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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/1

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Monday, March 30

*4:24 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 7th Street regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a relative had stolen her flat screen television.  An investigation is underway, the report states.

Tuesday, March 31

*3:33 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of W. Commerce regarding the burglary of a coin operated Dr. Pepper machine.

*11:32 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of W. Commerce regarding the burglary of a coin operated machine.  According to the report, an unknown subject broke into the Dr. Pepper vending machine and stole dollar bills.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*12:52 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Durham Avenue.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of the 17-year-old driver for possession of marijuana.

*2:07 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding the theft of a wallet.

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Cities of Brownwood and Early Announce Good Friday Closures and Trash Schedules

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallDue to the Good Friday Holiday on April 3rd, all non-emergency City facilities will be closed and there will be no collection of residential solid waste.  Residents with blue or green carts, please note that your collection days are as follows.

*Thursday routes will be collected on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule.

*Friday routes will be collected on Thursday, one day ahead of schedule.

*Normal collection days will resume on Monday, April 6th.

Bagged trash prevents litter, bag your waste and securely tie the bags closed before placing in carts or dumpsters.

The Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Friday, April 3rd and will reopen for normal business on Saturday, April 4th.

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Brownwood ISD Now Accepting Transfer Requests

bisdlogo3Brownwood Independent School District will accept transfer requests during the month of April for the 2015-2016 school year.

Out-of-district transfer requests will be accepted for all students in grades kindergarten thru grade twelve.

In-district transfer requests will be accepted for current, in-district transfer students only and their siblings.  BISD does not approve transfer requests for PK students.

All transfer requests for current year students must be submitted by the April 30. Notification of approval or denial will be mailed to applicants by August 1.

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Emily Crawford Named as Lone Finalist for Brownwood City Manager Position

EmilyCrawfordMarch2015Brownwood City Council named Emily Crawford, current Executive Director of the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation and Assistant City Manager, as the sole finalist for the Brownwood city manager position.

After approximately two hours of interviews and discussion, the council unanimously approved the choice of Crawford as lone finalist for the position on Tuesday.

Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes thanked current City Manager Bobby Rountree for the job he has done and stated, “He will not be easy to replace.  The job will be difficult.”  Haynes stated that the council wanted to consider employees within.

Although Rountree will not officially retire until June 23, 2015, the council felt it was imperative to move quickly in hiring a new city manager for several reasons including the recent retirements of Don Hatcher, city engineer and department head of public works and Director Alicia Long of the Health Department so the new city manager could have some input in the selection in the fulfillment of those roles.  City officials also said that they wanted to name a new city manager now since the budget process begins in May and June.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 3/31- Racing Leads to Two Arrests

LECSmAfter racing down a busy city street in Early Monday night, two men were arrested according to Early Police Chief David Mercer.

While on patrol, Early Police Officer Andre Smoot observed two vehicles sitting at the red light on Early Blvd. and US Hwy 183 South which were running their accelerators loudly back and forth with each other at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th, according to Mercer.  When the light changed to green, both vehicles began racing each other as they traveled east on Early Blvd., and at one point one vehicle tried to cut the other off, said Mercer.

Officer Smoot got behind both vehicles and attempted to make a stop on both, according to Mercer. The red vehicle pulled into a convenience store in the 1300 block of Early Blvd. and the other kept going, according to Mercer’s report. The officer motioned for the vehicle to stay there as he pursued the other; however, when Officer Smoot caught the white car and began bringing him back to the convenience store the red car was attempting to leave. Again Smoot told the driver to stay at the store while he caught the red car and brought them back, according to Mercer.

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City Of Brownwood Asks Citizens To Participate In Hazard Mitigation Survey

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallThe City of Brownwood asks the public to help by participating in a survey regarding natural hazards and emergency preparedness to help local leaders develop an updated hazard mitigation plan.

Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazards such as flooding, wildfire, drought, thunderstorms, and lightening to name a few.

A partnership of city governments and other stakeholders along with the City of Brownwood are working together to create an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. The original Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared by the Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition (TCRFC) and included the City of Brownwood and communities in 16 other counties. The updated plan will focus only on hazards identified within Brownwood and communities within Mills County. The plan is developed in response to Federal programs that enable the partnership to use pre- and post-disaster financial assistance to reduce the exposure of city residents to risks associated with natural hazards.

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One Air Lifted after UTV Accident Sunday

TexasDPS_logoA Zephyr man was air lifted after a utility vehicle (UTV) accident early Sunday morning, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper John Moody.

Allegiance EMS was called, at approximately noon Sunday, to the home of a 37-year-old man who law enforcement believes had an accident around 3:00 a.m. but had returned to his home injured, bruised and scratched up, according to Trooper Moody.  After evaluating the man’s injuries, EMS determined he needed to be taken by helicopter to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple for treatment.

Moody explained that it appeared the man had failed to negotiate a curve in the county road causing his UTV to leave the roadway.  The vehicle struck several trees and a fence causing multiple injuries to the driver, said Moody.  The male was reported to be conscious and speaking when emergency personnel arrived.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 3/30 – Charges Pending After Multiple Wrecks

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A Ballinger man was hospitalized being involved in four wrecks involving 5 vehicles on Saturday evening.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Clint Hounshell, a 72-year-old man from Ballinger was traveling eastbound on Hwy 67 toward Bangs, when he drifted into the westbound lanes of traffic.  He was about to hit a pickup head-on but both vehicles were able to come to a stop before they collided; however, when the driver of the other vehicle got out to see what happened, the elderly driver “plowed into the other vehicle” pushing it across the roadway and into a pasture, said Hounshell.

The driver of the vehicle was standing in the roadway when the elderly driver left the scene.  The driver of the other vehicle was picked up by another driver, who then followed the suspect.

The elderly driver then continued to travel on the wrong side of the roadway toward Bangs, where he hit a speed limit sign, traveled through a front yard and then made a full circle and left Bangs, once again traveling on the wrong side of the roadway, Hounshell reported.  The elderly driver nearly struck the vehicle of the woman who had picked up the victim of his first collision; however, she managed to swerve, striking another vehicle, so that the elderly driver would not strike the side of the vehicle where her 4-year-old child was sitting, said Hounshell.

Trooper Hounshell stated that the woman did a good job, although she struck another vehicle, avoiding possible injury to her child.

The elderly driver again continued down the roadway where he hit two other vehicles and then struck a fence in two spots and traveled across County Road 173 where he struck a third fence.

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Search for New City Manager Begins this Week in Brownwood

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council will begin interviewing applicants for the city manager position Tuesday during a special called meeting of the council at 3:00 p.m.

Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes announced last week that the city council would begin its search for a new city manager.  From Wednesday, March 25-Friday, March 27, applications were accepted internally from interested employees within the city’s own organization. If no qualified applicants are received from within the organization, council will advertise externally, according to Mayor Haynes.

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Sale of Synthetic Urine Leads to Arrest

BPDpatchSmallOne man was arrested Friday afternoon after selling synthetic urine which was going to be used for the express purpose of falsifying a drug test result according to Brownwood Police.

According to the report, during an investigation of Tobacco Paradise, located in the 500 block of N. Center Avenue regarding the products that illegally facilitate the falsification of drug test results, an undercover investigator was sold the synthetic urine.

The investigator, while operating undercover, spoke with the clerk about needing to pass a drug test, saying that he had a friend that told him the store sold a product that could help, the report states.  After the discussion, the clerk sold him the synthetic urine after being aware that the customer, the undercover investigator, wanted to buy a product that would falsify or alter the results of a drug test that would not test positive for marijuana, according to the report.  After purchasing the box containing the U PASS brand synthetic urine, the investigator called another officer who was waiting to assist, and the clerk was arrested.

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