Today`s Local News2018-03-23
Friday, March 23, 2018


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale Police have been busy with a rash of accidents over the past 2 days. 

On Wednesday, 1 person was arrested and injuries were reported in a 3-vehicle collision at the intersection of Main and San Andres in town. Officers identified the drivers as 70-year-old Sandra Brice of Groesbeck, 29-year-old Hannah Fischer of Rockdale, and 29-year-old Ezekial Castro Escalante of Cameron. All 3 vehicles sustained significant damage and while injuries were reported, it was unclear who was hurt and to what extent. Meanwhile, Escalante was arrested at the scene for Driving While License Invalid. After being booked, he paid a fine and was released. 

On Thursday, Police worked 2 more accidents, both involving injuries. Officer Hubnik was dispatched about 1:20PM Thursday to what was termed a very minor 2-vehicle accident in the 500 block of W. Cameron. Drivers were identified as 20-year-old Samantha Tovar of College Station in a 2012 Nissan and 66-year-old Climmey Bratcher of Rockdale in a 2014 Buick. Both vehicle sustained minor damage and 1 person was said to have minor bruising, though that person was not transported or identified. 

Then at 4:43PM Thursday, Rockdale PD and Rockdale Fire Department responded to a 2-vehicle crash that left 1 vehicle overturned. Authorities also indicated 1 person ended up trapped in that wreckage and had to be extracted. The drivers were identified as Daniel Griffin of Lampasas and Keith Hays of Austin. Both vehicles sustained major damage and Griffin had to be transported by AMR to a Temple hospital. The extent of his injuries was unclear. Officer Hubnik investigated. 


(CAMERON) The 2018 Milam County Junior Livestock Show continues it`s 3-day run at the Youth Exposition Building in downtown Cameron.

The show will conclude Saturday at 6PM with the Premium Livestock Sale. KMIL will be on-hand throughout the show today with live updates and interviews from the Youth Expo. If you are interested in sponsoring one of these live updates, call KMIL at 254-697-6633.

Show Schedule:

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
 9:00 A.M. --------------- JUDGING OF MARKET SWINE.
 12:30 P.M. -------------- JUDGING OF MARKET GOATS.
 3:00 P.M. --------------- JUDGING OF MARKET LAMBS.
 5:00 P.M. --------------- Judging of Breeding Beef Heifers.
 6:00 P.M. --------------- JUDGING OF MARKET STEERS.
 7:30 P.M. ---------------- Release of all non-sale market animals and breeding beef heifers.

 9:00 – 9:30 A.M. ------ All non-sale animals being placed on floor truck must be  delivered to superintendents with weigh ticket.
 12:00 Noon ------------- ALL NON SALE ANIMALS MUST BE REMOVED.
 4:30 P.M. --------------- Buyers Dinner – Bee’s Kitchen.
 5:00 P.M. --------------- Sale participants & Showmanship winners should be at barn.
 6:00 P.M. --------------- PREMIUM LIVESTOCK SALE.
 8:00 P.M. --------------- Buyers after-sale reception. – Youth Expo Dining Room.
 8:00 P.M. --------------- All Livestock Removed.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018
 1:00 P.M. --------------- All exhibitors making the sale must return to the barn for clean-up. 


(ROCKDALE) A Rockdale property owner fined earlier this week has now had that property seized. 

The Milam County Sheriff`s Office this week seized the property that was All Service Propane in the 1300 block of E. Cameron/US79 in Rockdale. Officials said the property, owned by Richard and Richard Thrasher, Jr., was seized due to tax debts on the property. Among the items removed were a propane truck, dump truck, and Bobcat skid steer. Officials indicated those items will go up for auction as part of a tax sale in May. 

Earlier this week, the Thrashers were fined $500 on each of 6 counts of the Class C Misdemeanor, Keeping a Junkyard Within 1000 Feet of a Highway. The Thrashers had appealed their fines to County Court up from Rockdale Municipal Court, and County Judge Dave Barkemeyer kept the fines intact. Court records show that the properties were kept as though they were a junkyard and the necessary steps to screen the property from view off the highway were not undertaken.  Although Thrasher had fencing along much of the property, officials said the piles behind the fences reached heights above that. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple infant remains hospitalized after what is being termed an accidental shooting. 

Temple Police responded about 2:30PM Thursday to a home in the 300 block of South 25th in reference to shots fired. Officers arrived to find a 7-month-old who had been shot by his 4-year-old brother. The infant was taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds, though his condition has not been updated at this time. Temple PD spokesperson Shawana Neely said investigators believe the shooting to be accidental, though they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, including what weapon was used and how the child got his hands on it. The children`s mother was at the home at the time of the shooting and is the person who called 9-1-1. 


(CALVERT) A home for sale in Calvert has burned to the ground. 

Fire departments from Calvert, Hearne, and Bremond all responded to the structure fire about 11AM Thursday along Beech Street in Calvert. Officials said the vacant home was fully engulfed on arrival and ended up being a total loss. The house had been up for sale and no one was inside at the time. No injuries are being reported. Investigators are still working on how the fire started.


(BELTON) Temple Police officers who exchanged gunfire with a suspect last year have now been cleared. 

During Bell County Grand Jury action this week, no indictment was handed back against those officers who opened fire during the September 2017 shootout at a home in the 800 block of South 7th Street in Temple. Court records show that 39-year-old Randle Jackson remains in Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling over $1 million. He is held on 3 counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. A trial date for Jackson is currently set for June. 

Authorities originally responded last September 21st to Feed My Sheep in regards to a man with a knife. Officers approached Jackson, who took off running and exchanged gunfire with officers. A female bystander was wounded in the gun battle. Jackson eventually holed up in a house in the 800 block of S. 7th St. and surrendered after a nearly 7-hour-long stand-off. Crisis negotiators talked to Jackson before several gas canisters were shot into the house, leading to the surrender. Jackson was taken to the hospital for observation before then being booked into jail. 


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

March 23
The Westphalia Knights of Columbus Council #13902 will host a shrimp and fish fry today. Plates are available from 3:30-7:15PM or until sold out. All plates are $10 and will be available at the Westphalia Parish Hall Pit. 

March 24
Children in the Granger ISD age 12 and under are invited to attend the Granger Brethren Church Easter Egg Hunt at 10AM Saturday at 306 West Broadway in Granger. Bring your basket. Prizes awarded for specific egg-hunting skills.

March 24
There will be a benefit for Country Bob Yates starting at Noon on Saturday at the Cameron VFW Hall. There will be a 50/50 raffle and live and silent auction. Plates of chicken spaghetti will be sold from Noon to 3PM for $8 per plate. Live music will be available throughout the day, with Karaoke to start around 8PM in the Big Hall. It will be $5 to enter the karaoke contest. Dart and pool tourneys are also scheduled. Bob was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer and proceeds will go to his medical expenses. To donate or get more information, call 254-295-6222 or 254-627-0179.

March 24
The 2018 Bartlett Blow Out Draw Down and Casino Night, sponsored by the Bartlett Youth League, will be Saturday at Holland SPJST on FM2268. Tickets are $100 and are good for 2 meals, 2 draw down chances, and $5000 in poker chips. Attendees must be 21-years-old. Doors open at 4:30PM. Up for grabs in the Draw Down will be a cruise, pergola, tool set, gift cards, 50-inch TV, Apple watch, and much more. For info, call 254-444-8483.

March 24
The annual station review and fundraiser for Bartlett Fire Department will be 11AM-3PM Saturday. Sausage wraps, chips, and drinks will be available for sale, plus plenty of food and fun for the kids. Everyone is invited. 


(CAMERON) The Milam Appraisal District is set to close for training.

The Milam Appraisal District will be closed on Friday, April 6th for staff training. They will re-open at 9AM on Monday, April 9th. 

Starting April 16th through July 31st, the hours for the Milam Appraisal District offices will be from 9AM-4PM weekdays. The abbreviated hours will allow the staff time before and after public hours to process necessary paperwork created by the higher volume of phone calls and walk-in taxpayers generated by the mailing of the notices scheduled for April 13th. Come by the District’s office at 120 N. Houston Avenue during the designated hours if you have questions or concerns about your appraisal notices or other District-related questions.


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater continues their latest production at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.

Ian McWethy`s comedy classic, 12 Incompetent Jurors, returns to the stage this weekend for encore performances.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. Get your tickets at the door, online at, or on their Facebook page. New this year, MCT will also hold a final performance at 7PM March 31st at the Kay Theater in Rockdale. 


(CAMERON) Three Yoemen competing in University Interscholastic League Academics have advanced to regionals.

Chandler Barton, 2nd place Number Sense; Callyn Harris, 3rd place Spelling; and Alexandria Crumly, 4th place Lincoln Douglas Debate.


(CAMERON) The Yoe Golf team competed in Burnet on Thursday.

The team shot a 350 total for the day, behind Nikolas Keratsopoulos carding an 82. Other golfers include: Luke Greene, Stockton Kruse, Kobe Young, Jale Walzel, and Braden Brashear.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe soccer team is going on a historic run.

For the first time in school history, the girls advance to the playoffs. The girls will be hosting a warm-up match vs La Grange at Yoe Field on Monday at 6PM. The boys made the playoffs as well but no warm up game has yet been scheduled.


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported no EMS calls and 3 calls for service:
--1:20PM Rockdale PD responded to a minor wreck at 505 W. Cameron Ave. for a 2 vehicle wreck. Driver 1 was Samantha Tovar, 20 of College Station, driving a 2012 Nissan, minor damage. Driver 2 was Climmey Bratcher, 66 of Rockdale, driving a 2004 Buick, minor damage. 1 transported for very minor bumps and bruises. Officer Hubnik.
--4:43PM, rollover at Cameron and Main. 2-vehicles involved with 1 person trapped inside. Officer Hubnik responded. Drivers: Daniel Griffin of Lampasas, taken by AMR to Temple hospital, major damage to his vehicle; Keith Hays of Austin, major damage to his vehicle. 
--5:52PM, Milano FD sent to grass fire on CR342. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 new bookings:
--Kristie Lavon Henshaw, 38 of Olney, on a Bench Warrant
--4 in from Coryell County

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 58 housed for Coryell County.

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