Wednesday, July 10, 2013
(CAMERON) A total of 6 cases were disposed of this past week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court, including that of a Rockdale woman for violating her probation.
According to a press release from Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, Elizabeth Danielle Freitag, 21, was handed a 15-month stay in State Jail after she plead true to violating probation for the original charge of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance.
In other cases:
TRAVIS BLAKE CURRY, 27, of Little River, was placed on five (5) years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $1700 restitution after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Theft of a Firearm
KELSEY MARIE CHUDEJ, 23, of Rockdale, was placed on two (2) years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions of probation, including parenting classes and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Midemeanor, Attempted Endangering Of A Child
MICHAEL DAVID GILES, 48, of Breckenridge, Texas, was placed on three (3) years deferred adjudication probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,500.00 fine and $140 restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance
ROX JAMESON DAWES, 27, of Austin, was sentenced to five (5) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for five (5) years with standard conditions of DWI probation, including one (1) years suspension of driver’s license and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and restitution to DPS after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More
And ROMAN MANUAL RAMOS, 20, of Rockdale, was sentenced to four (4) years imprisonment in TDCJ after pleading “True” to violations of probation for an original 2nd Degree Felony Burglary of Habitation
TEMPLE FATALITY WRECK
(TEMPLE) An 18-wheeler driver is dead after a Tuesday night accident in Bell County.
Texas Department of Public Safety said the wreck happened about 8PM Tuesday at the intersection of TX36 and Burgundy Lane. DPS said the driver of the westbound 18-wheeler appears to have been blinded by the sun, causing him to strike safety barrels lining the highway before crashing into a guardrail. DPS reports the truck then caught fire, with the driver still inside.
Crews said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim has yet to be released. The truck, which was hauling molasses, spilled its load all over the highway.
BELTON COUPLE FOUND DEAD
(BELTON) Belton Police are now investigating after 2 bodies were discovered in a Belton home Tuesday.
Police were called to a home in the 800 block of E. 9th Avenue Tuesday afternoon after relatives found the bodies of a man and woman inside. Investigators said the couple were in their 20s and 30s and were the only people found in the home. At this time authorities said there appears to be no signs of foul play. The investigation continues.
TEEN HURT IN SALADO WRECK DIES
(SALADO) Authorities confirmed Tuesday that a teenage girl injured in a weekend crash in Salado has now died.
Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that 13-year-old Monica Rodriguez of Belton died Monday at Scott & White Children`s Hospital in Temple.
Troopers said the 4-vehicle accident happened Sunday on I35 in Salado near mile marker 279. Investigators believe a 2005 Honda, a 2002 Subaru, and a 2003 Honda were stopped on the interstate because of a minor wreck when a 2010 Chevy failed to notice they were stopped, slamming into the 3 vehicles. Rodriguez was 1 of 8 people injured in the accident. The other 7 were treated at the scene or taken to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.
(BELTON) Travelers may see some delays this week as construction crews force partial closure of Interstate 35.
Interstate 35 lanes will be shut down Thursday in Salado to allow work contractors to set a new deck for a bridge at FM2268. Beginning at 7PM Thursday, southbound traffic on the interstate will take exit 283 to the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next on-ramp. Exit 284 at Thomas Arnold Road will be closed. At 9PM, officials expect to re-open the southbound lanes, while northbound lanes will then close. Northbound traffic will take exit 283 and re-enter the highway north of FM2268. Exit 282 at Grainger Road will be closed. All lanes are expected to be open again by 7AM Friday.
CAMERON CITY COUNCIL MEETING
(Cameron) Cameron City Council continues to meet this week to interview candidates for City Manager.
The City Council will meet at 5PM each night this week, through Friday, in the City Council Chambers. They will convene into an Executive Session to conduct the interviews.
JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN FT HOOD SHOOTING CASE
(Fort Hood) A second day of jury selection is today in the trial of an Army major accused of killing 13 people in a shooting at Fort Hood. Major Nidal Hasan is going to be representing himself during the trial but will have standby counsel. He was reprimanded yesterday by a military judge for releasing details of his planned defense strategy to the "Killeen Daily Herald." Hasan told the court he didn`t want to wear his Army uniform, saying it "represents an enemy of Islam." The jury is going to be comprised of military members at or above the rank of major.
TX HOUSE APPROVES ABORTION BILL
(Austin) A bill banning abortion at 20 weeks has passed the Texas State House. House Bill 2 passed 98-to-49 following almost eleven hours of debate. House members argued on almost everything from the life of the mother to hospital access for abortion doctors to whether abortion was a safer alternative to actually giving birth. A third and final vote on the measure is expected tomorrow morning, before it heads to the state Senate. The Senate`s Health and Human Services committee is holding a public hearing on the matter on Thursday. It`s not known when the committee will vote on whether to send the bill to the full Senate.
PERRY APPEALS OBAMA, FEMA DISASTER REJECTION FOR WEST
(Austin) Governor Rick Perry wants President Obama to reconsider the rejection of a federal disaster declaration for the town of West. Perry says West was devastated by the April explosion of a fertilizer plants and calls the Administration`s decision to not offer aid unacceptable. FEMA rejected the request in May, but Perry says the damage done in the explosion meets the federal disaster assistance threshold. Fifteen people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed when the West Fertilizer Plant Co.`s facility exploded.
MCFB YOUTH CITIZENSHIP DAY
(Cameron) Milam County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the fourth annual Youth Citizenship Day this week.
Youth Citizenship Day is for 4-H and FFA members to educate the youth of Milam County about the importance of being prepared for fires and disasters and the important history lessons learned by touring the Bush Library.
Today, students and adults will meet in Thorndale for a trip to College Station where they will tour the Texas A&M Fire School and the Bush Library. Lunch will be provided.
For more information call 512-898-2727.
BROWN SANTA GOLF TOURNEY SCHEDULED
(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff David Greene and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 3rd annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 20th. The program was established in 2010, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County.
Deputy John Mendoza said the tournament format will be a 5-person scramble. The tournament will be held at the Cameron Country Club with two shotgun tee times at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mendoza said you do not have to be part of a team to play, solo players can be placed on teams needing players. Deadline to sign up is July 15th. To enter, call 627-1270 or 697-7033. The cost to play is $50 per person. Fee includes green fees, a goody bag and snacks.
Mendoza said the tournament is also accepting Hole Sponsorships at $100 per hole. Deadline to sponsor a hole is July 15th. All proceeds and 100% of the donations will go to the Milam County Brown Santa Program.
MCT PRODUCTION NEARS
(CAMERON) Milam Community Theatre`s latest production continues rehearsals for this month`s production.
The MCT production of Rogers & Hammerstein`s Pulitzer Prize winning musical South Pacific will hit the stage July 27-28 and August 3-4. Saturday performances are at 7:30PM, with Sunday`s showings at 2PM. Tickets are $15 each, or $12 for students. Get your tickets at the door.
This will be MCT`s 2nd production of South Pacific, as it was last performed 20 years ago. Betsi Chamlee is directing. For more info, visit the group`s website at MilamCommunityTheater.com
LADY YOE VOLLEYBALL CAMP
(CAMERON) Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp will be held later this month for incoming 7th-12th grades.
Camp will be July 29-31 at the high school gyms from 1:30-4:30PM each day. Baylor Assistant Coach Jeremiah Tiffin will be directing. Cost is $50 per player. For information or to register, call Linda Richter at 697-5099.
(CAMERON) Cameron Pd reported 5 EMS runs and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 5 EMS runs and 2 arrests:
--34-year-old Rockdale man for No DL
--56-year-old Rockdale woman for Assault
There was also a minor wreck at City Hall about 3PM. Drivers: Sue Davenport, 62 of Rockdale and Fernando Valdivia, 30 of Milano. There were no injuries.
(CAMERON) The Milam County sheriff`s office reported 4 arrests:
--Anita Moreno, 18 of Rockdale for Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Bench Warrant
--Danielle Monique Powell, 32 of Rockdale for Bond Forfeiture
--James August Merrow, Jr., 31 of Hewitt for Non Payment of Child Support
--Charles Louis Cantrell, 51 of Davilla for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
There were no accidents reported in Rural Milam County.
There were 98 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 24 housed for Coryell County and 1 for Cameron police.