Delays scheduled on US 84/183 between Early and Zephyr

Motorists traveling between Early and Zephyr on US 84/183 can expect delays on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25-26, as crews replace culverts at the construction site of the new Fort Worth & Western Railroad bridge.

Between approximately 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day, flagging personnel will be directing traffic through the construction site, with only one direction of traffic allowed through at a time. No official detours will be in place, though motorists are asked to utilize patience as delays can be expected.

The construction of the new bridge being will allow US 84/183 to be widened to four 12-foot travel lanes as the highway passes under the railroad. Currently, the highway is a four-lane facility on either side of the existing bridge, but the highway must narrow to only two lanes as it passes under the bridge. Construction of the $12.4 million project is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

TxDOT’s Brownwood District includes Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens counties.

14 arrested over the weekend

14 individuals were booked into the Brown County Jail over the weekend. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • Veronica Burgin, 31, Coleman, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence, SW/Manufacture-Deliver Controlled Substance
  • Christopher Wayne Byrd, 21, Lake Jackson, Possession of Marijuana, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Travis Thornton Clark, 38, Bangs, Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Intoxicated
  • Jacob Allen Davis, 36, Brownwood, FTA TBC, Bail Jumping
  • Johnny Jose Diaz, 27, Brownwood, warrants for theft and failure to appear
  • Andrew Lawrence Ewing, 36, on a warrant for Manufacture-Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Dustin Edward Gamblin, 35, Zephyr, Burglary of a Habitation, Assault Causes Bodily Injury
  • Jose Martinez Hernandez, 41, Andrews, on a warrant for Revoke Child Support
  • Michael Keith Hickerson, 46, Brownwood, Parole Warrant
  • David Allen Hines, 51, Brownwood, Public Intoxication
  • Timothy Jason Knox, 36, Brownwood, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Family Violence, Unlawful Restraint
  • Landon Parris, 30, Coleman, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence
  • Nathaniel J Salazar, 40, Brownwood, DWI
  • Shawn Lewis White, 39, Brownwood, on a warrant for Theft, Public Intoxication

‘Adulterers’ accosted at local store, woman attempts ‘suicide by cop’

Early police responded to a disturbance at a store in the 900 block of Early blvd where an individual berated employees and customers, calling them “adulterers.” Officers arrived and issued the individual a criminal trespass warning.

In a separate incident, at another store, a woman entered and requested a police officer. Police arrived, and the woman pulled a knife from her purse. Officers disarmed the woman, who said she planned to pull the knife on the officer so she would be killed. The woman was released to MHMR for treatment.

Early police arrest local man for burglary and assault following home invasion

The Early Police Department arrested a local man after witnesses told officers that he forced his way into a home, grabbed an occupant of the home, then threw that occupant out of the home and onto the lawn. Police reports state that the man fled when the homeowner said the police were being called. Police located the suspect, and arrested Dustin Gamblin for burglary with intent to commit assault, and assault-family violence.

FEMA releases new flood insurance maps, appellate process released

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a notice in the Federal Register for the revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) covering the City of Brownwood and Brown County. Copies of the FIRM and FIS can be found at the following website: or can be viewed at Brownwood City Hall in the Engineering office.

Publication in the Federal Register and two public notifications in the Brownwood Bulletin begins the 90 day appeal period for the revised preliminary FIRM and FIS. During this 90 day appeal period, any owner or lessee of real property within the City of Brownwood may appeal to the City of Brownwood. All appeals must contain information indicating that the proposed FIRM or FIS are scientifically or technically incorrect. Only appeals of the proposed FIRM or FIS supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final flood hazard determination at the end of the 90 day appeal period. Appeals may be submitted to Jodie Kelly, Floodplain Administrator, City of Brownwood.

As this process continues, updates will be issued via press releases to the media, City website, and City of Brownwood Facebook page.