Today`s Local News2019-11-19
Tuesday, November 19, 2019


(CAMERON) The Milam County Health Department announced their Flu Clinic schedule.

The Health Department will hold 2 clinics this week: at Bea`s Kitchen in Cameron on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30AM; and Thorndale Senior Citizen Center on Thursday from 10-11AM. 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. All clinics will only take patients 3-years-old and older. 


(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale City Planning and Zoning Commission will meet today.

During the meeting, the committee will hear citizen comments as well as receive an update from the City Manager regarding the committee`s duties. The Committee will also consider and take necessary action on a recommendation to the City Council regarding a request by Sabra Land for property. Today`s meeting begins at 2PM in the City Council Chambers.


(ROCKDALE) The Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees will host a Public Hearing and Meeting on Wednesday.

Prior to the regular meeting, the Board will hold a public hearing. During the meeting topics to be discussed include the financial reports for October, maintenance updates, and House Bill 3 updates. The Trustees will also discuss and possibly take action on the election of the Milam Appraisal District Board of Directors and the approval of the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report. The meeting will also include a closed session meeting for a consultation with the board`s attorney. Any action required will be taken during open session. Wednesday`s meeting begins at 5:30PM in the Central Administration Office Board room.


(ROGERS) The husband of a former area mayor has been arrested this week. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office said 57-year-old Patrick Cockrum of Rogers was booked into Bell County Jail on Monday on charges of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact. He remained jailed late Monday in lieu of $80,000 bond. Authorities said a complaint was issued against Cockrum on November 14th. That complaint was investigated by the Special Crimes Unit. Cockrum is the husband of former Rogers mayor and current Rogers city councilwoman Tammy Cockrum.


(FALLS COUNTY) Both people involved in a deadly shootout between neighbors Sunday have been identified. 

The Falls County Sheriff`s Office said deputies responded about 2PM Sunday to an altercation involving shots fired on CR247 east of Marlin. Deputies arrived to find 59-year-old Roger Ross dead of multiple gunshot wounds to the lower body. A 2nd man, now identified as 55-year-old Tim Haigood, was also shot multiple times. He was airlifted to the hospital and released Monday. Authorities said the 2 men have had altercations in the past. No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing and the Texas Rangers are assisting. 


(TEMPLE) A Fort Hood soldier has been arrested in connection to a 2018 sexual assault. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office said 26-year-old Matthew Watson was booked into Bell County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault. He is held in lieu of $150,000 bond. Authorities said a then 15-year-old girl made an outcry to authorities in July about an alleged sexual assault that occurred in March 2018 involving a visitor to her family`s home. Investigators learned from the victim that Watson offered her and her sister alcohol and then he took her into a room where she was sexually assaulted. Watson also allegedly provided the girl with a pregnancy prevention pill the next day. Watson is a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Hood. 


(NOLANVILLE) Three people were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash in Bell County early Monday. 

Bell County authorities and emergency personnel responded just before 7:30AM Monday to a 5-vehicle crash on Interstate 14/US190 in Nolanville. The crash sent 3 people to the hospital, though all injuries were termed minor. Officials said the accident scene backed up eastbound traffic for some time. Three drivers were issued citations. No other information was available. 


(BELTON) A wanted fugitive captured after 17 years on the run has now been sentenced. 

The Bell County District Attorney`s Office said 58-year-old Victor Leon of Victoria was sentenced Monday to 80 years in prison. That is the amount of time Leon was supposed to serve when he was originally sentenced for an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child back in 2002. A Bell County Judge let Leon out of jail to get his things in order before he served the sentence, though he never returned. Leon was arrested last month after having been on the run for 17 years. His charge stems from a 1996 incident in which he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl. Leon was featured in 2012 on America`s Most Wanted.


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

November 23
The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Whistle Stop Wine Tour will be Saturday from 1-10PM at the Rockdale Depot, Main Street, and Wolf Park. Kick off your holidays at this Whistle Stop Wine Tour. Check in runs from 1-4PM with shuttle service to wine stops running from 1-5PM. Then stay for the Holiday Lights Festival from 5-10PM featuring shopping, wineries, food trucks, musical entertainment, tree lighting, prizes, and more. Price is $30 per person. Get tickets at

November 23
There will be an Arts and Crafts Show at Granger Brethren Church from 9AM-4PM Saturday. Booths will be filled with unique and hand-crafted items. A raffle will be held. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Prizes include a homemade quilt, deer mount, and more. A homemade chicken salad lunch will be available. For info, contact 512-859-2677 or 512-639-0091.

November 24
The Cameron Area Ministers Association`s Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday at New Beginnings Full Gospel Church.  Everyone is invited to worship starting at 6PM, followed by a finger food fellowship. There will be a food collection at the door for the Thrift Shop.  This year the service will feature a community choir and anyone wanting to participate needs to attend the practice at 6PM Tuesday.  For more info call 254-482-0307.  


(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office and 10th annual Brown Santa Program will be taking applications this month. 

Those interested should bring a Medicaid or WIC card with the child(s) name on it, child(s) report card, a current utility bill, and a valid Texas ID. Applications can be picked up at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. The deadline for applications is December 12th. Toy pick up and delivery will be December 19th. 

If you are interested in donating new, unwrapped toys, please drop them off at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office in Cameron or call 697-7033. Monetary donations can be made to an account at Classic Bank or may be mailed to Brown Santa, 512 N Jefferson, Suite A, Cameron.


(CAMERON) Registration for kids to participate in the Little Dribblers program is nearing. 

The Little Dribblers Basketball program is now taking sign-ups through December 9th. Registration forms will be sent home with students. The league is open to co-ed players in grades 1 and 2, girls in grades 3-6, and boys in grades 3-6. The cost for all players is $40, cash or check. Games will be played Saturdays and practices will be held Mondays. For info, visit the Cameron Yoe Little Dribblers Facebook page. 


(CAMERON) The Yoe High football team is headed to the 2nd round of the UIL football playoffs.

The Yoemen play the Diboll Lumberjacks Friday at 7:30PM at Magnolia West High School. The Yoemen will be the home team. KMIL will have the call. Pre-sale tickets will be $3 for students and $5 for adults. All tickets at the gate are $5. District, Senior, and Coaches Association passes will be accepted. Gates open at 6PM. Mustang Stadium is located at 44024 FM1774 in Magnolia. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Richard Hall on multiple out of state warrants

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS runs and 3 arrests: 
--Bradley Wiggins, 21 of Rockdale, for DWLI
--20-year-old Rockdale man for Forgery by Passing
--21-year-old Rockdale woman for Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 5 new bookings:
--Richard Wayne Scott, 30 of Cameron, for Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana
--Mary Elizabeth West, 38 of Thorndale, for Burglary of a Vehicle
--Patrick Vega, 41 of Rockdale, for Motion to Proceed
--Richard Allen Hall, 54 of Cameron, for Out of County Sexual Assault and 3 counts of Out of County Prohibited Sexual Conduct
--Humberto Guerra, 32 of Houston, for Evading Arrest in Vehicle and Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram

There was 1 accident reported in Milam County:
--7PM, vehicle hit a deer on US79 at FM1786. No injuries. Trooper Hendricks.

There are currently 145 inmates in the county jail, including 51 housed for Coryell County.