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Airheart Appointed Assistant City Manager – Public Works

TimAirheartBrownwood City Council approved City Manager Emily Crawford’s appointment of Tim Airheart as the Assistant City Manager – Public Works at Tuesday’s meeting of the council.

As Don Hatcher, Division Director of Public Works, transitioned into part-time status before retiring, the full-time position he held was restructured by Crawford to be an Assistant City Manager, with no engineering degree required.    Crawford stated that she had three very qualified applicants which made the decision very difficult; however, Airheart was the top choice.

Airheart has worked for the City of Brownwood for 24 years, serving as Street Department Supervisor, Solid Waste Supervisor, Assistant Director of Public Works, and Solid Waste Services Manager.  He has also served as the Assistant Street and Bridge Superintendent for the City of San Angelo for three years.  In addition to municipal experience, Airheart served as Facility Manager for the Camp Bowie Training Center for three years and has served in the Texas Army National Guard for over 11 years, including Company Commander for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion, 12th Armor.

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Brownwood Mayor Offers Thanks and Gives Official Report of Flood Damage and Activities

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An official report of last week's flood damage caused by heavy rains and the overflow of Lake Brownwood was given by Mayor Stephen Haynes at Tuesday’s Brownwood City Council meeting.  According to Haynes, the damage was less than what was expected.

“I can’t emphasize enough the team role that everyone played when we had the event,” said Haynes.  “I certainly want to say that we are thankful that the event was managed correctly.  We had very little incident of property damage and limited injury.   Certainly the one loss of life, everyone joins me in condolences to the family.  But given the magnitude of the event, it went very, very well.”

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DPS Reminds Texans About Dangers of Leaving Children in Vehicles

TexasDPS_logoThe Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds Texans about the dangerous potential for vehicular heatstroke in summer months when a child is left alone in a vehicle. Every year, children die from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle or entering a vehicle unnoticed.

“Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of the weather; however especially in warmer temperatures, the likelihood of serious injury or death increases exponentially when a child – or anyone – remains in a hot vehicle for too long,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS is continuing to urge parents, caretakers and the public to do their part to prevent vehicular heatstroke by never leaving a child inside a vehicle without an adult present, and by notifying emergency personnel if they see a child alone in a car.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, temperatures inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes; and even with an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 110 degrees. Leaving windows partially rolled down does not help. In addition, young children are particularly at risk since their bodies heat up faster than an adult.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that several felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.

Paul Allen Boykin pled guilty to the felony offence of Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 25 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Curtis Daniel Barnett pled guilty to the felony offense of Theft over $1500 under $20,000 and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Colby Thompson, on probation for the felony offense of Repeat Violation of Court Order or Condition of Bond and Injury to a Child, was adjudicated and sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division on each case.

Amanda Carrillo pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.

Enemencio Delarosa IV pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

John Robert Quick, on probation for the felony offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone, was sentenced to 4 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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Commissioners Approve $5.799 Million Contract to Improve Facilities

CommCtArticle2014Brown County Commissioners approved a $5.799 million dollar contract with McKinstry to improve county buildings including the Brown County Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Center and Agricultural Extension Office.  McKinstry is a consulting, construction, energy, and facility service.

The contract focuses on the project goal of making improvements which leverage energy and operational savings that could possibly pay for themselves through efficiency with upgrades and retrofits.  McKinstry representatives Justin Surratt and David White explained the project which includes the following:

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) replacement at the Brown County Courthouse, Brown County Jail, Juvenile Justice Center and Agricultural Extension Office.  These systems, according to a previous survey of county properties by McKinstry, were within “imminent failure range.”
  • Mechanical redesign of the courthouse with a server unit/IT room
  • Lighting upgrades which will increase utility as well as efficiency at the courthouse, juvenile justice center and extension office.  Some of the lighting at the court house was reported to be up to 100 years old, according to Surratt and White.
  • Building envelope improvement (weatherproofing/insulation, particularly around windows) at the courthouse, jail, and extension office.

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Lake Brownwood Reopens, Boaters Warned to Continue to Use Caution

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Lake Brownwood reopened Monday mid-day after flooding last week and extensive debris collection over the weekend, according to Brown County Water District General Manager Dennis Spinks.

The lake level was still 1.2 feet above spillway level Monday but was considered to be safe for boating and recreation, said Spinks.

“Although the level of the lake is still up, it is accessible,” said Spinks. “Most of the water has receded around buildings and other structures, but (BCWID) maintenance crews and Lake Patrol officers are still picking up debris.”

Spinks warned that those enjoying the lake, especially those boating, should be cautious because there are still some sizable logs floating.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/13

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, July 13, 2015.

Friday, July 10

*7:09 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to a hit and run accident in the 3300 block of Stephen F. Austin.

*10:08 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 100 block of Market Place Blvd. regarding theft.  According to the report, the general manager of the business reported that an employee had stolen $100 from the register.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*2:52 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the area of Austin Avenue and Melwood Street regarding a suspicious person.  According to the report, two individuals had observed a male subject walking into vehicles and walking strangely.  As a result of this call, 30-year-old Jimmy Wayne Sellers, Jr. of Brownwood was arrested for public intoxication, possess use inhale/ingest volatile chemical, and resisting arrest, the report states.

*4:31 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 2700 block of 1st Street regarding theft.

*7:38 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Hawkins Street regarding criminal mischief.  A window of a vehicle had been damaged by a pellet gun, the report states.

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Brown County Sheriff’s Office Releases Details of Recovery Effort and Search for Flood Victim

BCSO_LogoBrown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs released the following statement Monday morning regarding the search and recovery of the body of flood victim Glen Nation of Coleman.

After over four days of a cooperative search effort, the body of Glen Everett Nation, 61, was found on Sunday afternoon in Sand Creek near the Jim Ned tributary. On Wednesday, July 8th, Nation, attempted to cross through rushing water on FM Hwy 2492 near County Road 105. High waters rushed his pickup off of the road and downstream several hundred yards.  Nation exited the pickup and attempted to secure a small soft cooler as he was carried downstream for a significant distance before rescuers lost sight of him. Over the next 4 days the search and rescue became a search and recovery operation. On Friday, various personal items belonging to Nation were recovered downstream and from the pickup including the soft cooler containing felony amounts of marijuana and hashish.

Sheriff Grubbs requested the assistance of a number of public and private resources to aid in the search and rescue operation to attempt to locate Nation.  Over the next four days the following resources, in addition to Sheriff’s Office personnel, shared extensively in the operation: Significant resources were committed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife using their boats and sonar technology. AirEvac provided a helicopter. David Furry and Leak Surveys Inc. also provided a helicopter. The Texas Department of Public Safety committed significant resources including the Aircraft Section (Helicopter), Dive Team, and several troopers. Brown County Emergency Management provided support and the assistance of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Travis County Search and Rescue team also responded with several persons and searches with cadaver dogs.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided tracking dogs and horses. Brown County Bridge Volunteer Fire Department aided in search and support activities. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provided barricades and traffic control. Brown County Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Traweek provided personnel and barricades. Brown County Water Improvement District provided boats and search efforts.

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Body of Missing Coleman Man Found Sunday

FloodVictimRedTruck_KTABA five day search for 62-year-old Glen Nation of Coleman came to an end Sunday after search teams discovered his body.

According to Brown County Sheriff’s office officials, Nation's body was found Sunday afternoon west of Sand Creek in Brown County which is where police initially had been searching for the man.

Sheriff’s Captain Vance Hill stated that the water had receded more overnight, making it possible to search more of the area where the search teams had initially concentrated earlier in the week.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/10

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, July 10, 2015.

Wednesday, July 8

*1:44 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Brady Avenue regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, the complainant had gotten her belongings back from the suspect; however, she still wished to pursue charges.

*4:03 PM - A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of disorderly conduct.  According to the report, a male subject had attempted to pull an elderly individual off of a 4-wheel utility vehicle.  As a result of this call, a report for injury to elderly was completed and one male was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment for his injuries, the report states.

Thursday, July 9

*8:35 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of 6th Street regarding a hit and run.

*10:26 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of Malone Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.

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