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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/29

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Monday, July 28

*5:15 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Highway North 279 in reference to an unwanted person.   According the report, the property owner stated to the deputy that he no longer wanted a female subject to be at his house.   At the property owner’s request, she was served a criminal trespass warning, and given a courtesy ride to her residence.

*5:47 PM - A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to CR 321 for a loose livestock. According to the report, the complainant stated that he noticed a tan/grey male donkey on his property when he arrived home around 5:00 p.m.  He advised he did not want the animal on his property and asked the deputy to try to locate an owner, or call a cowboy to have the animal removed, the report states.  The deputy attempted to locate an owner, but was unable and subsequently called for an on-call cowboy to have the animal estrayed.  The animal was transported to the Brownwood Law Enforcement livestock holding pins.

*Early police arrested 32-year-old John Robert Gudramovics of Early on a warrant related to possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Cody Wayne Harrell of May on warrants related to driving while license invalid and violate promise to appear.

*Brownwood Police arrested 38-year-old Michael Royce Hobbs on a warrant related to a parole violation.

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Victory Life Academy Enrollment Now Open for 2014-2015 School Year

VictoryLifeLogoVictory Life Academy is now enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year.  Values include centrality of Christian faith through a Christ-centered environment and weekly chapel services; commitment to prayer; commitment to family values through high moral standards and a drug free event; consistent focus on scholastic excellence through quality academic education.

VLA Students place 21% above the national average on standardized testing.  93% of graduates continue into higher education.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/28

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, July 28, 2014.

Wednesday, July 23

*3:14 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the area of Prater and Vincent Streets regarding a reckless driver.   According to the report, a female in a Jeep was chasing a male in an SUV.  The incident was documented and Child Protective Services was contacted regarding the incident, the report states.

Friday, July 25

*7:31 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Fisk Street regarding the burglary of a building during the overnight hours.

*8:00 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 3200 block of Milam Drive, the Brownwood Aquatic Center, regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, the concession booth had been broken into overnight.  According to police, only damage caused by the suspect making entry was reported.

*8:03 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of 7th Street regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had punctured a plastic window on her vehicle.

*8:20 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of LaMonte Drive regarding a domestic disturbance.  According to the report, the victim stated that that a relative had choked and slammed her head into a bedroom wall.  The complainant had injuries consistent with her statements which led to the arrest of 41-year-old George Lundy of Brownwood for assault family violence strangulation.

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BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 7/28

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the week of July 21-27, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 26 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, and 1 motor vehicle accident.

Reports of interest include:

Monday, July 21

*11:11 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 600 block of E. Depot Street.  The incident was determined to be a false alarm.

Tuesday, July 22

*10:21 AM – BFD was called to a fire in the 1000 block of Center regarding an alarm activation.   Firefighters arrived on scene to find alarms sounding and no smoke showing. Firefighters investigated and determined the incident to be a false alarm.

Thursday, July 24

*10:44 AM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 4100 block of 8th Street regarding an alarm activation. Fire crews arrived on scene to find alarm sounding and no occupants in the house. Firefighters investigated the residence and reset the alarm.

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Major Suspect in Operation Tangled Web Arrested after Vehicle Pursuit and Collision

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Brown County CID detectives arrested Kevin Sliger, a white male, 35 years of age, who was a primary target of Operation Tangled Web this morning according to Sheriff Bobby Grubbs.

A news release stated that the operation was a lengthy investigation which had netted 53 suspects for methamphetamine trafficking in Brownwood and Brown County.  Deputies also arrested Jeanna Hopkins, a white female, 30 years of age, who accompanied Sliger as he fled from officers. Sliger, a fugitive and upper level drug trafficker wanted for engaging in organized crime caused a vehicle accident near Fourth Street and Coggin Avenue and was arrested by officers after a lengthy foot pursuit, according to BSCO officials.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/25

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, July 25, 2014.

Thursday, July 24

*8:35 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Commerce regarding the theft of a mechanized wheel chair.  According to the report, the complainant stated that the wheel chair that belonged to his wife had been charging in the hallway of the motel when the bottom of it where the battery and charger are located was stolen.

*1:31 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Belle Plain Street regarding theft.  According to the report, an AT&T boom box and an iPad had been stolen from the complainant’s residence.

*3:11 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 800 block of Peach Street regarding animal cruelty.  According to the report, the complainant stated that her dog was hung by the neck until it died.  The incident occurred on Wednesday, July 23rd, the report states.

*Brownwood Police arrested 45-year-old Michael Andrew Penn of Brownwood on surety withdrawals related to driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56-year-old Carey Lavan Reese of Brownwood on a warrant related to a parole violation.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 7/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Wednesday, July 23

*6:18 PM – Brownwood Police responded to Wal-Mart regarding theft.  According to the report, a female suspect stole $28.41 worth of merchandise.

*7:50 PM  - Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding the theft of a wallet.  According to the report, the complainant did wish to pursue criminal charges.  Video surveillance clearly showed the suspect stealing the wallet, which was reported to have $300 cash inside at the time of the theft, the report states.

*9:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Brady Avenue regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, four storage units had been broken into on this date.  Several tools were stolen from one of the units.  An investigation is ongoing, the report states.

*11:40 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Wal-Mart regarding theft.   According to the report, the complainant stated that an unknown female stole her cell phone.  A small search was conducted from the GPS coordinates provided by the complainant but nothing was located, the report states.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Kevin Gary Barnes of Abilene on a Brown County warrant related to a surety withdrawal/delivery of a controlled substance and a Taylor County warrant related to assault family violence.  He is being held in the Brown County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

*Early Police arrested 37-year-old Bobby James Crouch of Early for contempt of court.

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Bangs Man Dies in Fiery Crash Wednesday South of Abilene

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A man from Bangs was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Taylor County on Wednesday night.  Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirmed that 28-year-old Timothy Allen Shepard of Bangs was killed in the accident.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at 6:23 PM on US Hwy 277, 9 miles south of Abilene.  Trooper Joshua DeLaGarza investigated the accident scene.

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Update: Zepeda Given Two Life Sentences for Assault and Burglary

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Update: The same jury that convicted him of burglary of a habitation and assault with a deadly weapon on Wednesday, sentenced 28-yr-old Robert Zepeda to two life sentences that will run concurrently.

After hearing testimony in the punishment phase of the trial Thursday, the jury began deliberation at 2:20 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, at 2:35 p.m. the jury came back with its decision in the penalty phase of the trial, wrapping up four days of testimony.

Defense counsel John Lee Blagg called Zepeda’s brother, uncle, and sister to the stand. Assistant District Attorney Sam Moss and Christina Nelson cross examined the witnesses and Zepeda himself, who admitted that he’d spent most of his life behind bars after the age of twelve. He went from two stints in the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) to being tried as an adult at age seventeen, and sent to prison at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) twice. Zepeda told Moss that he estimated he’d been in the “free world” about three years since he was a teenager. Moss and Zepeda had several heated exchanges and had to be called down twice by Judge Dan Beck.

Zepeda hung his head and slumped when Judge Beck read the sentence, then turned around and mumbled something to his victim that was unintelligible. An outburst caused the judge to have Zepeda removed from the courtroom as the jury was being discharged.

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New Brownwood Traffic Signal Becomes Operational Thursday

TxDotlogoA new traffic signal at the intersection of Commerce Street and Riverside Park Drive is set to become operational Thursday morning.

This traffic signal will add enhanced safety to one of Brownwood’s busiest intersections and help relieve congestion further up the road, at the intersection of Commerce and Main Street.

The signals will also feature a safety light that has not been seen in Brownwood yet. It will have a Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) signal to tell motorists they can make a left turn but must yield to oncoming traffic.

Signs will be posted near the signal to let motorists know what the signal means. The FYA signal has proven to be safer than a typical solid green light, which some motorists confuse with a protected left turn.

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