The Pecan Valley Republican Women held a political forum Thursday night in Heartland Mall where candidates in local and statewide Republican Primary races could speak to the public. This was the second political forum held in Brown County this week.
Candidates for County Judge, County Commissioners, County Court-at-Law Judge, District Clerk, Constable and Justice of the Peace each had 3 minutes to address the audience of about 150 people. Some statewide candidate also participated in the event.
The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) is scheduled to conduct a couple of controlled burns associated with the wildfire academy for training, fuels reduction, and habitat restoration. Texas Forest Service officials ask the public not to call 911 to report any fire at Camp Bowie in Brownwood during their controlled burns.
The first burn is scheduled for Friday, February 14th, at Camp Bowie. TFS plans to burn 991 acres adjacent to the target range for habitat restoration and fuels reduction.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office reports that a warrant service on Wednesday on a male subject led to his arrest as well as that of three female subjects on drug related charges in Brownwood.
According to a probable cause on sight arrest affidavit, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy James Stroope noticed a wanted subject standing outside of CVS Pharmacy on Austin Avenue on Wednesday, February 12 at approximately 3:53 p.m. The subject identified as 33-year-old Rollie Galvan Lopez had a marijuana cigarette clinched in his fist as well as a pill bottle in his pocket which contained approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe and some baggies located in his socks, the affidavit states. Because this offense was within 1000 feet of the HPU Academy of Freedom, Lopez was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and manufacture deliver controlled substance penalty group 1 more than 1 gram less than 4 grams in a drug free zone in addition to being arrested for the active warrant, the report states.
Students from the Brownwood High School Band competed at the Region 7 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest at HPU on Saturday, February 8th.The students earned 49 medals at this contest and 35 of the students will advance on to the State UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest in May.
District 8 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their Posts with the Districts Ladies & Men’s Auxiliaries will host an observe the beginning of Operation Desert Storm on February 15th at 10:45 AM at the VFW Post 6873 in Abilene, 1049 Vapor Trail, (across from Dyess AFB).Veterans of Desert Storm as well as the public are invited to attend. VFW membership benefits will be presented to the Veterans.
BRMC Volunteer Betty Cole was honored as the January 2014 Volunteer of the Month during the February 2014 Executive Board Meeting of the Brownwood Regional Medical Center Volunteers. She has been a Volunteer for over 12 years having joined the organization in 2001.
Betty is currently a familiar face at the Volunteer Information Desk located at the front entrance of Brownwood Regional Medical Center where she provides assistance to patients, their family members, and visitors to the Medical Center. In the first eleven years of volunteering she volunteered in the Gift Shop and also served as the Assistant Timekeeper. Betty has over 5560 hours of Volunteer Service at BRMC.When asked why she became a BRMC Volunteer, Betty explained that she wanted to be part of an organization that provided scholarships to deserving students working toward degrees in the Allied Health Care Field. The BRMC Volunteers met her objective. She also enjoys seeing the smiles on the faces of BRMC Patients, Visitors, and Staff when they are assisted by a Volunteer.
The Brownwood Lady Lions recently participated in the Lampasas High School Girls Invitational at the Hancock Park Golf Course and one member took top honors.
Sydney Roberts won first place at the tournament by shooting an 81.
Nine schools were represented at the tournament. The top four teams were as follows:
1st- Gatesville 386
T2nd- Alex Riley 86
T2- Chelsy Tobin 86
Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley confirmed that a Brownwood Police officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated Wednesday night.
At approximately 11:00 p.m., Texas DPS Trooper Michael Sams of Texas Department of Public Safety made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Danny Hutchins of Bangs for speeding and failing to stay in a single lane on U.S. Hwy 67, inside the city limits of Brownwood, according to an affidavit for probable cause arrest warrant.
The warrant states that Hutchins had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, glassy eyes and spoke with slurred speech. Hutchins also performed “poorly” on standardized field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated 1st, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that a blood specimen was taken at Brownwood Regional Medical Center prior to Hutchins being taken to the Brown County Jail where as of Thursday morning, he was being held. No bond amount had been set as of Thursday morning.
Corley stated that the arrest was “disappointing.”
He confirmed that Hutchins will be placed on administrative leave with pay and that the department will be conducting their own internal investigation to confirm that their code of conduct was violated by Hutchins.
“I’m disappointed for sure,” said Corley. He explained that the arrest is not only bad for Hutchins but is also bad for the department, as his shift is now one officer short and will have to make adjustments for that.
The City of Early will hold their city council election on May 10th at the Early Lions Club building, located on Hwy 183 South in Early.
The terms of Councilmen Bennie Alcorn, B.J. McCullough and Charles Matlock are expiring leaving three at-large council seats up for election this year.The filing period for the election is currently open and will run through February 28, 2014. Those interested may file at the Early City Hall, located at 960 Early Blvd. in Early, Texas.
The Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club will be hosting a 2014 Primary Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6 p.m. and announced today that they have moved the location to accommodate a larger audience.
The forum was originally scheduled to be held at Ranger College, but because of a large expected attendance, organizers have moved it to the inside of Heartland Mall. Those attending the forum are asked to enter at the main entrance of the mall.
Candidates in both local and state Republican Primary races have been invited and most have confirmed representation.
Candidates include U.S. Representative District 11 – Mike Conaway and Wade Brown; Governor – Greg Abbott, Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez and Secede Kilgore; Attorney General – Barry Smitherman, Dan Branch and Ken Paxton; State Representative District 60 – Cullen Crisp and James L. “Jim” Keffer; Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 – Barbara Walther, and Bert Richardson; Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 – Jani Jo Wood, Kevin Patrick Yeary, and Richard Dean Davis; Justice 11 Court of Appeals Place 2 - Mike Wilson, Justice 11th Court of Appeals Place 3 – Cade W. Browning and John Bailey.
Law enforcement reports and arrests released Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Friday, February 7
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop for a defective license plate lamp. According to the report, the driver Joy Louise Miller was found to have an expired license which was suspended for denied renewal – failure to appear. Miller was placed under arrest for driving while license invalid with previous convictions.
Sunday, February 9
*8:43 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence on County Road 424 regarding four donkeys that were on the complainant’s property, which she wanted removed. The donkeys had been in her yard since approximately 12:30 a.m.
Monday, February 10
*4:45 PM - Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of Pecan Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, the victim stated that she had been assaulted by her son earlier this same evening. The incident is pending further investigation, the report states.*8:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of 6th Street regarding terroristic threat. According to the report, the complainant was in fear for her life as her boyfriend had threatened to kill her, which also caused her to be in fear of serious bodily injury. A report to document the incident was taken and the male was issued a criminal trespass warning for the female’s residence, the report states.
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