Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, June 6, 2016
Thursday, May 31
*12:03 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1900 block of Vincent Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, after an investigation, no arrests were made and the parties were separated for the night.
Thursday, June 2
*11:38 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the area of 4th Street and Avenue K. This stop led to the issuance of a citation to the driver of the vehicle for possession of drug paraphernalia, the report states.
Friday, June 3
*3:34 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding terroristic threat family violence.
*8:51 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Riverside Drive regarding domestic violence which had occurred.
*9:24 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the area of 3rd Street and Wood Avenue regarding a hit and run accident. According to the report, a suspect was identified.*11:05 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant at a property in Blanket, Texas regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone came onto his property without his consent, taking a horse trough and two window air conditioning units.
The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced the recipients of its annual Workforce Excellence Awards for 2016. The awards will be presented at a special awards breakfast held Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Irving, Texas. The two and one half-day conference will be held June 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas Hotel.
Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club member Roy Parrack presented Melia Edmondson of Blanket High School with one of the club’s annual $1,000 scholarships.
Edmondson is the Valedictorian of the Blanket High School Class of 2016. She plans to attend Angelo State University, in San Angelo, this fall.
The Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club held several fundraisers throughout the year to provide five scholarships to Brown County high school students.
Those planning a wedding won’t want to miss the summer wedding event at Good Samaritan Ministries. Wedded Bliss: Tea Party and Fashion Show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at 305 Clark Street.
The GSM Resale Store was given several beautiful new wedding dresses that will be on sale for 70 percent off the regular ticket price during this event.
The City of Brownwood is currently working to clean up parks and offer residents and businesses the following information regarding flood clean up.
Sand bags from the recent flood may be disposed of in the following manner:
1. Keep - Residents/Businesses may keep the sand bags and utilize the sand.
2. Return – The sand bags may be returned to the sand bag station located at the former Higginbotham’s location at 1500 Center Ave. today (Monday) through Thursday, June 9. The City will collect the sand bags from that location. There will not be curb-side pick up for sand bags.
Flooding debris (including wood, limbs, and washed up trash) may be piled up at the curb, and the City will pick up. This applies to residential and commercial. To request a pick up, do so the following ways:
1. Fill out request online: www.brownwoodtexas.gov – Utility Emergencies Link
Chief Deputy Vance Hill received approval from the Brown County Commissioners Court to hire the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Lab to conduct DNA testing of several pieces of evidence in the murder case of Chantay Blankinship.
Blankinship was murdered on Sunday, May 15th and her body was found 5 miles from the North Lake Brownwood Community. Several items, which Hill would not identify due to the ongoing investigation, are thought to have DNA evidence which may be that of Blankinship or from her killer. The items are being taken to the TCME lab for analysis due to the back log of cases at the Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab. This back log is expected to take a minimum of 6 months to get any results and hiring a private lab such as TCME will help expedite any findings, possibly receiving results as soon as three weeks, according to Hill. The cost of this analysis by TCME is approximately $5700, which will be funded out of the BCSO’s operations budget. Hill stated that the BCSO has enough in this fund to cover the expense, which County Auditor Jennifer Robison verified.
County Judge Ray West expressed some concern in not utilizing the DPS Crime Lab, for fear of a defense attorney objecting to evidence analysis by a lab other than the DPS lab.
“I would hate for some defense attorney to object to the admissibility of the evidence that you present because it did not come from the DPS Crime Lab,” stated West.Hill assured West that the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will have an expert witness that can testify in court. “It’ll be no different, they currently come testify for autopsies that they do for us. We have a working relationship with them,” explained Hill who confirmed that they do testify in their own cases and that the District Attorney supports the decision to use TCME. “They have already collected some of this evidence for us and are maintaining it, maintaining the chain of custody.”
Brownwood High School had nine students successfully complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program. This is the fourth year for the program at BHS, and the students accomplished a 100% pass rate this year.Between the required studying and bookwork, students found value in the course that reaches beyond just academics. “CNA had a big impact on me this year. I learned about the value of care, and how important it is to people in need,” said Cassi Hall, one of the nine BHS students that completed the program. “I memorized just about every medical abbreviation you can think of, and I formed friendships with people I didn't think I would be friends with. I received my CNA certificate, which will be a huge aid to me in the years to come as I continue my path to college.”
Brown County Museum of History invites the public to bring the kids and grandkids to enjoy the museum’s Fun Day on Saturday, June 11th.
Fun Day is set for 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is just $3.00 for children, with those 5 years and under admitted at no charge.Participants will receive a complete tour of the museum’s Center for Education Building and the Old Jail across the street in addition to creating a work of art for all Dads and Grandfathers and even uncles that are Dads. There will also be refreshments for the children.
After the flood waters recede and the cleanup has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialists the following steps should be followed:
• Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay later.
• Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible. Ventilate.
• Remove baseboards, and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls.
• Remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height, often 12S18 inches. Discard flooded drywall.
• Undamaged paneling may be propped open or reinstalled after cleaning.
• Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation.• Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
Sunday evening, June 5th Update: Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford announced that all streets in Brownwood are now open. Riverside and Fabis Parks will be closed until clean-up is complete.
Flood Update - Sunday, June 5, 9:00 AM - Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford released the following update Sunday morning:
Water levels are subsiding, and City street crews are currently opening streets that are no longer flooded.
The following streets remain closed, and will likely be closed until tonight or tomorrow morning:
CC Woodson from Opal to Williams Ranch Rd.
Cordell low water crossing at Adams Branch
Vine Street Underpass
Clean up efforts of streets and parks will begin tomorrow and will take at least a week to complete.
The City of Brownwood appreciates the assistance of the local, regional and state law enforcement, emergency response and public safety entities throughout this extended flooding event. Additional thanks is extended to the media for their partnership with the city to inform the public of updates and announcements.
This will be the last Press Release regarding the flooding event.
Brown County 4-H is supported by the Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
6-10 – State 4-H RoundUp College Station, Texas
13-14 – D-7 Horse Show Llano, Texas
15 – Deadline to Register for Multi-County Camp
15 – Brown County 4-H Council Hamburger Fundraiser
13 – Deadline to Register for Junior/Intermediate Fashion Show
16 – Deadline to Turn in Recordbooks28 – County/State Steer & Heifer Validation 3:00p.m. at Bob Clark Pens
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- Law Enforcement Blotter 6/3
- Windham Cemetery Association Postpones Annual Meeting to August 13th
- Heartland Rod Run Set to Kick Off this Weekend
- Greenleaf Cemetery Seeks Volunteers for Workday June 11th
- Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court
- Rogers and Perkins of Zephyr Receive Kiwanis Scholarships
- HPU’s Freeland Enjoying College Life Thanks to Heart of Texas Scholarship
- Cattle Program to be Held in Brownwood June 16th
- Law Enforcement Blotter 6/2
- Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 6/2
- Twenty Receive HPU Alumni Association Scholarship