Police, code enforcement team up for arrest, citations

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Brownwood Police Department

Brownwood police accompanied a city code enforcement officer to a dilapidated party house Thursday morning in a north Brownwood neighborhood, where the code enforcement officer wrote several citations and the police officer arrested a woman on drug and evidence tampering charges.

Sandra Day, 45, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering, jail records state.

According to a report by officer Kim Holland:

Officers accompanied the code enforcement officer to the 1500 block of Waco, where the code enforcement officer had an administrative search warrant signed by a municipal judge.

A woman allowed officers to enter, then knocked on a door in the home and called out for someone named Sandra to get up because the police were inside. Holland heard scuffling from inside the room, but no one came to the door. “Believing that the person inside the room was attempting to conceal items from the police, I opened the door,” Holland’s report states.

Holland saw a woman, identified as Day, holding what appeared to be a blue box. The woman walked to a corner and bent down next to a dresser. Holland told the woman to stop what she was doing and to come to her location. The woman stood up and walked over with empty hands, claiming she had nothing.

Holland walked to the cluttered corner and picked up a glasses case, which contained small plastic baggies and other items including a lighters, a glass pipe and methamphetamine.

Officers also found a pill bag with plastic baggies and methamphetamine residue.

Kevin Pate, administrator of development services which oversees code enforcement in the city, said code enforcement had received a complaint “about the property being substandard. We were familiar with the address. We were responding to complaints about the property.”

Pate also said that there were reports of up to 15 people living in the home — more than what the structure had been designed to accommodate. Pate also said there were reports of parties and drug trafficking at the address.

Code enforcement officers obtained an administrative search warrant for the home signed by a municipal judge Pate said, noting that they ask police to accompany them when it’s suspected there are illegal activities or there is a chance of violence.

Six people were living in the home, including one who was sleeping on the porch when police and the code enforcement officer arrived, Pate said. The home had little paint, and the code enforcement officer issued citations for several violations related to plumbing, electrical, scattered waste, open storage and safety, Pate said.

“It’s a dilapidated structure that needs some maintenance on it,” he said.

Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday were:

David Brown, 17, Brownwood, assault on a public servant.

Joe Bush, 25, Brownwood, bench warrant.

Gary Daniel, 55, Arlington, bench warrant.

Danny Daniels, 48, Dallas, failure to appear for forgery.

James Hansford, 32, Arlington, possession of marijuana.

Desiree Henson, 33, Brownwood, bond withdrawal for theft.

Sean Hetzer, 17, Brownwood, assaut on a public servant.

Jessica McPherron, 23, Brownwood, bond withdrawals for evidence tampering, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Augustin Mindieta, accident involving damage to vehicle, parole violation.

Adrian Terry, 32, Hamilton, possession of marijuana.

Dusty Wilson, 37, Granbury, motion to adjudicate for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.