Brown County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two recent violations of the county burn ban.
Angel Montalvo, 22, of Denton, who was apparently staying at his brother’s near Bangs, was booked into the Brown County Jail Sunday on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Montalvo, who was already on felony probation, is free on $10,000 bond for this latest incident, jail records state.
Deputy Kelley Marsh was dispatched to property off the Bangs Highway near Bangs, and he reported finding a trash barrel and pile of wood being burned, with no one attending the fire.
Bangs firefighters were called to extinguish the fire.
Deputies met later with the land owner, who said he was unaware of the burn ban. Montalvo was arrested after deputies noticed two rifles in the land owner’s vehicle. According to Marsh’s report, the men said they were hunting.
In the other burn ban violation, deputy Jed Polnick was dispatched Friday to property off U.S. Highway 183 South near Zephyr.
A man said said he was burning wood after tearing down a shed and was unaware of the burn ban, Polnick’s report states. Polnick told the man he must contact his county commissioner and obtain approval before burning anything.
In both cases, deputies made reports on burn ban violations.
On Dec. 17, a trash fire near Bangs burned out of control and caused a grass fire.
A man was initially cited for reckless damage and he could face further prosecution, sheriff’s Sgt. David Mercer said earlier.