Burnet County wreck kills man


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A 19-year-old Marble Falls man who was hospitalized Thursday after a wreck involving a school bus in Burnet County died Friday, a hospital official said.

Mark Fluty was severely injured Thursday when the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier he was riding in left the eastbound lanes of FM 1431 and crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding with a Marble Falls school district bus.

Fluty and the driver of the car, Mark Cooksey, who is in his 20s, were flown to University Medical Center Brackenridge. Cooksey was released that evening.
The school bus driver and the seven students on the bus, which was traveling from Marble Falls Elementary School, were not injured, said Ryder Warren, school district superintendant.

The collision occurred on FM 1431 near the entrance of Honeymoon Ranch Road at 3:55 p.m. Thursday. The accident remains under investigation by Granite Shoals police.

Burnet County deputy dies while heading to wreck


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A Burnet County sheriff’s deputy was killed early Saturday morning when his car veered off the road, possibly because he struck a deer, officials said.

About 1. a.m., Deputy Francis David Blake was responding to a wreck on Park Road 4, about two miles south of Texas 29, when he overcorrected and skidded off Texas 29, Department of Public Safety officials said. Blake’s vehicle struck a tree, went airborne, then struck another tree, DPS said.

Officials are still investigating the wreck that killed Blake, but say he might have veered off the road because
ha struck a deer. Blake was not wearing a seat belt.

Blake, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had worked at the sheriffs office since October 2004, starting out as a jailer before transferring to patrol work as a field deputy this year.

Blake is Survived by his wife, Tanya, and four children. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Burnet.

Camp owner indicted in wreck


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Lynda Mescher, the owner of a Spicewood horse camp, was indicted by a Burnet County grand jury Tuesday on manslaughter and injury to a child charges in connection with a January incident in which a pickup she was driving rolled over and killed an 11-year-old-girl.

Mescher, 47, was carrying Brianna Plehn of Briarcliff along with five other children in the bed of her pickup when it rolled over at the Grelle Recreation Area on Lake Travis in Burnet County.  Brianna was pronounved dead at the scene.  The other children and Mescher were injured and taken to the area hospital.  Also seriously injured was Megan Proctor, 11, according to the arrest affidavit.

Mescher runs Silver’s Trails, a hors-riding ranch in Spicewood where Brianna was attending a weekend camping trip.  Her 8-year-old brother, Dylan, was also in the truck.

It is illegal in most circumstances to allow people younger than 18 to ride in the bed of a pickup.

There is no evidence to suggest Mescher was intoxicated or speeding when the wreck occured.