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RADIOGRAM: Volume 35   Number 159 Tuesday August 18, 2020

Volume 35   Number 159 Tuesday August 18, 2020

A mid-day Monday shooting on CR 4901 resulted in the death of 3 people and the critical wounding of two more –a father and daughter who were air lifted to a Houston Hospital.  Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Ken DeFoor said they got the call just before noon Monday of a shooting on CR 4901 west of Dayton, and just off of FM 1413.  A suspect, identified as Michael Wettstein, is said to be 41 years of age. He was thought to be from Dayton and was taken into custody. We are told Wettstein will be charged with Capital Murder.  Captain DeFoor said there were 3 different crime scenes in the same general residential area west of Dayton, just off of US 90 FM 1413 turns south off 90.  County Road 4901 is to the right, just a block or so down FM 1413 to 4901. We have learned from others, the identities of the father and daughter - who have  survived their gunshot wounds. The father was 66-year old Marvin Rumley. We were told by others that Mr. Rumley had seen the shooter walking down the street. Not knowing he was the gunman, Mr. Rumley asked Wettstein if he could help. The gunman, who is thought to be from Dayton asked for a drink of water. They went into the Rumley house where the man, now accused of three murders, shot Mr. Rumley in the head. The woman was Mr. Rumley’s daughter - 32 year old Amanda Rumley. She was shot in the neck. Both Rumley’s were air lifted to a Houston Hospital. Both thought to be in critical condition. We still don’t have the gender or identities for the 3 murder victims in that horrible incident around mid-day Monday on County road 4901. All three shooting locations are in south Liberty County to the west of Dayton.

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A milestone never wanted nor sought was reached over the weekend as the number of Liberty County residents who have tested positive for Covid 19 has topped 1000. That state health department count for Liberty County officially stands now at 1017 since the count began in mid-March. In this latest report from the Liberty County Emergency Management office 460 cases are said to be active, More than half, 531 cases, are now reported as having recovered and 36 Liberty County residents have died with symptoms of Covid. The latest release from the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management indicates that this latest update, received Monday morning, has 23 new cases of Covid.  7 are from the north end of this county while 16 are from the south end.  Of the new cases reported 6 are male, 15 female and the gender of 2 was not disclosed. 1 case reported was someone younger than 10 years of age, 3 between 11 and 20, 7 in their 20’s, 3 in their 30’s, 6 in their 40’s, 1 in their 50’s, 2 were aged in their 60’s and 1 in their 70’s.

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Roy Flora the Liberty County Agri  Life Extension Agent was a guest on KSHN.com’s Party Line program. Class activity has been limited due to the Covid 19 pandemic, however meetings will begin in September.  The Extension service is looking for a building that is big enough that meeting can be held, while maintaining social distancing.  At the time the meetings begin, it appears that the 25% capacity threshold will still be in place, which comes out to about only about 10 members will be able to attend the meetings, Flora pointed out two great resources for information about gardening in Liberty.  Those resources are the Liberty County Agri Life Extension page on Facebook as well as the Liberty County Master Gardeners Page, also on Facebook. Flora also spoke of the hours that Master Gardner’s need to perform yearly in order to keep their Master Gardner designation, Since the Pandemic, many are concerned about hitting that mark this year, but Flora added that he has advised the Master Gardeners that there are a variety of ways to get their hours.  Obviously once meetings begin they can accumulate hours, but in the mean time, making a video on a gardening subject, preparing a meal using garden grown products and making a video of that were a couple of ways hours can be accumulated. If you need information, you can call the 936-334`3230

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On the Monday August 17th edition of the KSHN Party Line Program, one of our guests was Dayton Mayor Caroline Wadzeck. She expressed her pride of two recent events in Dayton.  The first was the dedication and renaming of State Highway 146, that portion, within the Dayton city limits, now formerly named the John Otto Expressway.  Mr. Otto was a six term State Representative who was instrumental in getting State Highway 146 expanded to 4 lanes. As has been widely reported Mr. Otto passed away on August 1st.  Mayor Wadzeck recalled fondly that John Otto was aware of the name re-dedication ceremony shortly before his passing. Mayor Wadzeck also talked about the ribbon cutting for the High Ground Mural, painted by local native Mary Victoria Fielder Taylor.  Mayor Wadzeck also said that the city was working on other murals to come sometime in the future. Caroline Wadzeck also mentioned that at the upcoming city council meeting the first two Community Champions will be honored.  They are Evelyn Barton, who is the owner of the Texas Country Kitchen and Kenny Wood.  Ms. Barton is being honored for her contributions to the cities extraordinary Christmas decorations last year.  One way Ms. Barton contributed was to pay for the extra electricity needed to power those decorations.  Mr. Wood, who is a Liberty resident, is being named a Dayton community champion of the Enhancement Committee. He is the craftsman who built the beautiful Flag Deposit box at the Dayton Crossroads. Mr. Wood, who owns a fabricating shop, made the flag box and donated it to the city of Dayton. The Flag Deposit Box will be the center of a flag retirement ceremony that local Boy Scouts will be doing later in the fall.. Any citizen who has an American or Texas Flag that has served out its useful life can be put it in the red white and blue box for proper dignified retirement at a later date by Dayton Boy Scouts.   ************************************************************************

Obit:  Janice Elaine Thames, 80, of Dayton passed away on August 15, 2020. Mrs. Thames had lived in the Dayton area for the past 35 years.   Janice leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband Charles Thames, sister, Donna Smith and husband Bobby; her granddaughter, Stephani; Graveside services from Mrs. Thames will be 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Magnolia Park Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.  *************************************************************

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