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Today`s Local News2019-05-22
Wednesday, May 22, 2019




US77 SOUTH SHUTDOWN IN ROCKDALE

(ROCKDALE) A major highway overpass is shutdown this morning after a big wreck overnight. 

Rockdale Police, Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, and Texas Department of Transportation are on scene this morning at the US77/US79 overpass on the east end of Rockdale. Emergency crews responded about 11PM Tuesday after an 18-wheeler flipped over on its side on the US77 bridge over US79, blocking the roadway. The driver of the rig was transported from the scene with unknown injuries. At this time, the bridge is shut down in both directions. Motorists can take US77 north into Cameron, though no drivers can presently go south. Rockdale Police Sgt. Tillery is investigating. 


COMMISSIONERS COURT

(MILAM CO) Milam County Commissioners Court will meet Thursday to discuss County employee relocation. 

The Court will discuss and take possible action on the transfer/exchange of County buildings in downtown Cameron for the former Little River Hospital building. To acquire the hospital property Judge Young stated the buildings to be traded would include the Blake Building, the Manning Shoe building, the County Health Buildings located at 207 Houston and 211 Houston, the Tax Office, the Adult Probation building, the Dusek building, and possibly the County Appraisal District. A presentation from Duane Westerman regarding possible funding options for the renovation of the former Little River Hospital building will also be heard. 

The previous meeting minutes, public participation, and Milam County Payroll are also up for discussion. The court will hear the presentation of Robert Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Ranspot and others regarding the status of the Milam County Health Department and take any necessary action. Thursday`s meeting is scheduled for 8:30AM in the Milam County Courthouse.


DISTRICT COURT

(CAMERON) A Killeen man involved in a Milam County manhunt and scuffle with law enforcement has been sentenced. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 35-year-old Demechetist Garnais Garner was sentenced to fifteen (15) years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice by 20th District Court Judge John Youngblood. That term comes down after a Pre-Sentence Investigation and a sentencing hearing. Garner had previously pled guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams. Torrey had said in March that Garner had been indicted on that charge and another for Burglary of a Building. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts said officers captured Garner after he had fled during a traffic stop on January 14th, leading to a manhunt here in Milam County. According to Sheriff Chris White, deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers converged on the area before suspending the search after the sun went down. A DPS search helicopter had also been called to the scene. When the search was suspended, the suspect had disappeared into a heavy wooded area and eventually swam across the river in order to get back into town. By the next morning, a trooper spotted the suspect near the donut shop here in town. As law enforcement converged on the area, Sgt. Roberts indicated that the suspect resisted arrest near the donut shop before running away toward the First Baptist Church in Cameron. Sheriff White credited Deputy Torres with the takedown of the suspect, who was found hiding in the bushes of a home behind the Baptist Church. At the time of his arrest, Garner was found to be in possession of a large quantity of a substance believed to be cocaine.

A total of 11 other cases were disposed of this past week:

PHILLIP MARTIN POUNDER, 41, of Rockdale, was sentenced to four (4) years confinement in TDCJ after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams

ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ JIMENEZ, 21, of Cameron, was sentenced to ten (10) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ and was ordered to pay $180 restitution to the DPS lab after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

CLEMENT DAVID, SR., 53, of Rockdale, was sentenced to six (6) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

ALAYNE MACHA FULLER, 25, of Waco, was sentenced to one hundred eighty (180) days in the Milam County Jail after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original Class A Misdemeanor, Lesser Included Attempted Forgery

AARON WAYNE NORMAN, 29, of Rockdale, was sentenced to forty-four (44) days in the Milam County Jail after pleading guilty to a Class A Misdemeanor, Lesser Included Assault Causes Bodily Injury – Family Member

DANNY RUBE HANNA, JR., 45, of Rockdale, was placed on four (4) years Deferred Adjudication with standard conditions of probation including the successful completion of advanced anger management classes and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breathing/Circulation

TANNER MICHAEL CLARK, 24, of Round Rock, was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution to DPS lab after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

MANDA MAE EMERY, 29, of Dallas, was placed on one (1) year Deferred Adjudication and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution to DPS lab after pleading guilty  to a Class A Misdemeanor, Lesser Included Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

CHARLES LOUIS CANTRELL, 56, of Davilla, was sentenced to five (5) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for five (5) years with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle

THOMAS WESLEY OWENS, 28, of Bryan, was sentenced to ten (10) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for three (3) years with standard conditions of probation including the successful completion of SAFP program and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony, Burglary of Habitation

FERNANDO REYES REYES, 48, of Cameron, was sentenced to ten (10) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for eight (8) years with standard conditions of DWI probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution to DPS lab after pleading guilty to a 3rd  Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More


ROGERS MAYOR RUNOFF SCHEDULED

(ROGERS) The Runoff Election for Mayor in Rogers is now scheduled after 2 candidates tied for office. 

The Runoff Election for Mayor will be June 22nd, with voting on Election Day from 7AM-7PM at the Rogers Civic Center. Early Voting will be at City Hall from June 5th through 14th from 8AM-5PM each weekday. There will be additional Early Voting days from 7AM-7PM on June 17th and 18th.

The May General Election showed incumbent Tammy Cockrum and former Mayor Billy Crow ended up tied at 93 votes apiece. City Administrator Chris Hill said neither candidate chose to withdraw or concede so the City will call for a runoff election. This 2nd election would cost the City about $4000. 


LIVE PD WITH WILCO SO TO CONTINUE

(WILLIAMSON COUNTY) A television contract featuring a local sheriff`s department will continue. 

Williamson County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning to NOT terminate the contract between the Williamson County Sheriff`s Office and Big Fish Entertainment, the production company behind the A&E television show Live PD. Williamson County deputies began appearing on the show in November 2018. Live PD follows law enforcement officers from different agencies across the country as they go out on patrol. Officials say the show has been good and bad for the county. Last month, a lawyer filed a complaint against a Williamson County commander who reportedly challenged his deputies to have sex with a producer on the show. Sheriff Robert Chody though added that the show has brought better recruitment, community engagement, and changes in policy. 


BODY OF MISSING KAYAKER FOUND

(BELTON) The body of a missing kayaker has been found on Lake Belton. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office said searchers on Tuesday recovered the body of 60-year-old Eddie Crain. Authorities had responded Tuesday to Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area after a Crain`s kayak was found. Crain was a Bell County jailer and had been employed for 9 years. Multiple agencies were involved in the search. No other information was available. 


MARLIN MAN ARRESTED AFTER MULTI-COUNTY CHASE

(MCLENNAN COUNTY) A Marlin man is behind bars after a multi-county chase early Tuesday. 

McLennan County Sheriff`s Office said 60-year-old Joseph Dale Dulock was arrested about 3AM Tuesday after an hour-long, multi-county chase. A McLennan County deputy attempted a traffic stop of a pickup truck for a routine traffic violation about 1:45PM along China Spring Highway when the driver refused to pull over. Deputies followed the pickup into Bosque County along TX56. Bosque County deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers also joined in the chase. The driver pulled off the highway in an attempt to elude capture on back roads before rejoining the highway and heading for Valley Mills. Deputies eventually put down spike strips, which flatted all 4 tires on the truck, though the man kept driving at slow speeds until eventually skidding off the road and crashing near the intersection of TX6 and FM185. Dulock was arrested without further incident and booked into McLennan County Jail on the charge of Evading Arrest. 


AREA EVENTS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

May 23-27
Prior to the Memorial Day weekend, on Thursday morning, members of American Legion Post 358, Rockdale VFW Post 6525, the Rockdale VFW Auxiliary, and the City of Rockdale will team up to post flags in Bridge Park on US79 in downtown Rockdale.  One flag will be posted for each area veteran who died in combat.  The flags will be separated into groups for WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terrorism.  Lights will cover the area at night.  It promises to be an impressive sight, and all are encouraged to come see it.

Through May 24
Texas Farm Bureau is holding a contest regarding stories of dependable, hard working Ford vehicles. Submit a story and a photo or video and the winner of each category will win $3,000 and the runner up will receive $1,000. The deadline is Friday. To get the full list of the rules and how to enter go online to texasfarmbureau.org/fordtoughtales/

May 24
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will again sponsor the placement of crosses around the war memorial at the county courthouse for Memorial Day. The crosses placed last year and crosses that can be decorated will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office through Friday and will then be at the 10AM service on Memorial Day. A person may decorate a cross how they choose and place it at anytime. If you have any questions contact any American Legion member.

May 26
Powers Chapel Cemetery Day will be Sunday at 10AM. A work day will be Saturday. For meal tickets, call 254-749-9494. 

May 27
The Cameron VFW and Cameron American Legion will host their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10AM Monday on the Courthouse Square in downtown Cameron. KMIL will broadcast the presentation from the War Memorial. 

May 27
American Legion Post 358 in Rockdale would like to invite everyone to the annual Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the Post Home at 2534 North FM 487 in Rockdale at 10AM on Monday. The purpose of this ceremony is to honor those American men and women who died during combat. Music will be provided by the Communities in Concert Band. The Color Guard will consist of members of the Hutto ROTC, and Rockdale High School students will read the names of the deceased. The Veterans’ Tribute will be given by Chris Whittaker, US Army retired. Light refreshments will be provided.

May 27
The Board of Directors for the Blessing from God Food Pantry will be having a Memorial Service in memory of Ernest Taylor, Founder of the Pantry, on Memorial Day Monday.  It has been one year since his passing.  There will be hotdogs, chips and drinks from 5-6:30PM at the Pantry at 1300 N. Austin in Cameron. There will also be a presentation of a memorial plaque to Shirley Taylor.  


CAMERON SPRING CLEAN ENDS

(CAMERON) A Spring Clean event scheduled for this month in Cameron has ended. 

According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the clean up containers that would be set out for citizens to use for a month were all filled within one weekend. Due to that fact the City will be unable to continue for the rest of the month. If you have any questions you can call Rhett Parker at City Hall 254-697-6646.


CAMERON ISD SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM

(CAMERON) Cameron ISD will begin the annual Summer Food Program next month.

The program will be weekdays starting Monday, June 3rd, and ending on Thursday, June 28th. All children age 18 and under will be able to eat free from 11AM until 12:30PM Monday-Thursday in the Cameron Elementary Cafeteria or Yoe High Cafeteria. Meals are 1st come, first served. A second round of the Summer Food Program is slated for July 15th through August 2nd at Ben Milam Elementary from 11AM until 12:30PM. For info, call 254-697-8371 or 254-627-0636.


ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES TAX FREE SOON

(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 Saturday through Monday. Officials say shoppers could save an estimated $12.6 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. 


MCT AUDITIONS

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

MCT is thrilled to announce auditions for their summer production, Around the World in 80 Days. The production will follow a man and his servant as they attempt to travel around the globe in 80 days. Auditions will be May 28th and 29th at 6:30PM each night at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. You can find more information on their website or Facebook page. 


SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

(CENTRAL TX) Just one area team remains alive in the UIL softball playoffs. 

In regional final action:

Thorndale Vs. Weimar
Game 1: Thursday at La Grange, 7pm
Game 2: Friday at La Grange, 6pm
Game 3: Saturday at La Grange, 11am (if necessary)


BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

(CENTRAL TX) Just one area team remains alive in the UIL baseball playoffs.

In regional semifinal action: 

Troy (27-8) Vs. Central (21-14)
Game 1: Thursday at The Ranch (Franklin), 6pm
Game 2: Friday at Madisonville, 6pm
Game 3: Saturday at Madisonville, 5pm (if necessary)


ROCKDALE ATHLETE SET TO SIGN LOI

(ROCKDALE) A Rockdale senior is set to sign to continue his playing career.

Senior golfer Brady Nelson will sign a letter of intent to play golf at Howard Payne University on Thursday at Noon in the Rockdale High School Competition Gym.


YOE GOLF

(CAMERON) Much like the Ladies last week, the Yoe boys golf team showed improvement on Day 2 of the UIL state golf tourney. 

After fighting extreme winds in the 1st round, the Yoe boys golf team battled back from last place as every Yoe golfer improved their score on the 2nd day of the UIL tourney. Senior star Nikolas Keratsopoulos closed out his career in a tie for 5th place after posting a 2 day total of 152. He improved his day 1 score by 4 strokes. Kobe Young and Stockton Kruse both opened with 92s, though Young followed up with an 83 and Kruse an 86. Mason Vaculin went from 101 to 91 and Luke Greene improved from 104 to 99. The 39 shot improvement by the team jumped them from 12th to 10th in the final team standings. Columbus edged out Pottsboro 627-628 to take 1st. Pollock Central finished 3rd. Playing as an individual, Rockdale`s Ross Loth posted an 86 on day 1 followed by a 74 on day 2. The effort gave him a 160 card for the tourney.


YOE SPORTS CAMPS COMING UP

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

Yoe Baseball Camp will be May 28th through 30th at the Yards of Cameron from 8:30AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers will need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. 

Lady Yoe Softball Camp will be May 28th through 30th at Mark Humble Softball Field from 8:30-11AM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. 

Yoe Boys Basketball Camp will be May 29th through 31st 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. 

Lady Yoe Basketball Camp will be May 28th through 30th at Yoe High Gym from 1-3:30PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 5th-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. 

Yoe Wrestling Camp will be May 25th at the Old Gym and Wrestling Room from 8AM-3PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd through 8th graders, is $10-25. 

Yoe Boys and Girls Tennis camp is June 3rd through 4th at the Yoe Tennis Facility from 9-11:30AM. Cost of camp is $30. 

Yoe High Cheerleader camp will be June 10th 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. 

The 11th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 29th through August 1st 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. 


POLICE REPORT

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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 5 EMS calls and 1 arrest: 
--Juan Rubio Jr., 49 of Rockdale, for Terrorist Threat to Family or Household
There were 3 other calls:
--1:03PM, Thorndale VFD to 16995 FM486 for report of burning. Unable to locate.
--8:19PM, Thorndale VFD to CR450 for large fire. Turned out to be controlled burn.
--11:01PM, 1-vehicle wreck on 77/79, 18-wheeler flipped over on its side on overpass. Sgt. Tillery. Rockdale VFD, AMR, and TxDOT. Southbound US77 is shutdown, though northbound is open. Driver was transported. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no new bookings:
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There were no accidents reported in Milam County:
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There are currently 141 inmates in the county jail, including 71 housed for Coryell County.