Today`s Local News2017-05-24
Wednesday, May 24, 2017


(LEXINGTON) A small barbeque establishment in Lee County has been named the best in Texas this week. 

Texas Monthly has published their annual list of the 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas, and Snow`s BBQ in the tiny town of Lexington in Lee County has dethroned the reigning champion, Franklin`s BBQ in Austin. Lexington`s population stands at around 1100 and Snow`s has been one of the best kept secrets in BBQ in Central Texas. Snow`s pit master is Tootsie Tomanetz, one of the few women in a mostly male-dominated niche. Ranked 3-8 on the list were Cattleack BBQ in Dallas, Bodacious BBQ in Longview, Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor, Tejas Chocolate Craftory in Tomball, Corkscrew BBQ in Spring, Micklethwaite Craft Meats in Austin, Evie Mae`s Pit BBQ in Wolfforth, and Truth BBQ in Brenham. 


(CAMERON) A Cameron man will spend 5 years behind bars after sentencing this week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 34-year-old Oscar Rodriguez landed the 5 year term in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and must pay $10,426.86 in restitution after entering a guilty plea to the 3rd degree felony, Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle. 

Among other cases from the past week:

JENNIFER YVON GUELKER, 30, of Milano, was sentenced to two (2) years confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, probated for three (3) years with standard conditions of substance abuse probation including the successful completion of drug education class and substance abuse evaluation and any treatment recommended thereby and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution to the DPS drug lab after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

JULIAN RAY SANCHEZ, 17, of Austin, was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including 180 days in the Milam County Jail  and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Assault on a Public Servant

JACK KENNEDY MARCOTTE, 48, of Cypress, was sentenced to two (2) years in TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original 3rd Degree Felony, Intoxication Assault


(HEARNE) A local police chief has removed himself from a car burglary investigation. 

The City of Hearne said Tuesday that Police Chief Thomas Williams has removed himself from an ongoing car burglary case because 1 of the suspects is thought to be his son. Thomas removed himself to avoid any conflict of interest. Just last week, multiple cars were burglarized along the 600 block of Wheelock Street. In each of the instances, the vehicles were found to be left unlocked. Among the items taken was a 9mm handgun. Authorities say 2 suspects were breaking into the cars and stopped what they were doing only when a homeowner caught them. Hearne Police continue to investigate, though no arrests have been made at this time. 


(ROGERS) A contentious dispute over grades and graduation status has now been decided. 

Rogers High School seniors Allyson Talbott and Taylor Frei have agreed to share the Valedictorian title. Talbott had filed suit against Rogers ISD earlier this week, seeking to have the court declare Talbott valedictorian. The suit came about when Temple College admitted to a grading error in a dual credit course taken by Talbott. That grading error dropped her out of the top graduating spot and moved Frei up. Originally, Rogers ISD elected not to recalculate the grades after Temple College fixed the mistake. After an emergency school board meeting, the Board recalculated the grades moving Talbott back into the top spot, but then went against their own policy of determining grades at the 3rd 9 weeks period and declared class rankings would be based on final grades issued. That decision again dropped Talbott to 2nd in her class, leading to the lawsuit. The agreement by Frei and Talbott to share the Valedictorian title will help avoid any litigation. Graduation is Thursday. 


(TAYLOR) A Houston woman arrested Sunday as part of an attempted break-in has been identified. 

Taylor Police Commander Joseph Branson said Tuesday that 28-year-old LaShava Ervin was arrested early Sunday morning for her role in the attempted break-in of Murphy Oil next to the Taylor Wal-Mart. Police say as many as 3 or 4 other male suspects remain at large today. According to authorities, citizens called police about 4:30AM to report chasing off several people trying to break into the Murphy Oil. After the suspects fled, officers located Ervin, who was in a parked car along TX95 near Chandler Road and Main Street. Investigators found her in possession of evidence linking her to the burglary and also found the car she was in had been stolen. She currently remains held on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Burglary of a Building. 


(WACO) A Temple man previously indicted for capital murder has been sentenced this week on a lesser charge. 

State District Judge George Allen handed 19-year-old Garrett Gage a 40-year prison sentence on Tuesday after Gage entered a guilty plea on the lesser charge of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. Gage will also get credit for 2 years of time already served since his arrest. He was just 17 at the time the incident happened. The case stems from a February 2015 robbery and shooting at Baylor University. Then 19-year-old Cierra Barber reached a plea deal for a 30-year jail term for her part in the incident. A 3rd suspect, 19-year-old Keith McClure of Temple, was shot during an exchange of gunfire in the apartment, and died as he fled the scene. 

Authorities indicate the 3 suspects forced their way into the apartment where there were 8 people inside. One of the residents of the apartment opened fire on the suspects, striking Gage in the leg and leaving McClure dead. During the shootout, 20-year-old Braeden Freeman, was also killed. Investigators believe that drugs were the target of the 3 suspects. 


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees will meet Friday in special session. 

During their meeting, the Board will consider discipline of a public school child or complaints and charges against personnel. The Board is also expected to deliberate on releasing personally identifiable information. In other business, the Board will discuss real property, negotiated contracts for prospective gifts and donations, and personnel matters. If necessary, the Board could convene in executive session to discuss any of these matters. 

Friday`s special meeting begins at 6PM in the Central Administration Board Room. 


(BELL CO) The Loop Jail in Bell County has joined rare company this year. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office this week confirmed the Loop Jail passed state inspection for the 30th straight year. It makes Bell County only the 2nd county in the state to do that. State and county officials presented the department and jail staff members and administrators with the jail`s 30th certificate, thanking them for their hard work and dedication. 


(BELTON) Belton ISD has named their teachers of the year this week. 

During a special district luncheon on Tuesday, Belton ISD named Craig Sullivan and Michelle Robinson as teachers of the year. According to Superintendent Susan Kincannon, Robinson is elementary teacher of the year and Sullivan is secondary teacher of the year. Robinson teaches 1st grade at High Point Elementary and Sullivan teaches construction at Belton High. 


(CAMERON) A boil notice for the southern portion of the City of Cameron continues. 

Due to low disinfection residuals, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City to notify customers south of the rail road tracks from Ross to Ledbetter Park and from Park Street to Tucker Street of the need to boil their water. According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the City is also hand delivering boil notices to residents in that area. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, or ice making should be boiled for 2 minutes and cooled prior to consumption. For questions, contact City Hall at 254-697-6646.


(CAMERON) Cameron city officials have announced a chlorine burnout for their water system. 

Beginning this week, the City of Cameron will be using a chlorine only solution to disinfect the water system. Normally, the City said they use a combination of chlorine and ammonia to treat the water. Using chlorine only means the smell, taste, and color of the water may be affected. However, City officials say the water is safe for consumption. The regular combined chlorine-ammonia solution will resume June 30th. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.  


(LONDON) An actor many remember for his portrayal of the iconic spy James Bond has died. 

According to the family, longtime actor Sir Roger Moore died Tuesday at the age of 89. Moore died in Switzerland after a brief bout with cancer. He was the longest-serving actor in the role of British spy James Bond. 


(CAMERON) The annual Memorial Day program in Cameron will be at 10AM on Memorial Day on the Courthouse Square. 

KMIL will broadcast that program live that morning. After the ceremony, people may place crosses in front of the War Memorial through June 7th. You are asked to place the name of a military member fallen in any war, the name of a deceased veteran, anyone fallen in the War on Terror, or a fallen law enforcement officer or 1st responder on each cross. Crosses are available at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, public library, or on site. For questions, contact the American Legion or call 254-833-1531. 


(TEXAS) Texas shoppers looking for energy saving appliances will get a tax break on Memorial Day weekend. 

The Texas Comptrollers Office has announced that Texans can get certain appliances with the Energy Star logo tax free May 27th through 29th. Officials say shoppers could save an estimated $10.2 million in local and state sales tax. Among the types of water- and energy-efficient items Texas is waiving sales tax on are: showerheads, faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals, irrigation controls, recharging water tables, groundwater retainers, soaker or drip hoses, moisture controls, mulch, plants, trees, grasses, programmable thermostats, air conditioners under $6000, refrigerators under $2000, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and washing machines. For more information, go to the Texas Comptroller`s website. 


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps. 

Yoe Baseball Camp will be May 30th and 31st at the Yards of Cameron from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $40 per player. Campers will need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to John Broussard. 

Lady Yoe Softball Camp will be May 30th and 31st at Mark Humble Softball Field from 1:30-4:30PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $40 per player. Campers need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to Abraham Vargas. 

Yoe Boys Basketball Camp will be May 30th through June 1st at Yoe High Gym from 1-4PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Lance Hause. 

Lady Yoe Basketball Camp will be May 30th through June 1st at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Corey Cunningham. 

Yoe Wrestling Camp will be June 5th through 6th at the Old Gym and Wrestling Room at 5:30PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 4th through 8th graders, is $20 per person. Camp is limited to 40 people. Make checks payable to Yoe Town Harriers Running Club. 

Yoe High Cheerleader camp will be July 22nd at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-5PM. The camp, for kids aged 4 to entering 5th grade, is $30 per person. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Campers should bring a water bottle with their name on it. Early registrants will get a t-shirt. All campers will also get to cheer at a pep rally and football game in the fall. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders. 

Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp will be July 26th through 28th at Yoe High Gym from 8:30-11:30AM for 5th-8th graders and 1:30-4:30PM for 9th-12th graders. Cost of camp is $50 per player. 


(AUSTIN) Despite improving their scores in Day 2, the Yoe golf team lost ground in the UIL state golf tournament. 

The Yoe boys wrapped up the 3A state golf tourney on Tuesday, shooting 357 on the day, a marked improvement on their 373 effort on Day 1 of the tourney. Despite a much better day, the boys still dropped 1 spot in the final rankings, ending the tourney in 10th place overall. Rockdale took 6th place after shooting 693 for the tourney. Troup won Gold with a 621 effort. Brock and Pottsboro finished 2nd and 3rd. Cameron`s Nikolas Keratsopoulos led all Milam County golfers with a 15th place finish individually, shooting 157 across 2 days. Brady Nelson was the top Tiger, 10 strokes back. Other Yoe golfers included Stockton Kruse, Andrew Ortiz, Luke Greene, and Kobe Young. Other Tiger golfers included Walker Crane, Ross Loth, Gunner Miller, and Wren Crane. Individually, Kasey Middleton of Comanche took 1st and Merkel`s Colton Hilburn won 2nd in a playoff with Brock`s Garrett Leek. 


(CENTRAL TX) Just 2 area teams remain alive in the UIL softball playoffs this week. 

In 3A, the Academy Lady Bees advance to meet Grandview at Waco Midway. Game 1 is 7:30PM today, with Game 2 at 6:30PM Thursday. A possible 3rd game could follow. And in 1A, Bartlett moves to the state tourney for the 1st time in school history when they meet Dodd City in the state semifinal on June 2nd at UMHB. The state final would be June 3rd at UT`s Red McCombs Field. 


(CENTRAL TX) Just 2 area teams remain alive in the UIL baseball playoffs this week. 

Franklin now awaits baseball-powerhouse Nacogdoches Central Heights. The 2 will meet in Madisonville beginning at 7:30PM Thursday. That series continues Saturday. And Thorndale draws Refugio in a best-of-3 series in Weimar. Game 1 is 7PM Thursday, with Game 2 at 2PM Saturday. A 3rd game would follow if needed. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS call and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 4 arrest:
--46 year old man from Rockdale for 2 counts of assault of family member with previous convictions, disorderly conduct with threat.
--Christopher Spurlock on 2 Anderson Co warrants
--Denise Jones, Austin woman, for DWLI
--Decarlo Griner, Houston man, for No DL

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Christopher Lavont Spurlock, 36 of Austin, for Bond Surrender and Evading Arrest

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 134 inmates in the county jail, including 60 housed for Coryell County and 19 housed for Lee County.

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