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Brownwood City Council Candidates Participate in Forum - Video

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The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum on Friday, April 17th for those running for Brownwood City Council in the upcoming May 9th election.

Candidates were given up to 5 minutes to introduce themselves and then were able to give 60 second answers to several questions submitted the audience prior to the event. Leland Acker with KXYL-FM/AM served as moderator for the event.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/17

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, April 17, 2015.

Monday, April 13

*9:55 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3800 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding a business trying to repossess property which is being hidden from the business.  A case of hindering secured creditor with possible charges is being investigated, the report states.

*11:24 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to Brookesmith Water Supply regarding a found explosive ordinance.  According to the report, the complainant had found what he thought was an unexploded land mine ordinance while he was clearing a pasture that is owned by Brookesmith Water Supply.

Tuesday, April 14

*1:14 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 100 block of N. Greenleaf regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, several items were removed from the home.  An investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, April 15

*11:19 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Avenue A regarding a domestic disturbance.

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Man Admits Possessing Prepubescent Child Pornography

LUBBOCK, TX – Robert Lawrence Noll, 40, of Brownwood, Texas, appeared Wednesday in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Noll, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

According to documents filed in the case, Noll used a laptop computer at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos of child pornography. In the course of searching for this material, Noll located, downloaded, and viewed numerous images and videos constituting child pornography, and some of those images involved prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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HPU Students Excel at Prague Model United Nations Conference

DeLoach_McConnellinPragueHoward Payne University students Cara DeLoach and Mike McConnell recently participated in the Model United Nations conference at the University of Economics in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. DeLoach and McConnell served as chair of the Security Council and co-chair of the Disarmament and International Security Committee, respectively.

DeLoach, a senior from San Angelo, and McConnell, a senior from Burleson, have participated in Model UN conferences since 2013. Their experiences and track record at conferences across Europe prompted the Prague conference to offer them chair and co-chair positions on elite councils.

“That Cara and Mike would be chosen for such an honor speaks volumes not only about their unique abilities as demonstrated at previous Model UN conferences, but also reveals that the HPU Model United Nations Team is making a name for itself and raising HPU’s international profile,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, HPU’s Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/16

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Tuesday, April 14

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Gobbler Lane where two llamas were on the complainant’s property.  According to the report, after an extensive search, no possible owners could be located.  The llamas were strayed and transported to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and a report was made.

Wednesday, April 15

*8:57 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop at Carnegie and Fisk Streets.  According to the report, when the officer informed the driver, identified as 20-year-old Coleton Hunter Tidwell of Brownwood, that he noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Tidwell voluntarily informed the officer where he could find gram of marijuana in the vehicle’s front passenger door.  No other narcotics were located in the vehicle, the report states.  The officer arrested Tidwell for the offense and placed him in the patrol car, the report states.  The vehicle was going to be towed due to the arrest and needed to be inventoried.  When the officer asked Tidwell how he could access the truck to complete an inventory of the vehicle prior to towing, he was informed that there was more marijuana inside, according to the report.  A search was completed which located a duffle bag containing a glass container filled with plastic bags of marijuana, a Ziploc bag of marijuana, a gold colored marijuana grinder, an easy splitter cutter, $440 in cash and a scale with marijuana residue on it, the report states.  Tidwell admitted this was his second run to Houston to purchase marijuana which he sold to locals, the report states.  Tidwell was charged with possession of marijuana greater than 4 ounces less than or equal to 5 pounds in a drug free zone (due to the stop being within 1000 feet of the Brownwood Intermediate School).

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City of Brownwood to Celebrate Completion of New Fire Station

BFDlogoSmallThe City of Brownwood invites the public to attend a dedication ceremony for the new fire station, located at 600 E. Adams Street on Tuesday, April 28th.

This special event will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the fire station and will include a flag ceremony as well as an uncoupling ceremony.  A special marker will be placed by the Masonic Lodge.

Fire apparatus will be escorted into the bay by those in attendance.

The Heart of Texas Honor Guard will be in full attendance with several bagpipers and drums.   City officials as well as the president of the Brownwood Professional Firefighters Association will also speak during the dedication.

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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.

Susana Briley pled guilty to the felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Briley pled guilty to the felony offense of Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Juan Luna Rodriguez pled guilty to the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated and was sentenced to 7 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Jeffery Prescott Rivera pled guilty to the felony offense of Theft over $20,000 under $100,000 and was sentenced to 4 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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City of Brownwood Proclaims April Safe Digging Month

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April was proclaimed Safe Digging Month in Brownwood at Tuesday’s meeting of the city council.

Mayor Stephen Haynes presented Alicia Newman, Atmos Energy representative, with a proclamation to remind the public of the importance of calling 811 before digging.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/15

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Thursday, April 9

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to an incident of littering.  According to the report, furniture along with a notebook and binder was found in front of a residence on County Road 334.

Tuesday, April 14

*3:18 PM – Brownwood Police received a report via telephone of a case of alleged indecency with a child.  According to the report, a possible suspect has been named and the incident is pending further investigation.

*Brownwood Police arrested 27-year-old Jerod Scott Cyr of Brownwood on a warrant related to expired registration.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Alicia Crystal Larrera of north Highland, California on a warrant related to burglary of a habitation.  Larrera was being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond as of Wednesday morning.

*Brownwood Police arrested 28-year-old Reynaldo Salazar of Brownwood on a warrant related to manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram in a drug free zone.

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Brownwood Sets in Motion to Hire Retail Consulting Firm

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallThe City of Brownwood, Brownwood Economic Development Corporation and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce are working toward hiring Retail Strategies as a retail consultant with related services to promote Brownwood for retail recruitment and expansion.

Four years ago, the three entities jointly funded a similar contract with another retail consultant, the Retail Coach.  Many positive results were generated from trade market analysis, trade shows and promotion of Brownwood to retailers and developers, according to City Manager Bobby Rountree.

Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes stated that the agencies were all very complimentary of the Retail Coach and that the reason for a change in consultants was not due to any complaints.

“They did a very fine job for us.  We would not have United or some of the other developments within the city had it not been for their work,” said Mayor Haynes.  “Emily (Crawford, BEDC Executive Director) and I met Retail Strategies at a trade show that we attended and were very impressed with them also, and the thought process to change from the Retail Coach to Retail Strategies was not due to a complaint, but rather to reach a new audience.”

Haynes further explained that the city also benefitted from an increase of about $1 million in annual sales tax since hiring the Retail Coach.

Councilman Jerry DeHay added, “Retail Strategies has a different approach, they are more oriented toward the next stage of retail development advancement and experiences that we felt would be more beneficial to us.”

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