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Local Screenplay Writer to be Recognized as a Finalist in National Competition, 2014 DC Shorts

LauriePowersHPU graduate and Santa Anna native Laurie Powers will be recognized as one of the six finalists for the DC Shorts competition at the Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.

The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is a very different kind of screenwriting competition according to its organizers.   A panel of judges made up of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics have reviewed over 145 screenplays and the top six will be read, followed by an audience vote to determine the winner.  One lucky winner will be awarded $2,000 to shoot their project.  This completed film will screen at DC Shorts 2015.

Powers has been writing most of her life but didn’t start thinking of her writing as anything other than a side hobby until 2007.

“I had worked on a few short films and was involved in theatre and wanted to create my own stories.  I wrote and shot a couple of short films and had a play produced,” explained Powers.  “About the same time there was a lot of trouble brewing in the visual effects industry so I decided it was a good time to go back to get my MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)."

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/18

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Wednesday, September 17

*10:39 PM – A Brownwood Police officer was flagged down by a woman on a Moped at Old Coleman Road and Coleman Street.  According to the report, the woman, identified as 53-year-old Luella Gipson-Torres, told the officer that she believed someone had tampered with her Moped while it was parked at the Ron Jackson Juvenile facility and stated that the steering mechanism was not able to turn left or right.  The officer offered to have a tow truck transport the vehicle and Gipson-Torres refused, stating she would just ride it home, the report states.  Gipson-Torres attempted to ride the Moped down Coleman Road, but was not able to get to a safe speed, causing traffic to back up and subsequently, the officer made a traffic stop in the 800 block of Coleman Road, according to the officer’s report.  Gipson-Torres refused to show the officer her identification and then rode off again, the report states.  The officer followed, with emergency lights sirens activated, and used the loud speaker of the vehicle to tell her to pull over; however, Gipson-Torres proceeded and yelled, “Leave me alone” and “go around,” before finally pulling over and coming to a stop, according to the report.  A second officer arrived and held the handlebars so that she would not ride away again, the report states.  Gipson-Torres allegedly struck one of the officers in the face and was taken to the ground, also striking the other officer in the face, and was subsequently arrested, according to the report.   Gipson-Torres was charged with two counts assault public servant, evade arrest with vehicle, failure to identify, and resisting arrest, search or transport.  She continued to be noncompliant while being booked into the Brown County Jail, the officer reported.

*10:44 PM – Brownwood Police arrested 19-year-old Blayne Scott Craig of Brownwood on an outstanding warrant  for theft equal or greater than $50 less than $500.  According to the report, at the jail, a baggie of marijuana was found inside Craig’s boot and he was additionally charged with possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

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The Girl Scout Program Volunteers for Latch Key Students

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Latch Key students are participating in the Girl Scouts Program free of charge, thanks to the volunteer work of Nancy King, customized program specialist, and Stephanie Upfold, assistant troop leader.  These two ladies recently volunteered their time at the Latch Key Program on Wednesday, September 17th.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/17

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Monday, September 15

*2:39 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding an incident of consumption of alcohol by a minor.  According to the report, the complainant wished to pursue charges against a subject who had made alcohol available to her teenage child.

*The Early Police Department received information regarding a vehicle which was possibly transporting narcotics to the Early area, according to Early Chief of Police David Mercer.  Officers worked through the night attempting to locate the vehicle and Tuesday, September 15th, Officer Contreras stopped the vehicle on a traffic violation in the 900 block of Early Blvd., according to Mercer. The EPD K9 unit responded to the location, searched outside the car and alerted to drugs in the vehicle, said Mercer. Officers searched the vehicle and located approximately a half pound of hydroponic marijuana along with some cocaine, a quantity of Oxycodone, Xanax and hydrocodone in the vehicle, the report states. 40-year-old Kimberly Kay Delgado of Early was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 4 ounces under 5 lbs., two counts of possession of controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, two counts of possession of controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Delgado was being held at the Brown County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $40,500 as of Wednesday morning.

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Local Law Enforcement Seeks Help Solving Car Theft and Fire

OvalCrimestoppersLogoHeart of Texas Crime Stoppers and local law enforcement agencies are asking for help in solving a car theft in Early which ended in a car fire on Tuesday morning.

According to Early Chief of Police David Mercer, officers responded to a vehicle fire with Early Volunteer Fire Department and the Brownwood Fire Department in a pasture behind the Allsups store at 910 Early Blvd.   According EPD Chief Mercer, upon fire and law enforcement units’ arrival the vehicle, a green Mitsubishi SUV was fully engulfed with fire.  Fire personnel extinguished the fire.  The fire is being investigated as arson and is under investigation, said Mercer.

Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston collected samples from the burnt vehicle to be sent to the lab to determine what accelerants were used.

A short time after the fire call, an individual in Brownwood was leaving work for his lunch break and discovered that his 2000 Mitsubishi SUV was missing, reported Mercer. The vehicle had been parked in front of his place of employment with the keys in the vehicle.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 9/16

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of September 8-14, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 25 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, 1 water problem, 2 motor vehicle accidents, and 1 hazardous materials call.

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

Tuesday, September 9

*9:32 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 2700 block of Memorial Park Drive.  The incident was determined to be an unintentional alarm system activation and there was no fire.

Wednesday, September 10

*10:11 AM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of Hall Street in Bangs.  Firefighters assisted Bangs Volunteer Fire Department with loading the vehicle’s occupant for transport.

*11:02 AM – BFD was called to a water problem in the 2500 block of 11th Street.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find water leak spraying water on an electrical outlet.  The water was turned off.

*5:24 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 900 block of CC Woodson Road involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle.  The driver of the motorcycle was transported by ambulance to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center emergency room.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/16

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Friday, September 12

*5:50 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of 2nd Street regarding a civil standby and child custody issues.

Monday, September 15

*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of W. Commerce regarding a disturbance.  According to the report, the officer spoke with the parties involved and one alleged that an assault took place.   The incident was documented.

*5:59 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Brady Avenue regarding the theft of a bicycle.  According to the report, the complainant stated that two days ago one of his bicycles was stolen out of his yard and he wished to pursue charges if a suspect is identified.

*8:28 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding the theft of money.  According to the report, the complainant stated that she had sent her daughter into a north Brownwood business to purchase items and retrieve some cash back.  While the complainant’s daughter was at the business, she made the transaction but forgot to pick up the cash after the payment was made, the report states.  When the daughter realized she had forgotten to pick up the cash from the self check out machine, she observed the cash was missing, according to the report.  The complainant stated that the store’s video surveillance had images of the suspect and she wished to pursue charges, the report states.

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City of Brownwood Continues Moving Forward on Adopting 2014/2015 Budget, Tax and Utility Rates

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallThe Brownwood City Council moved forward in the process of adopting their fiscal year 2014/2015 budget, tax rate and utility rates on first readings.  The final adoption of these will be considered in second and third/final readings at the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd.

City of Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton presented the proposed budget of $31,571,063, which is an increase of 3.02% from the FY 2013/2014 budget.  This budget includes 3% raises for city employees and no increases for tax, water, sewer, sanitation or landfill rates.  Public hearings were held in previous meetings this month.

The certified tax roll was received increasing the property values from an estimated $780,000,000 to the certified value of $784,554,432, an increase of projected property tax revenue by $33,989, which is the cause for the effective rate of property taxes in Brownwood rising 6.36% within the city.

Although the effective tax rate is increasing due to an increase of properties on the tax roll and the recent significant rise in property valuations, the property tax rate citizens will pay will not increase.  According Middleton, Brown County Appraisal District reported that the value of the average home in Brownwood increased 9.38% from $75,738 to $82,839 this year.

The council also approved on first reading to approve the ordinance setting charges, fees, rates and deposits for customers on the Brownwood water, sewer and sanitation system for FY 14/15.

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Three-Vehicle Accident on West Commerce Tuesday Morning

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Brownwood Police responded to a three vehicle accident with no injuries Tuesday morning.

The accident occurred at the traffic light at W. Commerce, at the entry to Commerce Square at approximately 9:15 a.m.

According to emergency responders, a Ford Escape was being towed by a Chevrolet pickup and was stopped at the light in the westbound lanes, when a Dodge pickup failed to stop and rear-ended the Escape.  The impact of the collision forced the Escape onto the truck that was towing it, making the accident appear much worse, according to witnesses on scene.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/15

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 15, 2014.

Friday, September 12

*10:12 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Main Street regarding a burglary at the Candlestick Apartments.  According to the report, two complainants advised that an unknown suspect(s) broke into the complainants’ apartment and stole several items while they were away from home.

*10:16 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Waco Street regarding the theft of a firearm.  According to the report, the complainant stated that several firearms were missing from his residence.  No suspect information was available at the time of the call and the case is pending further investigation, the report states.

*10:55 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of Belle Plain regarding the burglary of a coin operated machine.  An unknown amount of coins were stolen, the report states.

*5:49 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding a hit and run accident.  Through an investigation, a suspect has been identified, the report states.

*8:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant witnessed 38-year-old Mario Narro of Brownwood steal multiple items from the store.  Narro was arrested and charged with theft equal or greater than $50 less than $500.

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