Category: Local News

Disaster Resource Center Opens in Bellville for Austin County Residents [VIDEO]

In response to severe storms and flooding in Austin County from April 26, 2024, a Disaster Resource Center (DRC) will open in Bellville at the Bellville Police Department Training Center on 162 N Chesley St. Operating daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the center offers support following President Biden’s declaration of a major disaster on May 17, 2024, making Austin County eligible for federal assistance. Residents, homeowners, renters, and businesses affected by the disaster can access recovery resources, including low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA), with application assistance available onsite or online at

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Wanted Fugitive Apprehended in New Ulm in Early Morning Operation

In the early hours of Friday, June 14, 2024, Clarence Cloud, a 31-year-old fugitive wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, was apprehended in New Ulm, Texas. The arrest was carried out by the US Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the Austin County Regional Special Response Team and new K9 unit, Knox. Cloud was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Austin County Jail.

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Multi-County Narcotics Raid in Brookshire Leads to Arrests and Drug Seizure

The Westside Narcotics Task Force, comprising multiple law enforcement agencies, conducted a successful operation resulting in the apprehension of Marcus Grant and Latoya Johnson, seizing a cache of illicit substances from a motel. Marcus Grant faces an array of charges, including manufacturing and delivery of controlled substances, while Latoya Johnson faces possession charges, both promptly booked into Waller County Jail. The collaborative effort underscores the Task Force’s commitment to combatting narcotics distribution across four counties, with crucial assistance from the Waller County Sheriff’s Office.

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Early Morning Pursuit in Austin County Involving Armed Suspects Ends in Crash

In the early morning of June 7, 2024, Austin County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a group of armed men attempting to steal a truck on Tiemann Road. A pursuit ensued, leading to a crash on New Bremen Road, but the suspects were able to evade capture. The Austin County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to secure their vehicles and report any suspicious activity immediately.

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Bellville PD and Austin County SO Arrest Travis Gilliam

Travis Gilliam was arrested by Bellville PD and Austin County SO for multiple outstanding warrants, including assault and burglary charges stemming from recent break-ins at local businesses. Gilliam, apprehended during a joint operation, faces charges ranging from Assault Family Violence to Burglary of a Building, following incidents at Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy and the Texaco Food Court. The arrest follows public assistance sought by Bellville PD, leading to Gilliam’s identification and subsequent booking into Austin County Jail.

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