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City of Bangs Continues Search for Police Chief

Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop told the Bangs City council Monday night that the search for Bangs’ new Police Chief continues.

Bishop said a total of 70 people applied for the position, but only 30 actually met the required criteria. Of those 30, the four-person selection committee narrowed the list down to the top 17 candidates. On Tuesday, November 4th, the committee whittled the list down to the top 5 finalists in the search. Bishop said the selection committee will begin two days of oral interviews December 1st, and again on Dec 4th.

Mayor Bishop said they hope to name the new police chief sometime in the first two weeks of December.

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Brownwood Fire Department to Get New Ladder Truck

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The Brownwood Fire Department will be getting a new fire truck with a 100’ ladder after city council members approved the purchase at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

According to City Manager Bobby Rountree, the current 1997 model Quint has had many recent and costly repairs, and currently needs approximately $40,000 in repair after it was struck by a semi-truck at a traffic accident a few weeks ago and could be out of service for up to four months or longer.

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MDSave & Brownwood Regional Medical Center (BRMC) Help Patients Save on Healthcare Imaging Services

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Transparent Pricing, Quality Ratings and Online Bookings Allow Patients to Save up to 60 Percent on Services.

MDSave and Brownwood Regional Medical Center are working together to help local residents without insurance or with high deductible health plans save money and better manage their healthcare imaging needs. Through MDSave, patients at BRMC can save up to 60 percent on procedures*, including MRIs, x-rays and CT scans, through transparent pricing, educational resources and simple appointment booking.

“In today’s marketplace, healthcare can be confusing and expensive, especially for consumers who are uninsured or carry high-deductible insurance plans,” said Joseph Wooldridge, CFO, Brownwood Regional Medical Center. “This new service can help patients access the same quality healthcare they have come to expect at our hospital at a lower cost.”

MDSave offers a combination of educational information, transparent pricing data and quality ratings to give consumers more control over their healthcare decision-making. Consumers with a physician’s order can simply visit MDSave.com or MDSave’s mobile app to determine what service best fits his or her needs — and at what cost.

For example, an MRI might cost a patient without insurance $1,000 or more, while a patient with a high deductible plan may pay almost that amount as well.  By researching and booking through MDSave, that same patient could get an MRI at Brownwood Regional Medical Center for less than $500. Similar savings are available for most Imaging Services such as x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, and mammography.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/10

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, November 10, 2014.

Friday, November 7

*8:49 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 100 block of Market Place Blvd. regarding theft.  According to the report, store management advised the officer of two subjects who were observed stealing merchandise from the store.

*8:55 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Davis Lane regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the complainant’s vehicle had been damaged during the night and the incident was witnessed by other subjects in the area.  The complainant wished to file criminal charges, according to the report.

*12:47 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Vine Street regarding the theft of jewelry from a residence.

*2:06 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2300 block of Magnolia Street regarding marijuana being smoked in a parking lot.  Several subjects were located in a vehicle in the parking lot that had a strong odor of marijuana, the report states.  The driver of the vehicle, identified as 19-year-old Brandon Dale Ard of Channel View, Texas, was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/7

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, November 7, 2014.

Wednesday, November 5

*4:39 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft.  According to the report, $129.79 in alcoholic beverages was stolen from the store.  An investigation is ongoing and no arrest had been made at the time of the report.

Thursday, November 6

*9:23 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to a residence on Avenue E regarding a theft which had occurred at Walmart.  No arrest had been made at the time of the report.

*9:29 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Parkway Drive due to the driver not wearing a seat belt.  According to the report, as the traffic stop was conducted, the driver 29-year-old Alex Arrellano of Brownwood appeared very nervous and was arrested after a brief struggle and foot pursuit.  Arrellano was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, evading arrest and or detention, driving with license invalid with previous conviction, the report states.

*11:49 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 100 block of S. Greenleaf Street regarding criminal mischief.  A suspect is known, according to the report.

*2:12 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of Bailey Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, a vacuum cleaner was stolen during the incident.  Possible suspects were named, the report states.

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Back to Back Accidents on Austin Avenue Friday Morning

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Two collisions kept emergency responders busy Friday morning, sending two to the hospital for treatment.

The first accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Avenue K.  According to one of the drivers, she was headed north on Austin Avenue when a Scion, which was traveling south, turned in front of her Nissan Juke.  The two vehicles collided in the intersection sending the Juke into the yard of a neighboring home and into a decorative brick wall.

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HPU to host 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

HPUSquareLogoThe 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents. It is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the HPU Mabee University Center.

The tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

“When we opened our newly renovated Mabee University Center for Homecoming a few days ago, I also knew we would soon be celebrating Thanksgiving there with friends in the area,” said Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU. “This community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors seems to be as important to those who serve as it is to those who enjoy the meal each year. Volunteers will help serve meals at the Mabee Center or deliver meals in Brownwood and Early to those who cannot join us on campus. We have always been able to provide the meals at no cost because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in Brown County. Despite starting with less money than normal to cover the cost of the meals, this community always comes through, so I am confident the money will be there by the time the bills must be paid.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/6

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 - 6, 2014.

Monday, November 3

*11:16 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway regarding a burglary.  According to the report, the complainant stated that an unknown suspect had stolen some scrap metal from outside their shop the night before.

Tuesday, November 4

*11:43 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 200 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding an unwanted person.  According to the report, the unwanted person had made threats to assault a customer at a local store.  The incident is under investigation the report states.

*12:55 PM – Brownwood Police met with a subject in the 1000 block of Early Blvd. who was the subject of an active investigation.  According to the report, while the officer was speaking with the subject, he revealed that he had brass knuckles in his possession.   The incident was documented, the report states.

*1:17 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Big G’s grocery store on North Hwy 279 regarding theft.  As a result of this call, a male subject was issued a citation for theft and a criminal trespass warning from the store.

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Details Emerge In Gonzales Murder Case

ZarateMichaelDetails of the Sunday afternoon shooting and murder of Ernesto Gonzales were painted by Brownwood Police investigators in the complaint against suspect Michael Zarate which was filed in Brown County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Jim Cavanaugh’s court.

According to the complainant, at 4:13 p.m., 34-year-old Gonzales, after a verbal argument with another man, was fatally shot in the left shoulder and collapsed in an alleyway in the 1300 block of Brady Avenue.  A witness stated that a male with something in his hand followed Gonzales into the alley, according to the report.

The accused, 31-year-old  Michael Zarate, was identified by witnesses as being the other party of the argument with Gonzales, a total of three shots were fired, and that a female had screamed “Stop Michael, stop!” during the argument, according to the documents.

The complaint states that Zarate fled, dismantled and disposed of a 9mm pistol near Depot Liquor on Vine Street and that he also traveled to Heartland Mall where he bought another shirt and changed into it before going to Mi Familia, a restaurant in Early, where he was located at around 5:30 p.m.

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Brownwood Police Release October 2014 Crime Statistics

BPDpatchSmallBrownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of October along with year-to-date numbers for 2013 and 2014.

Corley releases Brownwood Police Department crime statistics on a monthly basis as a program to have a department that is more transparent 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 122 reported crimes in October which is increased by 7% from the previous month.  Of these crimes, 51.6% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation.  Of note, cases of assault were up by 4 incidents and larceny theft was increased by 7 incidents as compared to the month of September which had 44 incidents during the same timeframe.

There were 53 traffic accidents and 7 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for October.

2014 appears to have a continuing decreasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2013.  Of note, motor vehicle thefts are down by 13 incidents or 52% and burglaries of buildings were increased by 10 cases as compared to the same timeframe during 2013.

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