District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the February 2014 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 33 indictments were returned against 29 people.
The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office. Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.
Chad Michael Norman – Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon
Justin Moore – Theft- Metals
Lucilla Ortega – Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone, Repeat Offender
Dustin Marshall – Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver
Chais Robertson – Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Repeat/Habitual Offender
Jerry Allen Leonard – Evading Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony Enhancement
Bangs Nursing Home was named as one of the “Best Nursing Homes for 2014” by U.S. News & World Report on Thursday, February 27th.
The overall rating comes from Health Inspections, Nurse Staffing, Quality of Care Measures and Fire Safety. Of the approximately 1094 nursing homes in Texas, only 130 homes met the criteria to receive this recognition, including Bangs Nursing Home.
Bangs Nursing Home is affiliated with SAVA Senior Care, which is nationally recognized as one of the largest providers of Long Term & Short Term Care Services in the United States.Bangs Nursing Home is located at 1105 Fitzgerald Street, Bangs, Texas. They are Medicaid/Medicaid certified, and work closely with many of the major insurance companies. Bangs Nursing Home also has in-house physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as outpatient physical and occupational therapy. They also have a certified wound care nurse on staff.
The Texas Trails Council awarded Marie Wilson of Brownwood the Silver Beaver, the highest award a Boy Scout Council can award a volunteer.The award was presented to Wilson at the Abilene Country Club on Saturday, February 22, 2014. According to the Boy Scouts of America, the Silver Beaver was established for local councils to recognize the tireless devotion of volunteers in the Scouting Program. Acting through the National Court of Honor, the Boy Scouts of America awards the Silver Beaver to recognize distinguished service to youth by a registered Scouter. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest volunteer recognition award presented by a local council.
Early Chief of Police Attends Prestigious Department Of Justice Program Focused On Protecting Children
Early Chief of Police David Mercer recently returned from the prestigious Chief Executive Officer Training Seminar, held just outside of the nation’s capital, at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) located in Alexandria, VA.
After receiving an invitation to attend the specifically designed training seminar for Law Enforcement Executives, 911 Emergency Center managers and Clearinghouse Managers, Chief David Mercer attended the program on Sunday & Monday, February 23-24, as a guest of the NCMEC.
Chief Mercer joined 56 other Chiefs, Sheriffs, and 911 Emergency Managers who were also selected and invited, to attend the 151st session of the CEO course, and Mercer is now one of nearly 6,000 who have completed this training.The Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives was designed to provide attendees like Chief Mercer a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children – and how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who’s been reported missing - when time is critical.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that two felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.Barry Chad Beal pled guilty to three separate offenses of Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.
Spring is around the corner and Family Services Center is gearing up for the 2014 100 Holes for Families Golf Challenge on Friday, April 25th at the Hideout Golf Club and Monday, May 5th at the Brownwood Country Club.
With the help of 20 golfers, FSC is able to raise $20,000 to meet the growing needs of operating the Family Services Center.
Golfers collect sponsorships and then tee off at dawn, taking over one of the local country clubs for the day. By dusk they will have completed 100 or more holes of golf. This year FSC will present special awards for the top golfers and those bringing in the most sponsorships.
Minimal sponsorships are collected by each golfer, with a goal of $1000 per golfer. For example: $1.00 per hole x 100 holes x 10 sponsors = $1000. Golfers may collect larger sponsorships from more than 10 sponsors to help serve even more families through FSC.Funds raised will directly benefit FSC and are used to strengthen individuals, children, and families through professional counseling, education, advocacy, supportive services and collaboration. With the growing needs of serving 9 counties and continued cut backs in local and state funding, Family Services Center needs the public’s help.
The Pearl Griffin Latch Key Program honored volunteer Hank Hunter with a presentation of a book for his generous support and hours volunteered.
During the summer of 2013, Hank Hunter with Texas Clean headed up the remodel of the Latch Key Program. Hank volunteered and collected donations to help with the funding of the project, as well as doing much of the work himself, explained Program Director Jessica Hardy.
Brown County was declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster emergency loans on January 15, 2014. Generally that means that farmers who have lost at least 30 percent of their production or suffered any physical loss to the drought are eligible for FSA loans. Proceeds from crop insurance and/or hazard insurance are taken into consideration when determining a producer’s eligibility and total loss.FSA Farm Loan Manager, Cynthia P. Kruger, is urging farmers who are interested in receiving an emergency loan to submit their applications into FSA as soon as possible. Ms. Kruger said, “We hope farmers will get their applications in early rather than waiting until near the deadline which is September 15, 2014. The longer they wait, the more chance there is for long delays. If the applications come in early, we can avoid backlogs and speed up the process.”
Brownwood Regional Medical Center employees recently purchased approximately 200 “Go Red” fundraiser t-shirts to help promote heart health.
"We were excited to participate to promote heart health to everyone,” said Donna Hair, BRMC Marketing Director.
Brownwood Police arrested a Brownwood man Wednesday for allegedly stabbing his wife early Tuesday morning.
31-year-old Jerry Leonard was located in a Brownwood apartment just one day after he had allegedly stabbed his wife in the arm after a verbal argument that turned physical, police said Thursday.
Police responded to the 1700 block of 3rd Street early Tuesday morning where they met with the victim who stated that she had been at a friend’s apartment doing laundry until early in the morning and had gotten into an argument which escalated to the stabbing, the report states.She reported that she had become tired and attempted to leave, which made Leonard very angry. As she attempted to leave in her car, Leonard allegedly tried to take her keys and when unsuccessful, he then brandished a large Bowie knife which he allegedly used to stab her in the arm. The stab wound was deep enough to expose fatty tissue of the arm, and the victim was taken to Brownwood Regional Medical Center by Guardian EMS ambulance. Leonard left the scene in a pickup. Police located Leonard Wednesday around 3:30 p.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Brownwood held their annual awards dinner on Thursday, February 20th at the Brownwood Country Club.
President Dennis Graham presented several awards on behalf of the club to the following recipients:Kiwanis of the Year Award: Rex Tackett (pictured at top)
- Two Brown County Sheriff’s Office Employees Terminated for Association with Eight-Liner Business
- Advanced Plant and Soil Classes at BHS Join Tarleton State University for Research Project
- Reminder: American Heart Association’s Heart Gala Set for March 1st
- Early Chamber Mob Visits Doc’s Drugstore in Early
- Two Days Remain in Early Voting
- Weekly Fishing Report for Area Lakes
- EISD Choir Members Earn Superior Ratings, Qualify for State UIL Competition
- Law Enforcement Blotter 2/26: Police Investigate Early Morning Stabbing
- Father Daughter Dance Offered By BMPA Saturday, March 1st
- HPU Art Professor To Be Featured In National Exhibition
- Bangs High School CX Debate Team Wins District, Prepares for State Meet
- Brownwood Economic Development Offers Assistance to New Company and Existing Business