Today`s Local News2018-10-18
Thursday, October 18, 2018


(CAMERON) There are updates today in connection to a federal civil rights violation lawsuit against Milam County and multiple county officials. 

US District Judge Alan Albright and attorneys for both sides met Wednesday for a status hearing on the case. On the heels of that hearing, Judge Albright said he would likely have all but 3 of the original defendants dropped from the case. The original suit, on behalf of former Milam County inmate John L. Robertson, was filed in April in US District Court in Waco and named Milam County as a whole, in addition to the late Milam County Sheriff David Greene, District Attorney Bill Torrey, then Milam County Chief Deputy Chris White, Dr. Stuart Yoffe, then Jail Captain Katrina Douglas, and deputies and guards John Mendoza, Joshua Hughes, Ryan Blankenmeyer, and Cindy McBee. Robertson`s lawsuit seeks actual and punitive damages against all of the defendants, though no amount is specified. If Judge Albright follows through with dropping some of those defendants, only Mendoza, Hughes, and Douglas would remain in the lawsuit. The attorney for Robertson indicated that if the Judge does dismiss some defendants, he and his client will file an appeal to have all defendants restored to the lawsuit. No hearing has yet been set to make any of those motions however. 

In the lawsuit, his attorney said Robertson was seriously injured after being assaulted by Milam County Jail guards. Back in 2016, they had requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Commission on Jail Standards to investigate the claim that Robertson had been attacked by jail guards, suffering a serious leg injury and had a tooth knocked out. The suit goes on to say that both organizations are investigating the incident. Jail records indicate that Robertson was awaiting transfer to an inpatient drug treatment facility at the jail when the attack happened. Robertson is currently in a Temple hospital for treatment, though hospital officials would not release his condition. The attorney for Robertson has also accused the County and the Sheriff`s Office of abandoning Robertson at the hospital and for refusing to pay for his medical costs.


(BARTLETT) Some customers in the Bartlett area must boil their water today.

Due to a major water leak, there is a boil order in effect for residents on SW Front St. south to Brook, east to Lillian, north to Clark, and west to SW Front. Officials said the leak caused a major loss of water pressure and in some cases loss of water entirely. To destroy harmful bacteria and other microbes, water should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. When it is no longer necessary to boil your water, a similar notice will be sent out.


(ROCKDALE) A former Milam County Justice of the Peace has died, and funeral services have now been set.

Funeral services for 67-year-old Twila Harris will be 11AM today in Milam County Cowboy Church. Mrs. Harris died Saturday in a Temple hospital. She was born in Waco and graduated from Chilton High School. She served as a Milam County Justice of the Peace for 28 years, retiring in 2012. She was also married to Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris. Mrs. Harris was president of the Justice of the Peace and Constable Association and is survived by many family and friends. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale will be in charge of arrangements.


(ROCKDALE) A former Mayor here in Milam County has died this week. 

Former Rockdale Mayor and community leader Darral Gene Walker died Wednesday at his home. He was 78. No services are scheduled at this time. Mr. Walker was born in Poteet and graduated as valedictorian from La Pryor High in 1958. He attended Southwest Texas Junior College, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas. After graduating in 1965, he went to work at Prewitt Drug Store in Rockdale, buying the pharmacy in 1969. He later bought Skrivanek Pharmacy and combined the two. He was involved with the Walker Burnett Pharmacy, Clinic Pharmacy, and Katy Medical Complex Pharmacy. After retiring in 2012, he returned to Rockdale. He served as Mayor of Rockdale in the 1970s and was a member of the Lucy Hill Patterson Library, St. John`s United Methodist Church and it`s board, the Methodist Men, and the Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, children, siblings, and other family and friends. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


(BELTON) There were no serious injuries in a weather-related wreck on the Interstate on Wednesday morning. 

Belton Police responded Wednesday morning to a 2-vehicle crash on north Interstate 35. Police said an SUV lost control, slid across several lanes, struck the median wall, then hydroplaned into another vehicle, pushing both into a roadside ditch. The driver of the other vehicle had to be extracted from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life. Neither driver was said to be seriously hurt. Weather is thought to be a factor. 


(BELL CO) One of 3 Bell County men arrested in a multi-agency online solicitation sting has been indicted. 

A Bell County Grand Jury this week handed 27-year-old Tresvant Threadgill of Temple an indictment for Online Solicitation of a Minor. Nolanville Police and Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the online sex sting August 23rd and 24th of this year. In that sting they arrested Threadgill and 2 others. Officials indicate that Threadgill carried on a text conversation with what he thought was a 16-year-old girl, sending her nude pictures and agreeing to meet her at a Killeen motel for sex. He remains in Bell County Jail today in lieu of bond. A total of 34 true bills were handed down by the Grand Jury. 


(US) Once again, there were no winners in the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot drawings, meaning record prizes are up for grabs. 

Lottery officials say no one matched all the numbers Tuesday, meaning the next Mega Millions drawing on Friday will be for a record $900 million. It is the largest jackpot in the game`s history. The Mega Millions has not had a winner since July 24th. The odds of winning have slightly increased to 1 in 309 million. 

In addition, there were no winners in the Powerball lotto on Wednesday, meaning that jackpot has climbed to $430 million. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday.


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

October 20
Rice Cemetery will be hosting their 43rd annual meeting Saturday at TX36 and CR241 in Cameron. Bring a covered dish meal to share as well as lawn chairs to sit on. If you have any questions, call, 254-697-5269 or 254-697-1095.

October 20
The Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center in La Grange is proud to present The Legacy of the Vrazels’ Polka Band at the Muzky, Muziky, the finale to the Heritage Fest & Muzky on Saturday. The performance will begin at 7PM in the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater followed by a huge fireworks show to close the festival. This award-winning band was established in 1953.  

October 20
Bartlett Methodist Church will host Lord`s Acre Harvest Fest on Saturday. Events begin at 5PM with a silent auction. Plates of BBQ chicken, fixings, and dessert will be available from 5-7PM. Plates are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Take out and family packs will be available. A live auction kicks off at 6PM. 

October 20
Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band returns to the Cameron VFW Saturday. This traditional country and western swing concert will have a start time of 8:30PM at the Cameron VFW. Flores is a 3-time Grammy Award winner. Tickets are $15 BYOB. Beer, food, and set up`s are available. For reservations call 254-295-6222.

October 21
There will be a Fish Fry fundraiser to benefit East Bell Youth Boosters and Rogers FFA Alumni from 3-7PM Sunday at the Oscar Store. Plates of fried catfish, beans, and slaw are $10 each. Take-out will be available. For info, call 254-983-2175.


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

The interactive murder mystery, Mystery`s In The Heir, hits the stage this Saturday and Sunday, with encore performances the next 2 weekends.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. Get your tickets at the door, online at, or on their Facebook page. 


(CAMERON) The Milam County Health Department announced their Flu Clinic Schedule for October.

The Health Department will hold 3 more clinics this month: October 23rd from 11AM-1PM at Milano Senior Center, October 25th from 9-11AM at Thorndale Senior Center, and October 26th from 9-11AM at Davilla Senior Center. The vaccine will be given at no cost to those with Medicare Part B, but you must present your card. All others will be charged $30 Cash or Check.


(TAYLOR) The City of Taylor has announced their annual clean up day for this Saturday. 

Residents of Taylor will be able to haul any unwanted trash and debris to dumpsters at 1200 Welch and 1424 N. Main from 8AM-3PM this Saturday.  Those participating should bring proof of residency.  Items NOT accepted include wire, tires, batteries, antifreeze, chemicals, paints, liquids, concrete, dirt, roofing materials and asbestos siding.  Unmanageable brush will also be turned away.  Refrigerators will be accepted, however, compressors must be removed. Oil, filters, scrap metal, and computers and printers may be taken to the Williamson County Recycling Center. Volunteers will also be available to assist in picking up and removing items. For info, contact the City at 512-352-3675.


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe Volleyball team will be hosting the 9th Annual Dig Pink Fundraiser this month. All proceeds from the event are donated to Breast Cancer research.

Through October, the Dig Pink Festivities will begin. Tuesday, the Ladies hosted the Dig Pink game against Franklin and came away with a nice 4-set victory. During the game, they hosted several fundraising events and honored victims and survivors as well. Mayfield Dairy Queen gets in on the action October 24th as they host Spirit Night in support of Dig Pink. Mention Spirit Night when you order that night and part of the night`s proceeds are donated back. In the past 8 years, the Ladies have raised over $69,000 for Breast Cancer Research. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) The Cameron Yoe football team will battle their opponent and the rain and field conditions this Friday. 

The Yoemen will travel over to Academy for a district clash Friday night. Academy has a natural grass field and the teams can expect to play in the rain and mud all night. Cameron comes in 5-1 this year and 2-0 in district play while Academy sits at 3-4 this year and 2-1 in district play. KMIL will have the call. 

Tune in at 9:05 Friday morning for the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, broadcast live from the showroom of Cameron`s Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealer. Plus, don`t forget to register at Cameron Autoplex for a chance to win $100 in services or repairs from their service department. Following that show is the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cougar Rundown with Rosebud-Lott coach Brad Ballard. Get ready for the night`s game after the Friday evening news on the United Ag and Turf Countdown to Kickoff with the Bleacher Bums. Then stay tuned after the game for Friday Night Finals with Alan Wood. 

Due to field conditions, the varsity Rogers-Hamilton game has been moved to McGregor on Friday night at 7:30PM. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 5 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 2 arrests:
--Jessica Nieto, 35 of Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence with Previous Conviction
--26-year-old female from Rockdale, for 2 charges of DWLI, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--Jason Antoine Williams, 22 of Killeen, for Bond Forfeiture, Robbery, Assault Causes Bodily Injury-Family Member
--1 in from Coryell Co

There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--7:44PM, vehicle hit a deer on US190 west of Cameron. No injuries. Trooper Sims. 
--9:33PM, vehicle hit a deer on FM908 north of Rockdale. No injuries. Deputy Paniagua.

There are currently 142 inmates in the county jail, including 78 housed for Coryell County.

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