Today`s Local News2017-02-23
Thursday, February 23, 2017


(CAMERON) A Milano man had probation revoked this week among 4 cases disposed of Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 40-year-old Toby Lee Evans was handed 3 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and must pay $500 restitution to the victims after pleading True to Motion to Revoke Probation on an original 2nd degree felony, Theft-Enhanced. 

Among other cases from the past week:

BILLY DON ENGLAND, 50, of Cameron, was sentenced to two (2) years confinement in TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Bodily Injury Family Member with Previous Conviction 

STACEY LYNN SILVA, 48, of Killeen, was sentenced to five (5) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for five (5) years with standard conditions of habitual DWI offender probation including DWI Intervention Class and Ignition Interlock and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More

COMPTON JERMON BANKS, 28, of Rockdale, was sentenced to twelve (12) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Evading Arrest with Prior


(BELTON) A Belton man has now been indicted in connection to the hit-and-run death of a Belton teenager. 

A Bell County Grand Jury returned a 2nd degree felony indictment on Wednesday against 61-year-old Ronald Norwood, who is charged with the hit-and-run death of 13-year-old Richard Snyder. According to authorities, Snyder was riding his bicycle in the 2700 block of the Interstate 35 frontage road in Belton last November when he was struck by a pickup that left the scene. Snyder was rushed to the hospital, where he died 2 days later. Police said there is no evidence that alcohol was a factor. Norwood currently remains held in Bell County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond. 


(TEMPLE) A trial date has been set for a former Temple Police Officer. 

The El Paso County District Attorney`s Office on Wednesday said the trial of former Temple PD Officer Kenneth Sheka is now set for March 20th, with a backup date of May 8th. That trial has already been delayed 4 times by Sheka`s attorneys as they have sought a plea deal for the former officer. Sheka is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Deadly Conduct-Discharging a Firearm in connection to a September 2015 incident. Sheka was arrested at an El Paso hotel while attending the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas convention. According to the arrest affidavit, Sheka was talking to a female server near the hotel bar when that conversation allegedly turned inappropriate. The server tried to walk away from Sheka when he pulled out a pistol and fired one round into a nearby wall. Reports indicate several people who witnessed the event then subdued him until El Paso PD arrived. Temple Police officials said Sheka resigned at the end of last year. 


(SOMERVILLE) A Somerville High School coach has been arrested this week. 

According to the Washington County Sheriff`s Office, Somerville High basketball coach Mike Vela was arrested Tuesday, charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor and Sexual Assault of a Child. He is currently held in lieu of $1 million bond. Deputies say their investigation began when a 15-year-old male came forward regarding allegations of an inappropriate relationship. Somerville ISD said Vela`s job status will be discussed at their next meeting. 


(ROCKDALE) Services have now been set for a Rockdale woman believed to have been murdered. 

Services for 34-year-old Emily Hacker will be 2PM Sunday at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, with a dinner to follow the service at Rockdale VFW. Miss Hacker was born in Houston and graduated from high school in England. She worked at various local businesses after moving to Rockdale. She is survived by 2 sons, her parents, a brother, and several other family members and friends. Memorials may be made at Rockdale Federal Credit Union.

Rockdale Police have 5 people in custody, including 4 charged with Capital Murder. Officials say 29-year-old Candice Nicole Jones, 29-year-old Edward Brannon Barry, 36-year-old John Wayne Stewart, and 23-year-old Ashley Wesson-Zawadzke each remain in Milam County Jail on the Capital Murder charges in relation to the death. A 5th person, 31-year-old Kevin Cormier was arrested earlier this month on charges of Tampering with Evidence. Police believe Cormier helped to move Hacker`s body after she was killed. Preliminary autopsy results released this month show Hacker died of blunt force trauma. Hacker originally was reported missing January 20th and Rockdale Police, Texas Rangers, and Burleson County Sheriff`s Deputies found her body 8 days later, buried in a shallow grave near Lyons in rural Burleson County.  


(MILANO) Milano ISD Board of Trustees will meet today in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Board will move into executive session to consider contracts for various administrative personnel, including athletic director, director of student services, principals, and technology director, among others. The Board will also consider and take action on the use of electronic devices during the school day and various school board policies. Reports on campuses and from the superintendent are also scheduled. 

Today`s meeting begins at 6:30PM in the Milano High School Library. 


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron has closed a portion of street here in town. 

The Cameron street department has closed Tyson Street between Gillis and Houston Streets until further notice. According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the crossing is closed for storm water drainage repair. Once repairs are complete, the road will reopen. 


(CAMERON) There will be a ribbon cutting for a new business in Cameron this week. 

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce will host ribbon cutting ceremonies for Old School Coffee and Creamery in downtown Cameron this Friday at 2PM. An open house will follow the ribbon cutting. Everyone is invited. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Police Department, in conjunction with over 300 other law enforcement agencies across the State of Texas, will be conducting and participating in a Statewide Warrant Round-Up this month.  

If an individual has an active warrant, no matter how old the warrant may be, he or she will be tracked down and arrested. This Friday is the last day to avoid being arrested. If any individual knows or believes they have warrants out for their arrest from old traffic citations or complaints filed against them, they can come to the Municipal Court Office, located at 605 W. 4th and pay their citations or make arrangements to do so. The Court Office will be open weekdays through Thursday from 8AM-4PM and Friday from 9:30AM-5:30PM. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions. It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind with arrests expected to continue for several days. Cameron PD urges citizens to call the Court at 697-2372 or pay online at


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

February 25
The Relay for Life golf tournament fundraiser will be held Saturday at Sammon`s Golf Course in Temple. Tee times start at 8:30AM. Cost to play is $85 per person and includes lunch, green fees, and cart. Mulligans cost extra. Players will compete in teams of 4. Additional contests will include longest drive, closest to the pin, reverse drive, putting, and highest and lowest score. Hole sponsorships are also available. For info, call 254-534-3025, 254-316-9754, or 254-563-0181.

February 25-26
Cameron Fiesta Grounds will host a Co-Ed Softball Tournament this Saturday and Sunday. The entry fee is $130 per team and will be 8 team double elimination format. Three females must be on the field at all times. For more information please call or text 254-493-1818.
February 26
Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department Washpot Stew Dinner will be Sunday from 11AM until sold out. An $8 Plate includes stew, cornbread, crackers, dessert and drink. Proceeds go to the fire department. 

February 26
St. Monica`s Catholic Church in Cameron is conducting an Altar Restoration Fundraiser this Sunday at Simon George Hall. They will raffle off a 22hp Snapper riding mower at Noon. A pot luck meal will be served. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Tickets will also include chances to win $100 Gift Cards. For tickets, contact any church member or call the church office.


(CAMERON) Tickets are now on sale for the 5th annual "Mardi Gras" bash to raise funds for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

The event will be held this Saturday at Simon George Hall in Cameron. The event starts at 6PM and will include a Cajun food dinner, gun raffle, auctions and games for the kids. Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, the Rockdale Reporter, the Milam County Extension Office, and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Ideal Poultry in Cameron. Over the past 4 years $53,000 in scholarships have been given to current college students from Milam County as a result of the Mardi Gras event. More information can be found on the Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


(CAMERON) The Cameron Chamber of Commerce has announced their plans for the next Chamber Banquet.

The 83rd Annual Chamber Banquet will take place February 27th at Milam Community Theater`s Williams Event Center. The Cameron Chamber of Commerce is seeking community input on candidates for several of the annual awards presented at the Banquet, including: Volunteer of the Year; Organization of the Year; Citizen of the Year; and Business of the Year. Citizens will need to describe how the nominee meets the criteria for each award. 

Please send your ideas to the Chamber of Commerce either by email to or mail to P.O. Box 432, Cameron, TX 76520. Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, February 27th. For banquet tickets please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.


(CAMERON) Several area teams remain alive in the UIL playoffs.

In Area round action: A&M Consolidated plays Georgetown at 7PM Friday in Rockdale; Rudder will meet Brenham at 7PM Friday in Navasota; Franklin takes on Leon at 6PM Friday in Bryan; Mumford draws Weimar at 6PM Friday in Brenham; Snook tackles Junction; Milano matches up with Harper at 7PM Friday in Liberty Hill; and Calvert gets Milford. 


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe softball team went looking for their 1st win Wednesday but came up short. 

After several scheduling changes this week due to the weather and a basketball playoff game, the Ladies finally hit the road to Moody, falling 6-2. The loss drops Cameron`s record to 0-3 in the early going this season. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 fire call: 3PM, Cameron FD sent to a wreck at FM2269 and CR145.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 5 EMS runs and 6 arrests:
--25-year-old Rockdale man for Theft of Property warrants
--25-year-old Rockdale woman on Burnet and Milam Co warrants
--39-year-old Rockdale man for Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams
--50-year-old Rockdale man for Display False Registration
--Pedro Mendez, 27 of Thrall, for DWLI
--Jose Banda, 37 of Rockdale, for Expired DL
There was also 1 wreck and 2 fire calls:
--11:52AM, wreck at 1518 W. Cameron. Vehicle hit a pillar. Driver: Larry Sundance Young of Rockdale. He was arrested for DWLI.
--3:18PM, Rockdale FD to grass fire at FM908 at Roberts Ave. 
--8:33PM, Rockdale FD to electric pole on fire on US79 at Sherwood Ln.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 new bookings:
--Albert Lewis Padilla, 48 of Paris, for Motion to Proceed
--Clifton Corey Knight, 43 of Cameron, for Bond Violation
--Lindsey Jo Walker, 26 of Buckholts, for Motion to Revoke, Theft of Property $100-750, and Out of County Failure to Appear
--Michael Anthony Brown, 17 of Rockdale, for Assaulting a Public Servant
--1 in from Coryell Co

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County.
--2:58PM, wreck on FM2269. 

There are currently 128 inmates in the county jail, including 46 housed for Coryell County, 3 from Lee county, 3 from Washington County.

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