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April Proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Brown County

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Brown County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Brown County at Monday’s meeting of the court.

Board member Sherry Clark presented the proclamation to those in attendance.  Through the proclamation, she explained that there are over 17,000 Texas children in foster care and nearly 225,000 within the state who are reported as abused or neglected each year.

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Texas Representative Susan King to Speak at Brown County Republican Women’s Club April 8th

SusanKingThe Brown County Republican Women’s Club will host their monthly luncheon on at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8th.

The Brown County and Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Clubs hosted a candidate forum prior to the election in March. None of the six candidates running for Texas Senate District 24 were able to achieve a 51% majority to win the primary resulting in a run-off election between Representative Susan King and Dr. Dawn Buckingham to be set for May 24th.  Early voting will take place May 16-20.

The clubs will host both candidates, Representative King and Dr. Buckingham, as speakers for their luncheons during the month of April.

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Cornett Found Guilty of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child, Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that on Friday, April 1, 2016, the defendant Christopher Douglas Cornett was convicted of the felony offense of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child and was sentenced to 35 years in prison in the 35th District Court of Brown County, Texas.

The offense of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child carries a punishment range of life in prison, or any number of years not less than 25 or more than 99.  There is no possibility of parole for this offense.

A jury found the defendant guilty of the offense, and District Judge Stephen Ellis assessed the punishment in the case.

Murray reported that he and First Assistant District Attorney Chris Brown presented evidence showing that the defendant committed multiple acts of sexual abuse against the 10-year-old victim over a period of several months in 2013.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/1

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, April 1, 2016

Wednesday, March 30

*10:38 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of Avenue B regarding the burglary of a vehicle.

*2:00 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding a hit and run accident.

*3:00 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding theft.

Thursday, March 31

*9:41 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of N. Fisk Avenue regarding harassment. According to the report, an assault by threat or offensive touch was also investigated.

*8:00 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of Vincent Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, a camera and a book of checks was stolen from the vehicle.

*9:06 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding trespassing.  According to the report, an investigation led to the arrests of 52-year-old Warren Bellinger of Brownwood for possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant for a parole violation; 42-year-old Tommy Kinsey for an outstanding warrant for a parole violation; and 38-year-old Amanda Eason of Brownwood for outstanding warrants.

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United Way 2015-2016 Campaign Raises Over $225,500 to Support Member Agencies

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The Brown County United Way held their annual Campaign Appreciation Luncheon on Friday recognizing donors who made pledges totaling $225,595 to help local agencies.

United Way Board Member Lynn Day explained that it takes the entier community to make the campaign a success which makes the funding of member agencies possible.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 3/31

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tuesday, March 29

*9:42 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an address in Early regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the complainant also noticed a welder was missing from his carport.

*5:51 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to an agency assist. According to the report, an off duty highway patrol trooper had observed, what he believed to be, a domestic disturbance occurring in a vehicle and was requesting assistance. After further investigation, it was determined there had only been a verbal argument.  A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and the passenger, Maria Angelica Hernandez, was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1g and tampering with physical evidence, the report states.

Wednesday, March 30

*2:00 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of N. Main Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the complainant stated a stereo was stolen from the vehicle.  There was no forced entry into the vehicle; however, the dash was damaged, according to police.  Possible suspects were named, the report states.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 3/31

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of March 21-27, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 25 medical emergencies, 10 fire calls, 1 lock out and 4 motor vehicle accidents.

Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:

Tuesday, March 22

*10:01 AM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 2800 block of Morris Sheppard Drive.  Fire crews performed trauma assessment and assisted with loading of patient for transport to the hospital.

Wednesday, March 23

*8:38 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 900 block of Trigg Street.  Firefighters were dispatched for a smell of smoke in the area.   Fire crews arrived on scene and found a fire pit burning. The fire was extinguished and the resident was informed of the city ordinance.

*10:29 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was called to a fire in the 2000 block of Avenue I.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a shed in the back yard of residence fully involved.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 3/30

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Monday, March 28

*8:37 AM – Brownwood Police were called to a report of theft in the 2500 block of 11th Street.  According to the report, a license plate with a Dallas Cowboys cover was stolen from the complainant’s vehicle.

*11:38 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Calvert Road regarding a student having been found in possession of marijuana.  The student was taken into custody and transported to the Brownwood Police Department where the student was processed and then transported to the Juvenile Probation Office, released to the staff on duty.

Tuesday, March 29

*12:27 AM – Two Brownwood Police officers were flagged down regarding a hit and run while patrolling through a north Brownwood business.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a small black two-door sports car backed into a coworker’s vehicle and fled the scene.  The suspect vehicle was located approximately a block away and the driver, identified as 23-year-old Orion Peters of Brownwood, was arrested for duty on striking an unattended vehicle.

*1:12 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Center Avenue regarding a suspicious person.  According to the report, the officer spoke with all involved parties and a case of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was opened.

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Local Community Members and Organizations Partner to Send Girl Scout Cookies to the Military

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The Girl Scouts of Central Texas recently partnered with Wendlee Broadcasting to bring “A Taste of Home for our Troops” to our community.  Through the help of local businesses and individuals, Girl Scout Cookies will be sent to military troops both stateside and abroad.

Nancy King with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas joined VFW Auxiliary members at the Post as they packed up boxes of cookies, letters and cards of encouragement and thanks for the troops.  29 boxes of 10-12 packages of cookies were packed up on Tuesday morning.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 3/29: Police Ask Public for Help Solving Burglary at Pate’s Hardware

LECSmEarly Police Department officer received a call of a burglary at the Pate’s Hardware store in the 1100 block of Early Blvd in Early on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The burglary occurred in the early morning hours and is believed to have occurred between 5:00 a.m. and 5:50 a.m.

According to Early Police Chief David Mercer, the actors broke out the front glass door by throwing a brick through the glass to make entry. Once inside, the actors took 9 chainsaws, 2 concrete saws and a blower totaling just over $7000, Mercer stated.  Just before the burglary was discovered, officers received a call of a burglary alarm at Doc’s Pharmacy at 1200 CC Woodson Road.

A Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy drove by Pates Hardware store en route to assist the Early PD officer with the alarm call when he observed a white Dodge Charger in Pate’s parking lot. It is unknown if the alarm call had anything to do with the Pate’s burglary. Another witness observed a white 4 door car, possibly a Dodge Charger backed up to the front door with 2 individuals standing outside.

The Early Police Department asks anyone that may have seen anything or that has any information to please contact the Early Police Department at 325-646-5322.

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