(GRANBURY) Tornadoes -- one of them a mile wide -- took aim at parts of north Texas yesterday, hitting Hood County particularly hard. Six people are confirmed dead in the Granbury area where a twister devastated a neighborhood built by Habitat for Humanity. The local sheriff says about 100 people were injured and 14 are still unaccounted for. As for the homes in that community -- nearly all were destroyed. Authorities warn the death toll could climb even higher once the sun rises and people are able to get a better feel for the true extent of the damage done.
Locally, the Ranch listening area found only light sprinkles much of yesterday, before an early morning storm cell came through the area today, dropping about a third of an inch of rain. No severe weather was associated with that cell. The forecast today is calling for a 40% chance of showers the rest of the morning, with partly sunny skies in the afternoon. Temperature highs should be in the mid- to upper-80s.
(ROCKDALE) There were a pair of accidents in the Rockdale-area yesterday, including one that led to an arrest.
Police first investigated a 2-vehicle wreck in the 640 block of Williams Ave. about 2:45PM. According to officers, involved were a 1999 Ford driven by Shenita Tindle, 23 of Rockdale, and a 2004 Toyota driven by Juan Gonzales Rodriguez, 48 of Houston. Officer Cooper said Rodriguez was arrested for No Drivers License.
Police also worked an accident at 5:30PM at the intersection of Belton and Wilcox. Drivers there were Rachel Stevenson, 20 of Milano, and Amanda Weaver, 30 of Rockdale. Police reported no injuries in that accident.
CAMERON ISD CANVASSES ELECTION
(CAMERON) Cameron ISD trustees met Tuesday to finalize results of the May 11th elections. Jason Dohnalik and Alan Patterson were both re-elected to the board. Dohnalik received 180 votes with Patterson taking 176. Challenger Felicia Wesley picked up just 60 votes.
After canvassing the election results, the Board reorganized, returning Patterson to the president`s post and electing Robert Conley as vice president and Franci Denio as secretary.
PERRY TO SIGN MICHAEL MORTON BILL
(Austin, TX) Governor Rick Perry will meet with Michael Morton at the Capitol this afternoon to ceremonially sign a bill that will improve the state`s justice system. Senate Bill 1611, also known as the Michael Morton Act, would ensure a more open discovery process in cases. Morton spent 25 years in prison after being wrongly convicted in his wife`s murder. He has since been cleared of the crime, thanks to DNA evidence.
ROCKDALE CITY COUNCIL TO CANVASS ELECTIONS
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale City Council will meet in special session at 1PM Friday to canvass their recent May 11th general election results. Friday`s meeting will be held in Council chambers at 505 W. Cameron Ave.
CAMERON DEWBERRY FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce Dewberry Festival is setting up for yet another great year this coming weekend at Wilson Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Activities this year include a bicycle parade, pet parade, horseshoe tourney, a variety of craft and food vendors, and of course, the Classic Car Show.
This Saturday`s Dewberry Festival will also feature the annual Kid Fish, hosted by Texas State Game Warden, Charles Mayer and the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. Mayer said fishing will begin at 8 a.m. Kid Fish is a free event, and a fishing license is not required for those 17 years and under.
In addition, Dewberry Festival Cake and Cobbler Bake Off, sponsored by Citizens National Bank is nearing! Get out your favorite mixing bowl and dust off your recipe so you can enter this year`s bake off. Categories include: scratch cake, almost homemade, and cobbler. Only 1 entry per person per category. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Goods will be auctioned off after, with proceeds going to the Milam County Child Welfare Board.
YOE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS HELD NEXT WEEK
(CAMERON) Yoe High School and Cameron Junior High will be doing Athletic Physicals for all student athletes next Monday and Tuesday (May 20 & 21). CISD requires all student athletes to get new physicals each year in order to participate in all sports related activities. They will also be giving Bus Driver Physicals as well.
The Junior High will have their physicals during the school day on Monday, the 20th. The high school will follow with theirs on Tuesday, the 21st. The cost for each physical will be $20, and checks can be made out to Dr. Jamee Garner.
CAMERON SOFTBALL LANDS SEVERAL ON ALL-DISTRICT
(CAMERON) The Cameron Lady Yoe softball team just missed the playoffs, but ended up having multiple selections on the All-District Team this year.
Sophomore pitcher Sloan Springfield was a 1st teamer, along with Senior infielder/outfielder Kausion Wells and Sophomore 3rd baseman Gabby Valdez. The ladies also picked up a 2nd team honoree in Senior pitcher/shortstop Bianca Vargas.
Nicole Keratsopoulos and Ashley Glaser, both juniors, were chosen honorable mention. Springfield, Keratsopolous, and Vargas were also named Academic All-District.
H.S. BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
(TEXAS) Only a pair of area high school 2A teams remain alive in the Texas high school baseball playoffs.
#2 Salado has advanced to the region III quarterfinals for a best of 3 series with Centerville at College Station A&M Consolidated. Game 1 is set for Friday at 7:30PM. Game 2 will be 2PM Saturday, with a 3rd game to follow if needed.
Troy will also move on to play Teague in the region III quarterfinals in a best of three series at Texas A&M`s Blue Bell Park. Game 1 is set for Friday at 7PM. Game 2 will be 1PM Saturday. Game 3, if necessary will be played 30 minutes after game 2.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 fire calls and 2 accidents: Rockdale Fire Dept and AMR were sent to a 1-vehicle rollover about 8AM on FM908, 5 miles off US77. Injuries were not disclosed. And just before 5AM today, Rockdale Fire Dept was called for traffic control after a tree fell across Main St. Police investigated a 2-vehicle wreck at 2:47PM at 640 Williams Ave. Involved: 1999 Ford driven by Shenita Tindle, 23 of Rockdale and 2004 Toyota driven by Juan Gonzales Rodriguez, 48 of Houston. Rodriguez was arrested for No DL. And at 5:30PM, investigated a 2-vehicle wreck at Belton and Wilcox. Involved: 1999 Ford driven by Rachel Stevenson, 20 of Milano and a 2010 Chevy driven by Amanda Weaver, 30 of Rockdale. There were no injuries. There were also 4 arrests: --Alexi Hernandez, 39 of Rockdale for No DL --John Johnson, 32 of Rockdale for No DL --Dustin Keith Cromer, 17 of Rockdale for No DL --Juan Gonzales Rodriguez, 48 of Houston for No DL
(MILAM CO) The Milam County Sheriff`s Department reported 11 arrests and 1 accident: --Edward Lee Waltz, 22 of Jarrell for Evading Arrest or Detention w/ a Vehicle --Ebodio Manuel Duarte, 22 of Buckholts for 2 Bond Surrenders --Christianah Egwu, 21 of Round Rock for Out of County Theft of Service --Brian Keith Matejka, 39 of Bedias for multiple Out of County warrants (Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Trespass of a Habitation, and Criminal Mischief) --7 from Coryell Co
At 8:09AM, deputies investigated a 1-vehicle rollover on FM908, 5 miles off US77. Injuries were undisclosed.
There are 96 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 27 housed for Coryell County and 1 for Cameron Police.
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