Brownwood Regional Medical Center is offering community residents free help with evaluating insurance options and enrolling on the Marketplace. Appointments can be made with certified assisters by calling (325) 649-3331.
The purpose of the Health Insurance Marketplace is to offer all U.S. citizens access to affordable health plans that offer comprehensive benefits in an effort to keep you healthy.
Question and answer sessions will be held on Tuesday, December 1 from 10-12 noon and on Wednesday, December 9 from 1-3 pm in the Brownwood Public Library. This is an opportunity for the public to come and ask questions and options for insurance to avoid the penalty of not having insurance for 2016.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, November 23, 2015.
Friday, November 20
*11:47 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a business on FM 2632, regarding the burglary of a motor vehicle, which had occurred during the past week. According to the report, the window to the vehicle was broken out and approximately $900.00 worth of items was stolen from inside of the truck. No suspect information was available at the time of the report.
*12:17 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding a fraudulent prescription.
*4:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Center Avenue regarding the theft of a cell phone.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 54-year-old Melinda Gay Belveal of Brownwood on warrants related to motion to revoke delivery of a controlled substance and motion to revoke of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.
*Brownwood Police arrested 33-year-old Frank William Brummett on a warrant related to motion to revoke/possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams.
Reports released for the period of November 16-22, 2015 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 25 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, 8 motor vehicle accidents, 4 electrical problems, 1 entrapment and 2 good intent calls.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, November 16
*4:15 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in the 2000 block of US Hwy 377.
Tuesday, November 17
*1:57 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a power line down in the area of Avenue I & Vincent Street. Firefighters arrived in the area reported but nothing was found.
*1:58 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was called to the 2800 block of Southside Drive regarding a power line arcing. Oncor was notified.
*1:06 PM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a report of an entrapment in the 1600 block of Oakland Terrace. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a male subject trapped under his vehicle. Fire crews began to stabilize the vehicle and began lifting the vehicle off of the occupant. A landing zone for AirEvac was established to transfer the patient.
Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved promotions within the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at their regular meeting of the court on Monday morning.
Captain Vance Hill was promoted to the office of Chief Deputy to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Chief Deputy Bobby Duvall earlier this month.
James Stroope was promoted to Captain to fill the vacancy left by Hill’s promotion.
In other matters on Monday’s agenda:
*No action was taken on a burn ban.
Brownwood emergency responders were called to a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning involving a motorcycle which later resulted in the death of the driver.
According to the report, the accident occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Duke Street. A witness stated that he noted the driver of the motorcycle struggle to maintain control as he attempted to pass through the intersection.
The weather condition may have contributed to the accident as it was very windy when the accident occurred which may have led to the driver losing control of the motorcycle, according to police. The motorcycle slid and crashed into a cement wall, according to the accident report.
According to Assistant Chief James Fuller, upon arrival, officers observed several motorists who had stopped to render aid to 45-year old Randall Glenn Reed. Reed was conscious and alert while speaking with first responders and indicated that he simply lost control of the motorcycle while traveling through the intersection, said Fuller. Reed was transported to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Michael Thomas Franks, 44, of Brownwood, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 121 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2015 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. Franks was remanded into custody
According to plea documents filed in the case, Franks used computers at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos of child pornography. In the course of his searches, Franks located, downloaded, and viewed numerous images and videos of child pornography. He also transferred some of the child pornography from his computer to a computer disk that bore the handwritten label, “Pictures Videos,” which contained one or more images of prepubescent child pornography.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. of Coleman has received a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance to fund continuous quality client development, and to provide easier access to resources for Veterans and their families.
Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, and Runnels counties with utility and rental assistance programs, education services, CNA classes, financial literacy courses, job skills trainings, Hunters for the Hungry, as well as information and referrals. CTO also has a successful case management that has helped to transfer 38 individuals out of poverty in the last two years.
The Texas Veterans Commission grant will be used to serve Veterans, Veteran’s dependents and surviving spouses with the following needs: utility assistance, rental/mortgage assistance, case management, transportation, employment services, job etiquette, referrals, financial literacy, support services, medical services, and dental services. Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. will identify Veterans through an application process, and Case Managers will begin to assist them with their specific needs.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, November 20, 2015.
Thursday, November 19
*10:05 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 800 block of Malone Street regarding an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated that his soon-to-be ex-wife assaulted him approximately two years ago.
*10:18 AM – Brownwood Police received a report via telephone of an alleged sexual assault of a child.
*12:09 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of 12th Street. According to the report, a resident of the neighborhood found a small child wandering the area without adult supervision. The child’s residence was found and Child Protective Services was contacted.
*5:51 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a residence on 8th Street regarding child abuse. According to the report, a child was observed to be injured and an adult female, identified as Stacey Raquel Ruiz of San Angelo was arrested for injury to a child/elderly/disabled with intentional bodily injury/family violence and on an unrelated warrant for failure to appear/theft of property equal or greater than $20 less than $500.
Brownwood Police Department is investigating the early morning burglary of a local pharmacy on Friday.
According to Assistant Chief James Fuller, the incident occurred just before 5:00 a.m. at Doc’s Pharmacy located on US Hwy 377 South. Suspects entered the building by throwing an object through a door, then quickly ran in and grabbed an unknown amount of prescription medication, said Fuller.
The incident was said to have taken place very quickly. Brownwood Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident and as of Friday afternoon, no arrest had been made.