Wednesday May 8, 2013
DANIELL SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS
(CAMERON) A Rockdale man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Tuesday in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court, according to District Attorney Bill Torrey.
47-year-old, Stephen Lenard Daniell`s claim of "sudden passion" was rejected by the court on a 1st degree felony charge of murder, in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend, 49 year old, Sheila Owens in May of 2012. Daniell reported the shooting to police last year. Officers found Owens dead of a single gunshot blast to the head in the driveway of the couple`s home in the 800 block of North Wilcox.
Daniell pled guilty in March of this year. Police said the shooting apparently followed a verbal argument between the couple.
CAMERON SEARCHES FOR CITY MANAGER
(CAMERON) The Cameron City Council formed a committee Monday to review applicants for the city manager post, left vacant, when Ricky Tow resigned earlier this year to take a similar position in Bowie.
Mayor Connie Anderle and Council Members; Virgie Hardeman, Rose Mondrik and Bobby Schiller will review applications that the city has received for the vacant position. Lambert Little, the interim city manager has reportedly applied for the Cameron job.
18 WHEELER PULLS DOWN ROCKDALE POWER LINES
(ROCKDALE) Authorities in Rockdale scrambled Tuesday, when an 18-Wheeler traveling through the city, pulled down power lines, starting in the 1300 block of East Cameron Avenue and finally stopped south of the Brookshire Brothers Store.
No one was injured in the incident, just before 4 p.m. The big rig was registered to an Alabama transport company, and the driver was listed as Wallace Hayes, of Maine.
SUICIDE AFTER STANDOFF
(HARKER HEIGHTS) After nearly 7 hours in a standoff with Harker Heights police Tuesday, a man fatally shot himself.
According to a press release from police, a 26-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was holed up inside a hom in the 2300 block of Indian Trail. Police said neighboring homes in the Mobile Home Park were evacuated as a safety precaution. A police negotiator tried to talk the man out of home. Officers went inside the home just before 6 p.m. and found the man with a fatal gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Bill Cook. The standoff started at around 11 a.m.
FORT HOOD SHOOTER BACK IN COURT
(TEXAS) Accused Fort Hood Shooter, Nidal Hasan is expected to return to the base this week in another pre-trial hearing. That hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, after Hasan`s defense filed for a continuance until September.
Judge Tara Osborn could make a ruling on that, and a defense request to set aside the death penalty along with other motions.
TEXAS BEST FOR BUSINESS
(AUSTIN) The state of Texas is once again being recognized as the Best State for Business. Chief Executive magazine ranked Texas number one in the U.S. based on the state`s workforce quality, tax policies, infrastructure and quality of living.
Governor Rick Perry says the top ranking shows that Texas is the epicenter for economic prosperity in the nation. This was the ninth year in a row for Texas to be recognized as the Best State For Business.
BELTON BUSINESS TO BE HONORED
(BELTON) A 144-year-old Belton business is set to be honored this week with the Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission.
Cochran, Blair & Potts will be the recepient Friday during 10 a.m. ceremonies. The award recogizes companies for providing employment opportunities and support to the local economy for at least 50 years in an historic building.
The store in Belton has been owned and operated on East Central Avenue in Belton since 1869, and is the oldest family-owned department store in Texas.
DEATH ROW INMATE EXECUTED
(HUNTSVILLE) A Texas death row inmate convicted of murdering a man during a drug deal robbery in Waco is the fifth person executed in Texas this year.
In his last statement last night, Carroll Joe Parr quoted Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, saying "I`ll be back." Prison officials say Parr bought some marijuana from Joel Dominguez back in January 2003. Parr stole his money back and then shot Dominguez in the head behind a Waco convenience store, killing him.
CLICK IT OR TICKET INITIATIVE THIS MONTH
(TEXAS) TxDOT and DPS are reminding Texans that the state`s "Click it or Ticket" initiative is scheduled for later this month, May 20th thru June 2nd.
The state has made seat belt safety a major priority and is proud to be on of the most buckled up states in the nation, according to a press release from TxDOT. When the program began in 2002, only 76% of Texans buckled up. Today, the deparment says 94% are wearing seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the "Click it or Ticket" campaign has saved nearly 3,700 lives and prevented more than 50,000 serious injuries. The increase, according to the release has also saved an estimated $10 billion in wages and productivity losses, medical expeneses, insurance premiums, taxes and other costs.
As part of the initiative, law enforcement officials across the state will be looking for and ticketing unbuckled drivers and passengers in an effort to raise safety awareness and prevent fatalities. By Texas law, all occupants of a vehicle, including back-seat passengers must wear a seat belt.
LIONS CLUB RADIO AUCTION CONTINUES
(CAMERON) The Cameron Lions Club’s Annual Radio Auction enters it`s final day today here on The Ranch.
The auction will be heard live on 105.1FM on today, from 3-7PM. Bidding is underway online. To bid online, click on the Lions Club logo on our homepage at KMIL.com.
If you would rather bid by phone. Auction phone numbers: 254-482-0701, 254-482-0757
The annual Lions Club Radio Auction raised more than $20,000 for the organization last year. Local merchants donate items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Through the more than 40 years that the radio auction has been heard on KMIL, the transition has gone from phone bids kept on index cards to almost complete live internet bidding much like ebay auctions.
In addition to the auction, the Lions have announced that on Thursday, May 9th, the club will be hosting the Sheriff Combined Auto Theft Task Force at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Event Center, Home of the Milam Community Theater. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will be performing free VIN etchings on your vehicle, a process that etches your VIN on every piece of glass on your car, a known deterrent to auto theft. Cars can pull up into the covered drive and the Lions will take care of checking out your items as you get your etching done.
CAMERON BICYCLE RODEO SUCCESS
(CAMERON) Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon is calling last weekend`s 2nd annual Bicycle Safety Clinic & Rodeo a success, after more than 50 kids, ages 3 to 13 went through a series of safety maneuvers in the course.
In addition, Cameron Tire Store and Michelin donated a brand new boys and girls bicycle that was given away. The Milam County Sheriff`s Department also donated 4 bikes that were given away to those who participated.
Main event winners were awarded to Aiden Domel in the boy`s division, and Gamaliel Mayberry in the girl`s division. The event was sponsored jointly by the Cameron Police Department and Cameron Tire Store, in conjunction with the Milam County Sheriff`s Department.
WEST BENEFIT DANCE SATURDAY
(WACO) A special benefit polka dance is scheduled for this coming Saturday to benefit the West Relief Fund. The day starts at Noon at Geneva Hall in Elm Mott. Organizers said The Ennis Czech Boys will kick off the day, followed by Texas Heartbeat, Jerry Haisler and The Melody Five, and the Heart of Texas Road Gang. Doors open at 11 a.m., with suggested $10 donation at the door.
TABERNACLE COMES TO CAMERON
(CAMERON) The Biblical Tabernacle has come to life in Cameron. Now through Monday, May 13th, a life size, life transforming jouney through the Tabernacle of the Wilderness is on disply at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church in Cameron on U.S. Highway 190 West, across from the KMIL Ranch Studios.
JURY SUMMONS CANCELLED
(MILAM CO) If you received a jury summons for Justice of Peace Rick Gommert`s court, dated today at 9 a.m., you need not appear. That jury summons has been cancelled.
CAMERON JR. HIGH GOLF TOURNAMENT
(CAMERON) The Cameron Jr. High Golf teams took 1st place over all Tuesday in the Cameron Jr. High Tournament. The Jr. High girls finished out in front of Trinity by nearly 20 strokes as a team, while the boy`s team shot a 233 as a team, outpacing Trinity by more than 50 strokes.
Tori Kenney took 1st in the girl`s tournament, shooting a 56, while Keagan Galvan and Alexis Magre each fired a 57. Keagan won a scorecard playoff. On the boys side, Jordan Young took first with a 51. Caden Harris finsihed 3rd with a 59.
H.S. BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
(TEXAS) Two area 2A baseball teams head into the 2nd round of the state baseball playoffs. #2 Salado faces Anderson-Shiro in the area round Friday at 7 p.m. in Rockdale in a 1-game playoff. Meanwhile, Troy will take on Trinity in a 3 game series at Bryan Rudder. Game 1 of that series is Friday at 7 p.m., with game 2 on Saturday at 1 p.m., with a 3rd game, if necessary to follow.
In 1A, Bartlett meets Fayetteville Saturday in a 1-game playoff at 7 p.m. at a site to be announced.
H.S. SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
(TEXAS) 3A Rockdale meets Pollock Central this week in 3rd round softball playoff action. Game 1 of that series is set for Friday at 6 p.m. in Madisonville, with the series to continue Saturday at Noon.
2A Rogers will take on Crawford in a 3 game series, beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. in Troy. Game 2 of that series resumes Saturday at UMHB`s Dee Dillon Field in Belton, at 6 p.m. Bruceville Eddy meets Corsicana Mildred Friday at 7 p.m. in game 1 of the best of 3 series at Waco ISD Softball Complex. That series will resume Saturday at 2 p.m.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS runs, Cameron firemen dispatched to 2-vehicle accident on FM 485 at 7:21 a.m. There were no arrests reported for the 24 hour period, ending at 6 a.m. this morning.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs, 3:46 p.m., 18 wheeler pulled power lines down. Truck registered to S Transport, of Alabama (Driver; Wallace Hayes, of Maine). 1300 block of East Cameron Avenue, ending just South of Brookshire Brothers. No fires. Arrests: Rhonda Collins, of Rockdale, Justin Spangler, each charged with driving while license invalid.
(MILAM CO) The Milam County Sheriff`s Department reported 2 arrests:
--Leslie Karen Beck, 59, of Rockdale for theft of property, $1,500-20,000
--Richard Joseph Therrien, 45, of Copperas Cove, housed for Coryell County for assault causes bodily injury, unlawful restraint, violation of protective order, interfering with an emergency
call, driving while intoxicated
--Lionel Vona Leslie, 30, of Copperas Cove, housed for Coryell County for assault, criminal mischief & terroristic threat
--George Pat Boon Norman, 26, of Gatesville, housed for Coryell County for theft of Property
--Jerry Leroy Lambert, Jr., 50, of Copperas Cove, housed for Coryell County for injury to a child
--Robert Matthews Riojas, 29, of Gatesville, housed for Coryell County for criminal mischief
1 Accident reported; 7:21 a.m., FM 485, 2-vehicle accident with injuries.
There were 97 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 1 housed for Cameron PD and 29 for Coryell County