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Tolbert trial comes to close

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
One hour of deliberation was all that was needed to sentence former Cuero police officer Corey Tolbert to eight years in prison for the reckless assault of his wife, Elizabeth Tolbert, on April 17, 2014.
Although originally charged with aggravated assault of a family member and aggravated assault, both felonies, Tolbert, 35, entered a plea of no contest and relied on the district judged to decide punishment. 
Hearings began Tuesday, Aug. 18, with prosecution and defense witnesses testifying about Tolbert’s background and character.
According to testimony, Tolbert and his wife had been drinking and arguing on April 17, 2014. He was accused of striking his wife and knocking her to the ground. It was later determined a trailer attached to his pickup, ran over her causing multiple injuries.

Tolbert trial

Corey Tolbert, who was on trial for reckless assault of his wife, Elizabeth Tolbert, in April 2014, was given 8 years in prison and fined $2,500. Stay tuned to next week's edition of The Cuero Record for the full story.


Two-vehicle wreck

Officers from the Cuero PD were dispatched to the corner of McLeod and E. Bailey for a wreck just after 5 p.m. today.
According to police the driver of a 4-door sedan was turning left from McLeod onto E. Bailey and was struck by a utility truck traveling on E. Bailey. The momentum of the impact caused the sedan to land in a residential yard about 15 feet from a home. 
Cuero Fire Department assisted by Cuero EMS worked to free the driver of the sedan. The extent of injuries are not yet known. We will update this story as information becomes available. 

Wreck on U.S. 87 North

DeWitt County Sheriff's Office and Cuero EMS were at the scene of a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 87 North near Mustang Mott. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Pipeline break lights up DeWitt skies

DeWitt County skies turned red Sunday night when a pipeline break resulted in a huge fire between Cuero and Westhoff.
Early reports indicate an Energy Transfer pipeline located near FM 953 and Lindenau Road erupted in fire shortly after sunset.
While several homes were evacuated near the area, there were no reports of any injuries near the break.
Fire departments from Westhoff to Cuero plus numerous first responders were on the scene to fight the fire and control traffic.
Oil production companies with wells in the area responded by shutting down their production to reduce pressure at the pipeline.
A fire command center was established near Lindenau Hall to control the emergency.

Cuero Intermediate School gym set up for temporary housing site

The Red Cross notified Cuero Independent School superintendent Jim Haley that the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office issued a voluntary evacuation order of all affected areas around or near the Guadalupe River.

The Cuero Intermediate School gym will be used as a temporary housing site for flood evacuees beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 25. Staff and volunteers will be on-hand tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. to ready the facility for the people who need to stay there.

“We have been encouraged to keep things as normal as possible, so we are still planning to have school as usual at this time. However, we are maintaining constant contact with one another as well as Red Cross, first responders, and surrounding communities for the latest updates,” Haley said.


DCSO has issued a voluntary evacuation alert

The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office  issued a voluntary evacuation order of all affected areas around or near the Guadalupe River. The river is expected to reach levels of 44 feet.

This is the time to put cattle and farm equipment on high ground.

Remember to take your pets and medications with you if you evacuating.

Following are the issued warnings from the National Weather Service.

At 43 feet - Disastrous flooding in the west part of Cuero as flow escapes the Guadalupe River into Gholke Creek. Severe flooding can displace homes just west of downtown. Near Thomaston, 10 miles south of Cuero, hundreds of homes are flooded to over 10 feet. All roads into Cuero are closed except Highway 87. Hundreds of livestock are cut off and drowned.

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