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Brownwood City Council Withdraws from Financing for Water Reuse Plant

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallThe Brownwood City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to withdraw from the commitment of the Texas Water Development Board loan in the amount of $8,560,000 for the proposed supplemental water treatment plant (also known as the wastewater reuse plant).

The council had authorized an application to be made to the TWDB on April 24, 2012 for a $12 million loan to fund the costs of two projects, improvements to the existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and construction of a new supplemental water treatment plant (SWTP).  November 12, 2012 the council authorized the issuance and sale of City of Brownwood Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2012A totaling $3,440,000 funded through the TWDB for improvements to the existing wastewater treatment plant.  The remaining funds in the amount of $8,560,000 for the SWTP have not been issued.  Multiple extensions have been requested by the city manager, the last of which was April 8, 2015.  This last extension expires September 30, 2015 and the TWDB has informed the City of Brownwood that no more extensions will be granted.

Options of either moving forward with the commitment and closing on the loan within about two months or allowing the commitment to expire and sending a formal letter withdrawing from the commitment.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/27: Brownwood Police Investigate Series of Flag Thefts

LECSmBrownwood Police received several reports of theft over the weekend, including four flags, which were stolen from homes in Brownwood.  During the overnight hours of Friday or early Saturday morning, two U.S. flags were stolen from homes on 2nd Street and Avenue A, along with a theft of a MIA/POW (Missing In Action/Prisoner of War) flag from a home on Oak Trail on Saturday night and a U.S. Marine Corps flag from a home on Good Shepherd Friday night.  Anyone with information regarding the theft of these flags is asked to contact the Brownwood Police Department at 325-646-2525.

The following are other unrelated law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, July 27, 2015.

Friday, July 24

*1:59 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop for a defective brake lamp.  According to the report, during the stop, nervous behavior was detected from the driver, identified as 53-year-old David Antione Williams of Brownwood, and consent to search the vehicle was requested.  Williams agreed to a consent search which located a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue, the report states.  This stop led to the arrest of Williams for possession of substance in penalty group 1 in a drug free zone less than 1 gram and driving while license invalid with no proof of insurance.

*9:54 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop at Elm and Temple Street for a moving violation and for the driver not wearing a seatbelt.   The driver, identified as Jacoby Clint Martinez, was found to have a suspended driver’s license with previous convictions, the report states.  Martinez was arrested for driving while license invalid with previous convictions.

*12:10 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding a series of forgeries (involving the complainant’s checking account) that began in June.  According to the report, the suspect is not known and an investigation is ongoing.

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Firefighters Battle Grass Fire Monday

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Multiple agencies in Brown County battled a large grass fire west of Brookesmith Monday afternoon.

The fire, at a property on County Road 226 west of US Hwy 377, began accidentally when a farmer was bailing hay Monday morning, according to fire officials on scene.  Brownwood Fire Department and Brookesmith Volunteer Fire Department were initially called and were able to put out the fire.  Another fire broke out around 1:00 p.m. as the farmer continued to bail hay at the property.

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Early Police Investigate Numerous Storage Building Burglaries

EarlyPDLogoThe Early Police Department reports that officers are investigating numerous storage building burglaries that occurred at several different locations recently in Early.

The public is advised to check their storage buildings or units.  Those who have had a storage unit or building burglarized are asked to call law enforcement.  Please call the appropriate agency related to report burglaries of storage buildings in each jurisdiction:  Early Police Department 325-646-5322, Brownwood Police 325-646-2525 or Brown County Sheriff’s Office 325-646-5510.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, July 24, 2015.

Wednesday, July 22

*7:25 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Milam Drive regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the City of Brownwood Aquatic Center had been vandalized.  Possible suspects were determined and an investigation is ongoing.  Brownwood Police officials stated that there was no spray paint used, however, two speakers were “punched in,” a lifeguard chair was overturned along with some other minor damage to the property.

*7:30 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Crockett Drive regarding a hit and run accident.  According to the report, the complainant stated that her vehicle, which was in the parking lot while she was working, had been struck and no information had been left on her vehicle.

*9:36 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding forgery.  According to the report, a store clerk reported that the business had received a counterfeit bill.

*10:17 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Coggin Avenue regarding forgery.  A store clerk stated the business had received a counterfeit bill, the report states.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 7/24

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of July 6 – 12, 2015 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 27 medical emergencies, 3 fire calls, 2 hazardous materials calls, 2 water rescues and 6 motor vehicle accidents.

Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:

Monday, July 6

*4:00 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a hazardous materials call in the 2200 block of 11th Street.  Fire units arrived on scene, in the alley, for a gas meter that had been hit.  The meter was turned off and Atmos was notified.

Tuesday, July 7

*7:07 AM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a single tractor trailer with no injuries in the 2500 block of North Highway 279.

*12:23 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at CC Woodson Road and Milton Avenue.

*6:10 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was called to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at Austin Avenue and Fisk Street.  Firefighters provided manpower.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/23

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Tuesday, July 21

*7:16 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a business on County Road 234 regarding an assault.  According to the report, a complainant stated that a former employee had assaulted another employee after a verbal argument.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a cell phone.  A suspect has been named, the report states.

Wednesday, July 22

*8:55 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1500 block of Main Blvd.  According to the report, during the stop, it was discovered that the driver, identified as 32-year-old Hayley M. Munger of Early, had an active warrant for her arrest.  Munger was also found to be operating the vehicle without a valid license or current insurance, the report states.  Munger was subsequently arrested for the warrant (related to a city ordinance violation) and for driving while license invalid with previous conviction/suspension/without financial responsibility.

*10:46 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Main Street regarding a possible wanted person.  According to the report, 26-year-old Shawna Marie Waddell of Brownwood was at the residence and when officers tried to get her to walk outside to talk to them; she ran out the front door, diving behind a cement porch and was then apprehended by police.  Waddell lied to police about her identity and was arrested for the two warrants along with additional charges of evading arrest/detention and failure to identify – fugitive gives false information, the report states.

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Road Construction on Coggin Avenue to Begin Monday

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallCity of Brownwood Assistant Division Director of Public Works David Harris released the following information concerning the upcoming schedule of road construction on Coggin Avenue.

Hot mix overlay work will begin on Coggin Avenue from Austin to 13th Street on Monday July 27th and will continue through July 29th.  We are asking that citizens take alternate routes on those days to help protect the lives of the workers on the projects and travelers in the area of the project.  There will be large equipment and many workers on foot in the work zone.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/22

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Monday, July 20

*9:52 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 100 block of South Broadway regarding the theft of a wristlet wallet.

Tuesday, July 21

*7:17 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Market Place Blvd. regarding an unwanted person.  According to the report, after speaking with the manager of the business, 44-year-old James Earl Nix of Brownwood was arrested for Class B theft with previous convictions and Class C disorderly conduct (abusive/profane language).

*8:50 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of Gifford Street regarding theft.  According to the report, a bicycle was stolen from the yard of the residence and another bicycle was left in its place.  Reports for stolen and found property were taken, according to the responding officer.

*9:48 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the area of County Road 386 regarding a possible motor vehicle accident.  According to the report, a Chevrolet pickup was located that had been burned in a fire.  There was no evidence of a crash and no license plates or identifiable vehicle identification number (VIN) plates could be located.  The vehicle was towed to a holding yard for storage, the report states.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that several felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.

Jenaro Torres pled guilty to the felony offenses of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Family Member and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.

James Earl Nickerson pled guilty to the felony offense of Aggravated Assault and was sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Brandi Lyn Stokes pled guilty to the felony offense of Forgery Against Elderly Individual and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further Stokes pled guilty to the state jail felony offense of Forgery and was sentenced to 12 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice State Jail Division.

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