Two-Vehicle Accident on Hwy 279 Injures Two


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.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/10 - Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Related Arrest of Two Women

LECSmBrown 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.

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BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 7/10

BFDlogoSmallReports 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.

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Denise Enloe Confirmed as New Northwest Elementary Principal

bisdlogo3The 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.

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One-Vehicle Rollover Accident Results in Airlifting of Injured Driver


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.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/9: Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Teen on Drug Charges

LECSmBrownwood 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.

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July Sales Tax Allocations Up for Brownwood and Early

comptrollerlogoTexas 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."

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The “Dire States Tour” Makes Stop in Brownwood to Support Proposition 1


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.

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BCWID Approves New Budget, Sets New Water Rates

BCWID_LogoThe Brown County Water Improvement District #1 unanimously approved their 2014/2015 fiscal year budget at their board meeting Tuesday, and set water rates for both treated and untreated water that they sell to local municipalities and retail water providers.

BCWID General Manager Dennis Spinks explained that the amount of treated water consumption will increase due to the City of Early and the Zephyr Water Supply Corporation coming online to the BCWID distribution system.  With an increase in treated water sales, revenue will rise approximately 11.82%, resulting in the reduced rates of treated water, according to Spinks.

Treated water rates to these wholesale customers will decrease to $1.4556/1000 gallons, a decrease of 0.55% from last year’s rates while untreated water will increase approximately 16% over last year’s rates.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/8 - Police Investigate Multiple Damaged Mailboxes

LECSmA Brownwood Police officer finished working the night shift Monday morning to find that she was the victim of criminal mischief.  According to the report, the officer arrived home at approximately 6:15 a.m. and found that her mailbox was damaged and a neighbor’s mailbox had been pulled up and was lying in the officer’s yard.

While the officer was still on duty, she had noticed several trash cans on 4th Street to have been knocked over as well.  Another officer was dispatched from another call to investigate multiple mailboxes being damaged in the area.  The locations of the damage was in the 3900 block of 4th Street, the 1400 block of Phillips, 3800 block of 3rd Street and 1300 block of Indian Creek.

The report stated that several of the mailboxes had no dents, damaged paint or other visible signs of being struck by an object or projectile and no vehicle parts or tire marks were observed around the damaged mailboxes.  Two of the mailboxes had lids bent downward.  Another mailbox belonging in the 1300 block of Indian Creek was found in a lot which belongs to Brownwood ISD in the 1400 block of Phillips.

One victim stated that he and his family were up until about 1:00 a.m. and heard nothing.  Another stated that he was woken by loud crashing noises around 3:00 a.m.  It took him a few minutes to find his glasses and exit his house; however he did see a vehicle driving recklessly in the parking lot of 7-11, the report states.  A description of the suspect vehicle was given to police, according to law enforcement.

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