Today`s Local News2017-06-27
Tuesday, June 27, 2017


(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office is investigating 2 deaths here in the county. 

According to Chief Deputy Chris White, deputies responded last Wednesday to the 200 block of CR346 in reference to a medical call. Deputies determined that family members discovered 29-year-old Bruce Bode unresponsive. Justice of the Peace Sam Berry pronounced Bode dead and ordered an autopsy. Investigators found nothing indicating cause of the death and are now awaiting toxicology results. Chief Deputy White said there appears to be no evidence of foul play though the investigation continues pending toxicology and autopsy reports. 

In addition, deputies responded Friday to property in the 200 block of CR306 in reference to a man with a gunshot wound. Deputies arrived to find Robert Loehr dead from what was described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Gary Northcott pronounced Loehr dead and ordered an autopsy. At this time, Chief Deputy White said information gathered at the scene leads investigators to believe Loehr took his own life. 


(FALLS CO) A chase in Falls County ended when the suspect injured himself jumping off a bridge. 

The Falls County Sheriff`s Office said a deputy attempted to serve a warrant on a wanted subject on Monday when the man took off. Officials said the subject tried to evade arrest by jumping off the TX7 bridge at Big Creek between Marlin and Kosse. It was unclear how bad the suspect was hurt, though he was taken to a Waco hospital for treatment. The name of the man has not been released. 


(HUTTO) A SWAT team raid early Monday helped uncover part of a large illegal operation. 

Austin Police and the Williamson County Sheriff`s Office served a felony warrant Monday morning at a home in the 1200 block of August Bend Drive in Hutto. A 6-month long investigation into illegal gambling activity and money laundering led Austin Police to the home. Authorities said a suspect in the home barricaded himself inside, leading to a SWAT team response. The name of the suspect has not been released as officials termed the investigation ongoing and more arrests are possible. 


(BELL CO) More details are coming out regarding a Bell County couple charged with keeping their son in a small shed. 

Temple ISD confirmed Monday that 58-year-old Suzanne Michelle Stadler taught in a self-contained special education department and was a 15-year employee. According to Temple ISD spokesman Matthew LeBlanc, there were never any complaints against Stadler. Mr. Stadler retired from the military. According to authorities, Stadler and her husband, 62-year-old Warner Joseph Stadler, were arrested Friday night on charges of Child Abandonment/Endangerment and Criminal Negligence. The pair are accused of keeping their 14-year-old adopted son in an insulated shed with little to no food and water. Both Stadlers bonded out of jail over the weekend. The boy was taken to the hospital and was then released to the custody of the state through the Department of Family and Protective Services. The boy was initially placed in a mental health facility and is now in foster care. Investigators believe the Stadlers physically and verbally abused their son for years. A welfare check by Bell County deputies discovered the boy living in the shed. 


(TEMPLE) The driver of a boat that struck and killed a girl and injured her father says he never saw anyone behind his boat. 

An arrest affidavit released Monday shows that 43-year-old Jason Bernal told police that he could not see anyone behind his houseboat because it is 3 stories tall. The affidavit also shows that witnesses reported multiple people shouted at the boat to stop because of how close people were to the propeller area. Bernal was arrested over the weekend on a charge of Criminal Negligent Homicide in connection to Friday`s boating accident on Lake Belton near Temple Lake Park. First responders were called to the lake just before 7PM after the large houseboat ran over 4-year-old Kaitlyn Oliver. Her 37-year-old father Patrick attempted to save her and had his legs severed in the process. The Olivers were rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been ordered. Her father was last listed in serious condition. Crews from Morgan`s Point Resort Dive Team, Temple Police, Temple Fire & Rescue, the Corps of Engineers, and Texas Parks and Wildlife all responded. The incident is still under investigation. 


(SALADO) Two Salado brothers will face final sentencing next month. 

According to the Bell County District Attorney`s Office, 35-year-old Phillip Henry and 41-year-old Bert Henry will have a final sentencing hearing on July 3rd. Both men pleaded guilty to scamming a number of Bell County residents out of thousands of dollars through an area fencing company. Officials say the victims hired the Henrys to do fence and deck work, paid them substantial amounts, and then never saw the work finished. The brothers operated under a variety of business names including H&M Services, Majestic Fence and Deck, Reliable Fence and Deck, Central Texas Best Fence and Deck, and 4 Star Fence and Deck. Bert Henry is thought to be listed as owner of the businesses though it appears most of the victims actually did business with Phillip Henry. Court records indicate that the victims have agreed that if Phillip paid $10,000 in partial restitution, he could be placed on 10 years probation and pay back any remaining restitution to be determined within 5 years. That final restitution number is expected to be revealed at the July 3rd hearing. 


(TAYLOR) Taylor Police continue to investigate a weekend aggravated robbery. 

According to Taylor Police, a man with a knife approached the female manager of Sirloin Stockade in Taylor about 5AM Sunday and ordered her onto the ground. The man then yanked her to her feet, ordered her into the restaurant and made her disable the alarm and open the safe. Once inside, the man took cash from the safe and the manager`s car keys. The suspect then fled the scene in the manager`s car. The suspect is being described as a Hispanic male, about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8 with medium build and a black shirt covering his face. The victim`s car has since been recovered. Anyone with information should call Taylor PD. 


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale ISD will soon host a town hall meeting to discuss an upcoming tax ratification election. 

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting prior to Tax Ratification Election Day on August 15th. The town hall meeting will be 6PM July 25th. You are invited to get involved and ask questions. The town hall meeting will be held in the Rockdale City Council meeting room at City Hall. Early voting in the tax ratification election begins July 31st at the Rockdale ISD administration building. 


(CAMERON) Applications are now being accepted for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship. 

The scholarship, which memorializes former County Extension Agent Christine Holcombe, will be awarded to applicants who have completed 1 year of college and are former Milam County residents and graduated from Milam County high schools. The deadline to apply is Friday. To get an application you must email More info can be found on the Chris Holcombe Facebook page.


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

Continuing 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 Friday. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.  


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

June 5-30
Cameron ISD`s annual Summer Food Program continues weekdays through Friday. All children age 18 years and younger will be able to eat free from 11AM until 12:30PM in the Cameron Elementary Cafeteria. Meals are 1st come, first served. 

June 28
Come welcome Terry Rogers, the new manager of The Sonic Drive-In, with the re-opening of Sonic as new Chamber Members, Wednesday at 5:30PM at Sonic here in Cameron.


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff David Greene and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 7th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 15th.  The program was established in 2010, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County.

Lt. John Mendoza said the tournament will be held at the Cameron Country Club. Mendoza said the tournament is also accepting Hole Sponsorships at $100 per hole. Cost to play is $50 (but $80 will get you 5 $10 raffle tickets and 2 mulligans). Tee times will be at 8AM and 1PM. Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided. All proceeds and donations will go to the Milam County Brown Santa Program. For info, call 254-627-1270 or 


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

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. 

The 9th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 31st through August 3rd at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp. 


(COLLEGE STATION) The State 7-on-7 pools have been released for the coming tournament. 

The Cameron Yoemen have qualified for Division 2 at the State 7-on-7 Tournament, held June 29-30 in College Station. Cameron is in Group K and will compete against Celina, Needville, and Abilene Wylie. The Rockdale Tigers are in Division 2 and are grouped in Pool F with Dublin, Liberty, and San Augustine. Other area teams that have also qualified include Giddings in Group I of Division 2, Salado in Pool O of Division 2, Hutto in Division 1, Georgetown in Division 1, and Lexington in Group M of Division 2. The tourney opener for Cameron will be at 2PM against Celina. Remaining game times are 4PM and 6PM. The Division 1 portion of the tourney will be June 30th and July 1st. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and 2 accidents.
--10:55AM, 2-vehicle wreck at 1st and Adams. Drivers: Scott Genz of Spring and Curtis Backsley of Wharton. No injuries.
--1:20PM, 3-vehicle wreck at 6th and Fannin. Drivers: Khalil Kelly, Ashley Fox, and Juan Casillas. Passenger: Jeremy Carasco. At least 1 person taken by EMS for minor injury. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Trent Mitchell, 29 of Rockdale, on Milam Co warrants
There were also 2 other calls:
--3:15PM, Thorndale FD toned to downed lines at 103 W. Roepke. 
--5:45PM, 2-vehicle crash at east Rockdale city limits. Drivers: Lucas Jacob Strickland of Arizona and Daniel James Fuchs of Kemp. Rockdale FD sent for traffic control.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 new bookings:
--Thomas Lopez, 23 of Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Member, Interfering w/ Emergency Request for Assistance, and Resisting Arrest
--Leotis Quincy Miller, 53 of Cameron, for Motion to Revoke
--Davana Sterling, 17 of Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury
--Trent Donell Mitchell, 29 of Rockdale, for Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram
--Fidel Ali Davidson, 39 of Irving, for DWLI w/ priors

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 138 inmates in the county jail, including 66 housed for Coryell County.

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