(CAMERON) Milam County`s new District Attorney has announced this week he will seek the death penalty against a man charged in a 2011 murder.
DA Bill Torrey informer District Judge John Youngblood this week that he`ll seek the death penalty against Brandon Charles Cotton, who was charged with capital murder in connection to the 2011 shooting death of Sandra Phillips of San Gabriel. Torrey said attorneys will have a hearing at 1:30PM Monday to schedule jury selection and possibly set a trial date.
Phillips was shot and killed in April 2011 during a home invasion/robbery at her home off FM486 in San Gabriel. Authorities arrested Tanner Aaron Baker and Brandon Charles Cotton in connection to the incident. Baker is also charged with capital murder, though Torrey has indicated no decision has been made in his case regarding the death penalty.
SERVICES TODAY FOR FORMER MARLIN FIREMAN KILLED IN BRYAN FIRE
(BRYAN) Services will be held today for a former Falls County firefighter killed last week in a Bryan fire that left 2 dead and 2 others hurt.
Investigators say a faulty power cord on a fan in the kitchen sparked the fire that broke out last Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in the 1500 block of Groesbeck Drive. Lt. Eric Wallace, 36 of Marlin, was 1 of 2 firefighters killed in the blaze when the roof collapsed. Lt. Greg Pickard, 54, also died in the fire. Two other firefighters, Ricky Mantey, Jr., 30, and Mitch Moran, 21, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of serious burns.
Thousands of mourners and fire department personnel from around the state attended a public memorial service for Lts. Wallace and Pickard on Wednesday. Services for Wallace will be 10AM today at First Baptist Church of Bryan.
Wallace was a former member of the Marlin Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife and 5 children.
MAN GROPES OFFICER AFTER ARREST
(MCGREGOR) A man arrested on an out of county warrant in McGregor is set to face additional charges after groping the arresting officer.
Edward Wayne Johnson, Jr., 32, was arrested on a Brown County warrant by a female McGregor police officer when the man allegedly touched her inappropriately several times. Once the officer had Johnson in custody and placed him in her patrol car, he began to disrobe and fondle himself.
Officials say Johnson was booked into jail on the Brown County warrant, but was released on bond before officers could obtain warrants on the new charges. Johnson was shortly re-arrested and ordered held on the charges of Assaulting a Peace Officer and Indecent Exposure.
TAMU AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE BOMB THREAT
(College Station) Classes will resume as normal today at Texas A-and-M University. A bomb threat shut down part of the campus for much of yesterday afternoon, including Kyle Field and nearby buildings. Authorities searched the area but didn`t find anything suspicious. The all clear was given around 7 p.m.
Authorities say they discovered a handwritten message on a wall inside Kyle Field that said there was a bomb at the stadium. Police immediately closed off the area and began to search all nearby buildings with assistance from the ATF and bomb-sniffing dogs.
CAMERON COUNCILMAN FILES FOR RE-ELECTION
(CAMERON) With the filing beginning Monday in the upcoming May Cameron city council election, city officials reported the filing of Ward 1 incumbent councilman, Cliff Cryer. Earlier in the week, newcomer "Bear" Sanders filed for Cryer`s seat on the council. At Large Councilman, Bill Harris, an incumbent filed for re-election.
TEXAS SENATE APPROVES NEW SECRETARY OF STATE
(Austin) Texas has a new Secretary of State. The Texas Senate confirmed John Steen to the post yesterday. Steen is taking over for Hope Andrade who resigned last November. The San Antonio native will serve as the state`s chief election officer, chief international protocol officer and Border Commerce Coordinator. The attorney previously served as commissioner for both the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
(CAMERON) There are multiple civic events taking place throughout the day today.
At 2PM this afternoon, the Milam County Retired Teachers will hold their February meeting at Gause Baptist Church. The program will feature a presentation from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability. For information, call 697-1672.
Then at 4PM, the El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists present a FREE presentation entitled "Saving Water for Wildlife". The event will be held at the Patterson Civic Center in Rockdale. Cappy Smith, Aquatic Resource Education Specialist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will present the program with an overview on water resources in Texas and how they`re related to wildlife. Topics will also include environmental flows, the Texas water allocation planning process, and the threats facing wildlife and aquatic habitats. Participants will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the situation and why it is important to include the needs of wildlife when planning for future water use in Texas.
And tonight at 6:30PM, the Cameron ISD Elementary Music Department is proud to present their annual spring musical in the CES cafeteria. 4th grade students will be performing "Annie" The Musical. This tells the story of Little Orphan Annie as she tries to survive life as an orphan in New York City and find a loving home with caring parents. Admission is free.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS runs and 2 fire calls: --called to FM1600 for a 1-vehicle rollover about 11AM. --sent to Cameron Nursing Home to help find a missing resident. That person was found in the bathroom unhurt. There was also 1 arrest: --Veronica Olivarri, 21 of Cameron for Motion to Proceed
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 fire calls: --7:09PM, Thorndale Fire Dept toned to reports of electrical sparking at the corner of Elliot and Quinn in Thorndale. --7:51PM, fire department called to Three Oaks Mine for a fire.
(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 arrests: --Veronica Nicole Olivarri, 21 of Cameron for Injury to a Child/Elderly/Disabled --Teresa Michelle Limon, 32 of Lubbock for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams and Theft by Check $20-50 --Erika Marie Bollier, 32 of Troy for a District Commitment --Jeremy David Coldiron, 34 of Milano for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence
There were no Accidents in Rural Milam County.
There were 101 Prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, 27 from Coryell County and 2 from Cameron PD.
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