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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/25

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, July 25, 2014.

Thursday, July 24

*8:35 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Commerce regarding the theft of a mechanized wheel chair.  According to the report, the complainant stated that the wheel chair that belonged to his wife had been charging in the hallway of the motel when the bottom of it where the battery and charger are located was stolen.

*1:31 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Belle Plain Street regarding theft.  According to the report, an AT&T boom box and an iPad had been stolen from the complainant’s residence.

*3:11 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 800 block of Peach Street regarding animal cruelty.  According to the report, the complainant stated that her dog was hung by the neck until it died.  The incident occurred on Wednesday, July 23rd, the report states.

*Brownwood Police arrested 45-year-old Michael Andrew Penn of Brownwood on surety withdrawals related to driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56-year-old Carey Lavan Reese of Brownwood on a warrant related to a parole violation.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Wednesday, July 23

*6:18 PM – Brownwood Police responded to Wal-Mart regarding theft.  According to the report, a female suspect stole $28.41 worth of merchandise.

*7:50 PM  - Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding the theft of a wallet.  According to the report, the complainant did wish to pursue criminal charges.  Video surveillance clearly showed the suspect stealing the wallet, which was reported to have $300 cash inside at the time of the theft, the report states.

*9:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Brady Avenue regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, four storage units had been broken into on this date.  Several tools were stolen from one of the units.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*11:40 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft.   According to the report, the complainant stated that an unknown female stole her cell phone.  A small search was conducted from the GPS coordinates provided by the complainant but nothing was located, the report states.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Kevin Gary Barnes of Abilene on a Brown County warrant related to a surety withdrawal/delivery of a controlled substance and a Taylor County warrant related to assault family violence.  He is being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

*Early Police arrested 37-year-old Bobby James Crouch of Early for contempt of court.

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Bangs Man Dies in Fiery Crash Wednesday South of Abilene

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A man from Bangs was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Taylor County on Wednesday night.  Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirmed that 28-year-old Timothy Allen Shepard of Bangs was killed in the accident.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at 6:23 PM on US Hwy 277, 9 miles south of Abilene.  Trooper Joshua DeLaGarza investigated the accident scene.

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Update: Zepeda Given Two Life Sentences for Assault and Burglary

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Update: The same jury that convicted him of burglary of a habitation and assault with a deadly weapon on Wednesday, sentenced 28-yr-old Robert Zepeda to two life sentences that will run concurrently.

After hearing testimony in the punishment phase of the trial Thursday, the jury began deliberation at 2:20 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, at 2:35 p.m. the jury came back with its decision in the penalty phase of the trial, wrapping up four days of testimony.

Defense counsel John Lee Blagg called Zepeda’s brother, uncle, and sister to the stand. Assistant District Attorney Sam Moss and Christina Nelson cross examined the witnesses and Zepeda himself, who admitted that he’d spent most of his life behind bars after the age of twelve. He went from two stints in the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) to being tried as an adult at age seventeen, and sent to prison at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) twice. Zepeda told Moss that he estimated he’d been in the “free world” about three years since he was a teenager. Moss and Zepeda had several heated exchanges and had to be called down twice by Judge Dan Beck.

Zepeda hung his head and slumped when Judge Beck read the sentence, then turned around and mumbled something to his victim that was unintelligible. An outburst caused the judge to have Zepeda removed from the courtroom as the jury was being discharged.

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New Brownwood Traffic Signal Becomes Operational Thursday

TxDotlogoA new traffic signal at the intersection of Commerce Street and Riverside Park Drive is set to become operational Thursday morning.

This traffic signal will add enhanced safety to one of Brownwood’s busiest intersections and help relieve congestion further up the road, at the intersection of Commerce and Main Street.

The signals will also feature a safety light that has not been seen in Brownwood yet. It will have a Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) signal to tell motorists they can make a left turn but must yield to oncoming traffic.

Signs will be posted near the signal to let motorists know what the signal means. The FYA signal has proven to be safer than a typical solid green light, which some motorists confuse with a protected left turn.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/23

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Tuesday, July 22

*9:13 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding theft.  According to the report, a vehicle at the residence had fuel removed from it.  The complainant advised that another vehicle had fuel stolen as well.

*4:24 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2200 block of Indian Creek regarding a loud party where a subject was reported to be “possibly ill or injured.”  According to the report, this call led to a report for making alcohol available to a minor.

*11:15 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center.  According to the report, a local business reported the theft of beer and a suspect was located.

*3:06 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1600 block of 4th Street regarding an accident.  According to the report, during this incident, a male subject backed into another vehicle and then fled the scene on foot.  During the investigation, the male was identified.

*4:11 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office met with a complainant regarding two missing family members.  According to the report, the male and female had not been seen since Sunday, July 20th and attempts at making contact with them have been unsuccessful.

*4:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Lane Street regarding theft.  According to the report, fuel was stolen from a vehicle.  No suspects were known at the time of the report, police state.

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Update: Defendant Takes the Witness Stand in Assault Trial

ZepedaRobertConrad28-yr-old Robert Conrad Zepeda of Brownwood was on the witness stand Wednesday in his aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault, unlawful restraint, and criminal mischief trial in the 35th District court in Brownwood.  Zepeda is charged with an assault on Amanda Moscorro which took place January 26, 2014. Retired District Judge Dan Beck from La Grange is presiding over the case. Zepeda’s attorney, John Lee Blagg, questioned Zepeda on the details leading up to the alleged assault.   Zepeda referred to Moscorro as his “common-law wife,” admitting they were not legally married.  Zepeda said he intended to see his "wife" to try to win her back after they had separated about five months earlier.

Zepeda testified that he was at a party with Jose Galaviz who told Zepeda that the woman had Jeremy Ortega at her home at that moment.  Zepeda told the jury that there was "bad blood" between him and Ortega, and hearing that Ortega was at home with Zepeda’s wife infuriated him.  He went to Moscorro's house to confront Ortega, but had no intention of harming the woman.  Zepeda said he beat on the front door.  Nobody answered, but Zepeda said he heard "scrambling" noises in the house.  Zepeda said he thought Ortega was trying to run away, so he pulled an air conditioner out of the window to get in. Moscorro ran out of the house and headed to a neighbor’s house when Zapeda caught up to her and held her.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/22

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

Monday, July 21

*8:15 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1300 block of 8th Street regarding a burglary which had already occurred.  According to the report, the complainant stated that while he was sleeping, someone came into his residence and stole two flat screen televisions.  The complainant wished to pursue charges, the report states.

*11:45 PM – A Brownwood Police officer was on a call in the 7-11 convenience store parking lot, in the 3800 block of 4th Street, when  she noticed a vehicle traveling south on 4th Street at a high rate of speed that ran the red light at the 4th Street and Indian Creek intersection.  According to the report, a traffic stop was attempted; however the vehicle ran two stop signs and drove on the wrong side of the road before coming to a stop.  A traffic stop was then made which resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Shannon Johnson of Brownwood for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of fraud.  According to the report, a victim from Springfield, Illinois advised that an unknown person had used her debit card to purchase a gift card in the amount of $115.87.

*Early Police arrested 41-year-old Damonn Steven French of Early on a warrant related to assault family violence.

*Brown County sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Brandon Jamall Payne on a warrant related to engage in organized criminal activity.

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Testimony Continues in Zepeda Trial

ZepedaRobertConradTestimony continues today in Brown County’s 35th District court for 28-year-old Robert Conrad Zepeda of Brownwood.

Zepeda is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault, unlawful restraint, and criminal mischief.  He is also held on a parole violation warrant after an alleged assault on Amanda Moscorro on January 26, 2014.

Visiting Judge Dan Beck from La Grange is hearing the case. Zepeda is represented by Brownwood attorney John Lee Blagg.

After the reading of the indictment, Judge Beck asked Zepeda for his plea.   Zepeda stood up, turned around to face his family, and was visibly emotional.  He never answered the judge, who asked him a total of four times for his plea.  Judge Beck finally verbally ordered a “not guilty” plea, saying that if the defendant doesn’t respond, the state must automatically assume it is a not guilty plea.

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BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 7/22

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the weeks of July 7-20, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 52 medical emergencies, 12 fire calls, 8 motor vehicle accidents, 2 swift water rescues and 2 hazardous materials call.

Reports of interest include:

Monday, July 7

*1:25 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in on County Road 237 where firefighters arrived on the scene of a small grass fire with Winchell and Brookesmith Volunteer Fire Departments.  The VFDs had the fire knocked down and fire crews began mopping up.

*9:08 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 1300 block of Austin Avenue.  Firefighters arrived on scene regarding the smell of burned rubber in the area.  Fire Crews were unable to locate any smell.

Tuesday, July 8

*4:27 AM – BFD responded to a fire call in the 3000 block of 1st Street regarding a smoke detector activation.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find nothing showing.  Fire Crews investigated and found the drain line from the air conditioning of the residence was clogged and water was dripping on to the AC wiring. The occupants were advised to call an AC technician.

*11:51 AM – BFD was dispatched to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at Austin Avenue and Main Street.

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