District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that two felony cases were heard in the Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Jessica Dawn Netherton
pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Further, Netherton pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
A two-vehicle accident near Heartland Mall sent both drivers to the hospital and both vehicles badly damaged.
The accident occurred in the 1000 block of US Highway 183 North at approximately 4:40 p.m. as a Chevrolet Z71 extended cab pickup was traveling northbound, followed by a Toyota Tundra extended cab pickup.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 25, 2016
Friday, April 22
*3:22 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the burglary of a habitation in the 3000 block of Hemphill. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*4:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Melwood regarding an assault with injury family violence by strangulation.
*7:35 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop at Belle Plain and Maple Street. According to the report, during the course of the stop, a consent search was made on the driver’s wallet which led to the discovery of small amount of methamphetamine residue in a plastic baggie. This discovery resulted in the driver, identified as 47-year-old William Michael Weems, Jr. of Rising Star, Texas, running from the deputy on foot for a short distance, according to the report. Weems was quickly apprehended and arrested for evading arrest and for the contraband.
*8:02 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Austin Avenue regarding forgery/counterfeiting. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had forged her name on a check.
*9:35 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a motorist assist on W. Highway 67. According to the report, while the deputy spoke with the two subjects who were changing a tire, one of the subjects, identified as 42-year-old William Harty Pierce of Goldthwaite, appeared to be very nervous. During a consent search of his truck, a broken methamphetamine pipe was found and claimed by Pierce who also admitted to intentionally breaking when the deputy initiated contact, the report states. Pierce was arrested for possession controlled substance penalty group 1 less than one gram and tamper/fabricate physical evidence. Pierce was released on $25,000 bond.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office may benefit from a new grant program being offered by Texas Association of Counties. According to TAC representative Mike Strawn, TAC provides insurance coverage for Texas counties, and has decided to give some of their earnings back to the counties they serve.
Strawn stated that there is $750,000 up for grabs in competitive grants available to counties across the state. Award size will depend on the number of counties applying for the grant and Brown County’s maximum award could be $8954 for law enforcement and $27,084 in general grant funds, according to Strawn. He stated that this short term grant program will begin taking applications through the deadline of July 1st, when counties must submit projects for reimbursement which help lower their county’s liabilities or possible insurance claims. Such projects could include replacing sidewalks that provide a hazard to pedestrians, training for county employees on new equipment, safety vests for workers and for law enforcement, funds to help replace much needed equipment such as the in car video cameras used to record traffic stops that Brown County Sheriff’s Office is in dire need to replace.
According to BSCO Chief Deputy Vance Hill, two of the fleet’s patrol vehicles currently have inoperable cameras and others are working with costly repairs of outdated equipment. Hill stated that he received an estimate from WatchGuard to replace 12 cameras for approximately $59,000 and that there will be a $100 installation cost per car. Although the TAC grant could not cover the complete cost of all of the cameras, it would provide a small portion of the cost. County officials are looking to see what funds from the county could be used. Hill is researching to see if WatchGuard is a Buy Board company or if there is a need to go out for bids on the equipment. He stated that this was the only company that offered this type of in car camera. The matter will be addressed again at the next meeting of the court, according to County Judge Ray West.
UPDATE - 6:00 PM - Brownwood Police report that the suspect involved in the high speed chase Saturday morning was apprehended Saturday evening.
According to Brownwood Assistant Chief James Fuller, after the pursuit, Flores eventually ran to a house by the airport and had been there for an unknown time until police were alerted by the homeowners. Flores ran from the residence as law enforcement arrived and was apprehended by Brown County Sheriff’s deputies.
Brownwood Police Officer Bruce Spruill brought Flores in to the Brownwood Police Station and interviewed him, receiving a full confession, said Fuller.
“Great job by all law enforcement, Brownwood and Early Police Departments and Brown County Sheriff’s Office,” said Fuller. “We also thank Leak Survey, Incorporated for the use of the helicopter this morning.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21
*11:47 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the complainant stated that he has had numerous problems with his neighbors, and that he has seen them on his properties and wanted to file trespass warnings on all 3 of them for his properties.
*12:01 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Main Street, the parole office, regarding a wanted person. According to the report, 25-year-old Samantha Stevens of Brownwood was arrested for a blue warrant. A consent search was performed on the vehicle and syringes with a liquid believed to possible methamphetamine were discovered, the officer reported. Additional possession charges could be pending, according to the report.
*3:55 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was advised by dispatch to contact a worker for the Texas Department of State Health Services in reference to a possible rabies exposure. According to the report, after contact with the worker, the deputy was directed to a male subject with 2 dogs, which had killed a rabid skunk. The male subject was served with the proper quarantine paperwork, the report states.
Early voting will begin on Monday, April 25th for several local elections in Brown County, and Brown County Elections Administration announced polling places and released sample ballots for the May 7th elections for the City of Bangs, City of Brownwood, City of Early and the Blanket ISD.
In Bangs, six are running for three open seats in the Bangs City Council. Carrol Wells, who was appointed in 2015 to fulfill the unexpired term of Richard Perez as well as incumbents Larry Lohman and Larry Williford have filed. Also filing were Rick Gravell, Sue Boyer and Toby Bowers.
Residents of the cities of Brownwood and Early will each vote to convert their economic development corporations to a municipal development district with no other elections on their ballots.
For Blanket school board Place 3, incumbent Beth Bowyer will be challenged by Vicky Jenkins. Place 4 candidates include Sherry Gill, Janis Kinkade or Robert Menchacha and in Place 5, Russell Wigham will be challenged by Ronnie Davis.
Early Voting will take place for all of these elections at the Adams Street Community Center, located at 511 E. Adams Street in Brownwood. Early Voting times will be from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. April 25-29 and from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. May 2-3.
The National Weather Service has announced that Lake Brownwood has leveled off at just over 1428 feet and will slowly begin to go down.
The Pecan Bayou has not yet crested. It is currently at 12.85 feet, and predicted to crest at 14 feet just after sundown this evening, according to Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford. Flood stage for the Pecan Bayou is 15 feet. At 14 feet, there will likely be more water in Riverside Park and CC Woodson around the bridge.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20
*8:45 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding theft of property equal or greater than $100 less than $750.
*8:14 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 300 block of N. Main Street due to the driver disregarding a stop sign at Romines and Belle Plain. According to the report, this stop led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 56-year-old Kyle Wilson Brown of Brownwood, for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
*10:40 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1300 block of 13th Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, the subjects were located in the alleyway. A female, identified as 34-year-old Tina Franqui of Brownwood was found to be intoxicated and involved in a verbal domestic with a male relative, according to the report. Franqui was unable to stay at her residence due to the possibility of her endangering her children in this intoxicated state, the officer reported. Numerous opportunities were given for Franqui to go stay with a relative but she refused and was subsequently placed under arrest for public intoxication, the report states.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft in May, Texas. According to the report, a complainant stated that a known female had stolen a dog from him earlier that day.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Ysidra Andrea Salazar of Brownwood on warrants related to open container/passenger and violate promise to appear.