Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sunday, May 22
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a residence on County Road 381 for a welfare check on a female. According to the report, the deputy discovered that an incident of assault family violence had occurred earlier in the morning. The victim had apparent injuries to her face, the report states. As a result of this call, the suspect, 36-year-old William Foytik of Goldthwaite was arrested for assault causes bodily injury family violence.
Wednesday, May 25
*7:50 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of E. Commerce, Lednicky Park, regarding public intoxication. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 56-year-old Chester Nolan Williams of Blanket for public intoxication, failure to identify and obstruction and retaliation.
*10: 14 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 100 block of S. Broadway Street regarding theft. According to the report, a necklace (valued at $20) was stolen from the business. A suspect has been identified and an investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*11:33 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop which resulted in a report for criminal mischief being filed. The incident took place in the 1600 block of Good Shepherd Drive. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Sunday, May 22
*Early Police received a report of a domestic disturbance at a local motel where the neighboring rooms could hear a woman screaming for help. According to the report, when officers arrived and approached the room, they could hear screaming coming from the room. Officers gained access to the room and located a male assaulting a female along with 3 children (ages 1, 8 & 9) in the room, the report states. The victim had obvious injuries where the male suspect had grabbed her around the neck and attempted to strangle her, according to police. The male suspect, identified as 35-year-old Joe McFarland Cheyne, was placed under arrest for assault family violence-impede breath/circulation and taken to the Brown County Jail. Cheyne was later released on $10,000 bond. An emergency protective order was requested and CPS was notified of the incident due to it occurring in front of the kids, according to the report.
Monday, May 23
*5:55 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Avenue B regarding debit/credit card abuse. According to the report, as a result of this abuse, $80.23 was stolen from the victim.
Six Howard Payne University students were recently honored for acts of servant leadership on campus and in the community. The awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.
“We are pleased to be able to honor students who have distinguished themselves through service to others,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “Servant leaders do not serve others in order to be recognized, of course, but we are happy to honor those students who have honored HPU and Christ through their acts of service.”
The City of Brownwood Parks and Recreation Department announced that the opening of the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center has been delayed due to weather prohibiting a scheduled pool repair.
There is a new liner being installed in the pool, which was scheduled to be complete in time to open the pool on May 31st; however, the work cannot be completed in rain or high humidity, according to Parks and Recreation Department Director David Withers. Current weather conditions have prohibited the completion of installing the liner this week. Once the pool liner is installed, the pool will open and the public will be notified, said Withers. He explained that it will only take four consecutive days of sunshine and low humidity to complete the project.
In the meantime, Wiggin Pool located at 1100 Victoria will be opening Tuesday, May 31st. While the Camp Bowie Pool is closed, the city will extend the hours for the Wiggins Pool to Tuesday through Sunday from 10:15 am till 5:45 pm. There is no admission fee for Wiggins Pool.
Brown County Sheriff George Caldwell gave an update on the investigation involving the murder of 25-year-old Chantay Blankinship.
Blankinship was murdered on Sunday, May 15th and her body was found 5 miles from the North Lake Brownwood Community. Her killer has not been identified, and this has left the North Lake Brownwood communities of Harbor Point, Thunderbird Bay and Tamarack Mountain concerned.
Caldwell stated that Blakinship was killed by blunt force trauma and that the investigation has shown how she was killed but not who did it. “We need to find out who did this. The people in the community are worried it could be someone living next door.”
Because of this, the three subdivision associations at North Lake Brownwood have worked together, pledging $1000 each, for a total of $3000 reward being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Those with information are asked to call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 325-646-5510. Those interested in joining in the reward effort may also call the Sheriff’s Office at the above number to make a donation to increase the reward amount.
“We hope to get a good chunk of money that might motivate someone who knows what happened to come forward,” said Sheriff Caldwell.
Brown County Commissioner Precinct 1 Gary Worley won a tight race Tuesday against opponent Tommy Blevins in the Republican Primary runoff election.
Worley received 571 votes or 53.36% to Blevins’ 499 votes or 46.64%. The two faced off 4 years ago in a runoff election for the same seat with similar results.
Worley will now be the only candidate on the ballot in the November General Election with no Democratic opponent.
Brownwood Police are investigating an aggravated assault involving a weapons offense which occurred Monday evening. Assistant Chief James Fuller released the following information.
On Monday, May 23, 2016 at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers with the Brownwood Police Department responded to the 1600 block of Good Shepherd regarding a report of shots being fired in the area.
Through the course of the investigation, officers learned that a telephone argument between two family members escalated when one of the male subjects confronted the other at an apartment. Both males argued until one displayed a handgun and chased the victim outside the apartment. As the victim ran to his vehicle, the suspect fired a shot from a handgun; striking the vehicle.
Everyone involved in this incident fled the scene just prior to officer’s arrival. No one was reported injured.
The investigation remains on going, Fuller stated.
In other unrelated law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Tuesday, May 17
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of credit card abuse. According to the report, the complainant’s Valero credit card had been used without authorization.
Reports released for the period of May 16-22, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 27 medical emergencies, 3 fire calls, and 4 motor vehicle accidents.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, May 16
*3:12 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 2600 block of FM 2525 to provide mutual aid with Early Fire Department for a possible structure fire. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a 2-story wood frame structure with nothing showing. Firefighters made entrance and found light smoke. Fire crews searched for fire and found nothing. A thermal camera was used to search the entire residence. An AC unit was found to be malfunctioning.
*10:20 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was called to the area of Asbury & 10th Street. Fire crews were dispatched regarding a strong smell of gas in the area. Firefighters arrived on scene, but were not able to detect anything.
Tuesday, May 17
*2:59 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was called to assist on an EMS call; however, when they arrived on scene, they found a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle which had fled the scene. Fire crews attended to the pedestrian and assisted with loading the pedestrian for transport.
Brownwood City Council proclaimed May 23-27, 2016 as Flood Awareness Week at Tuesday’s meeting of the council. City Engineer Jodie Kelly was presented the proclamation by Mayor Stephen Haynes.
The proclamation reminds the public that dangerous floods and flash floods are possible throughout the year. It further states that intense rainfall or slow-moving storms that track over the same areas can cause a rapid rise of water, and that flash floods can develop within minutes.
Brownwood Police Officer Jesse Mares was recently promoted to the rank of Corporal and recognized at Brownwood City Council during Tuesday’s meeting.
Mares is a 2007 graduate of Brownwood High School and worked as an officer in Cisco after graduation from the academy until a position became available in Brownwood in September of 2011. When he was hired, BPD Chief Mike Corley noted that Mares was the top of his class at the academy.
In recognition of his promotion, Mares took the Oath of Office, administered by City Secretary Christi Wynn and Oath of Honor administered by Chief Corley.