Tuesday, March 2, 2021
CAMERON HOUSE FIRE
(CAMERON) Local fire crews found little rest after a busy week last week.
Cameron Volunteer Fire Department and Cameron Police responded about 12:38AM today to a structure fire in the 400 block of South Burleson. Police said no one was inside at the time of the fire. Fire crews and officers responded again about 4:15AM today for a rekindle at the same location. We`ll have more details as they become available.
It`s the 3rd major fire in about a week for the Cameron volunteers. It all began a week ago today when an 18-wheeler collided with a train carrying petroleum at the FM2095 railroad crossing. That collision eventually sparked an explosion and massive fire. Amazingly, there were no injuries or fatalities. A couple of sheds and a large barn burned down, but no homes were torched. Clean up continues on that location and the railroad crossing remains closed to vehicle traffic. Then early Friday, fire crews went out to a structure fire at Zeke`s Bar. That bar, which had not been in business since 2019, was a total loss.
MILAM CO SHERIFF RESIGNS
(CAMERON) The top cop in Milam County has resigned the post he was recently elected to.
Milam County Judge Steve Young confirmed Monday evening that County Sheriff Chris White resigned as of 1PM Monday. White cited personal reasons for his leaving and felt it in his and the county`s best interest to step aside at this time. He had just been elected to his first full term in office this past November and had ascended to sheriff upon the untimely passing of the late, longtime Sheriff David Greene in 2018. Judge Young said he has tabbed Chief Deputy Mike Clore as interim sheriff and the county commissioners will take up naming a more official replacement at their next meeting this coming Monday.
VACCINE CLINIC SET FOR THURSDAY
(CAMERON) Additional vaccines will be administered this week.
Milam County Judge Steve Young announced that the county was only given about 200 doses of vaccine to fight COVID-19 this week. A vaccine clinic is now scheduled for Thursday at the former Rockdale clinic. Just last week, Milam County administered 730 shots in 2 days, including getting over 300 people fully vaccinated with a 2nd round booster shot.
Brookshire Brothers, HealthPoint, and Wal-Mart are also giving vaccinations. Currently, around 2,400 people are signed up to be vaccinated here and health officials urge everyone to get signed up. Shots are being given by appointment only. To sign up, call 254-697-7000. Those eligible to be vaccinated include front-line medical workers, those over 65, and those with underlying medical conditions.
ANOTHER DEATH HITS MILAM CO
(CAMERON) Yet another death is being reported in relation to COVID-19 this week.
Milam County Judge Steve Young said the virus has now claimed the life of a 39th resident here in the county. The additional death comes with some good news, the active case count here remains stagnant and his holding at 35. The confirmed positive PCR cases remains at 1,333 since the pandemic began, though the antigen positive case load is up to 1,018. Seven people are now hospitalized, including 2 on ventilators. Judge Young reminds the public to wear a mask, socially distance, and not let your guard down. During virus testing Monday, 3 positives came back from among 16 tests. Additional testing will take place Wednesday in Milano. If you are a Milam County resident with symptoms, you can get tested for free.
SERVICES SET FOR YOE HS SENIOR
(CAMERON) Services are scheduled for a Yoe High School senior who died in a weekend car crash.
Services for 18-year-old Alexandria Nicole Borgas will be 11AM Saturday at Green Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron, with burial to follow in Hernandez Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8PM at the funeral home. Borgas died Sunday in an auto accident near the Belmena community. Cameron Volunteer Fire Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded about 2AM to a single-vehicle crash along FM485 east. DPS Sgt. Bryan Washko said a westbound 2010 Chevy Aveo driven by Borgas came upon a curve, crossed the center stripe, overcorrected, went into the ditch, and rolled. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs pronounced Borgas dead at the scene. She was a senior at Yoe High School this year and was a member of the Yoe High marching band. Survivors include her parents, siblings, and grandparents.
(CAMERON) Residents still have time to seek disaster assistance from the government.
Milam County Judge Steve Young reminds residents that individuals are eligible to make claims for damage caused by the recent winter storms here in the area. Anyone wishing to make a claim must go online to disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Those making claims should document their losses with pictures and keep any and all receipts for work done. Residents will also be required to file claims with their insurance, though FEMA could also assist with deductibles.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3-2
(TEXAS) Here are the latest updates on the ongoing pandemic sweeping the globe:
Texas saw only double digit deaths on Monday, with just 59 new deaths reported over a 24 hours span. The Texas death toll in total is now 42,995. There were also just 1,600 new cases of the virus reported statewide as the active case count went down to 156,000. State officials reported they will get over 626,000 doses of vaccine this week, with some 17,000 to be distributed to Central Texas. Senator John Cornyn announced Texas will get a $106 million federal grant to boost vaccine efforts. Robertson County was also selected among 26 counties for the state`s newly created Save Our Seniors initiative. Bell County saw 10 new deaths and 72 new cases, all since Friday. They have 374 total deaths and 459 active cases. McLennan County picked up 3 new deaths and 108 new cases since Friday. They have 410 total deaths and 408 active cases. Brazos County added 110 new cases since Friday and have 723 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 208. Burleson County has 232 active cases and 35 deaths; Lee County has 218 active cases and 36 deaths; and Robertson County has 208 active cases and 37 deaths.
2ND TEEN ARRESTED IN 2020 SHOOTING
(BELTON) A 2nd teenager is in custody in connection to a 2020 deadly shooting.
Bell County authorities said 17-year-old Robert Garnett of Belton was booked in to Bell County Jail on Monday on the charge of Murder. Garnett was wanted in connection to the August 2020 shooting that left 16-year-old Fernando Martinez dead. He is the 2nd teenager arrested for the shooting. Belton Police also arrested a 16-year-old male within 24 hours of the shooting. Police had responded about 5PM August 27th of last year to a shooting near a basketball court on Smith Street in Belton. Officers arrived to find Martinez suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital and later died. Witnesses said they saw a white Chevy sedan speeding away from the scene immediately after the shooting.
AREA POWER CO-OP FILES FOR CHAPTER 11
(CENTRAL TEXAS) The largest and older power company in Texas is seeking bankruptcy protection.
Brazos Electric Power Cooperative filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week in the wake of last month`s winter storms that left millions without power. Brazos Electric, which serves 16 distribution members and over 1.5 million Texans, indicated in their filing they were a financially stable company until getting a hefty bill from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas for collateral and purported cost of electric services. Rather than pass those extreme increases to customers, Brazos sought to seek bankruptcy protection. Part of the Brazos service area includes south and east Bell County and parts of Milam and Falls Counties.
ROSEBUD-LOTT LIFTERS ADVANCE
(ROSEBUD-LOTT) A handful of area powerlifters will advance to regionals.
Rosebud-Lott ISD athletics said Sydney Parcus, Aidan Valdez, Moses Fox, Elijah Flores, Nolan Kahlig, and Easton Fulton have qualified for the regional powerlifting meet. The girls regional will be this Saturday and the boys regional meet is March 11th.
(BARTLETT) Several Bartlett basketball players are being rewarded for their efforts on the court.
Bartlett ISD announced that junior Ja`Viere Polynice and junior Kenneth "Scooter" Smith were both picked first team all district. Named to the 2nd team were junior DeVonta Davis and junior Jeremy Craig. Honorable mention went to senior Jared Cooper and freshman Shamar Wilson.
AREA BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
(CAMERON) Boys Basketball Regional Quarterfinal Round:
Academy vs New Waverly - TBD
AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
(CENTRAL TEXAS) Girls Basketball Regional Final Round:
Snook vs San Saba - Today at 7:00 p.m. - Buda Johnson H.S.
Lexington vs Fairfield - Today, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. - Bryan H.S.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--12:38AM, Cameron VFD sent to 406 S. Burleson for structure fire.
There were also 2 arrests:
--Deanthony Cook of Jarrell for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and Possession of Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams
--Eric Mildazis of Cameron for Possession of Controlled Substance in Drug Free Zone and DWLI
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--16-year-old juvenile male for warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance
(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 5 new bookings:
--Damian Paul Spencer Hafley, 41 of Cameron, for Assault of Family Member w/ Priors and Motion to Proceed
--Eric Anthony Mildazis, 36 of Cameron, for Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram in Drug Free Zone and DWLI w/ Priors
--Deonthony James Cook, 24 of Jarrell, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and Possession of Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams
--Thomas Wesley Owens, 30 of Caldwell, for Motion to Revoke, Motion to Proceed, and Bond Forfeit
--Tammy Lynn Henry, 42 of Cameron, for Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear and Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information Under 5 Items from the Elderly
There was 1 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--1:20PM, 2-vehicle crash on US79 between Rockdale and Thorndale. No injuries. Trooper McHale investigated.
There are currently 141 inmates in the county jail, including 75 housed for Coryell County.