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HPU Hosts Math Career Day

MathDayHoward Payne University recently hosted HPU mathematics students and faculty members as well as students from Early High School for a Math Career Day. The event was held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Room of the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the university’s campus.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness among students of the various careers for which a degree in mathematics can prepare them. Current and future HPU students who are interested in majoring in mathematics were invited. There were 15 mathematicians and engineers present to speak with students about mathematics-related careers including representatives from 3M and Kohler; in-service high school teachers from Brownwood, Early and Bangs; a practicing actuary from Waco; Dr. José Romero, associate professor of mathematics for HPU; Dr. Kenneth Word, chair of the Department of Mathematics and professor of mathematics for HPU; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, interim director of the engineering science program at HPU; and Hendra Tarigan, doctoral candidate in electrical engineering at Texas Tech University.

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Two Killed in Overnight House Fire

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An early morning fire in the 1800 block of Avenue D in Brownwood claimed the lives of a mother and son on Sunday.

According to Fire Marshal Buddy Preston, the preliminary investigation indicated that the fire was possibly caused by the malfunction of a gas heater in a bedroom of the home.   Preston stated that all three bedrooms were on the same side of the house.  The 94-year-old female slept in the rear bedroom of the home, her 66-year-old son was in the front bedroom and that the fire began in the middle bedroom.

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Jury Duty for 9:00 a.m. May 9th Session of 35th District Court Cancelled

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoJudge Stephen Ellis announces that jurors who were to report for jury duty in the 35th Judicial District Court of Brown County, on Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., in Brownwood, Texas, do not need to appear.

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Election Results May 7th - Voters Approve Conversion to Municipal Development Districts for Brownwood and Early

votebuttonVoters in Brownwood and Early overwhelmingly approved the conversion of each city’s economic development corporations to municipal development districts in elections held on May 7th.

In Brownwood, the proposition passed by more than 80% with 389 yes votes.  For the city of Early, the proposition passed by almost 89% with 88 yes votes.

Each city will be working on the conversion over the next few months, and the new municipal development districts will take effect October 1st.   This will allow more options for the expenditure of each city’s economic development funds.

In the election for city council seats in Bangs, Larry Williford, Larry Loman, and Carrol Wells came out on top for the 3 at-large seats out of 6 candidates.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/6

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, May 6, 2016

Wednesday, May 4

*11:56 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a known suspect apparently stole some window air conditioning units from a south Brownwood rental property.

*2:25 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Avenue E regarding theft.  According to the report, a router had been stolen from the residence.

Thursday, May 5

*2:38 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Durham Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, an investigation was conducted and it was determined that two brothers were in an altercation and had injured each other, one of which had a broken nose.  The two brothers were both arrested, Jerrold Wilkins was charged with injury to a child/elderly/disabled person with intent serious bodily injury and Gary Wilkins was charged with assault family violence bodily injury family/house member 2+ within 12 months.

*7:38 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 2400 block of Avenue D.  As a result of this stop, Dominick Eddington was arrested for possession of marijuana under two ounces.

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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.

Daniel Quintanella, Sr. pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Floyd Bryant Ware pled guilty to the felony offense of Robbery and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Andrew Thrasher pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Drug Free Zone and Possession of Marijuana-Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

David Robles Ortega, Jr., pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of Child Pornography and Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/5

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wednesday, May 4

*7:39 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding theft of service.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a known male suspect was stealing electricity from a neighboring apartment.

*2:00 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a residence on Skyview Court regarding fraud.  According to the report, the complainant stated that she had been subject to a scam.

*4:14 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1300 block of Durham Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, a fight had occurred between two relatives and had been a physical altercation which started with a disagreement over the care of their elderly mother.   The situation was settled by separation.

*5:04 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence in the Cross Cut area regarding a civil matter.  According to the report, the complainant advised his neighbor’s mule had attacked his animals and he had shot the mule.

*8:24 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Commerce regarding a male subject falling in the street.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 62-year-old Julian Valdez for public intoxication.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that a felony case was recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.

Buddy Eugene Allgood pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 25 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Allgood pled guilty to the felony offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Lillian Esther Mann Baker pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Jacob Gomez, on probation for the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, was adjudicated and sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Gomez pled guilty to the state jail felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 18 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

Jeffery Dewayne Whitehead pled guilty to the felony offense of Evading Arrest and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/4

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sunday, May 1

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of fraud involving a financial instrument.  According to the report, the complainant stated someone had stolen a check from his wife’s purse and used the check for a purchase at AT&T.

Monday, May 2

*1:01 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Austin Avenue regarding two counterfeit $20 bills.  According to the report, the caller advised that she had received the two counterfeit bills in a deposit.

*5:04 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of credit/debit card abuse which occurred in the 1000 block of N. Fisk Avenue regarding credit/debit card abuse.  A follow-up interview was conducted and it was determined that the incident involved credit card/debit card abuse as well as class C theft.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of illegal dumping on County Road 317 in Early, TX.  According to the report, a deputy investigated the incident and identified two suspects.

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More than $19 Million in Federal Funds Awarded to Improve Rural Transit, Boost Economy

TxDotlogoThe Texas Transportation Commission awarded more than $19.4 million to rural transit providers across the state that assist people in getting to health care facilities, schools, employment and other necessary destinations. The federally-supported initiative provides public transportation funding for rural areas with populations of less than 50,000.

“Our rural residents rely on these transportation services to commute between jobs, school and doctor’s appointments, which helps them maintain their independence and quality of life,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We are pleased to be able to assist these communities in continuing these important transportation services that keep people moving safely and comfortably.”

The commission approved the action at its April meeting.

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