Brownwood Christmas Tree Recycling Program

christmastreeThe City of Brownwood will once again be helping the public recycle their real Christmas trees this year.

Real Christmas trees may be taken to the Recycling Center at 6800 FM 45 South (1 mile south of the National Guard Armory) or placed at the curb for free pickup by calling 325-643-4200.

All trees must be free of lights, decorations, tree stands and not be wrapped in plastic or netting. Trees with flocking will be acceptable.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday and Wednesday, December 23-24, 2014.

Monday, December 22

*10:33 AM – Brownwood Police responded to Walmart regarding a criminal trespass.  According to the report a subject identified as 33-year-old Alexis Rodriguez of Brownwood had an active trespass warning for the address and was located.  Rodriguez was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

*2:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Commerce, East Palace Mongolian Restaurant, regarding theft.  According to the report, the manager stated that a female and her family did not pay for their food on December 21, 2014.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41-year-old Anthony James Garcia, Sr. of Austin related to motion to revoke/possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram in a drug free zone.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 12/24

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of December 8 - 21, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 48 medical emergencies, 7 fire call, 6 motor vehicle accidents, 2 hazardous materials calls and 2 electrical calls.

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

Monday, December 8

*2:34 PM – BFD responded to the report of a gas leak on Memorial Park Drive.  Firefighters assisted with traffic control during this hazardous materials call.

Tuesday, December 9

*7:19 AM – BFD was dispatched to a grass fire on West Hwy 67, which was out upon arrival.

*11:41 AM – BFD responded to a single motor vehicle accident in the 3100 block of West Hwy 67.

*10:05 PM – BFD was called to investigate the smell of gas in the 2800 block of Southside Drive, nothing was found.

Wednesday, December 10

*7:35 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 2800 block of South Hwy 377.  Firefighters provided first aid and loaded the patient for transport.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray released the following information regarding felony cases recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.

Charles Dewayne Spivey pled guilty to the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated and was sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Rachel Denay Burdett pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 15 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division

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Cities of Brownwood and Early Christmas Holiday Schedules

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallIn observance of the Christmas Holidays, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Thursday the 25th or Friday the 26th.  Residents with blue or green carts, please note that your collection days are as follows:

  • Thursday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday, December 24th.
  • Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday, December 27th.

The Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th and will reopen on Saturday, December 27th.

The City collects bulky items including brush and tree limbs from residential customers at no charge, please cut them into lengths of 5 feet or less and notify the Sanitation Department at 643-4200 or online at

For problems related to water or sewer service within the City of Brownwood, customers may call 646-6000, 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/22

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, December 22, 2014.

Wednesday, December 18

*9:52 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 200 block of South Broadway regarding simple assault.  According to the report, a suspect was identified.

Friday, December 19

*1:33 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a hit and run accident in the 400 block of Lakeway Drive.  According to the report, the complainant’s vehicle had been struck while it was parked in the parking lot of the Salvation Army.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s Office met with a complainant who reported the burglary of a storage building near Lake Brownwood.

*Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Hudson Lane regarding an unwanted person.  According to the report, there was a custody dispute between relatives which resulted in the mother, who court documents prevented from visiting the children, being issued a trespass warning for the property.

*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 34-year-old Robert Buttrey of Brownwood on warrants related to driving while license invalid and failure to appear.

*46-year-old George Ray Darnell, Jr. of Brownwood turned himself in on a warrant related to possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram in a drug free zone.

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Thomas Honored with Retirement Reception


The City of Early held a retirement reception for long-time City Administrator Ken Thomas on Friday afternoon.

Thomas served over 27 years as the city’s administrator and before that had served three terms as city councilman, which he contributes to his longevity in the office, having learned both sides of city government.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/19: Hit and Run Accident Leads to DWI Arrest

LECSmBrownwood Police were called to a hit and run accident Thursday night which led to the arrest of one person for driving while intoxicated and may result in another arrest.

The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Coggin Avenue when a Dodge pickup rear ended a Chevy S-10 pickup.  According to the police report, the Chevy had suddenly stopped at the intersection of Coggin Avenue and 10th Street, causing the Dodge to collide with it from behind.  Further investigation showed that the Chevy had just missed a utility pole and a tree stump, traveling up into the yard of a residence damaging several potted plants and a decorative fence and scattering several large rocks and bricks (used in the landscaping) into the roadway, according to the police report.

When police arrived, both vehicles had left the scene, the report states.  A witness informed police that the Chevy had traveled to Avenue I and 10th Street, where the driver had then entered the residence, according to the report.  Police interviewed the driver, identified as 62-year-old Larry David Hopkins who was determined to be intoxicated and had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, the report states.  Hopkins stated that he didn’t know how his vehicle had been damaged and denied having been involved in an accident; however, he did admit drinking earlier in the evening, 16 ounce Keystone Light beer.

Evidence at the scene included a lid to a Styrofoam cooler and a cold 16 ounce Keystone Light beer along with a piece of a vehicle, the report states.  Hopkins' pickup was found to contain  a Styrofoam cooler without a lid containing several unopened cold Keystone Lights and his truck was missing a piece which matched the piece found on scene, the report states.  Hopkins was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, driving while license invalid with previous convictions, fleeing the scene of an accident over $200 damage and failure to report upon striking a fixed object, according to the report.

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Officials Investigating Wednesday Morning Fire on 4th Street


Brownwood Police Department and the Brownwood Fire Marshal’s office are investigating a house fire that occurred in Brownwood in the 3200 block of 4th Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 17th.

The fire occurred between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., resulting in extensive damage to the home according to BPD Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant James Kidd.  Three large breed dogs perished in the fire, according to police.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/18

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

Wednesday, December 17

*9:00 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 6th Street regarding a subject exposing himself and running down the street.  Police located a subject matching the description of the suspect who was fully clothed and denied having exposed himself.

*12:42 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 334 after receiving a report of a possible abatement issue while he was investigating a separate incident. According to the report, the deputy observed a significant amount of refuse and rubbish scattered throughout the property.  The residents were not home at this time, the report states.

*1:34 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3200 block of 4th Street regarding criminal trespass.  According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of 29-year-old Christopher Lee Taylor of Brownwood for tampering with evidence.

* 2:26 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to EZ Mart on Hwy 279 in regarding an ex-employee who had allegedly stolen over $1,500 worth of lottery tickets over the last few months. According to the deputy’s report, the EZ Mart District Supervisor has video recording of the thefts.  The district supervisor stated she would like to pursue charges against the suspect for the theft.  No contact was made with the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

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