Today`s Local News2017-03-29
Wednesday, March 29, 2017


(CAMERON) A Rockdale man will spend 4 years behind bars after sentencing this week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 33-year-old Andre Lamario Walker was handed the 4-year term in Texas Department of Criminal Justice after pleading guilty to the 2nd degree felony, Burglary of a Habitation. Walker must also pay $340 in restitution to the victim. 

Among other cases disposed of this past week:

ANTHONY CARL WILLIAMS, 30, of Cameron, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and $180 restitution to the DPS lab after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Possession of Marijuana 4 oz to 5 lbs

JANIE RENEE WOOLRIDGE, 28, of Giddings, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard substance abuse conditions of probation, including the successful completion of Theft Aversion Class and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and restitution in an amount to be determined after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

ISRAEL RANGEL, 40, of Cameron, was sentenced to six (6) years confinement in TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence, with Previous Conviction and was also sentenced to fifteen (15) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ and ordered to pay $3,212.00 restitution to the victims after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Theft of Less than $2,500 with Priors


(CAMERON) A Caldwell man has been indicted this month in connection to the disappearance and murder of a Rockdale woman. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 32-year-old Kevin Joseph Cormier was handed a 2nd degree felony indictment for Tampering with Evidence-Human Corpse. Four others will stand trial in September on Capital Murder charges in the death of 34-year-old Emily Hacker. Torrey said 30-year-old Edward Brannon Barry, 29-year-old Candice Nicole Jones, 24-year-old Ashley Yvonne Wesson-Zawadzke, and 37-year-old John Wayne Stewart each face that Capital Murder charge. Cormier meanwhile, is accused of helping to move Hacker`s body after she was killed. 

In arrest affidavits unsealed earlier this year, authorities detailed how the 4 suspects are alleged to have bound and beaten Hacker to death and then attempted to cover up the murder. A traffic stop that led to Jones` arrest for possessing a firearm as a felon is thought to be the instigating factor leading to Hacker`s death. Rockdale Police say Jones sought revenge on Hacker for being a snitch. Hacker was reported missing January 19th, and authorities found her burned body 8 days later, buried in a shallow grave in rural Burleson County. Autopsy results show Hacker died of blunt force trauma. 

A total of 32 other indictments were handed down this past month. Drug charges were most prevalent. 

ANDREW ALAN NIPPS, 40, Lexington, and TIMOTHY GRAY JOHNSON, 26, of Rockdale, each for 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams

STEVEN ALLEN HEDDING, 50, and DAVID ALLEN HEDDING, 50, both of Rockdale, and LAKENTYN CYMONE WADE, 30, of Round Rock, each for State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram

And LONNIE EARL HEMPHILL, 30, of Cameron, State Jail Felony, Possession of Marijuana Under 4 oz in a Drug Free Zone

A total of 6 people were indicted for Engaging in Organized Crime. SAMANTHA ROSE BOOTHE, 27, of Thorndale, MELISSA CLARE BOHAN, 26, of Lexington, PAULA YVONNE CALDERON, 39, of Rockdale, and ANGELA ROSE PEREZ, 36, of Taylor, were each given a 3rd degree felony count while AARON RAY RODRIGUEZ, 24, and DEBBIE RODRIGUEZ JIMENEZ, 39, both of Cameron, were each given a 2nd degree felony count. 

Among other indictments this past month: 

VINCIENT LEWIS WAYNE COOKS, JR., 24, of Round Rock, 3rd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

MICHAEL ANTHONY BROWN, 17, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Public Servant

ESTEBAN DAVID INOCENCIO, 21, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Credit/Debit Card Abuse

JOE ERNEST ALVAREZ, 59, of Seguin, 2nd Degree Felony, Sexual Assault of a Child

KEITH DWAYNE CAFFEY, 40, of Thorndale, 3rd Degree Felony, Hindering Secured Creditor

WYATT TAYLOR HENSON, 20, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence and State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram

TIFFANY GLADYS DAY, 29, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Tampering with Government Record

PASCUAL LLANAS, 20, of Thrall,  2 counts of 1st Degree Felony, Aggravated Assault of Public Servant with Deadly Weapon; 2nd Degree Felony, Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, 1st Degree Felony, Burglary of Habitation-Intend Other Felony, and 1st Degree Felony, Aggravated Kidnapping

MICHELE RENEE EVERS, 40, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Burglary of Building

SAMATRA IWANIA BECKWITH, 41, of Rockdale, JEFFERY ALLEN MCKINNEY, JR., 24, of Milano, and DYLAN KEITH WOODS, 23, of Rockdale, each for 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence-Impede Breath

CHRISTOPHER WESLEY ELMORE, 36, of Waco, 3rd Degree Felony, Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle

BRYAN ALMANZA, 18, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Burglary of Habitation

SAMUEL ALVAREZ-GASCA, 31, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon


(CAMERON) The 2017 Milam County Junior Livestock Show begins March 30th for it`s 3-day run at the Youth Exposition Building in downtown Cameron.

The show will conclude Saturday at 6PM with the Premium Livestock Sale. KMIL will be on-hand throughout the show Friday morning with live updates and interviews from the Youth Expo.

Show Schedule:

 7:30 A.M. -------------- Begin Check-in of Baked Goods.
 8:30 A.M. -------------- Baked Goods must be checked in.
 8:45 A.M. -------------- Baked Goods showmanship. (Peewee’s & Juniors).
10:00 A.M. -------------- Market Animals and Breeding Beef Heifers may begin arriving.
 2:00 P.M. -------------- Begin weigh-in of rabbits.
 2:00 P.M. -------------- Baked Goods showmanship. (Seniors)
 4:00 P.M. -------------- All animal must be in barn*.
 4:00 P.M. -------------- Check-in of Poultry.
 4:00 P.M. -------------- Conclusion of rabbit weigh-in. PRE-JUDGING OF RABBITS.
 4:00 P.M. -------------- Begin weighing: (In this order) Swine, Goats, Lambs, & Steers.
 5:00 P.M. ------------- Announce results of baked goods and showmanship.
 6:30 P.M. -------------- JUDGING OF MARKET RABBITS. IN MAIN ARENA. Rabbits will be released at the conclusion of the rabbit show. Must release through superintendent.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
 9:00 A.M. --------------- JUDGING OF MARKET SWINE.
 12:30 P.M. -------------- JUDGING OF MARKET GOATS.
 3:00 P.M. --------------- JUDGING OF MARKET LAMBS.
 5:00 P.M. --------------- Judging of Breeding Beef Heifers.
 6:00 P.M. --------------- JUDGING OF MARKET STEERS.
 7:30 P.M. ---------------- Release of all non-sale market animals and breeding beef heifers. Market animals must present weigh card to superintendent for release.

 9:00 – 9:30 A.M. ------ All non-sale animals being placed on floor truck must be delivered to superintendents with weigh ticket.
 12:00 Noon ------------- ALL NON SALE ANIMALS MUST BE REMOVED.
 4:30 P.M. --------------- Buyers Dinner – Bee’s Kitchen.
 5:00 P.M. --------------- Sale participants & Showmanship winners should be at barn.
 6:00 P.M. --------------- PREMIUM LIVESTOCK SALE.
 8:00 P.M. --------------- Buyers after-sale reception. – Youth Expo Dining Room.
 8:00 P.M. --------------- All Livestock Removed. 

 1:00 P.M. --------------- All exhibitors making the sale must return to the barn for clean-up. Each exhibitor must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.


(BELL CO) While there have been no reports of tornadoes overnight, strong winds and lightning left some residents without power. 

According to Oncor, several thousand Central Texas homes and businesses were without power this morning after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area overnight. The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning about 3AM today for Milam County, though that ended about 4:30AM. Forecasters say parts of Milam County recorded 70MPH or more winds during the warning time. Some 75 customers in Cameron were affected by the outages. Another 13 or so homes were without power this morning in Buckholts. The largest area affected is the Thrall-Thorndale area along US79 at the Milam-Williamson County line. Oncor reported over 1300 homes without power there this morning. It was unclear when power would be back up at this time. 


(MILANO) An amendment to re-locate wells for outsourced water found no traction during a Tuesday meeting. 

Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District held the public meeting in Milano on Tuesday with representatives from Blue Water Vista Ridge asking to move 11 of their 33 proposed wells to other locations. Most of those wells have already been approved for some years and would allow Blue Water Vista Ridge to ship water down to San Antonio and out of the Carizo-Wilcox and Simms Borough Aquifer. Many of the residents who showed up and spoke Tuesday were against not only the re-location of wells, but also the wells themselves, fearing Blue Water Vista Ridge could deplete the water supply. Blue Water Vista Ridge for its part, noted they are not increasing the number of wells or amount of water, simply moving their well locations. Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District officials also responded to concerned citizens noting that they have worked to establish and enforce rules to protect the water and supply. Following public comment, no action was taken on allowing the re-location of the wells as Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District hopes to get more information before coming to a decision. They could take action at their next meeting on April 4th. 


(ZABCIKVILLE) A Temple man struck by a car on Saturday has now died from his injuries. 

Department of Public Safety Troopers say 92-year-old Herman Kuhnert died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained in Saturday`s crash on TX53 in Zabcikville. According to Troopers, 25-year-old Whitney Wilburn of May was driving a Toyota Yaris east on TX53 about 3PM when her car struck Kuhnert`s golf cart as he crossed the highway. Kuhnert was rushed to the hospital where he died Tuesday. Authorities say no charges are pending at this time. 


(TAYLOR) A Taylor man has filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the City of Taylor. 

According to court records, Jacky Jones of JJ Services has filed the lawsuit against the City of Taylor in federal court. The suit says Jones is unable to dump waste from his septic pumping company because of his skin color. Jones alleges the issue began in 2013 when he tried to dump waste from his business at Mustang Creek Wastewater Treatment facility. Then utility manager Danny Thomas, current facility manager Robert Walla, and city employee Joel Graham are alleged to have been aggressive, verbally abusive, and unprofessional toward Jones at that time. The trio are said to have illegally limited access to the plant to Jones because of his race. Jones goes on to allege that the City and their officials continued to limit his access while other companies were allowed unlimited access, even those that were unlicensed. The suit goes on to allege that Jones met with Assistant City Manager Noel Bernal in 2016 to address the issue. Jones is seeking equal access to the facility and over $240,000 in damages. 


(GEORGETOWN) Two bats captured in Georgetown have tested positive for rabies. 

Georgetown Animal Services confirmed Tuesday that a bat found at Pickett Elementary School on March 23rd has now tested positive for rabies. Officials had collected the bat and sent it to the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin for testing, with results returning over the weekend. Officials said a 2nd bat collected at a nearby home on March 19th has also tested positive for rabies. At this time, City officials say no animals or people appear to have come in contact with the bats. 


(WILLIAMSON CO) Williamson County residents will soon get help claiming their unclaimed property. 

The Texas Comptroller`s Office and Williamson County Clerk`s Office will host an event from 9:30AM-4PM this Thursday in the Georgetown Public Library to assist Williamson County residents in searching for and filing for unclaimed property. According to the State Comptroller`s Office, Texas has $4 billion in unclaimed property, including over $158 million in Williamson County alone. Unclaimed property typically includes forgotten utility deposits, refunds, insurance proceeds, mineral interests, royalty payments, dormant accounts, or abandoned safe deposit boxes. For more info, call 800-321-CASH or go to


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron has announced their annual spring clean up day for Saturday, April 8th from 8AM-3PM at the City Yard.  

Residents of Cameron will be able to haul any unwanted trash and debris to the yard during those hours.  Those participating should bring a current water bill to verify residency.  Items NOT accepted include wire, tires, batteries, antifreeze, chemicals, paints, liquids, concrete, dirt, roofing materials and asbestos siding.  Refrigerators will be accepted, however, compressors must be removed.  Items will need to be separated by category when you arrive.  The city yard is located at 701 E. Main. For info, call 697-6646.


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater will debut their latest production at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.

Marc Camoletti`s British comedy classic, Don`t Dress For Dinner, hits the stage April 8th and 9th, with encore performances the next weekend.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. Get your tickets at the door. The first Saturday showing will also include the annual dinner theater.


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

March 30
The Methodist Men will host a FREE pancake supper Thursday from 5:30-7PM at the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church in Cameron. Plates will include pancakes, bacon, coffee, water and juice. Everyone is invited. 

April 1
The 9th annual Cameron Car Club Classic Car Show will be 9AM-2PM Saturday on the Milam County Courthouse square in Cameron. There will be food vendors, door prizes, drawings, a silent auction, goody bags, and trophies. For info, call 254-627-9060.

April 1
There will be a Rummage Sale at Cameron VFW Post 2010 from 8AM-Noon Saturday. Donations are still being accepted. Items can be dropped off at the Cameron VFW Post. All proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary to VFW Post 2010, and all donated items remaining after the sale will be donated to local thrift stores.

April 1
First United Methodist Church in Bartlett is holding a Garage Sale on from 8AM-2PM Saturday. They will also be selling Sausage Wraps, Baked Goods, and cold bottles of water. Come check all the unique, fun items and kids things available. 

April 1
Beautiful Chaos: Knowing Autism, an event to raise autism awareness and understanding, will be Saturday from 3-7PM at the Davilla Community Center. Get 15 tickets for $5. Activities include face painting, color run, cupcake decorating, and cake walk. Food such as sausage wraps, hot dogs, nachos, and mac & cheese will be available. Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. 

April 1
Milam County Cowboy Church Garage Sale Fundraiser will be 8:30AM-3PM Saturday at the church on US77 in Rockdale. The Youth Group is hoping to use proceeds from the sale to attend summer camp. To donate to the sale, call 254-563-8622 or 512-429-8209.

April 1-2
There will be a co-ed slow-pitch softball tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Cameron Fiesta Grounds. The entry fee is $100 per team. Prizes will be awarded. Three girls must be on the field at all times. For more info, call 512-569-0047.

April 2
St. Monica`s Catholic Church Ladies Society invite everyone to the annual Spring Festival on Sunday at the Church. Enjoy a delicious, pit-cooked BBQ chicken and Green`s Sausage dinner starting at 11AM. Plates are $9, dine in or take out. There will also be a silent auction along with games, a cakewheel, and Country Store. A raffle will be held with valuable prizes including gift cards of up to $300. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team and Lady Yoe softball team earned a split in district play Tuesday. 

The Yoemen took sole control of 2nd place in district by cruising to an 8-0 victory over Little River-Academy at the Yards of Cameron. Sophomore pitcher Jason Llanas was superb on the hill, tossing a complete game shutout, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 5 on the night. The Yoe bats erupted for 6 runs in the 2nd to stake Llanas to a lead. On the softball side, the Ladies fell further back in district, as they were smothered by Academy at home 16-3. The loss drops Cameron`s district record to 1-7. 

Elsewhere, Belton lost in baseball 7-0 to San Angelo Center while Thorndale edged Holland 9-7. In softball, Temple lost to Bryan 7-4.


(ABILENE) A Taylor powerlifter has won his 2nd straight state title. 

Just a year after capturing the 4A Division 2 powerlifting title in the 132-pound class, Isaiah Mesa took home the top prize yet again, this time in the 148-pound class. Mesa, a junior, lifted over 1400 pounds to surpass all other competitors over the weekend. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS calls and no other activity, though there were reports of power out in town.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS runs and 1 accident:
--4:08PM, 2-vehicle wreck at Cameron and Mars in front of Eagle Auto. Drivers: Jerry Ulicnik of Rockdale and Scott Scubel of Rockdale. No injuries.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 new bookings:
--Robie Lee Lawhon, 25 of Rockdale, on a Bench Warrant
--John D Johnson, 36 of Rockdale, for Motion to Revoke and Interfering w/ Emergency Request for Assistance
--Tyree Jermaine Garrett, 38 of Georgia, for Forgery of a Financial Instrument
--2 in from Coryell Co

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County. 
--wreck on US79 near Thorndale. 
--wreck on FM2095. 

There are currently 128 inmates in the county jail, including 36 housed for Coryell County.

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