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Cities Announce Independence Day Closings and Trash Pickup Schedule

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallIn observance of the Independence Day Holiday, Brownwood City Hall and City departments, other than emergency services, will close Monday July 4th and there will be no collection of residential waste.

Residents with curbside garbage collection please have your blue or green cart placed curbside by 7 a.m. and note that trash will be collected as follows:

  • Monday’s route will run Tuesday, July 5th.
  • Tuesday’s route will run Wednesday, July 6th.

For more information concerning your trash schedule call 325-643-4200 or Visit us online at www.brownwoodtexas.gov.

For problems related to water or sewer service within the City of Brownwood, please call 325-646-6000, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/1

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday and Friday, June 30 - July 1, 2016.

Tuesday, June 28

*9:59 AM –Brown County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a property on County Road 569 regarding the burglary of a building. According to the report, the victim advised that several items, valued at approximately $320, were taken.

*Brown County Sheriff’s office received a report of terroristic threat.  According to the report, a male subject reported that he was the victim of a terroristic threat when his neighbor confronted him over the use of a private road easement next to his property.  The complainant stated that his neighbor threatened to commit violence against the complainant’s property and that the confrontation placed the complainant in fear of bodily injury.

Wednesday, June 29

*4:42 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1900 block of US Hwy 377 South.  According to the report, this stop led to the arrest of 20-year-old Henry Rivas of Brownwood for failure to identify, driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams.

*7:00 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 100 block of Broadmoor Circle regarding the theft of a motorcycle.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

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BCSO Continues Investigation of North Lake Brownwood Murder, Reward Offered for Tips

RhondaChantayBlankinshipBrown County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the May 15th murder of 25-year-old Chantay Blankinship of North Lake Brownwood.

Evidence linked to the crime, which have not been identified due to the ongoing investigation, are thought to have DNA evidence which may be that of Blankinship or from her killer.   This evidence has been sent to a crime lab for DNA testing and analysis.  Brown County Sheriff George Caldwell stated that although there have been no breaks in the case to report at this time, DNA evidence results may come in early next week.

A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by the three local owners’ associations in the North Lake Brownwood community.

“We are hoping to get a profile that will lead us to a suspect,” said Caldwell.  “We believe someone knows something.  If they don’t want to talk to law enforcement for some reason, they can contact the Heart of Texas CrimeStoppers.”

Caldwell stated that his agency has been working hard on leads and expect that the DNA results will help firm up the case, but that BCSO needs the public’s help.

“Just because we get a profile, that is not enough,” Caldwell stated.  “We need someone to match it to.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 6/29

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Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28-29, 2016.

Monday, June 27

*5:27 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of Brady Avenue regarding criminal mischief.

*7:29 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the1500 block of Davis Lane regarding theft of property.  According to the report, a Dell tablet, valued at $400, had been stolen.

*9:15 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2500 block of Greenway Drive regarding the burglary of a motor vehicle.

*11:38 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding the burglary of a motor vehicle.

*2:05 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Avenue B regarding terroristic threat.  According to the report, the complainant stated a subject had threatened him with a wrench in his hand.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*5:03 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to W. Main Blvd in reference to a terroristic threat.  A suspect was named the report states.

*6:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of Avenue E regarding theft of property.

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Brownwood Animal Control Officer Recognized for Assisting City of Comanche

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Brownwood Animal Control Officer Amy Abernathy was recognized by the City of Comanche at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brownwood City Council.  Comanche Mayor Ronnie Clifton presented Abernathy with a certificate of appreciation for her help and tireless service assisting Comanche animal control officers on June 23rd.

According to Mayor Clifton, Abernathy provided not only her service to the City of Comanche’s effort but was able to teach the Comanche officers, who were overwhelmed with the number of animals involved in this incident, with a few “tricks of the trade,” which were very helpful.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

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

Russell Wayne Schwartz pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 12 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Joseph Ryan Womack pled guilty to two separate felony offenses of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Eustaquio Gonzales pled guilty to the felony offense of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Chelsea Rene Mallone pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Fireworks

fireworks2For many of us, the Fourth of July just wouldn’t be complete without fireworks.  State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy warns that people often forget that fireworks are explosives – potentially dangerous chemicals and combustibles that can cause fires and injure people.

“Sparklers, for example, burn at 1200 degrees,” Connealy said.  “That’s almost six times hotter than boiling water.”  According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers account for 41 percent of fireworks-related injuries.

In 2015, there were 272 fires caused by fireworks, resulting in $164,602 in property damage.  This was the second year in a row to see a decrease in fireworks-related fires.  To help continue this downward trend, the State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these tips to make everyone’s Fourth of July celebration safer:

  • Follow the law.  Contact your local officials for information on burn bans and to find out which fireworks are legal in your area.
  • Make sure an adult is present during fireworks use.  Children should not handle fireworks.
  • Do not drink alcohol before shooting off fireworks.
  • Read all directions and warnings on individual products.
  • Use fireworks on a hard, level surface.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 6/28

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of June 20-26, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 41 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, 6 motor vehicle accidents, and 1 lock-in.

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

Monday, June 20

*2:47 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a single vehicle rollover accident with ejection near the intersection of Hwy 377 South and County Road 233.  Firefighters arrived on scene and assisted Lifeguard EMS with one ejected passenger and set up landing zone for Air Evac.   Both occupants were transported, one by ambulance and one by helicopter.

Tuesday, June 21

*12:36 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1000 block of Brinn Street. Fire crews arrived on scene to find an unapproved rubbish/trash fire smoldering.  Firefighters advised the property owner that he cannot burn after dark and the fire must be completely extinguished.

*7:34 AM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at Vine and Washington Streets.

*3:06 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1000 block of Avenue B a report of mulch smoldering on a playground.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find several spots smoldering underneath the top layer of mulch.  Firefighters wet the area down.

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County Officials Await Opinion of Attorney General, Agree to Pay Salaries Out of General Fund

CommCtArticle2014Brown County Commissioners, during a special meeting of the court, voted Monday to pay portions of County Attorney administrative employees’ salaries from the general fund.

County Auditor Jennifer Robison, asked for consideration of payment of the County Attorney’s administrative employees’ salaries from the general fund during last week’s meeting of the court.  Robison explained that the County Attorney’s hot check fund had previously funded the salaries but currently does not have a balance to fund the payment of these employees’ salaries.  The current balance of the hot check fund is $628.89 as of Monday morning, according to Robison.

For several years, the County Attorney’s office has made transfers from their Pretrial Diversion Fund to cover the shortfall of the hot check fund. According to County Attorney Shane Britton, the portion of these salaries that is supplemented by the hot check fund is approximately $1400.

Robison explained during last week’s meeting of the court that the number of hot checks written in the county is down compared to the number of hot checks written in the past, due to the use of debit cards and electronic transfers of funds, reducing the amount of funds available in the hot check frund.   She requested the salaries of these employees be paid through the County Attorney’s general fund line item until she could get an opinion back from the Texas Attorney General’s office stating whether or not the transfer of the pretrial donations or payments can be transferred to fund the salaries through the hot check fund, as was done in the past.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 6/27

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Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, June 27, 2016.

Friday, June 24

*9:41 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Avenue H regarding theft.  According to the report, a refrigerator had been stolen from the property by a tenant/suspect.

*1:05 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Crockett Drive regarding a juvenile problem.  According to the report, a small amount of narcotics was located on an individual and the subject, identified as 17-year-old Xavier Alexander Chacon of Brownwood, was later arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, disorderly conduct/breach of peace and resisting arrest.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a victim who wished to make a report of stalking.  According to the report, the victim stated that the suspect has been writing letters in a renewed attempt to gain her attention.  The suspect was convicted of stalking the victim in 2009 and was sentenced to 10 years sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the report states.  The suspect has recently been released from prison and has renewed his stalking activity, according to the victim.

*Brownwood Police arrested 25-year-old Courtney Michelle Hood of Brownwood on two warrants related to driving while license invalid and failure to appear.

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