Category: Austin County News

Austin County Residents Urged to Report Storm Damage

In the aftermath of the severe storm that hit Austin County, residents are urged to report any damage sustained through two essential platforms: the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s iSTAT Damage Survey and the local Austin County Office of Emergency Management’s Veoci Damage Reporting Form. By providing accurate information and documenting the extent of damage, residents help to facilitate efficient disaster response as well as state aid and in securing vital resources for recovery efforts, ensuring a swift and effective rebuilding process for the community. Your help in reporting storm damage is really important for Austin County as we work together to bounce back from this tough situation and stay strong in the face of challenges.

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Decades-Old Homicide Mystery: Fort Bend County Sheriff Seeks Public’s Aid in Identifying Victim

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office seeks public assistance in identifying a young white male, believed to be the victim of a 1978 homicide. Found near FM 521, the unidentified individual’s DNA samples have been entered into the national missing person’s database, with authorities urging anyone with information to come forward. Sheriff Eric Fagan stresses the importance of community cooperation in providing closure to this decades-old case and bringing peace to the victim’s family.

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Joint Operation Recovers Stolen Property, Arrests Suspect

Austin and Colorado County authorities teamed up to recover stolen property and arrest a suspect in a joint operation on April 24, 2024. Quincy Kyle JANSZEN was apprehended at the scene, where deputies found two recently stolen vehicles and items from local burglaries. JANSZEN may face theft and burglary charges in Austin County, along with burglary and possession of stolen property charges in Colorado County.

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Armed Man Arrested in Austin County for Aggravated Robbery and Deadly Conduct

Joseph Mesa, 35, of Sealy, was arrested by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Robbery and Deadly Conduct after reports of him waving a firearm and shooting at vehicles. Mesa, who was out on bond for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, failed to appear in court on April 9, prompting authorities to revoke his bond. The Sealy Police Department also charged Mesa with Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Murder, and Interference with an Emergency Call, with bonds totaling $750,000.00.

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Austin County Regional Special Response Team Executes Arrest & Search Warrants in Brookshire, Texas

The Austin County Regional Special Response Team, in collaboration with the Westside (HIDTA) Narcotics Task Force, executed arrest and search warrants in Brookshire, Texas, resulting in the arrest of two individuals. The operation, part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, led to the seizure of cocaine, firearms, and currency from the residence. The defendants face charges related to drug possession and firearm offenses.

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