Local volunteers are collecting a variety of donations for the victims in the towns of Wimberley, San Marcos, Blanco, and surrounding areas that have been hit hard by the recent floods.
Those who wish to contribute to this cause can offer help through donations of cleaning supplies, folding cots, cat and dog food, flat shovels, air mattresses, water and more. Simply bring the donations to any of the following locations: Racks N Rustics on Austin Ave, The Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, Early Chamber of Commerce, Fire Station 1 and 2, Sportsman Center, Allegiance Ambulance on Coggin, and Wendlee Broadcasting.
Early Police reported that employees of a local car dealership discovered a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of the business when they arrived to work Thursday morning and found a woman slumped over inside. The call came in at 7:15 a.m. When officers arrived, it was determined that the woman had a gunshot wound to her temple and was deceased, according to Early Chief of Police David Mercer.
The body was sent to the Travis County medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and an investigation is ongoing, according to Mercer.
Brown County emergency responders were called to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Hwy 67/84, between Brownwood and Bangs, near the intersection of County Road 152.
The accident occurred at approximately 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Thursday, May 21
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence in May regarding the theft of medication, methadone and hydrocodone.
Tuesday, May 26
*8:23 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Bluffview regarding a male subject who was wearing a blue shirt and basketball shorts, allegedly attempting to enter different residences and vehicles, according to the report. This call led to the arrest of 17-year-old Caleb Crouch of Brownwood for public intoxication, the report states.
*12:20 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2200 block of W. Main Avenue regarding a stolen Boer goat had been taken from the complainant’s property. According to the report, the complainant believed the theft occurred shortly after the storms passed through on May 25th. The investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*12:44 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a theft in progress at a convenience store on Belle Plain. According to the report, a suspect was identified and located; however it was determined that no theft had occurred. A criminal trespass warning was issued to the suspect at the request of management.
The Pecan Valley Republican Women will host a forum at 6 p.m. on May 28th for incumbent Eddie Watson and challenger Ed McMillian as they compete for the Brownwood City Council Ward 2 seat in the runoff election on June 13th. The forum will be held at the Lehnis Railroad Museum located at 700 East Adams Street.
Watson and McMillian will each be given 10 to 15 minutes to tell the voters in the community about themselves and why they believe they should be elected to serve on the Brownwood City Council. They will then answer questions submitted in writing before or at the forum which will be presented to Leland Acker who will be serving as the moderator. Questions are encouraged ahead of time and can be submitted to
Brownwood City Council approved an infrastructure loan through the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation to Lortscher Animal Nutrition, Inc. (LANI) to help build a rail spur in an amount not to exceed $200,000.
LANI is a major supplier of pet food manufacturers in the Southwest, including Ethos Pet Nutrition, and the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation has been working with this company since November 2013, according to Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree.
LANI has been shipping ingredients into Brady by rail to serve Ethos and desired to purchase a facility in Brownwood due to the reliable short line railroad, more abundant workforce and proximity to Ethos. The company purchased the former Brownwood Manufacturing facility on Custer Road and since that time, the scope of the company’s plans has grown significantly, according to BEDC Director Emily Crawford.
The company’s most pressing need is rail service and the estimated cost of the rail spur and dirt work ranges from $205,871 - $231,800. A request from the company for assistance from the BEDC for the cost of the rail infrastructure was made recently.
Brownwood Police officers were called to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center Monday night regarding an assault which left a woman’s face severely lacerated, according to Brownwood Police. The assault occurred in the 3700 block of Savoy, at a local apartment complex.
According to the report, the officer arrived at the emergency room, saw the victim and stated that the right side of her face was “littered with wicked lacerations, with the most traumatized facial wound extending the length of the victim's face; deep enough to have gone completely through the jaw line.” The victim appeared calm and smelled of alcohol, and she stated that “Mimi” had struck her in the face with a bottle, the officer reported.
After an investigation it was learned that 25-year-old Mecora Marie Smith of Brownwood had struck the victim with a beer bottle, severely lacerating her face, the report states. Witnesses confirmed the victim’s account that Smith had accused the victim of having sex with her boyfriend and when the victim turned to walk upstairs to her apartment, Smith struck her in the face with a purple beer bottle with such force that it shattered the bottle, the report states. After being struck in the face, the victim then engaged Smith physically; however one witness, fearing the victim was seriously injured, pulled her from the fight and took her to the hospital for treatment, the report states.
Prater Equipment Company, Inc. of Comanche, Texas was awarded the bid to re-pave part of Coggin Avenue for the amount of $78,459 during Tuesday’s meeting of the Brownwood City Council.
According to City Manager Bobby Rountree, the project was approved as part of the Phase II streets project, and includes a one-inch asphalt overlay on a portion of Coggin Avenue, from Austin Avenue to 13th Street. David Harris, City of Brownwood Assistant Division Director of Public Works, stated that the project stops at 13th Street due to the remainder of the street, from 14th Street to Hwy 377, being reconstructed in the past several years and did not warrant the repairs.
To reduce the cost of the project, the city will furnish material (hot mix) at an estimated cost of $140,000 and will complete a seal coat to seal cracks, block moisture and will adhere the hot mix to the existing road.
The project has a completion date on or before August 1, 2015. Funds for the project will come from the 2012 Street Certificates of Obligation.
During the bidding process, Prater was the only bid received with four no-bids. Rountree explained that no-bids were usually due to the project being too small for some companies and that Prater is the company that completed the Fisk Street project recently.
“Unlike Fisk, this project will not be rebuilding the road, only resurfacing,” explained Mayor Stephen Haynes. “At the end of the day, it will be the same smooth surface that we have on Fisk.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, May 22, 2015.
Tuesday, May 19
*8:10 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 800 block of Rogan Street, the Brownwood Intermediate School, regarding an assault. According to the report, police assistance was required with a student that had been attempting to assault an administrative employee. An investigation led to the issuance of a citation to the juvenile, the report states.
Wednesday, May 20
*4:51 PM –Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Main Street regarding a burglary of a habitation and an assault. According to the report, a laptop computer was stolen during the incident.
Thursday, May 21
*8:29 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2700 block of 1st Street regarding the burglary of a motor vehicle. According to the report, a package of cigarettes, a coozie, and coupons for fast food were stolen from the vehicle.
*12:29 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 64-year-old Vickie Hallmark of Early for theft over $50 less than $500.