Submitted by Max Marosko:
Amazing what some people will steal. Well, not really people but scum bags!! Sometime after late last Thursday (Apr 23) evening and Saturday (Apr 25) morning, low life thieves dismantled and made off with about half the lower guard rails on the northside of the historic (and closed) CR 456 Brushy Creek Bridge. The theft was reported to the Williamson County Sheriff’s office on Sunday (Apr 26). No more of the 103 year old railing was observed to be stolen until this evening (Apr 29) when it was noted that ALL THE RAILING on the north half of the bridge has been stolen. This continued theft of the guard rail was also reported to the County sheriff this evening (Apr 29), but short of stationing an officer 24/7 at the bridge, it is unlikely the thieves will be apprehended. Not only is this a theft of County property, it is a theft of property belonging to the tax paying public of Williamson County and it is also severely defacing a rare and historic monument to an earlier time. With no guard railing on the sides of the bridge, the bridge now constitutes a real and present dangerous safety hazard … there is nothing to prevent someone from falling from the bridge onto the steep bank below or, worse yet, falling the 25 feet down into the flowing creek. And that probably puts it into the category of an attractive nuisance making the County (and indirectly the County taxpayers) liable for any harm that should happen to anyone falling from the bridge. So, be aware that if you take or know of someone who takes small children onto the bridge for whatever reason, they are in a greatly increased risk of falling off the bridge. And grown-ups are equally at risk of unintentionally falling from the bridge. If you happen to have any information regarding the theft of these historic bridge railings, please contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 512-943-1365.
[Editor’s Note: If the bridge had been repaired in a timely fashion, the thieves would not be so bold for fear of being spotted.]
Editor’s Note: For such a small town, Coupland seems to be a witness to many unusual things. Mostly good things. Two weeks ago, scenes from an upcoming movie, with which Willie was involved, were filmed over a two-day period in downtown Coupland. Last week it was this bizarre story. I passed by on the way home and there were many, many more police and emergency vehicles than can be seen in the two photos taken from a cell phone video. I was having to dodge incoming police cars so I didn’t get any pictures but I saw multiple vehicles at the a home and many more around the stock tank down the hill. At that time, the vehicle was completely submerged and not visible but I could tell something was attracting attention. At my request, Jennifer Dollins submitted the following story and the video from which the images were captured. Thanks Jennifer!
On, Thursday, March 12, 2015, we smelled smoke outside at around 6:30 pm and then heard the sirens, we were going to soccer practice, but instead headed west on CR 458 to follow the fire truck – we thought it was a fire, but when we got to the first ‘S’ curve at Charles and Wynne Keating’s house, we found out that there was no fire, but a 17 year old boy had stolen his mother, or sisters car, after having a fight with his girlfriend, and somehow lost control, most likely due to speed. The car ran through the Keating’s fence and into their pond. When I got there it was already totally submerged, people were telling me that the boy ran off toward Brushy Creek. Law enforcement were everywhere and going through the Rohlack’s property to try to find the guy. A DPS officer put on his scuba gear and swam down to hook the car to the tow truck, but nobody seemed to be in any hurry. I heard that the Keating’s talked to the guy, and when they told him they had called the law, he ran off, but not before telling them that he was alone in the car when it wrecked. Then the helicopter came and searched for an hour or so, and found him at Brushy Creek, from what I am told. Granted, this is all hearsay, but I’m thinking the kid was lucky to have gotten out of the car and not drowned. – Jennifer Dollins
- Harassment – Main Street
- Juvenile Issue – CR 463
- Burglary of a Vehicle – Commerce Street
- Assault – FM 973
- Burglary of a Habitation – FM 1660
- Traffic violation for driving while intoxicated on Hwy 95 and CR 466.
- One arrest for fictictious inspection sticker on FM 1660.
- Traffic enforcement along Hwy 95, FM 973 and FM 1660 yielded citations for
no driver’s license, no insurance, driving on the wrong side of the road,
Jack & Barbara Piper
Neighborhood Watch Coordinators
Looks like we might need our own posse!
This came in a few days ago. Most have probably seen it on the community email. – Editor
It has come to our attention that there is a WHITE PANEL TRUCK spotted and perhaps canvassing properties east of Coupland. One spotting was on CR 463 and when approached the truck swiftly took off.
We have seen an increase in crime in our area. Please watch out for your neighbor and be sure to report any unusual activity to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department.
If you know of anyone who is not receiving alerts and would like to become part of our Neighborhood Watch community, please notify Jennifer Dollins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will add you to our community-wide email list.
Theft on FM 619;
Theft on Polzin St.;
Hit and Run Collision on FM 1466;
Theft on CR 480;
Burglary of Habitation on Hwy 95;
Burglary of a Building on CR 484;
Collision on FM 1466 at CR 460;
Burglary of a Building on FM 1660;
Theft on FM 1660;
Assault on FM 973.
Traffic enforcement along Hwy 95, FM 1660 and FM 973. Citations for no front license plate, speeding, and driving with an invalid license.
Jack & Barbara Piper,
Neighborhood Watch Coordinators
Submitted by Jack and Barbara Piper, Neighborhood Watch Coordinators
Listed below are the latest crime stats received from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Dept.:
Assault – FM 619
Recovered stolen vehicle – FM 619
Criminal Mischief – CR 460
Verbal disturbance – CR 491
Burglarly of habitation – CR 112
Driving while license suspended – FM 1466 Criminal Mischief – FM 619
Burglarly of habitation – CR 455 Assault – FM 1660
Traffic enforcements along FM 1466, Hwy. 95, FM 973, and FM 1660 yielded
citations for speeding, no drivers license, and expired license plate.
All aboard! Kids love the caboose . . . even big kids. Sorry David, you gotta wait your turn!
There was good turnout on Tuesday, August 5 outside the Coupland Depot Museum for National Night Out. There were a lot of new residents and plenty of kids, including a darling set of double twins.
The pictures tell the story:
Deputy Matt Kriedel addressed the crowd. He shared information about recent burglaries in the area. He especially stressed that vehicle burglaries did not require forced entry and recommended that folks remove valuables from their vehicles and keep them locked.
He also said that some meth labs are still in the area and mentioned the “Burrito Bandit,” who was eating a burrito stolen from the victim’s refrigerator when he was discovered by the resident.
Kriedel warned about various scams such as people calling and claiming to be a relative who needs emergency financial help in the form of a pre-paid credit card. Another elderly resident was scammed out of $2,000 by a couple of ne’er-do-wells for “repair” to the supposedly damaged lightning rods on her home. The check was stopped before it could be cashed so she was lucky.
Chili-dogs, chips, cookies, and cold drinks kept every from feeling the heat too much. A nice southerly breeze and the shade of the Depot did the rest. The Depot Musuem was open for anyone who wanted to check it out.