Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
Friday, September 12
*5:50 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of 2nd Street regarding a civil standby and child custody issues.
Monday, September 15
*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of W. Commerce regarding a disturbance. According to the report, the officer spoke with the parties involved and one alleged that an assault took place. The incident was documented.
*5:59 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Brady Avenue regarding the theft of a bicycle. According to the report, the complainant stated that two days ago one of his bicycles was stolen out of his yard and he wished to pursue charges if a suspect is identified.
*8:28 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding the theft of money. According to the report, the complainant stated that she had sent her daughter into a north Brownwood business to purchase items and retrieve some cash back. While the complainant’s daughter was at the business, she made the transaction but forgot to pick up the cash after the payment was made, the report states. When the daughter realized she had forgotten to pick up the cash from the self check out machine, she observed the cash was missing, according to the report. The complainant stated that the store’s video surveillance had images of the suspect and she wished to pursue charges, the report states.
The Brownwood City Council moved forward in the process of adopting their fiscal year 2014/2015 budget, tax rate and utility rates on first readings. The final adoption of these will be considered in second and third/final readings at the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd.
City of Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton presented the proposed budget of $31,571,063, which is an increase of 3.02% from the FY 2013/2014 budget. This budget includes 3% raises for city employees and no increases for tax, water, sewer, sanitation or landfill rates. Public hearings were held in previous meetings this month.
The certified tax roll was received increasing the property values from an estimated $780,000,000 to the certified value of $784,554,432, an increase of projected property tax revenue by $33,989, which is the cause for the effective rate of property taxes in Brownwood rising 6.36% within the city.
Although the effective tax rate is increasing due to an increase of properties on the tax roll and the recent significant rise in property valuations, the property tax rate citizens will pay will not increase. According Middleton, Brown County Appraisal District reported that the value of the average home in Brownwood increased 9.38% from $75,738 to $82,839 this year.
The council also approved on first reading to approve the ordinance setting charges, fees, rates and deposits for customers on the Brownwood water, sewer and sanitation system for FY 14/15.
Brownwood Police responded to a three vehicle accident with no injuries Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred at the traffic light at W. Commerce, at the entry to Commerce Square at approximately 9:15 a.m.
According to emergency responders, a Ford Escape was being towed by a Chevrolet pickup and was stopped at the light in the westbound lanes, when a Dodge pickup failed to stop and rear-ended the Escape. The impact of the collision forced the Escape onto the truck that was towing it, making the accident appear much worse, according to witnesses on scene.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 15, 2014.
Friday, September 12
*10:12 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Main Street regarding a burglary at the Candlestick Apartments. According to the report, two complainants advised that an unknown suspect(s) broke into the complainants’ apartment and stole several items while they were away from home.
*10:16 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Waco Street regarding the theft of a firearm. According to the report, the complainant stated that several firearms were missing from his residence. No suspect information was available at the time of the call and the case is pending further investigation, the report states.
*10:55 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of Belle Plain regarding the burglary of a coin operated machine. An unknown amount of coins were stolen, the report states.
*5:49 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding a hit and run accident. Through an investigation, a suspect has been identified, the report states.
*8:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant witnessed 38-year-old Mario Narro of Brownwood steal multiple items from the store. Narro was arrested and charged with theft equal or greater than $50 less than $500.
District Attorney Micheal Murray released a list of felony cases recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
John Simon Armendarez pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 40 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
John Phillip Couch pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Drug Free Zone, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 40 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Enrique Abraham Pesina pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 25 years Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Auston Rand Welker
pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Drug Free Zone, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 25 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
CVS Pharmacy, as part of their partnership with Drugfree.org, recently donated a medication disposal unit through a property grant to the Brownwood Police Department.
Brownwood Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller wrote the application for the property grant and was excited to put it into use for the citizens of Brownwood and Brown County.
Brown County Clerk Sharon Ferguson received support from the Brown County Commissioners Monday as she and her office work to implement many changes within her office, including digitizing county records.
Ferguson presented the county clerk’s Records Archival Plan which focuses on the preservation and restoration of documents and records within the clerk’s office. According to Ferguson, just last year, she had 10 years worth of records scanned to a digital format so that they can be more easily searchable and retrievable by computer. This process cost approximately $200,000, according to Ferguson and the funds for this preservation were taken from fees received in her office which are earmarked for preservation and restoration of records.
The Records Archival Plan calls for more scanning of documents, digitizing all public records to help stop deterioration of public documents, creating backup copies of records, storage offsite, and modernizing the office to be able to digitally convert records as they are received so that they are accessible and searchable by computer, according to Ferguson. She stated that she hopes to have all records back to 1972 digitized and be a paperless office by 2016.
According to Ferguson, the State of Texas has mandated that county and district clerks shall implement e-filing of documents by 2016.
Commissioners approved this Records Archival Plan unanimously along with a $2.00 cost recovery fee for e-filing, which will begin on September 29, 2014. This fee will be submitted for each filing submitted, to pay for equipment these offices are going to have to purchase in order to comply, according to Ferguson. Local attorneys were sent letters regarding the proposed fee and links to access training on how to submit e-filings.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, September 12, 2014.
Wednesday, September 10
*2:31 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft greater than $50 less than $500 which had occurred a few days before this date. Items stolen included 13 CDs and a few articles of clothing.
*3:36 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3500 block of Rhodes Road regarding the theft of a motor vehicle. According to the report, the complainant stated that her daughter had taken the complainant’s vehicle, left her three children, and did not return for two days.
Thursday, September 11
*7:53 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Avenue H regarding theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500.
*8:30 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Avenue C regarding a domestic disturbance.
*8:29 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding terroristic threat. According to the report, the complainant stated that her juvenile daughter had threatened her and she wished to file criminal charges.
The Early Police Department and Texas Rangers have been investigating a case of theft over $20,000 and misapplication of fiduciary funds over the past year according to EPD Chief David Mercer.
Heart of Texas EMS reported to the Early Police Department that they had made a down payment and paid money for equipment and taxes for 2 new ambulances in September of 2013 according to Mercer. The ambulances were to be delivered in December 2013.
The ambulances were purchased through Cross Timbers Emergency Vehicles, which is owned and operated by Daniel Feemster, Mercer said in a report. It was later discovered that the payments for the equipment were never paid to the equipment dealers and part of the money for the purchase of the ambulances was never made to the manufacture, said Mercer.