On September 6, 2018 at approx. 6:30PM, the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to Tex-Villa Apartments located at 1105 Westwood Lane in Giddings for a fight in progress. Prior to the officers' arrival, one victim had been taken by personal vehicle to St. Mark's Hospital in La Grange. The victim identified as Cameron Charles Williams of Weimar was pronounced dead at the hospital. This is an ongoing investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers.
On August 21, 2018 at approx. 9:00AM, an inmate from the Lee County Jail escaped custody. Inmate Brandon Viator was being escorted to District Court with other inmates when he was able to remove one of his leg shackles and took off running. A witness saw Viator get into a white Toyota Tacoma that went north on Burleson Street towards Hwy 290. Officers were searching the area when the vehicle was spotted in Paige, where the pursuit began. The inmate dropped off a female subject at a convenience store in Paige. The female was later identified as Madge Viator, mother of the escapee and owner of the vehicle.
The pursuit reached up to 105 MPH and ended in Bastrop County at Hwy 21 and Hwy 95. Before Viator was taken into custody, he had exited the vehicle carrying a 357 lever action rifle that was in a gun case in the vehicle. Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit. No injuries were reported.
Viator, 46 of Giddings, will be charged with Escape. The charge will be added to his current charges of Violation of Probation/Unlawful Possession Firearm by Felon and Probation Violation Felony/Deadly Conduct. Madge Viator, 66 of Giddings, will be charged with Permit Facilitate Escape. Both are in custody at the Lee County Jail.
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On January 25, 2018, Lee County Sheriff Deputies were informed of fraudulent charges on citizens’ debit card accounts. Investigation revealed that the debit cards were used at Walch Store in Lincoln, TX at the gas pumps. Deputies went to Walch Store where they found and recovered three debit card skimmers. It is unknown how long the skimmers were on the gas pumps. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn customers that have used their debit cards at the gas pumps at Walch Store to pay close attention to their statements because their information might have been compromised.
Sheriff Rodney Meyer and The Sheriff’s Combined Auto Theft Task Force are working together to conduct 68-A vehicle inspections for the citizens of Lee county. Beginning Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the SCATTF will start performing 68-A inspections the first Wednesday of every month from 2:00PM to 3:30 PM at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. You will need to bring your photo ID and the vehicle’s title. If you have a homemade trailer or a vehicle that is not titled, you will need to bring written proof of manufacture, bill of sale, and any other documentation you have to substantiate its manufacture or ownership. If your vehicle was a gift or inheritance, please bring any related documentation.