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  • 01-21-15   Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Statistics
      Sheriff Bobby Rader is committed to decreasing the usage, manufacturing and trafficking of illegal drugs in Liberty County, and when possible, even stopping those illegal activities all together. The sheriff has a two-person interdiction unit that focuses primarily on the thoroughfares were people are known to transport large amounts of illegal drugs. He also has a three-person “hot spot” unit that works with the Patrol Division and Narcotics in areas of the county that have reported problems to the Sheriff’s Office. Without the assistance from citizens as well as other law enforcement agencies, the Sheriff’s Office’s efforts wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they are today.
  • 01-15-15   Volunteers exceed 6,900 hours for Sheriff Office in 2014
      It has been an amazing past year of citizen volunteer participation by the four organizations assigned to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division. With a combined 6,969.3 hours of volunteer work donated to county community service computed at the national accepted rate of approximately $26.19 per hour, including benefits, for volunteer work if someone had to pay for such volunteer work. The volunteers have saved Liberty County tax payers a grand total of $182,525-96 for the year of 2014 as well as assisting a very undermanned Sheriff’s office in the process.
  • 01-13-15   Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Statistics For 2014
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) recently had their monthly staff meeting. Attending the meeting were the new County Judge, Jay Knight, and Pct. 2 Commissioner, Greg Arthur. The purpose of having the Judge and Commissioner as guests was so they could share their outlooks for their new terms in office. Judge Knight has experience working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while Commissioner Arthur has experience as a former, two-term Liberty County Sheriff. Both men gave their thoughts and ideas on questions and concerns that were voiced by the LCSO staff in attendance. The Judge and Commissioner both acknowledged the growth of Liberty County and realized its impact on one of the biggest facets of county government, the sheriff’s office.
  • 01-13-15   Robbery By Firearms on Hwy. 105
      At approximately 6:pm this evening, a lone gunman walked into the Exxon/Mobil station on Hwy. 105 in Tarkington and demanded money from the station operator while pointing a black semi-automatic pistol at her. After getting an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled the scene in what was described as a black 4 dr. Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with a chrome “diamond-plated” tool box in the bed of the truck. The suspect was last seen fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed, east on Hwy. 105. It is possible, according to witness accounts, that a second person may have been involved as the driver of the pick-up truck.
  • 01-12-15   Civil Stats For 2014
      Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader has released the year-end statistics for the Civil Division. For the two deputies and two clerks assigned to the Civil Division, 2014 was a busy year.
  • 01-12-15   Missing Person in Liberty County
      A call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher at approximately 11:pm Sunday night regarding a “welfare check” could have easily evolved into the loss of life for a Liberty County resident had it not have been for the persistent and unrelenting search efforts of two Sheriff’s Deputies.
  • 12-30-14   Accidental Shooting of 15 year old.
      An accidental shooting on a hunting trip sent a young 15 year old boy to the hospital by Life Flight air ambulance with a .22 caliber gun shot wound to his left side. Deputy Sheriff Ruben Arrelano responded around 5:pm this evening to the call and was told the young man’s uncle, John Tuttle, age 44 who lives on CR 460 just off FM 1409 in South Liberty had been hunting for wild pigs and had killed one in a nearby wooded area. In an effort to recover the pig, the young man and his uncle were riding an ATV into the wooded area when a .22 caliber hand gun the young man was carrying fell to the ground and accidently discharged, striking the boy under his left arm.
      The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by the owner of the rare and unique ATV and other equipment stolen and has advised that he is now increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft from the original $1,000 to a new reward offer of $5,000
  • 12-23-14   Burglary of a Habitation
      On Tuesday, December 23, 2014, Deputy Justin Johnston responded to a residential burglary on CR 2282 just off FM 163 in the Tarkington Prairie area just South of Cleveland, Texas. The home owner reported to Dep. Johnston that numerous personal items were stolen from his residence which included two (2) pistols. The home owner had security cameras operational and from the attached two (2) photos the suspect is seen at the front door of the home attempting to make entry by kicking the door in but was unsuccessful. Shortly thereafter the suspect made entry through a window near the front door. After the home burglary, the suspect left the scene in an unknown make and model white passenger car.
  • 12-22-14   Room Mate Shooting
      An early morning confrontation between room mates resulted in Johnathan Holmes Hunt, age 41 of CR 2218 in North Liberty County being shot one time in the right leg of the thigh area. The shooting which took place around 7: am this morning was reported to Liberty County Sheriff Deputy Justin Jonathan as being the result of an assault upon Donna Jay Wallace, age 58 of the same address who shot Hunt.
  • 12-17-14   Pursuit and Capture on FM 787
      On Tuesday, December 16th, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Deputy James R. McQueen was on random patrol in the north end of Liberty County. While stopped at a red light in Cleveland, he noticed that the Nissan Sentra stopped in front of him had an expired dealer’s tag. He saw the driver and passenger looking intently at him in their rear and side view mirrors. When the light changed green, the Sentra didn’t move. When it finally did start moving, it made an erratic turn into a Stripes convenience store parking lot. Deputy McQueen initiated a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over for the emergency lights and siren.
  • 12-11-14   Unique ATV Stolen in Liberty County
      A very unique ATV was stolen in a theft case on FM 1011 in North Liberty County along with several other pieces of equipment. The ATV as described to Deputy James Hobson by the owner is a 2015 “Tomcar”, 4 cylinder ATV with a “camouflage” paint job, Serial # A6T57TZRKEP015040.
  • 12-11-14   Escape and Evading Arrest on CR 6478
      On the early morning of Monday, December 1st, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies Kevin Theiss and Tana Fisher observed a suspicious vehicle on CR 6478, in the Woodland Hills area north of Dayton. The vehicle was parked on the roadway but was not occupied. Deputies checked the hood of the vehicle and noted it was still warm. They looked through the vehicle’s windows with their flashlights and could see several items inside, including bolt cutters, cell phones, tools and a back pack.
      After the unidentified burned human remains were found in an isolated area of South Liberty County, Investigators issued a “Region Two” broadcast for any missing person case(s) from other agencies where the physical description might match up with the unknown male victim found burned and wrapped in a tarp in Liberty County. Several responses came back to Sheriff’s Sgt. Investigator Chris Ungles who spent many hours comparing physical descriptions, clothing and discernible facial features of the victim with photos and descriptions of those submitted by other agencies. Sgt. Ungles narrowed the field of missing persons down to one possible individual that was reported missing from Harris County after he was last seen on November 18, 2014. Sgt. Ungles then contacted Texas Ranger Brandon Bess who provided state assistance is obtaining DNA from family members of the missing man to attempt a confirmed identification.
      An almost three and a half month missing person investigation in Liberty County is thought to now be solved when skeletal remains were found by two members of Texas EquuSearch in a section of woods just west of CR 2003 in Hardin, Texas at around 1:05 pm today. Although a confirmed identity cannot be made until an autopsy is conducted and dental records and DNA testing can be completed, from the description of clothing found at the scene which matches the clothing worn by Christopher Maes, age 23, who walked away from his home at about 2:30am on August 28th, it is quite possible the remains are those of Mr. Maes.
  • 11-26-14   Burned Human Remains
      On Thursday, November 20, 2014 at approximately 5:35pm, the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher received a call from a resident who lives near FM 1409 who reported finding the burned remains of a human body just off Private Road 442 which is also known as Harrison Road in South Liberty County. According to Sheriff’s Department Lead Investigator Sgt. Paul Lasco the remains, which is thought to be the body of a Hispanic male in his 20’s, had been wrapped in a tarp and the tarp and body set on fire.
  • 11-21-14   Suicide Investigation on CR 2066
      On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 19th, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was dispatched to a home in the 1300 block of County Road 2066, in reference to a possible suicide. When the first LCSO unit, Deputy William Candelari arrived on the scene, he was directed to a small camper-type trailer near the back of the property. Upon entering the trailer, he observed a victim on a bed, lying on his back with a rope around his neck. The victim appeared to have been deceased for some time. Liberty County EMS was called to the scene, but resuscitation efforts were not possible.
  • 11-21-14   News Release from Sheriff Rader
      The purpose of this press release is to discuss the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office compensatory time policy. I hope that this information will clear up some of the misunderstandings that have been going around.
  • 11-20-14   Shooting/Death Investigation
      On the evening of Wednesday, November 19th, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was called to the 300 block of County Road 166 to investigate a shooting. The first call was received on 911 shortly after 9:00 p.m. The 13 year old caller stated two men in a silver Chevy pickup had pulled up to his house and were in an altercation with his father. The altercation quickly progressed into one of the men from the truck being shot. There are several conflicting stories and possibly more than one gun was present.
      A “tip” from an anonymous citizen led to the arrest of Wayne Ross Maitland wanted for the kidnapping of little one year old Colt Williams, his step son, almost two weeks ago. A citizen notified the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher that Maitland had been seen going into the home of his step father located on CR 451 just off of Hwy. 1409 in south Liberty County at approximately 3:pm this evening. Several Deputies responded to the CR 451 location and found the vehicle that Maitland had fled the county in parked behind the residence.

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