Texas Sheriffs Today
Jun. 26, 2015

Cameron County sheriff: 4 suspects in decapitation case
The Brownsville Herald
A man whose decapitated body was found floating in the Laguna Madre earlier this year was likely killed in Edinburg, and his body was then dumped in the bay, Cameron County law enforcement authorities said Thursday. The Cameron County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday that four men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Honduran native Jose Francisco "Franklin" Rodriguez Palacios Paz, whose decapitated body was found by fishermen March 16 in the Laguna Madre.More

$100,000 reward offered in hopes of finding killer of Houston officer in 2003
A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Houston Police Department Officer Charles Clark on April 3, 2003. The case is now considered a cold case, after the conviction for the man condemned in the deadly shooting was recently overturned.More

Johnson County sheriff, Burleson PD chief talk policing
Burleson Star
While there may be tension between law enforcement and residents in other areas of the country, that's not the way it is in Johnson County, two of the area's top law enforcement officials said Thursday. Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford and Burleson Police Department Chief Billy Cordell addressed business leaders at the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce's quarterly luncheon, during which they shared crime statistics, department updates and thoughts about the state of policing.More

Hutto remembers officer who bravely served community
Sgt. Chris Kelley is the first public safety official of any kind to die in the line of duty in Hutto, making what happened Wednesday morning even harder to cope with. The Hutto Police Department has just 25 officers. The death is having an impact on those in blue, and also in red.

"We work very close with them; our guys are very connected with them," said Hutto Fire Rescue's Chief Scott Kerwood. "So it's as though we've lost a family member, as well as Hutto PD has lost a family member."More

Across US, more than 220 state prison escapees on the loose
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck. They're among more than 220 state prison escapees nationwide who are listed as on the loose, The Associated Press found in a coast-to-coast survey.More

Medina County sheriff: Two mysterious deaths are related
The day before the body of Tracy Lynn Lemley, 31, was set on fire in a cornfield, Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown said she was with Jeremy Carrico, 33. Nine days after a passer-by reported seeing the flames in the field off Highway 90, Brown said a farmer in Nueces County noticed a black plastic container in his field outside Corpus Christi. Brown said Carrico's body was stuffed inside the box.

The sheriff said their deaths are definitely related, given the couple were together the day before Lemley's body was discovered, and they'd both been dumped in fields about 150 miles apart. However, Brown is not yet willing to discuss how Lemley was killed. Nueces County investigators are awaiting the results of Carrico's autopsy.More

Texas company making high-tech body cameras
Batons and handcuffs, move aside. The newest addition to the police uniform is high-tech and doesn't require that you lift a finger. High-profile altercations between police and civilians have increased demand for officers to wear body cameras while on duty. And that demand has inspired tech companies to produce cameras with more features.

In Allen, workers at WatchGuard Video piece together body cameras called VISTA. These HD cameras are about the size of a credit card and about an inch thick. Starting at $800, they're rugged — made with rubber and military-grade resin.More

7 keys to successfully policing a potentially unruly crowd
A large disturbance is an opportunity for officers to look very good or very bad in front of millions. The Madison Police Department in Wisconsin developed a method during the violent anti-war riots and rallies of the late 1960s and early 1970s featuring a combination of classic crowd control tactics blended with mobile field force tactics. This helps to repeatedly police unruly crowds with great success and entails six keys.More