Brownwood Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at Main Street and Austin Avenue Thursday which was later determined to be an incident of driving while intoxicated.
According to police, the driver of a white Chevrolet Caprice sedan was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. Witnesses on scene reported that the driver of the Caprice was traveling north on Main Street and failed to yield the right of way to a Chevrolet pickup which was traveling south. The Caprice, according to the witnesses, was turning left onto W. Austin Avenue when it collided with the pickup which had the right of way, according to the report.
The driver of the Caprice was transported by EMS to Brownwood Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, the report states. The driver gave consent for a blood sample while at the hospital and the incident is under investigation and no arrest had been made at the time of the report, according to police.
Other law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, July 11, 2014:
Wednesday, July 9
*8:08 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy received a report of theft at a residence on near Lake Brownwood. According to the report, the complainant stated that approximately $75,600 in unidentified gold coins had been stolen from inside his home within the last two months. At the time of the report, there was no suspect information, the report states.
Former Brown County Commissioner Steve Adams was denied his request of early termination of his probation in a hearing held Friday afternoon on July 11th.
Adams pleaded guilty and in a plea agreement on January 20, 2012 for third degree felony charges of theft over $20,000, under $100,000 by a Public Servant, as alleged in the Sept. 29, 2011 indictment. Under the agreement, visiting Judge Moore of Big Spring had ordered Adams to pay a $5000 fine that day and make a $26,000 restitution payment to Brown County. It was also ruled that Adams was to serve fifteen days in the Brown County Jail and serve 10 years deferred adjudication probation. He also resigned as county commissioner Precinct 1 as a condition of the deal.
Adams and his defense attorney Tommy Adams had filed a motion for release of Adams’ probation based on the argument that he has fulfilled all the terms of his probation to this point and has put forth “an exemplary effort” while on probation.
Tommy Adams stated that he believes that his client “deserves discharge from probation and deserves due process,” pointing out that he deserved the same traditional treatment as other Brown County citizens that had served probation for 2 years or 2/3 of the term. Adams’ attorney explained that he had complied with the terms of probation, paid his probation fees along with his restitution up front, suffered humiliation and that Adams had “no political issues in his future, forever.”
Brown County emergency responders were called to a two-vehicle accident with injuries on Hwy 279, near Big G’s Grocery Friday morning.
The accident occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper John Moody, an older model dark blue Ford F-150 pickup was traveling north on Hwy 279 and was stopped to turn into Big G’s. The driver of the truck reported to Trooper Moody that he was about to turn into the store’s parking lot when the engine stalled. He stated that he got the engine started and began to turn when the collision occurred, and he struck the southbound white Ford F-150. The collision caused the white Ford to flip onto its side, coming to a stop in the parking lot of Big G’s.
Brown County Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop on vehicle near the Dollar General Store on Hwy 279 Wednesday which resulted in the arrest of the two women occupants.
According to BCSO officials, the two women had conflicting reports of where they were traveling. During the investigation, the deputy found that both women were in possession of a small quantity of methamphetamine, officials said. A criminal instrument was also found under the vehicle, a PVC pipe with magnets on both ends used to conceal contraband, according to BSCO investigator Carlyle Gover. Marijuana was also found in the vehicle, he said.
Susan Michelle Chrane, 40 of Brownwood, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, tamper/fabricate physical evidence, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Melissa Marie Frink, 34 of Abilene, was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and possession of marijuana.
The vehicle was seized by Brown County Sheriff’s Office, according to Gover.
He also said that Chrane had just been released from jail in May of this year for previously having been in possession of 10 grams of methamphetamine in April. At that time, she was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 equal or greater than 4 grams less than 200 grams.
Reports released for the week of June 30 - July 6, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 18 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, 1 motor vehicle accident and 1 hazardous materials call.
Reports of interest include:
Monday, June 30
*12:04 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 9500 block of Hwy 377S. Firefighters responded to a road transport vehicle which was on fire. Crews arrived and assessed scene, by pushing hay off of the trailer and containing the fire to the bar ditch.
Tuesday, July 1
*7:20 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 1800 block of 1st Street. Units arrived on scene to find a storage building that was fully involved and along with an exposure (neighboring home’s garage) on fire. Early Volunteer Fire Department was called for assistance. The fire was extinguished and overhaul was performed on both structures. The Brownwood fire marshal was on scene to investigate.
Friday, July 4
*8:31 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call on Temple Street. Firefighters responded to a grass fire, arriving on scene to find a hay field burning. Firefighters pulled the red line and started extinguishing the fire. Fireworks were determined to be cause of the fire.
Saturday, July 5
*3:40 AM – BFD responded to a fire call in the 1000 block of Santa Clara, regarding a vehicle fire.
The Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees voted to confirm Denise Enloe as the new Northwest Elementary principal in a special meeting held Wednesday, July 9th.
Enloe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master’s of Education-Teaching degree and Principal Certification from Schreiner University, School Counselor Certification from Angelo State University, and is PDAS certified.
A Brownwood man was airlifted Thursday morning as the result of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Hwy 377 north of Early.
At approximately 10:36 a.m., emergency responders were called to the 5000 block of Hwy 377N. A 34-year-old male was driving a Toyota 4Runner southbound toward Early, when his vehicle left the roadway according to Department of Public Safety Trooper John Moody.
Brownwood Police made a stop on a Jeep Liberty in the area of Avenue I and 15th Street for a traffic violation on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the report, the stop took place approximately 3:51 p.m. in the parking lot of Dr. Gwendolyn Allen’s office, within 1000 feet of the First Christian Church. As the vehicle came to a stop, the officer noticed the driver making furtive movements, the report states.
Upon contact, the officer asked the driver, identified as 18-year-old Dustin Marshall of Brownwood, why he was moving around in the vehicle after the officer activated his lights. Marshall mumbled something the officer could not understand and appeared to be very nervous, his hands visibly shaking and he was sweating profusely, according to the officer’s report. When asked if he had anything illegal in the car or on his person, Marshall denied having anything illegal, the report states. The officer noticed sores on Marshall’s arms and face, which are often present on people who abuse methamphetamine and are often caused by self scratching when using the drug, along with probable injection marks on his elbows, the report states. Marshall admitted having used methamphetamine approximately two weeks prior to the traffic stop, according to the report.
Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released July sales tax allocation numbers this week reflecting May sales with increases for both Brownwood and Early.
The City of Brownwood was up nearly 2.5% in sales tax for the month compared to July of last year. Early was up almost 5% as compared to the same month last year. Blanket saw a drop of 33.99% from the same period in 2013 and Bangs was also down by 8.74.
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their July local sales tax allocations totaling $602.5 million, up 4.2 percent compared to July 2013.
"Sales tax revenues continue to grow at a moderate pace," Combs said. "The increase was led by remittances from the wholesale trade, services, and restaurant sectors. Fiscal year-to-date collections have now grown by 5.2 percent."
The Dire States Tour, seven events in three days, is traveling across Texas and kicked off its first day in Brownwood Tuesday to support Proposition 1, which will help fund improvements in Texas road infrastructure.
CASE Construction Equipment has partnered with the Texas Good Roads and Transportation Association and ASCO Equipment to bring its Dire States initiative to Texas in support of Proposition 1 (the Texas Transportation Funding Amendment). The amendment, which would direct an estimated $1.4 billion annually from oil and gas tax revenues, will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and support investment in new highway/transportation construction and maintenance.