Tuesday Afternoon Accident North of Brady Results in 3 Fatalities, Leaves 5 Others Severely Injured

TexasDPS_logoA head-on collision north of Brady resulted in 3 deaths and left 5 others injured late Tuesday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials state the investigation of the accident is ongoing; however some details were released Wednesday morning.

According to Trooper Eckert of Brady, a family of six from Brady were traveling south on N Hwy 377 in a Chevy Suburban when a blue Dodge pickup crossed the center lane.  It appeared that the driver of the pickup attempted to get back into the northbound lane and that the vehicles collided head-on at center stripe, reported Eckert.  The accident scene was reported to be 12 miles north of Brady.

The driver of the Suburban, a female in her early 20s, died as a result of the impact.  A toddler also was reported to have passed away at the time of the crash.  A male passenger (also in his 20s) and three young children were transported to hospitals for treatment of their injuries, which were severe according to DPS officials.  One of the children transported later died at the hospital, DPS confirmed.

Occupants of the Dodge pickup were said to be two males in their early 20s possibly from Brownwood; however, their addresses had not yet been confirmed as current according to Trooper Eckert.  Both of these men were reported to be in critical condition, Trooper Eckert reported.

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

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

*Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 - Bob Wall and Michel Holder

*Constable Precinct 3 - CT Ham and Roy Parrack

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/22

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Friday, April 18

* Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Thomas was dispatched to the 3500 block of Hwy 279 regarding a reckless driver.  According to the report, the vehicle had been driving all over the roadway and had driven up over a curb. The complainant advised that she had seen the driver drinking from a large bottle and that the vehicle was now stopped on the side of the roadway.  The vehicle was located and the deputy observed smoke coming from the front of the vehicle. The front-end had substantial damage and the right front tire was shredded according to the deputy’s report.  The driver, identified as 39-year-old James Floyd McCullough was found to be intoxicated and was charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the report.

Monday, April 21

*8:27 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 200 block of E. Commerce regarding a hit and run accident.  According to the report, the passenger side door of the complainant’s vehicle had been struck by a green Chevrolet Suburban which fled the scene.

*9:25 AM – Brownwood Police received a report that a previously reported runaway juvenile had returned home.

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City Council Discusses Cost of Supplemental Water Treatment Plant, Alternative Water Sources


Brownwood city officials gave presentations at Tuesday’s city council meeting outlining the costs of constructing and operating a wastewater reuse plant and options for alternate water sources in the area.  The proposed reuse facility would treat water after it has already been treated by the city’s existing wastewater treatment plant and re-circulate it back into Brownwood’s water system instead of releasing it.

City of Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton presented projected costs as well as the effect reuse of wastewater by the city will have on all current and potential Brown County Water Improvement District municipal customers, and the passed down cost of water to the consumers.

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Medical Condition Leads to Crash into Building Tuesday Morning


Brownwood emergency responders were called to a one vehicle accident involving a truck driving into a building in the 2200 block of Belle Plain late Tuesday morning.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., an elderly male was traveling southeast on Belle Plain in a king cab Chevrolet pickup when he passed out due to a medical condition, according to law enforcement on scene.  The truck traveled across oncoming traffic lanes and struck the building, which was unoccupied at the time, according to firefighters on scene.

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BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 4/22

RBFDlogoSmalleports released for the week of April 14-20, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 24 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, and 2 motor vehicle accidents.

Reports of interest include:

Wednesday, April 16

*3:19 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 2500 block of 11th street, where they found an electrical problem of arcing wiring.

Friday, April 18

*7:04 AM – BFD responded to a single-vehicle accident on North Highway 279 involving a single vehicle. The occupant of the vehicle was transferred by ambulance.

Saturday, April 19

*4:38 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 6500 block of County Road 225.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find an unattended small fire pit.  The fire was extinguished.

*8:06 PM – BFD responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 800 block of 6th Street.  Fire crews provided first aid.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/21

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 21, 2014.

Monday, April 14

*9:25 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of Main Street regarding harassment by phone.  According to the report, the complainant has received approximately 15 calls where a male subject simply states, “Sorry wrong number,” and hangs up.  She has called the number back and only gets a message that states the number is not a working number, the report states.  The complainant stated that she is worried that the male is watching her home, as the calls come when her husband is not at home, according to the report.  The subject has not been identified at this time, the report states.

*Brownwood Police received a report of a stolen wallet.  According to the report, the wallet, which contained a debit card, social security card and $20 cash, was stolen while the complainant was at Wal-Mart sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. this date.  The complainant reported that three attempts to use the debit card had failed for failure to provide the correct pin number, the report states.  A log of times and locations of the attempted access to the account were documented.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 228 regarding theft.

Friday, April 18

*4:51 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, an employee of the store was in the process of confronting a suspect in the store who was believed to have shoplifted when officers arrived.   An investigation found that the theft did occur.  The suspect was identified and documentation of the incident was made.

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Update: Driver in High Speed Chase Identified

SouthJaredCourtneyTuesday Update: The driver’s identity was released in Monday afternoon’s high speed chase.  Brown County Jail records indicate that 27-year-old Jared Courtney South of Abilene was transferred from the McCulloch County Jail to the Brown County Jail Monday afternoon and was charged with evading arrest/detention with vehicle.  South, pictured above, was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday morning.

Original Story: High Speed Pursuit Travels through Brown County, Ends in McCulloch County with Arrest

Brown County law enforcement along with multiple other state agencies were led on a high speed chase through Brown County and into neighboring McCulloch County Monday afternoon where a male subject was taken into custody.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Bangs Police Officer Andre Smoot attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in Bangs; however, when he went to make contact with the driver, the vehicle sped off.  Officer Smoot radioed telling Brown County emergency dispatch that the suspect was traveling in-bound to Brownwood at speeds over 100 miles per hour at times.

Brownwood Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators joined the pursuit that traveled through Brownwood, along Commerce Street, Market Place Blvd, and Main Street, with the suspect vehicle at times on the wrong side of the roadway, according to law enforcement.

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May 10th Election Polling Locations and Times

votebuttonThe Brown County Elections office released sample ballots along with polling locations and times for the upcoming election on May 10th, which will include the City of Bangs, City of Blanket, Blanket ISD, City of Early and Early ISD.

City of Blanket and Blanket ISD will be holding their own election.  Early voting for both will be at the Blanket ISD Administration Office, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 28th through Friday, May 2nd.  The final two days of early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 5th and 6th of May.  Election Day, May 10th, will be at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Main.

For the City of Bangs, City of Early and Early ISD:  All early voting will be at the Adams Street Community Center, located at 511 E. Adams Street.  The polls will be open Monday, April 28th thru Friday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The final two days of early voting will be the 5th and 6th of May from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For Election Day, the City of Bangs voting will be at the Bangs Community Center (406 Spencer) and the City of Early and Early ISD will be at the Early Lion’s Club ( 419 Garmon Dr. Highway 84).  Polls at both locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

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Brownwood Police Release March 2014 Crime Statistics

BPDpatchSmallBrownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of March along with year-to-date numbers for 2013 and 2014.

Corley releases Brownwood Police Department crime statistics on a monthly basis as a program to have a department that is more transparent to the public.  Corley stated that he also looks at these numbers to see where the department needs to focus.

Corley said that there were 100 reported crimes in March which is increased by 2% from the previous month.  Of these crimes, 35% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation.  Of note, burglaries of buildings decreased by 7 incidents as compared to the month of January while assaults were increased by 5 during the same timeframe.

There were 54 traffic accidents and 4 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for March.

2014 appears to be continuing a decreasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2013.  Of note, burglary of a habitation was down by 8 cases, or 27.6%, as compared to the same timeframe during 2013.

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