Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
Friday, October 17
*5:49 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a resident on Big Hill Drive in reference to several puppies, that were left in a crate by the mailbox, with no food or water provided. According to the report, the puppies were taken to the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center. No suspect information was available, the report states.
Saturday, October 18
*1:25 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the Lake Bridge Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 279 in Brownwood regarding an accident. The deputy spoke with a witness who stated that an employee of his had been hurt fixing a flat on a tractor tire.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received the report of the theft of a cell phone valued at $180.00. According to the report, the complainant is homeless and was staying in the home of an acquaintance along with other people. Possible suspects were named, the report states.
Brownwood Animal Control, Brownwood Police and EMS were called Monday to an incident of animal cruelty where an owner had allegedly stabbed his pit bull multiple times resulting in the animal being taken to a local veterinary office for emergency care.
According to BPD animal control officer Judy Williams, the incident occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. Monday morning after the owner stated that he could no longer care for the 4-5 year-old male pit bull dog and was attempting to euthanize it himself.
The red and white pit bull is being referred to as “Red” as his name was not available at the time of the incident. The owner had been transported by EMS after the incident, according to initial unofficial reports.
Williams stated that she took the animal to the Small Animal Medical Center, operated by doctors David Geeslin, DVM and Gayland Gowdy, DVM. Red was initially taken to the veterinarians in an effort to get him treatment for his serious injuries as well as to document how many wounds he suffered during the attack. Staff at the veterinary clinic stated Red was stabbed multiple times all over his body and had cuts on his head.
A Candidate Rally will be hosted from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, October 21st at the May High School Auditorium. Organizers encourage the public to come and meet the candidates running for May ISD School Board and Brown County elections.
Refreshments will be served.
The Candidate Rally is sponsored by May Neighborhood Watch and May Elementary Student Council.
Early Police responded to a disturbance at a business in the 400 block of Early Blvd. on Saturday, October 18th. According to Early Chief of Police David Mercer, around 9:00 a.m., a caller reported that the business manager had been attacked by a customer who had thrown acid on the manager’s face. Early Volunteer Fire Department and EMS also responded to the scene.
Officers were given a description of a suspect vehicle occupied by two white males, which was later located and stopped in the 100 block of Turtle Creek Drive, the report states.
Officers interviewed the occupants who denied throwing acid on anyone; however they did admit to having a verbal confrontation with the manager of the business over a car purchase, according to Mercer’s report. Officers located a jug of muriatic acid that was half full in the back floor of the vehicle stated Mercer. According to the report, the men did admit to threatening to throw the acid but stated they did not. Officers met with the victim, observed signs of acid on the ground as well as the injuries the victim received and spoke with two witnesses at the business who observed the suspect throw the acid, Mercer reported.
The suspect 32-year-old Steven Michael Pringle of Blanket was placed under arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon the report states.
Other unrelated law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, October 20, 2014.
Friday, October 17
*6:12 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Good Shepherd Drive regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, no arrests were made; however, an investigation is pending.
*10:22 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Avenue H regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, $98 cash was stolen from the vehicle. No arrests were made at the time of the report; however, the investigation is pending.
Local 4-H members were recognized by Brown County Commissioners on Monday in honor of 4-H Week, October 5-12, 2014. Brown County 4-H members brought many fresh baked goods and treats for the commissioners to thank them for supporting 4-H programs each year.
The 4-H group’s visit was a little later than usual as some of the members were involved in several competitions earlier in the month, according to County Extension Agent Nick Gonzales.
An attempted traffic stop on a Brownwood man known to have outstanding warrants on Thursday evening ended after the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a local church according to law enforcement officials.
According to Brown County Sheriff’s investigator Carlyle Gover, as he was travelling on West Commerce, he observed a wanted fugitive, Forest Fragua, driving a gray 2002 Chevrolet pickup near the intersection of Terrace drive around 6:25 p.m.
Gover followed Fragua as he drove down Terrace and noted that he failed to signal a turn and also began to increase his speed as if to elude the officer, the report states.
A traffic stop was initiated and the patrol unit’s lights were activated; however Fragua failed to stop according to Gover’s report.
Jeff Davis, a firefighting volunteer from Lake Brownwood Volunteer Fire Department in Brown County was one of the nearly 3,000 Texas firemen this year to graduate from the 85th Annual Municipal Fire School held July 20-25 at the Brayton Fire Training Field on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
Representing firefighting personnel from more than 750 cities in 25 states, the annual school educates firemen on a variety of subjects, including specialized fire suppression and rescue techniques, emergency dispatching, officer training, fire investigations and more.
Brown County Farm Bureau and Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies sponsor a fireman from a local fire department each year. More than 125 county Farm Bureaus statewide have sent firemen to the school.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, October 16, 2014.
Sunday, October 12
*2:50 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of Elizabeth Drive regarding an assault with injury. According to the report, a 13-year-old was arguing with a 5-year-old and twisted the young child’s broken arm.
Wednesday, October 15
*7:37 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy witnessed a suspect park his car on the front yard of a residence on Avenue K. According to the report, the deputy knew that the driver, identified as Jerry Contreras, Jr. had a suspended driver’s license, so he initiated a traffic stop. Contreras was arrested for driving while license invalid and for an out of county warrant. Brittany Rachelle Haynes was also in the truck at the time of the stop, the report states. Officers were denied a consent search on the vehicle and the K9 unit was called in and made a positive alert on the vehicle, according to the deputy’s report. A total of approximately 0.4 grams of methamphetamine without packaging, and approximately 1.3 grams of marijuana without packaging were discovered inside the bed and cab of the truck where both Contreras and Haynes had access to, the report states. Three identifying cards and a payment check which did not belong to either occupant of the truck were found in the bed of the truck, according to the report. Additional drugs were found on Haynes’ person at the jail, the report states. Contreras and Hanes were each charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram in a drug free zone and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces in a drug free zone and security withdrawals. Haynes was additionally charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous drug. Contreras was also charged with fraudulent use/possession of identifying information.
The City of Brownwood received a generous gift on Wednesday from Kohler Co., one of the city’s major manufacturing plants, in the form of new toilets and supplies needed to update the city’s restrooms.
Brownwood and other nearby communities are in the middle of a 7 year drought, with lake levels declining since 2007 and continuing to drop even as residents have been faced with water restrictions that have been in place for three years.
In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 20-24), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers that it is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign. During this time, DPS Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who disregard the law.
“Children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, and drivers who refuse to yield to a stopped school bus put our children in harm’s way,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS will not tolerate those who ignore the law, and we urge drivers to make safety a priority when they encounter school buses.”
During National School Bus Safety Week, troopers in many areas will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who disregard the law. Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students, watching for motorists violating the school bus law. Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250.
In 2013, Texas Highway Patrol troopers issued 566 tickets for passing a stopped school bus. According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 40,000 school buses transport 1.5 million Texas children every school day.
According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated.