K9 teams join Henderson County Sheriff’s Office

Press release

ATHENS — When Sheriff Botie Hillhouse worked narcotics as a Deputy, he successfully handled Henderson County Sheriff’s Office first K9 Deputy, so this week he added two, full-time drug dogs to their team.

“Better still, we are paying for this proven, new weapon with money seized from drug arrests,” he said of the $125,000 operation. “No tax dollars are being spent, and instead we are using what would have been profits for drug dealers to destroy their business.”

During the first hour of their first day on the job, one of the dogs apprehended a wanted woman who escaped custody in a neighboring County.

“They are proving their worth,” the Sheriff said.

This summer, two Deputies – Meagan Hogan and David Robertson – were sent by Hillhouse to a five-week training school at the K9 Global Training Academy in Somerset, near San Antonio.

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Six-month old dies after being left in car

Jackson Tetrick

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A six-month-old girl died Thursday after being left in a vehicle all day, and her father was charged with criminally negligent homicide, according to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.

Jackson Tetrick, 24, of Brownsboro, was arrested in the parking lot of the Brownsboro Elementary School on State Highway 31 at 6:40 p.m.

According to Investigators, he took his wife to her workplace and dropped off another child at the school Thursday morning. He said he returned to the family home, forgetting the infant was still in the car seat in the automobile.

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Four more charged for illegal dumping

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Last week, four more individuals were caught and charged with illegal dumping in Henderson County. Ladonna Harned of Malakoff was caught dumping on CR 1220, James White of Eustace was caught dumping on CR 1408, Casey Kirklin of Mesquite was caught dumping on Esquire Estates Road and Caitlin Orcutt of Athens was caught dumping on CR 1500.

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Woman arrested for illegal dumping in Brownsboro

Renee McLaughlin

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On July 10, Fire Marshal Shane Renberg responded to an illegal dump of trash on CR 3418 in Brownsboro. After an investigation, it was determined the person responsible for dumping the trash was Renee McLaughlin. McLaughlin was arrested at the scene and transported to Henderson County Jail and booked in for Illegal Dumping > 5lbs a class B misdemeanor. McLaughlin was also cited for Driving while license suspended and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

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Man charged with murder in hit-and-run

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Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said a man from the Eustace area was charged with murder Wednesday after he intentionally hit another man with his truck.

Robert Clayton Bradley, 28, was traveling with a female passenger on FM 2709 toward Athens early yesterday morning when he saw the victim on foot.

Hillhouse said an investigation indicates Bradley passed Rodney Abbott, 30, also from the Eustace area, stopped his truck and made a U-turn. He then drove the vehicle into Abbott at a high rate of speed, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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