Fundraising efforts are underway to help revitalize Cecil Holman Park in Brownwood and a fundraiser event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 12-5 pm. During this time, Members of Revitalizing Our Community (ROC) will have information to share with the public about the revitalization plans, showing areas where projects are planned and they will be accepting donations at this time.
The plans also include a memorial walkway with engraved memorial bricks, which are now being sold in memory of or honoring donors, their family members, or special groups. These bricks, recently donated by the City of Brownwood, will be used to construct a walkway through the park. The cost of each brick is $75 and allows donors to order an engraving on their brick. Larger granite bricks are also available for $200.
Reports released for the period of September 19-25, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 41 medical emergencies, 8 fire call, one hazardous materials call, and 3 motor vehicle accidents. Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Tuesday, September 20
*1:25 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 300 block of Market Place Blvd. Firefighters arrived to find a false alarm at the apartment complex.
*7:04 PM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at Austin and Coggin Avenues. Fire crews arrived on scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles.
*10:52 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call at 300 block of Market Place Blvd. Firefighters arrived and found this to be a false alarm at the complex.
Wednesday, September 21
*2:04 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 2600 block of Belle Plain regarding a vehicle fire. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle fully engulfed. Firefighters pulled the fire truck’s front bumper line and extinguished the fire. The Brownwood Fire Marshal was contacted to investigate the fire.
Tuesday, October 4 is National Night Out and Good Samaritan Ministries is once again joining together with local law enforcement to collect cans of tuna for their food pantry through the annual neighborhood block parties.
Food costs continue to rise and finding quality sources of protein has become increasingly difficult. So the staff, board members and volunteers of Good Samaritan Ministries are calling on the community with the help of local law enforcement to collect cans of tuna and bring them to your neighborhood National Night Out gatherings. Volunteers from GSM will collect the cans and deliver them to the GSM food pantry. The neighborhood that collects the most cans (or pouches) of tuna will receive a trophy to hold until the next year’s event when it will be bequeathed to the new winner.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 26, 2016.
Monday, September 19
*8:00 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of the violation of a protection order at a property located on Coggin Avenue.
Tuesday, September 20
*9:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 4th Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, an investigation determined that a suicidal subject discharged a firearm through a wall of the residence. An investigation regarding deadly conduct is ongoing, the report states.
Wednesday, September 21
*1:12 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, the actor was not on scene and the incident was documented.
Friday, September 23
*10:39 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Southside Drive regarding the theft of a motor vehicle. According to the report, a 2015 Yamaha motorcycle valued at $7,000 had been stolen.
Brown County Commissioners Court recently approved the 2016/2017 budget and tax rate during Monday’s meeting of the court.
The $19,433,400 FY 2016/2017 budget includes funding of operating supplies, additional personnel, equipment, salaries, and increased debt service, according to officials. County Judge Ray West explained during the special called meeting and public hearing regarding the budget and tax rate on September 21 that the budget includes a 3% raise for all county employees and elected officials, with the exception of County Court at Law Judge. This position has legal limits to the amount of the salary as compared to that of the District Judge. This year, the County Court at Law Judge will receive a raise of $383.80.
The court also approved a new tax rate of $0.6093/$100 valuation during regular meetings of the court. This is an increase of $0.03 per $100 valuation from last year’s property tax rate.
Brown County’s proposed FY 2016/2017 budget will raise more taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $1,012,151, which is a 4.64% increase from the previous year. The property tax to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $227,929.51, according to Brown County officials.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that two felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Derin Fortner pled guilty to the felony offenses of Burglary of a Building, Theft of Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and was sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, September 23, 2016.
Wednesday, September 21
*9:45 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Commerce regarding fraud involving prescriptions of controlled substances.
Thursday, September 22
*9:58 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Calvert Road regarding a student at Brownwood Middle School being found in possession of marijuana during a routine sweep by a “drug dog.” The juvenile was arrested for possession of marijuana and was taken to the Brownwood Police Department for processing and then transferred to the Juvenile Detention Center.
*10:22 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of W. Commerce regarding an assault. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*8:37 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on CR 620 in Blanket, Texas regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, the complainant reported a relative had arrived at her home in an intoxicated state and began verbally arguing with her. The complainant had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath, according to the report. As a result of this call, the complainant, identified as 43-year-old Cynthia Betty Hodges of Blanket, was placed under arrest after an attempt to get her a ride to prevent her from harming herself or others, according to the deputy’s report.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 & 22, 2016.
Saturday, September 17
*10:28 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of 9th Street to assist Child Protective Services in the 1500 block of 1st Street. According to the report, this call led to a report of possession of a dangerous drug.
*11:02 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding theft of property. According to the report, a few power tools, battery packs and a shop vacuum were stolen from the property.
*2:43 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Indian Creek Drive regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, a cell phone and tablet were stolen from the vehicle.
Monday, September 19
*2:37 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Vincent Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, a tablet was stolen from the vehicle sometime on Sunday, September 17th. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*6:41 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3700 block of Golding Road regarding an assault which happened on Sunday morning. According to the report, the suspect is the victim’s friend and the victim was unsure if he wanted to pursue charges. Photos of the victim’s injuries were taken and the incident was documented, the report states.
Brownwood First Responders were called to an accident on Sunday morning involving a pick-up truck striking the City of Brownwood’s Senior Citizens’ Center, located at 110 South Greenleaf Street near the Brownwood Coliseum.
According the responding Brownwood Police officer’s report, the vehicle’s 20-year-old driver reported that his steering wheel locked up. The 2004 Dodge truck was traveling south in the 500 block of C.C. Woodson Road when the steering wheel locked up, causing him to strike the curb on the right side of the roadway, and he lost control of the vehicle, traveling across lanes of oncoming traffic, and over the curbing on the left of the roadway into the coliseum parking lot. The vehicle continued across the roadway in the 100 block of South Greenleaf and struck the front of the building causing damage to both the structure and the vehicle.