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Remembering Rachel Cooke After 16 Year Of Her Disappearance

  • 8 January 2018
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The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Rachel Cooke’s family are holding a remembrance ceremony for her 16th anniversary of her disappearance on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown High School campus, 221 N. Austin Ave. at the tree planted in her memory.

Rachel Louise Cooke was visiting her parents’ home in Georgetown while on winter break from San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, California. Her family has not seen her since the early morning of January 10, 2002, when her mother left for work.

Authorities believe Rachel left her family’s residence at approximately 9:30 a.m. for her daily four-mile run. She was last seen walking towards her residence from approximately 200 yards away. She was wearing a gray running outfit, green sports bra, Asics running shoes and a yellow Walkman with sports-style headphones.

At the time of her disappearance, Rachel’s height was 5’3,” and she weighed 115 lbs. The Caucasian woman has blue/hazel eyes and blonde hair with high/low lights. She has two heart-shaped cherries tattooed on her left foot near her pinky toe, multiple ear piercing and a naval piercing.

“Another year that Rachel is away from home and another year that her family has to endure the pain of not knowing what happened to Rachel. We are committed to utilizing all the resources available to bring Rachel home,” stated Sheriff Chody.

FBI San Antonio, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Austin Resident Agency Office, John W. Scata and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, are still offering a reward for information leading to the location of Rachel Louise Cooke. A reward of up to $50,000 is available for information leading to her location.

Hutto Police partner with county, state and federal agencies on major seizure

  • 14 December 2017
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Hutto Police Department Street Crimes Unit along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, FBI, ATF, and Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission conducted a search warrant within the city limits of Hutto today in the 100 block of Pecan Street. During the execution of the search warrant a sizeable amount of methamphetamine and cocaine were seized.

The Hutto investigators recovered 21 rifles and handguns, one of which was reported stolen in 1999. During the course of the search, a box trailer with altered vehicle identification information was also seized.

Hutto Police Department involved Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission due to an illegal alcohol distillery located in the premises to assist with dismantling the device.

Explosive making materials including Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs were located along with several weapons staged throughout the residence in a defensive posture.

Two occupants of the residence were arrested for manufacture /delivery of a controlled substance PG 1 and other charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation.

This investigation began after complaints were received from vigilant concerned citizens. “The citizens of Hutto are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior,” said City Manager Odis Jones.

“Chief Frankland has brought tenured police officers and advanced investigation units to Hutto — he and his team are doing a fabulous job of keeping Hutto a safe community as we grow,” added Jones.

Chief Frankland said, “I am really proud of our Officers and the Hutto Police department for the hard work they and our partners in law enforcement have been putting in both on this investigation and in keeping these kinds of drugs and weapons off of our streets.“

Former Teacher Arrested For Inappropriate Relationship With A Minor

  • 12 December 2017
  • Author: bawassink
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On October 24, 2017, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into an alleged sexual assault and improper relationship between a student and an educator.

Nicole Marie Faires Andrews, a former Leander ISD teacher at Cedar Park Middle School, was arrested on Dec. 12 for allegedly having an improper relationship with a minor. The victim did not attend Cedar Park Middle School.

Andrews allegedly had been having an on-going relationship with the victim after they met at the Church at Canyon Creek were Andrews was a volunteer youth administrator.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office executed the arrest warrant without incident. Andrews was booked into the Williamson County Jail for the felony offense of Sexual Assault of a Child, a 2nd Degree Felony.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Winter Awards Banquet

  • 12 December 2017
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The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will host their first Winter Awards Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Avenue in Georgetown.

During the program, WCSO employees will be recognized for their achievements and service throughout the year.

This event is supported by Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, Schwertner-Capitol Livestock, Miller Uniforms, The 100 Club of Central Texas, Dr. Sheinberg, Mike Sweeney, Robert McCabe/TMPA, Heather Peal, Rock Springs, and the Greater Austin Crime Commission.

The celebration is hosted by the Williamson County Deputies Association (WCDA).

“It’s high time that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office employees get recognized for their achievements and outstanding service,” said Sheriff Robert Chody.

Security Summit – Places of Worship

  • 17 November 2017
  • Author: bawassink
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The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, joined by local agencies and organizations, is hosting a security summit to address the need of places of worship in and around the Williamson County area. The summit will present attendees with free training designed to educate citizens on “Active Shooter Events” as well as recommended response options before and during an event.

Currently, there are over 120 churches registered for the summit.

The summit will be on Nov. 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Celebration Church, 601 Westinghouse Rd. in Georgetown.

There will be a designated area for media outlets who wish to cover the event. Media will not be allowed inside the training room at any point during the session. Names of the churches registered for the summit will not be released. Sheriff Chody will be available for comment after the summit.

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