Two seconds. That’s how long Rodney Matthews, former construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation, had to react after he heard a crash and a driver drove through his work zone. Matthews was thrown 30 feet in the air and sustained a concussion and severe injuries, but was lucky to survive. Not everyone gets that second chance.
“Whether it was pure adrenaline or by the grace of God, I survived,” said Matthews, who now works as a TxDOT project manager. “I was lucky. I’m here today sharing my story to remind everyone to pay extra attention when driving through work zones, because the consequences of not doing so can be deadly.”
While these types of close calls are becoming too familiar to TxDOT workers, statistics show more motorists die in work zones than workers. Work zone crashes increased by 13 percent in Texas last year and killed 138 people. As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15, TxDOT urges drivers to slow down, pay attention and be extra cautious to save not only the lives of work zone workers, but their own lives as well.
“People often think work zone crashes result in the deaths of roadside workers, but last year, 81 percent of these fatalities were motorists,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Work zones require complete attention and strict adherence to posted traffic signs. For the sake of everyone working in and traveling through work zones, we urge drivers to be extremely careful and responsible so everyone can arrive home safely to their loved ones.”
Brown County Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement on Monday to help the City of Early resurface a small portion of County Road 292, Jenkins Springs Road.
Early City Administrator Tony Aaron brought the interlocal agreement for the court to consider, explaining that county crews were already resurfacing a portion of County Road 292 and the Early City Council wished to have the 0.3 mile stretch of the roadway, from the intersection of US Hwy 377 to the city limits, resurfaced while the county crews were working in the area. The agreement states that the City of Early would pay up to $6000 for the county to provide the materials, equipment and labor to apply a single layer of seal coat to the city’s portion of the road. The City of Early would continue to be responsible for the maintenance of this portion of the roadway.
Precinct 1 Commissioners Wayne Shaw stated that his foreman had worked with Aaron to figure the cost and that the precinct crews should be able to pave the remaining 0.3 mile portion of CR 292, which is within the city, for the $6000 estimate.
Aaron stated that the City of Early and Brown County have worked a similar agreement in the past.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 11, 2016
Friday, April 8
*10:44 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the area of 5th Street and Coggin Avenue. The driver, identified as 40-year-old David Joe Pierce of San Saba, Texas, was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended license with prior convictions and no insurance, according to the report. Pierce was arrested for driving while license invalid.
*3:18 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 200 block of E. Commerce regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, a credit card and some cash were stolen during the burglary.
*Brown County Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by Bangs Police Department, responded to the area of Highway 67 and FM 585 regarding a domestic disturbance that originated at another location. Further investigation revealed that a male and female were both assaulted by a female suspect; however, neither wanted to press charges and the parties were already separated.
*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 23-year-old Neil Ray Bingham of Early for public intoxication.
Brown County first responders were called to the scene of an accident Sunday afternoon involving a vehicle striking a on U.S. Hwy 67 West, about two miles west of Brownwood.
Around 1:00 p.m., a single cab pickup left the roadway and traveled across the front yard, and collided with the brick home, causing damage to the front wall near the front door.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, April 8, 2016
Wednesday, April 6
*11:31 PM – Brownwood police were dispatched to the 600 block of Norwood Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, the complainant stated that his ex-girlfriend showed up at the address with two other males and assaulted him. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
Thursday, April 7
*8:21 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Hawkins Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, a leather bag with five Bingo dobbers was stolen from the inside the vehicle. No arrests had been made at the time of the report.
*9:30 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of 6th Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, upon arrival, the responding officer observed a male who matched the description of the male half of the disturbance walking southbound from the residence. The male, identified as 21-year-old Jacob Munoz of Brownwood, was detained pending investigation and gave permission to the officer to search his person, the report states. Located inside Munoz’s jacket was a small zipper case containing multiple Xanax pills, according to the report. Munoz was arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams in a drug free zone (within 1000 feet of the Boys and Girls Club). Munoz was also issued a criminal trespass warning from the residence.
At a special-called Board meeting at noon on Friday, April 8, Brownwood ISD trustees unanimously approved Coach Kyle Maxfield as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Brownwood ISD. Coach Maxfield comes to Brownwood from Shallowater ISD where he has been the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach since 2009.
Shallowater is currently ranked fifth in the state for the 2015-2016 UIL Lone Star Cup. The Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to the best overall athletic and academic program in each of the six UIL classifications, based on their men’s and women’s team performances in district and state championships. Under Coach Maxfield’s leadership, Shallowater finished second in the Lone Star Cup competition in 2014-2015.
While lettering from 1990-1994 under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M University as a defensive back and special teams player, Coach Maxfield was part of a team which was 28-0-1 in SWC play, earning three straight SWC Championships. After beginning his coaching career in the Mesquite and Cypress Fairbanks ISDs, Coach Maxfield got his first head coaching job at Olton in 1999. After successful stints at Sudan, Reagan County, and Rosebud-Lott, he moved to Shallowater in 2009.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6
*3:29 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of W. Commerce Street regarding suspicious activity. According to the report, the caller had reported that a pickup had been parked at the gas pumps with its lights on and had been there since 1:00 a.m. This call led to the arrest of 32-year-old Christopher Burfield of Coleman, Texas for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 greater than 1 gram less than 4 grams and possession of marijuana.
*8:04 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop in the 1400 block of FM 590. According to the report, this stop led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 51-year-old Chadwick Lee Avery of Zephyr, Texas. After further investigation, Avery was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired motor vehicle registration, and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
*2:01 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of 4th Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle during the overnight hours.
*2:52 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 100 block of Miller Drive regarding fraud. According to the report, $157 was stolen from the elderly complainant’s account through use of a debit card.
Update: Family of Logan Bishop announced that Bishop and Breanna Motes were found early Friday morning. Each of the teens were being transported to their respective homes at that time.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office stated that although details were not released as to how the pair were located, investigators were told that they were found near Mertzon, Texas.
Original Story: A Brownwood family is searching for their son, 16-year-old Logan Bishop, who was last seen on April 2, 2016.
According to Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop had been living with his father in San Angelo until a few months ago, when he moved to Brownwood to live with his mother and stepfather.
Sunday, April 3rd, BCSO received a missing person report regarding Bishop, who is believed to be with a female friend, 16-year-old Breanna Motes of San Angelo. Although law enforcement did not release names, both of the teens’ mothers have posted pleas on Facebook along with the above picture of the pair on Facebook.
Breanna’s mother has offered a $1000 reward for assistance in finding her daughter.
BCSO Investigator John Harper is working the case to locate Logan Bishop, while Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office is working the case involving Breanna Motes. Harper stated that the pair had possibly gotten help from someone to leave the area. Child Protective Services is also involved in the investigation, according to Harper.
Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of March along with year-to-date numbers for 2015 and 2016.
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 88 reported crimes in March which is 15 more than the previous month. Of the total number of crimes, 44.3% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Cases of rape were increased by 4 incidents. Larceny thefts were increased by 50% while burglaries of habitations were decreased 50%.
There were 51 traffic accidents and 11 driving while intoxicated arrests reported in the city of Brownwood for March.
See below for the February and March crime statistics along with tables of year-to-date 2015 and 2016 statistics of the same time period for comparison. The number reported refers to crimes that were assigned a case number and responded to by police. The number cleared refers to how many cases were closed either by an arrest or after further investigation.