The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Brown County Historical Commission (CHC) with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2015 year of service. The THC issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to CHCs that document well-rounded programs of history- and preservation-related projects. The award will be presented during a meeting of the county commissioners court on June 20, 2016 to commend the CHC’s dedicated service and stewardship of Texas’ unique cultural and historic sites.
“County Historical Commissions are the backbone of historic preservation and education in communities across Texas,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The Texas Historical Commission is proud to recognize the exceptional efforts of the Brown County Historical Commission in appreciation of its high level of performance during 2015.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15
*1:48 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Avenue D regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, a briefcase containing receipts and a checkbook was stolen from the complainant’s vehicle.
*2:41 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2700 block of 1st Street regarding the burglary of a building. According to the report, a lawnmower and weed eater were stolen from the complainant’s storage building.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Nathan Cole Culp of Brownwood on warrants related to theft of property equal or greater than $100 less than $750, display wrong license plate, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Jerry Wayne Lobstein of Midland, Texas on a warrant related to child support.
*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 39-year-old William Joseph Long, Jr. of Brookesmith, Texas on warrants related to open storage in yards/solid waste, failure to appear traffic violation, two counts of driving while license invalid, violate promise to appear.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Saturday, June 11
* 2:19 AM - A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an address on Leo Lane regarding criminal trespass. According to the report, the complainant’s ex-boyfriend came to the complainant’s home and was not welcome there.
Tuesday, June 14
*6:23 PM – Brownwood Police received a call reporting the violation of a protective order. According to the report, the complainant’s ex-boyfriend was following her and violating a protective order. This incident was documented, the report states.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Thomas Gabriel Cerda of Brownwood on a warrant related to possession of a marijuana.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Detrick Jomont Henry of Brownwood on a warrant related to criminal mischief equal or greater than $100 less than $750.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old John William Layton of Early for contempt of court.
*45-year-old Destiny Raeline Mayfield of Austin, Texas turned herself in on a warrant related to motion to adjudicate/possession of a controlled substance penalty in a drug free zone.
Preschool registration for 2016-17 will be held at BISD Central Office at 2707 Southside from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 28. All children who will be 4 and under on or before September 1, 2016, are encouraged to apply for Head Start and Early Head Start.
Children who are 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, but did not qualify for Head Start and were placed on a list for Pre-K must complete the registration process in order to be considered enrolled in Pre-K. These qualifying students are guaranteed a place in the Pre-K program. Parents of 4-year-olds who did not sign up in April are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Monday, June 13
*12:17 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Parson Street in May regarding a burglary which had occurred approximately one week ago. According to the report, during the burglary several pills and cash were taken. There is no suspect information at this time, the report states.
*5:33 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Avenue C. According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of Robert Hallum for assault causes bodily injury family violence.
*8:17 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Avenue B regarding theft.
*10:50 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3700 block of Savoy Drive regarding disorderly conduct.
*Texas Department of Public Safety arrested 57-year-old Ricky M. Arocha of Austin, Texas on a Williamson County warrant related to failure to appear/driving while license invalid.
*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 44-year-old Mary Christine Hamill of Brownwood on a warrant related to failure to appear.
Reports released for the period of June 6-12, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 23 medical emergencies, 2 fire calls, and 5 motor vehicle accidents.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, June 6
*7:28 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident with ejection on County Road 213. Firefighters assessed driver and provided advanced life support. The driver was loaded into an ambulance and transported by EMS to Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Tuesday, June 7
*9:07 AM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive. Fire crews arrived on scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles.
Wednesday, June 8
*9:44 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1800 block of 14th Street regarding a carbon monoxide alarm activation. Fire fighters arrived on scene and began investigation with a gas detector. Abnormal readings were detected and firefighters advised the owner to contact a plumber. The house was ventilated.
Brownwood City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of “City of Brownwood, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2016,” in the amount of $3,000,000 and approved all matters related to this issuance and sale at Tuesday’s meeting of the council.
The Certificates of Obligation (COs) are being issued and sold to fund ongoing street work and other city facility improvements. Discussion begin on February 9, 2016 when the council held a discussion with staff on street work progress and potential new financing. On April 12, 2016, staff presented the council with options on issuing new debt for the work previously discussed along with a list of other potential projects. Council discussed the scope of work and debt that they desired and decided on issuing a new Certificate of Obligation for $3,000,000. Included in this decision was the use of a “wrap-around” option to defer principle payments on the new debt until an older debt had paid off in 2018.
On April 26, the council authorized publication of a notice of intent to issue this CO. The notices were published in the local newspaper on April 29 and May 6, and no comments from the public have been received, according to a council briefing sheet.
The CO is to be sold on private placement and bids were requested from 22 banks; however, only one bank, TexasBank in Brownwood, submitted a bid. This bid included a blended interest rate of 4.08%, which is lower than the estimated 4.65% City of Brownwood Financial Advisor George Williford of First Southwest of Dallas explained during the council meeting. Williford stated that this lower interest rate will lessen the costs of the CO issuance, saving $167,000 in interest cost over fifteen years.
Brownwood and Early Police detectives received information at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10th regarding illegal drug activity occurring in the 300 block of Bluffview Drive in Brownwood. Information revealed that a large quantity of marijuana was being delivered to a particular apartment in the complex, the report states.
According to BPD Assistant Chief James Fuller, detectives responded to the area and observed what was believed to be drug trafficking occurring within close proximity to a local elementary school, which is a drug free zone. Their observations were consistent with the information they were provided.
According to Fuller’s release, based on their observations, detectives initiated contact and identified 29-year-old Matthew Wilson of Lake Brownwood as the primary suspect. Further investigation revealed that Wilson was attempting to actively sell approximately 1 ½ pounds of marijuana, Fuller said. The marijuana was seized and Wilson was arrested for delivery of marijuana under 5 lbs. in a drug free zone.
The investigation is on-going and more arrests are expected, according to Fuller.
In unrelated law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, June 13, 2016:
Friday, June 10
*12:03 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to a residence on Norwood Street regarding a scam. According to the report, the victim advised that some unknown subjects scammed her out of a large sum of money. This incident of theft greater than $100 less than $750 and impersonation of a public servant was documented.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday and Friday, June 9-10, 2016
Monday, June 6
*5:21 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a property on County Road 136 regarding a civil issue. A report was generated for burglary of a building and cruelty to animals and two suspects listed, the report states.
Wednesday, June 8
*1:28 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding the burglary of a habitation and the theft of a laptop computer.
*1:35 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, a male and female were arguing and pushing each other. Both had minor injuries but neither wished to pursue charges, the report states.
*2:44 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2500 block of Austin Avenue regarding an assault. According to the report, a male subject was located sitting on the front porch with several injuries to his face. This call led to one arrest.
*3:28 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Belle Plain regarding a civil matter. According to the report, the suspect had allegedly acquired a vehicle by deceptive means. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*7:03 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of Comanche Street regarding the burglary of a building.