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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/9

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Wednesday, October 8

*9:07 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3200 block of Stephen F. Austin regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, a female stated she had been struck in the face.  The male subject, identified as 56-year-old Henry Gary Allison, Jr. of Brownwood, was arrested for assault with injury family violence with previous conviction.

*10:40 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, a female subject was at the residence attempting to pick up her 16-year-old daughter.  The daughter claimed that the female, her mother, had assaulted her prior to officers’ arrival, the report states.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Teddy Bryan Faries of Coleman on a warrant related to motion to revoke/fraudulent possession of a controlled substance prescription schedule III/IV.

*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 24-year-old Alexis Heath on a warrant related to an unrestrained dog.

*Brownwood Police arrested 30-year-old John Robert Quick of Brownwood for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.

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Grand Jury Indictments September 2014

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the September 2014 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 58 indictments were returned against 51 people.

The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office.  Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.

Released August indictments include:

Robert Floyd: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Amber Nicole Head: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Donnie Walters: Possession of a Controlled Substance Repeat Offender

Brian Peterson: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone

Brian Degman: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone

Justin John Gregg: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Lawrence Guerrero: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone

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Former Chief of Police Indicted on Charges of Abuse of Official Capacity

GrusendorfTroyFormer Bangs Chief of Police Troy Grusendorf turned himself in to authorities Thursday after a Brown County Grand Jury issued an indictment of Abuse of Official Capacity.  The case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

45-year-old Grusendorf reported to the Brown County Jail shortly after 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  He was later released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Grusendorf had served as Bangs Chief of Police until he resigned Thursday, August 28th, after an investigation was opened into possible misconduct, according to Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/8

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Sunday, October 5

*7:37 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to a residence on Magnolia Street regarding a juvenile female sitting by herself not talking to anyone.  According to the report, the female was reported as a runaway juvenile earlier in the day.  The female was returned to her home, the report states.

Monday, October 6

*9:12 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Magnolia Street regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had stolen two checks from him.

*11:04 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Avenue K regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, the disturbance was handled by separation.  Officers were asked to search the residence for drug paraphernalia, which was located in a bathroom of the residence and seized for destruction, the report states.

* 11:16 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, one of the tires on the complainant’s pickup had been cut by an unknown suspect.

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Tax Allocations Remain Steady for Brown County Cities

comptrollerlogo2Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released October sales tax allocation numbers for October showing Brown County cities receiving steady growth.  Brown County cities of Brownwood, Bangs and Blanket showed small increases with Early having a very small drop in taxes.

The City of Brownwood was up 1.91% in sales tax for the month compared to October of last year.  Bangs and Blanket were also up with 5.35% and 7.93% respectively, as compared to the same month last year.  The City of Early remained virtually unchanged in allocations as compared to the same period in 2013 with an ever so slight drop of - 0.04% in allocations.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their October local sales tax allocations totaling $621.7 million, up 7.2 percent compared to October 2013.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in September was $2.17 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to September 2013.

"Significant growth in sales tax revenues occurred across all major economic sectors, reflecting strength in both business and consumer spending," Combs said. "The gains were led by remittances from the oil and natural gas-related and manufacturing sectors, as well as from restaurants and retail trade."

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Bonfire Scheduled Thursday to Rally Team Spirit for Brownwood Lions Game

leapinglionBrownwood Lions fans are invited to attend a bonfire at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th to “smoke out the yellow jackets” as the Brownwood Lions get set to take on the Stephenville Yellow Jackets Friday at Gordon Wood Stadium.

The bonfire will be at the Bert Massey Sports Complex Adult Softball field area.  The festivities will begin around 7:15 p.m. with lighting of the fire at approximately 7:45 p.m.

There will be music, cheering, and more as the Brownwood Lions football players light the bonfire.

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Brown County Hosts 2014 National Night Out

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Dozens of neighborhoods throughout Brown County celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday by hosting a variety of block parties and events to meet their neighbors, police, city officials and area first responders.

Neighborhoods held these cookouts, pot-lucks, games, and other activities to help heighten crime and drug prevention awareness in their neighborhoods. National Night Out also helped neighbors get to know each other and strengthen relationships between residents and local law enforcement.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/7

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

Thursday, October 2

*Brownwood Police were called to a hit and run in the 400 block of W. Commerce, Walmart.  According to the report, a Dodge pickup had been struck in the parking lot of the store.

Monday, October 6

*11:20 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  According to the report, a deputy spoke with a female victim who stated that she had allowed a former friend to borrow her truck and that he would not give it back.  The incident is being investigated.

*9:33 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Brady Avenue regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, officers investigated an incident of graffiti and damage to an electrical box.

*11:06 PM – Brownwood Police made a pedestrian stop in the 1000 block of Avenue I.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 22-year-old Caleb Keith Pittman of Brownwood for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

*12:09 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Southside Drive regarding a hit and run accident.

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Michael Lowery Found Guilty of Murder, Sentenced to Life with No Chance for Parole

amberLoweryA six man, six woman Comanche County Jury found Michael Lowery guilty in the murder of his wife, Amber Lowery and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility for parole Tuesday afternoon.

During the 6 day trial, Lowery was accused of killing Amber, dismembering the body and putting it in a burn pile.   Her remains were discovered at the end of July 2013 on the property where the Lowery's lived near Rising Star.

Amber Lowery, a mother of two and a former medical helicopter pilot, was reported missing on July 24, 2013 after being heard from last on the previous evening.

Authorities released the following timeline in August of 2013, early in the investigation.

On July 27, 2013, Amber’s 2011 Honda vehicle was found abandoned in Rising Star.   Authorities interviewed witnesses and discovered that Michael drove the Honda to Rising Star, parked it and then obtained a ride back to his residence.  Authorities obtained search warrants for Michael’s residence, surrounding property and his personal vehicle.

On July 30, 2013, Michael Logan Lowery was arrested in Brown County and charged with the murder of his wife Amber Lowery and then transferred to Comanche County Jail.  Amber was reported as a missing person on July 24, 2013, when she failed to show up to meet her brother.  Michael stated that he had last seen his wife the night of July 23, 2013, but had not heard from her since.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 10/7

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of September 29 - October 5, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 21 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, and 9 motor vehicle accidents.

Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:

Monday, September 29

*4:32 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in the 100 block of E. Commerce.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles.

*4:56 PM – BFD worked a second motor vehicle accident with no injuries at the 100 block of E. Commerce involving a semi truck verses an emergency vehicle.

*5:47 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 1600 block of Brooks.  The incident was determined to be unintentional fire alarm activation.

*10:03 PM – BFD responded to a single vehicle accident in the 2900 block of Good Shepherd where a vehicle struck a fence/house. There were no injuries.

Tuesday, September 30

*12:44 PM – BFD responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 800 block of W. Commerce involving a motorcycle verses a pedestrian. Firefighters assisted EMS with packing and loading the patient for transport to the emergency room.

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