Brownwood Police responded to a one-vehicle accident at the Value Lodge in Brownwood which resulted in a Ford Mustang driving partially into the lobby of the building early Friday morning.
The accident occurred just before 12:30 a.m. at the motel which is located at 410 E. Commerce. According to the report, officers arrived to find the Mustang had come to rest partially inside the motel and the driver standing near the main entrance of the building. After determining that there were no injuries and no one at that time needing medical help, the officer located the driver, identified as Troy Cox, who stated that his vehicle “suffered from a mechanical issue where the vehicle accelerates on its own," the report states.
Cox stated that he and a female passenger had just arrived in Brownwood from McKinney. The officer noted a smell of alcohol on Cox’s breath and asked him if he had consumed any alcohol, which he denied, the report states. After failing several field sobriety tests, Cox was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the report.
Brown County Constable Precinct 1 Bob Beadel enjoyed a reception in his honor hosted in the Brown County Commissioners Courtroom on Thursday.
According to Beadel, he decided to retire and spend time with his wife Ann. Beadel is 75 years old and stated that his wife has 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. Beadel explained that now that he will have some time, he’s going to “put in that garden that she (Ann) has been wanting.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, October 30, 2014.
Monday, October 27
*Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an aggravated robbery at a residence on Chaparral Drive. According to the report, the complainant stated that two males and a female forced their way into his residence, assaulted him and tied him up while they stole numerous items from his residence. Possible suspects have been identified, the report states.
Wednesday, October 29
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of forgery. According to the report, the complainant stated that an order of new checks from an account with a local bank had been stolen and that she believes the checks were stolen from the mail. Bank records indicate the stolen checks are being passed and attempts have been made to use her banking information for online purchases, the report states.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Amber Rene Barrow of Brownwood on a warrant related to robbery.
*Early Police arrested 29-year-old Alberto Cantu of Brownwood for driving while license invalid.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Monday, October 27
*12:29 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft. According to the report, the suspect allegedly stole a men’s jacket and a pair of men’s shoes. No arrest was made at the time of the report.
*11:28 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that a male subject had stolen rechargeable batteries from the store. A citation was issued to the suspect, the report states.
Tuesday, October 28
*5:29 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, the suspect was located and issued a citation for theft less than $50 and issued a criminal trespass warning for the location.
*3:54 PM – Brownwood Police conducted a drug investigation in the 1400 block of Coggin Avenue which resulted in the arrest of 28-year-old Jessica Elizabeth Parsons of Brownwood and 30-year-old Shawn Lee Hickey of Blanket for the offense of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group three less than 28 grams in a drug free zone. During the investigation, the two arrestees sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover police officer, the report states. After the narcotic transaction was complete, other officers and detectives arrested Parsons and Hickey, according to the report.
The Brownwood High School Band competed at the Area D - UIL Marching Band Contest, Saturday, October 25th in Cedar Park, Texas.
The band marched in the preliminary competition and was selected by the contest judges as one of the top 10 bands to advance to the finals.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
Monday, October 27
*7:44 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1500 block of Magnolia Street for an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated that 25-year-old Autry Lee Jones III of Brownwood punched her in the face over a video game. Jones was arrested for assault causes bodily injury family violence.
*9:01 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that his Texas license plate, inspection sticker and reflectors had been stolen from his motorcycle on October 21st. The complainant believed the incident occurred while he was at a business at this location, the report states.
*9:58 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1100 block of Duke Street regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the resident of the property is currently incarcerated.
*7:58 PM - Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Brooks Avenue regarding disorderly conduct. During this call, a juvenile female was found to have been assaulted a family member at the location. The juvenile was arrested and transported to the juvenile detention center.
Loadcraft Industries, Ltd (LCI) received approval of a resolution that will allow housing of temporary employees on company property during Tuesday’s Brownwood City Council meeting.
This resolution will help the company to offer housing to migrant workers which will fill needed positions of skilled welders and in turn will help the company to meet growing orders received from oil related industries.
According to LCI VP of Human Resources James Simmons, Loadcraft has tried to hire local welders by advertising in local and regional newspapers, through the help of temporary services such as Demand Staff and Personnel Services, contacting welding schools, and offering referral bonuses to Loadcraft employees for placement of new hires. Despite these efforts, LCI along with other manufacturing companies in the area are still suffering from a shortage of skilled laborers. Over 40 online help wanted ads have also been placed by LCI in hopes of securing employees; however, with the oil field boom in West Texas, it has been difficult to find workers and LCI has tapped contract labor companies such as ITT, Secured Services and J&L Specialty.
“These trade specific companies were able to supply LCI with over 100 welders but the bill rate per hour ranged from $35-42 per hour plus an additional fee for overtime,” explained Simmons.
“We have tried our first choice, we are Texas bred, Texas born, and we want to hire people here within our own state,” said Loadcraft Chief Operating Officer Reece McIver. “It’s because of the oil boom; it’s very competitive for local people, for people who already live here.”
Reports released for the period of October 20-26, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 30 medical emergencies, 2 fire calls, and 1 motor vehicle. Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, October 20
*4:56 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 1500 block of Terrace Drive. Firefighters arrived on the scene of a multi-residence complex with nothing showing. Firefighters found a wire on a dryer that had shorted out. The thermal camera was used to check for any hot spots and nothing was found.
Saturday, October 25
*12:42 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries on Austin Avenue.
Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host the first annual “Above and Below I-10: Cross-Country Art” exhibition at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center in February and March of 2015. All contemporary American artists who reside above or below I-10 are encouraged to submit an entry or multiple entries of up to three per artist. I-10 is the southernmost transcontinental highway connecting both the West and East coasts from San Diego, California, to Jacksonville, Florida.
HPU will receive entries until January 15, 2015 and the exhibit will be open to the public from February 9 to March 27, 2015.
Artwork should reflect the American themes of landscape, traveling and transportation. However, all two-dimensional artwork themes will be considered by the juror. Only two-dimensional, abstract realism artwork will be accepted.