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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/3

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Wednesday, July 2

*8:38 AM – A Brownwood Police officer made a stop on a vehicle for the driver not wearing a seat belt.  This stop led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 22-year-old Arthur Villarreal of Brownwood for driving while license invalid.

*2:56 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Austin Avenue regarding possible narcotics activity.  According to the report, an investigation revealed that the subjects did not possess drugs or narcotics; however it was later found that the bathroom and drainage ditch, at Coggin Park, had been recently spray painted.  It was also later determined that one of the subject had provided a false/fictitious name, the report states.

*4:52 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, an investigation determined that the male half of the disturbance to be the aggressor and a female as the victim.  As a result of this call, 45-year-old Fortson Duran Martin of Brownwood was arrested for assault with injury family violence with previous conviction.

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Grand Jury Indictments June 2014

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the June 2014 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 70 indictments were returned against 59 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 June indictments include:

Marjorie Elaine Schneider: Possession of a controlled substance – drug free zone.

John Simon Armendarez: Possession of a controlled substance – drug free zone and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon – weapon – free school zone.

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UTV Accident in McCulloch County Takes Life of Brownwood Teen, Injures Two Other Teens

A Brownwood teen was fatally injured in a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident in McCulloch County Wednesday evening.

According to McCulloch County Chief Deputy Jon Stafford, the accident occurred on a private ranch in McCulloch County shortly before 7:00 p.m.

Stafford explained that the teens involved had been visiting another teen on his family’s ranch, hunting and doing some work on the ranch, such as weed eating and mowing.  They were riding in a Polaris Ranger when the accident occurred.

14 year-old Elias Stanke of Brownwood was sitting in a high rack seat (one built up and usually used for hunting) with a 17-year-old male from Coleman.  The vehicle was driven by a 19-year-old male, also from Coleman.

The boys were going to finish up a job that evening, when the vehicle took a curve to the right, and rolled over, according to Stafford.  Stanke was thrown out of the vehicle which rolled, landing on and fatally injuring him.  The other two teens were also injured.  The driver was air lifted to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo with what Stafford reported were nonlife-threatening injuries.  The 17-year-old passenger was treated at the scene by EMS and taken by private vehicle to Shannon Medical Center.  The current conditions of the two surviving teens were not known at the time of Stafford’s report.

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Update: Names Released of Deceased and Injured in Comanche Fireworks Explosion

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Update: 1:00 PM:  Identities of the deceased and injured at the Thursday morning fireworks-related explosion in Comanche have been released by officials.

According to BigCountryHomePage.com, Eddie Parker suffered minor injuries from the explosion.  Rex Plumlee and a another person who has not yet been named were critically injured in the explosion.  One of the two was flown to a hospital in Fort Worth for treatment, though authorities did not specify which.

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Brownwood Police Release June 2014 Crime Statistics

BPDpatchSmallBrownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of June 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 125 reported crimes in June which is increased by 5% from the previous month.  Of these crimes, 42% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation.  Of note, cases of assaults were increased by 15 incidents as compared to the month of May while larceny thefts were decreased by 5 during the same timeframe.

There were 45 traffic accidents and 5 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for June.

2014 appears to be continuing a decreasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2013.  Of note, motor vehicle thefts are down by 4 incidents or 44% and burglary of a building was down by 6 cases, or 25% as compared to the same timeframe during 2013.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/2: Cashing Forged Check Leads to Arrest, Trip to Hospital and Attempted Escape of Suspect

LECSmBrownwood Police arrested a woman for a second time in eight days for forgery of a financial instrument on Tuesday.

According to Brownwood Police, 24-year-old Christina Gomez of Brownwood had attempted to cash a stolen check on July 1st in the Citizens National Bank drive-thru when a teller reported the crime.  The teller explained to the officer that Gomez came to the bank earlier and cashed a temporary check from the same stolen account, the report states.

Gomez had been arrested recently in another incident after she was accused of stealing an iPhone and tried to use a stolen check as payment at a local nail salon on June 23rd, according to a previous police report.  The check was connected to a previous burglary of a vehicle, according to law enforcement.

The responding officer interviewed Gomez about the newest incident, who was parked in the drive-thru of the bank waiting to cash the check, according to the report.   When asked about the checks, Gomez stated that she was at the bank to cash a check she had received for babysitting; however, she did state that she had endorsed this check as well as the check cashed earlier in the day, the report states.

The owner of the checking account was contacted and stated that she had not written the checks, and she had left her checks at her boyfriend’s home and was not sure how Gomez had possession of them, according to the officer’s report.

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Police Investigating Multi-Vehicle Accident in Early

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Brown County emergency responders were dispatched to a three-vehicle accident early Wednesday afternoon with a fourth non-contact vehicle involved, belonging to a federal law enforcement agency, that traveled through a red light, according to witnesses on scene.

Witnesses stated that the three vehicles involved in the crash were at the intersection of US Hwy 183 and Early Blvd. when the light turned green and they began to move forward.  The witnesses reported that an unmarked Ford Explorer belonging to a U.S Marshal traveled into the turn lane beside them and cut them off in the middle of the intersection.   The Explorer continued driving with the emergency lights and siren active, according to witnesses.  Dispatch stated that the marshal did call in that he traveled through a red light and multiple callers had reported the was an accident at the intersection.

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DPS Urges Drivers to Move Over, Slow Down for Emergency Vehicles

TexasDPS_logoThe Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will place special enforcement emphasis on the Move Over/Slow Down law, that requires drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.

DPS troopers across the region will be stopping violators who fail to obey the Move Over/Slow Down law.  The law states that a driver must either vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle (if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction) or slow down 20 miles per hour below the speed limit.

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Fireworks Suspected Cause of Structure Fire on 1st Street Tuesday Evening

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The Brownwood Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire Tuesday night in the 1800 block of 1st Street that was suspected to be caused by fireworks.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 7:20 PM to a storage shed in the backyard of a residence fully involved in flames.  The shed was totally destroyed in the fire, and a nearby Ford pickup was also destroyed.  The fire spread to a garage at a neighboring residence in the 1300 block of Avenue J causing damage.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires, and no injuries were reported.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/1

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Sunday, June 29

*7:50 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1200 block of Avenue G regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, the officer spoke to multiple witnesses, the victim and two suspects (which were at a different location) during an investigation of assault family violence.

Monday, June 30

*6:41 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Willis Street regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 23-year-old Khayman Broadi Delarosa of Brownwood for assault family violence against two family members.

*9:38 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Avenue D regarding the theft of rims being stolen from a motor vehicle.   According to the report, all four tires and rims were stolen from the vehicle with the vehicle being placed on cinder blocks.  No suspect information was available at the time of the report.

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