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Boil Water Notice Issued for City of Early

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A boil water notice has been issued for the City of Early until further notice because of a water leak.  Early City Administrator Tony Aaron issued the following release:

"On 04/25/2015 around 10:30 p.m. reports began to come in to on-call public works officials and the Early Police Department of a loss of water pressure. The loss of pressure was believed to be due a water leak even though no leak had been reported or located. Multiple city employees began looking for the leak which went undetected for several hours. Officer Stephen Means with the Early Police Department located running water under a bridge on Live Oak. The water was traced back to a location in the 1000 block of Early Blvd.

The source of the leak was found to be a ruptured 12” water main crossing a creek bed in that area. The creek has moved the water away from the area and off city streets, which made the leak hard to locate. Due to the amount of water loss the system pressure dropped to unacceptable levels. This drop of pressure and break in the line requires the safety precaution of a boiled water notice. Crews worked through the night to repair the water leak and return the system to its normal level of pressure. The next step to insure that water has returned to safe drinking levels is to pull various samples across town and have them tested by labs. It is expected that we will have positive results for the test and lift the boiled water notice by Monday afternoon.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, April 24, 2015.

Thursday, April 23

*2:11 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3400 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding the theft of gasoline.  Approximately $10 in gas was stolen from the business.

*3:23 PM – Brownwood Police received a report from Child Protective Services of an alleged sexual assault.

*6:26 PM- Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Austin Avenue regarding information that three male juveniles were partaking in illegal narcotics/drug activity at Coggin Park.  According to the report, when an officer located the juveniles, one of them decided to flee from the officers investigating the report.  The juvenile subject was quickly detained and taken into custody by other officers who were in the area, the report states.

*9:49 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of US Hwy 377 South regarding terroristic threat.  According to the report, a male subject had threatened to shoot another male at the business and then had left the scene.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the burglary of a habitation on County Road 309.  According to the report, the burglary had occurred between 7:45 PM on Wednesday, April 22 and 5:45 PM on Thursday, April 24th.  Three saddles, a television, and DVD player were taken from the home, the report states.  A possible suspect was named, according to law enforcement.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/23

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Tuesday, April 21

*3:31 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to an incident of animal cruelty.  According to the report, the complainant stated that 9 of his Boer goats had been shot and killed since April 19th.  A possible suspect had been named, the report states.

Wednesday, April 22

*12:21 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of the theft of a cell phone in the 100 block of Market Place Blvd.

*12:36 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Vincent Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle and the theft of a bicycle.  No suspect information was available, the report states.

*10:26 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 8th Street regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, a male subject had assaulted a female and then fled from the residence.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a property on N. Hwy 279.  After further investigation, 49-year-old Gary Dwon Brown of Brownwood was placed under arrest for interference with emergency request for assistance.

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Grand Jury Indictments April 2015

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports during the April 2015 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 50 True Bills were returned against 47 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.

Joseph K. Walls-Barbieri: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Jordan Gregory Griffin: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Katherine Kim Wilson: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Nicolette Emilia Lanham: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Cody Joe Croft: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Jesse David Estrada: Possession of a Controlled Substance

Thomas Dale Gaffga: Driving While Intoxicated

Michael Dale Huckabay, Jr.: Prohibited Weapons – Weapon-Free School Zone

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/22 - Van Stolen from Wyoming Found In Early

LECSmEarly Police attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle which led to the arrest of one on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest, according to EPD Chief David Mercer.

According to the report, on Early PD officer attempted the stop on a gray 2014 Toyota Venza for speeding on Lucas Drive.  When the officer initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle sped up in an attempt to elude the officer, Mercer stated.  The vehicle went through several residential neighborhoods before parking behind a house on Yucca Tree Drive, according to Mercer’s report.

The officer pulled in behind the vehicle and learned the driver had made his way under the house, according to the report. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 29-year-old Jeffery Dewayne Whitehead of Early, did not live at the residence but did know the occupants, Mercer said. Other officers arrived from Early Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office and began removing the siding at different spots around the house so that they could see Whitehead, Mercer reported.   Whitehead then surrendered and came out from under the house, according to the report.  He was taken into custody and charged with evading arrest in a vehicle.

The vehicle had Idaho license plates and after further investigation it was learned the vehicle had been reported stolen that morning to Casper Police Department in Wyoming but had not been entered as a stolen vehicle at that time, Mercer explained.   Whitehead was then additionally charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 4/22

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of April 13-19, 2015 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 22 medical emergencies, 6 fire calls, 2 hazardous materials calls and 3 motor vehicle accidents.

Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:

Monday, April 13

*8:56 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2400 block of 13th Street involving arcing and shorted wiring.

Tuesday, April 14

*2:43 AM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 1100 block of Magnolia.  The incident required BFD’s assistance with a water problem.

*12:03 PM – BFD was dispatched to a hazardous materials call in the 1500 block of Main Street. Upon arrival, a blue container with a smoky substance around it was found and determined to be dry ice. There was no hazard.

*10:11 PM – BFD responded to a motor vehicle accident with no injuries in a parking lot in the 300 block of W. Commerce.

Wednesday, April 15

*4:20 AM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2600 block of 1st Street. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a carbon monoxide detector “chirping.”  A gas detector was used; however, nothing was found.  The tenant was instructed to replace the batteries if the detector should sound again.

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Fire Destroys North Brownwood Home Overnight

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A fire destroyed the home of five Brownwood residents late Tuesday night.  The home was located in the 1500 block of Waco Street and was considered a total loss.

The call reporting the fire came in at 11:42 p.m. according to Fire Marshal Buddy Preston.   He stated that the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, with flames shooting out of the front and east sides of the home.  The cause of the fire had not been determined as of Wednesday morning.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/21

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Monday, April 20

*7:21 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the area of Market Place Blvd. and Market Street.  This stop led to the arrest of 25-year-old David Bradley Jenkins of Brownwood for the offense of possession of marijuana less than or equal to 2 ounces.

*11:45 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Winston Street regarding two dangerous pit bull dogs running at large.  According to the report, the dogs got into her fenced yard and attacked her border collie, which died as a result of the attack.

*Early Police arrested 49-year-old Bobby Clay Browne of Brownwood on a warrant related to motion to revoke/assault.

*Brownwood Police arrested 46-year-old Christopher Hardaway of Bangs on a warrant for public intoxication.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old David Miller of Brownwood on warrants related to failure to appear/aggravated sexual assault of a child and failure to appear/indecency with a child.  Miller was being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $120,000 as of Tuesday morning.

*38-year-old Mario Anthony Narro of Brownwood turned himself in on a warrant related to motion to adjudicate/theft

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Law Enforcement Blotter 4/20

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, April 20, 2015.

Thursday, April 16

*10:18 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Willis Street regarding theft.

Friday, April 17

*8:45 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of identity theft.

*10:15 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Commerce Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, the complainant’s cell phone was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the 200 block of E. Commerce.

*11:52 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the report of harassment at a residence on Shannon Drive.  According to the report, a neighbor was verbally harassing the complainant.  A criminal trespass warning was issued to the neighbor, the report states.

*1:49 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 800 block of Booker Street regarding an agency assistance call with the Brown County Adult Probation Department at a north Brownwood residence.  According to the report, during the search, a quantity of suspected narcotics was located inside of the residence.  At the conclusion of the investigation, 51-year-old Johnny Lino Garcia of Brownwood was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

*3:07 PM – Brownwood Police were called to a residence on Dartmore Street to assist the Brown County Adult Probation Department with a probation search.  According to law enforcement, during the search, a quantity of a suspected controlled substance was located inside the residence.  Both residents disavowed any knowledge of the substance, the report states.   At the conclusion of the investigation, 34-year-old Michale Hisdoro Ramon of Brownwood and 23-year-old Cory Evan Lyon of Rising Star were arrested, each charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2-A equal or less than 2 ounces.

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Dispatchers Honored During Public Safety Communications Week

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The City of Brownwood recognized dispatchers of Brownwood Police Department last week during 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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