A six man, six woman Comanche County Jury found Michael Lowery guilty in the murder of his wife, Amber Lowery and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility for parole Tuesday afternoon.
During the 6 day trial, Lowery was accused of killing Amber, dismembering the body and putting it in a burn pile. Her remains were discovered at the end of July 2013 on the property where the Lowery's lived near Rising Star.
Amber Lowery, a mother of two and a former medical helicopter pilot, was reported missing on July 24, 2013 after being heard from last on the previous evening.
Authorities released the following timeline in August of 2013, early in the investigation.
On July 27, 2013, Amber’s 2011 Honda vehicle was found abandoned in Rising Star. Authorities interviewed witnesses and discovered that Michael drove the Honda to Rising Star, parked it and then obtained a ride back to his residence. Authorities obtained search warrants for Michael’s residence, surrounding property and his personal vehicle.
On July 30, 2013, Michael Logan Lowery was arrested in Brown County and charged with the murder of his wife Amber Lowery and then transferred to Comanche County Jail. Amber was reported as a missing person on July 24, 2013, when she failed to show up to meet her brother. Michael stated that he had last seen his wife the night of July 23, 2013, but had not heard from her since.
Reports released for the period of September 29 - October 5, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 21 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, and 9 motor vehicle accidents.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, September 29
*4:32 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in the 100 block of E. Commerce. Firefighters arrived on scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles.
*4:56 PM – BFD worked a second motor vehicle accident with no injuries at the 100 block of E. Commerce involving a semi truck verses an emergency vehicle.
*5:47 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 1600 block of Brooks. The incident was determined to be unintentional fire alarm activation.
*10:03 PM – BFD responded to a single vehicle accident in the 2900 block of Good Shepherd where a vehicle struck a fence/house. There were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 30*12:44 PM – BFD responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 800 block of W. Commerce involving a motorcycle verses a pedestrian. Firefighters assisted EMS with packing and loading the patient for transport to the emergency room.
Statistics indicate that food borne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a food borne illness. If under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction, each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site. Food manager certificates are valid for 5 years.
If you or someone you know is in need of this certification or your certificate is about to expire, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Brown County, will be offering a professional food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $125 on October 23-24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the county Extension office located at 605 Fisk Avenue in Brownwood. Cost includes training, materials, light refreshments and a national food manager certification examination. Pre-registration deadline is October 7, 2014.This program is designed to not only prepare food service managers to pass the certification examination; it will provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.
Good Samaritan Ministries announces that this week, October 5 – 11, is the last week to purchase a ticket for a chance to win the Yamaha Grizzly 300 4-Wheeler being raffled by Big Country Ford and House of Wheels benefitting the Good Samaritan Ministries’ Deer Project.
Tickets are $10 each or 12 for $100 and are available at Big Country Ford, House of Wheels, Citizens National Bank, Prosperity Bank, Texas Bank and Good Samaritan Ministries. One hundred percent of the money raised from the raffle will benefit the Deer Project of Good Samaritan Ministries.
The Deer Project, in its seventh year, is a program that successfully partners hunters, processors and donors in order to provide a lean source of protein to Brown County residents at risk of hunger.All a hunter has to do is take a legally tagged, field-dressed deer to one of the participating processors and tell them to donate it to the Deer Project. The processor then grinds the meat into two-pound chub packs that go into the freezers of the GSM food pantry.
Brown County Republican Women’s Club will host their monthly luncheon at 11:30 am on Friday, October 10th, at the Brownwood Country Club featuring guest speaker Debora A. Georgatos.
Georgatos is an author, speaker, columnist and radio host.
“We are very honored and excited to have Debora A. Georgatos, author of 'Ladies, Can We Talk? America Needs Our Vote!'" said organizers.
This is Georgatos’ first book. Copies of the book will be available at the luncheon for purchase. For more information about her book, visit: www.ladiescanwetalk.org or Georgatos’ Facebook page, Ladies, Can We Talk?Attendees do not have to be a member of Brown County Republican Woman to attend. Cost of the luncheon is $12 per person, payable at the door.
The Brownwood High School Lions Mother’s Club is hosting a fundraiser and boosting a little school spirit in honor of the Brownwood verses Stephenville football game this Friday night.
Pictured left is Steve N. Vill, the yellow jacket from that town off of Highway 377. Organizers state that Steve is looking for a place to land this week. Whoever he lands on must take a picture and post it on the Brownwood Lions Spirit page on Facebook. The Lions Mothers state that Steve is clearly not a Howard Payne Yellow Jacket because he is “far too ugly.”
Pay $10 to send Steve to land on someone else. Lions Mothers ask the public to “send Steve to the biggest Lion fans you know so that he can see what his team is up against this Friday.” They also give the option of paying $20 “to insure he doesn’t land on you at all.”The Lions Mother’s Club challenges all Lions fans to show some spirit and see how many people Steve the Yellow Jacket visits before the pep rally on Friday.
There were 29 participants in the Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament held at Lake Brownwood on October 1st.
Each Wednesday, sign up is from 4:45 to 5:20 PM at the lake dam ramp and fishing hours are from 5:30 to 9:00 PM sharp. The tournament has recently added a Junior Division (ages 16 & under) for $5.00 entry + $1.00 Big Bass option.
The lake conditions were as follows:
Weather was Cloudy
Wind: Calm to 9 to 15 mph South South East gust to 20
Air temp: start 95º end 82º
Water was Stained 77º to 82º
There were 20 fish weighed in for a total of 38.61 lbs.
Out of 29 contestants 12 people weighed in fish with 2 limits.
1st. Joey Wynn.............................................7.90
2nd. Brad Isom.............................................7.40
A 90-year-old Zephyr resident is counting his blessings after striking a train on a railroad crossing near Zephyr Monday evening.The accident occurred shortly after 6:00 p.m. on County Road 271. The driver, identified as Frank Conger, was on his way to Brownwood when his vehicle collided with the train at the railroad crossing, according to friends who were on scene. Conger did not appear to be injured other than his wrists which were struck by the air bag during the impact, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Travis Hounshell. He was reported to have been out of the vehicle and walking around when emergency responders arrived.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Brownwood ISD is supporting this cause once again this year by designating Friday, October 31st as “Pink-Out” day. Faculty, staff, and students throughout the district will be seen wearing pink throughout the day to increase awareness and raise money for those within the BISD family that are currently fighting cancer.
Brownwood ISD is encouraging employees, students, parents, and community members to consider purchasing the pink t-shirt designed specifically for the event and wear it to school or work and to the Brownwood Lions vs. Snyder Tigers football game later that evening. The football game begins at 7:30 p.m., and the BHS Lions football players, as well as all extracurricular groups (drill team, cheerleaders, Lion Crew, band, etc.) will be sporting pink on their uniforms.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, October 6, 2014.
Thursday, October 2
*Brown County Sheriff’s deputies made a motorist assist where it was discovered that a male subject had been let out of the vehicle further down the roadway. According to the report, the male, identified as 54-year-old Danny Garcia of Brownwood, was located and found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for public intoxication due to him being a danger to himself and others.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36-year-old Cody Lee Gill of Blanket on a warrant related to motion to revoke/driving while intoxicated 2nd.
Friday, October 3
*7:39 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of 15th Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 381 regarding theft. According to the report, a male subject reported that a known female had stolen items from his residence without his permission. The male did not wish to pursue charges; however, he did wish for the female to be issued a criminal trespass warning for the property.*8:46 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Bailey Street regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the complainant stated that his ex-girlfriend had come to his house and damaged his door and that he wished to pursue charges.
Brownwood High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) members will be hosting a unique fundraiser to help pay for their State and National Conventions. Funds raised will also provide scholarships for students who cannot afford their $30 annual dues or purchase their scrubs for the practicum year.The “Skele-Toilet” fundraiser will run from October 6th through November 1st. During the fundraiser, a toilet with a glow-in-the-dark skeleton will be placed in yards around the area. To have the toilet removed from your yard and sent to another home will cost $20. HOSA also offers a chance to supporters to buy a place on the “No Skele-Toilet List” for $25, which will keep the toilet and skeleton from coming to their yard.
- Lake Brownwood State Park Announces 80th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, October 12th
- OFF MIC WITH BEN COX: Life Isn’t Always A Beach
- List of National Night Out Block Parties in Brown County for October 7th
- Reminder: Brownwood Area Students to Host Fields of Faith Event Wednesday
- Area Students Begin First Year at HPU
- 7th Annual Senior Health Fair Set for Thursday at Care Nursing & Rehabilitation
- Columbian Orphan Moves to America, Crowned Homecoming Queen
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes
- No Injuries Reported in Overnight Rollover on Southside Drive
- Jackets Fall To Bulldogs 54-27
- Brownwood Lions Crush the Springtown Porcupines in Second Half Comeback
- Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard 10/3