Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of December along with year-to-date numbers for 2011 and 2012.
Corley releases Brownwood Police Department crime statistics on a monthly basis as a program to have a more transparent department 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 128 reported crimes in December which is slightly increased from the previous month. Of these crimes, 48.4% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Of note, reports of assaults were increased, up 32 incidents during the month of December as compared to November. Year-to-date statistics for 2012 show that larceny theft reports also increased by 12.4% over the same time period last year.
DWI arrests were up year-to-date as well with the Brownwood Police reporting 113 this year compared to 105 from the same period of January to December of last year. According to stats, motor vehicle accidents inside the Brownwood city limits continued a decline for the year with 12% fewer reported year-to-date when compared to 2011 year-to-date.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, January 7, 2013:
Tuesday, January 15
*3:48 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2700 block of Belmeade Street regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant had noticed that his pecan harvester was missing from the garage of his residence. The complainant was able to provide to police a copy of video surveillance of the burglary which showed the suspect and the suspect vehicle, the report states.
Wednesday, January 16
*10:12 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 800 block of Avenue J regarding a Facebook scam in which the complainant reported losing $560.
*10:08 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the report of criminal mischief in the 2200 block of Durham. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had poured a white granulated substance he believed to be sugar in the gas tanks of both of his vehicles. The officer observed the white granulated substance in the neck area and around the neck area of the fuel tanks. The complainant additionally advised that he did not know who may have done the damage. No suspect information was able to be located, the report states.*12:16 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Commerce regarding harassment. According to the report, the complainant stated that she was being threatened by her ex-common law husband.
On Saturday, January 12th, six members of the Brownwood High School Prose and Poetry team competed in the Breckenridge UIL Invitational Meet. All six advanced to the finals in their events and placed as follows: In the category of Prose, Kimberly Boswell-1st place, Caitlyn Morris-3rd place, Caitlin McGraw-5th place, and Megan Pointer-6th place. In Poetry, Natalie Mayo-2nd place, and Megan Pointer-6th place.
The Brownwood Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 900 block of Wood Avenue Thursday afternoon. Upon fire crews' arrival on scene, only smoke was visible under the eave of the house, no visible flames were showing.According to Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston, a small fire had ignited in the attic causing one of the rafters to be burnt through. The fire was contained in the attic. The cause was electrical related according to Preston's initial investigation.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that several felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Martin Deward Fallon IV, on probation for the felony offense of Sexual Assault of a Child, was sentenced to 12 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Fallon, on probation for the felony offense of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, was adjudicated and sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Taylor David Hart, on probation for the felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Assault, was adjudicated and sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Amanda Nicole Cantu pled guilty to three separate felony cases of Fraud and was sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Cantu, on probation of the felony offense of Fraud, was adjudicated and sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Also, Cantu, on probation for the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone, was adjudicated and sentenced to 3 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.Melvin Gil Batista, on probation for the felony offense of Assault Family Violence-Occlusion was adjudicated and sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Batista pled no contest to the felony offense of Fail to Stop and Render Aid and was sentenced to 2 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Leslie E. Schoppe joined the medical staff of Brownwood Regional Medical Center (BRMC) as a board-certified Gastroenterologist with specialized training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Schoppe, opened his practice on January 2, 2013 as the Heart of Texas Gastroenterology located at 100 Miller Dr. Ste. B and is now accepting new patients 325.646.7733.
Although originally from the Houston area, Schoppe said, “I am excited about coming to Brownwood, not only for the better weather, but to be part of a community that is extremely friendly and has tremendous potential for growth. My plan is to make this community my home.”
He completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and also served the University in several different teaching positions.
As a part of the Medical Staff of BRMC, Schoppe joins an already successful group of medical professionals. He stated, “The medical community is strong and the hospital is committed to the expansion of services and technology. And I look forward to being a part of the greater medical community as we all work to ensure great medical care.”
Everywhere we look we see new, great protein-boosted drinks and foods. But how much protein is really needed and do Americans get enough or too much?
Protein is one of the macronutrients required on the Nutrition Facts label of foods because it plays such a significant role in human health. Every human cell and most fluids in our bodies contain protein. Protein is used to build muscle, to repair cells and to make new cells. It is needed to help fend off disease and assists in transporting molecules throughout the body. The amino acids that make up proteins form enzymes and hormones, each with its own unique and essential function.
It is important that we not only get enough, but that we also get good quality protein. Men and women require different amounts of protein. The Recommended Daily Allowance for men is 56 grams per day and women should eat 46 grams per day. Most Americans get enough and more. According to a report in the September 2012 issue of Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, adult males actually get 88-92 grams per day and adult females consume 62-66 grams, about one and a half times the recommended amount.
Bill prohibits enforcement of all federal gun laws infringing upon the right to bear arms
AUSTIN - Today, State Representative Jim Keffer proudly joint-authored a bill reaffirming and protecting each citizen's right to bear arms. The "Second Amendment Preservation Act" was filed in response to potential federal Executive Orders that would unconstitutionally restrict the right to bear arms.
The proposed legislation nullifies all federal acts in violation of the Second Amendment and prohibits the enforcement of any federal law or regulation that attempts to confiscate or ban any firearm, limits the size of a magazine or the amount of ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, or imposes a tax or registration requirement on any firearm or ammunition.
"Texans believe in gun safety, responsible ownership, and we certainly stand against those who abuse such privileges," said State Representative Jim Keffer, "but we also stand firm that our right to bear arms should not be infringed upon by the federal government. In these trying times, we refer to our Constitution for guidance and there we confirm our natural right of self-preservation and self-defense."
Howard Payne University recently announced its academic honors for the fall 2012 semester.
Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.50-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.
Receiving honors were:
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lehnis Railroad Museum will host the Brownwood Area Bridal Fair on Saturday, February 16th.
The fair will be an invaluable resource for soon-to-be brides in planning their special day. Vendors will showcase their products and services and will be available with tips, techniques, and ideas for the perfect wedding. A style show will feature some of the latest looks in wedding attire for the entire family.
Vendors at the show will include photographers, florists, caterers, DJs, party rental, and venues as well as other businesses that will enhance any wedding.
The bridal fair provides an opportunity for future brides to meet face to face with businesses that can assist in planning the big day, all in one location, saving time and gas. Door prize drawings will be taking place throughout the day as well.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes as reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week.
Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 10.23' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
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