District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that a few felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Selso Martinez pled no contest to the felony offense of Fail to Comply with Sex Offender Requirement and was sentenced to 4 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Martinez pled no contest to the state jail felony offense of Evading Arrest and was sentenced to 2 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.
Brian Lee Jones
pled guilty to the felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
54-year-old Thommy Wesley Wade of Brownwood was found guilty of animal cruelty by Judge Stephen Ellis Thursday afternoon. Wade was sentenced to 10 years probation and was ordered to serve 400 hours of community service.
Brownwood Animal Control officer Judy Williams stated she was pleased with the outcome of the trial.
“I think the judge gave a fair judgment in giving Mr. Wade 10 years probation and 400 hours community service,” said Williams. “My main reason for this case was to get justice for this sweet dog and send a message that Brownwood will not tolerate animal abuse and (those who abuse) will be prosecuted to the letter of the law.”
Wade was taken into custody in December 2014 after a Brown County Grand Jury indicted him in a highly publicized animal cruelty incident involving the October 20th beating and stabbing of a male pit bulldog in Brownwood.
Brownwood Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller confirmed at that time that Wade turned himself in at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning, December 8, 2014 at the Brownwood Police Department and confirmed that Wade had also recently been issued a criminal trespass warning for the house where the incident occurred.
Brownwood City Council recently passed a resolution authorizing the publication of a notice of intention to issue Certificates of Obligation in an amount up to $4,815,000 to pay costs of improving the City’s water and wastewater systems.
On November 13, 2012, the council authorized issuance of a Certificate of Obligation through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for $3,440,000 to pay for improvements to the wastewater improvement plant (WWTP). After paying for engineering and issuance cost of this CO, there is $2,654,000 remaining for construction, explained Brownwood Director of Finance Walter Middleton.
The council authorized additional improvements totaling $2,317,000 to the WWTP ($1,505,000) and the Roanoke water storage tank (up to $680,000) and lift station repairs ($132,000) on May 20, 2015.
On July 21, 2015, city officials opened bids for the project which were unexpectedly high. July 28, 2015 the council approved the low bid from Gracon Construction for $6,498,000.
“This meant that we needed to cover an additional $2,339,000 in WWTP costs over what was previously authorized,” said Middleton. He explained that a total of $3,844,000 in additional funds was needed in excess of the TWDB money that was available.
The borrowed funds will be used to make improvements to the wastewater treatment plant in the amount of $3,844,000, make the improvements to the Roanoke water storage tank up to $680,000, and lift station repairs of $132,000, along with issuance costs not to exceed $84,000 and a contingency amount of $75,000 in case of any unexpected issues arise at either project, according to Middleton.
U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) will hold a town hall meeting at the Early Chamber of Commerce in Early, Texas, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015.
The public is invited to attend.
Serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including the cities of Midland, Odessa, San Angelo and Brownwood.
A conservative Republican, Rep. Conaway believes in the principles of lower taxes, smaller government and a secure nation. His background as a CPA gives him a unique perspective on fiscal responsibility and ensuring every taxpayer dollar is being spent wisely.
In the House, Congressman Conaway is the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, August 27, 2015:
Wednesday, August 26
*12:07 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Belle Plain regarding an alarm. Officers arrived to find the business had been broken into.
*4:41 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding a juvenile problem. This call led to the arrest of 36-year-old Amber Parks of Brownwood for injury to a child.
*6:48 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1500 block of 3rd Street regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the complainant reported several of the household items were stolen from her residence. Items stolen included a washer and dryer, window air conditioning unit and a power washer. A possible suspect was named, the report states. The investigation is ongoing, according to the report.
September is National Preparedness Month and the Public Health Preparedness office of the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department encourages the citizens of Brownwood and Brown County to take the time to create or review their emergency preparedness plan. The 2015 National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
To celebrate and bring attention to this important month, the Public Health Preparedness Office of the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department is sponsoring a week-long play-along game, week of Sept. 14 -18, with the potential for participants to win one of three emergency kit backpacks.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, August 26, 2015:
Monday, August 24
*11:18 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Good Shepherd Drive regarding theft.
Tuesday, August 25
*Brownwood Police were called to the 2500 block of Belmeade regarding the burglary of a vehicle.
*2:20 PM – Brownwood police were dispatched to the 2800 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding theft. According to the report, two complainants stated that a known suspect stole a pizza from the store where they are employed.
*4:52 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 28-year-old Rena Tapp of Brownwood for theft equal or greater than $50.
*6:07 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the area of Walnut and Belle Plain Streets regarding an assault. According to the report, an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (knife) was documented.
*7:16 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1900 block of Vincent Street regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the incident occurred sometime between August 20 and this date and the suspect is unknown.
The Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees approved the new 2015-2016 budget and a lower tax rate among other action items during a meeting Wednesday, August 26th.
Board members gathered at 7:50 a.m. in the Dr. Don Martin Executive Board Room in the Brownwood ISD Administration building to consider approval of action items that included various budget amendments, the 2015-2016 district budget, tax rate for maintenance and operations, tax rate for interest and sinking, and a final amended general fund, food service, and debt service budget by fund and function for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Brownwood City Council ratified the issuance of incentive grants from the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation supporting two new projects at 3M Brownwood.
The projects, Crystal Silk Surface Shield and MicroPrismatic Reflective Sheeting production, are high tech advances developed by 3M and produced at the local plant. Both grants offer $3500 in funding per employee hired, for five years, capped at $50,000 for the Crystal Silk Surface Shield Project and $60,000 for the MicroPrismatic Reflective Sheeting Project each year. This amounts to a possible grant funding of $350,000 from the BEDC.
A briefing sheet of the Brownwood City Council presented by BEDC director Guy Andrews gave the following information.
3M has developed the Crystal Silk Surface Shield with glass micro-spheres that are precision coated in a polymer sheet. This new to the world of technology provides a surface that is both irresistibly smooth while being extremely tough at the same time. Crystal Silk resists scratches, abrasions, fingerprints, even stains and chemicals. It has the ability to replace metals, glass or ceramics, soft touch paints, hard coat laminates and films used in any product that is touched or handled such as handled devices, appliances, architectural surfaces, sporting apparel, electronics, etc.