RADIOGRAM: Volume 35 Number 160 Wednesday August 19, 2020

Dayton Shooting: Here is the latest information that we have been able to confirm concerning the shooting just west of Dayton, Texas that occurred on Monday August 17, 2020. Here is what we know: On Monday morning at approximately 11:30AM, Liberty County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a report of multiple shootings on CR 4901, Responding deputies discovered there were 3 separate areas where the shootings occurred. Three people were killed. Two others suffered serious gunshot wounds. In addition several dogs were also killed. At the first scene, deputies found 38 year old Misty Herndon and 58 year old Richard Lamm were gunned down. For an unknown reason, the shooter continued down CR 4901 and shot and killed 59 year old Bruce Mercer. The shooter then continued down Cr 4901, entering a home and there he shot a father and daughter who have been identified as 66 year old Marvin Rumley and his 32 year old daughter Amanda Rumley.  Both were flown via LifeFlight helicopter to trauma centers in Houston.  While their condition remains unknown, they are thought to be in critical but stable condition. What is known is Marvin Rumley was shot in the head and Amanda Rumley was shot in the neck. The gunman, identified as 60 year old Michael Wettstein was found in the woods nearby and taken into custody without incident.  In his possession at the time, of his arrest, he was in possession of a shotgun and a rifle that were reportedly used in the shootings. Wettstein also had a “swastika” drawn on his forehead when taken into custody. Area neighbors have reported that Wettstein had been know for going around the neighborhood “ranting” about dogs that were allowed to freely roam in the area. According to Criminal Investigation Division Commander, Captain Billy Knox, Michael Wettstein has so far been charged with one count of capital murder with several other felony charges pending further investigation. Wettstein appeared before Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Stephen Herbert for charges and with no bond has been set by the judge.  Michael Wettstein remains in custody at the Liberty County Jail. ************************************************************************

Covid 19: It seems to never end, On Tuesday August 18th, aired the latest report of the updated Covid 19 numbers for Liberty County. 17 news cases have been confirmed.  Now there are 1034 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county.  36 of our fellow Liberty Countians have died from this horrid virus.  The latest report says there are now 477 active cases and 521 who are now listed as recovered. The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management reported 8 are from the north end of the county and 9 from the south end. 12 of the new cases are males, 5 are females.  With the new cases, repeating now 1034 Liberty County residents have now tested positive for Covid 19 since the beginning of this, what is often called, a beastly disease back in mid-march.  Unfortunately, 36 of our fellow Liberty county citizens have died from symptoms of Covid.


The Dayton Police officer honored for heroism: Dayton City Council met in regular session Monday night and voted to increase the property tax by 3.5%. This proposed rate which, while approved, is not in force until several more required steps are taken.  A public hearing is set for September 14 at 6 pm in Dayton City Council Chambers. City Manager Theo Melancon said before a tax rate can be locked in, the budget must be approved and that step is yet to be taken.  In other action, two new officers were sworn in for the Dayton Police Department. They are Greg Rodriquez and Jesus Villegas.  Also presented, during the meeting, were Lifesaving Award Presentations to three other Dayton Police officers who responded to a call that came into the Liberty County 911, of a motorcycle crash just outside the Dayton city limits. Dayton officers were near enough to render what turned out to be lifesaving aid to an injured motorcyclist. Those officers were Sergeant Kristen Seibert, Patrol Officer Chris Duos, and Patrol Officer Joe Myers. Dayton Chief of Police Rob Vine said the three officers were just moments away when the call came in reporting the motorcyclist had run off  FM 1008 and was laying face down in a creek below a bridge. Officers: Joe Myers, Chris Duos along with Sgt. Kristen Seibert all went in Bowie Creek on FM 1008. Two held the victim’s head above the water line and the other administered medical aid.  Those three Dayton law enforcement personnel were honored Monday night for their heroic efforts in a crash that happened on Christmas Day, 2019.


Liberty County Veterans: The Veterans Service Officer for Liberty County, Rolondria Webb, is responsible for counties efforts and programs to assist veterans. Ms. Webb, is herself a veteran of the U.S. Army with the rank of E-5 during her 6 year period of service. She appeared on The Party Line Program Tuesday with exciting news of a grant now available to help local veterans. She told us, in that interview, this grant is what’s known as a reimbursement grant. That means, she said, these funds are already in Liberty County, but the Texas Veterans Commission Fund is for Veterans Assistance, and then reimburses Liberty County as the funds are distributed to help local veterans. The total grant is for $50,000 of which $9,000 is for administrative costs and $41,000 to help veterans. These grants are to assist veterans who may be faced with past due mortgage or rent payments and utility bills, like gas and electric bills. She said thus far they have helped four local veterans. Of the four, one got help with a mortgage and one with utility bills.  The goal of the grant is to assist 36 veterans. For information, or assistance, in Liberty veterans can call 936-336-4558, extension 4, which connects you to the Liberty County Veteran’s service office located at 2103 Cos Street in the annex building.  For those veterans in the north end of the county, the Cleveland office is at 304 Campbell Street, which is the Court Annex. The phone number for the Cleveland office is 281-593-8402. ************************************************************************

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