Marble Falls Police Department

Thu
21
Dec

Traveler has a bad start to holidays

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

North and southbound traffic slows to one lane for about 45 minutes Thursday morning, Dec. 21, as Marble Falls police and fire personnel clear a one-car accident on the US 281 bridge. The 2017 Toyota Camry of an unfortunate traveler from San Antonio drifted in to the inside wall of the bridge.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A motorist passing through Marble Falls Thursday morning, Dec. 21, had a bad start to his holiday when he drifted into the wall of the US 281 bridge.

North and southbound traffic was delayed for about 45 minutes while Marble Falls police and fire personnel cleared the wreckage of the 2017 Camry from the inside lane.

“He was driving through Marble Falls from San Antonio to pick up his kids for the holiday,” said Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Cole. “He was tired and just drifted to the left.

“No one hit him from behind and he had just a few minor injuries. That is a reason it is so important to observe that 35 mph speed limit approaching and crossing the bridge.”

“We felt bad for him,” added Cole. “We gave him a lift to rent a car.”

Tue
28
Nov

MFPD recovers stolen truck

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Early Monday morning, Nov. 27, Patrol Sgt. Barry Greer of the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) recovered a 2005 Toyota pickup that turned out to be a stolen vehicle.

“The car was driving through a residential neighborhood in Marble Falls,” said Capt. Glenn Hanson. “Sgt. Greer ran the plates and it came back stolen in Williamson County.”

Greer gave pursuit and the car led him into Blanco County. Near Round Mountain on County Road 962, off US 281, the pickup stopped.

“Three occupants got out and ran, but one was apprehended at the scene,” said Hanson. “It continues to be under investigation.”

Tue
14
Nov

Marble Falls Public Safety Facility opens today

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The new Public Safety Facility at 606 Avenue N opens mid-day today, Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) will welcome the community to the Grand Opening of the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility at 606 Avenue N on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

We will begin to greet people at noon,” said police chief Mark Whitacre. “After a brief ceremony, there will be an open house until 3:30 p.m. for the general public to see the new faciltiy for our department and for Marble Falls Municipal Court.

We are excited and there is a flurry of people right now, working for the final inspection of the elevator, implementing the new communications system and phone system. Patrol offices will have to be moved and records.

Fri
29
Sep

Police plan a night out of fun in Marble Falls, Granite Shoals

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

National Night Out (NNO) will be celebrated in Marble Falls and Granite Shoals on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Locally that national goal is taken up a notch with other first responders taking part in the night of family fun.

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) will conduct their event from 5-7 p.m. on the 200 block of Main Street where the police station is located.

Vendors and sidewalk sales will be found on the street, but also free food, music, bounce houses for kids and more. It is a chance families and neighbors to visit with first responders in a casual setting.

Wed
27
Sep

Gas line breached on US 281 at Ninth Street

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The photo shows the area covered by fumes from a break in a six-inch gas line at US 281 and Ninth Street in Marble Falls. Traffic is being diverted while repairs that may not be complete before 6 p.m. are made. See more images of the scene on The Highlander's Facebook page: http://bit.ly/1MZW51U

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Traffic was diverted from US 281,  north and south of Ninth Street, beginning around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, after a Future Telcomm crew breached a six-inch gas line in front of Burger King construction.

The break was severe enough that gas could be seen bubbling up through a puddle on the street corner and the sent of the gas odorant filled the air for a block around the site.
Marble Falls Fire Marshal Tommy Crane and Fire Chief Russell Sander were on the scene as workmen and emergency personnel cordoned off the site and cleared the area for workers from ATMOS Energy to begin repairs. Officers from the Marble Falls Police Department put up barricades and began directing traffic that included large over-size equipment loads into city street detours.
Emergency notifications began to ring through on city phone lines and cell phone and email notices went out that repairs could take up to two hours.

Fri
08
Sep

New patrol vehicles arrive at MFPD

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Sgt. Jimmy Cole, left, and Marble Falls Police Chief Mark N. Whitacre admire one of the new 2017 Ford Explorer Interceptor police vehicles that have been added to the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD). They allow quick access to equipment compared to previously popular Crown Victoria sedans. Get a closer look on The-Highlander Facebook Page http://bit.ly/1MZW51U

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Before the city council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, one of the new patrol vehicles that had arrived at the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) was capturing the attention of those arriving.

The City of Marble Falls Police Department has taken delivery of four new Ford Explorer Police Interceptors.

The Interceptors, the law enforcement model of an Explorer, replaced older Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor sedans that had logged more than 100,000 miles each. They were purchased through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) buy board at a substantial discount.

Fri
08
Sep

Identity of stolen car fatality learned

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

With next of kin notified, the identity of the driver who died in the Aug. 31, four-car crash in Marble Falls has been released.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD) has released the identity of the driver who died in the Aug. 31, four-car crash in the 1900 Block of Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Capt. Tom Dillard, who was part of the team investigating the rush hour accident, said Alonso Castaneda Vazquez Jr., 39, of Colorado City was the driver of the 2017 Honda Civic stolen in June in Dallas.

“He rear-ended a truck and, we assume, he didn't want to stay on the scene in a stolen car and did a U-turn into oncoming traffic,” explained Capt. Glenn Hanson, MFPD public information officer.

Fri
01
Sep

Victim unidentified in four-car crash Thursday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Three of four vehicles involved in the fatality crash on Ranch to Market Road 1431 Thursday afternoon remain on the roadway, here, as masses of rush-hour commuters and last-minute gas buyers are turned to alternate routes. The driver of a stolen vehicle turned into oncoming traffic in an attempt to flee the scene of a smaller, rear-end accident.That driver died and someone from each car was injured.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The driver of a car stolen in Dallas died in a four-car crash he caused at 4:39 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, on Ranch to Market Road 1431 in Marble Falls.

Clearing a four-car crash on the major east-west thoroughfare at rush hour led to 15-45-minute traffic jams on every alternate route—all exacerbated by lines of cars at fuel stops responding to rumors of a gas shortage Thursday.

“The 2017 four-door sedan was stolen in June,” said Capt. Glenn Hanson of the Marble Falls Police Department (MFPD). “He rear-ended a truck and, we assume, he didn't want to stay on the scene and did a U-turn into oncoming traffic.

“Four vehicles were involved and someone was injured in each vehicle. One seriously-injured woman was transported to Dell-Seton Hospital, I understand.”

Mon
31
Jul

Pedistrian dies on US 281 Sunday night

Facebook Photo

Jerrod Young died Sunday night in Marble Falls when he was struck by sport utility vehicle on US 281. This is an update of the story.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

and Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

A 36-year-old man was struck and killed Sunday night, July 30, on US 281 in Marble Falls.

Jerrod Bradford Young was walking alone down the middle of the inside, southbound lane in the 3300 block of US 281, when he was struck by a Chevy Tahoe, according to Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson.

The call came in to the Marble Falls Police Department at 10:53 p.m. but, after the Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Service arrived, Young was declared dead at the scene.

Tue
18
Jul

MFPD seeks poisoners

Lew Cohn/The Highlander

A sign on the east side of US 281 in front of Blair's Western Wear asks the question. MFPD wants the answer. See more views of the Live Oak in question on The-Highlander Facebook page.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

“I've been poisoned! Who? Why?”

So reads a sign posted by a critically ill Live Oak tree in front of Blair's Western Wear at 2501 US 281 in Marble Falls.

In mid-June the tree was encircled at its base with what police are calling a “toxic substance” and they hope a tip from the public can solve the crime of who has poisoned the tree.

The leaves are beginning to turn brown and the prognosis is not good for survival of the arboreal patient. Since the tree is only about five inches in diameter, it may no sound like much of a loss, but it is.

“The estimated value of replacing the tree is $25,000,” said Marble Falls Police Capt. B.J. Nelson. “The tree itself is worth $10-$15,000, but there will be a site clean-up for the toxic substance.

“The charge is criminal mischief. We welcome information about the perpetrators.”

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