5 booked into the Brown County Jail since Wednesday

The following were booked into the Brown County Jail since Wednesday. Arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • Crystal Annette Bates, 32, Use of Rest Area
  • Justice Calvet Hall, 18, Santa Anna, DWI
  • Timothy McGinnis, 56, Abilene, Use of Rest Area
  • Jason Eric Mellor, 38, Talpa, Bench Warrant
  • Christopher Bradley Rose, 24, Brownwood, Bench Warrant

2 arrested for staying multiple days in rest area

Brownwood police arrested two individuals for allegedly staying multiple days in a roadside park next to the Pecan Bayou on East Commerce St. 32 year old Crystal Annette Bates and 56 year old Timothy McGinnis were arrested for Use of Rest Area, a violation of Texas Transportation Code 545.411, which states:

Sec. 545.411. USE OF REST AREA: OFFENSE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person remains at a rest area for longer than 24 hours or erects a tent, shelter, booth, or structure at the rest area and the person: (1) has notice while conducting the activity that the activity is prohibited; or (2) receives notice that the activity is prohibited but does not depart or remove the structure within eight hours after receiving notice.

Brownwood police reports state that Bates and McGinnis were both warned to vacate the park on Sunday. They were arrested when officers found them in the park on Wednesday.

Other police reports filed since Wednesday include:

  • Theft, 400 block of West Commerce
  • Criminal Mischief, 2400 block of Vincent
  • Fraud, 400 block of West Commerce

Ranger College collects needed signatures to bring annexation to a vote

K-Texas Television is reporting that Ranger College has collected enough signatures from Brown County to add the annexation referendum to the November ballot. If voters approve annexation in November, then Brown County would become part of Ranger College’s taxing district, meaning that Brown County residents would begin paying a property tax to Ranger College.

During a recent public hearing, Ranger College President Dr. Bill Campion said that the tax rate would be set at 11 cents per $100 valuation. At that rate, owners of a home valued at $100,000 would be charged $110 per year in property taxes to Ranger College. This would be in addition to property taxes paid to the county government, the city government, and local school districts.

Dr. Campion has denied reports that Brown County taxpayers would be charged an interest and sinking tax rate to pay for the $10 million in bonds recently approved by voters in Ranger College’s existing district. Dr. Campion said that the I&S tax rate would only be levied on Eastland County, and that Brown County property owners would only pay the 11-cent tax rate for maintenance and operations.

Ranger College’s main campus is located in Ranger. The college operates satellite campuses at the old Piggly Wiggly location in Stephenville, and at the Heartland Mall. Dr. Campion told those who attended the recent public hearing that if Brown County voters approved annexation, the college would purchase the old Bank of America building, and set up a campus in that facility.


Sheriff’s office investigates stolen vehicle

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a stolen vehicle. Deputies were called to Harbor Drive in May where the victim provided information on the vehicle, as well as information on a possible suspect. A report was taken.

Box truck collides with 18-wheeler hauling silo

A box truck traveling north on US 377 between Brownwood and Brady struck the side of an 18-wheeler hauling a silo from Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure Wednesday evening, resulting in severe injuries and reducing traffic to one lane while crews cleaned up the accident.

BrownwoodNews.com reports that one occupant of the box truck was airlifted from the scene. A second occupant of the box truck was taken to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

9 more booked into the Brown County Jail since Tuesday

Nine individuals were booked into the Brown County Jail since Tuesday. Arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

  • Joan Denton, 79, Brownwood, Criminal Trespass
  • Robert Paul Denton, 70, Brownwood, Criminal Trespass
  • Victor Gonzales, aka Victor Valdez, 63, Brownwood, on a warrant for Public Intoxication
  • Justice Calvet Hall, 18, Santa Anna, DWI
  • Norma Linda Mendez, 47, Brownwood, DWI with a Child Passenger
  • Jonathan Andrew Ortega, 24, Comanche, Motion to Adjudicate- Possession of Marijuana
  • Ennis Mae Williams, aka Ennis Mae Young, 58, Dallas, on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Two names were not listed because they are juveniles.

BFD Chief: Watch those loose chains

Recent rains added moisture to our area, leading the Brown County Commissioners Court to lift the burn ban last week. For Brownwood Fire Chief Eddy Wood, that doesn’t mean it’s time to let his guard down.

“It will only take a couple of weeks until we see the vegetation dry out,” Chief Wood told the KXYL Morning News. “All it takes is a chain from a trailer causing a spark against the pavement, or someone throwing their cigarette butt out of the car window.”

Chief Wood urged residents to make sure their trailer chains weren’t dragging the ground, and to avoid throwing cigarette butts out of the window. He also advised caution when welding. Chief Wood added that those who see uncontrolled fires should contact firefighters immediately.

“The quicker we can get to it, the easier it will be to contain it,” he said.

Good Samaritan celebrates Christmas in July

Less than two weeks remain in the Good Samaritan’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser. Good Samaritan is seeking financial donations for the Christmas food boxes distributed every December.

Good Samaritan Public Relations Director Misty Bowers says the ministry distributes 1,000 Christmas food boxes every December.

“We give them out with our regular food boxes,” she said. “They include everything you need for a traditional Christmas meal for a family.”

Bowers said the Christmas in July fundraiser was started so residents could donate to the cause before being inundated with request in December. Those wishing to donate to Good Samaritan Ministries can do so online by logging on to GoodSamBWD.org, or by visiting their headquarters at 305 Clark St. in downtown Brownwood.

Brownwood teen killed in crash west of Colorado City

A 14 year old Brownwood girl was killed when a tire blew out on the van in which she was riding, resulting in a skid, then a rollover crash. The crash happened two miles west of Colorado City on I-20.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that 3 of the van’s other occupants were injured in the crash. There were two adults and five children in the van.

The 14 year old Brownwood teen killed in the crash has been identified as Belen Martinez. She was pronounced deceased at the scene at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday night. The Texas Department of Public Safety is continuing their investigation into the crash.

Jail Log: 6 new bookings since Monday

The following were booked into the Brown County jail since Monday, July 17. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • Hollie Arrendondo, 42, Santa Anna, DWI
  • Tommy Edward Campbell, Jr., 50, Fort Worth, on a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Brandon Shay Gruben, 42, Brownwood, Parole Warrant
  • Donald Ray Lieberman, 51, Zephyr, on a Nebraska warrant for Child Support
  • Roseanne Lopez Ortega, 26, on warrants for Driving While License Invalid, Open Container, and VPTA
  • Casey Michelle Ray, 34, Brownwood, on warrants for Theft and Failure to Appear