Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 11, 2013

Bandera deputies catch a most-wanted sex offender
KENS-TV
One of Texas' most-wanted sex offenders is off the streets. The Bandera Sheriffs Department assisted the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in arresting 55-year-old James Rubio, who now sits behind bars in a Bandera County jail cell.More

Week marks 10-year anniversary of horrific Orange County crime spree
The Record
This week marks a 10 year anniversary of one of the most horrific crimes in Orange County's history. Walter Wade Rice Jr. was 32 when he began the drug-related crime spree that left two people assaulted and two dead in January 2003. He remains locked up on charges of aggravated robbery and two counts of capital murder, and his cumulative offenses leave him with a life sentence.More

Former sheriff receives proclamation from Pleasanton
Pleasanton Express
Former Sheriff Tommy Williams received a proclamation from the City of Pleasanton at a recent city council meeting. Williams was elected in 1972 and began serving the citizens of Atascosa County Sheriff and thereafter through the end of December. He served as a county sheriff longer than any other county sheriff in Texas.More

Crowley Police may expand crime reduction initiative
The Crowley Star
During an 11-month period last year, the Crowley Police Department experienced a high volume of calls in the area of Centennial Place in Crowley, and for a two-week period that just ended, the department had extra day and night patrol in the neighborhood as part of a special crime reduction initiative. It yielded immediate benefits.More

Suspicious death leads to raid on upscale home; Waco man charged
KWTX-TV
David William Sirbasku, 48, was in the McLennan County Jail charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after a raid on an upscale home just outside of Waco where a 28-year-old woman was found dead in a bathtub. The woman, whom authorities identified as Lauren Darby, evidently suffered a drug overdose and drowned at the home at 8465 North Rock Creek Road.More

Harris County tightens rules on false alarms
Houston Chronicle
Residents and business owners in unincorporated Harris County whose burglar, fire or panic alarms falsely dispatch law enforcement to their properties will be more likely to be hit with a fee after changes to alarm regulations approved by Commissioners Court. A property previously could rack up five false alarms without penalty, incurring a $75 fee on the sixth false report. The fee now will be assessed beginning with the fourth false alarm in a given calendar year.More

Newly sworn-in sheriff brings in updates to uniforms, badges
Denton Record-Chronicle
There's a new badge in town, literally and figuratively. Since being sworn into office, new Denton County Sheriff William Travis has begun making the office his own — changing personnel, uniforms and even badges. Travis, wearing a long-sleeved khaki shirt, new dark green pants and a larger updated sheriff’s badge, showed off what he says is a more polished and updated look to the office.More

Stalkers find friend in GPS technology
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that of the 3.4 million known stalking cases each year, 1 in 4 involves use of some type of technology. Electronic monitoring plays a role in 1 of 13 cases; GPS tracking is used in one-tenth of those. Victims’ advocates say the actual numbers are far higher. The statistics date to 2006, which was — for a sense of the technological timeline — a year before the iPhone was introduced.More

Fake grenade prompts evacuation of Lowe's store
Houston Chronicle
A fake hand grenade planted by an irate customer prompted the evacuation of a northwest Harris County home improvement store, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The man entered Lowe's Home Improvement and began walking around with a hollowed-out hand grenade, said Christina Garza, spokeswoman at the sheriff's office. No injuries were reported, and no charges are expected to be filed in the case.More

Company touts pancake bullets for law-enforcement shotguns
Fox News
Pancakes. They're not just for breakfast anymore. Joe Kolnik, a chemical engineer and the founder of Integrity Ballistics, spent nine years on engineering and design research to develop a new, less-lethal round. Rather than keeping its shape as other rounds do, his bullets flatten like a pancake across the target's body on impact. Dubbed the "Burns 1401," the company says the pancaking effect has the same stopping force as other rounds.More

Catching criminals on Pinterest?
Government Technology
A recent international study by technology consulting firm Accenture found that 88 percent of citizens want to help the police fight crime. So how can social media help bridge this gap? The bulletin-board style platform Pinterest received a lot of attention in 2012 for its rapid rise to the No. 3 spot in the most popular social media triumvirate, behind Facebook and Twitter. Government agencies at all levels are creating boards on Pinterest, and now, even police departments are establishing pages.More

Sheriff's office takes step into technology
Imperial Valley Press
From handheld fingerprint readers to iPads, the Imperial County Sheriff's Office in California is pushing new technologies by leaps and bounds. Now officials are looking for the public's help to move forward. Through the last year, the sheriff's office has been implementing new technological advances, like in-car cameras in patrol cars, upgrades to the website, a new fingerprint system, crime reporting maps, a text message service and more.More