After 30 ½ years as the City’s Engineer with the City of Brownwood, Don Hatcher has announced his retirement.
In his letter to City Manager Bobby Rountree, he states “I have been fortunate and blessed to have been able to continue to serve the citizens of Brownwood and get paid for that I was educated and trained to do, while enjoying most of the tasks and challenges placed before me.” He went on to say how much he appreciated the support and friendship of the staff.
The filing deadline for candidates in the upcoming Brownwood City Council election passed Friday with a race developing for one of the seats.
Four candidates are now running for the Ward 2 seat on the Brownwood City Council, currently held by Councilman Eddie Watson. In addition to Watson who filed for reelection, Pat McLaughlin, Ed McMillian and Gary Bostick have filed as candidates for that place on the council.
Ward 3 incumbent Carl McMillan did not file for reelection, and Larry Mathis is the only candidate to file for this seat.
Ward 5 incumbent Jerry DeHay filed for his seat unopposed.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, February 27, 2015.
Sunday, February 22
*2:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding a trespass warning. According to the report, the property owner wished to have a former tenant trespassed from the residence. After the former tenant’s parents came to pick up his belongings, the property owner noted some items missing, the report states.
Thursday, February 26
* 1:00 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Brooks Avenue regarding a 15-year-old who had run away from home.
*4:14 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 4600 block of River Oaks Circle regarding an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated that the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jerod Scott Cyr of Brownwood, had pushed in her front door and assaulted her. Cyr was arrested for assault causes bodily injury family violence, the report states.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, February 26, 2015.
Wednesday, February 25
*12:38 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy dispatched to a residence on St. Patrick Street regarding someone attempting to open the front door of the residence. The deputy later made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Emerald Drive near Lake Brownwood. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle, identified as Jeffery Lewis Hale was arrested for giving a fictitious name during the stop. During the stop, an inventory of the vehicle was conducted which located a black pouch with digital scales and numerous baggies, the report states. One of the baggies contained 1.6 grams of methamphetamine and a small baggie of marijuana which weighed 0.5 grams with packaging, the report states. Hale was arrested, charged with possession of a controlled substance PG 1 equal or greater than 1 gram less than 4 grams and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Hale was being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $19,000 bonds as of Thursday morning.
*9:03 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 600 block of W. Commerce after the driver was observed tossing a cigarette out of the vehicle’s window, the report states. According to the report, this stop led to the arrest of 20-year-old Kory Lowery of Brownwood for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and an active Kendall County warrant for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the February 2015 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 42 indictments were returned against 44 people.
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.
Enrique Ponce: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Jason Preston Gross: Assault Family Violence – Occlusion
Daniel Joseph Taylor: Two Counts Online Impersonation
Parveen Kaur Gill: Intoxication Assault
Adriana Marina Carrillo: Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon
Keith Wayne Hoff: Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon
Dave Lee Barrow: Robbery
Jose Luis Martinez, Jr.:
Two Counts Assault Family Violence – Occlusion – Prior Conviction Repeat Offender
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Wednesday, February 18
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft from Hidden Valley Landscapes, located on High Mesa Drive. According to the report, $5,549 worth of trees were purchased and picked up by a nursery out of Rockwall, Texas with a business check. The check was later returned by the bank for insufficient funds, the report states. Numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to collect the payment.
Tuesday, February 24
*4:59 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Raenita Lee Sawyer Smith of Early, was still on scene when officers arrived. Sawyer was arrested for criminal mischief greater than $50 less than $500.
*Brownwood Police arrested 36-year-old Casey Alexander Durant of Early for a parole warrant.
3:00 PM Update: According to Fire Marshal Buddy Preston, the origin of the fire was at a dog house in the back of the house. It appeared there a heat lamp had been set up in the dog house which may have come in contact with the dog house or the contents in it, igniting a fire. The wind at the time of the fire was blowing directly toward the home, causing the fire to spread into the back area of the home, Preston said. Preston stated that the family’s second dog still had not been found at this time. The Red Cross is helping meet the family's immediate needs.
The homeowners are identified as Joe and Becky Alcorta, who gave Preston permission to release their names and information to the media. Joe works at Kohler and Becky works at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. They have three children: A son Nicholas, 18, who is a senior; son Christian, 16; and daughter Danielle, who is 9. All three are students of Early ISD.
Reports released for the period of February 16-22, 2015 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 32 medical emergencies, 3 fire calls, and 3 motor vehicle accidents.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Wednesday, February 18
*4:47 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in the 1400 block of Austin Avenue.
*9:31 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in at the intersection of Crockett Drive and South US Hwy 377.
*9:44 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 1400 block of 3rd Street. Firefighters arrived on scene to find light smoke coming from second floor of the structure. Fire crews found a small fire and extinguished it quickly.
Thursday, February 19
*7:34 PM – BFD was called to a fire on County Road 267.
Saturday, February 21
*9:10 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident at County Road 135 and Hwy 279. Firefighters assisted EMS with packaging and loading the patient for transport.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
Friday, February 20
*2:10 PM – The Brownwood ISD resource officer was called to the Brownwood High School regarding an assault. According to the report, this call led to a female student being taken into custody for assault with injury. The female was then taken to the Brownwood Police Department for processing and then released to the custody of a juvenile probation officer.
*5:37 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 2700 block of Greenway Drive regarding a domestic disturbance which involved a physical altercation between a male and a female. This call led to the arrest of William Nickerson for assault causes bodily injury family violence.
*10:41 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of W. Baker Street regarding a possible assault. According to the report, an investigation was begun and led to a suspect being identified; however, the victim’s identity along with the date and time of the offense was unclear.
Saturday, February 21
*12:53 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Coggin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that four wheels and tires were stolen off of his Ford F-150 pickup. However, during an investigation, the officer learned the complainant had actually sold the wheels and tires to his landlord, the report states. A report for false report to a police officer was filed.
*8:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Avenue G regarding drugs/narcotics. According to the report, consent was given to search the residence and drug paraphernalia was located. One citation for possession of drug paraphernalia was issued, the report states.