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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney, Micheal Murray reported that several felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis, presiding.

Teddy Bryan Faries, on probation for the felony offense of Fraud, was revoked and sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Christopher Brian Boyd, on probation for the felony offense of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, was revoked and sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Rebecca Elizabeth Hudson pled no contest to the felony offense of Fraud and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Jonathan O’Donnell, on probation for the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, was revoked and sentenced to 3 years, Texas Department Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Chason Lee Franklin pled guilty to the felony offense of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence and was sentenced to 3 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Franklin pled guilty to the state jail felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft of Firearm and was sentenced to 6 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/13

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Friday, November 7

*4:28 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant regarding trespassing.  According to the report, the complainant stated that she has power of attorney over her brother who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease and that she has been having troubles with other relatives coming to his residence and agitating him.  The complainant wished for the three relatives to be criminally trespassed from the property.

Monday, November 10

*11:28 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Seneca Circle in May regarding a burglary.  According to the report, the only items taken were a white ceramic-type box and approximately $700 in change.

Wednesday, November 12

*10:02 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a location on N. Hwy 183 in May.  According to the report, the caller stated that several donkeys had been left at the property several weeks ago and that the property owner has not been able to locate the animals’ owner.  The property owner wished for the animals to be strayed, the report states.

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Grand Jury Indictments October 2014

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the October 2014 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 64 indictments were returned against 56 people.

The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office.  Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.

Released October indictments include:

Brian Mayhew: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Ariel Villazana: Endangering a Child; Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence

Alex Arellano: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone

Donna Graham: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Tom Riley Spruce: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Curtis Alan Copeland: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Steven Pringle: Two Counts Endangering a Child

Jennifer Jolly: Possession of a Controlled Substance

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Thursday Afternoon Collision on FM 45 Leaves Three with Minor Injuries

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Brownwood emergency responders were called to the scene of a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of FM 45 and FM 2376 Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred shortly before 1:00 p.m.   A witness reported that the white GMC Acadia was traveling south on FM 2376 and the PT Cruiser was traveling west on FM 45 when the two vehicles collided.

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Brown County Water Improvement District Sets Irrigation Rates

BCWID_LogoThe board of directors of the Brown County Water Improvement District set irrigation rates and discussed several other matters regarding lake water and property.

Irrigation rates were increased 10% for the year, as decided by the district in November of 2013 to annually raise rates 10% each year for the next 10 years at that time.  Rates currently will be $72/acre foot, an increase from $65/ac. ft.  2-inch taps were set at an annual rate of $400, up just $6 from last year’s annual rate.  All other fees and leases, such as dock fees and island leases remain the same as 2013 rates.

“We agreed that the lake is low and that docks are sitting on the ground and not getting used,” said BCWID General Manager Dennis Spinks.  “We haven’t raised these (dock fees & island leases) in the last four years.”

A report on the pipeline project to pump water back to Lake Brownwood from the City of Brownwood’s wastewater treatment plant was also discussed.  Rex Hunt of Alan Plummer & Associates presented a report on the estimated cost of the pipeline as well as possible improvements that will be needed at the water treatment plant to bring the water to an acceptable quality (according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) before it is released back into Lake Brownwood.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/12

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11-12, 2014.

Monday, November 10

*4:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of 12th Street regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a female subject stole 109 hydrocodone pills from the complainant’s residence between October 27th and November 10th.  An investigation is underway, the report states.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Laura Angelica Arredondo on a warrant related to motion to adjudicate/criminal trespass.

*Brownwood Police arrested 31-year-old Falon Rae Snell Eisenhauer for driving while license invalid.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Rebecca Elizabeth Hudson on a warrant related to obtain controlled substance fraudulently.

*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 30-year-old Rachel Nicole Perez of Brownwood on warrants related to failure to maintain financial responsibility and no drivers license.

*Brownwood Police arrested 33-year-old Marcos Albert Reyes of Brownwood for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.

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DPS Urges Texans to Prepare for Winter Weather

TexasDPS_logoThe Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to begin preparing for possible winter weather, which can impact the state during the coming days and months.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared today, November 12, Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas. To view the proclamation, click here.

“Winter weather can disrupt and endanger the lives of Texans in all parts of the state, and residents should prepare their cars and homes now for possible storms and freezing temperatures this season,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The best defense against a potential dangerous situation is early preparation.”

DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during possible winter weather:

  • Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions, at http://www.weather.gov/.
  • On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
  • Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Avoid traveling when sleet, freezing rain or snow is predicted.

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City of Brownwood Approves Funding For Special Projects with BCWID Buy-In Funds

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council gave approval at Tuesday’s meeting for several purchases and city projects to be funded from buy-in funds recently received from the Brown County Water Improvement District (BCWID) of $822, 087 during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Council members designated the funds as special purpose funds and approved a budget for projects to be paid from these funds.

According to a council briefing sheet, BCWID borrowed over $20 million from the Texas Water Development Board in 2005 to refurbish their water treatment plant.  Their treated water customers (Brownwood, Brookesmith and Bangs) have been paying their pro-rata share of the bond payments to the BCWID ever since. One of the stipulations in the bond was that any new treated water customers for the BCWID had to “buy-in” to the costs of the new water treatment facility by paying a lump-sum amount based on a share of the bond payments already made.  This “buy-in” would then be reimbursed to the existing treated water customers.

August 28, 2014, the City of Early and the Zephyr Water Supply Corporation officially became treated water customers for the BCWID.  Their “buy-in” amount was $1,153,935.  The City of Brownwood was entitled to receive 71.24% of this and on October 29, 2014, the city received $822,087 from BCWID.

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Brown County Cities See Continued Increases in Sales Tax Allocations

comptrollerlogo2Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released sales tax allocation numbers for November showing Brown County cities experiencing steady growth.  All four Brown County cities of Brownwood, Early, Bangs and Blanket showed small increases in comparison to the same period in 2013.

The City of Brownwood was up 8.75% in sales tax for the month compared to November of last year.  Bangs and Blanket were also up with 28.17% and 14.92% respectively, as compared to the same month last year.  The City of Early saw a very slight increase in allocations as compared to the same period in 2013, with an increase of 1.55%.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their November local sales tax allocations totaling $723.1 million, up 10.5 percent compared to November 2013.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said that state sales tax revenue in October was $2.41 billion, up 12.9 percent compared to October 2013.

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City of Bangs Continues Search for Police Chief

Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop told the Bangs City council Monday night that the search for Bangs’ new Police Chief continues.

Bishop said a total of 70 people applied for the position, but only 30 actually met the required criteria. Of those 30, the four-person selection committee narrowed the list down to the top 17 candidates. On Tuesday, November 4th, the committee whittled the list down to the top 5 finalists in the search. Bishop said the selection committee will begin two days of oral interviews December 1st, and again on Dec 4th.

Mayor Bishop said they hope to name the new police chief sometime in the first two weeks of December.

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