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  • 11-12-15   Scam Advisory to Citizens
      It seems that the types of telephone scams and their attempts to “scam” unsuspecting members of the public out of their money knows no end and will continue with only various variations to the attempts. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints from citizen on Thursday morning of such attempts to con money from our local citizens.
  • 11-12-15   Galveston Sex Offender Arrested by Liberty Sheriff’s Office.
      A Galveston defendant is an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child case, Billy Wayne Atwood, age 37, was convicted in visiting Judge David Gamer’s 122nd. Judicial District Court on Thursday, November 5th which sentenced Atwood to life in prison and a fine of $10,000. Over objection of the state prosecutor, Atwood was allowed to remain on bond until the next morning when the formal sentencing would take place, however Billy Atwood did not appear in court.
  • 11-05-15   Granada Lake Civic Association, Inc Vandalized Sign
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Wednesday, November 4th. regarding a damaged community sign on CR 1333 in the Lake Granada Sub-Division in mid-Liberty County. According to a Board Member of the Civic Association in that community, a public information sign measuring approximately 4’ X 8’ and supported by 4” X 4”s set in concrete was evidently deliberately knocked down by a large vehicle and destroyed.
  • 11-02-15   MURDER ON CR 430, LIBERTY COUNTY
      A family confrontation between Preston William Rapman, age 24 and his Grand Father, Melvin James Linck, age 66 at their residence on CR 430 in south Liberty County resulted in the stabbing death of Melvin Linck by his Grand Son, Rapman. According to Liberty County Sheriff’s lead investigator Sgt. Josh Cummins, Preston Rapman has been living at his grand parents home but around 7:30pm last night an argument began between the two men when Mr. Linck demanded that Rapman move from his home.
  • 10-30-15   Decomposed body found in Liberty County
      The partially decomposed body of a man was found around 9:am this morning lying in a dry creek bed approximately 15’ south of a bridge that is about a quarter mile West of the Hwy. 105 Trinity River bridge in north Liberty County. The remains were discovered by a deer hunter riding his ATV and emerging from a nearby wooded area under the Hwy. 105 bridge.
      According to Sheriff’s Investigators Sgt. Josh Cummins and Sgt. Billy Knox, owners of various hunting camps off CR 2309 in mid-Liberty County were reporting thefts from their camps of various items. In addition, game camera’s that were set up in the wooded hunting areas were evidently having the “memory sticks” removed from the camera’s by someone. However, there appeared to be one camera that was missed and did not have the memory stick removed and it took a profile photograph of a subject that investigators confirmed as being that of PHILLIP HENRY FREEMAN, the escapee from the Liberty County jail. It appeared this photograph ( which is attached to this e-mail) was taken sometime between Sunday, October 25th. and Tuesday, October 27th. with no specific time stamp on the photograph.
  • 10-22-15   Drug Arrest on Baker Circle St. Liberty County
      After receiving numerous citizen complaints regarding possible drug activity at a residence at 103 Baker Circle in the City of Ames, Texas and conducting a follow up surveillance on that location, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Gang Investigator obtained a narcotic search warrant issued by the Honorable Judge Mark Morefield’s 75th. District Court.
  • 10-19-15   Heroin arrest in Liberty County
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit in association with the Liberty County District Attorney’s Gang Unit conducted a joint narcotics investigation which resulted in what is believed to be the largest Heroin drug arrest in the history of Liberty County. On Friday, October 16th. the two agencies arrested Alberto Pineda, age 30 at his residence located at 801 CR 676 just north of the city of Dayton, Texas. It was found that Pineda is also the owner of the Alondra’s Mexican Food Restaurant located at 1717 Hwy. 90 in Liberty, Texas.
      Inmate Phillip Henry Freeman (WM) 38, while working in the Liberty County jail kitchen, apparently escaped from that facility at approximately 11:am this morning. He has been in the county jail since May of 2015 and was scheduled to be transferred to TDC on a ten year sentence.
  • 10-06-15   Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Employee Of The Month
      Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader announced the selection committee’s “Employee of the Month” for October to be fifteen year veteran night shift Patrol Sgt. Michelle Deshotel. Sgt. Deshotel and her Deputy’s primary patrol area is south Liberty County but like all patrol teams, they must respond to the north end of the county or anywhere else in the county at a seconds notice depending on the availability of manpower on that particular shift. Sgt. Deshotel hails from Michigan where she was born but as the saying goes, “…. I got to Texas as fast as I could…” and the family settled in LaPorte, Texas where she later graduated high school. It was during those years in LaPorte that she developed an interest in law enforcement when a LaPorte Police Officer gave a presentation on a career in that field to her class and as is said…. the rest is history.
  • 09-25-15   Body Found in Barn - FOLLOW UP
      After almost a year’s wait for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to receive the results of an autopsy and D.N.A comparison for identification purposes, Lead Investigator Sgt. Brian Bortz reported that recently received Medical Examiners results confirmed that D.N.A comparison identified the decomposed remains to be that of Kersha Lane Aswell, D.O.B 7-19-75. In addition the autopsy findings ruled the cause of death to be the result of an over dose of illegal narcotics
  • 09-25-15   Missing Person Flier - Clinton William Miller
      Montgomery, Liberty & San Jacinto County CRIME STOPPERS. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Clinton William Miller (WM) D.O.B. 12-19-88, 5’-6”, 135 lbs, brown hair, green eyes with tattoo of a “cross” on left arm and other tattoos on right shoulder, arm and stomach.
  • 09-21-15   MURDER SUICIDE ON CR 417
      At approximately 11:30am this morning, Sgt. Investigator Kenny Dagle released the names of the couple found deceased from gun shots yesterday (Sunday) on CR 417 in south Liberty County.
  • 09-20-15   Possible Murder/Suicide
      A “911” emergency call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher at approximately 1:01pm this afternoon sent Deputy Ruben Arellano to #502 CR 417 in South Liberty County regarding two deceased persons found in the home at that location. According to initial reports, a son of the couple had been trying to contact his parents but was unable to do so. When he arrived at their home, the door was found to be unlocked and when he entered he found his mother deceased on the floor from an apparent gunshot wound and his father a few feet away also deceased from a gunshot wound with a hand gun lying nearby.
  • 09-06-15   Shooting in Horseshoe Lake Estates
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher received a “911” call at approximately 4:05 pm this evening regarding a shooting on CR 2859 in the Horseshoe Lake Estates Sub-Division of north Liberty County. Initial reports were that a man had been shot twice, once in both legs. However, according to responding Deputy James McQueen, Daniel Sinclair Smith, DOB 3-11-68 had evidently been shot one time with an unknown caliber firearm with the bullet penetrating both legs. Upon the arrival of Deputies, the suspect, Joel W. Glaskox, DOB 9-2-68 had fled the scene in a red Dodge vehicle.
  • 09-03-15   Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Employee Of The Month
      Liberty County Sheriff’s “Employee of the Month” for September is fifteen year veteran employee, Bonnie Bishop who is the Commissary Clerk for the jail division of the Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Bobby Rader’s selection committee for this monthly honor found the selection process rather easy to select Bonnie for this designation as she is highly praised by her supervisors for her work ethics as well as her vast knowledge of the workings of the agency itself.
  • 08-10-15   Liberty County Sheriff’s “Employee of the Month” for August.
      Sheriff Bobby Rader of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office announced the committee’s selection for “Employee of the Month” for August and she is, without a doubt, one of the most diverse assigned employees in the agency. The Sheriff’s Office is proud to name Ms. Crystal Guillory for this month’s honor. Crystal is assigned to the Warrant Division which is, within itself, a monumental responsibility as she handles thousands of outstanding warrants from their beginning to the completion of being served or disposed of in some legal manner. In addition, Crystal handles inmate transportation and assignments to and from the county jail which is a daily event of several transfers each day as well as coordination with the street Deputies and courts on mental warrants, probation department activity and even serves as an instructor and trainer to other personnel when it comes to the proper procedures and handling of paper work that flows through her very busy office.
  • 08-08-15   Stabbing in Big Thicket Estates of Liberty County
      A “911” call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher at approximately 6:56 pm this evening reported the stabbing of a man later identified as Thomas Mathew Dillon, DOB 10-19-59 who lives on CR 2727 in the Big Thicket Estates Sub-Division of Liberty County. First reports were that the suspect known at this time as only David Jones aka “Josie” was still at the scene but upon the arrival of Sgt. Michelle Deshotel and Deputy Kenneth Taylor, Jones had fled the scene and is still at large and being sought by the Sheriff’s Deputies for questioning.
  • 08-03-15   International Conference of Police Chaplains
      International Conference of Police Chaplains “Serving All Law Enforcement Chaplains”
  • 07-27-15   Warrants executed in City of Hardin
      At approximately 2:40pm this evening, a confidential informant call to Deputy Constable Mark Davison of Pct. 3 regarding an unknown female sitting in a reported stolen vehicle at 11132 Hwy. 146North in the Hardin, Texas area escalated into the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher sending two units to back up Constable Davison and the eventual arrest of three people for outstanding warrants.

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