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HPU Students to Assist in Obtaining Survey to Determine Brownwood Parks and Recreation Master Plan

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council members approved a Parks & Recreation Master Plan Survey form at Tuesday's city council meeting and authorized the survey to be conducted.

According to Parks and Recreation Director David Withers, the first Park & Recreation Master Plan was developed with the help of the Lower Colorado River Authority and was adopted by the Brownwood City council on January 9, 2001, with an updated version being approved on April 22, 2008.

The survey, according to both Withers and City Manager Bobby Rountree, will allow residents to have input in determining Brownwood’s future Parks & Recreation Master Plan.  The plan is a major part of what allows the City of Brownwood to receive grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), explained Rountree.

To date, the city has received $1,235,691 million in grants over the last ten years.  These grants are as follows:

  • 2005:  Trails Grant for Riverside Park  $85,692
  • 2008:  Small Communities Grant for Coggin Park  $50,000
  • 2010:  Indoor Recreation Grant for Annex  $500,000
  • 2010:  Outdoor Recreation Grant for Aquatic Center & Sports Complex  $500,000
  • 2013:  Camp Bowie Soccer Complex  $100,000

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Brownwood Police Department Welcomes New Officer

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Brownwood Police Department welcomed a new officer to their ranks as Officer Jeremy Seider was given the Oath of Office and Law Enforcement Oath of Honor during Tuesday’s Brownwood City Council meeting.

City Secretary Christi Wynn gave the Oath of Office and the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor was given by Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller.  Seider’s father, B.J. Seider, had the honor of pinning the badge to his son’s uniform during the ceremony.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/26

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, January 26, 2015.

Friday, January 23

*8:41 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Avenue G regarding an assault.  According to the report, the complainant did not wish to pursue charges at this time.

*10:02 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of W. Commerce regarding credit or debit card abuse.

*3:23 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Center Avenue regarding the burglary of a vehicle.

*3:51 PM – Brownwood Police were 1st Street regarding the violation of a protective order.  The complainant stated that her boyfriend has attempted to communicate with her via text message, according to the report.

*3:57 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft.  A complainant reported that a male identified as 21-year-old Michael Cade Vaello of Brownwood stole $81.87 in merchandise from the store, according to the report.  Vaello was arrested and charged with theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500.

*4:59 PM - Brownwood Police were called to the 4200 block of South US Hwy 377 regarding criminal mischief.

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Amarillo Man Arrested for Fraudulent Prescription

HavinsStephenBrownwood Police investigated a fraudulent prescription, thanks to a local pharmacist, which led to the arrest of an Amarillo man on several drug related charges.  Brownwood Police released the following information regarding the incident.

Brownwood Narcotics Investigator Aaron Taylor was contacted by a local pharmacist out of concerns for a possible fraudulent prescription at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Detective Taylor responded to Jacobs Pharmacy, located at 2701 Austin Avenue, and met with the pharmacist who provided a prescription for review.  The prescription was determined to be a photocopy.  Detective Taylor continued his investigation and waited at the pharmacy for the suspect to retrieve the filled prescription.  The suspect, 32-year-old Stephen Tyler Havins, did return for the medication and was detained at that time.

Further investigation revealed that Havins was traveling from his home in Amarillo, Texas to Killeen; stopping at various locations along the way to submit the photocopied prescription at pharmacies.  Detective Taylor was able to locate three additional pharmacies in Brownwood and one in Abilene where the prescription was filled and medication dispensed.

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Brownwood Police Investigate Weekend Stabbing Resulting in One Arrest

VillarealArthurA Brownwood man remains jailed Monday morning after a fight at a party that led to a stabbing.  Brownwood Police released the following statement about the incident and arrest.

Officers with the Brownwood Police Department were dispatched to the 2500 block of Greenway Drive regarding a report of a fight in progress around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015.  Upon officer’s arrival, a male subject was discovered lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds.  The victim, later identified as 33-year-old Jose Rivera, was transported to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his back and torso.

Investigation at the scene revealed that subjects were at 2504 Greenway Drive for a party when a fight broke out between several subjects.  Rivera became involved in the fight and was assaulted by 50-year-old Alfredo Villarreal.

Detectives with the Brownwood Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrived to assist in the investigation.  Further information was gathered and a warrant was issued for Villarreal’s arrest.

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Brown County 4-H News and Notes

4H_LogoBrown County 4-H is supported by the Brown County United Way.

DATES TO REMEMBER

January

26 – 4-H Clothing & Textiles Opportunity Meeting 5:30p.m. at Extension Office

27 – Consumer Decision Making Practice 5:30p.m.at Extension Office

30 – Deadline for TEEA Scholarship

February

2 – Deadline to Turn in 4-H Opportunity Scholarship

5 – Meats Judging Meeting 5:00p.m.at Extension Office

8 – May 4-H Club Meeting 3:30p.m. at May Methodist Church

10 – Brownwood 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Extension Office

10 – Bangs 4-H Club Meeting 6:00p.m.at Bangs FCS Classroom

12 – Early 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Early First Baptist Church

16 – Extension Office Closed for Presidents Day

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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.

Butch Landon Spearman pled guilty to the felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 32 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Spearman pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 20 years Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Carri Vickers pled guilty to the felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 32 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Miguel Pacheco pled guilty to the felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Pacheco, on probation for the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, was adjudicated and was sentenced to 12 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

Julian Gomez pled guilty to two separate felony offenses of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and was sentenced to 12 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.

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Bangs Police Vehicles Get New Look

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Bangs Police Department is undergoing a makeover of sorts with new patrol car decals, new uniforms and a new vehicle.

Their new Chief of Police Jorge Camarillo told officers, “We have a new chief, we are building a new police department and now it’s time for more of a professional look,” said Officer Mike Isbell.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/23

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, January 23, 2015.

Wednesday, January 21

*10:26 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of E. Commerce regarding the theft of property.

Thursday, January 22

*11:32 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Campa Drive regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, approximately $100 in coins was stolen and no suspect had been identified at the time of the report.

*12:51 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding fraud.  According to the report, an unknown subject attempted to purchase a vehicle via telephone from Big Country Ford using a stolen credit card.  The suspect claimed to be Richard Rich from Pennsylvania and provided an AT&T Universal Platinum Credit Card as payment for the vehicle.  The card was charged on January 21st in three transactions in the amounts of $8599.91, $7500 and $7800.  The car salesman who received the call for the purchase also received a call from the credit card company on January 22nd advising that the credit card had been reported lost or stolen and that the name given was not the name of the account holder.  Big Country Ford then refunded the transactions back to the card and had retained possession of the vehicle in question.  A driver’s license number which had been provided to the salesman by the alleged customer was provided to police and when the license was checked, the number did not return to the individual listed on the license copy.  No further information was available at the time of the report.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Experience Works

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The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, January 22nd for Experience Works, one of their newest members.

The Experience Works Senior Community Service Program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services, and job search assistance.  With these updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.

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