Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley confirmed that a Brownwood Police officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated Wednesday night.
At approximately 11:00 p.m., Texas DPS Trooper Michael Sams of Texas Department of Public Safety made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Danny Hutchins of Bangs for speeding and failing to stay in a single lane on U.S. Hwy 67, inside the city limits of Brownwood, according to an affidavit for probable cause arrest warrant.
The warrant states that Hutchins had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, glassy eyes and spoke with slurred speech. Hutchins also performed “poorly” on standardized field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated 1st, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that a blood specimen was taken at Brownwood Regional Medical Center prior to Hutchins being taken to the Brown County Jail where as of Thursday morning, he was being held. No bond amount had been set as of Thursday morning.
Corley stated that the arrest was “disappointing.”
He confirmed that Hutchins will be placed on administrative leave with pay and that the department will be conducting their own internal investigation to confirm that their code of conduct was violated by Hutchins.
“I’m disappointed for sure,” said Corley. He explained that the arrest is not only bad for Hutchins but is also bad for the department, as his shift is now one officer short and will have to make adjustments for that.
The City of Early will hold their city council election on May 10th at the Early Lions Club building, located on Hwy 183 South in Early.
The terms of Councilmen Bennie Alcorn, B.J. McCullough and Charles Matlock are expiring leaving three at-large council seats up for election this year.
The filing period for the election is currently open and will run through February 28, 2014. Those interested may file at the Early City Hall, located at 960 Early Blvd. in Early, Texas.
The Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club will be hosting a 2014 Primary Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6 p.m. and announced today that they have moved the location to accommodate a larger audience.
The forum was originally scheduled to be held at Ranger College, but because of a large expected attendance, organizers have moved it to the inside of Heartland Mall. Those attending the forum are asked to enter at the main entrance of the mall.
Candidates in both local and state Republican Primary races have been invited and most have confirmed representation.
Candidates include U.S. Representative District 11 – Mike Conaway and Wade Brown; Governor – Greg Abbott, Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez and Secede Kilgore; Attorney General – Barry Smitherman, Dan Branch and Ken Paxton; State Representative District 60 – Cullen Crisp and James L. “Jim” Keffer; Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 – Barbara Walther, and Bert Richardson; Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 – Jani Jo Wood, Kevin Patrick Yeary, and Richard Dean Davis; Justice 11 Court of Appeals Place 2 - Mike Wilson, Justice 11th Court of Appeals Place 3 – Cade W. Browning and John Bailey.
Law enforcement reports and arrests released Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Friday, February 7
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop for a defective license plate lamp. According to the report, the driver Joy Louise Miller was found to have an expired license which was suspended for denied renewal – failure to appear. Miller was placed under arrest for driving while license invalid with previous convictions.
Sunday, February 9
*8:43 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence on County Road 424 regarding four donkeys that were on the complainant’s property, which she wanted removed. The donkeys had been in her yard since approximately 12:30 a.m.
Monday, February 10
*4:45 PM - Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of Pecan Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, the victim stated that she had been assaulted by her son earlier this same evening. The incident is pending further investigation, the report states.
*8:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of 6th Street regarding terroristic threat. According to the report, the complainant was in fear for her life as her boyfriend had threatened to kill her, which also caused her to be in fear of serious bodily injury. A report to document the incident was taken and the male was issued a criminal trespass warning for the female’s residence, the report states.
The City of Early approved the addition of a new K-9 officer to the police department after a unanimous vote of the city council at Tuesday evening’s meeting.
Early Chief of Police David Mercer stated that the department is excited about the K-9 which will be used in drug interdiction and tracking of missing individuals.
“We’re all excited to have an addition to the department in order to serve the community,” said Mercer who explained that the new K-9 will also be used in drug searches at the schools and will be available to meet the younger students of Early ISD.
The addition of a new K-9 officer comes after the previous K-9 “Tessa” was retired from the force about 2 years ago. Tessa, according to Mercer, was different from the new K-9 in that she was also used as an attack dog for the department. Being an attack dog, “Tessa” required ongoing training. The new K-9 will be a people friendly dog, according to Mercer.
“The new K-9 will not be an attack dog, they are too hard to maintain and in a small department, we just don’t have the facility or funds,” said Mercer.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, February 6th for their newest member, This Ol' House.
The new store offers used furniture and antiques and is located at 3275 Highway 279, 1 mile past Sportsman Center.
The Brown County Water Improvement District #1(BCWID) will hold elections in May for two seats on their board of directors.
The seats for two directors will be up for re-election which are currently held by Mark Campbell and Ted Simpson. Any potential candidate looking for a place on the ballot can pick up a packet at the BCWID office.
“The filing deadline for anyone who wishes to file for one of the two positions that will be open at that time is March the 14th,” said BCWID General Manager Dennis Spinks.
The election day will be May 10th in conjunction with other area municipal elections.
Spinks said that if no other candidates file by the deadline other than the incumbents, the election will be canceled.
BCWID will contract with the Brown County Elections Office for election services.
The Brownwood ISD board of trustees approved the school calendar for the 2014/2015 school year Monday night in a split vote.
The district’s site based committee recommended two choices of calendars for the board to consider. District administration also proposed an additional calendar for consideration for the school board.
In a split 4-3 vote of the board of trustees, the board approved one of the committee’s recommendations. The difference between the two committee recommended calendars was the choice of a student holiday/staff development day on either Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or President’s Day next year. The board approved the calendar that has President’s Day for the student holiday and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an instructional day for students.
School board president Michael Cloy said that part of the decision was to allow students to participate in celebrations through school for holidays like MLK Day and Veterans Day.
According to Early Police Chief David Mercer, a traffic stop Monday night led to another significant drug arrest in the area.
At midnight, EPD Officer Stephanie Brown stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 1400 block of Early Blvd. According to Mercer, the driver 32-year-old Amber Lee Albers Tibbitts of Evant was reported to be extremely nervous and unable to answer questions consistently.
After further investigation, Officer Brown searched the vehicle locating several different types of prescription medication which Tibbits did not possess a prescription for, the report states. These pills were later identified to be sleeping pills, muscle relaxers and some antibiotics, Mercer said. After searching further, Officer Brown located several items of paraphernalia containing methamphetamine, which included 2 baggies of methamphetamine in Tibbitts’ purse, according to the report. Tibbetts had attempted to destroy some of the methamphetamine by emptying the bag into a soft drink cup, according to Mercer.
As a result of the investigation, Tibbitts was taken into custody and transported to the Brown County Jail, charged with possession of controlled substance penalty group 1 equal or greater than 200 grams less than 400; tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair; and 4 counts of possession of dangerous drugs. Tibbits was being held in lieu of bonds totaling $50,000 as of Tuesday morning.