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  • 08-20-16   Fleeing Men Discard Thousands In Cash.
      According to Sgt. Pierce and Deputy Steve Rasberry, they along with Deputy Richard Whitten and units from other agencies were advised that a high speed chase was in progress from Polk County, south on Hwy. 59. Sgt. Pierce, who had only been issued the spike strips yesterday, quickly deployed the strips on Hwy. 59 which punctured three of the four tires on the escaping GMC SUV fleeing from deputies. The vehicle continued the attempted high speed escape on rims and it was during this period of time that bundles and singles of currency were observed being thrown from the fleeing vehicle between FM 2090 and FM 1485 where the suspects were finally stopped and arrested.
  • 08-19-16   College of the Mainland and The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Present a Basic Peace Officer Academy
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Basic Peace Office Academy through College of the Mainland. Classes will begin on January 30, 2017 and will run through October 19, 2017. Classes will be held at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Training room located at 2400 Beaumont Ave. Liberty, TX.
  • 08-18-16   Over 100 clear back packs with school supplies inside are being donated to show support for law enforcement and first responder
      Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader ( far left ) and Pastor Kevin Howard ( second from left ) along with several members of the Sheriff’s Office display back packs that members of The Sanctuary Church of Cleveland along with leading community business leaders joined together to provide to children of the Sheriff’s Office and First Responders. Over 100 clear back packs with school supplies inside are being donated to show support for law enforcement and first responders who serve their communities on a daily basis and to send their children off to the new school year safely and in style. Primarily the back packs are meant for children entering kindergarten to the 8th. grade and are filled with supplies, footballs, “t” shirts and other school related items.
  • 08-17-16   Missing Cleveland Woman Found Murdered
      It was reported to the Cleveland Police Department earlier this week that Latasha Evette Rucker, aka Green, D.O.B. 3-27-80 was missing from their city. After receiving information from Gerard Dante Simmons, D.O.B 4-27-88 as to her death and whereabouts, Cleveland Police Officers found her body in a wooded area of Wells Cemetery Road in north Liberty County on Sunday evening. Due to the fact that Rucker’s remains were found in the county, and it is felt she was killed in the City of Cleveland, Texas, it resulted in a duel jurisdictional investigation involving the Cleveland Police Department, Texas Rangers and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
  • 07-29-16   Deputy Threatened With Being Shot; Man Arrested.
      On Friday, July 29, 2016 at approximately 10:15am, Investigators with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers arrested Mark W. Lehman, DOB 06-21-67 at his residence in Cut and Shoot, Texas. Lehman was arrested on a Terroristic Threat Against a Public Servant warrant issued out of Pct. 1, Justice of the Peace Judge Stephen Hebert’s office the day prior.
  • 07-07-16   Burned Out Car Contains Body
      On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at around 5:45pm the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a burned out car on Private Road 106 in east Liberty County in the City of Devers, Texas. The caller stated there appeared to be a body still sitting in the driver’s seat and the human remains were mostly destroyed by the intense fire.
  • 06-27-16   Arrest Made In Liberty County Murder Case.
      Liberty County Sheriff’s Sergeant Investigator Paul Lasco announced early this morning, Monday, June 27th. that he has arrested Melvin Adalberto Morales’Rivas, DOB 10-30-87 and charged him with murder in the shooting death of Vincente Rodriquez of the Bella Vista Sub-Division where Morales’Rivas, himself, also lives. According to Sgt. Lasco, Melvin Morales’Rivas turned himself in around 2:30am this morning after a warrant for murder was issued by Judge Chap Cain out of his 253rd. District Court. The motive for this murder is alleged to have occurred over a weed eater that Rodriguez had that belonged to Melvin Morales’Rivas.
  • 06-26-16   Murder Victim Shot Multiple Times
      At approximately 12:10 am this morning, Vincente Rodriguez, 45 years old was shot multiple times at his home at 588 Road 3405 in the Bella Vista Sub-Division of north Liberty county. He had evidently been lured outside by his burning vehicle when he was shot and killed by an unknown assassin.
  • 06-20-16   Burglary of City of Kenefick Store
      At approximately 6:15 on Sunday morning, June 19th. Liberty County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Koen noticed the front glass broken out on the Dollar General Store located at 3626 FM 1008 in the City of Kenefick. During the course of the follow up investigation it was also found the back door of the business had been forced opened and items were scattered around in the store.
  • 06-17-16   PUBLIC AUCTION
      STATE OF TEXAS * * BY VIRTUE OF A WRIT OF EXECUTION COUNTY OF LIBERTY * DATED April 25, 2016, and issued pursuant to a judgment decree(s) of the 165th District Court of Harris County, Texas, by the Clerk of said Court; on May 18, 2016, to me directed and delivered, and as Sheriff of said County, I have on the 8th day of June, 2016 seized, levied upon, and will on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, beginning at or about 10:00 a.m., on said day, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder all the right, title and interest of the defendants in such suit in and to the following described personal property levied upon as the personal property of said defendants. The sale will be held at Smith’s Towing Storage Yard at 24976 Hwy. 321, Cleveland, TX 77327, to-wit:
  • 06-16-16   Burned Out Car Contains Body
      On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at around 5:45pm the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a burned out car on Private Road 106 in east Liberty County in the City of Devers, Texas. The caller stated there appeared to be a body still sitting in the driver’s seat and the human remains were mostly destroyed by the intense fire.
  • 06-10-16   Child Accidentally Killed By Family Vehicle
      A family miscommunication on the whereabouts of their small child resulted in the tragic accidental death of little Mason Thompson, DOB 10-23-14 when he wandered into the path of his father’s truck while his father was backing out of the drive way on CR 48824 in South Liberty County.
  • 05-19-16   WANTED SUBJECT ON EIGHT WARRANTS BY LIBERTY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
      Investigators with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating Evan Michael Viles, DOB 12-3-86, 5’-8”, approximately 200 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes. Viles has eight (8) outstanding warrants on him ranging from two for Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, three for Evading Arrest, One for a Prohibited Weapon, One for Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon and one for Possession of Marijuana.
  • 05-12-16   Accidental Drowning Of Two Yr. Old Child
      A family backyard swim outing turned tragic when little Kyler Ray Gilmore, DOB June 15, 2014 drowned in an above ground swimming pool on CR 388 in north Liberty County. Initially a call came into the Cleveland Police Department and they, along with Cleveland I.S.D. Officers, responded. The call then was transferred to the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher at approximately 5:12pm when it was determined the location was in the county.
  • 05-05-16   Kayaker Drowns In Retention Pond.
      At approximately 9:50am this morning, the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher received a call that by-standers saw an adult male go under the water but never surface in a pond located near Hwy. 105 by-pass and CR 318 in north Liberty County. According to Sheriff’s Cpl. James W. McQueen who responded to the scene a SCUBA diver from the Cleveland Fire Department located the body of Leobardo Ovido Gonzalez, DOB 1-7-56 at approximately 11:45am near where he was last seen. Further investigation determined that Gonzalez was from the Conroe area and family members were later notified by authorities.
  • 05-03-16   National Police Week Memorial Services
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in association with Pastor Kevin Howard’s The Sanctuary Church located at 100 East Hanson Street in Cleveland, Texas will be hosting the annual “National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial” services on Friday, May 13 at 7:pm. The Master of Ceremonies for the occasion will be former District Attorney and present Liberty City Judge Mike Little who is a very popular and well known MC. The guest speaker will be Colonel Anthony P. Clark who is the Command Chaplain for the Florida Army and Air National Guard. Colonel Clark is a highly decorated Chaplain with many awards to his credit, as well as being an outstanding public speaker.
  • 05-02-16   The Trinity River continues to rise as the outflow from the Livingston Dam remains at 68,200 cubic feet per second.
      The Trinity River continues to rise as the outflow from the Livingston Dam remains at 68,200 cubic feet per second. The Lake Level is slowly dropping and we are hopeful Trinity River Authority officials will be able to cut back on the release rate later this week. Current projections take the Trinity River up to 29.5 feet in Liberty on Tuesday and 15.1 feet in Moss Bluff by Wednesday. Flood stage in Liberty is 26 feet and flood stage in Moss Bluff is 12.2. These levels will once again put water over the roads in most riverfront subdivisions. The levels are anticipated to equal what we saw in October 2015 and December 2015, but not as high as we saw in May of 2015, when the Trinity reached 30 feet in Liberty.
  • 05-02-16   Shooting Investigation on CR 2502
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher received a call at approximately 11:50 am today from the Liberty/Dayton Regional Hospital regarding a female shooting victim that had just arrived at their emergency room. Upon initial investigation by the Patrol Deputies the victim was found to be Rhonda Matthews, DOB 7-29-82 who was suffering from a bullet wound that went completely through the right arm with the bullet then entering the right side and lodging just under her heart. Life Flight air ambulance responded and transported the victim to Herman Hospital in Houston in critical condition.
  • 04-28-16   Large Drug Money Arrest
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit continues to take major steps in thwarting the drug traffic that travels in and through Liberty County. At approximately 4:pm on Wednesday, April 27th, Deputies with the Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a single traffic stop for several violations on Hwy. 59 in north Liberty County. The vehicle had Tennessee license plates and carried three females while a young five year old child rode in the back seat.
  • 04-28-16   Community Advisory-Passing of Forged Instruments.
      Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader wants to make the public as well as business owners aware that the Sheriff’s Office has received at least five complaints about a male and female pair passing off fake $100. bills to unsuspecting merchants and obtaining goods for the phony bills. At first glance the bills will appear authentic but upon closer examination the paper is of poor quality and in rather large letters on the upper right front of the bills the wording, “ FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY” appears as does the same wording at the top of the back side of the bill.

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