Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Tuesday, July 26
*12:41 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding an assault. As a result of the call, 82-year-old Howard Hutton of Brownwood was arrested and charged with assault causes bodily injury family violence.
*3:02 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s corporal was dispatched to Bay Oaks Drive regarding in reference the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the complainant advised that an unknown person(s) stole several items from his residence sometime between June 1st and June 21st.
*6:30 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of Brady Avenue regarding a case of identity theft. According to the report, the elderly victim stated that someone had opened several credit card accounts in her name in the Houston area.*8:48 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of 9th Street regarding a domestic disturbance which was in progress. According to the report, the male suspect, identified as 30-year-old John Coulter of Brownwood, was reported to have attempted to wrap weed eater string around the victim’s neck during the disturbance. An investigation led to the arrest of Coulter for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon family violence.
The United Blood Services has issued an Emergency Critical Appeal for blood of all types and in response to this urgent need, there will be a bloodmobile at the Brownwood Chamber parking lot on August 2nd from 10:30 AM – 2:15 PM.
The need has now become a nationwide shortage. Current forecasting projects a tremendous shortfall throughout the rest of this summer throughout the country.
While UBS is currently meeting patient needs, there is a real possibility that patient care could be compromised by this shortage. Typically, UBS counts on other blood centers to help, but this critical need is occurring throughout the country. Patients in need tomorrow are relying on blood donors today to make sure blood is available for both critical and ongoing needs.Reserves of blood are depleted to a less than one-day supply on the shelves. Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as United Blood Services can provide it to hospitals. Donors of all types are urgently needed to give blood now.
Contractors for the Texas Department of Transportation are scheduled to perform seal coat maintenance operations on major roadways in Brownwood and Early beginning Saturday, July 30.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, crews will be seal coating US 67/84/377 (known locally as Commerce Street and Early Boulevard) from Romines Street in Brownwood to Meadow Glen Drive in Early. As part of this project, a small portion of US 183 will also be seal coated from Early Blvd. to just north of Heartland Mall.
Early next week, the crews will move to Austin Avenue (FM 2524) in Brownwood to seal coat that roadway between Avenue K and Magnolia St.Motorists should anticipate delays during these operations. Drivers are encouraged to reduce speeds and be watchful for construction personnel in the area.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state's annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 - 7.
As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.CLICK HERE for more information about qualifying items which may be purchased during the holiday period, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Shoppers can use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
Brownwood Regional Medical Center Volunteers will host a Giant Used Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 28th and Friday, July 29th.
This Giant Used Book Sale will be held in the TV lobby in front of the BRMC gift shop.
All paperback books will be 50¢ and hardback books will be $1.
Brownwood Art Association’s Photography Group will host a fine art photography exhibit entitled "All About Texas" on Thursday, October 6th at the Art Center, located at 215 Fisk Avenue in downtown Brownwood.
The public is invited to mark their calendars and plan to attend this First Thursday event. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M.The event will feature Texas Music by Bob Brewer and Texas barbeque.
Feral swine are no exception to this old farmer’s anecdote “Happier than a pig in mud!”
Because they lack sweat glands, wallowing in mud and water is an instinctual behavior necessary for them to maintain a healthy body temperature. Unfortunately, this behavior has cascading impacts, not only to water quality in individual streams, ponds and wetlands, but to entire watersheds and ecosystems.
Excessive feral swine traffic around wallows and water sources causes erosion along stream banks and shorelines. Sounders, or family groups, of feral swine spend large amounts of their day around the wallow, especially in hot weather, which means they leave significant amounts of urine and feces in and around the water. The impacts to water quality go far beyond the immediate wallow site when silt, excrement and potentially harmful pathogens, are washed down stream.Water polluted from feral swine wallowing can be contaminated with parasites and bacteria such as giardia, salmonella and pathogenic E. coli that could be transmitted to humans and other animals. This can happen when feral swine use an agricultural water source, such as an irrigation pond, or if feral swine are active in an area people use for recreation. Contamination can even occur if feral swine use a site upstream in the watershed and rain runoff carries contaminates downstream. In many watersheds, feral swine damage to water quality, wetlands and riparian habitats also threatens native wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, which depend on these ecosystems.
Reports released for the period of July 18-24, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 30 medical emergencies, 6 fire calls, 9 motor vehicle accidents, one public assistance call and one hazardous materials call.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, July 18
*8:57 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a fire call in the 300 block of 2nd Street. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a slight smell of gas and found a rusted gas pipe caused by air conditioning condensation. Fire crews shut the gas meter off and notified the gas company.
Tuesday, July 19
*12:08 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was called to a fire in the 1000 block of Belle Plain Avenue.
*7:47 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 800 block of Avenue D. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a utility pole had been struck by vehicle which had left the scene. Oncor was notified.*10:43 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 700 block of Longhorn Lane. Firefighters responded to help fight a grass fire in the city of Early which was near a residential neighborhood. Fire crews entered with heavy fire load. The fire consumed about 5 acres before it was extinguished.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Monday, July 25
*10:17 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding forgery. According to the report, the complainant stated she and her husband had received a letter from a collection agency stating they owed a local business $344.19 for three checks which had been used in the store. The incident was documented, the report states.
*12:19 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at a lot located on South Lakes Drive in Brownwood, regarding theft. The complainant explained that her pop up trailer had been damaged while it was located on a public property, when someone had “cut up” the trailer’s frame.
*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Vine Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, a purse containing a valuable ring and personal identification was stolen from the vehicle.*6:39 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of N. Main Street regarding suspicious circumstances. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of a male subject, identified as 22-year-old Jeffery Wayne Allen of Brownwood, for public intoxication.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Hill Ranch Yoga on Wednesday, July 20th to welcome them as new members.Hill Ranch Yoga is owned and operated by Stephanie Hill, a registered yoga teacher certified with the Yoga Alliance serving the central Texas area.
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum & Dyess Air Force Base Volunteers to Paint Aircraft at Brownwood Regional Airport
Brownwood City Council approved the use of volunteers from the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum and Dyess Air Force Base to paint the two military static aircraft displayed at the Brownwood Regional Airport and authorized the expenditure of $2,800 for paint supplies at their regular meeting on Tuesday.
According to Brownwood Regional Airport Manager Bobby Burks, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) had contacted the City of Brownwood and advised that restoration work was needed on the static aircraft display at the airport. City officials had previously gone out for bids for this work to be completed; however, bids came in but were very costly.
Aircraft restoration vendors recommended by the USAF included many which were located out of state, two bids were received and the lowest bid was received from Day Aircraft Refinishing of Brady for $45,000. This was a budgeted project; however, council members voiced concern over the ongoing maintenance cost as compared to how many people visit the aircraft displayed and the item was tabled at the May 10, 2016 meeting.City manager Emily Crawford stated that previous news stories regarding the restoration and expense brought attention to the city’s dilemma and a group of volunteers from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene came forward and presented the council with a proposal to paint the aircraft, General Dynamics F-4 and F-11. The work will be volunteer labor from the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum and Dyess Air Force Base. City officials visited Dyess to see the work of the volunteers on aircraft at Dyess and were pleased.
- Brownwood Coliseum Open for Local Events and Private Rentals
- Brown County A&M Mothers Club to Host Howdy Party for Incoming Freshman August 11th
- Daddy Can Wait
- One Vehicle Accident Reported Sunday Morning
- Law Enforcement Blotter 7/25
- Brownwood Chamber to Host Welcome Reception for New Police Chief on Thursday
- Reminder: T-Shirt Fundraiser to Support Brown County Law Enforcement Agencies, Orders Due July 31
- U.S. Army Special Operations Invited to Train in Brown County
- Early Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Laserwash of Early
- Christian Women’s Job Corps to Host Annual Super Bunco Tournament August 18th
- Brownwood Art Association to Host Community Pot Luck and Art Show
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes