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  • 04-19-14   Liberty County Judge and wife injured in wreck.
      A head on two vehicle crash at 12:15 am this morning sent Liberty County Judge Craig McNair and his wife, Lisa to Herman Hospital, in Houston, via Life Flight with undetermined injuries. Sgt. Joel Davila, LCSO, reported that both the Judge and his wife appeared to be in “stable” condition when Life Flight picked them up after landing just north of the wreck scene.
  • 04-09-14   MISSING 16 YEAR OLD (AMBER ALERT) LIBERTY COUNTY
      An all night search for a reported missing sixteen (16) year old girl came to an end at approximately 4:am this morning when she was located at a friend’s home in the Daisetta, Texas area approximately 28 miles from her home. Sheriff’s Deputy Bruce Sims responded to the call around 7:pm last evening when the parents of Tera Jo Schubert reported her missing when she failed to return from her usual evening jogging run from her home on CR 2257 in mid-Liberty County.
  • 04-07-14   Possible Stolen Horse
      Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Ruben Arellano responded early this morning to a reported missing horse on CR 486 in south Liberty County. Initially, from talking to the owner, it was unknown if a fence had been cut or had just broken down and allowed an expensive red and white paint horse, named “Lacey” and pregnant to wander off in nearby woods. “Lacey” is described by the owner as having a “blaze” face with all four “stockings” on her legs with a white mane. She is reported to be 8 years old, 15.0 hands and approximately 1200 lbs.
  • 04-01-14   IMPERSONATING A PEACE OFFICER & BURGLARY OF A HABITAT IN LIBERTY COUNTY
      At around 7:40pm this evening, a resident and his family living on CR 2558 in the Snake River Sub Division were startled when a man dressed in a Liberty County Sheriff’s uniform suddenly walked through their unlocked door and began belligerently talking to the home owner. Without any explanation as to why he had walked into their home, unannounced, the man told the home owner, “….. you’re just as guilty for not reporting a crime as the person who commits the crime….”. The home owner had no idea what he was talking about as he had not reported any crime.
  • 03-26-14   FOLLOW-UP ARREST OF BOMB SUSPECT
      At approximately 2:30pm, Jessie Leo McCollough Jr. DOB 6-7-68 ( age 46) was arrested, without incident, at his home on CR 145 in South Liberty County on a mental warrant. Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mark Ellington stated that several firearms were recovered from his residence but no bomb making materials were found. McCollough was transported to Tri-County HMR for mental evaluation. No criminal charges have been filed at this time but such charges may be pending.
  • 03-26-14   Bomb threat at Liberty County Court House
      A domestic situation involving an employee of the Liberty County Court House escalated to a possible bomb threat near the building which further resulted in a “shelter in place” of court house employees and a partial evacuation of small business locations on the north side of the building. No bomb was found but precautions had been taken to assure the safety of anyone near the area. Sheriff Bobby Rader, who was among the first on the scene and directed the overall operations, said the first priority was to clear and block off the street and shut down any entry or exiting of the court house by any citizen or employee into a possible dangerous situation. All office employees on the north side of the building were advised to move to the south side of the building and “shelter in place” as were employees of the Liberty City Hall which sits on the southwest corner from the parked truck.
  • 03-23-14   TWO YEAR OLD MISSING BOY AND PUPPIES FOUND ALIVE AND WELL IN LIBERTY COUNTY
      A possible tragic event for a missing two year old little boy who wandered away from his home on CR 3795 in North Liberty County was averted this evening when a citizen found the small boy walking out of the woods on Hwy. 105 at Fostoria Road near the Liberty County/Montgomery County line. This was at the same time a cold front with rain was moving into the area and the child was only wearing a diaper and a light shirt when he left home at around 4:45 pm as darkness was nearing.
  • 03-21-14   LIBERTY COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENT FOR MURDER OF FOUR (4) WEEK OLD BABY
      On Thursday, March 20, 2014 and after a very extensive and in depth investigation by Sgt. Investigators Josh Cummins and Stephen Clappart of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, a Liberty County Grand Jury returned an indictment of “Capital Murder of a person under 10 years of age”
  • 03-21-14   LIBERTY COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENT FOR MURDER OF FOUR (4) WEEK OLD BABY
      On Thursday, March 20, 2014 and after a very extensive and in depth investigation by Sgt. Investigators Josh Cummins and Stephen Clappart of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, a Liberty County Grand Jury returned an indictment of “Capital Murder of a person under 10 years of age” on Brian Christopher Keith age 29 of the Hardin, Texas area. The Grand Jury indictment was served earlier this morning on Keith who was already in the Liberty County jail on other charges.
  • 03-17-14   Press Release - Jailer Arrested For Contraband
      At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15th, the supervisory staff of CEC (Community Education Centers) Liberty County Jail conducted a surprise “shakedown” of inmates and jailers. A shakedown is a search and inspection of the premises for the purpose of finding contraband or security concerns. During a shakedown, the cell blocks and housing units, as well as the inmates themselves are searched. Correctional officers (C.O.’s) and other employees can also be subject to search. This particular shakedown included all incoming and outgoing staff.
  • 03-15-14   TWO PEOPLE LOST IN LIBERTY COUNTY ARE RESCUED
      What should have been a simple walk to the mail box approximately 50 yards from the home of John McGraw age 32 and his 21 year old sister, Shalaynna Gibson of #11 CR 2091 in North Liberty County resulted in a eight and a half hour search and rescue operation when the pair decided to take a walk further down a dirt road of which they were not familiar and became lost in heavy woods. Around 3:pm on Friday, March 14th. the brother and sister left their parent’s home in the Sam Houston Lake Estates subdivision to get the mail. At about 4:pm, the parent’s received a cell phone call from their daughter, Shalaynna, who told them that she and her brother were lost in the woods and had no idea where they were.
  • 03-06-14   FLEET CRASH INVOLVING A LIBERTY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY
      An early morning two car accident at 6:50am today, sent an on duty Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy to the Liberty/Dayton Hospital with neck injuries. Corporal James Ott was sitting, stopped, in a line of traffic, South bound on Hwy. 321 at Hwy. 1960 in the City of Dayton waiting for a traffic light when his county vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven by Niesha Nicole Swift of the Beaumont area.
  • 02-25-14   “SCAM” Alert for Liberty County Citizens
      Sheriff Bobby Rader of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is asking that all citizens in the County be aware of an alert for a “scam” that has recently victimized a Liberty County business man and cost him almost $1,000 for a bill he did not owe. Deputy James Hobson responded to a call on Friday, February 21st from the merchant who told him he had received a telephone call from a person representing himself as an employee of Entergy Texas, Inc.
  • 02-21-14   LIBERTY COUNTY DRUG ARREST OF OVER 1000 TABS OF "ECSTASY"
      On Thursday, February 20th. at around noon, a Liberty County Sheriff Department’s Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 105 in North Liberty County. Circumstances of the driver’s actions and changing explanations as to why he was in Texas while living in Lakevillage, Arkansas led to a complete search of the vehicle. During the search the Deputy found over 1000 tabs of the drug “Ecstasy” bundled and duct taped hidden in a “boom box” in the rear of the vehicle.
  • 02-21-14   LIBERTY COUNTY "CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY" KICKS OFF
      Sheriff Bobby Rader of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department and Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett have joined forces to co-sponsor and work in partnership with Ms. Faye Cutsinger, President of the CPAAA to kick off the first Citizen Police Academy in this county since 1999. All proud 31 members of Class # 24 started the first of thirteen weeks of training on Thursday, February 13 with an impressive cross section of instructors in a wide range of law enforcement related subjects. The class schedule is each Thursday evening from 6:pm to 9:pm for the next thirteen weeks with subjects on criminal law, drug enforcement, warrant service, FBI involvement with local law enforcement, search and rescue/recovery operations, communications , medical response special event control to name only a few. Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy will be given an opportunity to join the (CPAAA) Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association which will allow them to assist any and all public service agencies in Liberty County with “non-line” functions. Needless to say, these members will not have arrest powers but can be utilized within law enforcement agencies, fire departments, District Attorney’s office, Constables Offices and other such agencies with office work, working at special events and other non- front line duties as requested through President Faye Cutsinger of the CPAAA. Such assistance from CPAAA members will better utilize the work force of these requesting agencies thus saving tax dollars as all CPAAA members are volunteers and will be well trained in their respective duties.
  • 02-20-14   LIBERTY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARREST ON 171 LBS OF MARIJUANA
      The Liberty County Sheriff Department’s Criminal Interdiction Unit joined forces with Montgomery County Pct. 4 Deputies in acting upon information received regarding a drug operation on CR 3181 in North-West Liberty County. After obtaining a search warrant for the home at that location from Judge Mark Morefield’s 75th. District Court, the Sheriff’s Department SWAT unit executed the warrant at around midnight on January 30, 2014.
  • 01-30-14   NEW “companion case” to the Sexual Assault of a Child ( 5 year old victim) by a fifteen (15 year old defendant)
      During the on-going investigation by Sgt. Investigators Billy Knox and Sgt. Paul Lasco of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, a second juvenile victim was located that had been sexually assaulted by the same fifteen (15) year old male that had been charged earlier this month with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a five (5) year old female child. This new Sexual Assault charge of a six (6) year old female child was issued out of Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Stephen Hebert’s office earlier today. The teen-age defendant was returned to Liberty County from the Hardin County Juvenile Detention Center where he has been detained since being remanded there, earlier, by County Judge Craig McNair. The defendant once again went before Judge McNair for his new detention hearing.
  • 01-30-14   Aggravated Assault at Simmons Grocery
      Just after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) received a 911 call regarding a man with a knife threatening people at Simmons Grocery in Kenefick. Deputies William Candelari and Robert Dunn arrived on scene at 3:12 p.m. and immediately confronted the man in the parking lot. The deputies tried to maintain a tactically safe position near their patrol cars, but the man, later identified as Paul Jay Riegert Jr., 24, of Baytown, kept making threatening gestures with the knife.
  • 01-27-14   MOTORCYCLE VS 18 WHEELER DOA CRASH ON HWY. 1960
      At approximately 7:am this morning, Sheriff Department’s Sgt. Tommy Koen along with a Dayton Police Department unit and the Department of Public Safety responded to a fatal vehicle crash on Hwy. 1960 at CR 611 near the West Liberty County line and the City of Dayton City Limits. The crash involved a motorcycle rider and an 18 wheel tractor-trailer.
  • 01-24-14   FATHER/SON SHOOTING IN LIBERTY COUNTY-follow up and completed investigation
      This is the follow up and completed investigation of last evening where James Albert Nesler shot and killed his son, J.A. Nesler during a domestic disturbance. Please see the attached for the PRELIMINARY investigation of this case.

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