Today`s Local News2019-04-24
Wednesday, April 24, 2019


(CAMERON) A Cameron man was handed jail time this week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court.

According to the Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 26-year-old Michael Anthony Scott was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. That term is probated for 10 years with standard conditions of probation, including the successful completion of advanced anger management classes, a $4,000 fine, and to have no contact with the victim after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony, Burglary of Habitation – Intend Assault. 

A total of 5 other cases were disposed of this past week:

LAMARCUS DEMOND MOORE, , 33, of Cameron, was sentenced to five (5) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for five (5) years with standard conditions of felony DWI probation including eighty-five (85) days in the Milam County Jail and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $60 restitution to the DPS lab after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More

SKODY NEIL ROBERTSON, JR., 26, of Pflugerville, was sentenced to five (5) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for three (3) years with standard conditions of probation including the successful completion of Drug Education course and a Substance Abuse Evaluation along with any treatment recommended thereby and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution to the DPS drug lab after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence

GERALD WAYNE KING, 58, of Caldwell, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution to DPS drug lab after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

MICHAEL PRESTON ROSE, 44, of Austin, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication with standard conditions of probation including the successful completion of anger management and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor, Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Violence

ANGIE MARIE FORD, 37, of San Antonio, was sentenced to one hundred eighty (180) days in the Milam County Jail after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original Class A Misdemeanor, Lesser Included Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram


(ROCKDALE) Minor injuries were reported in a 2-vehicle crash in Rockdale on Tuesday afternoon. 

Rockdale Police, Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, and AMR responded about 2:20PM Tuesday to the accident at Ackerman and Davilla. Drivers were identified as Hector Garcia and Jamie Carter, both of Rockdale. Dispatch said minor injuries were reported but no transport was needed. The vehicle driven by Carter sustained major damage and had to be towed from the scene. The other vehicle sustained moderate damage. Sgt. Tillery investigated. 


(CAMERON) The Milam County Moot Court competition continues today. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young and a host of volunteer lawyers and judges are assisting teams of area high school students as part of the 2-day competition that kicked off Tuesday. Final rounds will begin at 1PM today. KMIL will have that final round of competition live today, starting at 3:30PM.The Cameron and Rockdale Rotary and Lions clubs are providing scholarship funds for winners. All 5 Milam County high schools will be represented. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) The Central Texas area is bracing for the possibility of heavy rainfall today. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through this evening for Falls, Milam, and Robertson Counties. Forecasters are predicting anywhere from 2-4 inches of rain in the watch area, with isolated amounts of up to 5 inches possible. Because of the heavy rains, flash flooding may occur in poor drainage areas. There is a near 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day today for the Ranch listening area. Models also indicate a slight risk for severe weather, which could include up quarter or golf ball sized hail, gusting winds up to 60MPH, or even isolated tornadoes. Again, the risk for those threats is slight at this time, with the major factor today being the potential for flash flooding due to heavy rainfall.  


(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners will meet Thursday in special session. 

During their meeting, the Court will look to approve payroll and bills. Also set for discussion will be the Milam County webpage. Thursday`s special meeting begins at 8:30AM in the Milam County Courthouse. 


(CAMERON) The Milam Appraisal District will meet Thursday in regular session.

On the agenda will be to go over consent items, the results from the Methods and Assistance Program from the State Comptrollers Office, Consider new business, and review the Chief Appraiser report. Thursday`s meeting starts at 8:30AM in the Milam Appraisal District Office.


(CAMERON) The Milam Appraisal District is set to close for training and change their hours of operation.

According to Chief Appraiser Dyann White, the Milam Appraisal District will be closed on Monday for staff training. The office will re-open at 9AM the next day. Starting that same Tuesday, and continuing until July 31st, the public hours for the Milam Appraisal District offices will be from 9AM to 4PM weekdays. The abbreviated hours will allow the staff time to process necessary paperwork created by the higher volume of phone calls and walk-in taxpayers generated by the mailing of the notices on May 1st.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Planning and Zoning Commission has a meeting scheduled for April 30th.

On the agenda will be to hold 2 public hearings regarding special use permits. The first special use permit is in regards to 2002 North Davis Avenue and the second is in regards to 712 North Scott Avenue, both in Cameron. The Commission will also consider and take any necessary action regarding those permits and approve the previous meeting minutes. The April 30th meeting is scheduled for noon in the Council Chambers.


(TEMPLE) A convicted felon with a firearm has been arrested on a routine traffic stop. 

Temple Police conducted the routine traffic stop after 2AM Tuesday in the 900 block of South 24th in town. While talking to the driver, identified as 25-year-old Steven Ortiz, officers learned he had a firearm in his possession. Ortiz, a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess a firearm and was arrested for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm as a Felon. He was booked into Bell County Jail. Ortiz had previously been sentenced to prison after being convicted of Assault of a Family or Household Member, a 3rd degree felony. 


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

April 22-26
Cameron ISD is hosting Registration Day for 3s and Pre-K through Friday at Yoe High School. Register between 8AM and 3PM, though you must call before registering at 254-697-8371. You will need to bring the following documents with you: proof of income (3 most recent check stubs) or an award letter for SNAP/TANF. 

April 26-27
The Milam County Health Department is partnering with the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 7, Texas A&M University School of Public Health, EPI Assist Team, and public health professionals from other Counties, to conduct a County Health Assessment survey on Friday and Saturday. The purpose of the County Health Assessment is to assess public health and develop a five year health strategy for Milam County to best utilize the Health Department resources while improving public health needs. About 10-15 teams of 2-3 public health professionals and Texas A&M School of Public Health students will be conducting the survey.  The health professionals will have vests which have Public Health on them and the A&M students will be wearing a maroon shirt which will read EPI Assist. 

April 27
There will be a Church Fire Relief Benefit fish fry for Mooreville United Methodist Church on Saturday from 5-7PM at 206 FM2643 in Chilton. Plates are $12 for adults and $7 for children age 7-12. You can dine in, take it to go, or you can buy presale tickets at Each plate comes with fish, multiple sides, and dessert. 

April 27
The Cameron Elementary School PTO presents a Spring Market from 9AM-3PM Saturday at the Cameron Elementary gym. Admission is FREE. There will be unique gifts, clothes, home decor, jewelry, and more. For info, email 

April 27
Milam County Precinct 2 will be hosting a tire collection on Saturday from 8AM-2PM at the Precinct 2 barn at 3106 N. Travis in Cameron.  Items accepted include Tires with rims, Tubes and tire pieces, and All Tractor Tires. Items NOT accepted include any industrial size tires or tires over the size of 17.5. If you have any questions call Commissioner Shuffield at 254-697-7054. 

April 27
The Cameron citywide cleanup will be Saturday from 8AM-3PM at the City Yard at 701 E. Main in Cameron. There will be free disposal for city residents. You must present your city water bill to take part. Acceptable items include: unbundled brush, furniture, yard waste, appliances without freon, and tires. Items NOT accepted include: paints and thinners, antifreeze, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, automotive products, used motor oil and filters, freon items. All items should be separated by category to make the line move faster. If you have questions, call 697-6646.

April 28
The Barclay community is holding its annual fundraiser Sunday at the Barclay Community Center.  The delicious meal will consist of BBQ beef tri-tips, Greens BBQ’ed sausage, slaw, Westphalia noodles, beans and all the trimmings.  There will be plenty seating for you to eat there or you can get plates to go.  There will also be a silent auction.  Serving starts at 11AM and goes until food runs out.  Proceeds go to the community center to help with upkeep for this historic building.  


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to host auditions for their latest youth production. 

MCT will host auditions for their youth summer camp production Dorothy in Wonderland on May 6th and 7th at 5:30PM in the Williams Event Center in Cameron. This production will be a mash-up of the worlds of Oz and Wonderland. For more info, check their website and Facebook page. 


(TEXAS) The Texas Comptroller`s office is helping Texans prepare for severe weather with a Tax Free Holiday this month.

All this weekend, Texans can purchase certain items tax-free during the state`s emergency preparation supply tax holiday. Among the items available with no sales tax are portable generators priced under $3,000 and hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced under $300. Available items under $75 include radios, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, coolers, ice chests, plastic sheeting, batteries for portable electronics, and cell phone batteries and chargers. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. A full list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.


(CAMERON) A ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for a new Cameron Chamber member.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for Capital Farm Credit will be held on April 30th starting at 10:30AM at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce.


(ROCKDALE) A Rockdale volleyball star will sign to continue her playing career in college. 

Rockdale senior Kaylee Criswell will sign a Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Ranger College today at 3PM in the Rockdale High gym. 


(ACADEMY) An Academy basketball star is set to sign to continue her playing career in college.

Academy senior Lilli Stewart will sign her Letter of Intent to play basketball for UT Tyler today at 10:30AM at Academy High School.


(CENTRAL TX) Several area teams are off to the playoffs in softball. 

Buffalo will play Troy in a best of 3 at Waco ISD. The series opens Thursday with a double header at 5:30PM. A 3rd game would be Friday. Salado meets Boerne in a best of 3. Game 1 is 6PM Wednesday in Boerne, with Game 2 at 6PM Thursday in Salado. A 3rd game would be Friday in Dripping Springs. Caldwell plays El Campo in a 3-game set beginning Friday at 6:30PM in Weimar. The series continues Saturday. Lexington will take on Elkhart in a single game on Thursday at 6:30PM in Normangee. Milano battles Shiner at 7PM Thursday in Smithville. Florence takes on Comfort in a best-of-3, which opens with a doubleheader at 5PM Thursday in Llano. Temple plays Longview in a 3-game set opening in Grand Prairie at 6PM Thursday. The series then moves to Ennis at 7PM Friday. Belton tackles Mesquite Horn in a home-and-home. The series opens at 7PM Thursday in Belton then shifts to Mesquite at 6PM Friday. Academy will play Groesbeck in Mumford in a 3 game series that opens 7PM Thursday. The series resumes Saturday. Rogers will take on Palestine Westwood at 7PM Thursday in Madisonville. Thorndale will meet Brazos in Brenham in a 3-game set beginning today at 6PM. Game 2 is Thursday. 

On Tuesday, Normangee shut out West Hardin 10-0 to advance to area. Holland topped Flatonia 11-1 in their opener. That series resumes Thursday at Bastrop Cedar Creek.


(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team wrapped up their regular season on a sour note Tuesday. 

The Boys played host to Franklin with 2nd place seeding on the line, but committed 5 errors defensively and gifted the Lions a 5-0 win. Jason Llanas got the start for Cameron and took the loss despite only giving up 1 earned run on the night. The win by Franklin sends them to the 2nd seed after sweeping Cameron this year. After a Rogers win last night, both the Eagles and Yoemen are tied and will have a playoff to determine seeding behind Franklin. No schedule has been set for that game.


(CAMERON) The regional golf tourney wrapped up Tuesday with a huge Cameron comeback. 

The Yoe boys opened day 2 of the regional tournament in 4th place, 28 back of leader Central Pollock, but 4 back of Rockdale and Orangefield, who were tied for 2nd. After shooting 355 on day 1, the boys carded a 334 on day 2 for a grand total of 689. With that huge day 2 in the books, the Boys vaulted themselves into 2nd place past both Rockdale and Orangefield. Nikolas Keratsopolous once again was outstanding, posting consecutive 78 and 80 marks. Stockton Kruse was right on his heels, putting up an 81 after his opening round 95. Luke Greene ended day 2 with an 85, improving his opening round by 2 strokes. Kobe Young went from a 95 on day 1 to an 88 on day 2. Mason Vaculin wrapped up the scoring for the boys by also posting an improved score from 99 to 95. Rockdale, who opened day 2 in 2nd place, dropped all the way to 4th and will miss moving on to the state tourney. Ross Loth will advance on his own for the Tigers as he coasted to a 2-day total of 165 to earn the 3rd medalist. 

In 4A, the Salado boys and girls teams both also advance. The girls took 2nd place behind Lampasas with Averie Piatt shooting 166 over the 2-day tourney to tie for 7th individually. The boys came in 3rd behind Fredericksburg and Liberty Hill with James Perry taking 3rd individually with a 153 mark over 2 days. 


(CAMERON) Lady Yoe Softball Camp is set to begin next month.

The camp for students in the 3rd-9th grade is $30 and will be from 8:30AM-11AM May 28th-30th.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 arrest: Eve Birdine, 40 of Cameron, for 4 felony warrants
There was also a crash in town: 5:44PM, 2-vehicle accident at TX36 and Lafferty. No injuries. Drivers names were not available.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--26-year-old male from Rockdale, for DWLI
--21-year-old female from Rockdale, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury
--Ke`ira Moore, 24 of Rockdale, for 2 counts of Forgery by Passing
There was also 1 wreck:
--2:22PM Rockdale PD responded to Ackerman and Davilla in Rockdale for a 2-vehicle wreck. Minor injuries were reported but no transport was required. Sgt. Tillery. AMR and Rockdale VFD. Hector Garcia of Rockdale and Jamie Carter of Rockdale. Carter car sustained major damage and was towed. Other vehicle had moderate damage. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 9 new bookings:
--Mitchell Hollis Wright, 25 of Cameron, for Abandon or Endanger a Child w/ Intent to Return
--Karen Yvette Braziel, 42 of Cameron, for Theft or Property $2500-30k
--Eve Lavette Birdine, 40 of Temple, for Arson, Criminal Trespass, and 2 counts of Burglary of Habitation
--6 in from Coryell County

There were no accidents reported in Milam County.

There are currently 150 inmates in the county jail, including 68 housed for Coryell County.

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