Brownwood ISD Poised to Take Action Regarding Superintendent’s Contract

bisdlogo3The Brownwood Independent School District’s Board of Trustees is poised to take action regarding Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe’s contract after discussion in closed session at a special called board meeting to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.

In a previous meeting held September 8th, board members discussed Blincoe’s contract in closed executive session with no action.

Board President Michael Cloy by board policy is the only trustee that is authorized to speak on behalf of the board and offered limited information on the matter.  He did confirm that the board was reviewing Blincoe’s contract, but offered no details of the discussion other than stating that no action occurred regarding the matter at the previous meeting.

Cloy confirmed, as the agenda states, that they discussed personnel matters, and that legally the issue could not be discussed.  When questioned how personnel matters are handled by the district and if the public has opportunity to voice their concern Cloy explained that agreements of personnel matters are made in private with no public hearings.

“There will be no public hearings.  There will be discussions in executive session, agreements are worked out in private, then in open session the decision is made by a vote (of the board members),” said Cloy.  “All action must be taken in public.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/19

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, September 19, 2014.

Monday, September 15

*3:44 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an open field one mile north of the intersection of FM 2940/Hwy 279N, near Cross Cut, in reference to theft of oilfield equipment.  There were 1006 feet of 4 ½ inch steel casing and (42) 25 ft. “sucker” rods stolen from that location.  The estimated value of the items is $3,810.  No suspect information was provided at the time of the report.

*A Brown county Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on Belfast Drive in reference to theft. The complainant, an employee of the Brookesmith Special Utility District, advised they had discovered a possible theft of water at a residence in Shamrock Shores.

Wednesday, September 17

*4:42 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Harris Lane in reference to animal cruelty.  The deputy determined that the dogs did have access to food, water, and shelter which was documented.

Thursday, September 18

*1:52 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Avenue B regarding an alleged sexual assault and theft of medication.  According to the report, the victim knew the suspects.  Suspect information was gathered and the incident is being investigated.

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Ethos Pet Nutrition Expands Operations in Brownwood

EthosLogoEthos Pet Nutrition, the fine makers of CANIDAE Natural Pet Foods, is pleased to announce a formal agreement has been signed to operate a shipping facility out of the old Texas Feather Warehouse in Brownwood.

According to Ed Cooper, Vice President of Production for Ethos Pet Nutrition, “The agreement, which required several months to complete, will be instrumental in allowing Ethos Pet Nutrition to provide our customers with the highest standard for quality, cleanliness and shipment accuracy."

Cooper is currently renovating the Texas Feather Warehouse location, which sat vacant and deteriorated for the past several years. Cooper continued, "We're excited to get this place cleaned up and provide valuable jobs to the residents of Brownwood."

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Local Screenplay Writer to be Recognized as a Finalist in National Competition, 2014 DC Shorts

LauriePowersHPU graduate and Santa Anna native Laurie Powers will be recognized as one of the six finalists for the DC Shorts competition at the Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.

The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is a very different kind of screenwriting competition according to its organizers.   A panel of judges made up of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics have reviewed over 145 screenplays and the top six will be read, followed by an audience vote to determine the winner.  One lucky winner will be awarded $2,000 to shoot their project.  This completed film will screen at DC Shorts 2015.

Powers has been writing most of her life but didn’t start thinking of her writing as anything other than a side hobby until 2007.

“I had worked on a few short films and was involved in theatre and wanted to create my own stories.  I wrote and shot a couple of short films and had a play produced,” explained Powers.  “About the same time there was a lot of trouble brewing in the visual effects industry so I decided it was a good time to go back to get my MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)."

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/18

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Wednesday, September 17

*10:39 PM – A Brownwood Police officer was flagged down by a woman on a Moped at Old Coleman Road and Coleman Street.  According to the report, the woman, identified as 53-year-old Luella Gipson-Torres, told the officer that she believed someone had tampered with her Moped while it was parked at the Ron Jackson Juvenile facility and stated that the steering mechanism was not able to turn left or right.  The officer offered to have a tow truck transport the vehicle and Gipson-Torres refused, stating she would just ride it home, the report states.  Gipson-Torres attempted to ride the Moped down Coleman Road, but was not able to get to a safe speed, causing traffic to back up and subsequently, the officer made a traffic stop in the 800 block of Coleman Road, according to the officer’s report.  Gipson-Torres refused to show the officer her identification and then rode off again, the report states.  The officer followed, with emergency lights sirens activated, and used the loud speaker of the vehicle to tell her to pull over; however, Gipson-Torres proceeded and yelled, “Leave me alone” and “go around,” before finally pulling over and coming to a stop, according to the report.  A second officer arrived and held the handlebars so that she would not ride away again, the report states.  Gipson-Torres allegedly struck one of the officers in the face and was taken to the ground, also striking the other officer in the face, and was subsequently arrested, according to the report.   Gipson-Torres was charged with two counts assault public servant, evade arrest with vehicle, failure to identify, and resisting arrest, search or transport.  She continued to be noncompliant while being booked into the Brown County Jail, the officer reported.

*10:44 PM – Brownwood Police arrested 19-year-old Blayne Scott Craig of Brownwood on an outstanding warrant  for theft equal or greater than $50 less than $500.  According to the report, at the jail, a baggie of marijuana was found inside Craig’s boot and he was additionally charged with possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

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The Girl Scout Program Volunteers for Latch Key Students


Latch Key students are participating in the Girl Scouts Program free of charge, thanks to the volunteer work of Nancy King, customized program specialist, and Stephanie Upfold, assistant troop leader.  These two ladies recently volunteered their time at the Latch Key Program on Wednesday, September 17th.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/17

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Monday, September 15

*2:39 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding an incident of consumption of alcohol by a minor.  According to the report, the complainant wished to pursue charges against a subject who had made alcohol available to her teenage child.

*The Early Police Department received information regarding a vehicle which was possibly transporting narcotics to the Early area, according to Early Chief of Police David Mercer.  Officers worked through the night attempting to locate the vehicle and Tuesday, September 15th, Officer Contreras stopped the vehicle on a traffic violation in the 900 block of Early Blvd., according to Mercer. The EPD K9 unit responded to the location, searched outside the car and alerted to drugs in the vehicle, said Mercer. Officers searched the vehicle and located approximately a half pound of hydroponic marijuana along with some cocaine, a quantity of Oxycodone, Xanax and hydrocodone in the vehicle, the report states. 40-year-old Kimberly Kay Delgado of Early was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 4 ounces under 5 lbs., two counts of possession of controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, two counts of possession of controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Delgado was being held at the Brown County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $40,500 as of Wednesday morning.

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Local Law Enforcement Seeks Help Solving Car Theft and Fire

OvalCrimestoppersLogoHeart of Texas Crime Stoppers and local law enforcement agencies are asking for help in solving a car theft in Early which ended in a car fire on Tuesday morning.

According to Early Chief of Police David Mercer, officers responded to a vehicle fire with Early Volunteer Fire Department and the Brownwood Fire Department in a pasture behind the Allsups store at 910 Early Blvd.   According EPD Chief Mercer, upon fire and law enforcement units’ arrival the vehicle, a green Mitsubishi SUV was fully engulfed with fire.  Fire personnel extinguished the fire.  The fire is being investigated as arson and is under investigation, said Mercer.

Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston collected samples from the burnt vehicle to be sent to the lab to determine what accelerants were used.

A short time after the fire call, an individual in Brownwood was leaving work for his lunch break and discovered that his 2000 Mitsubishi SUV was missing, reported Mercer. The vehicle had been parked in front of his place of employment with the keys in the vehicle.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 9/16

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of September 8-14, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 25 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, 1 water problem, 2 motor vehicle accidents, and 1 hazardous materials call.

Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:

Tuesday, September 9

*9:32 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 2700 block of Memorial Park Drive.  The incident was determined to be an unintentional alarm system activation and there was no fire.

Wednesday, September 10

*10:11 AM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of Hall Street in Bangs.  Firefighters assisted Bangs Volunteer Fire Department with loading the vehicle’s occupant for transport.

*11:02 AM – BFD was called to a water problem in the 2500 block of 11th Street.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find water leak spraying water on an electrical outlet.  The water was turned off.

*5:24 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 900 block of CC Woodson Road involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle.  The driver of the motorcycle was transported by ambulance to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center emergency room.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/16

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Friday, September 12

*5:50 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of 2nd Street regarding a civil standby and child custody issues.

Monday, September 15

*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of W. Commerce regarding a disturbance.  According to the report, the officer spoke with the parties involved and one alleged that an assault took place.   The incident was documented.

*5:59 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Brady Avenue regarding the theft of a bicycle.  According to the report, the complainant stated that two days ago one of his bicycles was stolen out of his yard and he wished to pursue charges if a suspect is identified.

*8:28 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding the theft of money.  According to the report, the complainant stated that she had sent her daughter into a north Brownwood business to purchase items and retrieve some cash back.  While the complainant’s daughter was at the business, she made the transaction but forgot to pick up the cash after the payment was made, the report states.  When the daughter realized she had forgotten to pick up the cash from the self check out machine, she observed the cash was missing, according to the report.  The complainant stated that the store’s video surveillance had images of the suspect and she wished to pursue charges, the report states.

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