RADIOGRAM: Volume 35, No. 112 Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Volume 35, No. 112 Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Drowning: A Sunday evening outing of friends at a pond known locally as Spider Pond off CR 3995 in north Liberty County turned tragic when 24 year old George Reed drowned while attempting to rescue his girlfriend. He apparently thought she was drowning even though that was not the case. The incident was reported to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Dispatcher at approximately 7:55pm Sunday evening from witnesses to the tragedy. Witnesses said that George Reed saw his girlfriend doing, what was later described, as the back-stroke. Thinking she was about to drown, he jumped into the water to help even though it was reported the man did not know how to swim. The water search resumed early Monday morning with Texas Game Wardens using side scan sonar. At approximately 12:30pm Monday the Game Wardens located Reed’s remains and the Montgomery County divers recovered his body shortly thereafter. Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace, Judge Ralph Fuller ordered an autopsy.


Coach on Leave: A Hull-Daisetta coach has been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation on his conduct is underway. Hull-Daisetta Superintendent of Schools Tim Bartram said an eight year employee of the school district, Coach Jeff Martin was put on administrative leave back of April 6th. Mr. Bartram, in a news release, said the district was presented evidence that Coach Martin had an inappropriate relationship with former Hull Daisetta students. The district immediately reported the allegations to authorities, including the Liberty County Constable for precinct #2. Hull-Daisetta Superintendent Bartram, says Jeff Martin passed an FBI background check before he was hired back in 2013. The school district is working with law enforcement on the investigation. Jeff Martin was head coach at the high school for Volleyball, Girls Basketball and Girls Track. The alleged victims in this case are now reportedly former Hull Daisetta students.


FFA Auction: Last Saturday’s Dayton FFA Livestock Auction is hailed, by organizers, as a success was a success. The auction was so very different from years past. It was all held in the grandstand of the Anson Rigby Arena. We learned that buyers spent $282,219 before add-ons. Buyers could make their bids in person, or online, or by telephone. No one knew what to expect. The Grand Champion Market Steer was purchased by Thriftee Food Center for $11,500. The Reserve Champion Market Steer went to Lopez Roofing and Construction for $6,500. The categories of the sale were Grand and Reserve Champions brought in $61,899 before add-ons. When Auctioneer Brady Hanson sold the last of 93 lots the total spent was $282,219, and that number is before add-ons.


Fire at Brookshires: A grease fire Sunday morning at Brookshire Brothers in Liberty caused only minor damage. Liberty Fire Chief Brian Hurst says it was around 7 Sunday, a deep fryer in the store’s deli caught fire. The automatic fire suppression system did not activate, so early morning employees called the fire department. Fire crews entered the store with an attack line but never had to spray water. Chief Hurst says the firefighters were able to manually set off the fire suppression system in the deli and that quickly extinguished the flames. Liberty Fire Chief Hurst told KSHN the fire was confined to the deep fryer and venti-hood. Damage was minimal and no injuries were reported. Brookshire Brothers was able to open later Sunday morning.



Shirley Rae Jones, 84 of Moss Hill passed away June 3. A Funeral service was held at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty on June 6.

Lake Release: 13,000 CFS –Liberty Bridge: 20.67 ASL

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