Today`s Local News2017-02-27
Monday, February 27, 2017


(CAMERON) Four people jailed in connection to the death of a Rockdale woman have been indicted. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, a Milam County Grand Jury on Friday handed 4 people indictments for Capital Murder in connection to the death of 34-year-old Emily Hacker. Torrey said 30-year-old Edward Brannon Barry, 29-year-old Candice Nicole Jones, 24-year-old Ashley Yvonne Wesson-Zawadzke, and 37-year-old John Wayne Stewart were each handed the Capital Murder indictments. 

All 4 remain in Milam County Jail on the charges. A 5th suspect, 31-year-old Kevin Cormier, also remains held after being arrested earlier this month on charges of Tampering with Evidence. Authorities believe Cormier helped move Hacker`s body after she was killed. Preliminary autopsy reports for Hacker showed she died of blunt force trauma. She was originally reported missing January 20th and authorities found her body 8 days later, buried in a shallow grave in rural Burleson County. Hacker was laid to rest on Sunday in Rockdale. 


(CAMERON) Anyone summoned for Jury Service in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court for 1PM today, you need not report, that matter is resolved. 


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees will meet today in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Board is expected to consider canceling the May trustee election because all candidates are unopposed. In other business, the Board will consider financial reports, budget amendments, the 2017-2018 academic calendar, academic standards guide, and various local policy updates. Trustees could also look to consider selling a 6-acre tract and could take action on insurance renewal. Various reports are also scheduled. During closed session, the Board could consider personnel and administrative contracts.  

Today`s meeting begins at 6PM in the Board Conference Room. 


(THORNDALE) Thorndale ISD Board of Trustees will meet today in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Board will discuss a resolution declaring an emergency. The resolution comes in the wake of a tornado and extreme winds that blew through the area last week, producing all sorts of damage across a widespread area. The resolution will allow the district expedited procurement of goods and services. Trustees will also hear reports and certify all unopposed candidates for the upcoming election. 

Today`s meeting begins at 6:30PM in the Thorndale ISD Board Room. 


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron has closed a portion of street here in town. 

The Cameron street department has closed Tyson Street between Gillis and Houston Streets until further notice. According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the crossing is closed for storm water drainage repair. Once repairs are complete, the road will reopen. 

(GEORGETOWN) The Williamson County Jail is back open after a bomb threat on Friday. 

The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office says they are investigating after a phoned-in bomb threat to the jail about 8AM Friday. Officials said the call came in to the reception desk and the facility was immediately placed on lock down. The lock down was lifted about 2 hours later after an extensive search turned up nothing. Deputies are currently investigating to find out who made the call. Anyone with information should call the authorities. 


(US) A couple of major stars have died over the weekend. 

On Sunday, the family of Joseph Wapner announced that the former judge of The People`s Court, died at the age of 97. Wapner, who was born in Los Angeles and earned a law degree from the University of Southern California, came to fame in 1981 as head of the small-claims TV court reality show The People`s Court. Prior to his time on the TV show, Wapner served on the bench in Municipal Court and later in Superior Court of Los Angeles, retiring in 1979. He left The People`s Court in 1993. Judge Wapner is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

In addition to Judge Wapner, acting favorite and native Texan Bill Paxton died Sunday from complications from surgery. He was 61. Paxton, born in Ft. Worth, won multiple acting awards during his career, and is often remembered for his many roles on the big and small screen. Among his credits were Morgan Earp from Tombstone, Fred Haise in Apollo 13, Brock Lovett in Titanic, and small roles in Aliens and Terminator. He also won awards for his TV acting, winning Golden Globes for roles in A Bright Shining Lie and Big Love, and taking an Emmy nomination for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Paxton was married twice and is survived by his 2 children with his 2nd wife. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

February 27
Cameron Junior High and Yoe High School present Tacos and Technology at the Yoe High Cafeteria today from 6-7:30PM. Come stroll through students` interesting and inspiring technology projects, all while eating some tacos. In addition, Ben Milam Elementary and Cameron Elementary will host their own Technology Showcases today from 5-6:30PM. All of these events are free. 

March 2
The Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday at noon at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Cameron.  A representative from Master Gardeners will talk about the upcoming spring plant sale and Master Gardeners in general.  The public is invited to attend.  Bring a food dish to share for lunch. 

March 4
The 5th annual Milam County Aggie Moms Golf Tournament will be Saturday at Cameron Country Club. The 4-man scramble tourney will have shotgun start times of 8AM and 1PM. The tourney is open to all golfers and will be $60 per player. Singles are welcome. Lunch and carts will be provided. Prizes will be awarded. For info, call any Milam County Aggie Mom or Cameron Country Club. In case of rain, the tourney will be moved to April 8th. Sponsors are also being sought for the tourney. 

March 4
There will be a washer tournament benefiting Relay for Life Milam County on Saturday at the Ranch in Rockdale. Registration starts at Noon, with play starting at 1PM. Cost is $20 per team for the double elimination tourney. Prizes will be awarded. Pulled pork sandwiches will be available and the bar will be open. A bake sale will also be held. For info, call 512-760-7194.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce has announced their plans for the next Chamber Banquet.

The 83rd Annual Chamber Banquet will take place today at Milam Community Theater`s Williams Event Center. For banquet tickets please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.


(CENTRAL TX) Several area boys teams remain alive in the UIL basketball playoffs. 

In area round action: A&M Consolidated beat out Georgetown 59-56; Rudder escaped Brenham 73-71; Franklin knocked out Leon 54-35; Mumford ousted Weimar 67-52; Snook blasted Junction 47-27; Harper knocked out Milano 50-31; and Calvert edged Milford 87-84.

In regional quarterfinal action: Consol will play Rudder at 7PM Tuesday in Bryan; Franklin meets Teague at 7PM Tuesday at Waco University; Mumford matches up with Snook at 6PM Tuesday at A&M Consolidated; and Calvert advances to play Laneville at 6:30PM today in Palestine.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe softball had a strong showing at the Caldwell tournament this weekend.

For their final game of the tournament, the Lady Yoe faced down Bellville, who was undefeated in the tournament. The game was tied scoreless until the 6th inning when a base hit drove in the winning run.  Cameron held Bellville scoreless to finish the game 1-0.  The Lady Yoe finished a strong 2nd place at the Caldwell tournament, going 4-2. They now sit at 4-5 for the season.


(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team also had a strong showing in tournament action this weekend. 

The Boys went 2-3 at the Marion-Navarro tournament this weekend, often facing state-ranked and higher classification teams. In addition, the JV team went 1-2 at their own tourney here in Cameron. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS run and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 4 arrests:
--50-year-old Rockdale woman for Criminal Trespass
--31-year-old Rockdale man for Lee Co warrant and local warrant for DWLI
--20-year-old Rockdale man for Theft of Property Under $100, Failure To Appear, Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram, and Tampering with Evidence
--D`Ebony Brooks, 24 of Rockdale, for DWLI
There was also an accident: 6:43PM, vehicle hit a deer at 865 N. US77. Involved: SUV driven by Jennifer Hoffman of La Grange. No injuries. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Willie Lee Ottwell, 34 of Colorado, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--5:42PM, wreck on TX36 near CR234 Loop. 
--8:22PM, wreck on FM485 east. Minor injuries reported.

There are currently 129 inmates in the county jail, including 43 housed for Coryell County, 1 held for Lee County, and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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