Saturday, May 18, 2013
ROCKDALE MISSING CHILD HOAX
(ROCKDALE) Authorities in Rockdale, including firemen and police, were toned out Friday night at around 9 p.m. to Wal-Mart, for a missing child report. Police said officials were told that the child was a 2-year-old, and gave a full description, however, after investigating, Police determined the call to be a hoax. And now, that case remains under investigation.
20TH DISTRICT COURT
(CAMERON) A handful of 20th District Court cases this week resulted in probation sentences according to District Attorney Bill Torrey. In a press release Friday, ARMANDO RAYES REYNA, 28, of Holland, was placed on ten (10) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and Reyna was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $5,409.25 in restitution after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Bodily Injury.
LEVI MAY, 38, of Cameron pled guilty to a lesser included Class A misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief and was sentenced to one (1) year in the Milam County Jail, probated for one year with standard probation conditions. May was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $500 in restitution.
BILAL ABDUL-SHAKUR AKA JEFFREY BARNES, 41, of Temple, was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony Assault Causes Bodily Injury – Family Violence.
Special Prosecutor John Paschall handled 2 cases in the court: LENNY HONG TO, 52, of Montgomery, Texas, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and the restitution to be determined after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class B Misdemeanor Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle.
CRYSTAL LYNN GROSKO, 29, of San Antonio was placed on one (1) year Deferred Adjudicated Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $140 restitution payable to DPS after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance.
MASSIVE BACK UP ON I-35
(TEMPLE) Friday traffic on Southbound I-35 in Temple was backed up for miles, as drivers were reduced to a single lane, after a big rig dumped a 40,000 pound concrete culvert between exits 299 and 300.
Officials aren`t sure why the truck lost the culvert, but say that the cables may have snapped or, the truck was possibly overloaded. Investigators said the rig hit the concrete median several times, and the trailer then broke in two. No one was injured. Clean up crews were forced to drill holes in the culvert so it could be attached with cables to remove from the interstate.
RESULTS FROM WEST PLANT EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION REVEALED
(West) Investigators say the cause of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last month is undetermined. The State Fire Marshal`s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives believe there are three possible causes for the blast: a golf cart that malfunctioned, the electrical system in the building, or an intentional, criminal act such as arson. The explosion in the town of West killed more than a dozen people, injured about 200 more, and damaged or destroyed over 100 buildings.
NEW BUCKHOLTS POLICE CHIEF
(BUCKHOLTS) After going more than a year without a Police Chief, the city of Buckholts announced Friday that there is a new leader for that department. Martin Jackson took over Friday.
He takes over after the former chief, James Blackmon was arrested for falsifying government documents.
Jackson was selected in mid-March, but wasn`t able to begin until Friday, due to other obligations. He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement in the Texas Department of Public Safey and California Highway Patrol.
GAS PRICES JUMP
(Dallas) Texas drivers are paying a little more for a gallon of gas. Triple-A Texas reports the statewide average is up three-cents this week to three-41 a gallon. The statewide average is 16-cents less than one year ago, and 19-cents less than the national average, which sits at three-60 a gallon.
Amarillo has the highest gas price average at three-60, and Beaumont has the lowest at three-31. Austin`s average is three-39, up three-cents, and San Antonio`s average is up four-cents to three-38. Dallas drivers are paying six-cents more at three-47 a gallon. Houston`s average is up a penny to three-41. Cameron drivers pay right at the state average at $3.41.
POWERBALL JACKPOT SOARS TO 600-MILLION
(AUSTIN) The Powerball jackpot continues to swell to a new high for the lottery game. An estimated 600-million dollars will be on the line for tonight`s drawing. That would be the second-largest in U.S. history. The biggest still belongs to the Mega Millions, which paid out 656-million last year. That jackpot was split by three tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
TEXAS SUES BP FOR OIL SPILL
(TEXAS) Texas has become the fifth state to sue British oil company BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seeking damages for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Beaumont, is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources, and civil penalties related to the discharge of oil. The lawsuit, filed by the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, did not give a specific dollar amount for the damages the state is seeking.
CAMERON DEWBERRY FESTIVAL TODAY
(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce Dewberry Festival is today at Wilson Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Activities this year include a bicycle parade, pet parade, horseshoe tourney, a variety of craft and food vendors, and of course, the Classic Car Show.
Today`s Festival will also feature the annual Kid Fish, hosted by Texas State Game Warden, Charles Mayer and the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. Mayer said fishing will begin at 8 a.m. Kid Fish is a free event, and a fishing license is not required for those 17 years and under.
Members of Milam Community Theater will also perform a Melodrama on the stage at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
In addition, Dewberry Festival Cake and Cobbler Bake Off, sponsored by Citizens National Bank will be held. Categories include: scratch cake, almost homemade, and cobbler. Only 1 entry per person per category. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Goods will be auctioned off after, with proceeds going to the Milam County Child Welfare Board.
YOE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS HELD NEXT WEEK
(CAMERON) Yoe High School and Cameron Junior High will be doing Athletic Physicals for all student athletes next Monday and Tuesday (May 20 & 21). CISD requires all student athletes to get new physicals each year in order to participate in all sports related activities. They will also be giving Bus Driver Physicals as well.
The Junior High will have their physicals during the school day on Monday, the 20th. The high school will follow with theirs on Tuesday, the 21st. The cost for each physical will be $20, and checks can be made out to Dr. Jamee Garner.
CISD BAND ANNOUNCES SPRING CONCERT
(CAMERON) The award winning Cameron ISD Bands will present their annual Spring Concert Thursday, May 23rd at 7PM in the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center. The Concert will feature the Cameron Junior High Bands and conclude with the C.H. Yoe High School Band. Admission is free and everyone is invited. The band boosters will also be selling DVD/CD`s of the last 4 years for $20 at the concert.
JURY DUTY MONDAY, CANCELLED
(CAMERON) All persons summed for jury service in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court for Monday, May 20th at 1 p.m. need not report. That case has been resolved.
H.S. BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
(TEXAS) In the Class 2A baseball playoffs Friday, two central Texas teams took it on the chin, as Troy and Salado were each upended in the first games of their Region 3 quarter-final series. 2nd ranked Salado was beaten in game 1 at A&M Consolidated, 4-3 by Centerville. Game 2 of that series resumes today at 2 p.m., with a 3rd game to follow if necessary.
Troy was also beaten for the first time in this year`s post-season, as Teague jumped out to an early lead and then held off the Trojans for an 8-6 win in game 1. That series resumes today at 1 p.m. at Texas A&M`s Blue Bell Park. A game 3 would follow, if necessary.
In Class 1A, Bartlett was beaten in game 1 in Brenham, 8-3 in their series with Flatonia. Their series continues today at Fireman`s Park at 3 p.m. Also in 1A, Thrall took a 1 game to none lead, beating Weimar, 4-1 in their best of 3 series. Game 2 is set for today at 2 p.m. in Bastrop.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS runs for the 24 hour period, ending at 6 a.m. this morning. Police also reported 1 arrest; Ezra McGowen, of Cameron for public intoxication. There were no fires or accidents reported.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs. Firemen toned out missing child report at 9:16 p.m., at Wal-Mart. Hoax, police called.
(MILAM CO) The Milam County Sheriff`s Department reported 2 arrests and 1 accident:
--Jesus Rojas, 25, of Thorndale on charges of assault causes bodily injury
--Ezra McGowen, 52, of Cameron for public intoxication
1 accident reported: vehicle struck a cow on FM 485 West, no injuries reported. DPS Trooper Broderick Sims investigated.
There were 92 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, with 3 housed for Cameron police, and 25 for Coryell County.