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Brown County Jail Makes Deal With Comanche County Jail to House Overflow Inmate Population

CommCtArticle2014Because of the rising inmate population, Brown County Jail administration has negotiated a contract with the Comanche County Jail to house overflow inmates to help ease the population and stay in compliance with state jail requirements.  This contract was approved by commissioners at Monday’s meeting of the court.

Brown County Jail Lieutenant Les Karnes requested the interlocal agreement for inmate housing between the Comanche County Jail and the Brown County Jail be approved by commissioners.  He explained that the cost to Brown County would be $35 for basic housing and meals per inmate.

“Becky (Caffey, Brown County Jail Administrator) called and set it up,” explained Karnes.  “It’s basically the same as the other contracts we have had in the past.”

County Judge Ray West clarified that the contract states that “we (Brown County) would be responsible for any damage an inmate causes (at the Comanche facility), that Brown County would indemnify Comanche County from any kind of healthcare problems, we will take care of those.  We are responsible for everything as if they were housed in the Brown County Jail.”

West stated that he and County Attorney Shane Britton had both looked over the contract and approved its content.

Commissioners, at the June 29th meeting of the court, had approved the request for Caffey to explore such transfer contracts with other county jails for housing Brown County overflow inmates, leaving the details as to what population count would be the trigger for transfers to Caffey’s discretion.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that two felony cases were recently heard in the Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.

Carey Lavon Reese pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 35 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/2

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Wednesday, July 1

*3:11 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3500 block of Durham regarding the theft of a firearm.

*Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to County Road 189 regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, someone had broken into the complainant’s gate and storage buildings, stealing items from the property.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy received report at the law enforcement center regarding the theft of several firearms from a complainant’s pickup truck.

*Brownwood Police arrested 21-year-old David Munoz Gomez of Brownwood on a warrant related to the sexual assault of a child.

*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 28-year-old Chad Hallum of Brownwood on two counts of indecency with a child and two counts of aggravated sexual assault.  Hallum was released on $30,000 bond.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Dustin Ray Lawson of Brownwood on a warrant related to theft of property equal or greater than $20,000 less than $100,000 enhanced/previous conviction.  Lawson was being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of $25,000 as of Thursday morning.

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Brownwood City Pools and Lehnis Train Museum Close for Holiday

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallCity of Brownwood Parks and Recreation officials announce that the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center, Wiggins Pool, and Lehnis Train Museum will be open their normal hours on Friday July 3rd.

These facilities will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/1

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Monday, June 29

*7:19 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Victoria regarding harassment.  According to the report, the complainant was being harassed by her ex-boyfriend.  The situation and an investigation are ongoing, the report states.

*12:36 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Stephen F. Austin regarding theft.  According to the report, the matter was determined to be a civil issue and the parties were referred to the justice of the peace.

*4:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of Melwood regarding an assault with injury.  According to the report, a victim was identified and issued information about family violence and an investigation is ongoing.

*7:24 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Austin Avenue regarding the burglary of a building.  Items stolen included antiques, currency and power tools, according to the report.

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Grand Jury Indictments June 2015

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports during the June 2015 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 52 True Bills were returned against 42 persons.

The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office.  Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.

Jarran Michael Pedersen: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Tarra Fairtanya Schwartz: Two Counts Tampering with Witness

Cody Shawn Weinheimer: Two Counts Tampering with Witness

Alfred Lewis Vasquez: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Julie Jeanette May: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Catlin James Mobley: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Joe Robert Robles: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone/Repeat Offender

Payden Dawn Netherton: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Jessica Dawn Netherton: Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and Two Counts Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

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Missing Grandmother Found Alive After Car Accident Stranded Her in Ravine for Days

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A Brownwood woman who never made it to a family reunion in Oklahoma over the weekend was found 48 hours after crashing into a ravine, according to her granddaughter Lynzee Mobley of Dublin.

75-year-old Wanda Mobley had attempted to travel alone to McAlester, Oklahoma for the reunion and had taken a wrong turn in Breckenridge.  At approximately 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, on Hwy 183 just four miles outside of Seymour, Texas where she had planned to eat lunch and call family, she swerved to miss an animal that had darted onto the roadway, explained Lynzee.  Her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a ravine out of the view of traffic.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 6/30

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Sunday, June 28

*10:37 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to signal a turn and for a defective brake lamp.  According to the report, during the stop an odor of marijuana was detected and a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted.  The driver, identified as 28-year-old John Raymond Wilkerson, was arrested for narcotics found in the vehicle (possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces) and for attempting to destroy and/or conceal some of the narcotics.  Wilkerson was also charged for not having a driver’s license and the truck having an expired license plate.

Monday, June 29

*2:02 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of 8th Street regarding a domestic disturbance.  This call led to the arrest of 17-year-old Rebecca Kayla Rivas for assault causes bodily injury family violence.

*5:59 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding theft.  According to the report, a female identified as 29-year-old Barbara Benson of Brownwood had walked out on a tab totaling $134 at the restaurant.  Benson was located and arrested for theft and on an active warrant for an unrelated case of theft.

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One Airlifted after Tuesday Afternoon Accident

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A two-vehicle accident at C.C. Woodson Road and Williams Ranch Road Tuesday afternoon injured two people with one patient being air lifted.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday when a blue Chevy Trailblazer traveling on Williams Ranch Road attempted to turn onto C.C. Woodson and was struck by a silver van, according to witnesses on scene.

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City of Brownwood Announces Independence Day Closing and Trash Service Schedules

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Friday, July 3rd.  Residents with blue or green carts please note that your collection days will be as follows:

  • Thursday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday (one day early)
  • Friday’s routes will be collected on Thursday. (one day early)

The Recycling Center and Landfill will be open on Friday, July 3rd and closed on Saturday, July 4th.

The City of Brownwood collects bulky items including brush and tree limbs from residential customers at no charge, please cut them into lengths of 5 feet or less and notify the Sanitation Department at 325-643-4200 or online at http://www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/sanitation.htm.

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