Sunday, April 21, 2013
FATAL MILAM ACCIDENT
(ROCKDALE) A head-on collision between Rockdale and Milano in Milam County Friday afternoon, involving a car and a charter bus killed one person.
Shortly before 2:30 in the afternoon the accident was reported near CR 234 on Highway 79, east of Rockdale. DPS is reporting that a Honda CRV drifted out of it`s lane and hit the empty chartered bus. Troopers say the driver of the CRV was killed in the accident, while the driver of the bus sustained minor injuries.
The name of the driver killed has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
20TH DISTRICT COURT
(CAMERON) A 24-year-old Rockdale man was handed a probated prison sentence this week in 20th District Court. According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, MICHAEL RANGEL, 24, of Rockdale, was sentenced to ten (10) years TDCJ, probated for ten (10) years, conditions of probation to include Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) with successful completion, $2,500 fine and $140.00 in restitution to DPS victim after pleading guilty to a 1st Degree Felony charge of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver in Drug Free Zone
In other court action:
--SEDERICK EZELL ALCORN, 28, of Rockdale, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and $140 in restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Delivery of Controlled Substance, Enhanced
--TRENT DONELL MITCHELL, 24, of Rockdale, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and $140 in restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Delivery of Controlled Substance
--KEVIN CARL WACHSMANN, 28, of Paige, Texas, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $1,000.00 restitution to the victim after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Theft.
--GRACIE M. MACIAS, 36, of Rockdale, was placed on one (1) year Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $140 restitution payable to DPS after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance
--PAUL ALLEN STEELE, 39, of Buckholts, was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,500.00 fine after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Endangering a Child
--PATRICK VEGA, 34, of Rockdale, was sentenced to one (1) year in State Jail after pleading True to a Motion to Revoke on an original State Jail felony charge of Possession of Controlled Substance
--KENNETH DALE WEHUNT, 35, of Burlington pleaded guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony, Sexual Assault of a Child. He will be sentenced at a sentencing hearing on May 17 by Judge John W. Youngblood.
--CODY DALE WALKER, 22, of Milano, was sentenced to seven (7) years TDCJ, probated for seven (7) years with standard conditions of probation to include Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) with successful completion, and $500 in restitution payable to the victim after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony charge of Burglary of Habitation.
--LOURIAN D. MADISON, 52, of Cameron, was sentenced to three (3) years TDCJ, probated for three (3) years with standard conditions of probation to include substance abuse evaluation and treatment, $1,500 fine and $140 restitution after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony charge of Possession of Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone
--QUINTIN MARCQUIESE WELLS, 30, of Pueblo West, Colorado, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including $1,000 fine and $5,115.50 in restitution payable to the victim after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor Assault Causing Bodily Injury
--ALLEN DALE BAYER, 23, of Rockdale, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including $350.00 fine payable to the victim after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony charge of Theft
--AARON RAY RODRIGUEZ, 19, of Cameron, sentenced to twelve (12) months in the State Jail after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Defendant also forfeited all rights to a semi-automatic pistol.
--COLBY ALEXANDER MARTINEZ, 26, of Rockdale, was sentenced to twenty-two (22) months in the State Jail after pleading True to a Motion to Revoke probation on an original State Jail felony charge of Burglary of a Building
--TIFFANY ANN MIKESKA, 31, of Rockdale was placed on five (5) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation, and $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony charge of Attempted Aggravated Assault w Deadly Weapon
WEST FERTILIZER PLANT DIDN`T HEED RULES
(WACO) The Texas fertilizer company that exploded Wednesday, aparently did not heed disclosure rules before the deadly blast. A news source with Metro News is reporting that the company that owns the facility had stored nearly 1,400 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the Department of Homeland Security.
However, the source also said that the company did not inform the agency about the potentially explosive fertilizer, as required. That left one of the principal regulators unaware of any potential danger.
U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson and safety experts this week questioned whether incomplete disclosure or regulatory gridlock may have contribuated to the disaster.
Donald Adair, the owner of the plant, which has now left 14 confirmed dead and as many as 200 injured, issued a statement, expressing sympathy for those affected by the disaster and his appreciation for those who responded. He said one of those who died in the blast was an employee, who was among the volunteer firegighters who responded to the initial blaze. Adair also said that owners and employees of the plant are working closely with local, state and federal agencies investigating. It was also well documented after the explosion that the plant had been cited and fined for apparently minor violations over the past 17 years.
On Friday, 2 more bodies were found in the wake of the explosion, increasing the death toll to 14. 5 of the dead were West firefighters and 4 were EMS personnel.
State fire officials say there`s no sign of criminal activity in the explosion. Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said that authorities will begin removing 4 tanks from the plant as a precaution to safeguard those working there.
There are several fundraisers & donation drives underway throughout the area:
St. Monica Catholic Church will sponsor a monetary donation drive for the victims of the West Explosion Disaster. Funds raised will go to Catholic Charities Central Texas, as the local charity responds to the immediate and long-term needs of all West Explosion Victims. Checks may be made payable to St. Monica Catholic Church, MEMO: West Disaster Relief. Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to St. Monica Catholic Church, 306 S. Nolan Ave, Cameron, TX 76520. The donation drive will end on Wednesday, April 24 and the total collected will be promptly sent to CCCTX. A disaster relief special collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Online donations may be made at the following link: http://ccctx.org/programs/disaster/
Rosebud-Lott High’s FFA, St. council, Athletic department and National Honor Society are encouraging the area to donate to help the victims of West. They are taking donations and can be dropped off at the high school office in Travis from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. They will accept monetary donations as well as any of the following items: water, clothes, blankets, non-perishable food items, snack items, gift cards, PHONE CHARGERS, and dry socks, Money, toiletries, baby wipes, baby items, blankets, towels, wash rags, first aid items, cots, air mattresses, and pillows.
Milano ISD`s National Honor Society, NJHS and Student Council are collecting items at Milano High School until April 25th, and a blood drive will be Monday, April 29th at the school.
Monetary donations are also being accepted via Point West Bank & Trust at 254-826-5333 and State National Bank at 254-826-3741.
EX CENTEX PROSECUTOR NAMED IN WARRANT
(GEORGETOWN) A State District Judge in Fort Worth ruled this week that another District Judge acted improperly, while serving as a prosecutor in Williamson County.
Judge Ken Anderson, who as the district attorney 25 years ago in Williamson County, prosecuted a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife`s murder before he was proven innocent.
Judge Louis Sturns, of Fort Worth said Friday, that he will issue an arrest warrant for Anderson on criminal contempt and tampering charges for his handling of the case of Michael Morton, who was released from prison in 2011 after new DNA tests results showed he did not kill his wife back in 1985.
His attorneys say Anderson hid evidence from Morton`s defense that could have pointed to his innocence.
Anderson, meanwhile, who now serves as a District Judge, has denied any wrongdoing. he was sworn in as Judge after serving as the county`s district attorney for nearly 17 years.
AREA FIREMEN ANSWER CALLS
(MILAM CO) Cameron firemen were sent to fight a grass fire Saturday, that was initially a controlled burn, that got out of control on property on FM 485 near CR 248 in the Walker`s Creek area. Police said firemen were on the scene for about 2 hours fighting the blaze.
Rockdale firemen were also toned out Saturday, just after 8 a.m., firemen answered a call to a structure fire in the 500 block of Estelle, in Rockdale.
CAMERON VEHICLE AUCTION
(CAMERON) The City of Cameron will be auctioning off excess vehicles beginning this week.
The auction will be run online through Rene Bates Auctioneers, Inc. and will take place online at www.renebates.com, through April 26th, closing at 10AM the last day. Inspection dates will be held Monday, April 22nd from 8AM-Noon and Tuesday, April 23rd from Noon-4PM. Deadline to pick up your vehicles will be Friday, May 3rd.
MCT KICKS OFF 20TH SEASON
(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater kicked off it`s 20th season with a reprise of it`s very first show, "Charley`s Aunt," Saturday night at the Williams Civic Center, and will continue performances today with a 2 p.m. matinee.
Additional performances will be held next weekend, Saturday April 27th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28th at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, $12 for students. Tickets for these shows will be available at the door.
ONE ACT PLAY TO PERFORM
(CAMERON) Yoe High School`s One Act Play, The Beggar`s Opera, will take the stage once more at the PAC.
A public performance will be staged today at 2PM. Tickets are $5 or $3 for students. The Beggar`s Opera was performed by One Act at the District Competition last month. The performance earned Cameron an alternate selection behind Rogers and Salado.
LADY YOE FALL IN FINALE
(CAMERON) The Cameron Lady Yoe softball team ended their regular season, falling to 2nd place Salado, 12-5. After falling behind 1-0, in the 1st inning, Cameron answered back with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to take an early 4-1 lead. But Salado answered back with 7 runs in the 3rd to re-take the lead. From there, the Lady Eagles allowed just 1 Lady Yoe run for the rest of the night, cruising to the win.
Rogers also won in their season finale, crushing Academy in 6 innings, 11-1. The Lady Eagles of Rogers earn a 1st round bye in the 2A, Region 4 playoffs, with a perfect district record. Salado will enter the playoffs as the 2nd seed, while Lexington claims the 3rd spot in the playoffs.
YOEMEN FALL TO SALADO
(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoemen baseball team took 2nd ranked Salado to the wire Friday at Airport Park, but fell in 9 innings, 3-1. The two teams battled through 7 innings, tied 1-1, before Salado scored 2 runs with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, before holding the Yoemen off the board in the bottom of the inning. The win clinched the outright District Title for Salado, their 1st since their 2008 state championship. For the Yoemen, it`s their 2nd straight loss in 22-2A. The Yoemen will wrap up the regular season next week, on the road at Rosebud Lott on Tuesday, before hosting Rogers Friday at Airport Park.
DISTRICT 15/16 TRACK
(McGREGOR) Rosebud-Lott boys and Salado`s girls claimed the District 15 & 16 track meet Friday, as the Cougars edged Salado`s boys for the team title. Salado`s girls track team edged Rogers by 20 points for the title.
Andrew Moore helped power the Cougs by winning the 100 meters and long jump and running on the 1st place 400 and 800 meter relay teams. Lauren Bedrich, of Rogers took home 4 gold medals in 4 events.
For the Yoemen, 7 qualified for the regional meet in Stephenville. Qualifiers include: Aaron Sims, Zach Felts, Dylan Riola, Colton Labay, JayLon Bryant, Edgar Luna, and TyRik Johnson. For the Lady Yoe, they finished 5th, with 54 points at the district meet. The 800 meter relay team of Jamecia Smith, Shae Shields, Keandra Jones and Corsica Westbrook took 1st to qualify for the regional meet. That same foursome also qualified in the 400 meter realy, finishing 3rd. Jones also took gold in the high jump. Kausion Wells finished 4th in shot put, and Jasmine Jones-Eaglin was 3rd in discus. Emily Jordan finished as an alternate in the pole vault.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported a total of 3 EMS runs for the 24 hour period, ending at 6 a.m. this morning. Police also reported 1 accident in the city limits; Corporal Greg Eakens investigated a 2-vehicle accident on North Travis in front of Marek Burns Laywell Funeral Home. There were no injuries. Drivers were listed as Marie Lynn Batten and Lorena Aragonez, both of Cameron. Cameron firemen dispatched to controlled burn on FM 485 near Walkers Creek. There were no arrests reported.
(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale PD reported 4 arrests: 30 year old Cameron man for assault/family violence with previous conviction. 36 year old Rockdale man on warrants for traffic accident. 31 year old Rockdale woman for theft. 31 year old Rockdale man on traffic warrants. At 8:16 a.m., Rockdale firemen and AMR to 500 block of Estelle for structure fire.
(MILAM CO) The Milam County Sheriff`s Department reported 3 arrests:
--Jacob Clemens Skubal, 27, of Rockdale for possession of a dangerous drug
--Christopher Aaron Crum, 30, of Cameron for assault of family member, with previous conviction
--Korey James Boothe, 23, of Thorndale for tampering/fabricating physical evidence
There were no accidents reported for the 24 hour period ending at 6 a.m. this morning.