Law Enforcement Blotter 4/17: Suspicious Activity Leads to Arrest of Two Women Charged with Burglarizing an Early Home

LECSmTwo women were arrested in connection with the burglary of an Early home on Wednesday according to the Early Police Department.

Police received a call of two women acting suspiciously in the 700 block of Longhorn Drive, according to EPD Chief David Mercer.  Officers responded to the location and began checking around a residence whose owner had recently become a resident of a nursing home, the report stated.

Officers heard a noise inside the residence but could not get anyone to respond and later located an unlocked door to gain access, the report states.  The officers identified themselves as they began checking the residence where the two females were found to be inside, hiding from officers, Mercer reported.

36-year-old Jennifer Rena Crow and 33-year-old Amy Teresa Platter, both of Brownwood, were taken into custody while the investigation continued.

Through their investigation, officers determined items from inside were being boxed up to be removed, according to Mercer.

The family of the home owner was located and confirmed that no one was supposed to be in the house, and that they did want to pursue charges, the report states.   Both Crow and Platter were placed under arrest for burglary of habitation.

The investigation is continuing and Mercer stated there is believed to be a third individual who is involved; however, they were not at the scene at the time of the arrests.

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The Brownwood High School Class of 1972 Reunion to be held April 25-26

bhs_articlepicBrownwood High School Class of 1972 will gather for their 42nd reunion on April 25-26 with many activities for class members to enjoy.

Below is a schedule of the reunion’s planned events:

Friday Night: Starting at 6:30 PM the class will have a come-and-go get together at the pavilion next to the Depot Civic and Cultural Center. This is the same location as last time. For those who have not been to Brownwood in awhile this is 1/2 block East of the Library.

Saturday Morning: Starting at 10:00 AM Becky Collier King will be conducting a tour of the high school. Attendees will meet in front of the school between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM.

Saturday - Noon: After the school tour those who wish will meet at Prima Pasta for lunch. Prima Pasta is located at 210 Early Blvd., next to Bruner Chevrolet. Early Blvd is the same as Highway 377 North. 

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April 13-19 Proclaimed Public Safety Communications Week in Brownwood


The City of Brownwood proclaimed April 13-19 Public Safety Communications Week.  Mayor Stephen Haynes recognized local emergency dispatchers during a recent city council meeting.

The proclamation acknowledged that emergencies requiring police, fire or medical services can occur at anytime and those responses by these responders are critical to the protection of life and the preservation of property.  It is during these times of personal crises, public safety communications officers are the first contacts that citizens have with emergency services, and their appropriate response to each caller’s need is critical, explained Haynes.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/16

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Friday, April 11

*Deputy Shade Tidwell was dispatched to County Road 604 regarding a dog bite.  According to the report, the victim had an injury to his hand which did not need medical treatment.  The owner of the dog was identified and issued a citation for unvaccinated animal and the dog was put into quarantine for 14 days.

Monday, April 14

*4:25 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2400 block of Austin Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, it was learned that a 14-year-old male had assaulted two adults and fled the scene prior to the officer’s arrival.

Tuesday, April 15

*9:39 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Main Street regarding an intoxicated subject.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 55-year-old Roger Dale Ruple of Brownwood for public intoxication.

*7:05 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of E. Commerce Street regarding an assault at the Silver Fox Lounge.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

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Redesign of Waste Water Treatment Plant Begins


The City of Brownwood is working to redesign and convert the city’s waste water treatment plant to a more efficient and upgraded state, which began with an impressive demolition project recently.

Last week, city crews worked with Crane Services of Sweetwater and engineer Doug Hearne to complete the first steps of demolition needed for the approximately $2.5 million project, removing the 60’ wide lid from the circular anaerobic digestor tank.

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Reminder: 6th Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt Set for Saturday, April 19th


The 6th annual Wendlee Broadcasting Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Throw-down will be held on Saturday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to noon at Coggin Park.

This is a free event which is open to all who would like to attend.

The Easter egg hunts will be for kids in third grade and younger.  There will be free hot dogs and drinks, a bounce house, a car show by the Heartland Cruisers, police and fire vehicles, pony rides and more.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/15

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Monday, April 14

*10:33 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Avenue D regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the vehicle was burglarized while parked in a lot at this location.

*12:42 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 51-year-old Carol Ann Applegate of Brownwood for theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500.

*1:13 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 180 in Bangs regarding an animal cruelty complainant.  After an investigation, the deputy determined that the offense of cruelty to non-livestock animals was being committed and a report was made.

*6:26 PM – Brownwood Police spoke to two males in the 1600 block of 3rd Street who had just witnessed an assault.  According to the report, while speaking with one of the males, a small quantity of marijuana was located.  Subsequently, 18-year-old Zachary Clark of Brownwood was arrested for the offense of possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

*6:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 27-year-old Betti Leeann Hounshell and 29-year-old Jacob Dwayne Hounshell of Brownwood.

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BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 4/15

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the week of April 7-13, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 20 medical emergencies, 6 fire calls, 2 lift assist, 2 motor vehicle accidents and 1 hazardous materials call.

Reports of interest include:

Monday, April 7

*8:02 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2100 block of Avenue B.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a plastic dumpster on fire.  The fire was extinguished by fire personnel.

Tuesday, April 8

*12:25 AM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 300 block of Commerce.  Fire crews responded to a dumpster fire behind Long John Silver’s.  The fire was extinguished by fire personnel.

*11:09 AM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2000 block of 8th Street.  Firefighters arrived on scene where the homeowner advised her house was smoky due to burned food.  Firefighters set up a ventilation fan and cleared the house of smoke.

*10:00 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 400 block of Milton Avenue.  Fire crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle with steam coming from the engine.  The call was determined to be a overheated car and busted radiator, there was no fire.

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Pecan Valley Republican Women to Host Local Run-off Candidates Forum Luncheon

PVRWLogoThe Pecan Valley Republican Women will be hosting a luncheon forum for the local candidates on the ballot in the run-off elections that will be held in May.

The forum will be held at the Brownwood County Club Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Leland Acker with KXYL AM/FM will moderate the forum starting at noon.  Cost of the buffet is $12 and will begin serving at 11:30 AM.

There are 3 offices that will be decided  in the run-off,

*District Clerk - Brenda Arp and Cheryl Jones

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/14

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 14, 2014.

Wednesday, April 9

*Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Thomas was dispatched to a property on Buckview Road regarding a nuisance abatement. The complainant reported that his neighbor had trash piled up in the yard, which was being spread around by animals and that waste was flowing onto the ground from the residence’s septic tank.

Thursday, April 10

*8:12 AM – Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Tidwell was dispatched to a residence on County Road 223 near Brookesmith, regarding the theft of oil field equipment.  According to the report, items stolen included ground wire, a fluid level tester, a generator, a poly-welder, and several drill bits for the ground.  The total cost of the items was estimated to be $31,225, the report states.  No suspects were identified at the time of this report.

*1:50 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Tidwell was dispatched to a property on FM 2525 in regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that an auger for a tractor had been stolen from outside of his property.  An exact price for the stolen auger could not be provided; however, it was estimated to be worth more than $500.00 and a possible suspect was identified, the report states.

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