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Two Vehicles Collide on Highway 279 Friday Afternoon

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Brown County emergency responders were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon on north Hwy 279 just past Day’s Hill outside of Brownwood.

The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. as the Chevrolet Camaro was traveling behind a small passenger car in the northbound lane.  According to the driver of the Camaro, she had looked over at a semi-truck which was broken down parked on the side of the roadway, when she rear-ended the small passenger car which was stopped to turn left off of the highway.

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State Approves Funding For Construction of New Traffic Signal at US 377, Crockett Drive

TxDotlogoApproximately $156,000 for work on US 377 in Brownwood was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its November meeting.

The funds will be used to construct a traffic signal at the intersection of US 377 and Crockett Drive, along with seal coating and striping.

The project was awarded to Highway Intelligent Traffic Solutions, Inc. who bid $156,330.88.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/21

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, November 21, 2014.

Thursday, November 20

*1:53 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of N. Greenleaf regarding a domestic disturbance.  This call led to the arrest of Charles Johnson for assault family violence causing bodily injury.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft.  According to the report, the owner of Lone Star Taxidermy reported that several skins had been taken by a known subject to be tanned in August; however the skins had not been returned to date.  The total value of the deer skins is $1900.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding an assault.  According to the report, the female complainant stated that a Hispanic male had waved her down and told her she had a flat tire.  The male then attacked her while she was looking at her tires, according to the report.  The deputy noted that the female did have a few scrapes and bruises.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*A Brown County Constable arrested 17-year-old Serjio Efrain Castillo of Brownwood on two counts of failure to attend school.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Christopher James Cotton of Brownwood for motion to adjudicate/possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

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SUV Crashes on Vine Street

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Emergency responders were called to the scene of a one-vehicle accident in the 1800 block of Vine Street Friday afternoon.

At approximately 2:15 PM, a white Chevy Tahoe crashed into a utility pole and then into a fence.   The pole was snapped in half leaving power and telephone lines down.   The fire department closed that section of Vine Street for safety while the utility companies worked to repair the damage.

No injuries were reported from the accident but EMS was called to assess the condition of the female driver.

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Early Police Ask For Help Identifying Burglary Suspects - Video

Bikes_earlyPDEarly morning burglaries of a home and several vehicles are being investigated by Early Police Officers who ask the public for help in solving these crimes.

According to EPD Chief David Mercer, Officer Michelle Sheedy observed 2 individuals on bicycles acting suspiciously in the 1400 block of Early Blvd. at approximately 4:45 a.m. on Friday, November 21st.  As she attempted to stop and investigate further, the individuals fled on foot dropping the bicycles and the items they were carrying, reported Mercer.  The suspects fled into wooded pasture areas between several homes.

Officer Sheedy immediately called for assistance at which time a Brown County Sheriff’s unit and several other EPD units were called out including the K9 unit, according to Mercer.  Officers recovered several items that the suspects dropped including a backpack full of items and the bicycles which are pictured above. The area was checked for several hours; however, officers were unable to locate the suspects.

While officers were searching the area, an individual at a residence in the 1500 block of Early Blvd called to report a burglary that occurred at their home while the residents were sleeping, reported Mercer.  The suspects forced entry to the home, according to police.  Officers then conducted an investigation of the crime scene where an undetermined amount of cash and personal items was taken from the personal office in the residence, according to the report.

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Brownwood and Early Thanksgiving Holiday Trash Pick Up Schedules

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallIn observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Thursday or Friday, November 27th and 28th, 2014.  Residents with blue or green carts, please note that your collection days are as follows:

  • Thursday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday November 26th.
  • Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday November 29th.

The Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 27th and 28th and will reopen on Saturday November 29th.

The City 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 643-4200 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/20

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Tuesday, November 18

*10:42 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant at the law enforcement center.  According to the report, the complainant stated that previous tenants of his rental property located on County Road 192 had stolen several items including tools and had caused damage to the property.  Criminal charges are being pursued, the report states.

*2:43 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a property on FM 585 North regarding the burglary of a habitation, which had occurred the previous day.  The complainant stated that he and his wife had been away from the residence on November 17th and had returned to find a door to the residence pried open and several items missing from inside the residence, including two firearms, the report states.

Wednesday, November 19

*3:35 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of 14th Street regarding a burglary.

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People Painter’s Art Exhibit Extended Two Additional Weekends

ArtAssociationLogoThe Brownwood Art Association has extended viewing times for the People Painter's art exhibit currently showing at the Art Center at 215 Fisk.

The public is invited to view the exhibit free of charge this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-22, from 1-3 p.m. and next weekend, Nov. 28-29, also from 1-3pm. This will be the last chance to see this unique exhibit by some of the most talented Brownwood artists, past and present.

The People Painters originated with the late Maureen Stewart, long-time chair of the art department at Howard Payne University.  In 1980, Stewart organized a weeklong workshop she called “People Painters,” where participants, each using his or her medium of choice, painted portraits of live models.  The format was so popular that members decided to continue meeting after the workshop concluded.

It is probably safe to say that Stewart never imagined that, thirty-four years later, local artists, some of whom were in the original group, would still be meeting weekly to paint portraits of volunteer models from the community.

Local artists Brenda Shaw and Martha Middleton are two of the early members who still paint with the group today.  Others involved originally were Mary Cadenhead, Claudia Stubblefield, Rita Bettis, and Sue Thierman, in addition to, of  course, Stewart.  Ima Gem Queen and Bernice Jones were also early participants.

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Wednesday Night House Fire on Gifford Street

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Brownwood Fire Department responded to a house fire Wednesday night in the 800 block of Gifford Street.

The fire began around 8:30 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, flames were visible from the back of the single family home.   All the occupants were able to get safely out of the home according to fire officials.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/19

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Monday, November 17

*1:03 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Davis Lane regarding theft.  According to the report, jewelry was stolen from the residence.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*10:54 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1400 block of Brady Avenue regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, the complainant stated that their storage building located on Belle Plain had been broken into and items taken by an unknown suspect.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

Tuesday, November 18

*2:32 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a property on County Road 347 regarding the theft of a dirt bike (motorcycle).

*4:19 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of 4th Street regarding trespassing.  This call led to the arrest of 38-year-old David Tucknott of Brownwood for trespassing at a residence in the area, the report states.

*5:15 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Center Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, an unknown suspect stole tools belonging to the Lyric Theatre and pawned them at Wild Bill’s Pawn Shop.

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