Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of July along with year-to-date numbers for 2014 and 2015.
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 125 reported crimes in July which is increased by 30 counts from the previous month. Of these crimes, 36.8% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Of note, cases of burglary of a habitation were increased by 5 incidents or 62.5% and cases of robbery were also increased by 4 counts or doubled as compared to the month of June.
There were 60 traffic accidents and 8 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for July.
2015 continues to have a slightly decreased number of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2014 by 7.6%. Of note, cases of robbery were up by 4 incidents or 80% and cases of assault were decreased by 47 incidents or 20.3%. There was also an increase of rape and burglary of a habitation cases as compared to the same timeframe during 2014.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, August 3, 2015.
Tuesday, July 28
*1:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Santa Clara regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the complainant stated that tools valued at $595 had been stolen from his garage. No suspect information was available; however, if a suspect can be identified, the complainant wished to pursue criminal charges.
Thursday, July 30
*5:00 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Lakeshore Drive in Brownwood regarding theft. The elderly victim stated that a known suspect had stolen jewelry from her while cleaning her residence.
Friday, July 31
*7:14 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle for displaying an obstructed front license plate. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy identified the driver as 31-year-old Michael Edward Ynostrosa of Brownwood. Ynostrosa had convictions on 9/27/11, 03/31/11, 05/13/10, and 06/01/2009 for driving while license invalid, the report states. Ynostrosa was arrested for driving while license invalid with previous convictions and his vehicle was towed by Harpers Towing, according to the report.
Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford reports that Indian Creek Drive was erroneously striped as a four lane street, instead of two, as per the plans. The contractor will correct the striping, but it may be Thursday, August 6th before that happens, said Crawford.
“There may be confusion for drivers, as it appears to be a four lane street instead of two,” explained Crawford. “Please be aware that parking will still be allowed on the street for residences and Southside Church.”
Brownwood Fire Department was called to a house fire in the 1700 block of 2nd Street late Monday morning.
The fire was reported at approximately 11:45 a.m. when smoke was observed coming out of the residence’s windows and roof vent.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested a third man in connection with a counterfeiting operation in Blanket Thursday afternoon.
According to an arrest affidavit, Richard Wayne Humphries, Sr. was arrested at his residence on two outstanding warrants. While at the residence, deputies continued the investigation of money counterfeiting, a BCSO investigator stated.
A consent search of the property led to the discovery of a “clandestine” methamphetamine lab, according to authorities. The components consisted of plastic containers and tubing specifically altered for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, and discarded materials from the manufacturing process including lithium battery cases, pseudoephedrine packaging and coffee filters, Coleman fuel containers and a salt container, the affidavit states. Also found were over 20 hypodermic syringes which are commonly used for the injection of methamphetamine, according to the document.
In the affidavit, the investigator stated that the property borders the Blanket school campus and that he believed it posed a significant hazard to the safety of the public.
Troops at Camp Bowie have been working this month to build a road around the camp, which brought more than $500,000 in economic impact to the Brownwood area, according to Major Zebadiah Miller, Texas Army National Guard 111th Engineering Battalion.
The weekend of July 18th and 19th, there were 646 soldiers present at the base (Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard), explained Major Miller. Although several units have departed, nearly 400 soldiers remained at the base working on the project.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 30, 2015.
Wednesday, July 29
*8:42 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 700 block of W. Commerce regarding the driver not wearing a seat belt. According to the report, as a result of the stop, 59-year-old James Alton Deshields III of Brownwood was arrested for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.
*10:24 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of 3rd Street regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, a vehicle had been damaged by spray painting the sides and breaking three windows. A possible suspect was named, the report states.
*12:26 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Fisk Street regarding the passing of counterfeit bills. According to the report, one $20 and two $100 bills were reported to have been passed at local businesses.
*4:20 PM – Brownwood Police responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding forgery/counterfeiting. According to the report, a counterfeit $50 bill was used to purchase items at the business.
*7:45 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on US 183 North in Early regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had cut a section of a barbed wire fence.
Brown and Mills County Sheriff’s Offices worked a cooperative investigation which resulted in the arrests related to a counterfeit money operation, according to Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office assisted Mills County Sheriff’s Office with a probation search at a residence in Blanket on a male suspect identified as Richard Humphries on Wednesday, July 29th. According to BCSO Captain Vance Hill, Humphries was identified as a possible suspect in the passing of forged US currency in Brown and Mills Counties.
During the search a male, identified as 30-year-old Michael Burnett, Jr. of Blanket, was at the residence, the release states.
A consent search of a vehicle located several counterfeit $20 bills and a subsequent search of a storage building at the same location revealed evidence that both Humphries and Burnett had been printing/forging US currency at the residence in Blanket, according to Sheriff Grubbs.
A two-vehicle accident blocked W. Austin Avenue temporarily and injured two Thursday morning.
The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. when a gray Ford Focus traveling south on Beaver stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection, striking a small white Ford pickup which was traveling northeast on W. Austin, according to witnesses on scene.