Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 29, 2014.
Thursday, September 25
*3:00 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 2200 block of Coggin Avenue regarding a hit and run accident.
Friday, September 26
*11:07 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Greenleaf regarding the possible burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the house had been entered; however, the complainant was not sure at the time if anything was missing. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*1:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Fisk Street regarding forgery. According to the report, the subject provided a description of a possible suspect in reference to the forgery which at that time had not been reported to the police department by the account holder. The investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*8:55 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the intersection of 5th Street and Avenue A regarding an assault with serious bodily injury. According to the report, the victim spoke with officers and identified 24-year-old Royce Phillips of Brownwood as the suspect. Phillips was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault causes bodily injury and theft. Phillips was being held in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling $25,000 as of Monday morning.
Brownwood emergency responders worked back-to-back traffic accidents at the Traffic T on Monday evening ending with a damaged fire truck.
The accidents began shortly before 5:00 p.m. with a pickup truck pulling a flat bed trailer colliding with a Dodge Avenger in the intersection of Main Street and Commerce. The driver of the Avenger stated that he was making a protected left hand turn onto Clement Street when the pickup truck travelled through the intersection. The driver of the Avenger stated that he attempted to brake but collided with the trailer, which caused significant front-end damage to the vehicle and caused the air bags to deploy.
The Latch Key Boy Scouts troop began meeting for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, September 17th thanks to a donation of the program from the Texas Trails Council to the boys in the Latch Key Program, free of charge.
Marie Wilson, Cubmaster, and Candace Montgomery, Den Leader, volunteer their time every week to help the scouts achieve their goals.
Brown County Constable Precinct 1 Bob Beadel announced his plans to retire by October 31, 2014.
According to Beadel, after 35 years of service to Brown County, he is ready to retire and spend time with his wife Ann. Beadel is 75 years old and stated that his wife had had some health problems, and although his passion is law enforcement and serving the citizens of Brown County, he wants to spend time with his wife now.
Mrs. Beadel joked, “At our age, if we want to run and play, we better get after it.”
Brown County Commissioners adopted Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget during Monday’s meeting of the court after a public hearing on the matter was held with no public comment. This year’s budget is $18,146,221, which is $1,036,427 more than last year’s, or an increase of 7.34%.
County Auditor Nina Cox explained that the new budget includes a 5% salary increase for all county employees. The base pay for jailers was also raised to $25,500 from the previous $24,000/year. Jailers also for the first time will receive certification pay, which was always paid to other Brown County Sheriff’s deputies and Court House Security officers. If a jailer’s certification pay exceeds $1500 base pay raise, they will receive whichever is greater, according to Cox. She explained that the certification pay is based on years worked and certification of each jailer, which can range from $1200-$7200 per person depending on law enforcement certification level. It is hoped with the additional salary, employee turnover will decrease at the Brown County Jail.
“There will be 5% raises across the board for county employees. This is the first time in 10 years that there has been a 5% raise,” said Cox. “There was a 3% raise in 2013, 3% in 2012 for all employees except elected officials, and in 2011 there was none.”
Also included in the budget is funding for the purchase of one additional Chevrolet Tahoe patrol unit for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
According to officials, the budget estimated the $18,146,221 in expenditures. 70% of these will be realized through a proposed ad valorem tax of 0.5744 cents per $100 evaluation, which is yet to be adopted and expected to be adopted at a 4:00 p.m. meeting of the court on Tuesday, September 30th, after another public hearing on the matter.
The Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees has cancelled their specially called meeting which was scheduled for Sunday, September 28th at 1:00 p.m.
According to BISD Board President Michael Cloy, the next meeting will be held on their regularly scheduled meeting date of Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The agenda for the upcoming meeting will be posted on or before Friday, October 10, 2014.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, September 26, 2014.
Wednesday, September 24
*2:40 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of Hwy 377 South regarding theft. According to the report, a possible suspect was named.
Thursday, September 25
*3:18 PM – Brownwood Police responded to a hit and run in the 2200 block of Coggin Avenue. There were no injuries, the report states.
*3:49 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of E. Commerce regarding an unwanted person. The subject was located and issued a criminal trespass warning.
*4:45 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding a subject who had entered the store and who had an active trespass warning against them for the property.
*11:36 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 700 block of Almond Street regarding an unwanted person. According to the report, as officers attempted to stop the subject, she fled in a vehicle and led the officers on a short pursuit. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Marcella Ann Barela, was charged with evading arrest or detention using a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, search or transport, driving while intoxicated and failure to identify as a fugitive – intentionally providing false information. Barela was also arrested on Brown County and Brady Police Department warrants related to speeding 10% over posted speed, driving while license suspended, two counts of failure to appear, and burglary of a habitation.
Brownwood City Council approved on first reading ordinances which will change the flow of traffic around the new fire station which is nearing completion of its construction.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the council, ordinances were adopted on first reading to make the following changes in the flow of traffic around the fire station:
October 7th was proclaimed National Night Out in Brownwood at a recent Brownwood City Council Meeting.
The event, sponsored by National Association of Town Watch and Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers is a unique nationwide crime, drug and violence prevention program in its 31st year.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, September 25, 2014.
Tuesday, September 23
*3:59 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Walmart regarding theft. Charges are being pursued according to police.
*6:55 PM – 25-year-old GJ Justin Montgomery of Santa Anna was arrested for public intoxication by a Brown County Sheriff’s deputy at Harlowe’s RV Park, located on Early Blvd in Early. According to the report, Montgomery was walking down Lucas Street in his underwear and a pair of tennis shoes yelling and screaming which led to numerous residents calling to report his behavior. Montgomery admitted to drinking whiskey earlier in the day and was noted by the deputy to be “highly intoxicated,” the report states.
Wednesday, September 24
*7:26 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Calvert Road regarding the theft of a cell phone. According to the report, the caller had a tracking device installed on the phone and had located the area where the phone would be; however, the phone was not able to be located during the initial investigation.
*8:40 PM – A Brownwood Police officer was patrolling in the alleyway in the 2600 block of Greenway Drive observed a Ford Explorer parked in the alleyway blocking traffic. The investigation led to the driver being issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.