Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of February along with year-to-date numbers for 2013 and 2014.
Corley releases Brownwood Police Department crime statistics on a monthly basis as a program to have a department that is more transparent to the public. Corley stated that he also looks at these numbers to see where the department needs to focus.
Corley said that there were 98 reported crimes in February which is increased by 15 incidents or 18% from the previous month. Of these crimes, 49% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Of note, larceny theft decreased by 10 incidents as compared to the month of January while assaults were increased by 17 during the same timeframe.
There were 31 traffic accidents and 2 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for February.
2014 appears to be continuing a decreasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2013. Of note, burglary of a habitation was down by 9 cases, or 45%, as compared to the same timeframe during 2012 while burglaries of buildings were up by 4 or 66.7%.
The Brownwood City Council approved City Manager Bobby Rountree’s recommendation of Emily Crawford for the Assistant City Manager position. The position is being reinstated into the city’s organizational chart for the first time since Rountree has been city manager. She will assume additional duties while continuing her responsibilities as the city’s Economic Development Corporation Executive Director. During her three years as EDC Executive Director, Crawford has worked closely with the city department heads, interacted with the city council, BEDC Board members, citizens and numerous developers.
In selecting Crawford, City Manager Rountree stated, “Some people have ten years of experience in one year, while others have one year’s experience ten times over. I consider Emily as one of those who has ten years of experience in one year. Emily is a fast learner and excels in her work ethic, professionalism, integrity, and her ability to work with a broad spectrum of people.”
Two Brown County teens died Sunday after an early morning wreck in Runnels County.
Brownwood High School senior Billy Jones, 18, and 2013 Zephyr High School graduate Bolton Day, 19, passed away as a result of the crash that took place in the early monring hours Sunday in Runnels County between Talpa and Ballinger. A third occupant of the vehicle was reported to have walked away from the accident.
Responders report that the vehicle struck another vehicle on Highway 67 which was occupied by two people, but no information has been released on their conditions.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, March 7, 2014.
Wednesday, March 5
*12:23 PM – The Brownwood High School resource officer received the report of a student assaulting a female teacher. According to the report, a report was taken and the teacher was advised that she would have to file a complaint in the municipal court.
*4:59 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding fraud with victims being several local businesses. The complainant stated that the businesses were not aware of the issue until he spoke with them on this date. An investigation is underway, the report states.
Thursday, March 6
*11:32 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Vincent Street regarding a scam. According to the report, the complainant stated that she had received an email claiming she owed a loan company money; however, she had never taken out a loan with the company and did not know why she had received the email.
*12:42 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Main Street regarding an assault. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 19-year-old Juan Sanchez of Brownwood for assault with injury family violence.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Wednesday, March 5
*2:51 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Investigator James Stroope was on patrol in the area of the 200 block of E. Commerce when he observed a Chevrolet S10 blazer driven by 29-year-old John Simon Armendarez of Brownwood and also occupied by passenger 39-year-old Marjorie Elaine Schneider. According to the report, Investigator Stroope knew both Armendarez and Schneider had active arrest warrants. A traffic stop was made by Stroope who noticed that both subjects making furtive movement as the vehicle came to a stop, the report states. Both occupants were instructed to exit the vehicle and Armendarez was arrested. Schneider was also arrested and advised that she would be strip searched once at the jail due to the charge of her warrant being for narcotics and additionally because of the movements she made as the vehicle came to a stop, according to the report. Schneider explained the movement was due to her allegedly spilling her drink and also stated that she had about a gram of methamphetamine stuffed in her pants, the report states. When asking where she had gotten the methamphetamine, Schneider stated that she did not know where it came from but that Armendarez did not buy it. Both Armendarez and Schneider were arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group equal or greater than 1 gram less than 4 grams and tamper with physical evidence.
*5:54 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of Melwood regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, it was determined that a male subject had struck a male relative in the face after an argument over rent money. The victim stated that he was not injured and that he did not wish to pursue charges.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Monday, March 3
*9:18 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of 10th Street regarding the burglary of a habitation. An investigation is pending, the report states.
Tuesday, March 4
*10:37 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Main Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, cash and credit cards were stolen during the burglary.
*11:31 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of W. Commerce Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 24-year-old Jayton Roberts of Bangs for assault with injury family violence.
*12:47 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2200 block of High Meadow regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, during the incident a .45 cal handgun valued at $250, $70 in coins and two flashlights were stolen from the residence.
*3:49 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of N. Main Blvd. regarding a scam. An investigation is pending, the report states.
Emergency responders were called to the scene of a fatal two-vehicle accident between Zephyr and Mullin on Hwy 183S/84E Wednesday morning. The location was 8 miles north of Mullin, just one mile into Mills County.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety officials, a Toyota Tundra pickup was traveling southbound when a Ford 500 in the northbound crossed over the dividing line of the highway, causing a head-on collision in the southbound shoulder of the highway at 7:34 a.m.
The female driver of the Ford 500, identified as 46-year-old Maria Martineau of Austin, was pronounced dead on the scene and the male driver of the Toyota Tundra, identified as 35-year-old Matthew Harrison of Ballinger, was transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center where he later passed away.
Brownwood Police responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries which occurred at the intersection of Avenue K and 4th Street Wednesday, around 11:30 a.m.
According to a witness on scene, the driver of the GMC Acadia was traveling southwest on Avenue K, when the Ford F-150 pickup traveling southeast through the intersection struck the back passenger wheel of the Acadia. The Acadia spun completely around due to the impact of the collision and the Ford continued to travel through the intersection, striking a utility pole at the southern corner of the intersection.
Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers asks the public for their help solving a burglary that occurred the evening of February 20, 2014 in the 1000 block of Santa Clara in Brownwood.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. an unknown suspect(s) stole several items, including large bags made of material, which were made by the "Thrifty One" brand, that were in front of the residence.
The bags are made of numerous multi-colored material. There were 2 large bags (1 red and white, and 2 brown and white) and inside the 2 large bags were about 18 smaller bags of different colors. The bags were designed for needlepoint and sewing.