Today`s Local News2014-02-25
Tuesday, February 25, 2014


(BELL CO) Texas Department of Public Safety investigators are seeking the public`s help in finding a car now believed to have been involved in a fatal weekend accident. 

Officials had previously been on the lookout for a pickup truck that possibly struck and killed 38-year-old Stephanie Donovan over the weekend on US190 near Heidenheimer. 

On Monday, DPS troopers said investigators have now determined that the vehicle that struck Donovan was more likely a 2011-14 dark colored Ford Fiesta. Officials said investigators were working to recover surveillance video from a nearby gas station. Area scrap yards and body shops were also being told to watch for a Fiesta with front end damage. 

Investigators believe Donovan was a passenger in a car when she exited the vehicle and began to cross the highway for an unknown reason. As she was crossing the road, she was struck and killed. The driver of the Fiesta did not stop. 


(TEMPLE) Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a Temple teenager. 

Cedric Lilly, 17, faces murder charges in connection to the shooting death of 34-year-old Michael Lamar Green last November. Green was found by police at his home on S. 32nd St., having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Lilly has remained jailed since his arrest. 


(MCGREGOR) An historic home in McGregor burned to the ground on Monday. 

Nearly a dozen fire departments all responded about 6:30PM to the historic Brown-Mann House near 6th and Jackson in McGregor. The vacant 2-story home was fully engulfed on arrival, leading McGregor Fire Department to call for the mutual aid. 

Officials said nearby homes and buildings were also being threatened and damaged due to the intense flames. There were no injuries and the fire marshal is now investigating. The Brown-Mann House was believed to have been built in the late 1890s.


(GATESVILLE) Coryell County Commissioners on Monday renewed agreements with 2 area counties to house inmates. 

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve interlocal agreements with Milam and McLennan Counties to house overflow inmates from the crowded Coryell County Jail. Milam and Coryell County had originally come to agreement on a deal in 2012 to house excess inmates. 

The new deal between the 2 means Coryell will spend $45 per inmate per day by 2015 and $47 per inmate per day by 2020. The increase in fees were approved by all parties. McLennan County is also set to increase their fees to house prisoners as part of their deal with Coryell County. 

As of now, Coryell Commissioners said they spend $58 per day to house an inmate at the overcrowded Coryell County Jail. Sheriff`s officials said the County houses roughly 36 inmates out of county per day, mostly in Milam County. 


(Austin) A new poll shows Republican Greg Abbott is leading Democrat Wendy Davis by eleven points in the race for governor.  The "University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll" has Abbott ahead of Davis 47-to-36 with 17-percent of voters still undecided.  Poll co-director Jim Henson says the poll shows not much has changed with Texas politics.  The other director, Daron Shaw, says Davis has had a "pretty bad couple of months," while Abbott has been having good months.  An October poll showed Davis was within six points. 


(Milam Co.) Texas Department of Transportation has released this week`s road work.

According to Bob Colwell, spokesman for TxDot, work crews will be working on repairing edges on FM979, from FM485 to the Brazos River today. Edge repairs will also occur on FM485, from FM979 to the Brazos River on Wednesday and Thursday.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe Golf team dominated on their home turf, coasting to victory Monday in the Cameron Invitational Golf Tournament. 

The girls easily took the tournament, taking first place among 12 schools by more than 40 strokes. The ladies shot 403 as a team, well ahead of 2nd place Thrall`s 449. Rockdale finished a distant 3rd. 

Robinson`s Jacklyn Milligan took 1st medalist, shooting 89. Megan Dohnalik of Cameron placed 2nd, carding a 90. Jacey Jerman of Rockdale was 3rd with a 97. Other Lady Yoe golfers included: Elizabeth Williams, Brittany Brashear, Alexis Magre, Taylor Mathis, and Tori Kenney. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and 
10:26PM, Cameron Fire Dept called to vehicle fire at 4th and Scott. 
9:23PM, vehicle struck a railroad underpass. Driver: Joseph Yenger of Bellville. Transported to hospital for undisclosed injury. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS runs and 4 arrests:
--Eugenia Hargrove, 47 of Lexington for DWLI
--Curtis Huddleston, 38 of Rockdale for DWLI
--Mike Stephen Leet, 65 of Rockdale for Expired DL
--Kendra Lee Gilligan, 24 of Milano for Failure to Appear

(CAMERON) The Milam County sheriff`s office has 2 booked in:
--Jonathan Paul Salazar, 27 of Cameron for Parole Violation
--Kendra Lee Gilligan, 24 of Milano for Bail Jumping

There were no accidents in rural Milam County.

There were 105 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 26 housed for Coryell County and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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