Thomas Honored with Retirement Reception


The City of Early held a retirement reception for long-time City Administrator Ken Thomas on Friday afternoon.

Thomas served over 27 years as the city’s administrator and before that had served three terms as city councilman, which he contributes to his longevity in the office, having learned both sides of city government.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/19: Hit and Run Accident Leads to DWI Arrest

LECSmBrownwood Police were called to a hit and run accident Thursday night which led to the arrest of one person for driving while intoxicated and may result in another arrest.

The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Coggin Avenue when a Dodge pickup rear ended a Chevy S-10 pickup.  According to the police report, the Chevy had suddenly stopped at the intersection of Coggin Avenue and 10th Street, causing the Dodge to collide with it from behind.  Further investigation showed that the Chevy had just missed a utility pole and a tree stump, traveling up into the yard of a residence damaging several potted plants and a decorative fence and scattering several large rocks and bricks (used in the landscaping) into the roadway, according to the police report.

When police arrived, both vehicles had left the scene, the report states.  A witness informed police that the Chevy had traveled to Avenue I and 10th Street, where the driver had then entered the residence, according to the report.  Police interviewed the driver, identified as 62-year-old Larry David Hopkins who was determined to be intoxicated and had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, the report states.  Hopkins stated that he didn’t know how his vehicle had been damaged and denied having been involved in an accident; however, he did admit drinking earlier in the evening, 16 ounce Keystone Light beer.

Evidence at the scene included a lid to a Styrofoam cooler and a cold 16 ounce Keystone Light beer along with a piece of a vehicle, the report states.  Hopkins' pickup was found to contain  a Styrofoam cooler without a lid containing several unopened cold Keystone Lights and his truck was missing a piece which matched the piece found on scene, the report states.  Hopkins was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, driving while license invalid with previous convictions, fleeing the scene of an accident over $200 damage and failure to report upon striking a fixed object, according to the report.

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Officials Investigating Wednesday Morning Fire on 4th Street


Brownwood Police Department and the Brownwood Fire Marshal’s office are investigating a house fire that occurred in Brownwood in the 3200 block of 4th Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 17th.

The fire occurred between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., resulting in extensive damage to the home according to BPD Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant James Kidd.  Three large breed dogs perished in the fire, according to police.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/18

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Wednesday, December 17

*9:00 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 6th Street regarding a subject exposing himself and running down the street.  Police located a subject matching the description of the suspect who was fully clothed and denied having exposed himself.

*12:42 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 334 after receiving a report of a possible abatement issue while he was investigating a separate incident. According to the report, the deputy observed a significant amount of refuse and rubbish scattered throughout the property.  The residents were not home at this time, the report states.

*1:34 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3200 block of 4th Street regarding criminal trespass.  According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of 29-year-old Christopher Lee Taylor of Brownwood for tampering with evidence.

* 2:26 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to EZ Mart on Hwy 279 in regarding an ex-employee who had allegedly stolen over $1,500 worth of lottery tickets over the last few months. According to the deputy’s report, the EZ Mart District Supervisor has video recording of the thefts.  The district supervisor stated she would like to pursue charges against the suspect for the theft.  No contact was made with the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

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Law Enforcement Officials Warn of Holiday Phone Scams

BPDpatchSmallThe Brownwood Police Department reminds the public to be on the alert for possible phone scams and issued the following information:

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, the Brownwood Police Department began receiving citizen complaints of a phone scam targeting the community.

The scammers are reported to be phoning citizens; claiming that they owe money to the government (IRS) due to back taxes.  The scammers state that a warrant has been issued for the citizen’s arrest but it can be voided by paying a fine within hours of the call.  Citizens are then instructed to purchase prepaid credit cards for a certain amount and to transfer the money to another source.

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TxDOT to Host Public Transportation Workshop to Meet Needs of Seniors/People with Disabilities

TxDotlogoIn an effort to better serve the state’s seniors and disabled citizens, the Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a workshop to inform the public and gather input on the growing transportation needs of local communities.

TxDOT’s federally-funded Enhanced Services for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310) serves communities with 200,000 people or less.  The program’s workshops are intended to inform citizens of the availability of cost-effective, efficient passenger transportation services, as well as gather comments from these citizens on what services are needed.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/17

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Monday, December 15

*7:15 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Avenue I regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, costume jewelry and electronic equipment were taken during the incident.  A suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing, the report states.

*9:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, some storage buildings were burglarized.  It was not known at the time of the report if any items were removed from the units that were forced open, the report states.

Tuesday, December 16

*4:13 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop in the area of Durham Avenue and Irma Street in Brownwood.  Suspicious behavior led to seizure of what turned out to be a bag containing narcotics, the report states.  The occupants of the vehicle, identified as 32-year-old Desiree Michelle Henson and 43-year-old Albert Ray Holder both of Brownwood, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 in a drug free zone and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.  Henson was also arrested on outstanding warrants related to theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500 (Taylor County), theft and failure to appear.

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DPS Increases DWI Enforcement During Holidays

TexasDPS_logoThe Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 15-day period that includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. From December 19 – January 2, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“DPS’ enhanced patrols are designed to help save lives by identifying impaired and dangerous drivers and getting them off Texas roadways,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Holiday celebrations create the increased potential for drinking and driving incidents, and we urge Texans to designate a sober driver or find alternative transportation if they plan to drink.”

During the Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 1,505 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement also resulted in 24,928 speeding citations, 2,997 seat belt/child safety seat citations, in addition to 1,078 fugitive arrests, and 797 felony arrests during the enforcement period. A Texas Department of Transportation grant allows increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

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BCWID Abandons $12M Pipeline Project, Will Continue Search for Alternative Water Sources

BCWID_LogoThe Brown County Water Improvement District board met Tuesday afternoon and unanimously agreed not to proceed with their proposed $12 million pipeline project to take effluent water from the City of Brownwood back to Lake Brownwood.

BCWID General Manager Dennis Spinks reported that the project would increase the cost of treated water to their wholesale customers to a cost of $1.28/1000 gallons, causing an increase of 41.74% in the treated water rate.  These figures according to Spinks did not take into consideration evaporation which will and does occur.

With the City of Early considering their own wastewater treatment plant, these costs could additionally rise, as Early would be reducing the inflow and outflow of water into Lake Brownwood by 14%, reported Spinks.

Spinks explained that engineer Rex Hunt and associates determined the cost to build the pipeline at approximately nearly $12 million and that it would cost $350,000 per year to operate according to estimates.  The average cost increase would be $5.60 per month to each customer, which he and other board members agreed is not a huge increase for the security of having an additional source of water.

The cost of the project would have been funded from a Texas Water Development Board loan and repaid over a 20 year term, according to Spinks.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 12/16

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

Sunday, December 14

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that she was mailed a check to her residence on Sleepy Oaks Lane in Early; however, when she received the envelope from her mailbox, the check was missing.  There was a seal on the end of the envelope indicating that the envelope was received at the Early Post Office unsealed, the report states.

Monday, December 15

*11:59 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Belle Plain Street regarding the burglary of a coin operated machine.  According to the report, two coin operated vacuum cleaners were broken into and an unknown amount of currency was removed.  The investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*12:10 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of 1st Street regarding found property.  According to the report, a red bicycle had been found in the alleyway behind a residence. The bicycle is being held in the Brownwood Police Department impound for safe keeping until its owner can properly identify and claim it.

*1:24 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Hawkins Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a 32-inch flat screen television had been stolen from the residence.

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