Today`s Local News2014-04-24

Thursday, April 24, 2014


(BELL CO) One person had to be hospitalized after driving off the road in Bell County.

Authorities said the man was ejected from his SUV when he swerved off FM1670 on Stillhouse Hollow Dam. The man, whose name was not released, had to be taken to Scott & White Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Officials said he was not wearing a seatbelt.


(CALDWELL) A Caldwell man accused in a Burleson County murder goes to trial this week.

Roderick Grba will stand trial in the January 2013 shooting death of 31-year-old Marcus Carroll. Grba also faces charges of aggravated assault and burglary. He faces up to life in prison if he is convicted on the murder charge. The trial is expected to last about a week.

According to the Burleson County Sheriff`s Office, deputies responded about early that January morning to Cotton Village Apartments on FM60 in Snook. Deputies arrived to find Carroll dead and Antwan Heslip and Anthony Allen wounded. Those 2 were taken to a Bryan hospital. Investigators believe the shooting arose after an argument in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officials said multiple handguns were recovered at the scene. Grba was arrested the next day in connection to the shootings.


(TEMPLE) A local college is set to conduct an active shooter drill this week.

Temple College will host the drill and mass casualty exercise from 10-2 this Friday. The drill will be centered at the campus performing arts center, the Watson Tech Center, and the admin building. It is expected to involve simulated gunfire and volunteers playing injured victims.

East and West entrances to the campus off 1st Street will be closed to traffic at the time of the drill. The exercise is a joint effort between Temple and Scott & White EMS.


(HEARNE) A trio of Hearne City Council candidates have come under fire for filing incomplete applications.

Hearne Citizens Oversight Committee filed a complaint with the Texas Secretary of State over the filing applications of candidates Matthew Gomez, Larry Welch, and Steven Catalina. The complaint alleges all 3 failed to fill out required information such as how long they had lived in their districts and their occupations. The complaint also notes that an application was not notarized as required and 2 others turned in school board applications. 

The City Council elections will be May 10th, with early voting to begin next week. As of now, Hearne officials say it is too late to remove the names of the 3 candidates from the ballot. The Secretary of State`s office said they could not comment specifically on the situation and are not an enforcement or investigation unit.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Lions Club’s Annual Radio Auction is returning to the Ranch in 2 weeks.

The auction will be heard live on 105.1FM on Monday through Wednesday, May 5-7, from 3-7PM each day. Bidding will be held online. To bid online, click on the Lions Club logo on our homepage at

Once again, several hundred items are being auctioned off to the highest bidder over those 3 days. Again, bidding will begin online, just go to and click on the Lions Club logo. If you would rather bid by phone, bidding that way will begin May 5th, just listen to 105.1 the Ranch Monday through Wednesday, where phone numbers will be given out during the broadcasts.

The annual Lions Club Radio Auction raised almost $20,000 for the organization last year.  Local merchants donate items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Through the more than 40 years that the radio auction has been heard on KMIL, the transition has gone from phone bids kept on index cards to almost complete live internet bidding much like ebay auctions. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Lions Club will hold a party today to show off a recent renovation project.

The Lions will celebrate the renovation of the Cameron park gazebo today starting at 5PM. Activities include a hot dog supper, dessert contest, bounce houses, and a coloring contest. Dessert entries must be turned in by 5:30PM. The coloring contest will be judged at 7PM.

The Lions Club thanked the numerous partners that helped with completing the gazebo renovations, including: Oncor, Milam Community Foundation, Milam County Republican Women, Cameron Tourism Board and the City of Cameron. 


(TEMPLE) The Temple Symphony will host their season finale this week.

The season finale performance will be 7:30PM Friday in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Active duty troops and dependents will be admitted free.


(CAMERON) The 2014 Yoemen Baseball playoff shirts will be on sale till April 25th. The cost of the shirts for sizes S-XL will be $15, XXL $16, XXXL $17, XXXXL $18. You can order these in the front office of the High School with Vickie Kopriva. This is a pre pay order only.


(TEXAS) The bi-district round of the high school softball playoffs begin this week.

In Class 5A, 2 area teams survive, Belton and Temple. Belton will meet Midlothian in a 3-game set, with Game 1 today at 7PM at Waco ISD. Game 2 is Friday, with a 3rd game Saturday if needed. Temple takes on Mansfield in a single-game playoff at 7PM Friday in Mansfield.

Class 3A will feature Rockdale vs. West in a 3-game series that opens at 7:30PM today at Little River-Academy. Game 2 is 6PM Friday, with a 3rd game to follow if needed. Taylor plays Robinson in a 3-game set beginning today at 7PM in Taylor. Game 2 is 6PM Friday in Robinson, with a 3rd game to follow if needed. And Caldwell battles China Spring in a best of 3. Game 1 is today at 7PM in Belton. Game 2 is 7PM Friday, with a 3rd game Saturday if needed.

Class 2A also shows multiple area teams still alive. Academy matches up with Bruceville-Eddy in a 3-game series starting at 7:30PM Friday at Harker Heights. Game 2 is 6PM Saturday with a 3rd game to follow if needed. Salado meets Clifton in a 3-game set starting at 7PM today in Salado. Game 2 shifts to Clifton on Saturday at 7PM, with a 3rd game to be in China Spring on Tuesday if needed. Rogers plays Troy in a 3-game series beginning today at 6PM at Temple College. Game 2 is 7PM Saturday, with a 3rd game to be Monday if needed. And Franklin tackles Riesel in a single game playoff at 6:30PM Monday in Bremond.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 5 EMS runs and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and 4 arrests:
--40-year-old Milano man for DWLI
--50-year-old Rockdale man for DWLI
--24-year-old Rockdale man on 3 traffic warrants
--29-year-old Hutto man for DWLI
There was also 1 accident in town: 2:23PM, a vehicle driven by Laura Pinney of Rockdale struck an unoccupied vehicle in the 700 block of Vogel. No injuries reported.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff’s office has 3 booked in:
--Christopher Jerome Thompson, 36 of Rockdale for Parole Violation and Bond Surrender
--Lindsey Jo Walker, 23 of Buckholts for Contempt of Court
--Jacob Segovia Montoya, 34 of Odessa for Out of County Theft By Check $20-500

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There were 104 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 13 housed for Coryell County and 2 held for Cameron PD.

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