Reward Increased for a Man Wanted in a
Murder Cold Case
by Gerald TracyThursday, February 14th 2019
The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for your help to solve a crime from nearly 20 years ago.
They say it's about the murder of John Holt, who was murdered June 25, 2000 in Gonzales County.
The husband and father was last seen arguing with his hired ranch hand, Miguel Angel Osorio-Munoz, who went by the name Cesar Alonso Osorio.
Witnesses said after the argument, Osorio-Munoz was seen fleeing the area.
Moments later, Holt was found dead from a gunshot wound.
Officials filed arrest warrant for the murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution but they have yet to find him.
Osorio-Munoz has not been seen since, but he's described as 5'5'' heavyset with brown hair and eyes, he would be 45 now.
If you have any information that could lead to his arrest, you can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous and could lead you to a $6,000 reward.
You can also submit information through the Texas Ranger cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).
Notice of Safety/Security GISD/Area Responder Cooperative Drill
Gonzales Independent School District has posted written notice to inform the community that on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, during the regularly scheduled Student Holiday/Staff Development day Gonzales ISD will hold a LOCKDOWN DRILL at East Avenue Primary. This drill is coordinated with area first responders who will be on scene for the duration of the drill.
Wednesday, January 30th the Nixon-Smiley High School National Honor Society hosted a career day at the school auditorium and the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office was invited to attend! GCSO displayed exhibits featuring the Jail, Dispatch and Patrol Divisions. Several GCSO employees helped with the event and had a great time.
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS' INSTITUTE
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SHERIFF MATTHEW J. ATKINSON
Completes 115th Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CORRECTIONS (NIC)
NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION (NSA)
Aurora, Colorado—Sheriff Matthew J. Atkinson of the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 115th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, April 9-13, 2018. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).
Sheriff Atkinson joined 27 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.
Hilary Burgess, NSA Director of Professional Development, said, “Sheriff Atkinson is a leader with vision for the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office. It is an honor to have Sheriff Atkinson join the more than 2,900 graduates of the NSI since 1973.”
The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections. NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs.
The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others. Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety. Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a merchandise grant valued at $6173.20 from the local Friends of the National Rifle Association Foundation. Pictured is member George Reese presenting Sheriff Matt Atkinson a check representing the award. The merchandise grant was used to purchase twelve Glock 17, 9mm handguns which will used by Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies. Thank you Lexington of Texas Friends of the NRA for supporting local law enforcement.
Recently, Sheriff Matthew Atkinson was privileged to present Texas Lutheran University student Ashleigh Bullard with the Sheriff Allen Bridges Memorial Scholarship. Sheriff Atkinson presented on behalf of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas who administers the award.
The scholarship was established by Kathy Bridges in memory of her late husband and former Sheriff of Hays County. Sheriff Bridges was a longtime law enforcement veteran.
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Ms. Bullard on this award and continued success in her studies.
On January 5, 2018 the Sheriff Matthew Atkinson and the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office sponsored the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training for all staff of the Gonzales Independent School District. The course was again presented by Texas Ranger Conde Benoist at the JB Wells Park Event Center. Sheriff Matthew Atkinson would like to express his thanks to Ranger Benoist, GISD Superintendent Dr. Kim Strozier, and Gonzales Police Department Chief Tim Crow for helping to coordinate this training seminar.
On behalf of the entire staff of the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
It is hard to believe that I took office one year ago, and I am very proud of all that we have accomplished this first year. Here are some of the highlights:
Decreased the operating budgets of both the Sheriff’s Office and County Jail by streamlining various day-to-day standard operating procedures, and reducing overall spending.
Continued to build strong and positive working relationships with all members of County Government.
Worked with the County Judge and Commissioner’s Court to enhance Courthouse Security by creating a full-time Warrant/Court Officer to supplement part-time staffing.
Worked with the County Judge and Commissioner’s Court to create one full-time Jailer position to help ease the workload on existing jail staff.
Re-negotiated the Gonzales County Jail Commissary agreement to better benefit the inmate population by providing more purchase options; and increased the sales commission - funds which are solely used for the inmate services.
Transitioned to the online Inmate Fund System JailATM, which has allowed easier deposit access to inmate accounts by family members, as well as, facilitating easier account reconciliation and auditing.
Sold over $23,000 in forfeited property - proceeds of which were shared between the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales County Attorney’s Office, and Gonzales Police Department.
Created an official agency website.
Created the “GCSO Fallen Officer Memorial Scholarship” to provide a scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the county’s high schools: Gonzales High School, Nixon-Smiley High School, and Waelder High School.
Partnered with area Neighborhood Watch Associations to build positive community relationships and aid with Crime Prevention efforts.
Sponsored a county-wide forum covering church security issues.
Sponsored an area-wide Crisis Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training seminar, partnering with the Gonzales Police Department, Texas Highway Patrol, and Texas Rangers Division
These are only the highlights of a job well-done by all the staff at the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office and Gonzales County Jail, all of whom I am extremely proud of for their dedicated service. There is a lot yet to accomplish, and we will continue work hard for our employers – all the Citizens of Gonzales County.
Sheriff Matthew Atkinson was proud to recently award GCSO Patrol Deputy Cody Mikulencak and GCSO Correctional Officer Alex Bennett with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office “Lifesaving Award” for actions they took at a multi-fatality automobile crash. Their selfless and heroic act saved the life of a person, and prevented any further loss of life at this tragic accident.
Sheriff Matthew Atkinson and the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office recently sponsored an evening of training for area citizens on the topic of “Active Shooter” incident awareness and preparedness. A one hour “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)” seminar was presented by Texas Ranger Conde Benoist at the J.B Wells Event Center in Gonzales.
Sheriff Atkinson would like to thank Chief Tim Crow with the Gonzales Police Department and Sergeant Brett Peters with the Texas Highway Patrol for partnering with Sheriff’s Office to help coordinate this community outreach effort.