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Brownwood Police Release January 2015 Crime Statistics

BPDpatchSmallBrownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of January along with year-to-date numbers for 2014 and 2015.

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 95 reported crimes in January which is increased by 5.5% from the previous month.  Of these crimes, 41% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation.  Of note, cases of larceny theft were increased by 15 incidents or 37.5% as compared to the month of December.

There were 39 traffic accidents and 6 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for January.

2015 appears to have a slightly increasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2014 during this first month.  Of note, cases of assault are down by 5 incidents or 17.8%, however larceny theft cases were increased by 8 incidents as compared to the same timeframe during 2014.

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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.

Edward Salazar pled guilty to the felony offenses of Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Joshua James Johnson pled guilty to the felony offense of Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/9

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, February 9, 2015.

Wednesday, February 4

*1:20 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding disorderly conduct.  According to the report, the manager of a north Brownwood business reported that a male subject exposed himself to a female employee.

Friday, February 6

*8:40 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 200 block of W. Commerce regarding the forgery of a check at a local business.

*9:17 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of 14th Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.

*10:15 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Austin Avenue regarding the follow up on a forged check at a local business.  The investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*11:00 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop on the south side of Brownwood.  During the stop, a male subject was found to have recently purchased several items from a local hardware store using a credit card that did not belong to him, the report states.  The male, identified as 28-year-old Michael George of Bangs, was arrested by a Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy, charged with credit or debit card abuse and tamper/fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair.

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Brookesmith ISD Fights to Keep Doors Open

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Brookesmith ISD is working fast and furiously to keep the school's doors open because of an “Accredited-Probation” status from the Texas Education Agency.

According to District Superintendent Dr. Jay L. Smith, who has been with the district for six years (four as the superintendent), the district has been in an uphill battle since July 2011 when the district faced a negative fund balance which created a sub-standard accountability rating with TEA.

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Performance Pipe Achieves Safety Milestone and Performance Record

PerformancePipePhotoThe Brownwood, Texas plant of Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, has operated without a single recordable injury for four years, and while this is an important achievement, Plant Manager Mike Hemm said that there is no finish line when it comes to safety.

“I am proud of all our employees for their personal commitment and daily efforts to keep themselves and their teammates free from injury,” said Hemm. “However, we have to remain vigilant about safety because it is a journey that never ends. You must be engaged each and every day.”

The Brownwood plant opened in 1962, and today, it is one of the largest producers of continuous high-density polyethylene extrusion pipe in North America. The pipe is used in a variety of industries including natural gas, municipal, mining, oilfield and utility.

Last year, the plant hit new shipping, quality and production records. “Holding each other accountable for safety in the workplace for more than 1,000 days is significant, but then to also surpass the plant’s production performance, now that’s remarkable,” said Hemm.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/6

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, February 6, 2015.

Thursday, February 5

*11:43 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding identification theft.  According to the report, someone had obtained and used the complainant’s social security number.  There was no known suspect at the time of the report.

*1:23 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to the area of County Road 411 regarding found property.  According to the report, the caller had found several oxygen and acetylene bottles, which appeared to be the type used in welding, in a deep ditch next to the county road.  The bottles were loaded up and transported to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for safe keeping, the report states.

*3:29 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding identification theft.  According to the report, a relative of the complainant had used his identifying information to obtain a rental agreement without his permission.  The suspect failed to pay the bills which had led to the complainant owing the company more than $3800 in back rent, the report states.

*4:22 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence on County Road 347 in Early.  According to the report, the complainant stated that her grandson had used her credit card without permission and had made numerous charges to various gaming websites.

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Romancing the Stars Dinner and Dance to Benefit the Ark Domestic Violence Shelter

RomancingTheStarsThe Ark Domestic Violence Shelter will host a dinner and dance, “Romancing the Stars,” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14th at the Brown County Fairgrounds Home Economics Building.

Tickets are available at the Brownwood, Early, Comanche and Coleman Chambers of Commerce, KOXE, KBWD, and Wendlee Broadcasting for $45 each and include an evening of dancing to the music of the Bill Smallwood Band and dinner catered by Humphrey Pete’s which includes an 8 oz. sirloin, roasted new potatoes, green beans, salad, roll and dessert.  Tickets are also available from any Ark board member online at www.arkshelter.org or by calling 325-643-2699.

During the event, there will be live and silent auctions.  Auction items include a guitar autographed by George Strait, a trip to New York City (airfare and hotel accommodations), a trip to New Orleans (airfare and hotel accommodations), a sapphire and diamond ring and much more.

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Brownwood Public Library to Host Monthly Book Sale Feb. 7th

LibraryBooksThe Brownwood Public Library will be having is third monthly book sale this Saturday, February 7th, from 9 am to noon in the board room of the library.  Hard back books are $1.00 and paperback books are 25 cents.  There will be several cook books added to the sale this time.

Sally Porter will be in charge of the sale, and additional donations of books for the sale are appreciated.  Books may be left at the library anytime it is open.  The library website site is http://www.brownwoodpubliclibrary.com/.

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Brownwood Art Association to Host Salon des Refusés Exhibit February 8th-20th

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Over 120 art pieces representing over 50 different local artists have been submitted to the annual Salon des Refusés Exhibit held by the Brownwood Art Association in cooperation with the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit.

“This is the biggest Salon show we've had,” said Tommy Munster, Brownwood Art Association President. “There are some really great art pieces. There's a huge variety of media: photography, sculptures, and paintings. There's a great mixture of contemporary and modern art.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/5

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Tuesday, February 3

*2:56 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant who stated a neighbor has been harassing her by spotlighting her driveway  nightly, and cursing and yelling at her from his property.  The complainant also said that the neighbor curses and yells at school busses as they pass the area.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Blue Bonnet trailer Park regarding an abandoned bicycle, which was collected and taken to the law enforcement center where it was logged as found property.

Wednesday, February 4

*8:47 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of US Hwy 377 regarding forgery/counterfeiting.  According to the report, the complainant stated that an unknown suspect submitted a forged check for payment.   The investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*2:08 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of Cordell Street regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 40-year-old Alejandro Demestric Hall of Brownwood for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 in a drug free zone, possession of a dangerous drug, and public intoxication.

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