Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6
*2:30 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding disorderly conduct. According to the report, the female complainant reported that a known female suspect had cursed at her in the parking lot of the business and she wished to pursue criminal charges against the suspect for disorderly conduct (abusive/profane language).
*4:30 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Fisk Avenue regarding forgery of a financial information. According to the report, three checks had been forged. There were no arrests made at the time of the report; however, an investigation is ongoing.
*8:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2400 block of Monterey Drive regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, the burglary had occurred over the weekend of June 3-5, when an unknown suspect entered a vehicle and stole a purse with identifying information and miscellaneous paperwork.
*11:56 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 200 block of Baker Street for an accident. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 36-year-old Thomas Lance Schulze of Early for driving while intoxicated.
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy spoke, by telephone, to a complainant regarding a stolen shotgun. According to the report, the complainant stated that a shotgun (valued at $149) was stolen from his house while he was out of town. There was no forced entry and multiple people knew where the key was hidden, according to the complainant.
Early Chief of Police David Mercer reported that the Early Police Department began investigating a case of arson which occurred at the Early High School Stadium on Sunday night.
According to the report, individuals set two fires on the Early ISD campus inside the football stadium. The Early Police Department was contacted by Early Athletic Director Blake Sanford who was made aware of the burn locations in the stadium by a student who saw a video on snapchat, the report states.
EPD Corporal Brandon McMillian and Detective Billy Bloom began an investigation of the incident. It was determined that a group of juveniles entered the football stadium sometime Sunday night, June 5, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m. According to the police, the juveniles used cardboard and trash to start a small fire on the 50-yard line in the center of the field, on the yellow longhorn design. The fire damaged a small spot in the turf causing approximately $25,000 damage, the report states. The juveniles then went under the home side bleachers and started a second larger fire on top of a table, again using cardboard, according to the report. This fire caused only minimal damage of burn marks to the aluminum table, the report states. Both fires went undetected and burned themselves out.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that three felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Brian Jay Rodriguez aka Bryan Jay Rodriguez pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 17 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Joe William Stephens
pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Stephens pled guilty to the felony offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Three people were killed in two separate accidents in Brown County Monday evening, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the first accident, a one-vehicle rollover, occurred shortly after 7 p.m. near Brookesmith on County Road 213. The driver was transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center where they later passed away. The cause of the accident and the driver’s identity have not been released at this time.
An elderly couple in their 80s were killed in the second accident, a head-on collision, at approximately 8:15 p.m. just outside of Early, according to Texas DPS Trooper Chris Delgado. The accident occurred in the 5500 block of Hwy 183 South, near the railroad trestle near County Road 312.
Delgado reported that the elderly male and female were traveling northwest (inbound toward Early) in a white Ford pickup in the inside lane as the roadway narrowed to two lanes to pass through the railroad trestle. For some unknown reason, the Ford veered into the lane of oncoming traffic, striking a 1-ton black dually pickup directly head-on, according to Delgado.
The dually pickup had four occupants who survived the accident and were transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of their injuries. Delgado reported that the driver of the dually was world champion bull rider J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas along with his wife and two small children. All of the Harris family were reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.
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 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.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, June 3, 2016
Wednesday, June 1
*11:35 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of theft via telephone call. According to the report, the complainant stated that she had moved out of a residence approximately two weeks ago and that her computer was missing. She informed her previous roommates of the incident and allowed them to return her computer; however, at the time of the report, the computer has not been returned and the complainant wished to pursue criminal charges.
*1:44 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Brady Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, a pellet gun was stolen from the back porch of the complainant’s residence.
Thursday, June 2
*12:54 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Brady Avenue regarding the burglary of a building.
*2:10 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1800 block of Avenue I regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, an unknown suspect had broken into the complainant’s home and stole a wedding ring and then pawned it.
*2:49 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of theft by check from a business on W. Commerce. According to the report, checks written to the business in the amount of $10,000 had bounced. A suspect has been named and an investigation is ongoing, the report states.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that two felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Bobby Gene Harwell, Jr. pled guilty to the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.