Today`s Local News2020-07-03
Friday, July 3, 2020



(CAMERON) Nearly everyone must wear a mask, per orders of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. 

The news from the Governor comes as Milam County continues to hover around 20 active cases of COVID-19. Milam County Judge Steve Young announced this morning 5 more cases of the virus, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 97. There are 18 active cases and the Milam County Health Department is monitoring 68 people. One person remains hospitalized and 1 person has died. Roughly 400 people were tested at mobile test sites the past 3 days. Results for those are pending.

Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a new Executive Order requiring all Texans, with few exceptions, to wear a mask or face covering in public areas. While the order states counties with less than 20 confirmed cases can opt out of the requirement, the County Judge would have to attest that to the state. At this time, Milam County Judge Steve Young has not done so. Anyone not abiding by the face mask order would be warned for a 1st time offense. Subsequent violations could bring a fine of up to $250. The new order puts the onus on the individual to follow the orders, whereas previous executive orders from the county and Abbott had placed the burden on businesses. Abbott also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose some restrictions on outdoor gatherings involving more than 10 people. The recent Governor`s mandates supersedes all current Milam County disaster orders. 


(MILANO) One person is dead after a late night crash outside of Milano. 

The Milam County Sheriff`s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Milano Volunteer Fire Department, and AMR responded just before 9PM Thursday to a 1-vehicle rollover in the 6400 block of US79 west of Milano. Authorities said the driver was airlifted from the scene and later died at the hospital. The scene was cleared after about 2 hours. The name of the driver has not been released. It is the 5th death and 4th fatal crash on Milam County roads this year. 


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron is among several cities selected for study. 

The University of Texas-Austin research institute is studying and gathering data on assets and challenges for communities amid the pandemic. The institute is conducting statewide research to help cities find economic solutions and overcome COVID-19 issues. Cameron is among the communities selected for study. Incoming senior student Lisa Kang has been assigned to Cameron as part of the study. She will be distributing a survey to help in the research. The community that gets the best response to the surveys will get a donation to a local school district. You can take the survey at


(MILAM COUNTY) Early voting continues in the primary runoff election. 

Voting remained light at the polls on Thursday with just 141 total ballots cast. Republicans again cast the most votes while Democrats had just 29 ballots turned in. There have been 894 total votes so far. Early voting continues at Bea`s Kitchen, Buckholts Community Center, the Patterson Center in Rockdale, and Thorndale VFW Hall. Polls are not open today. Early voting at Bea`s Kitchen only will be July 7-10 from 8AM-5PM. All other locations will be open for voting July 7-10 from 9AM-4PM. Additional early voting will take place at all locations July 6th from 8AM-7PM. Election Day voting will be held from 7AM-7PM at all 4 locations. 

Here locally, Republicans in Precinct 1 will determine their county commissioner as incumbent Richard Opey Watkins squares off against Henry Hub Hubnik. GOP voters will also select a District 17 Congressman candidate by deciding between former Congressman Pete Sessions and incumbent backed newcomer Renee Swann. Democratic voters will select between Mary MJ Hegar and Royce West to meet Republican John Cornyn and between Roberto Beto Alonzo and Chrysta Castaneda to face off with Republican James Wright. For District 17, Democrats Rick Kennedy and David Jaramillo will look to win out in order to face either Sessions or Swann. 

In Robertson County, Precinct 3 voters will choose their next constable between Chris Sanders and Danny Williamson. Bell County Democrats will pick either Christine Eady Mann or Donna Imam in the race to challenge Republican John Carter. They too will select between Royce West and Mary MJ Hegar. Bell County Republicans must choose a 426th District Court Judge from Steve Duskie and Jeff Parker. 


(CAMERON) Fireworks to celebrate Independence Day are scheduled to go on as usual. 

The Cameron Chamber of Commerce and City of Cameron announced the July 4th Fireworks Show will proceed as scheduled. The event will be drive-in only and there will be no activities downtown. Those that wish to drive to the square are asked to remain in their vehicle and within their family unit. Those that park around the square should leave spaces between vehicles and not park side-by-side. Governor Abbott also issued a face covering requirement for all Texans. You are also encouraged to abide by social distancing protocols. Families are urged to find a location in the city to view the fireworks without gathering in large groups. The show is expected to begin at dusk, about 8:45 or 9PM, from the Oak Hill Cemetery parking lot. 


(CENTRAL TX) With the Independence Day holiday upon us, it`s wise to use extreme caution and common sense when handling fireworks. For example:

--Make sure you always read and follow the directions on the label. 
--When igniting fireworks, fire them only outdoors...never inside. 
--Also, be sure you have water on hand, just in case you need it.
--Never experiment or attempt to make your own firework. 
--Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, leaves or flammable objects.
--Finally, make sure you store fireworks in a cool and dry place.

Possession or use of fireworks within the city limits can result in significant fines, damage to property, and personal injury.  Plan ahead to go to a legal location and use caution with these miniature explosives.  The side of the road, just outside the city limits, does not count as a legal location. 


(TEXAS) A virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday mandated face masks or coverings for all Texans, with few exceptions. The new executive order takes hold today and requires those in counties with more than 20 positive cases to wear a mask or covering on their face. It also provides for warnings and fines to individuals and gives authority to mayors and county judges to restrict outdoor gatherings involving over 10 people. The decision comes as nearly 8,000 Texans tested positive on Thursday. That news followed a US Government report that unemployment fell by over 11% as the economy added nearly 5 million jobs in June. With the recent rulings by the Governor, some events are now canceled. The City of Temple has canceled the HEB All American Drive-In Fireworks Show. The City of Taylor has also canceled 4th of July events. 

With 8,000 new cases Thursday, Texas now has 176,000 total cases. Of those, over 82,700 are active and over 90,700 are considered recovered. Roughly 2,500 Texans have died. Bell County reported 86 new cases Thursday taking the county over 1,300 total cases. They have 13 deaths and over 400 recoveries. McLennan County reported 224 new cases, a daily record, and brought their total case count to nearly 1,300. They have over 1,000 active cases and reported 9 deaths. Brazos County picked up 101 additional cases and have over 1,100 active cases. Their death toll stands at 31 and the total case count is above 2,200. Williamson County has over 1,200 active cases and 39 total deaths. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Area residents can get tested for COVID-19 this week. 

Testing for COVID-19 will take place at various locations in Central Texas. Testing is set for Caldwell Middle School from 8AM-4PM today. Testing will be held July 6th at Hutto Middle School from 10AM-6PM and July 7th and 8th at Jarrell Middle School from 10AM-6PM. No pre-registration is required. All tests are free. 


(FORT HOOD) New explosive details are out in the disappearance of a Fort Hood soldier. 

A federal affidavit released Thursday indicates that Fort Hood Specialist Aaron David Robinson of Illinois beat 20-year-old Vanessa Guillen with a hammer, then dismembered and burned her body. Multiple law enforcement agencies were looking for Robinson, who fled the post late Thursday. He later took his own life after being confronted by authorities. Bell County jail records also indicate that 22-year-old Cecily Anne Aguilar of Killeen, a civilian and ex-wife of a former Fort Hood soldier, is under arrest in connection to the case. Aguilar is charged with Tampering with Evidence with Intent to Impair a Human Corpse. 

PFC Guillen has been missing since April, though the US Army said Wednesday they had found human remains in an area near the Leon River. While the Army has not confirmed the remains are those of Guillen, they are working to determine the identity. The recent federal affidavit also sheds new light on that discovery. Aguilar told investigators initially that she and Robinson had been together during the time Guillen disappeared, but later admitted Robinson told her he had struck a female soldier and killed her. Robinson is alleged to have placed the body in a large box and taken it to the Leon River where he and Aguilar cut up the body, burned it, and scattered the remains. Cell phone records seem to place the pair in the area where the remains were found. 


(TEMPLE) A man who broke into a home through a window and stabbed a woman has been arrested. 

Temple Police said 45-year-old Sebastian DeLeon, III of Temple was arrested Thursday without incident. He is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and is held on various misdemeanor charges for Invalid License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Running a Stop Sign, and Failure to Appear. Police had responded Saturday to a home in the 1600 block of South 5th in reference to a stabbing. Police said a man entered the home through a window, stabbed the female resident, and ran. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and was last listed in stable condition. 


(TEMPLE) New details are out in the arrest of a former Temple ISD teacher. 

Arrest affidavits show that 35-year-old Jennifer Hoelscher had sexual contact with a 17-year-old male student at least 15 times. Hoelscher was arrested Tuesday on a charge of Improper Relationship Between and Educator and a Student. The investigation began in late January and Hoelscher was placed on paid administrative leave before resigning her post. She was released from jail Thursday on bond. Authorities said Hoelscher taught English to the student in question and the relationship began after she gave him rides home from football games in 2019. Hoelscher had worked for the district since 2016.


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Two major area festivals are now canceled. 

The Rockdale Fall Music Festival announced Thursday they are cancelling the 2020 festival after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order limiting outdoor activities to under 100 people. The 2021 festival is set for October 2nd. The Caldwell Kolache Festival also announced they have canceled their event. The group had planned to scale back, but have now moved to cancel the event entirely. It is the 1st time the event has ever been canceled. 


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff Chris White and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 10th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 18th.  

The program was established in 2009 by the late Milam County Sheriff David Greene, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County. The tournament will be held at Cameron Country Club. Tee times will be at 8AM and 1:30PM. Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided. The cost is $60 per person, though $100 will get you raffle tickets and mulligans. The tourney is also accepting hole sponsorships at $100 per hole. Those wishing to make donations can contact the sheriff`s office at 697-7033. A live auction is scheduled and there will be various other challenges throughout the day.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and no other activity. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 accident:
--8:52PM, Milam Co SO, Milano VFD, and AMR called to 1-vehicle crash at 6409 E. US79 in Milano. PHI called in. Cleared at 10:54PM.

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 2 new bookings:
--James Patrick-Clayton Ashmore, 25 of Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury
--Toddy Anthony Babin, 36 of Milano, for Obstruction or Retaliation

There was 1 accidents in rural Milam County: 
--8:54PM, 1-vehicle fatal crash on US79 in Milano. Trooper Luna investigated. 

There are currently 139 inmates in the county jail, including 64 housed for Coryell County.

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