Today`s Local News2018-06-22
Friday, June 22, 2018


(CAMERON) A Rockdale man was found guilty of sexual assault this week after a 3-day trial in Milam County. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 53-year-old Ricky Lee Murray was found Guilty by a Milam County Jury on a charge of 2nd degree felony, Sexual Assault. Sentencing is set for July after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation. Torrey said the State showed that a 30-year-old female victim was sexually assaulted by Murray at her home while she was in a medicated state and unable to fight him off. The victim took her own life 3 weeks after the incident.  


(CAMERON) A Milam County deputy has been indicted in connection to a fatal wreck in Cameron. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey`s office, a Milam County Grand Jury handed 44-year-old Michael Dean Heath of Copperas Cove a state jail felony indictment for Criminally Negligent Homicide. The charge stems from the May 2nd collision between Heath`s patrol unit and a pickup truck driven by 70-year-old Ernest Taylor of Cameron. The accident happened just before 10PM along US190/TX36 at the intersection of Orchard Street. The crash killed Taylor and left his wife, 75-year-old Shirley Taylor, with incapacitating injuries. Heath also suffered broken bones in the wreck. Both Mrs. Taylor and Heath were taken to the hospital for treatment. According to investigators, Taylor was pulling onto the highway when his truck was struck broadside by Heath`s patrol unit. Ernest Taylor was a longtime pastor here in Cameron and was executive director of the food pantry. 

A total of 34 other indictments were handed down: 

LONNIE BIRT DONALDSON, 48, of Caldwell, 3rd Degree Felony, Theft <$2,500 with Previous Convictions - Elderly Enhancement

MATTHEW ROBERT MANZONI, 47, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Forgery of Government Instrument

BRITT ALLEN O’BRIEN, 56, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breath with Prior Family Violence Conviction

LYDIA CERVANTES, 56, of Cameron, 3RD Degree Felony, Aggravated Perjury

DAYANA BATRICE JOHNSON, 35, of Cameron, JASON SCHULZE, 45, of Lexington, JUAN MENDEZ, 25, of Dallas, and MANUEL GUADARRAMA, 19, of Austin, each for 3rd Degree Felony, Bail Jumping – Failure to Appear

BEAU JACOB CARGILL, 40, of Davilla, THOMAS EDWARD SAYRE, 54, of Rockdale, and PEDRO MORENO-GONZALES, 21, of Taylor, each for State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

ROBERTO CARDOZA, 27, of Cameron, JAMES DALE CARROLL, 26, of Gause, and REGINALD LEVINE ROSEMOND, 61, of Cameron, each for 3rd Degree Felony, Injury to a Child

WESLEY WADE WARRICK, 47, of Cameron, 3rd Degree Felony, Forgery of Government Instrument and 2 counts of 3rd Degree Felony, Bail Jumping – Failure to Appear

SAMANTRA IWANIA BECKWITH, 41, of Rockdale, 2 counts of 3rd Degree Felony, Bail Jumping – Failure to Appear

CYNTHIA RAQUEL HERNANDEZ, 21, of Thorndale, 3rd Degree Felony, Forgery – Elderly Enhancement

BILLY JOE WALKER, 31, of Cameron, and JERRY DEE HERZOG, 52, of Thorndale, each for 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breath

RONALD DALE SHAFER, 54, of Rockdale, 2 counts of 2nd Degree Felony, Indecency with a Child by Contact

JAMES EDWARD TURMAN, 47, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Accident Involving Injury

MICHAEL EVERETT FALZON, 30, of Cameron, State Jail Felony, Theft of Firearm

JUAN MARVIN GARCIA, 31, of Conroe, 2nd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams

LARRY SUNDANCE YOUNG, 46, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More and 1st Degree Felony, Intoxication Assault of a Peace Officer

KEVIN CHRISTOPHER CORTEZ, 30, of Hutto, 3rd Degree Felony, Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle

JAMES DION FURLOW, 27, of San Antonio, 1st Degree Felony, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

JODY MACK WOOD, 39, of Leander, 2nd Degree Felony, Intoxication Manslaughter

BILLY JOE DENSON, 30, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Theft <$2,500 with Previous Convictions

SALVADOR TOVAR JUAREZ, 41, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, DWI w Child Passenger


(BUCKHOLTS) Buckholts ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Board has only a single item to consider or approve: the 2018-19 new teacher contracts. Some of that discussion could take place in executive session if needed. Monday`s meeting begins at 6PM at Buckholts ISD. 


(WEST) Services are set for the namesake of a longtime KMIL advertiser and car dealership. 

Services for 83-year-old Ed Sykora will be 10AM Saturday at St. Mary`s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rosary will be 8PM today at the church. Sykora, who died Tuesday, was born in Penelope and worked as a carpenter and at a cotton gin before moving into the auto industry in 1955. He started work at Bird-Kultgen Ford in Waco before becoming manager of Kozelski Motors in West in 1961. He became co-owner in 1968 and sole owner in 1982. He went on to change the company name to Sykora Family Ford in 1984. The Sykoras are proud Czechs and have been involved in the West community since the 1800s. Sykora Family Ford has also been a longtime supporter and advertiser of the Czech and Polka programming that airs on KMIL. 


(CALDWELL) Landowners from Milam and Burleson County got to learn about a new program to protect their water rights this week. 

On Thursday, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District hosted a meeting to lay out the details of a new mission to protect groundwater users. General Manager of Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Gary Westbrook introduced the Aquifer Conservancy Program, which aims to help protect landowners in the southeast portion of Milam County and those in Burleson County, whose land sits over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. The program, which is totally voluntary, allows the landowner to place their water rights into stewardship in order to protect their future rights. If a landowner were to join, they would get around $5-6 per acre per year. Westbrook said the program is still in its infancy, though the board has approved it. Additional meetings to get citizen input and disseminate information will be held at 6PM June 28th at the Rockdale Patterson Center and 5:30PM July 10th at the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Office in Milano. 


(TEMPLE) Temple Police are investigating a suspected murder-suicide after finding 2 people dead Thursday. 

Temple Police found a man and woman dead about 3PM Thursday at a home in the 2100 block of N. 1st in Temple after making a welfare check. According to Temple Police spokeswoman Ellen Morton, preliminary investigation indicates a man shot one family member before then taking his own life. The names and ages of the pair have not yet been released. The home was located adjacent to Miller Park and across from Lamar Middle School. Autopsies have been ordered. No other details were available. 


(GEORGETOWN) A Hutto man charged in a suspected racing death has reached a plea deal in his case. 

According to the Williamson County District Attorney`s Office, 24-year-old Hernan Abel Martinez has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to charges of Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. In exchange, Martinez also agreed to provide information about the other driver Martinez was said to be racing. Martinez had been arrested in December 2016 in connection to a deadly racing crash in Round Rock. Authorities said Martinez was driving a Lexus on December 14th and racing another vehicle on FM1325 when he struck a Mercury Grand Marquis at the intersection of Northridge Road. The collision split the Mercury in half and sent it crashing into a parked Ford Mustang. The driver of the Mercury, Robert Chaney, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Chaney`s 68-year-old wife Joan was pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Chaney would die 2 weeks later due to heart failure. Court records also show Martinez never should have been driving that day. His license was rendered invalid several years ago. Martinez was also arrested nearly a year later on unrelated charges of Driving While Intoxicated. As of this week, Martinez has already served nearly 1 year behind bars. 


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

June 4-July 1
Buckholts ISD will host their Summer Food Program until July 1st. All children age 18 years and younger will be able to eat free from 8-8:30AM and 11:30AM-Noon, Monday through Friday. For info, call 254-593-4020.

June 22-24
Gear up for The 28th Annual Thorndale Fire Department BBQ Cook-Off today-Sunday. Along with Live Concerts, there will be three days of BBQ, Food, Dancing, and Festivities. Among the activities are the annual softball tourney, arts and crafts booths, various tourneys, and the turkey and dressing dinner. Kevin Fowler performs today and Josh Ward on Saturday. Presale tickets for the weekend are $30 online. Presale single day tickets are $20 for today and $10 for Saturday. Tickets at the gate will be $25 for today and $15 for Saturday. 

June 23
Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band will be having a traditional country and western swing concert on Saturday with 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.

June 23
There will be a benefit for Will Ewing starting at 11AM Saturday at Belton VFW. BBQ plates will be served starting at 11AM at $10 per plate. Also scheduled are a raffle, 50-50 drawing, lotto basket, and live auction. Donations and auction items are needed. Ewing was critically injured after he was struck and pinned between another car and his own 18-wheeler. He ended up losing both legs and suffered many other injuries. Proceeds will go toward medical and other expenses. For info, call 254-239-9213, 254-541-1030, or 254-760-4307.

June 23
The United in Christ Christian Ministries will host Faith Fest by the lake at Ledbetter Park starting at 10AM Saturday. Faith Fest is a gathering to praise and worship through singing, dancing, and seeking spiritual guidance. There will also be free food, music, games, a bounce house, and more. Plus the local Food Banks will be at the gate to collect non-perishable items.  For info, 254-482-0024, 254-627-1536, or 254-275-9706.

June 23
Rising Star Baptist Church presents a Choir Concert and Musicians Appreciation at 7PM Saturday at the church in Rockdale. The event will feature special guest Jon Olivarez of Austin. Admission is $5 per person. 

June 23-24
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church annual picnic and barbecue cook-off is Saturday night and all day Sunday in Lott. Stop in for a host of adventures and fun. Join in on various games, bid in a live auction, peruse the General Store, grab a bite to eat from the picnic, or judge some brisket, chicken, or ribs. Meal tickets are $10 each, with plates dine in or to go. Serving starts Sunday at 11AM, with the auction kicking off at 1PM. Come early, stay late, and enjoy the fun.

June 24
SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Granger presents their annual Chicken Dinner & Battle Dance on Sunday at the Parish Hall in Granger. Plates of fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served starting at 11AM. Adults are $10 and kids are $5. Take out will be available. Sandwiches, chili dogs, and nachos will be available from 2-8PM. Various entertainment and refreshments will also be available. A Battle Dance will take place from 3-9PM with Fritz Hodde and the Ennis Czech Boys. For info, call 512-859-2223.


(CAMERON) The Milam County Crops Tour will be held later this month in downtown Cameron. 

The 2018 Milam County Row Crop Tour will be Friday, June 29th at the Milam County Extension Office. Cost of the tour is $10 and includes lunch. Those with private pesticide applicators licenses will also earn 3 CEUs. Day of registration runs from 7-7:30AM. Topics will include replicated cotton variety trail, the cotton industry, replicated corn and sorghum varieties, the feed grain industry, Farm Bill updates, market outlook, and laws and regulations. Register for the tour by calling 697-7045. 


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps. 

Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp will be July 24th and 25th from 8:30-11:30AM for incoming 9th-12th graders and 1-4PM for incoming 7th and 8th graders. 

Yoe High Cheerleader camp will be July 28th at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-5PM. The camp, for kids aged 4 to entering 5th grade, is $30 per person. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Campers should bring a water bottle with their name on it. Early registrants will get a t-shirt. All campers will also get to cheer at a pep rally and football game in the fall. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders. 

The 10th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 30th through August 2nd at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp. 


(CAMERON) Youngsters will have a chance to sign up for pee-wee football and cheerleading this weekend. 

There will be a football and cheer registration event Saturday from 9AM-Noon under the pavilion behind Cameron Junior High. Sample uniforms will be available for sizing. Registering now will also save you some money with advanced registration. Leagues will be available for kids in kindergarten up to 6th grade. Parents need to bring a child`s birth certificate and report card when they sign up. 


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest: 
-- Gavin Monie, for assault causes bodily injury

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no new bookings:

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 131 inmates in the county jail, including 71 housed for Coryell County.

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