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Brown County Citizens Encouraged to Register for Code Red Emergency Notifications

CodeREDDue to recent weather damage and infrastructure emergencies in the past several days, local city officials and law enforcement encourage Brown County residents to take advantage of the FREE Code Red weather and emergency notification.

CLICK HERE to register for Code Red.  This link is good for all Brown County residents.

“With the recent storms that have passed through the area and the recent ruptured water main, the Early Police Department and the City of Early want to take this time to remind all Early residents that the City of Early is a member of the Code Red alert system,” said Early Chief of Police David Mercer in a recent press release.

Mercer explained that citizens of Early who do not have computer access may come by the Early Police Department or Early City Hall and fill out a form that city employees will enter it for you.

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Early Voting Underway This Week

votebuttonEarly voting in the upcoming May 9, 2015 elections began this week in Brown County for the Cities of Bangs and Bangs ISD, City of Blanket and Blanket ISD and the City of Brownwood.

Early voting for all elections is being held at the Adams Street Community Center  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays through May 1st and then again Monday and Tuesday, May 4th and 5th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The Adams Street Community Center is located at 511 E. Adams Street in Brownwood.

Election Day polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

City of Bangs & ISD - Bangs Community Center, 406 Spencer, Bangs, TX 76823

101 and 410

Bangs ISD – Rocky Creek 4301 CR 557 & HWY 279 Brownwood, TX 76801

215,417

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/28

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Monday, April 27

*12:16 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of criminal mischief.  According to the report, the property owner stated that previous tenants had “trashed” her property before moving out.  Damage was estimated between $1500 and $20,000, the report states.

*7:03 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 279.  According to the report, the driver, identified as 25-year-old Jennifer Rose Jones of Brownwood, was found to have a suspended driver’s license.  Jones was subsequently arrested, charged with driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

*8:44 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Almond Street regarding an assault.  According to the report, the complainant stated that one of her foster children assaulted another foster child.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

* 9:16 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant regarding a scam.  According to the report, the complainant had received a letter in the mail about 2 weeks ago from Speedy Cash which stated she owed them money for a loan.

*9:35 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of Brady Avenue regarding an assault.  According to the report, the complainant stated that an unknown male subject struck him with a baseball bat.

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UPDATE: Sunday Night Tornado at Lake Brownwood Classified EF-1

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Tuesday Afternoon Update: The National Weather Service has released a preliminary damage survey for the Lake Brownwood area following a tornado on Sunday, April 28th classifying Sunday’s weather damage to the Minton Draw area of Lake Brownwood as an EF-1 tornado.  This is the second smallest category possible with Sunday’s tornado having wind speeds in excess of 105 miles per hour, according to NWS officials.

The survey states that the tornado traveled approximately 1.1 miles and was about 175 yards wide, and had traveled on the ground approximately 5 minutes. It touched down northeast of the Lake Brownwood State Park near the Nichols Ranch, continuing past the intersection of Park Road 15 and County Road 455, ending at the lake.

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Brownwood Students Placed on Short Lockdown Tuesday Afternoon

bisdlogo3Students at Coggin Elementary and the Brownwood Intermediate School were placed on a brief lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to the report of a suspicious person in the vicinity of the campuses.

Brownwood Police were called shortly before 1:00 p.m. and arrived within 2 minutes of receiving the call according to BISD officials.  Officers searched the area and after no one suspicious and no threats were found, the lockdown was discontinued shortly after.

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City of Brownwood Dedicates New Central Fire Station

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A celebration and dedication of the new Central Fire Station was hosted by the City of Brownwood and Brownwood Fire Department on Tuesday morning.

Despite the cool wind and threat of rain, nearly two hundred people including local dignitaries, as well as fire chiefs from surrounding areas, BFD retirees and citizens attended the ceremony, marking a new era for the department.  A flag raising ceremony, performed by the Heart of Texas Honor Guard, drummer and bagpipers, and a special uncoupling ceremony were also held.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/27

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 27, 2015.

Monday, April 20

*8:22 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1300 block of Austin Avenue regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, a Redbox movie machine was damaged on Sunday, April 19th.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

Tuesday, April 21

*7:14 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Avenue A regarding the burglary of a vehicle.   A possible suspect has been identified, the report states.

*7:38 AM - Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of Greenway Drive regarding the burglary of a vehicle.

*8:58 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Avenue J regarding a juvenile problem.  According to the report, after speaking to the complainant, the officer found that a 14-year-old boy intentionally broke a window.  The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Justice Center, the report states.

*10:57 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Avenue C.  According to the report, this stop led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia, which resulted in a citation being issued for the items.

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Brownwood City Council Members and Candidates to be Featured in Public Safety Forum May 4th

BMPALogoThe Brownwood Municipal Police Association along with Brownwood Fire Department Professional Firefighters Association will co-host a forum on public safety at the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church’s Connection Center on Monday May 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

City council members and city council candidates for the upcoming city council elections will take questions from the audience.  The public is invited to attend.

Additionally anyone wishing to have a question asked please go the BMPA Facebook page or the Brownwood Firefighters Facebook page and post questions or email questions to BMPAPR@gmail.com.   Deadline for submitting questions will be noon on May 4th.

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Reminder: City of Brownwood to Celebrate Completion of New Fire Station Tuesday

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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City of Early Lifts Boil Water Notice

EarlyTXlogoEarly City Administrator Tony Aaron released the following information regarding the lifting of the city’s boil water notice.

As of 04/27/2015 at 1:20 p.m. the City of Early is lifting their boiled water notice.  The water is safe to consume and use as under normal conditions without being required to boil it first.  After the leak was repaired early Sunday morning, samples were pulled from various locations across the city.  Those samples were collected in compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) guidelines. The samples were sent to a lab with the Upper Leon River Municipal Water District for testing Sunday afternoon.  After completing the testing, the samples came back within the limits required by TCEQ for safe drinking water.

Our utility department has worked long and hard hours to return our water system into operations. Although boiling water prior to consumption has been an inconvenience to our citizens, it is a safety precaution that had to be followed and is recommended by TCEQ under these circumstances.

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