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Fire at Hunter’s Cabin Investigated as Possible Arson

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A fire at a hunter’s cabin at a property on County Road 121 in northern Brown County was determined suspicious and is being investigated as a possible case of arson, according to Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston.

The property is remote, near the Coleman County line.  The initial report of the fire was called in at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Monday.  When firefighters arrived, the structure was reduced to a pile of rubble and deemed a total loss.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 6/11

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Wednesday, June 10

*8:31 PM – A Brownwood Police officer, while on patrol, observed a wanted subject walking in the 1700 block of 6th Street and a pedestrian stop was made.  This stop led to the arrest of 17-year-old Acey Glenn Sliger of Brownwood on a parole violation and prohibited weapon (knuckles).

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51-year-old Gary Wayne Laird of Brownwood for theft from person.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Kevin Shane Perry of Brownwood for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

Thursday, June 11

*1:15 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1200 block of West US Hwy 67.  According to the report, the vehicle was traveling 56 mph in a 45 mph speed zone.  This stop led to the arrest of 39-year-old Roger Lynn Camp of Bangs for driving while intoxicated.

*Texas Department of Public Safety arrested 19-year-old Daulton Allen of Coleman for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

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Local Sales Tax Allocations for June 2015

comptrollerlogo2Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released sales tax allocation numbers for June which showed small increases in Brown County cities of Early and Bangs, along with a larger increase for the City of Blanket.   The report shows a very slight decrease for the city of Brownwood.

The growth in allocations for Early and Bangs were 6.3% and 9.14% respectively over the same month last year.  Blanket saw a 135.68% increase of more than $1430.  Brownwood saw a decrease of 5.10%.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.6 billion, up 5.2 percent compared to May 2014.

“This marks the 62nd consecutive month of growth in sales tax collections,” Hegar said. “Sales tax revenue growth was relatively strong, spurred by consumer spending at retail stores and restaurants. Remittances from the construction, wholesale trade and services sectors were also up significantly. Collections from the oil and gas mining sector declined, as was expected, due to the slowdown in drilling.”

Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their June local sales tax allocations totaling $629.2 million, up 5.9 percent compared to June 2014.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 6/10

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Monday, June 8

*8:10 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of Avenue D regarding the burglary of a habitation.

*12:15 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Avenue J regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the complainant previously called the police earlier this morning regarding a bicycle that she found laying in the roadway in front of her residence.  This second call was a result of a vehicle key being taken from her vehicle.

Tuesday, June 9

*2:00 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Porter Street to verify a sex offender’s registration.  As a result of this visit, a warrant is being sought for an offender’s failure to comply with sex offender requirements.

*3:00 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of South US Hwy 377 regarding an incident of fraud/forgery against the elderly.

*6:36 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center emergency room regarding a possible sexual assault of a child.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

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Wednesday Morning Pharmacy Burglaries Thought to be Connected

SuspectSurveillance1Brownwood Police are investigating an early Wednesday morning burglary where a large quantity of medication was stolen from Doc’s Drug Store on Hwy 377.

According to Brownwood Police Department, the burglary at Doc’s occurred at approximately 5:00 a.m., where a large quantity of specific high powered narcotic medication was targeted and stolen.  Suspect(s) were in and out in a very short time, police said.  The estimated street value of the medication stolen is probably upwards of $50,000 according to investigators.

A similar burglary occurred at Tanglewood Pharmacy in Stephenville which could be connected.  Around 3:00 a.m., two hours before the Brownwood burglary, unknown suspect(s) entered Tanglewood Pharmacy and removed property and merchandise. This burglary is under investigation by the Stephenville Police.

The burglaries are very similar according to police and may be connected.

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Area Water Providers Ease Water Restrictions

waterestrictionsSeveral Brown County cities and water providers began easing water restrictions Tuesday after recent rains have filled Lake Brownwood to 96% capacity.   At that level, local drought contingency plans call for eliminating water restrictions, but some area water providers were not quite willing to ease up as much as others from the Stage 3 restrictions.

Currently, the City of Brownwood and City of Bangs have removed all water restrictions from their residents, but strongly encourage conservation efforts by the public.

Bangs City Administrator Leo Smith stated that his council believed that the Drought Contingency Plan needed to be followed to keep the integrity of the plan.  He stated that the City of Bangs is asking residents to utilize voluntary conservation efforts.

Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree said Tuesday that his council believes it is important to follow the Drought Contingency Plan that has been adopted with the current trigger points.

“We are going to follow the plan.  Just as the other cities, we cannot enforce restrictions if the trigger points show there are no restrictions,” Rountree stated.  “We are willing to sit down and consider if these trigger points need to be adjusted.   We are fine with that, but for right now, we feel like we need to follow the plan as it has been approved.  Restrictions will be lifted.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 6/9

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Monday, June 8

*9:19 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office receive a report of theft from a resident on Brin Street in Brownwood.  According to the report, the seat off of the complainant’s riding lawn mower had been stolen.

*9:42 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of theft that occurred in the 1400 block of Campa sometime the night before.

*9:57 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1300 block of Avenue J regarding a possible burglary.  The complainant reported that a vehicle has been burglarized sometime between Sunday and Monday and many items were missing.

*10:07 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce (WalMart) regarding a shoplifter.  Police report that a suspect allegedly stole more than $100 worth of property from the store.   Police arrested 35-year-old Vanessa Marie Miller of Brownwood for theft of property.

*2:47 PM – Brownwood Police responded to a report of criminal mischief in the 1500 block of Brady Avenue.

*6:00 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Avenue E regarding a domestic disturbance.  The complainant told police that she had been assaulted by her husband and injuries were apparent, according to the report.  A police report was submitted for investigation.

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Brownwood ISD Begins Search for New Superintendent

bisdlogo4Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday night to hire the Region 15 Education Service Center to help in the search for a new superintendent.

Region 15 Education Service Center is a non-regulatory agency which is one of 20 regional education service agencies that serve Texas educational needs.  Their relationship with school districts is “collaborative and supportive” and “to improve education in our region,” according to the Region 15 Educational Service Center website.

According to Brownwood ISD Trustee Eric Evans, the board believes that Region 15 Service Center will be a great source for vetting candidates because they have a vested interest in Brownwood ISD being successful as they work to help in the process to find the best possible candidates for consideration by the board.

“Region 15 has a lot of eyes and ears in the state of Texas to see what is out there (regarding possible candidates),” said Evans.

The contract states that compensation will be $2000 and travel expenses, which Region 15 Director Laura Strube stated was minimal because the service center is very interested in being a part of the search and helping BISD succeed.  They also realize the staff of the service center will be working closely with the future superintendent that is chosen and having the best qualified person for the job is beneficial to both the district and the service center.

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City of Brownwood Welcomes New Economic Development Corporation Executive Director

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The new Brownwood Economic Development Corporation executive director was appointed by City Manager Bobby Rountree after unanimous approval of the Brownwood City Council on Tuesday.  Guy Andrews was selected by the BEDC Board and current BEDC Executive Director Emily Crawford after interviews of eight applicants for the position.

Andrews comes to Brownwood from Odessa, having worked most recently with Saulsbury Industries as their executive director of communications and organizational development.  He brings not only industrial but also retail development experience to the position, having also worked as the Director of Economic Development for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and as the Community Development Director for the City of Conroe for several years, where he led an initiative to make Conroe a “developer friendly” city through city planning, ordinance review and streamlined permitting.

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One-Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Driver Friday

FM2125Fatality_060515Injuries sustained from a one-vehicle accident claimed the life of the driver and injured the passenger of a pickup truck Friday, June 5th.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Martin Molotsky, the accident occurred at 3:40 p.m. Friday when the red GMC pickup was traveling north on FM 2125 near Lake Brownwood.  The vehicle went off the roadway and the driver, identified as 49-year-old Terri Ann Barker of Brownwood, overcorrected and the vehicle spun off of the roadway to the west, said Molotsky.  The vehicle was reported to have traveled through a swampy area and a fence, striking two trees before coming to rest upright.

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