Today`s Local News2014-04-17
Thursday, April 17, 2014


(CAMERON) A Rockdale man has been sentenced this week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court in connection to the death of an unborn child. 

According to a press release from Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 57-year-old Mark Allen Talley was handed 10-years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice this week after he entered a guilty plea last month to 2nd degree felony manslaughter. Torrey said Talley`s sentence was capped at 10-years because of the guilty plea. Talley is also expected to be considered for shock probation. 

Rockdale Police arrested Talley in January 2013 on intoxication manslaughter charges. He had been arrested at the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident the previous October on Mill Street in Rockdale. In that incident, investigators determined that a woman was walking along the street after attending the Rockdale Fair and was pushing her twin infants in a stroller when she was struck by a pickup truck. The woman was injured, though the twins escaped harm. Police said Talley was arrested on the charges when officers learned that the woman was pregnant and lost the baby as a result of the accident. 

In other cases disposed of last week: 

TIMOTHY LEE KUENSTLER, 48, of Rockdale, was sentenced to eighteen (18) years confinement in TDCJ after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Enhanced and was also sentenced to six (6) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Theft under $1,500 with Priors. Restitution to all victims was ordered by the Court.

SHIRA YVONNE ANDERSON, 45, of Cameron, was sentenced to six (6) months confinement in the Milam County Jail after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Theft under $1,500 with priors

MIKAYLA LEE WICKENS, 19, of Rockdale, was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation, and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and restitution to be determined after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
ROBERT WAYNE JOHNSON, 50, of Hearne, was sentenced to three (3) days in the Milam County Jail and was ordered to pay a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than One Gram

THOMAS ALONZO MOORE, 40, of Cameron, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation, including successful completion of anger management and attendance in three AA/NA meetings per month and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

CHRISTOPHER ALAN SMITH, 44, of Frisco, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $140 restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

KEVIN RAY BAILEY, 28, of Cameron, was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay $140 restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Possession of Marijuana 4oz to 5 Pounds in Drug Free Zone.  Defendant also agreed to the forfeiture of the $970.00 cash which was seized at the time of arrest.


(BELL CO) A Temple couple accused of mail box thefts may now be connected to stolen equipment from 3 area fire departments. 

Bell County Sheriff`s deputies recovered Jaws of Life equipment stolen from fire departments in Moffat, Westphalia, and Oakalla. In addition, authorities said they located various hand and power tools, welders, generators, and other items. 

Officials believe Charles Hattenbach and Kathryn Hubbert may be connected to the tool thefts. The pair remain in federal custody after their March arrests over a series of post office box break-ins. Those thefts occurred in Milano, Buckholts, Rogers, Cameron, and Rockdale, as well as other small towns in Central Texas. 


(TEMPLE) A wanted Central Texas fugitive has been arrested after over 2 years on the run. 

Elias Villanueva, 68, was booked into Bell County Jail Wednesday on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault. Bell County authorities listed Villanueva among their 8 Most Wanted Fugitives at the beginning of the year. He was arrested without incident at a Temple home. 

Officials said Villanueva was identified as the main suspect in a reported 2011 sexual assault  after a young girl made an outcry to family. 


(West) A Central Texas town is getting ready to mark the one year anniversary of a deadly fertilizer plant explosion which left 15 dead.  The city of West is holding a ceremony tonight which officials promise will be as positive as possible.  The "West 4-17 Forever Forward" event will feature a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m. when the deadly explosion happened.  It will also feature comments from Mayor Tommy Muska and local religious leaders. Muska says the anniversary will be important for healing for the city.  Last year`s explosion at the West Fertilizer Company also left over 150 hurt and dozens of buildings and homes destroyed.  The blast is being blamed on boxes of ammonium nitrate which somehow caught on fire. 


(TEXAS) Suffering producers can breathe a sigh of relief soon with the opening of sign-ups for the newly restored USDA Disaster Assistance Program. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that eligible farmers and ranchers can now sign up for disaster relief thanks to the newly restored Farm Bill. Sign-ups begin today and producers will have 3-9 months to apply, depending on the program and year of their loss. 

Depending on the size and type of farm or ranch operation, eligible producers can enroll in one of four programs administered by the Farm Service Agency.  The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and includes calendar years 2012-2014.  The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have suffered losses because of disease, severe weather, blizzards and wildfires.  


(MILAM CO) Easter is this weekend and there are several area events coinciding with it:

April 18
The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Rockdale Residence & Rehab Center to host a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Friday at 10AM at Rockdale Residence & Rehab Center. Children are asked to bring their Easter Baskets to collect eggs. There will also be hot dogs, chips, and drinks. 

April 19
There will be a free community wide Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Grace Church in Cameron at 2PM. There will be prizes galore and over 7,000 eggs. 

April 20
Cameron Volunteer Fire Department will have their annual Easter BBQ chicken meal on Easter Sunday. Plates will be to go from 11AM-1PM. Tickets are $8 each and include a half chicken, beans, potato salad, pickles, and bread. 

April 20
Liberty Community Church invites the public to attend Easter Sunrise services at 7AM. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish for breakfast. The church is located on FM3242. 

April 20
A Community Sunrise Service will be held Easter morning, starting at 6:45AM on the Downtown Mall in Cameron, sponsored by Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and the Cameron Area Ministerial Alliance (CAMA).  Dress is casual, and there will be chairs available. A light continental breakfast will be served.  Everyone is invited. In case of inclement weather, services will be conducted in Bea’s Kitchen.

April 20
Easter services at the First Baptist Church of Buckholts will be held on Sunday, at 8AM instead of 10:30AM. Everyone is invited. 

April 20
St. Monica Catholic Church will have an Easter Egg Hunt for parish members and children of the Religious Education Program on Sunday after the 10AM Mass. 


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe softball team will hit the road to wrap up the regular season today. 

Cameron will travel to Salado to take on the Lady Eagles in the regular season finale. Cameron continues to hold the 4th and final playoff spot. A Cameron win would earn the ladies a trip to the playoffs. A loss, coupled with wins by Lexington and Florence, could force a 3-way tie for the final postseason birth. 

The Yoe baseball team will play Friday in Salado. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS runs and no other activity for the 24 hours. 
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS runs and 2 arrests: 
--male juvenile for Burglary of a Habitation
--man for DWLI

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff’s office has none booked in:

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--6AM, vehicle struck a hog on FM1712 near Mt. Zion Church. No injuries.
--10PM, 1-vehicle wreck on FM2095. Injuries reported but undisclosed.

There were 99 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 14 housed for Coryell County and 3 held for Cameron PD.

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