The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to make safe driving practices a priority during the July Fourth holiday weekend. From July 1 – July 4, DPS Troopers will join law enforcement from across the state in looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators.
“DPS is calling on Texans to help keep our roadways and communities safe by celebrating responsibly and using extra caution during Independence Day festivities,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “During the holiday weekend, Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers; and anyone who plans to drink alcohol should also plan to take alternate transportation or designate a sober driver.”
During the 2015 Fourth of July enforcement period, DPS Troopers made 496 DWI arrests, and issued 7,211 speeding citations, 1,156 seat belt/child safety seat citations and 1,007 no insurance citations. In addition, Troopers made 268 fugitive arrests and 187 felony arrests.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2015, 960 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 27 percent of the total number of last year’s traffic fatalities.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, 2016.
Wednesday, June 22
*10:07 AM - A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a grocery store on Hwy 279 regarding a fraudulent check and an investigation was started.
*11:21 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, a 14K gold ring was stolen from the residence. A photo of the ring was obtained and the incident was documented, the report states.
*2:36 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a local nursery owner who reported one of his employees had crashed one of his ATVs resulting in apparent serious injuries. According to the report, a second employee, who was on another ATV, was also involved in the crash but did not have any injuries.
*5:23 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of Main Blvd. regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of 57-year-old Danny Reece Hopkins for assault family/household member with previous conviction.
*Brown County Sherriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Lyraa Ann Klaus of Brownwood on warrants related to motion to adjudicate/possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and unlawful possession of firearm by felon (Comanche County).
Brownwood High School’s Lions Varsity Players invite children entering the 1st through 8th grades to participate in their second annual Summer Theater Camp. The camp will take place daily in the Brownwood High School Auditorium.
Session 1 will be held July 11?15, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.? noon. This session will be for students entering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grades. A final performance by campers will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th.
SESSION 2 will be held July 18?22, 2016 from 8:00 a.m ? noon. This second session will be for students entering 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades. A final performance by campers will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22nd.
The cost to attend the camp is $100.00 per student, costumes and props will be provided.
The purpose of the workshop will be to instruct students in the basis of performance with each participant featured in a final production at the BHS Auditorium on their final day of their camp session. Students will learn basics in characterization, interpretation, voice, movement and play production. Students will explore the use of imagination and observation in the creation of a character in a play. The final performance will be Friday at noon on the last day of each session.
The City of Brownwood hosted a retirement reception on Wednesday celebrating the retirement of Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley. Friends, family, coworkers and many previous coworkers attended the reception to wish Corley well.
Corley served a total of 40 years in law enforcement in the cities of Midland, Richardson and Brownwood. He began working in high school, at the age of 17 in the ID department of the Midland Police Department, doing fingerprinting for two years before he entered law enforcement at the age of 19 as an officer for Midland PD (1974-1980). He then moved to Richardson where he served from 1980-2010. He ended his law enforcement career as Chief of Police in Brownwood, serving from 2010 until the present date.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
Monday, June 20
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy received a report of an assault. According to the report, the complainant advised he had been assaulted by a known subject who also displayed a knife to him. An incident of aggravated assault was documented.
Tuesday, June 21
*10:24 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant who stated that while his vehicle was parked in the employee parking lot of the Kohler tank plant, an unknown person struck his vehicle. This caused approximately $1,500.00 in damage to the left rear of the vehicle the report states.
*11:10 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding disorderly conduct. According to the report, a juvenile had allegedly threatened the complainant with a knife. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*1:01 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant regarding the theft of a video gaming system. According to the report, the complainant stated her husband had stolen her Sony PlayStation 4.
The Texas Department of Transportation is partnering with Brownwood’s Walmart Supercenter to promote motoring safety on Friday, June 24 at the Walmart store at 401 W. Commerce St.
From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. TxDOT staff will provide free information and exhibits to educate motorists of all ages about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence, the correct usage of seat belts and child restraint systems, and other driving-safety related topics. They invite the community to join them for this event.
Reports released for the period of June 13-19, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 29 medical emergencies, 2 fire calls, 3 motor vehicle accidents, and 2 lock-ins.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Tuesday, June 14
*5:47 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at Hackberry & Waco Streets. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a motorcycle had been struck by a truck. Firefighters provided patient care until EMS arrived on scene.
Wednesday, June 15
*9:25 AM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1100 block of Fisk Avenue regarding an automatic alarm activation. Fire crews arrived on scene, searched the entire building and found a pull station activated.
Thursday, June 16
*9:56 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was called to a lock-in in the 700 block of Carnegie Street. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle locked with one child inside. Firefighters unlocked the vehicle and removed the child from the car unharmed.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Monday, June 20
*7:43 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, an unknown suspect had spray painted some walls in the complex. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*8:31 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Hwy 377 South regarding counterfeiting/forgery. According to the report, a counterfeit $50 bill was passed at the convenience store.
*9:09 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of E. Commerce regarding the theft of a motor vehicle. According to the report, a vehicle (2005 Saturn Vue valued at $5500) was stolen off of the used car lot. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*10:48 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, a bicycle valued at $500, a camelback backpack and other items were stolen from the property. An investigation was started and later in the day, a suspect was discovered with the stolen property and arrested for the offense.
*11:20 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 100 block of Ivanhoe Lane regarding a scam. According to the report, the complainant advised he had been a victim of a scam, which took $500 from him through the use of a prepaid Visa card.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports during the June 2016 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 47 True Bills were returned against 42 persons.
The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office. Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.
Sheila Diane Pardun: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Joshua Allen Auvenshine: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Jerry Allen Hodge: Assault Family Violence – Occlusion
James Alonzo Terpening: Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger
Michael Paul Chumbley: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Payton Dean Anderson: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Maria Manning Mini:
Possession of a Controlled Substance