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Brown County Voters Reminded to Vote Tuesday

votebuttonBrown County voters are encouraged to get to polls to vote in the Runoff Election on Tuesday, May 24th which includes local race of Brown County Commissioner for Precinct 1 between incumbent Gary Worley and challenger Tommy Blevins.

Statewide, other races include Railroad Commissioner candidates; Judge, Criminal Court of Appeals, Places 2 & 5; State Senator, District 24.

CLICK HERE to view the sample Republican ballot.  CLICK HERE to view the sample Democratic ballot.

Election Day polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the following locations.

Precinct:

101         Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1800 Good Shepherd, Brownwood, TX 76801

105         Southside Baptist Church, 1219 Indian Creek Dr., Brownwood, TX 76801

109         Brookesmith High School, 13400 FM 586 S, Brookesmith, TX 76827

113         New Life Assembly of God Church, 1910 Indian Creek Rd.

202, 204  Adams Street Community Center, 511 E. Adams St., Brownwood, TX 76801

212        May Community Center, 19150 Hwy 183 N, May, TX 76857

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/23

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, May 23, 2016

Friday, May 20

*2:20 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a property near Lake Brownwood.  According to the report, as the deputies arrived, the suspect advised that he and his wife were in an altercation which resulted in him accidentally hitting her in the face. The victim was not on scene and unable to be located in the area.

*4:38 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of Walnut Street regarding a civil matter.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a male subject had taken her child’s car seat and would not return it.

*4:52 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Southside Drive regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, a juvenile was taken into custody for criminal mischief greater than $100 less than $750.  The juvenile was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.

*47-year-old Sandra Day of Early, Texas turned herself in on a probation violation.

*Brownwood Police arrested 27-year-old Laura Leeann Gregory of Brownwood for failure to identify fugitive intentionally give false information and on warrants related to failure to appear/bond forfeiture/theft from elderly/enhanced, and on surety withdrawals for theft enhanced and theft greater than $50 less than $500.

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Graham Elected as Delegate to National Republican Convention

DennisGrahamNatlRepDelegateAt this year’s Republican State Convention in Dallas held earlier this month, Brown County resident Dennis Graham was elected as a National Delegate.  The Texas Republican Party has the largest political convention in the world.   More than 15,000 Texas Republicans attended this convention.

Graham will be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to attend the National Republican Convention in July. Texas State Delegates desiring to be a National Delegate are required to give a speech and following this, other State Delegates vote on who they want to represent Texas at the National Convention.

Graham stated he has been a life-long Republican and said “This has been a life-long dream of mine from the time I was nine years old. I feel very blessed and honored to represent Brown County and other Republicans from The Great State of Texas. On July 20th I will be celebrating my 65th birthday in Cleveland, Ohio on the convention floor, it doesn't get any better than that.”

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Brown County Tax Allocation Numbers for May

comptrollerlogo2Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released sales tax allocation numbers for May which showed an increase in sales tax collections in Brown County cities with the exception of Blanket which was a decrease.

The growth in allocations for Brownwood and Bangs continued in the positive for the year to date numbers as well.  Cities of Early and Blanket slipped slightly this month as compared to May of 2015.  Brownwood and Bangs received increased allocations of 8.75% and 10.11% respectively in May's allocations.  Early had a very minute decrease at 0.70% and Blanket had a decreased allocation of -24.88%.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar distributed $768 Million in monthly sales tax revenue to local governments.  Statewide, Hagar stated the some of the state’s largest cities saw increases; however, energy played a part in the decreases of some of these larger cities’ allocations.

“The cities of Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Fort Worth saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities such as Houston, Odessa and Midland continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”

The sales tax figures are based on sales made in March by businesses that report tax monthly.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/20

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18

*5:57 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence in May regarding a burglary.  According to the report, the deputy arrived to find the back door to the residence had been broken into and several items were taken from inside the residence.  No suspect information was available at the time of the report.

*6:52 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, a Samsung Galaxy S3 tablet was damaged by a family member.  A suspect was identified and the incident documented.

Thursday, May 19

*11:17 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3800 block of 2nd Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had stolen her wallet from inside of her vehicle during the night.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*4:06 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant’s purse and its contents were taken while at the business.  Video surveillance showed evidence that the suspect took the purse without the complainant’s permission, the report states.  The suspect vehicle was located and the victim’s personal belongings were recovered.  The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Teesha Price of Brownwood was arrested for theft of property equal or greater than $100 less than $750.

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Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce Host Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

APDChiefStandridgeBrown County Law Enforcement officers and agencies were honored at a luncheon hosted by the Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce with nearly 250 in attendance.  Local businesses sponsored the event and paid for the lunches for all officers attending.

Guest speaker Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge gave a message of encouragement to officers and those in attendance to not get discouraged or jaded by the work they do involving crime.  Standridge is a 1989 Brownwood High School Graduate and became the youngest chief in the history of Abilene Police Department in just his 13th year of law enforcement.

“During my tenure, I have overseen 40 murders, 1000 robberies, 2500 aggravated assaults, 2600 crimes involving the abuse of children.  I’m tired,” said Standridge who explained that law enforcement deals daily with 10% of the people who commit 90% of the crime.  For that reason, law enforcement can become “jaded” and begin to see only the bad things in the community, which can wear on a person’s spirit, resulting in alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, and even suicide.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/19

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 18

*10:00 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Main Blvd regarding theft.  According to the report, an investigation of the theft of a lawnmower is ongoing.

*10:05 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the burglary of a vehicle in the 1800 block of Houston Street.  According to the report, a GPS unit was stolen from the vehicle.

*12:50 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding identity theft.  According to the report, someone had gotten a “payday” loan in the complainant’s name in 2015.

*5:30 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of 12th Street regarding the theft of a firearm.  According to the report, the firearm was a Taurus 0.45 caliber handgun, valued at $400.

*6:35 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of US 377 South regarding credit card or debit card abuse.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44-year-old Melissa Kay Grear of Everrett, Washington on warrants related to forgery of a financial instrument, theft of property greater than $20 less than $500 by check and a bench warrant.

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Brown County Auditor Nina Cox Resigns

Stephen Ellis, District Judge, 35th Judicial District of Texas announced today that on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, he accepted the resignation of Brown County Auditor Nina Cox, effective May 31, 2016.  She is on a paid administrative leave of absence until then.  Assistant Brown County Auditor Ms. Josie Contreras and Administrative Assistant Ms. Valerie Williams will remain in the office of the Brown County Auditor.

Ms. Cox was first appointed by Ellis as Brown County Auditor September 7, 2001 and she has been reappointed every two years since.  Ms. Cox previously served as Assistant Brown County Auditor under former Brown County Auditor Rex Bessent from 1998 until 2001.

Judge Ellis said, “The auditor’s job is an important one and the duties of the office must be carried out in a competent and effective manner.  The public expects and deserves sound financial management from county officials and employees.  The district judge has general supervisor authority over the commissioner’s court under Texas Law and the way that is primarily exercised is through the county auditor.”

Section 84.006 of the Texas Local Government Code provides that a county auditor must be:  1) a competent accountant with at least 2 years experience in auditing and accounting; 2) thoroughly competent in public business details; 3) a person of unquestionably good moral character and intelligence.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/18

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17-18, 2016

Friday, May 13

*4:29 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Child Protective Services with the removal of a child from a father’s custody.  According to the report, the father, became physically aggressive, resistant and threatening toward deputies, CPS and other family members.  When detained, the father, identified as 35-year-old Lucas Lanier of Cross Plains, caused a deputy to receive a minor injury, the report states.  Lanier was arrested and charged with interfering with public duties, resisting arrest and assault on a public servant, the report states.  The child was turned over to CPS, according to law enforcement.

Saturday, May 14

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Early Once Source Clinic in reference to a subject who had an animal bite.  According to the report, the victim reported he had been bitten on May 13th by a stray cat, which his mother had taken in, on his right and left hand. The male was advised to quarantine the cat away from people and other animals for 10 days and that BCSO would follow up on it.

Sunday, May 15

*10:43 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the burglary of a storage building in May, Texas.

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Commissioners Set 30 mph Speed Zone for East River Oaks Drive in Early

CommCtArticle2014Brown County Commissioners approved setting a 30 mph speed zone on East River Oaks Drive in Early.

After receiving complaints from residents along East River Oaks Drive, commissioners held a public hearing to consider setting a speed limit.  Resident Charlie Carlton spoke to the court on behalf of the homeowners in the area.

Carlton stated that no speed limit was currently posted and that signs suggesting a 15 mph speed along the curves on the street were usually ignored and had now been stolen.  Commissioner Wayne Shaw stated that the signs for the curve would be replaced.

After a discussion, commissioners agreed that the 30 mph zone was beneficial for the public, both for those living in the area and driving through since street is narrow with a curve and an s-curve and located near the Early schools.

“We ask that the commissioners consider if there is any way to drop the speed down, because it is continually used as a cut through from 377 to 183 and back,” said Carlton.  “From 377 to Hansen Lane, there is a 30 mph zone, but not the rest of that stretch.”  He explained that trucks tend to use the roadway to get around the school zones.

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