Today`s Local News2016-08-24
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

(ROCKDALE) Funeral services are now set for a former Rockdale City Councilman and Mayor. 

Services for 84-year-old Bill Avrett of Rockdale will be 11AM Thursday at St. John`s United Methodist Church in Rockdale, with burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6:30-8:30PM at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Mr. Avrett was born in Pleasant Hill Community and graduated as Valedictorian from Thorndale High School. He earned a degree from the University of Texas and served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He went on to serve on Rockdale City Council for 3 years as a councilman and 18 years as mayor. He was also active in numerous civic organizations, serving on president on many of them. He worked for Chance Vought Aircraft, Texas Instruments, and Tracor, Inc. He also taught part time at the University of Texas and owned and operated several small businesses. Survivors include a son, a daughter, a sister, and 4 grandchildren. Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


(CAMERON) One of 2 Cameron teenagers arrested on drug charges after a routine traffic stop has now been sentenced. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 17-year-old Able Jehu Alzalde was placed on 8-years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions, including successful completion of SAFE-P. Torrey said Alzalde must also pay a $2500 fine and $180 restitution to DPS after he entered a guilty plea to the 1st Degree Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams With Intent To Deliver. 

Alzalde and his brother, 18-year-old Alfredo Daniel Alzalde were both indicted last month on the 1st Degree Felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams-Intent to Deliver. According to Cameron Police, officers on routine patrol pulled over the Alzaldes in late June for failing to stop at a stop sign. During the stop, Officers Alejo and Torres searched the vehicle and uncovered a large quantity of the drug K2, or Spice. It is believed the drugs were packaged for distribution, as officers discovered about 70 grams of the substance separated and encased in sealed bags. The officers also found about 150 empty plastic baggies.

Among other cases from last week: 

JERMAINE DANIEL BRYDSON, 35, of Beaumont, was sentenced to four (4) years confinement in the Institutional Division of TDCJ after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Tampering with Evidence

VIVIAN G. MITCHELL, 63, of Rockdale, was sentenced to eighteen (18) months and seven (7) days confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original State Jail Felony Theft of Less than $1,500 with priors

LIZZA MICHELLE FLORES, 26, of Rockdale, was sentenced to six (6) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for four (4) years with standard conditions of probation including the successful completion of ISF (Intermediate Sanction Facility) and was ordered to pay a $3,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Injury to Elderly

CHARLES WELLS, 50, of Rockdale, was sentenced to ten (10) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for four (4) years with standard conditions of probation and no contact with victim and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine after pleading “no contest” to a 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breathing/Circulation

JOSHUA LEWIS LACKEY, 30, of Bartlett, was placed on ten (10) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including substance abuse evaluation and the successful completion of all recommended treatment including Cenikor or other 12 month treatment center and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and nave no contact with victim after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony, Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping

KELLY ANN DARDEN, 40, of Corpus Christi, was sentenced to two (2) years confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, probated for four (4) years with standard conditions of probation and ordered to pay restitution to the victim after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original State Jail Felony, Theft $1,500 to $20,000

And RANDI BOX ROGERS, 46, of Rockdale, was sentenced to fourteen (14) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, by Judge Youngblood after a hearing on the violation of conditions of probation for the original State Jail Felony Burglary of Building.


(TEMPLE) Temple Police are looking for suspects after 2 men with a gun and a knife robbed another man early Tuesday. 

Police were called about 2:30AM Tuesday to the Highland Apartments in the 2400 block of Saulsbury Dr. in reference to the armed robbery. The victim told officers the 2 men approached him at a dumpster on the complex rounds, displayed a knife and a silver revolver, and robbed him of $2300, a ring, a bracelet, a gold chain, and a watch. The victim said he was preparing to leave town for a family reunion when the incident happened. Both suspects were believed to have been wearing nylon stockings over the faces. The suspects escaped on foot after the robbery. Investigators did find the victim`s missing watch nearby and believe the robbers dropped it when they made their escape. Anyone with information should call police. 


(FT BRAGG) An Army 4-Star General will have to testify in the case of a soldier accused of desertion and misbehavior. 

In a hearing Tuesday at Ft. Bragg, a military judge ordered top Army General Robert Abrams to appear in court today as part of a pre-trial hearing to answer questions regarding a motion to disqualify him as a witness in the case. The defense for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl asked to have Abrams dismissed because he allegedly destroyed letters received from supporters and critics of Bergdahl. Abrams is also the general who decided to send Bergdahl`s case to general court martial rather than a lower level military tribunal. The defense hopes to have Abrams removed as a witness and have another top general decide if the entire case even warrants a general court martial. Currently, the trial against Bergdahl on the desertion and misbehavior charges is scheduled to take place in February of next year. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after walking off his post in Afghanistan. He was freed 5 years later in a controversial exchange of Guantanamo Bay prisoners. 

The Bergdahl trial also holds some local intrigue. Cameron native and Yoe High graduate Lt. Darryn Andrews was killed in action in 2009 during a mission to rescue the missing man. Andrews family has testified to Congress about the role their son played in the search, noting that Bergdahl is a deserter and not a hero. 


(BUCKHOLTS) The Town of Buckholts has announced new ways customers can pay their water and utility bills. 

Beginning September 1st, all water bills will be paid at Buckholts Town Hall weekdays from 8AM-5PM. Payments can also be mailed to the Town of Buckholts at Box 117 in Buckholts, 76518. Credit Card payments may be made over the phone for a convenience fee. For questions, call 254-593-3111.


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale Independent School District Board of Trustees has a regular meeting today.

During their meeting, the Board will consider the teacher appraisal calendar and look to endorse a candidate to the TASB Board of Directors. Several policies will also be discussed. 

Today`s meeting is scheduled for 6PM at the Central Administration Office Board Room.


(MILANO) Milano ISD Board of Trustees will host a series of meetings Thursday.

The Board is expected to first hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed tax rate and budget. Following the hearing, the Board will convene in special session to consider adopting the tax rate and budget. In other business, the Board will take action on personnel and budget amendments. Construction information is also on the agenda. 

Thursday`s meetings begin at 6:50PM in the Milano High School library.  


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

August 27
The monthly Milano Junction Country Jamboree will be held at 7PM Saturday at the Milano Civic Center.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the country and gospel music.  Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

September 11
The Annual Homecoming Picnic at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Marak will be Sunday, September 11th. Mass is at 10:15AM, with dinner at 11AM. Plates of home fried chicken and sausage with all the trimmings will be $10 each. Drive through and to-go will be available. Games kick off at Noon. The Praha Brothers will play from 12:30-3:30PM and a live auction will follow. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to host auditions for their latest production. 

MCT will host auditions for George Axelrod`s The 7 Year Itch on Thursday at 7PM in the Williams Event Center in Cameron. The cast will consist of 3 men, a boy, an off-stage voice, and 6 women. Call back dates will be announced later. The 7 Year Itch will hit the stage this November. For info, send an email to Randy Leo at


(CAMERON) Youth wishing to play soccer in Cameron will have to register soon. 

Cameron Youth Soccer registration is underway and the deadline is September 1st. Officials will be at Yoe High Cafeteria that night from 5-7PM for last chance registration. Youth ages 4-13 are eligible to play and the cost is $40 per player with a discount for households with multiple players. You can pick up registration forms at the Cameron Library, Cameron Herald, Classic Bank, Buckholts State Bank, or Elementary and Jr. High offices. For info, call 254-482-0680.


(CAMERON) As football season nears, here are some important dates to know. 

Cameron will begin the regular season Friday on the road against Bellville. KMIL will follow the Yoemen all season. Kick off your football Friday at 9:05AM on the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, live from the dealership. And beginning this week, don`t forget to register there for a chance to win prizes during the show. At 5:30PM on Friday nights, the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff will return, bringing you everything you need to know about the coming season and breaking down all the area games. After Yoe football here on the Ranch, stay tuned for Friday Night Finals to get all the area scores.  

Yoe Football reserve season tickets are now on sale to the general public. Tickets are available in the Cameron ISD Administration Building weekdays from 8AM-Noon and from 1-4PM. No tickets will be sold in the field house. Make checks payable to Yoe High or YHS. In addition, football Senior Passes are available now. 


(CAMERON) A pair of Cameron Yoe football players have been named to the Mr. Texas Football watch list. 

Yoe wide receiver Sicory Smith was among 100 players named to the initial watch list for the Mr. Texas Football award. Cameron quarterback Jacob Smitherman, who has elected to not play football this year, was also named to the watch list. Other local stars making the list include Lexington linebacker Chase Allert, Bremond quarterback Roshauud Paul, and Calvert quarterback JaQuan Thompson. A total of 10 finalists will be named at the end of the season, with the award winner to be named at the Texas Bowl on December 28th. 


(CENTRAL TX) Several area volleyballs teams have been in action the past couple of days. 

The Cameron Lady Yoe lost in heartbreaking fashion to a higher classification Navasota squad in 4 sets on Tuesday. Navasota opened the match with a 25-19 win before Cameron evened things up with a 25-23 win. But the Ladies could not rally in the next 2 games, falling 25-23 and 25-21.

Elsewhere, La Grange was swept by Bryan in 3 sets, Caldwell was swept by College Station in 3 sets, top-ranked Iola topped Milano in a 4 set thriller, Little River-Academy dropped their 1st set against Moody before winning the next 3, and Rogers toppled 6A Killeen Shoemaker via the sweep. On Monday, Milano swept past Brazos Christian and fell in another 4 set thriller to Iola. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 arrest: Joe Ramos, III, 24 of Rockdale, for PI

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 arrest: 57-year-old Rockdale man for Harrassment
There was also 1 fire call: Rockdale FD sent to Luminant`s Sandow #4 at 5:11PM. No other details were available.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Zachary Ryan Shesler, 30 of Cameron, for Motion to Revoke
--Cherie Christina Ward, 40 of Temple, for Motion to Revoke
--Frank Allen Varner, Jr., 29 of Caldwell, housed for Treatment Center
--Joe Ramos, III, 24 of Rockdale, for PI

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 129 inmates in the county jail, including 46 housed for Coryell County and 8 housed in Lee County. 

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