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Commissioners Accept Letter of Resignation from Elections Administrator

CommCtArticle2014Brown County Commissioners accepted Elections Administrator Suzy Young’s resignation letter during Monday’s meeting of the court.

Commissioners considered the item on their agenda Monday to possibly ratify the May 19th decision of the Brown County Elections Commission to terminate Young from her appointed position as elections administrator.  Since the meeting, Commissioners received a resignation letter from Young stating that she would voluntarily step down on June 16, 2015, which would allow the elections office to make it through the Brownwood City Council run-off election, slated for June 13th.

County Judge Ray West explained that the court received a resignation letter on behalf of the commission that would be effective June 16, which was a date requested by the elections staff.

“There’s good and bad either way, whether we accept the letter of resignation effective that date or terminate immediately.   I’m rather ambiguous on it to be honest with you,” said West.  “At the same time, I want what’s best for the county, and I don’t want the elections office to be without some leadership.  I don’t think any of us disagree, that when she is on her game, she is just as good as it gets.”

Commissioner Joel Kelton, Pct. 2, questioned if Young would be present working through to the time of her resignation date of June 16th and expressed his concern for any liabilities that might occur while she was finishing out the time as administrator.

Despite Kelton’s concerns, commissioners accepted the resignation letter in a 3:1 vote with Kelton being the sole member of the court in opposition to the action.

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TxDOT Begins Summer Sealcoat Projects to Maintain Area Roadways

TxDotlogoBeginning today, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Brownwood District will begin its summer sealcoat projects.

Over the next several weeks, crews will be working to sealcoat approximately 150 miles of roadway in Lampasas, San Saba, McCulloch, Coleman, Brown, Comanche, Eastland, and Stephens Counties.

“Sealcoat projects help us to preserve and protect roadways and increase their lifetimes,” said Director of Construction Eric Lykins, P.E. “Sealcoat prevents moisture from seeping into the pavement surface and keeps the road from cracking or deteriorating.”

The following roadways are included in this year’s program:

Lampasas: FM 2657, US 281

San Saba: SH 16

McCulloch: FM 1851, FM 2996, FM 1121 (West and East)

Coleman: FM 2805, US 283, FM 1176

Brown: FM 586, FM 585

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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.

Monica Castaneda pled guilty to the felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further Castaneda pled guilty to the felony offense of Theft-Enhanced and Forgery and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Also Castaneda pled guilty to the state jail felony offenses of Theft over $1,500 under $20,000, Forgery, Theft-Enhanced and Burglary of a Building and was sentenced to 20 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

Christopher Cody McDonough pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.

Marcus Gerard Cabrera, on probation for the felony offense of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon was revoked and sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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Land Mine Found on Lot in Brownwood, Detonated by Abilene Police Bomb Squad

BombSquadRobotThe Early Police Department received a call on Saturday, May 30th of a possible explosive device that a man found while cleaning a lot on Coggin Avenue in Brownwood, according to EPD Chief David Mercer.

The man found the device and put it in his pickup and took it to his home in Early, Mercer said.

“After he got to looking at it he decided to call the police because the device looked like a land mine,” reported Mercer.  “EPD contacted the Abilene bomb squad and sent pictures to them, which time they confirmed the item appeared to be a land mine.”

Abilene Police Department bomb squad came to Early and used a robot to retrieve the explosive device, which was taken to a remote location in the county and detonated, according to Mercer. Bomb technicians stated that the safety was still intact and the mine could still have been armed, Mercer said.

The Early Police Department reminds the public that items similar to this can still be found around the area and while they may be old, they could still explode.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/29

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, May 29, 2015.

Wednesday, May 27

*8:01 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Vincent Street regarding the report of a stolen vehicle.  According to the report, a male subject reported the theft of his vehicle to a BPD patrol officer.  The case was then forwarded to an investigator who determined that the vehicle had been involved in a crash in the 2800 block of Hwy 279, and that the vehicle was not stolen as reported, the report states.  A case of false report to police officer/law enforcement, a class B misdemeanor, was documented.

*8:49 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of 6th Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 18-year-old Harley Williams for criminal trespass.

Thursday, May 28

*3:50 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Bluffview Drive regarding a “rolling disturbance” or domestic disturbance inside a moving vehicle.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 22-year-old Justin Don Lewis for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Kory Austin Lowrey of Brownwood on a Kendall County warrant related to possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

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Health Department Encourages Precautions After Increase In Mosquito Population After Recent Rains

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Because of heavy and much needed rains of the last few weeks, Brownwood has gone from drought conditions to having an abundance of standing water on many properties, leading to record numbers of mosquitoes according to Paul Coghlan of the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department.

Although mosquitoes are in abundance, Brown County has been fortunate to have no reported cases of West Nile Virus; however, the public is still warned to take precautions when outside.

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Lake Brownwood Predicted to Reach Near-Capacity Soon

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With several inches of rain falling in Brown County overnight and already saturated ground, Lake Brownwood is rapidly rising, and officials at the Brown County Water Improvement District are predicting that the lake will soon be near-capacity.

“Lake level is at 1421.88’ (mean sea level) as of 8:30 AM Friday, 3.12 feet below spillway, 89.47% capacity and a gain of 9.35 feet since April 20th when it first started raining,” said Water District General Manager Dennis Spinks.  “Right now rise is about .2 tenths of a foot every hour and should continue for several hours today.”

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Early Voting in Brownwood City Council Runoff Election Begins Monday, June 1st

votebuttonEarly voting in the Brownwood City Council runoff election for Ward 2 will begin on Monday, June 1st between incumbent Eddie Watson and challenger Ed McMillian.

Early voting in this election will be held Monday through Friday, June 1-5th, between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM at Adams Street Community Center.   Early voting will then continue on June 8th and 9th from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Election day for the runoff will be Saturday, June 13th from 7 AM to 7 PM at Adams Street Community Center.

In the May 9th election, Watson received 40% of the vote and McMillian 27% beating out the other two candidates.

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Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Aquatic Center To Open Sunday

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The Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center will open Sunday, May 31st from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the summer.

The pool will be offering two daily swim sessions and will also have extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. for family swim time. Wiggins Pool will also open May 31st and hours will be Tuesday thru Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Pool hours for the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center are as follows:

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/28

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Tuesday, May 26

*7:26 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to County Road 411 regarding an assault.  According to the report, the victim stated that the suspect was moving out of the property and had attacked the victim when he confronted the suspect about some property.  A criminal trespass warning was issued to the suspect at the request of the victim.

*8:48 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of Avenue D regarding a domestic disturbance.

Wednesday, May 27

*1:53 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1800 block of 3rd Street which led to a consent search of the vehicle which located drugs and paraphernalia.  According to the report, the driver, identified as 23-year-old Tommy John Wayne Clay of Brownwood, was issued a citation for the observed traffic violation and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram in a drug free zone.

*9:48 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Avenue D regarding a defective brake light.  According to the report, this stop led to the arrest of 19-year-old Zachary Lane Clark, 17-year-old Merideth Boykin, and 18-year-old Jessie Walker, all of Brownwood, for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces in a drug free zone.

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