


Jail 'depopulation' draws response from Llano County Sheriff

The sheriff responds, here, to ideas heard in a Llano County Commissioners Court budget workshop. They were published in the Tuesday, Aug. 8, edition of The Highlander and here, on HighlanderNews.com.

A Letter from Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn:

I would like to address the article in last week’s paper concerning the “depopulation” of the Llano County Jail.

First, only in the last two weeks did I know the term “depopulation” existed.

As to my current understanding of the term, it would mean shutting down jail operation, firing all jail personnel, transfer all prisoners to Burnet County Jail, transport people arrested in Llano County to Burnet for incarceration, which includes all arrest made by the City of Llano, Sunrise Beach Village, the portion of Horseshoe Bay that lies in Llano County and all arrest made by Llano County SO in all of Llano County, all arrests made by Texas Rangers, Texas DPS troopers, Texas Parks and Wildlife and any and all Federal Agencies that arrest in Llano County.


Llano County residents upset by jail study, possible 'depopulation'

This story appeared in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Highlander. It prompted a letter to the editor on Thursday, Aug. 10, also found here on HighlanderNews.com and to be included in the Friday, Aug. 11, print edition of The Highlander.

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Llano County commissioners got an earful Monday from county residents who want to keep the county jail open.

Commissioners held a budget workshop but part of that involved a study by Precinct One Commissioner Peter Jones on the feasibility of turning Llano County Jail prisoners over to Burnet County under a contract yet to be written.

Jones emphasized that he hasn’t finished the study. But he said preliminary numbers indicate that the county could save some $170,000 a year by sending inmates to the reginal jail in Burnet.


Midnight crash sends motorcyclist to trauma center

No word is yet available on the condition of a motorcyclist airlifted from an accident between Kingsland and Buchanan Dam at 12:44 a.m. this morning, Friday, July 28.

Records of the call that came in to the Llano County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) just shortly indicated the rider was without a helmet.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is in charge of the investigation, but LCSO, Llano Emergency Medical Service and the Buchanan Dam Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. AirEvac transported the injured man to the trauma center at Baylor Scott & White Hospital – Williamson County in Round Rock.

The scene of the accident was between Twin Liquors, 7317 West Ranch to Market Road 1431 and Pat's Pub at 7018 West RM 1431.

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