Today`s Local News2017-06-29
Thursday, June 29, 2017


(CAMERON) A Cameron woman had probation revoked this week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 28-year-old Erica Nicole Trelles was handed 6 months in State Jail after pleading to True to Motion to Revoke Probation for the original State Jail Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram.

A total of 3 other cases were disposed of this past week. 

Joshua Miguel Olivarri, 23 of Cameron, was placed on 3 years deferred adjudication probation with standards conditions of probation and ordered to pay a $2500 fine and $488.47 in restitution to the victim after pleading guilty to 3rd Degree Felony, Attempted Burglary of a Habitation.

Tommy Lee Lozano, 28 of Thorndale, was sentenced to 5 years in TDCJ, probated 3 years with standards conditions, including substance abuse evaluation and recommended treatment, successful completion of anger management, and pay a $2500 fine after pleading guilty to 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence with Previous Conviction

And Gracie Marie Facundo, 35 of Rockdale, was sentenced to 61 days in Milam County Jail after pleading guilty to State Jail Felony, Fraudulent Possession of Identifying Information.


(MARLIN) A Marlin Police captain has been arrested this week. 

The Falls County District Attorney`s Office and Texas Rangers confirmed that Marlin Police Captain Hector Gonzalez was arrested Tuesday on the charge of Sexual Assault. The 50-year-old Gonzalez was arrested late Tuesday afternoon while he was working an off-duty job. Gonzalez was released on $50,000 bond. No other details have been released. 


(FALLS CO) Thousands of customers in Falls County were without power for a portion of Wednesday afternoon. 

According to Oncor Electric, some 6600 customers lost power Wednesday afternoon in Falls County. Their online outage map showed roughly 4000 customers in the Lott area and another 2500 more in Marlin all without power. Service was said to be restored by late-afternoon. The cause of the outage has not been released. 


(HEARNE) The City of Hearne continues to look at revitalizing their downtown area. 

As the City of Hearne works through the early stages of a revitalization plan, the City decided Wednesday during a public hearing that they would offer grants to area businesses in the downtown area that need renovation. Businesses could get money to help out with new paint jobs and awnings, and to updates signs and other frontage improvements. The City said that won`t be all they do either. Officials said they also hope to work on the roads through the downtown area, upgrade the water tower, and add art throughout the town. The City is hoping to have a finalized plan by September. 


(SOMERVILLE) A former Somerville High School coach and teacher has now been indicted. 

According to the Washington County District Attorney`s Office, 29-year-old Mike Vela was indicted this week on 1 charge of Sexual Assault of a Child and 3 charges of Possession of Child Pornography. An extensive investigation by the Washington County Sheriff`s Office concluded that Vela was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male. Vela coached basketball and was also a teacher at Somerville High School. He has since been fired. 


(TAYLOR) A Taylor man is under arrest in connection to Sunday`s restaurant robbery. 

According to Taylor Police, 35-year-old Adolfo Lopez is in Williamson County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery and Car Theft. Lopez is accused of robbing the Taylor Sirloin Stockade in the early morning hours of Sunday. Police say he approached the manager of the restaurant with a knife, forced her into the restaurant, and then had her open the safe. Lopez is then thought to have taken an undisclosed amount of cash and the manager`s car keys and fled the scene in her car. According to Police, Lopez is a former employee of the restaurant. He was arrested Tuesday at an area home.


(TEMPLE) A business fire early Tuesday in Temple is now thought to be arson. 

The Temple Fire Marshal`s office confirmed Wednesday they are investigating Tuesday`s business fire as the work of arson. Temple Fire & Rescue and Temple Police responded about 5:30AM Tuesday to Big John`s Paint and Body in 100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. for reports of a structure fire. Crews had the fire out within a half hour of arriving. At this time, the fire is thought to be the work of an arsonist. No other details were released. 


(GEORGETOWN) Several hundred customers in Georgetown were without water much of Wednesday. 

According to the City of Georgetown, a 16-inch water main broke early Wednesday morning near Leander Road just west of Weir Ranch Road. The City said residents were notified about the issue through the NextDoor application and website. The pipe is said to have been repaired by about 6PM, though crews spent an hour after that flushing out the pipe. Service should be fully restored. Officials believe the main broke due to a premature pipe failure, meaning the pipe did not last as long as thought. 


(CAMERON) Applications are now being accepted for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship. 

The scholarship, which memorializes former County Extension Agent Christine Holcombe, will be awarded to applicants who have completed 1 year of college and are former Milam County residents and graduated from Milam County high schools. The deadline to apply is Friday. To get an application you must email More info can be found on the Chris Holcombe Facebook page.


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale ISD will soon host a town hall meeting to discuss an upcoming tax ratification election. 

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting prior to Tax Ratification Election Day on August 15th. The town hall meeting will be 6PM July 25th at Rockdale City Hall. You are invited to get involved and ask questions. Early voting in the tax ratification election begins July 31st at the Rockdale ISD administration building. 


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

June 5-30
Cameron ISD`s annual Summer Food Program continues through Friday. All children age 18 years and younger will be able to eat free from 11AM until 12:30PM in the Cameron Elementary Cafeteria. Meals are 1st come, first served. 

July 1
Mooreville United Methodist Church in Chilton is hosting their annual BBQ from 5-8PM Saturday. Plates are $10 each and are dine in or take out. A live auction will also take place. 

July 2
Cameron Grove Baptist Church will celebrate their Pastor Anniversary with Pastor Faye and Deacon Edward Johnson, Jr. at 11AM and 3:30PM Sunday. Minister Stafford Thompson is guest speaker at 11AM and Pastor George Feagin is guest speaker at 3:30PM. Everyone is invited. 


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff David Greene and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 7th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 15th.  The program was established in 2010, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County.

Lt. John Mendoza said the tournament will be held at the Cameron Country Club. Mendoza said the tournament is also accepting Hole Sponsorships at $100 per hole. Cost to play is $50 (but $80 will get you 5 $10 raffle tickets and 2 mulligans). Tee times will be at 8AM and 1PM. Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided. All proceeds and donations will go to the Milam County Brown Santa Program. For info, call 254-627-1270 or 


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

Yoe High Cheerleader camp will be July 22nd 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. 

Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp will be July 26th through 28th at Yoe High Gym from 8:30-11:30AM for 5th-8th graders and 1:30-4:30PM for 9th-12th graders. Cost of camp is $50 per player. 

The 9th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 31st through August 3rd 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. 


(COLLEGE STATION) The State 7-on-7 pools have been released for the coming tournament. 

The Cameron Yoemen have qualified for Division 2 at the State 7-on-7 Tournament, held today and Friday in College Station. Cameron is in Group K and will compete against Celina, Needville, and Abilene Wylie. The Rockdale Tigers are in Division 2 and are grouped in Pool F with Dublin, Liberty, and San Augustine. Other area teams that have also qualified include Giddings in Group I of Division 2, Salado in Pool O of Division 2, Hutto in Division 1, Georgetown in Division 1, and Lexington in Group M of Division 2. The tourney opener for Cameron will be at 2PM today against Celina. Remaining game times are 4PM and 6PM, with championship rounds on Friday. The Division 1 portion of the tourney will begin Friday. 


(CAMERON) Another highly successful area high school baseball coach is on the move this summer. 

Yoe High School head baseball coach John Broussard announced over Facebook on Wednesday that he has accepted the vacant head baseball coaching post at Georgetown Gateway Prep. Broussard has helmed the Yoe baseball team the past 9 years and guided Cameron to a state baseball championship in 2011. He helped Cameron to a 2nd place district finish this past season before a 1st round exit in the playoffs at the hands of Troy. Broussard joins former Rogers head baseball coach Keith Klaus on his way out of the district. Klaus was hired earlier this year by Crandall ISD. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported no EMS calls and 1 accident:
2-vehicle wreck at 3:11PM, at 21st and Washington. Cameron FD and AMR responded. No injuries. Drivers: Deena Shaffer and Catherine Melton.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS calls and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 6 new bookings:
--Joe Lewis Rangel, 36 of Cameron, for Motion to Revoke
--Danny Weldon Ashcraft, 61 of Thorndale, for DWLI w/ Priors
--Monica Zavala, 25 of Buckholts, for Bond Surrender
--Dario Trujillo, Jr., 35 of Austin, for Motion to Proceed
--Trachelle Lott, 26 of Ft. Worth, for Probation Violation
--Eric Beaver, 34 of Austin, for Bond Forfeiture and Failure to Appear

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--7:34AM, 2-vehicle wreck with unknown injuries on FM485 at Brazos River Bridge.

There are currently 133 inmates in the county jail, including 67 housed for Coryell County.

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