Recent News

Town hall focuses on underage drinking in Williamson County

May 20, 2016

ROUND ROCK — Jonathan Gunter, 19, said he used to bring bourbon to high school and drink it from a red soda cup during some of his classes. He said he would do it “especially on slower days, when I knew there would be substitutes, or football game days, when most classes would dismiss early.” Gunter, who is in recovery and no longer attends McNeil … read more

Gravell: Williamson County in need of death investigators

Apr 26, 2016

For the past three years, Williamson County Commissioners — along with the sheriff, district attorney, county attorney, county judge and all four justices of the peace — have been discussing options that could lead to a county medical examiner office, hiring more death investigators for the county or both. Although no action has been taken to date, statistics indicate — and I concur — that … read more

Williamson County courts consider bullet resistant glass

Apr 13, 2016

KXAN News Story Link: WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — To better protect judges and everyone else in the buildings, several courts in Williamson County are looking to make those areas bullet resistant. The McConico building in Round Rock holds one of those courts. Inside, Judge Dan McNery hears misdemeanor court case. “I see a lot of public intoxication cases in my court and then traffic is … read more

Williamson County Justices of peace encounter a bit of everything

Mar 15, 2016

From public intoxication to pigs in the roadway, Williamson County justices of the peace get to see a little bit of almost everything during the course of their workdays. Three of the county’s four justices of the peace held forth on their triumphs and tragedies — explaining the wide variety of circumstances they encounter — during a luncheon Thursday hosted by the Williamson County Republican … read more

Judge Gravell Speaks out about District Attorney

Mar 3, 2016

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — On a day Texas celebrates its independence, there’s a question of how justice is being handled in Williamson County. “It’s disappointing because I think the expectations were high.” Jana Duty (Wilco.org Photo) Jana Duty (Wilco.org Photo) Judge Bill Gravell just celebrated his three-year anniversary as a justice of the peace for the county. He got to know Jana Duty when … read more

Judge Gravell speaks, “More troopers headed to the Texas border”

Dec 18, 2015

About 3700 applied. Of that pool, 142 invitations were sent. Friday morning only 102 cadets took the oath and a badge as a Texas State Trooper. Gov. Greg Abbott noted 41 of the 102 will be assigned to the Texas border. They’re among 250 new trooper positions authorized by the legislature. But Abbott said -the entire class shares that mission. “So it doesn’t matter if … read more

Body found at Williamson County golf course identified

Dec 14, 2015

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Authorities have released the identity of the man whose body was found in a pond at a Williamson County golf course on Friday. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said Wayne Kuehn Jr., 48, was found in a pond at the Star Ranch Golf Course Friday morning after searching for his body all day Thursday. Officers received a call around 9 p.m. … read more

Why is JP3 Always in the News? Another National Award for WilCo

Oct 7, 2015

Wed, Oct 07, 2015 A review of back issues of the Advocate, and indeed even some of the Suns and Statesmans, will reveal a pattern of accomplishment and recognition in Judge Bill Gravell’s court and the JP3 offices. Most recently, the court received the Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC) “2015 Innovation in Business Process” award. This is recognition, on a national scale, for creating … read more

Judge Gravell Appointed to Texas Judicial Council

Oct 1, 2015

Tue, Sep 22, 2015 On September 3, 2015 the Honorable Bill Gravell, Jr. was appointed as a member of the Texas Judicial Council by Chief Justice Hecht for a term of four years to expire on February 1, 2019. The Texas Judicial Council was established in 1929 and operates under the authority of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 71 as the policymaking body for the … read more

Judge Bill Gravell on “New state law clears thousands of criminal records for truancy”

Sep 5, 2015

    By Claire Osborn – American-Statesman Staff More than 2,000 criminal records of people charged with truancy vanished from a computer screen with a push of a button Thursday in Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell’s courtroom. Under a new state law, it is no longer a crime to skip school in Texas. + Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs, left, Terra Tucker, center, a … read more