Freestone County Sheriff's Office


Gift of Bibles thought to be bomb

A suspicious package was discovered at the Freestone County courthouse early Monday morning. McLennan County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, while DPS and Freestone County deputies closed the entrances to Mount Street on the square.
Photo by April Walker

A gift box containing Bibles was thought to be a bomb by a DPS Trooper early Tuesday morning on the courthouse square resulting in the closing of surrounding offices and Mount Street entrances. 

A press release issued by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said a trooper discovered the box on a bench on the west side of the courthouse at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

An investigation ensued with McLennan County Bomb Squad leading the way.

A card left inside the package explained the Bibles were for Fairfield police and the person referred to police as “Impoverished Smurfs.”

Shipley said in the press release:

“At approximately 2:30 a.m. a Freestone County DPS officer, while coming to the DPS office in the courthouse, observed a box that was sitting on a bench on the west side of the courthouse.

“At that time, an investigation ensued and as further information developed it was determined that the




Donie couple charged with smoking drugs with child

Crystal Rose Wilkins

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Complaints net meth bust of 6.7 grams

Kevin Gibson

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Shipley reports 6-month stats

The following information is provided by the Freestone County Sheriff's Office regarding a brief summary of stats between the months of January through June 2017 -- the first six months of the year. "FCSO has been very diligent in honoring our oath to protect and serve the citizens of Freestone County and we want to say thank you for the overwhelming support from our citizens and our commissioners that we have received during this time," said Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.

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Local LEOs enjoy luncheon

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Photo submitted by Jeremy Shipley

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