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Police Investigating Death of Brownwood Teen

EarlyPDLogoThe Early Police Department is investigating the death of an 18-year-old Brownwood man who was found over the weekend.

The man is identified as Brandon Lee Abernathy of Brownwood, according to Early Police Chief David Mercer.  Abernathy was staying at a friend's house in 200 block of Hillcrest Drive in Early when he was found at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Mercer reported that the reporting party said Abernathy was not breathing and was cold to touch when the 911 call was made.  He had apparently been deceased for several hours when the call was made.

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Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of Man from May, Injures His Wife

TexasDPS_logoEmergency responders were called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident Monday morning near May which took the life of a man and injured his wife.

The accident occurred at approximately 8:25 a.m. on FM 1689 about 2 miles from May when the motorcycle left the roadway, killing Billy Ray London, Jr. of May, according to law enforcement officials.  His wife, who was reported by Texas Department of Public Safety to have non-life threatening injuries, was transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

London was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Bob Wall.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/29

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, August 29, 2014.

Wednesday, August 27

*1:15 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Walmart regarding theft.  According to the report, the store wished to pursue charges and the investigation is ongoing.

*2:26 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of 8th Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.

Thursday, August 28

*10:27 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 3400 block of Milam Drive, Janie Clements Industries, regarding a citizens’ dispute.  According to the report, the victim stated he was assaulted by a known suspect.  Due to the subject living in the same group home as the complainant, a report for family violence was made for further consideration, the report states.

*10:28 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the complainant stated that the screen to the rear door of her home had been damaged in July.

*11:04 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Market Place Blvd. regarding the burglary of a habitation.

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Brownwood High School Hosts Meet the Band Event

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Brownwood High School’s Mighty Maroon Marching Band was introduced Thursday night at Meet the Band.

Band Director David Lambert introduced drum majors and band members to the crowd.  Those in attendance were treated to a performance of the school song, fight song and many popular favorites heard during football games.

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After Investigation into Misconduct, Bangs Chief of Police Resigns

GrusendorfBangs Chief of Police Troy Grusendorf resigned Thursday afternoon after an investigation was opened into possible misconduct according to Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop.

Bishop confirmed that Grusendorf presented a letter of resignation prior to a special called meeting of the Bangs City Council to consider his termination due to lack of confidence and misconduct.

“I discovered over a course of the past month that the chief of police had a city employee that was under his supervision doing work at his new residence, a rental property, while they were being paid by the City of Bangs,” said Bishop.  “This is unacceptable for anyone in government, but especially by someone I am depending on to enforce the law.”

Bishop explained that he had planned to bring the matter of misconduct before the council in a specially called meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday; however, Grusendorf tendered his resignation at 3:21 p.m. instead and the meeting was cancelled.

The investigation of misconduct is ongoing; however, Bishop stated he did not expect any other city employees to be “in trouble.”  He stated, “He (Grusendorf) was the supervisor and one having this done.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/28 - Several Drug Related Arrests Made Wednesday

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Saturday, August 23

*Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3400 block of Golding Road regarding a juvenile receiving unwanted messages via a social media application.

Monday, August 25

*6:13 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Sportsman Center on Belle Plain Street in Brownwood regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the manager of the store stated that someone had attempted to break into the storeroom and had damaged a steel door, which will cost approximately $1200 to replace.

Wednesday, August 27

*7:24 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Precinct 2 barn on FM 1689 in May, regarding theft of property.  According to the report, an unknown suspect had cut the lock off the gate of the property and had stolen a sprayer system which was mounted in a county owned truck, a 5 pound extinguisher and approximately 300 gallons of “clear” diesel fuel.

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Cities Announce Labor Day Closings and Trash Pickup Schedule

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallIn observance of the Labor Day holiday, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Monday, September 1st.  Residents with blue or green carts, please note collection days as follows:  Monday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday; and Thursday’s and Friday’s routes will not be affected by the holiday.

The Brownwood Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, during normal business hours.   Call the Brownwood sanitation department at 643-4200 for any questions.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/27

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Friday, August 22

*12:00 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1700 block of Broadmoor Drive regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the complainant’s 2003 Trailblazer was broken into during the night and a purse was stolen.

Sunday, August 24

*2:39 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Cleburne Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.

Monday, August 25

*8:28 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of Belle Plain, Dave’s Tire Service, regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, an unknown subject(s) broke into the complainant’s shop over the weekend.

Tuesday, August 26

*9:41 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy received a report of theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated on August 1, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m. he noticed someone had stolen his green Pelican canoe, valued at $200.00.

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Brownwood ISD Lowers Tax Rate, Approves Budget

bisdlogo4Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees adopted a decreased 2014 tax rate and approved the 2014/2015 budget at a special called meeting Monday night.

The new rate of $1.2547/$100 valuation was adopted and made possible by the district having decreased debts according to Brownwood ISD Superintendent Reece Blincoe.  The interest and sinking portion of the tax rate at $0.2147/$100 valuation is 5¢ less than the past year’s tax rate.  The maintenance and operation portion of the tax rate is set at $1.04/$100 valuation.  The result is that a resident who owns a $75,000 home will pay $37.50 less in property taxes next year according to Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gabaree.

BISD’s total budget of more than $30,500,000 consists of $27,067,734 maintenance and operations, $1,827,000 for school nutrition, and $2,610,000 for debts.

Blincoe stated that he was pleased with the budget which included raises for school employees.

“I think we passed a strong budget.  We’re able to give teachers raises and have money to give really strong programs,” said Blincoe.  “Hopefully we will get some good things done this year.  We feel fortunate that last year’s budget was in the black and we had some funds left and were able to give raises.”

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Loadcraft Industries to Expand Brownwood Facilities, Create Jobs

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council approved the action of the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation Board, granting a $200,000 business expansion loan to Loadcraft Industries which also contains a job creation credit.  The loan will allow the company to also add many jobs in the process.

According to a council briefing sheet, Loadcraft Industries is under contract to purchase the former Fenton building on Hwy 377 and will move the assembly of standard drilling rigs (currently in Brady) and the concrete batch plant (currently in Early) to the Fenton location.  The building at the location will require about $400,000 in electrical work to get the building up to code and supply power for new equipment.  The company is investing approximately $500,000 in new equipment and facility expansion for the Fenton plant and the existing Brownwood plant.

Loadcraft plans on starting with 25-30 jobs in the Fenton plant and adding 8-12 jobs in the Brownwood plant.  BEDC Executive Director Emily Crawford stated that the company is doing well and has hired over 300 people since January 1, 2014.  Of those, 119 are out of town contractors working at all three Loadcraft locations.  Their employees have an average wage of $15-20/hour.

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