Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Monday, April 14
*10:33 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Avenue D regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle was burglarized while parked in a lot at this location.
*12:42 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 51-year-old Carol Ann Applegate of Brownwood for theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500.
*1:13 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 180 in Bangs regarding an animal cruelty complainant. After an investigation, the deputy determined that the offense of cruelty to non-livestock animals was being committed and a report was made.
*6:26 PM – Brownwood Police spoke to two males in the 1600 block of 3rd Street who had just witnessed an assault. According to the report, while speaking with one of the males, a small quantity of marijuana was located. Subsequently, 18-year-old Zachary Clark of Brownwood was arrested for the offense of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
*6:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 27-year-old Betti Leeann Hounshell and 29-year-old Jacob Dwayne Hounshell of Brownwood.
Reports released for the week of April 7-13, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 20 medical emergencies, 6 fire calls, 2 lift assist, 2 motor vehicle accidents and 1 hazardous materials call.
Reports of interest include:
Monday, April 7
*8:02 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2100 block of Avenue B. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a plastic dumpster on fire. The fire was extinguished by fire personnel.
Tuesday, April 8
*12:25 AM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 300 block of Commerce. Fire crews responded to a dumpster fire behind Long John Silver’s. The fire was extinguished by fire personnel.
*11:09 AM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2000 block of 8th Street. Firefighters arrived on scene where the homeowner advised her house was smoky due to burned food. Firefighters set up a ventilation fan and cleared the house of smoke.
*10:00 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 400 block of Milton Avenue. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle with steam coming from the engine. The call was determined to be a overheated car and busted radiator, there was no fire.
The Pecan Valley Republican Women will be hosting a luncheon forum for the local candidates on the ballot in the run-off elections that will be held in May.
The forum will be held at the Brownwood County Club Thursday, April 24, 2014. Leland Acker with KXYL AM/FM will moderate the forum starting at noon. Cost of the buffet is $12 and will begin serving at 11:30 AM.
There are 3 offices that will be decided in the run-off,
*District Clerk - Brenda Arp and Cheryl Jones
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 14, 2014.
Wednesday, April 9
*Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Thomas was dispatched to a property on Buckview Road regarding a nuisance abatement. The complainant reported that his neighbor had trash piled up in the yard, which was being spread around by animals and that waste was flowing onto the ground from the residence’s septic tank.
Thursday, April 10
*8:12 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Tidwell was dispatched to a residence on County Road 223 near Brookesmith, regarding the theft of oil field equipment. According to the report, items stolen included ground wire, a fluid level tester, a generator, a poly-welder, and several drill bits for the ground. The total cost of the items was estimated to be $31,225, the report states. No suspects were identified at the time of this report.
*1:50 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Tidwell was dispatched to a property on FM 2525 in regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that an auger for a tractor had been stolen from outside of his property. An exact price for the stolen auger could not be provided; however, it was estimated to be worth more than $500.00 and a possible suspect was identified, the report states.
Veterans Service officers Billy Murphey, Jr. and James Masters received certificates of training and accreditation at Monday morning’s meeting of the Brown County Commissioners’ Court.
Through training offered twice yearly by the Texas Veterans Commission and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Murphey and Masters achieved status as accredited representatives of the Texas Veterans Commission. With this status they are qualified to represent claimants before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under the provisions of Title 40, Part 15, Chapter 415, Texas Administrative Code. Murphey and Masters serve as National Service Officers for the VFW and Texas Veterans Commissionable to process the Veterans Administration's claims data base nationwide for both the organizations.
A community-wide birthday party to remember Amanda “Sissy” Laura Goodman will be held on May 17th at 6:00 p.m. at Coggin Park in Brownwood to mark the 25th anniversary of her untimely death. The public is invited to enjoy free hot dogs, chips and drinks along with a balloon release in her memory, hosted by friends and family.
Amanda Goodman was just 13 years old when she was murdered on May 16, 1989. Her body was found abandoned on Indian Creek Road just south of Brownwood with a single gunshot wound. It was rainy that day, making the gathering of evidence nearly impossible according to law enforcement. Her mother, Barbara Nejtek, recently passed away never having closure of her daughter’s death, according to a family member. She has three siblings that survive her, Chuck Goodman, Candy Matheny, and Michael Nejtek.
Although it has been 25 years since Amanda’s death, friends and family have planned a birthday event and encourage the community to join them in a celebration of her life, so that she is not forgotten.
“We wanted to host the birthday party at Coggin Park so the community doesn’t forget her. It’s been 25 years since she was murdered, she was only 13 years old and didn’t deserve this,” said her cousin Judy Shank, who was only 8 years old when the tragedy occurred.
Shank stated that Amanda’s last birthday party was held at Coggin Park just days before she was reported missing. The family had a birthday party at Coggin Park in 2009, 20 years after her death, to honor Amanda’s memory and they plan to do the same this again this year. The park is where her 13th and last birthday party was held.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reported that on Thursday, April 10th a Brown County jury convicted Dempsey Webb, 41, of Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Sexual Assault. The trial Judge, a visiting judge from Tom Green County, sentenced Webb to 44 years incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Assistant District Attorney Elisha Bird presented evidence during the trial that on April 30, 2013, Dempsey Webb broke into the residence of a Brown County citizen by climbing through an open window in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting the citizen. The Brownwood Police Department responded to the scene immediately after the burglary. The Police Department located fingerprints on a cup belonging to the victim and determined that the cup had been moved by the person who broke into the house in order to crawl in through the window. Those fingerprints were determined by Brownwood Police Detective Brian Tompkins to belong to Dempsey Webb. Detective Tompkins also submitted the fingerprints to Investigator Vance Hill of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and a forensic scientist with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory. Jurors also heard evidence of two similar incidents where Webb was accused of breaking into residences in the middle of the night without the owners’ permission.
The Early Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Early ISD candidate forum on Thursday, April 24 at 6 PM for the citizens of Early to get to know the candidates. The forum will be held at 104 E. Industrial Drive in the Bill King Conference Room of the Early Chamber.
The moderator will be Leland Acker with KXYL-FM/AM. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.
Contact Early Chamber Staff at 325-649-9300 for additional information.
Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released April sale tax allocation numbers this week reflecting February sales with Brownwood declining slightly on the month by less than 1% compared to the same month last year.
The City of Early was up almost 25%, Bangs grew more than 8% and Blanket was up more than 4% as compared to the same month last year. All Brown County cities are up in sales tax collections so far this year.
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their April local sales tax allocations totaling $554.5 million, up 6.2 percent compared to April 2013
“The growth in sales tax revenues was led by business spending in the oil and natural gas mining, wholesale trade and construction sectors,” Combs said. “Collections from restaurants were also strong. This marks 48 consecutive months of growth in state sales tax collections.”
A Coleman County jury convicted Lanny Bush of capital murder Friday in the 2012 death of Michelle Reiter of Brownwood. The conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no eligibility for parole.
The five day trial came to an end mid-afternoon on Friday after closing arguments that morning and jury deliberation of approximately two and a half hours.
The prosecution had presented evidence related to the fake Facebook account of “Rocky Switzer” created by Bush and the fact that Bush had admitted to meeting Reiter twice on September 10, 2012, the day she went missing (which was confirmed by cell phone records), which helped convince the jury that Bush was guilty. Additional evidence presented by the prosecution during the trial showed that Bush had harassed Reiter by having put her in jail for an aggravated assault, which was said to have never occurred, along with further evidence of ill-intention was found on Bush’s laptop where he had searched for homemade fast-acting knockout drops and the protocol law enforcement follows for a missing person.
Cell phone pings from Reiter’s and Bush’s phones that link their movements on the day she was killed, even down to where her body was found were also presented. A text was sent from Reiter's phone to one of her friends when both phones were at the burial site reading, "Rocky is here early. Going to meet him. Be home late." The prosecution argued the text was sent by Bush.