A Burnet man was arrested Thursday on felony charges after two pre-school aged girls made an outcry about sexual abuse.
Aaron Trevor Dehart, 20, was arrested Thursday, May 26 on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact, a first-degree and second-degree felony respectively, after two children made outcries to Child Protective Services.
According to an arrest affidavit written by Burnet Police Investigator Brandon Bertelson, two girls, ages four and five, were interviewed by a CPS worker at the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCAC) on April 7. Bertelson viewed the interview via video monitor.
Aaron Dehart, also known under the aliases “Ron Dehart” and “Chabacca,” was booked in Burnet County Jail on Thursday at 1:04 p.m., and remains there on $200,000 bond.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
While Burnet is experiencing a spot of sunny skies on Thursday, meteorologists have issued a flash flood watch to remain in effect Thursday night.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch at 2 p.m. for Burnet, Blanco, Travis, Williamson, and nearby counties.
“Rainfall amounts of one to three inches with isolated amounts up to six inches,” the statement read. “Soils are saturated from recent rains and runoff will be more rapid into area rivers, creeks, streams, and low lying areas.”
Meteorologists say this runoff could lead to flooding.
The NWS also issued a hazardous weather outlook Thursday morning for the Burnet County area.
Burnet Bulletin Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn sports a red nose in support of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, which is today, May 26. The mission of Red Nose Day is to lift kids out of poverty through laughter and entertainment. The charity has raised more than $1 billion globally in the past 25 years. Money is spent to partner with food banks to fight hunger, to help with reading education, to help provide medication to fight disease and vaccines for children, to provide access to health care for low income families, to provide clean water and sanitation. For more information, see http://rednoseday.org.
The hard work by Llano County and the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation (LBCC) has paid off, if the last weekend of fishing on a now brimming full lake is any measure.
More than $18,000 was paid out to the top three teams in Texas Tournament Zone competition on Lake Buchanan Saturday, May 21.
Brothers Adrian and Daniel Barnes, took first place and a $10,000 grand prize with their bag weight of 23.77 pounds—a new Lake Buchanan record.
Wayne Alberthal and James White won second place with a bag weight of 23.05 pounds to take the check for $3,000.
More than $4,000 in three seperate prizes went to the team of Garret Koslan and Eric Crumley. The won $2,500 for a third place total weight of 20.84 pounds. They took the Biggest Bass prize of $1,500 for their 9.25-pound largemouth bass and won the $500 Biobor Bonus.
Varied reports of caravans of military vehicles and equipment passing through north eastern Burnet County on Wednesday evening were confirmed to be a US Army unit in training exercise.
Burnet County residents in the area of County Road 252 reported seeing several large trucks with large caliber weapons mounted on the back as well as an Apache helicopter in the area at about 7 p.m. Wednesday night, May 18.
Burnet County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed that these vehicles were Army units from Fort Hood in Killeen training in the area.
“That was the military doing training,” said Burnet County Chief Deputy Joe Canady. “They were doing helicopter and ground troop movements from Lampasas to Bertram.”
It is unknown which Fort Hood battalions were involved in the training.
The Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday approved an $858 million business plan for fiscal year 2017 that continues LCRA’s mission to enhance the lives of Texans.
The business plan includes total revenues of $858 million, with about 19 percent of that amount paying for fuel and purchased power. The board also approved a $410 million capital plan for fiscal year 2017, including energy, water and public service projects to support a growing Texas.
Through a combination of reducing costs and improving the way it competes in the wholesale power market, LCRA has identified more than $350 million in expected rate relief over the next five years for its wholesale power customers.
“LCRA is proud to provide essential services — power and water — for a growing region,” said LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson. “We provide those services with an eye toward controlling costs while maintaining reliability and safety.”
Early voting in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors election began Wednesday and will continue up to the annual meeting, to be held Saturday, June 18, at the Dripping Springs High School Performing Arts Center.
Two candidates are seeking the District 5 seat: current Board President and Burnet County Judge James Oakley of Spicewwod and Austin businessman Carlos Palasciano.
Former Hays County Judge Jim Powers is the only candidate for the District 4 seat being vacated by Windhorse Energy president and founder Chris Perry.
PEC members are voting this year to elect board directors to serve a three-year term up to 2019 from District 4 and District 5. Members from all seven districts may vote in the election for all director positions.
New Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center Executive Director Kelly Forister sees growth as an option for the organization in coming years.
Forister has been on the job in the Burnet office since April 1, but has a long history in the child protection field – over 20 years.
“I started off working for CPS (Child Protective Services) for nine years. I worked for Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center for two and a half years,” she said, just before taking the job with the Hill Country region office, she served as interim executive director in Williamson County for six months.
Forister said the Children's Advocacy Center program is a much needed part of preventing child abuse.
“I’m passionate about making sure it works for the community,” she said.
Forister got her master’s degree in social work from Louisiana State University in 2004.
With the help of partners Sylvester H. Reed endowment, Marie Clark Galloway Endowment, Suzanne Johnson Endowment and other contributors, the Hill Country Community Foundation (HCCF) was able to hand out a total of $500,000 in University Scholarships to the graduating class at Burnet High School and Quest on Thursday, May 19.
“My speech is short and sweet,” said Keith McBurnett, BCISD Superintendent during the event.
“Thank you,” McBurnett said to the HCCF board, the students, the parents and the faculty.
The HCCF along with its partners handed out almost $300,000 in scholarships while another $190,000 came from community scholarships and $400,000 in Military Benefits to help support Burnet’s youth as they take the next step in their lives.
A number of presenters took their turns handing out the scholarships to the senior class, including first time presenters Carcy and Tres Clinton.