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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/22

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, August 22, 2014.

Wednesday, August 20

*1:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, the store manager advised that a known suspect stole some alcoholic beverages from the store.  After being caught in the act, the subject was escorted to the store’s office, the report states.  Officers arrived and the subject was cited for theft, issued a criminal trespass warning for the premises and released, according to police.  The stolen merchandise was returned to the store.

*4:09 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Vincent Street regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that several items were stolen from outside of his home.

Thursday, August 21

*6:54 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding a hit and run accident.  The complainant reported that an unknown suspect had backed into his vehicle and fled the scene without leaving the necessary required information, according to the report.

*12:24 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2300 block of Dartmore Street regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the windshield of the complainant’s vehicle had been “smashed” by an unknown subject.

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DPS Reminds Drivers to Watch for Children as New School Year Starts

TexasDPS_logoAs the academic year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses. Drivers must also follow all traffic laws related to school buses and school zones.

“With children heading back to school, drivers can help keep Texas students safe by obeying all speed limits – especially in posted school zones – and stopping for school buses,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals who illegally pass stopped school buses endanger our children, and DPS officers will not tolerate drivers who break the law and put others in harm’s way.”

One of the most dangerous times of a student’s trip on a school bus is when they are entering or exiting the bus. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention in school zones since children may step into a roadway without checking for oncoming traffic.

State law requires that approaching drivers stop when a bus is stopped and operating a visual signal – either red flashing lights or a stop sign.  Drivers should not proceed until the school bus resumes motion; the driver is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated. A driver does not have to stop for a school bus if it is on a highway with roadways separated by an intervening space or physical barrier. (If a highway is divided only by a left-turning lane, the roadways are not considered separated, and drivers must stop for school buses.)

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Burn Ban a Concern for Brown County Commissioners

CommCtArticle2014Brown County Commissioners continued to take no action on implementing a burn ban at Friday morning’s meeting of the court.  Although no ban was implemented, commissioners agreed to seriously consider the possibility of a burn ban at the next regular meeting of the court at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 25th.  The most recent burn ban, which had been in place since May 5th, was lifted by commissioners on June 8, 2014.

In other matters on Friday’s agenda:

*Commissioner Gary Worley, Precinct 1, received approval of an agreement between Brown County and Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC for rehabilitation of County Roads 221 and 222 for future line placement.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/21

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Tuesday, August 19

*11:19 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to El Paso Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, the complainant stated that items were found to be missing from her home after she returned from vacation.  Several suspects were named, the report states.

Wednesday, August 20

*11:30 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding debit card abuse.  The complainant stated that a former employee had used his debit card without his permission, taking cash from the complainant’s bank account, according to the report.

*8:13 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Dollar General, in the 300 block of E. Commerce, regarding a reckless driver.  According to the report, the driver was reported to be driving “all over the road” and into oncoming traffic.  The suspect driver, identified as Jerry Whatley, eventually pulled into the drive-thru of Classic Liquor in the 400 block of W. Commerce, the report states.  This call led to the arrest of Whatley for driving while intoxicated.

*Brownwood Police arrested 29-year-old Carmin Henry Jackson of Sonora on a Sutton County warrant related to motion to revoke/driving while intoxicated.

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Two Cars Collide Near Vine Street Underpass, One Catches Fire

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Brownwood emergency responders were called to the Vine Street underpass Thursday morning to a 2-vehicle accident.

At approximately 9:12 a.m., a 2005 Infinity was turning left on Vine Street from Avenue A when it collided with a 2000 Plymouth Neon which was traveling south on Vine, from the underpass.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/20

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Monday, August 18

*3:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 200 block of 8th Street regarding an assault.  According to the report, the complainant advised that an employee that he had just terminated punched him in the face and left the scene.

*3:50 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Walmart regarding theft.  According to the report, this call led to the issuance of a citation for theft less than $50 to the female suspect.

Tuesday, August 19

*8:26 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of 8th Street regarding an unwanted person.  According to the report, when the officer made contact with the unwanted person, drug paraphernalia was located.  A trespass warning was issued to the subject, the report states.

*8:52 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the area of Custer Road and Stephen F. Austin regarding the theft of a road closed sign which was on a wooden base.

*9:12 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of 9th Street regarding the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  According to the report, the owner stated his girlfriend had taken the vehicle without his permission.

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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.

Linsey Buzbee, on probation for the felony offense of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, was adjudicated and sentenced to 3 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Joshua Anthony Silvers pled guilty to the felony offense of Evading Arrest and was sentenced to 7 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Silvers pled guilty to the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated and was sentenced to 7 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Charles Cecil Simpson pled guilty to the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated and was sentenced to 7 years, Texas Department f Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Billy Berkley pled guilty to the felony offense of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and was sentenced to 12 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 8/19

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Thursday, August 14

*10:31 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Main Blvd. regarding theft.  According to the report, the investigation is ongoing.

Monday, August 18

*1:30 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of 7th Street regarding an unwanted person.  According to the report, after an investigation, 60-year-old James Reynolds of Bangs was arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.

*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1900 block of Main Blvd. regarding harassment.

*7:43 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of N. Main Street regarding a citizens’ dispute.  According to the report, dispatch advised the officer that it was reported that a black male had threatened a white male in the store, stating that he was going to “beat him up once they walked outside the store.”  The caller indicated that the black male was also carrying a knife, the report states.  Upon arrival, the responding officer had to physically take the knife from the male, identified as 59-year-old Albert Duffie of Temple, who was then placed under arrest for public intoxication, according to the report.

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Election Cancelled No Challengers File for BISD Board

BISDBdOfTrusteesLogoBrownwood Independent School District announced Tuesday that no challengers filed for seats on the Board of Trustees.  With no contested races, current board members who have filed will remain on the board and no election will be necessary according to BISD officials.

Board members whose places were up for election and who have filed to remain on the board include:

Michael Cloy – Place 1

Roderick Jones, Sr. – Place 3

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Local Hospitals Release Statement Regarding Recent Security Breach

Community Health Systems released a statement Monday regarding the theft of personal information of 4.5 million patients system wide in their network of 206 hospitals across the country.  The company operates in 28 states with the majority of their hospital locations in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Brownwood Regional Medical Center is one of the hospitals affected by the security breach.

Below is the statement issued Monday by Abilene Regional Medical Center and Brownwood Regional Medical Center regarding the issue:

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