Today`s Local News2014-08-13
Wednesday, August 13, 2014      


(FRANKLIN) The case against a former Hearne Police Officer who shot and killed an elderly woman has been delayed. 

The case against former officer Stephen Stem was supposed to be presented to the Robertson County Grand Jury this week, but had to be delayed as several jurors did not report as required. Investigators say Stem shot and killed 93-year-old Pearlie Golden in May after responding to reports Golden was waving a gun around in her yard. Stem reportedly asked the woman to put down her weapon, and when she refused, shot and killed her. He was fired within days of the shooting. The case is now expected to be presented in September. 


(CAMERON) The Milam County Republican Party has selected their candidate for commissioner. 

The Milam GOP Executive Committee met Tuesday and selected Richard "Opey" Watkins to run on the November ballot for Precinct 1 Commissioner. Watkins, 60, is currently serving on an interim basis. He was among 3 people vying for placement on the November ballot. 

The Pct. 1 post came available when former Commissioner Tank Balch had to resign following allegations he used county equipment and personnel to aid a local church.  


(TEMPLE) One person is dead and 2 others are hurt after a shooting in Temple.

Police responded about 7:30PM Tuesday to a home along S. 29th St. Officers arrived and heard gunshots. Once backup arrived, officers entered the home and located 3 people having suffered gunshot wounds. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and 2 others were transported to the hospital. Names of the victims have not been released. Police continue to investigate. 


(TEMPLE) Temple Police are investigating after an early morning drowning. 

Police and Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 4AM today to Twin Oaks Apartments on Twin Oaks Drive after a resident reported a body floating in the pool. Officers arrived and recovered the body of a woman from the pool. The name of the victim has not been released. At this time, it is unknown why the woman was in the pool. The investigation continues. 


(TEMPLE) The City of Belton is threatening eminent domain over a controversial bridge project.

Belton City Council this week approved a measure to use eminent domain by a 5-1 vote. The Council said they will only take that step if they cannot reach agreement with property owners. City officials said they must acquire 2 pieces of frontage property in order to build a 2-lane bridge on Toll Bridge Rd. Currently the 2 pieces are valued at less than $10,000 each. Belton and Texas Department of Transportation have an agreement to replace the bridge over the Lampasas River. TxDOT will pay about 90% of the cost and the City will cover purchasing rights of way. Construction is expected to begin by December.


(ROSEBUD) Two local dogs surrendered by their owner are seeking new homes. 

Rosebud Police said the 2 dogs were surrendered by their owner this week after police responded to reports of animal cruelty. Investigators said the dogs had been given food, water, and shelter, but were suffering treatable mange. Anyone interested should call 254-583-7926.


(Austin) Funding for surge operations to secure the Texas border could run out in a matter of months.  State lawmakers say the effort that includes National Guard deployment will cost 17-billion to 18-billion dollars a month.  They say the money will run out by late fall unless they find a new source of revenue or the federal government steps in. 


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe volleyball team kicked off their season Tuesday with a pair of wins. 

The Ladies opened the season with a dual match, defeating CTCS 25-13, 25-14, and 25-7. The Ladies then followed that up by downing Rosebud-Lott 25-14, 25-11, and 25-19. The Freshmen and JV teams made it a clean sweep, also earning wins in their matches. 

Coming up this weekend, the Ladies will host their annual varsity volleyball tourney here in Cameron. A total of 16 teams have signed on, with pool play starting Friday. The Ladies open the tourney at 10AM against Mart. They play Rosebud-Lott at Noon and Giddings at 3PM. Bracket play will follow on Saturday, with the championship set for 4PM. 

In other area scores: 

Mumford defeated Fayetteville, 25-14, 25-7, and 25-17. Caldwell outlasted Leon, 1-25, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, and 15-12. And Franklin fell to Rudder, 25-14, 25-16, and 25-15. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe Athletic Booster Club sponsored Meet the Yoemen & Annual Ice Cream Social will be held at 6PM on Friday at the Performing Arts Center. 

In addition, Project Graduation will be holding an auction. 


(CAMERON) As the first Yoe football scrimmage approaches, there have been a couple of changes. 

Cameron will scrimmage Lorena Saturday at UMHB. Varsity will hit the field at 9AM, with freshmen and JV to play at 10:30AM. 


(CAMERON) Yoe football reserved seating tickets go on sale next week. 

Reserve season tickets will go on sale Monday for current ticket holders only. Tickets are available Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public September 4th. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--4:55PM, Rockdale Fire Dept to 712 Rockdale Rd for telephone pole on fire.
There were also 3 arrests:
--Lonnie Wayne Anderson, 54 of Thrall for DWLI
--Lawrence Patrick Gonzales, 24 of Rockdale for Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence
--James Dustin Ashworth, 37 of Rockdale for Criminal Trespass
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 6 arrests:
--Hannah Faye Yakesch, 18 of Cameron for Interfering with Emergency Call
--Gustavo Bobby Villalpando, 57 of Hearne for Parole Violation
--Lawrence Patrick Gonzales, 24 of Rockdale for Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence
--Darnell Benson, Jr., 21 of Rockdale for DWI
--James Dustin Ashworth, 37 of Rockdale for Criminal Trespass
--Amanda Frances Hubnik, 19 of Cameron for Credit Card Abuse

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are 118 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 14 housed for Coryell County.

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