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Burn Ban Issued for Brown County

CommCtArticle2014A burn ban was issued by Brown County Commissioners at Monday’s meeting of the court.

According to all three commissioners present, the county needed to implement a burn ban because of the below average amount of rainfall for the year, fire weather warnings being issued and the windy conditions that have been present in the county.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Worley stated, “I’m of the opinion that it is time for us to really consider putting the burn ban back on, as we have been in a fire alert mode for the past several weeks.  It’s even coming across my Sirius screen in my pickup saying that we are in a fire hazard area, so I think we should put it back on.”

County Judge Ray West reminded commissioners that the county was not in low enough range on the Keech Byram Drought Index to issue a ban unless commissioners declared emergency conditions within the county.   Brown County is currently at the 0-200 index, which indicates limited to no moisture depletion.

Commissioners then passed a resolution to impose an emergency situation due to fire hazards, followed by a vote to implement the burn ban.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/5

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, February 5, 2016.

Wednesday, February 3

*7:23 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of 6th Street regarding the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  According to the report, the theft of the vehicle had occurred sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on this date.  The vehicle was later located in Abilene, Texas by Abilene Police Department.

*8:09 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Avenue C regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, multiple items valued at approximately $1050 were stolen from the property.

*12:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, a suspect had attempted to steal baby formula and was issued a citation for theft less than $100.

*1:56 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Dublin Drive regarding the forgery of a financial instrument.  According to the report, an online loan was obtained fraudulently using the complainant’s identity.

*2:24 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, an investigation determined that less than $100 had been stolen and a citation was issued.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/4: Early Police Respond to Family Violence, Suspect Apprehended in Del Rio

LECSmEarly Police Department responded to a 911 call for help regarding a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Lucas Drive on Tuesday, January 26th.   The 911 call came in at approximately 9:20 p.m. with no one on the line.  The number was a cell phone therefore dispatch was unable to tie the caller with an address; however, dispatch continued to try to recall the number for approximately 40 minutes and finally made contact with the caller, a teenager in the residence.

According to the report, the juvenile reported that a male had assaulted a female in the home and had choked her and that he was leaving the house. Upon officers arrival they discovered the suspect had fled on foot several minutes before arrival.

The victim stated that the suspect, Jose Francisco Quintero, had assaulted her and grabbed her by the throat and strangled her until she could not breathe, the report states. The victim stated she did not lose consciousness but was unable to breath for a moment, according to police. The victim also told officers that when the juvenile was calling 911, the suspect took the phone from her and would not allow her to call for help, the report states. The victim also gave officers information about 2 other incident that had occurred in the past 2 months one where the suspect strangled her again and one where the suspect sexually assaulted her, according to police.

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Early Police Warn Public of Telephone Scam

EarlyPDLogoEarly Police Department officials said that they received three reports on Thursday from individuals receiving calls from a group claiming to be Association for Firefighters and Paramedics soliciting funds.  A news alert was recently released by the Abilene Fire Department listing the same complaints.

The Early Police Department has been in touch with the Early Fire Chief Chad Hill who has also confirmed this to be a scam.

Anyone that receives these calls where people are soliciting funds are advised to check out the source before giving any money. Generally, local fire and police will make charity or fund raisers publicly known through the media prior to conducting the event.

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 2/4

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of January 11-17, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 32 medical emergencies, 5 fire calls, and 4 motor vehicle accidents.

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

Tuesday, January 26

*4:20 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Crockett Drive.  One occupant was transported to the hospital by EMS.

Wednesday, January 27

*8:05 AM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at Austin and Coggin Avenues.

*6:15 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1500 block of Terrace Drive.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find nothing showing and were met by a resident who stated someone had thrown firecrackers in the dumpster.  Fire crews checked the dumpster and found a smoke bomb firework near the dumpster.

*12:07 AM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a fire call in the 2300 block of Durham regarding a report of smoke between the walls of a residence. Arrived on scene to find light smoke.  Smoke was coming from around wood stove piping. Firefighters entered the attic crawl space to check for extension, and exposed interior and exterior. Minimal water was used to extinguish fire. Thermal camera did not detect any fire extension.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/3

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Monday, February 1

*6:28 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3800 block of 4th Street.  According to the report, two males and a female subject entered the store and the males stole a bottle of liquor and two energy drinks.  Criminal charges are being pursued, the report states.

Tuesday, February 2

*2:15 AM – Brownwood Police responded to an alarm at a convenience store, located in the 1200 block of Austin Avenue.  According to the report, the drive-through window of the business had been damaged.

*3:20 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3700 block of Savoy Drive regarding suspicious activity.  According to the report, the complainant had returned home to find a light on and the front door cracked open.  After investigation, it was determined that the residence had been burglarized, the report states.

*8:23 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the area of 4th Street and Travis Street.  According to the report, the vehicle did not have a front license plate.  The driver, identified as Billy Ray Cooper of Brownwood, was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, the report states.  Cooper was subsequently arrested for driving while license invalid with previous convictions/suspension without financial responsibility.

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Two-Vehicle Accident on Highway 377 South Wednesday

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Brownwood first responders were called to a two-vehicle accident in the north bound outside lane of U.S. Hwy. 377 South on Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:00 noon when the driver of a Toyota Pruis, traveling north, did not notice the fuel truck stopped at the railroad crossing, subsequently rear ending the truck, according to emergency responders on scene.

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Piri Brothers Earn Rank of Eagle Scout, Receive Den Chief Service Awards

PiriEagleScoutsTwo local members of the Boy Scouts of America from Blanket, who are brothers, earned the rank of Eagle Scout recently.  Eagle Scout Rank Awards and certificates were presented by their parents to Allan Douglass Piri and Colton Ryan Piri of Troop 22 on Sunday, January 31, 2016, during a church service at Grace Lutheran in Brownwood. Allan and Colton are the sons of National Guardsman Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew and Laura Piri of Blanket, Texas.

Pastor Curt Schneider presented Allan and Colton with the National Lutheran Scouting Certificates.

Allan and Colton both selected as their service projects to assist the Good Samaritan Ministries in Brownwood.  Allan built and painted four large shelving units to accommodate storage of their items for their retail shop.  Colton’s project was to refurbish the janitorial closet by painting, adding shelves and hooks and restoring another cupboard for storage of items for the homeless.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/2

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Thursday, January 28

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of a firearm from a property on Belfast Drive.  According to the report, a possible suspect has been named.

Saturday, January 30

*4:11 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft from a property on FM 2125.

Monday, February 1

*11:20 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of Brady Avenue regarding found property.  According to the report, approximately $70 in U.S. currency was located and a victim of theft to whom the money belonged was also located.

*1:32 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Belmeade regarding theft.  According to the report, a quartz geode rock approximately 12”x24”x8” was stolen from the property some time during the past month.  The rock’s value was estimated at approximately $1,000.

*5:54 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on Hwy 279N regarding suspicious activity.  According to the report, the complainant stated that an unknown person has been opening her mail and may have obtained a credit card number.

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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.

Johnny Lee Strickland pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 25 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Billy Charles Wilkins pled guilty to the felony offense of Theft over $1,500 under $20,000 and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, institutional Division.

Francisco Diaz pled guilty to the felony offense of Delivery of Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Randall Shayne Justice, on probation for the felony offense of Delivery of Marijuana – Drug Free Zone, was adjudicated and sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Gabrial Isaac Herrera, on probation for the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone, was revoked and sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Cody Timothy Spears, on probation for the felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, was adjudicated and sentenced to 6 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

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