July at Good Samaritan Ministries can only mean one thing: Christmas is only six months away. That means it’s Christmas in July – a month-long fund drive to raise money for the Christmas boxes given out in December.
“The premise behind the drive is simply to give people an opportunity to donate for the Christmas boxes we give in December now when the weather is warm and there aren’t quite so many things pulling on your attention and your wallet,” said Angelia Bostick, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Ministries. “It serves to help those who donate as well as it gives us a buffer so we have money in the bank when we start ordering Christmas food in October.”
December is always the busiest month and the more that can be done ahead of time to prepare for the influx of families helps so much.
“Last year we saw 1,415 families in the three weeks we were open in December,” Bostick said. “That number has increased each year.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 3, 2014.
Wednesday, July 2
*8:38 AM – A Brownwood Police officer made a stop on a vehicle for the driver not wearing a seat belt. This stop led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 22-year-old Arthur Villarreal of Brownwood for driving while license invalid.
*2:56 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Austin Avenue regarding possible narcotics activity. According to the report, an investigation revealed that the subjects did not possess drugs or narcotics; however it was later found that the bathroom and drainage ditch, at Coggin Park, had been recently spray painted. It was also later determined that one of the subject had provided a false/fictitious name, the report states.*4:52 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, an investigation determined that the male half of the disturbance to be the aggressor and a female as the victim. As a result of this call, 45-year-old Fortson Duran Martin of Brownwood was arrested for assault with injury family violence with previous conviction.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the June 2014 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 70 indictments were returned against 59 people.
The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office. Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.
Released June indictments include:
Marjorie Elaine Schneider: Possession of a controlled substance – drug free zone.
John Simon Armendarez: Possession of a controlled substance – drug free zone and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon – weapon – free school zone.
A Brownwood teen was fatally injured in a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident in McCulloch County Wednesday evening.
According to McCulloch County Chief Deputy Jon Stafford, the accident occurred on a private ranch in McCulloch County shortly before 7:00 p.m.
Stafford explained that the teens involved had been visiting another teen on his family’s ranch, hunting and doing some work on the ranch, such as weed eating and mowing. They were riding in a Polaris Ranger when the accident occurred.
14 year-old Elias Stanke of Brownwood was sitting in a high rack seat (one built up and usually used for hunting) with a 17-year-old male from Coleman. The vehicle was driven by a 19-year-old male, also from Coleman.
The boys were going to finish up a job that evening, when the vehicle took a curve to the right, and rolled over, according to Stafford. Stanke was thrown out of the vehicle which rolled, landing on and fatally injuring him. The other two teens were also injured. The driver was air lifted to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo with what Stafford reported were nonlife-threatening injuries. The 17-year-old passenger was treated at the scene by EMS and taken by private vehicle to Shannon Medical Center. The current conditions of the two surviving teens were not known at the time of Stafford’s report.
The Fourth of July is a holiday that brings together families and friends to celebrate the nation that we all call home. For children in the Texas child welfare system, home can be an unstable place that changes month to month.
Last year, more than 46,600 Texas children were in the child welfare system, waiting to be placed in permanent homes. Victims of abuse and neglect, these children were removed from their homes through no fault of their own and placed in the overburdened child welfare system. Stuck in a cycle of moving from foster home to foster home, many children lose hope of ever finding their forever families.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers from CASA in the Heart of Texas strive to return hope to these children by moving them through the foster care system and into safe, loving and stable homes as quickly as possible.
“Children with CASA volunteers on average spend less time in foster care and the sooner children are placed in permanent homes, the sooner they can begin to heal,” said Michelle Wells, executive director of CASA in the Heart of Texas.Ideally, CASA volunteers work to reunify children with their family or other close relatives. When these options are not available, volunteers work to find the best possible adoptive families to fit the children’s needs.
Cases of rabies in animals each year are common in our area and it is easy to get too complacent and not take the necessary precautions to protect our animals. This could result in possible human exposure cases. So for this year in Texas there have been 320 rabid animal cases reported.
This dreaded disease can spread easily and rapidly among wildlife and domestic animals. Rabies has been found this year in Texas in four horses and eight cows. Last year Texas recorded 937 confirmed cases of animal rabies including cows and horses.We all know that bats and skunks make up the vast majority of rabies cases and most folks do vaccinate their dogs and cats. But what about our horses and even show cattle, especially the 4-H/FFA show cattle? Confusing symptoms can easily lead to horse/show cattle owners being exposed to the virus. Annual rabies boosters for these animals, as well as pets, are the only sure way to minimize human exposure.
Update: 1:00 PM: Identities of the deceased and injured at the Thursday morning fireworks-related explosion in Comanche have been released by officials.
According to BigCountryHomePage.com, Eddie Parker suffered minor injuries from the explosion. Rex Plumlee and a another person who has not yet been named were critically injured in the explosion. One of the two was flown to a hospital in Fort Worth for treatment, though authorities did not specify which.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water clear upper end, stained lower end; 81–85 degrees; 11.15' low. Black bass are good on craw and shad colored crankbaits around docks in 3–10 feet, and on green pumpkin and redbug soft plastic worms in 8–15 feet. White bass are good on small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and tube jigs off lighted docks at night in 8–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li'l Fishies in 10–18 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait and cut shad over baited holes. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch, shrimp, and goldfish in 3–10 feet.
Lake ColemanWater clear; 77–81 degrees; 17.57' low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad near the park. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of June along with year-to-date numbers for 2013 and 2014.
Corley releases Brownwood Police Department crime statistics on a monthly basis as a program to have a department that is more transparent to the public. Corley stated that he also looks at these numbers to see where the department needs to focus.
Corley said that there were 125 reported crimes in June which is increased by 5% from the previous month. Of these crimes, 42% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Of note, cases of assaults were increased by 15 incidents as compared to the month of May while larceny thefts were decreased by 5 during the same timeframe.
There were 45 traffic accidents and 5 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for June.2014 appears to be continuing a decreasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2013. Of note, motor vehicle thefts are down by 4 incidents or 44% and burglary of a building was down by 6 cases, or 25% as compared to the same timeframe during 2013.
Early High School’s Abe Cooper was recently named as an Outstanding Performer at the 2014 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Piano Solo Contest.
Of the 95,000 students participating in the regional UIL music contests and the 24,000 musicians who performed at TCCEC, only 269 students earned the distinguished honor being recognized as an Outstanding Performer. Abe was awarded a UIL gold medal from Dr. Bradley Kent, the State Director of Music.
Abe will be a senior this upcoming school year.
Brownwood Art Association will present its First Thursday event featuring artist Tonya Bloomer on July 3rd at the Art Center in Brownwood.
Bloomer is a Howard Payne University social work student, who will graduate in the fall.
Tonya's love of art grew as a child and has been painting for as long as she can remember. She enjoys painting a mixture of subjects but her main passion is western art from landscapes to rodeo action. Tonya has had the opportunity to study at the art school in Ashland, OR where she picked up her love for watercolors and oils. This First Thursday event will display a mixture of her work in both mediums.
- Law Enforcement Blotter 7/2: Cashing Forged Check Leads to Arrest, Trip to Hospital and Attempted Escape of Suspect
- Farm Pond Program Set for July 10th
- Police Investigating Multi-Vehicle Accident in Early
- Woman, 84, to be Reunited with HPU Class Ring Missing for 60 Years
- DPS Urges Drivers to Move Over, Slow Down for Emergency Vehicles
- Early Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Heartland Payment Systems
- Kohler Co. Awards Scholarships to Area Students
- Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament Results June 25th
- Fireworks Suspected Cause of Structure Fire on 1st Street Tuesday Evening
- Law Enforcement Blotter 7/1
- Brown County Republican Women to Host Bake Sale Thursday
- Westfall to Head Lady Jacket Volleyball