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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/19

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Thursday, August 14

*10:31 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Main Blvd. regarding theft.  According to the report, the investigation is ongoing.

Monday, August 18

*1:30 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of 7th Street regarding an unwanted person.  According to the report, after an investigation, 60-year-old James Reynolds of Bangs was arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.

*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1900 block of Main Blvd. regarding harassment.

*7:43 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of N. Main Street regarding a citizens’ dispute.  According to the report, dispatch advised the officer that it was reported that a black male had threatened a white male in the store, stating that he was going to “beat him up once they walked outside the store.”  The caller indicated that the black male was also carrying a knife, the report states.  Upon arrival, the responding officer had to physically take the knife from the male, identified as 59-year-old Albert Duffie of Temple, who was then placed under arrest for public intoxication, according to the report.

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Election Cancelled No Challengers File for BISD Board

BISDBdOfTrusteesLogoBrownwood Independent School District announced Tuesday that no challengers filed for seats on the Board of Trustees.  With no contested races, current board members who have filed will remain on the board and no election will be necessary according to BISD officials.

Board members whose places were up for election and who have filed to remain on the board include:

Michael Cloy – Place 1

Roderick Jones, Sr. – Place 3

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Local Hospitals Release Statement Regarding Recent Security Breach

Community Health Systems released a statement Monday regarding the theft of personal information of 4.5 million patients system wide in their network of 206 hospitals across the country.  The company operates in 28 states with the majority of their hospital locations in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Brownwood Regional Medical Center is one of the hospitals affected by the security breach.

Below is the statement issued Monday by Abilene Regional Medical Center and Brownwood Regional Medical Center regarding the issue:

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/18: Early Police Arrest Two from Colorado on Drug Related Charges

DeeringYarbroughThe Early Police Department and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens made a traffic stop Saturday afternoon which resulted in the arrest of two people along with the seizure of $9000 cash.

Early Police Chief David Mercer reported that the traffic stop occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. on FM 2525 just south of US Hwy 183 in Early.  Game Warden Vance Flowers and EPD Sgt. Steven Means stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation said Mercer.

According to the report, Flowers made contact with the driver, identified as 40-year-old Wilma Deering of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a strong smell of marijuana was coming from the vehicle.  Sgt Means then questioned the passenger, 53-year-old Thomas Rider Yarbrough (also of Colorado Springs), who later asked Sgt. Means if he could obtain his heart medication from the trunk of the car because he wasn’t feeling good, the report states.  Sgt Means assisted Yarbrough in obtaining the medication and when he opened the trunk, the odor of marijuana was very intense, the report states. Yarbrough was provided his medication then questioned about the odor and both Deering and Yarbrough admitted there was marijuana in the trunk, said Mercer.

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County Begins Repairs on Stephen F. Austin Drive

Brown County Precinct 1 crews began repair work on Stephen F. Austin Drive today that may cause some drivers to use detours.

The repairs will necessitate the closing of through-traffic for approximately 4 to 6 weeks, and there will be detours around the section being worked on at that time.

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Dr. Don Newbury to Speak at Brownwood ISD Convocation

DrNewburyBrownwood ISD teachers, faculty, and administration will be treated to a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Don Newbury during this year’s convocation on Monday, August 18th.

Dr. Newbury, who is known as a philosopher, author, humorist, teacher, and patriot has made 5800 appearances in 45 states, but is probably best known locally as the “popcorn president” from his time spent as the Howard Payne University president from 1986 to 1997.  Having given away more than 24 tons of popcorn over his 40 years in higher education, it was common knowledge among college students and the community that, “when the porch light’s on,” Dr. Newbury was giving away popcorn.  He currently serves as Chancellor for HPU, a position he has held for the last 20 years.

As a native of rural Texas, Dr. Newbury was educated in Brown County, holding B.A., Master of Journalism and Ph.D. degrees from Howard Payne University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas, respectively, with post-doctoral study at Nortre Dame.  In addition, he was awarded Howard Payne University’s highest award: The Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

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Brownwood Fire Department Captain Retires after 23 Years Service

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City of Brownwood officials honored Brownwood Fire Department Captain Robert Myers in a retirement reception at the Depot Cultural and Civic Center on Friday afternoon.

Coworkers, friends and family attended the reception with gifts offering fond memories of Myers made over the years.  Some of the special gifts presented to Myers included a firefighter’s axe mounted on a plaque, which was made by Fire Marshal Buddy Preston, and a pocket knife with firefighter’s insignia from his nephew.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/15

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, August 15, 2014.

Wednesday, August 13

*12:29 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a domestic disturbance in the area of Avenue A and 1st Street.

Thursday, August 14

*3:12 PM – Brownwood police responded to the 400 block of Brick Street regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the rear window of the complainant’s vehicle had been broken.

*5:26 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that her purse was stolen out of her office while she was at work.

*8:52 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation at the intersection of US Hwy 183N and Early Blvd and made a traffic stop.  According to the report, the officer made contact with the driver 30-year-old Amy Ann Gilmore of May and passenger 25-year-old Patrick McClain O’Connor and both behaved very nervous throughout the stop.   A K-9 unit was dispatched to the location and alerted on the vehicle, the report states.  During a probable cause search of the vehicle, 1.1 grams of marijuana and a can with a false compartment were located, according to the report.  Both Gilmore and O’Connor were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a criminal instrument, according to the deputy’s report.

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BISD Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Available

bisdlogo4Brownwood ISD announces that applications for free and reduced lunches are now available at the Brownwood ISD Administration office, located at 2707 Southside Drive, and online at www.brownwoodisd.org/frl.

In addition, income eligibility requirements have been posted online and are available upon request.

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New School Year May Mean Increase in Child Abuse or Neglect Reports

CASALogoHOTAs summer vacation winds down, the month of August brings the coming of a new school year for many children. Unfortunately, the start of a new academic year can also lead to more child abuse or neglect reports as teachers, staff and other parents notice signs of harm that children suffered over the summer.

Out of more than 160,000 completed reports of child abuse or neglect last year, schools were the second most common source. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) completed 33,146 investigations as a result of reports from school officials, falling just behind reports from medical personnel.

“It’s not unusual for there to be a spike in suspected abuse or neglect reports when the school year resumes,” said Michelle Wells, Executive Director of CASA in the Heart of Texas. “In the summer, children interact with fewer adults outside of their families who would see and report signs of maltreatment.”

This increase in reports translates to more children entering the foster care system, and a greater need for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers from CASA in the Heart of Texas to represent these children.

CASA volunteers are everyday community members that are specially trained and appointed by judges to advocate for children in court. CASA volunteers get to know a child or sibling group and any relevant contacts in the children’s lives. They gather information about their physical, emotional and educational needs and strive to help the children move out of the temporary foster care system.

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