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Cattle theft suspects surrender

COLDSPRING – Two San Jacinto County suspects turned themselves in Monday after they were accused of stealing three head of cattle from a San Jacinto County rancher.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt assisted.

Joshua Sykes, 38, and Crystal Richardson, 33, are each being held on a $25,000 bond in the San Jacinto County Jail.

According to Mast, Sykes and Richardson attempted to sell the cattle Aug. 24 at the Navasota Livestock Auction. The cattle were branded with the victim's brand, and had been reported stolen.

The cattle were recovered and returned to the owner.

"These cattle were branded, which made them easy to spot," said Mast. "We constantly remind ranchers that branded cattle are the quickest to track down and recover in the event that they are stolen."

TSCRA would like to thank Capt. Butch Davis and Investigator Stephen Cole, Walker County Sheriff's Office, Investigators Daniel Wagnom and J.J. Jones, Grimes County Sheriff's Office, and the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office for their help with this case.

Man found murdered in home

SAN JACINTO COUNTY -- The body of a San Jacinto County resident was found by a neighbor at his residence located off Hwy. 105 West on Magnolia Street.
The 70-year-old man was found about 3 p.m. Aug. 26. Preliminary information indicates that the man was shot at least once, though law enforcement is not ruling out other possible causes of death.

William Edward "Ed" Horton was found by a family friend who had gone to check on him because he had some medical issues, according to the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Department.
At the time of his murder, Horton reportedly lived at his Magnolia Street home with his son and his son's girlfriend.

More road projects, community shelter scheduled

Ground Breaking(L-r) Precinct 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs, Precinct 3 Commissioner Thomas Bonds, Precinct 1 Commissioner Ray McCoppin, San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner, county grant consultant David Waxman, County Clerk Angela Steele, Precinct 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno and Tax Assessor-Collector Kelly Selmer participated in a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 28 for the county’s proposed $1.3 million shelter. Construction is scheduled to begin soon at its location on Hwy. 150 adjacent to the San Jacinto County Jail.

COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court broke the ground with gold painted shovels last Wednesday for the county's proposed community shelter but not before shuffling around money again from Round 1 of Hurricane Ike Recovery Funds.

Since 2011 the court has been talking about constructing a community shelter funded by a grant application from Round 1 of Hurricane Ike Recovery Funds. Originally the shelter was to be an addition to the county's Senior Annex Building, which is now known as the San Jacinto County Elections building. Plans were then changed to house it in back of the Senior Annex Building and across from the courthouse by removing a county custodian building to make room for the proposed shelter and parking area. The custodian building was torn down and a new one constructed on county property on Slade Street but the location for the proposed shelter would be moved once again before construction was started.

The county's third location for the shelter is on a five-acre parcel of property where the county jail facility is located on Hwy. 150 west. This is where the ground breaking ceremony was held last Wednesday with members of the court, a couple of county elected officials and the county's grant coordinator David Waxman.

The cost of building the proposed shelter was originally $1.3 million. After voting to move the location of the shelter for the third time in 2011, it was suggested by Waxman that the court consider using part of the $6 million budgeted for county road repairs on the proposed shelter because he thought the cost of the shelter is now going to be more than the original amount proposed.

Disagreeing, Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno said, "I think we want that money on roads."
"There will be another round of Ike Recovery money the county can apply for to improve county roads," San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner replied in 2011.

During last week's commissioners' court meeting, Waxman and Faulkner were once again talking about Hurricane Ike funds and "juggling" more around, but this time taking it from the county shelter project and putting it in road construction.

The county has three more roads that commissioners want to reconstruct with the Hurricane Ike Recovery Funds – one is Dabney Bottom Road in Precinct 3 and two are in Precinct 4, Johnson and Guinea roads.

"We're a little short on the funds to do all three," Waxman told the court. "What is it that you'd most like to do now?"

FBI seeks information about dead serial killer

HOUSTON -- The FBI is working with law enforcement agencies throughout the country to seek more information about a deceased alleged serial killer who traveled through and used ATMs in the Houston, Humble and Shepherd areas.

The FBI released information Aug. 13, 2013, about their intention in obtaining information about now deceased serial killer Israel Keyes.

Based upon investigation, Keyes is believed to have committed at least 11 kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012.
Keyes committed suicide while in custody in Anchorage, Alaska, after confessing to being a serial killer Dec. 2, 2012.

The FBI is working to identify the extent of Keyes' travels and activities during his travels across the country and Texas.

"Despite Keyes' denial, investigators believe Keyes may be responsible for a homicide in Texas or a surrounding state, and is seeking the public's assistance specifically as it pertains to the following locations during the time period of Feb. 12 through March 13, 2012," stated FBI officials.

As they work to gather information about Keys, the FBI stated that Feb. 12, 2012, Keyes rented a blue 2011 Kia Soul from a Houston car rental agency and had the vehicle until Feb. 18, 2012.
According to rental records, 2,847 miles were logged in the time period.

"In addition to Keyes' time in Houston, investigators suspect he spent a large part of his time in the Dallas area, where his family lived," added FBI authorities.

The following provides details of Keys' activities in various Texas cities, as stated by the FBI:

1. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
During February 2012, Keyes admitted traveling through the cities of Azle, Aledo, and Cleburne, Texas. Investigators suspect Keyes' rental vehicle became stuck in a muddy, rural area, possibly near Cleburne, Texas, between February 12 and 16, 2012.
2. Glen Rose, Texas Area

Keyes is also suspected of visiting the Post Oak Cemetery in the Glen Rose, Texas, area between February 12 and 16, 2012.