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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Page 7A News i m Clown threat made to Marble Falls HS By Alexandria Randolph and Lew K. Cohn Burnet Bulletin While rumors have been spread in the Bumet commu- nity regarding "creepy clown" persons, authorities maintain that no sightings have been reported in the City of Burnet. Reports in communities nearby are another matter, however. A suspicious person wear- ing a full body black and white clown costume was spotted in a residential area in Lib- erty Hill, police reported last Thursday. On Wednesday night, Oct. 5 at approximately 11:51 p.m., Liberty Hill Police Officers went to investigate a suspi- cious person call at the Carl and banging on their garage door," police said in a release. The caller looked outside and observed a person of un- known race or gender wearing a full-body black and white stripped clown costume with white face pain and wearing a black afro style wig. The person was described as being about 5 feet, nine inches tall with a slim build. "The subject was last seen fleeing into the wood line towards Texas 29," police said. "Officers conducted an area check and did not locate anyone or any evidence left behind." About three hours earlier at about 9:08 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Barrington Drive regarding a Shipp Townhomes in the 300 suspicious person with a flash- block of Loop 332. light walking between homes, "The caller reported noises "but no description was given and it is unknown if the two incidents are related," police said. "The Liberty Hill Police Department is well aware that clown sightings have become a national problem, both as hoaxes and criminal acts in communities including schools. Numerous law enforce- ment agencies have or cur- rently are investigating these alleged incidents of menac- ing looking clowns in numer- ous communities and schools across our country, which ap- parently are intended to put fear and anxiety in in the com- munity and amongst students and parents alike," police said Thursday. "Regardless, we are tak- ing this incident seriously and have ensured that the same precautionary measures are actively in place as with any potential threat of violence in order to provide for the safety of all. We continue to encour- age our community to alert of- ficials of any potential threats and we ask that everyone be cautious of rumors and what they share via social media. We also warn anyone not to dress up as clowns with the intent to become involved in this trend or use this in con- junction with criminal activ- ity. Participating in this trend can result in someone getting hurt including those dressed as clowns and prosecution if found to be involved in crim- inal activity. The Liberty Hill Police Department in conjunction with our law enforcement cy- ber partners will aggressively investigate any/all matters of threats associated with this trend and aggressively pros- ecute anyone who purports such threats." Anyone having informa- tion related to any criminal activities or information re- garding this incident are en- couraged to contact the Lib- erty Hill Police Department at 512-515-5409. This is not the only "clown" related criminal ac- tivity that has been reported locally. As of Thursday, Oct. 6, Marble Falls ISD was list- ed on an Instagram account of schools that comprise some vague "hit list" for alleged "creepy clown" activity. The Instagram account "killer.clown.666" has listed under the name of the account, "Killer Clown Hit list: John- son City isd: marble falls isd, Harper isd, centerpoint isd." While Marble Falls ISD officials do not believe the threat may necessarily be credible, they have gotten lo- cal law enforcement involved and will be monitoring the situation, said Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen Friday. "Like other Central Texas school districts, Marble Falls ISD has been mentioned as one of four districts noted in a 'clown' post. No' specific Marble Falls campus, student, or facility has been named as part of this post," Allen said in a statement. "Local law enforcement are aware of the situation. We are confident that our safety and security protocols will continue to provide the en- vironment needed to care for your students. All of our cam- puses have operated today on a normal basis, without dis- ruption. Please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and will take appro- priate action if needed." Bruce Peckover, director of CTE and communications for MFISD, said Dr. Allen communicated to school staff, administration and teachers on Thursday, Oct. 6, to "be vigi- lant and operate as normal." "Yesterday, we had school with no interruptions," Peck- over said Friday morning. "It was a normal school day and we anticipate the same thing today." Burnet Police said Friday there have been no arrests of persons engaging in terroristic "creepy clown" activity. Ki gsl by Alexandria Randolph Burner Bulletin Burnet Police charged a Kingsland man with burglary on Sept. 29 after he alleged- ly confessed to burglarizing a Burner home. Joshua Kayde Amidon, 28, was charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony and theft of a firearm, a state jail felony. Burnet Police said two other suspects are still under investigation. "He burglarized a house in town," said Burnet Police S~even "He confessed to taking a TV and a pistol." The televi- sion, a 52-inch flat screen, and the pistol, a Glock 9mm, have yet to be recovered, po- lice said. Joshua Amidon Vollmar said the residents discovered the theft after leaving their home for sev- eral hours, and returning to find that an air conditioning unit was not in its place in the window. :iii,!:! Votlmar said the displaced rgl window unit was probably the way the burglar gained entry. "The residents reported it to us the same day that Ami- don was taken into custody," Vollmar said. Amidon was booked in Burner County Jail and remains there on bond of $37,500 total for the burglary and theft charges in addition to a previous family violence charge. Amidon has no record of similar charges in Bumet County. Highland Lakes Masonic Lodges to host Ipublic open house for first time Oct. 23 Several local Masonic Lodges will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. "All Masonic Lodges in the State of Texas will, for the first time ever, conduct an 'Open House' to acquaint you with our Lodges, our phi- losophy, our many charities and community service activ- ities," said William Weaver, 2016 Mason District No. 49 Deputy Grand Master. "I invite you to stop by for a few minutes, sometime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., to visit with our members and leam about the lodge that directly supports your com- munity. Remember, we are members of the commtmity just like you." Light refreshments will be provided. The Masonic Lodges in the 49th Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Texas, which includes Bumet and Llano counties, are listed as follows: Mt. Horeb #137, Ma- homet, TX Valley Lodge #175, Bur- net, TX Llano Lodge #242, Lla- no, TX Henry Thomas #278, Smithwick, TX Blazing Star #413, Mar- ble Falls, TX Bertram Lodge #583, Bertram, TX Lake Victor # 1011, Lake Victor, TX Kingsland Lodge #1424, Kingsland, TX For more information, contact Weaver at bweav- or call 830-385-1959.