Texas Department of Public Safety begins its start of the annual construction season and began its annual campaign encouraging safe driving through highway construction sites and in honor of such, the City of Brownwood Proclaimed March 23-27, 2015 as Work Zone Awareness Week.
Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Draco Miller presented TxDOT officials with a proclamation recognizing the agency and its employees and private contractors for doing their part to build and improve roads and bridges in the state.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
Monday, March 16
*7:15 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Almond Street regarding a runway juvenile. A teenage subject ran away from a foster care home in Brownwood, the report states.
*7:56 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2700 block of Vincent Street, regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the complainant stated that during the night, someone had thrown a rock through the driver’s side window of the complainant’s vehicle while it was parked a residence on Oak Park.
*12:59 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Walmart regarding theft. According to the report, a male subject was being detained in the office for shoplifting. During this call, 20-year-old Estevan Frias, Jr. of Brownwood was found to have stolen various items of merchandise from the store and was arrested for theft equal or greater than $50 less than $500, the report states.
*3:58 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence on W. County Road 411 regarding some coins that were missing after being sent through the U.S. Postal Service. According to the report, the complainant sent 40 coins; however, only 20 coins arrived to the recipient.
It’s moving day for the Brownwood Fire Department administration. According to City Manager Bobby Rountree, administration will test out the building for a couple of weeks before firemen begin moving into the building to complete the department’s move. BFD Assistant Chief Grady Shuey stated that BFD administration hopes to be fully set up today.
The new Central Fire Station is located on W. Adams Street between South Congress and Greenleaf, adjacent to the Lehnis Railroad Museum and across from the Adams Street Community Center and Depot Cultural Center. The building has been under construction for over a year, so this day has come with much anticipation.
District Attorney, Micheal Murray says that several felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Joshua Dewayne Smith pled guilty to the felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 25 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Smith pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Brittany Rachelle Haynes pled guilty to the felony offense of Robbery and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Haynes pled guilty to the state jail felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 15 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.
Jesus Antonio Rivera
pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, March 16, 2015.
Tuesday, March 10
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to FM 590 in Zephyr regarding a scam. According to the report, the victim stated that she was working to get an unsecured loan from an internet company. The victim had sent three payments in the form of Walmart money grams to the loan company as fees, the report states. The total the victim sent was $1151.95; however, no loan was sent to the victim and the company did not return her calls, the report states.
Friday, March 13
*8:56 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Coggin regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had damaged the mirror of his motorcycle while it was parked in the driveway of his residence.
*1:00 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the report of a theft on Cherokee Drive in North Lake Brownwood. The complainant stated that six 12 volt (golf cart) batteries valued at $1000 had been stolen within the past 2-3 weeks, the report states.
Brownwood was recently named one of the best commuter cities in Texas by Obrella.
With an average commute of only 16 minutes, Brownwood was named number six on the best commuter cities list. 82.38% of drivers commute to work alone in Brownwood, 11.07% carpool, 0.55% use mass transit and 1.18% work at home, according to the study.
The Brownwood commune is 16.7 minutes. The study showed the majority of people commute less than 15 minutes to work, followed by a second smaller group of commuters traveling 15-29 minutes to their job.
Obrella gave a summary of each city and stated the following about Brownwood. “Located in the center of Texas, Brownwood is large enough to provide all the amenities you need, yet small enough that you know who your neighbors are. Offering award-winning schools, a low cost of living, and an impressive economic development corporation, Brownwood is a great place to settle if you’re an entrepreneur. Brownwood residents who don’t work for themselves are often employed in manufacturing, administration, or construction related work. Kohler and 3M Company are two of the area’s biggest employers. The fact that it takes 16 minutes to get to work only adds to Brownwood’s appeal.”
Fire engulfed a home in Early Sunday evening, leaving it a complete loss.
The fire occurred at 5:15 p.m. at 505 Lucas Drive in Early. The three occupants were not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Felix Torres lived in the home with his wife and adult grandson. The family had several dogs and all but one escaped the fire.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, March 13, 2015.
Wednesday, March 11
*1:47 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center. The complainant advised a known suspect stole some of their personal checks and has been forging them with the complainant’s signature, the report states.
*2:48 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on Waterford Drive regarding the theft of a license plate of a trailer.
*2:32 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2500 block of Brady Avenue regarding the burglary of a building. According to the report, the complainant stated that her mother’s storage building had been broken into and items were missing. Items stolen included a medical bed, wheel chair, computer, sewing machine, golf clubs and furniture, the report states.
Thursday, March 12
*2:30 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to Lakeside Drive regarding the theft of three wooden craved bears from the front porch of the residence.
Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released sales tax allocation numbers for March which showed unusual increases in Brown County cities of Early and Brownwood. The report shows most cities in Brown County with an increase. Brownwood, Early, and Bangs were each up on this month’s sale tax allocations with a decrease for the city of Blanket.
The growth in Early was up by a significant number, 156.17%. Brownwood also increased a good portion with an 18.77% increase.
Early City Administrator Tony Aaron stated that he noted the jump in this month’s allocation and contacted the Texas Comptroller’s Office to see what had caused the change.
“I was basically told that it is an anomaly, to consider it a one-time payment,” said Aaron. He explained that the Comptroller’s office could not give specific answers due to privacy laws, but that it was payments from a company or companies that do business in and out of Early. He stated possibly this could be a late payment from companies that make quarterly payments, which were due in mid-January and could be related to some holiday sales.
Aaron stated that although the payment was an increase of more than $125,000 than the comparable period in 2014, it was both good and bad for the city.
“While having the increase is great, there’s also a negative side to it. This anomaly throws off our sales tax numbers for the current year and next year we will actually show a drop in sales taxes for this period,” said Aaron. “We requested a detailed report so that we can determine what portion is this one-time payment and what could be actual growth.”