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Child Endangerment

On July 28 at approximately 7:18 p.m. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service regarding an abandoned child at a splash pad in the Paloma Lake subdivision. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2-year-old boy without a parent/guardian. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a male leave the child at the splash pad unattended.  The male then left the pool parking lot after crashing into a handicap sign on the sidewalk. 

After several hours, detectives were able to identify the child’s parents, but only with the help of social media. Once the child’s picture was posted on social media, one witness called 911 with information identifying the parents.  Detectives were able to locate the father at his residence.

Richardo Cardenas was arrested and charged with Child Endangerment.  

The child’s mother was out of town during the time of the incident. CPS took the child into custody until his mother was able to pick him up. CPS released the child to his mother on July 29.

Animal Cruelty

On July 24 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the WCSO Animal Control Unit responded to a call for service at the 600 block of PVR 914 in Georgetown. Upon arrival deputies and Animal Control located a total of 52 animals. The animals range from dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks and birds. A total of 14 animals were deceased. Four dogs and two cats were found decomposing inside the house in locked crates, the rest were deceased chickens and ducks in the backyard. 

A total of 38 animals were rescued and taken to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter where they are currently being cared for. 

An arrest has not been made at this time. 

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Cuts Ribbon on New Training Center

What: Williamson County will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Deputy A.W. Grimes Law Enforcement

Training Center. The building was designed by Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, and American

Contractors was the construction manager-at-risk. The building cost was approximately $9.9 million and

was completed on time in 14 months. 

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy A.W. Grimes Law Enforcement Training Center is located

next to the Sheriff’s Office shooting range in Hutto.  The main building is approximately 25,000 square

feet in size has two large classrooms, a small classroom, gym, physical demonstration area and offices for

training instructors and recruiting, as well as equipment storage rooms on site. In addition, the building

features energy efficient lighting systems.

Arson Arrest

 On July 4 at approximately 9 p.m. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 775 block of CR 270 in Leander regarding a fully involved structure fire. 

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with several witnesses that said they witnessed Garry Lee Dill approach the home with a lit tiki torch. Immediately after, the porch of the house caught on fire. 

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit, SWAT and DPS helicopter arrested Dill on July 6. Dill is charged with Arson, a First-Degree Felony. 

Independence Day No Refusal Initiative

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will be conducting a No Refusal Initiative that will coincide with the upcoming Independence Day holiday. This initiative will be in effect from July 4 – 6, 2018 and will be operational from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. each day. 

This initiative is an effort to increase public awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated and to encourage drivers to make responsible decisions. 

The WCSO recognizes the hazards and crashes that are attributed to driving under the influence on roadways within the county on specific holidays such as Independence Day. 

WCSO is focused on reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes and incidents during the holiday. 

“One crash is too many, and one fatality is too great.  In Williamson County, a DWI equals a ride to jail because we truly care about you and our community. Drive Responsibly! Don’t Drink and Drive!” said Sheriff Robert Chody.

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