Today`s Local News2017-05-22
Monday, May 22, 2017


(CENTRAL TX) It will be quite the wet start to the week here in Central Texas. 

After a mildly wet weekend here in the Ranch listening area, the National Weather Service is calling for heavy rains and thunderstorms to hit Central Texas today. Forecasters say to expect a rain chance of 70% today, with heavy rainfall likely. High temperatures will be in the mid-70s and winds will be out of the northeast at up to 10MPH. By tonight, the rains will slacken a bit, down to 40% chances. Overnight temperatures will drop to the mid-60s. Rain chances should continue into Tuesday at 40%, with temps sitting in the mid-to-upper-70s. Rains should finally dissipate by late Tuesday night, meaning we will see a warming trend into the end of the week. 


(CAMERON) Just days after finding a new police chief, the City of Cameron is looking once again. 

According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the City of Cameron is again looking to fill their Chief of Police post. Waylan Rhodes has accepted the position just days ago, but has now elected to take a counter offer made by his current employer in Silsbee. Rhodes was expected to start in Cameron by the end of this month. Instead, the City will now continue to take applications and look for a new police chief once again. Cameron is trying to replace former chief Randy Dixon, who was terminated as Chief back in February. 


(CAMERON) A boil notice for the southern portion of the City of Cameron continues. 

Due to low disinfection residuals, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City to notify customers south of the rail road tracks from Ross to Ledbetter Park and from Park Street to Tucker Street of the need to boil their water. According to City Manager Rhett Parker, the City is also hand delivering boil notices to residents in that area. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, or ice making should be boiled for 2 minutes and cooled prior to consumption. For questions, contact City Hall at 254-697-6646.


(CAMERON) Cameron city officials have announced a chlorine burnout for their water system. 

Beginning today, the City of Cameron will be using a chlorine only solution to disinfect the water system. Normally, the City said they use a combination of chlorine and ammonia to treat the water. Using chlorine only means the smell, taste, and color of the water may be affected. However, City officials say the water is safe for consumption. The regular combined chlorine-ammonia solution will resume June 30th. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.  


(BRUCEVILLE-EDDY) A Bruceville-Eddy couple is dead after a murder-suicide over the weekend. 

According to Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean, 40-year-old Kevin Tharpe and his wife, 31-year-old Monica Tharpe, died early Saturday morning at their home. Police responded about 7AM Saturday to the couple`s home near Woodlawn Road and Interstate 35 for reports of shots fired. According to authorities, Kevin Tharpe barricaded himself in the home after shooting his wife. The couple`s young children were also said to be inside. The McLennan County Sheriff`s Office, SWAT team, Department of Public Safety troopers, and Texas Rangers also responded to assist with the standoff. The SWAT team made forced entry after a 2-hour standoff and found the 2 adults dead. Investigators believe there was an ongoing domestic situation between the husband and wife. Kevin Tharpe had bonded out of jail Friday afternoon on several charges, including Harassment, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Marijuana. Those charges are said to stem from an incident involving his wife. Police said the children in the home belonged to someone living in the home who was not related to the Tharpes. The kids were not hurt in the incident. 


(TAYLOR) As many as 4 people may be on the run after an attempted break-in in Taylor this weekend. 

Taylor Police say a group of suspects attempted to smash through reinforced glass windows at Murphy Oil next to the Taylor Wal-Mart early Sunday morning. According to Commander Joseph Branson, the suspects were chased off by Wal-Mart employees before the suspects gained entry. The group is said to have fled north along TX95. Investigators then responded to the Duchess convenience store in town for reports of an idling and abandoned Dodge Ram truck. That truck was later learned to be stolen. In addition, Police now say a female suspect is in custody and 3 or 4 adult males remain at large. Authorities say they continue to follow up on leads. As for the truck, officials are unsure at this time if it is connected to the break-in or not. Williamson County deputies were searching the Circleville area Sunday morning for information on the truck and possible occupants. Deputies were also said to have seen 2 men fleeing from the area of TX95 and FM1331. A K9 unit and Department of Public Safety helicopter were also called in, though there had been no sign of the suspects. 


(TEMPLE) A 5 year-old boy drowned in an apartment complex pool on Friday night.

According to a statement from the Temple Police department, at about 9:14 PM on Friday night, the Temple Police Department and Temple Fire and Rescue were dispatched to The Retreat at Western Hills Apartments on Twin Oaks Drive in response to a drowning. Upon arriving, first responders provided emergency medical care to an unresponsive five year old boy but were unable to revive him. A Justice of the Peace later pronounced the boy dead. Temple Police are investigating the incident. 


(COUPLAND) More details are coming out in connection to a Friday lock down at Coupland ISD. 

According to Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, deputies were called to a home in the 400 block of Herrin Street in Coupland just after 2:30PM Friday. Deputies formed a perimeter around the home and Coupland ISD went into lock down as the home was just a few blocks away from the school. Coupland ISD said while there were no threats to students or staff, the close proximity to campus made the lock down necessary. According to authorities, a woman in her 50s carrying a note and a firearm walked out of the home after it had been surrounded. Deputies fired non-lethal round at the woman, knocking her down. After the woman tried to reach for her weapon, deputies fired more non-lethal rounds at her, subduing her. She was taken into custody and taken to the hospital for treatment. The scene was declared clear by 4PM.  


(TEXAS) Texas shoppers looking for energy saving appliances will get a tax break on Memorial Day weekend. 

The Texas Comptrollers Office has announced that Texans can get certain appliances with the Energy Star logo tax free May 27th through 29th. Officials say shoppers could save an estimated $10.2 million in local and state sales tax. Among the types of water- and energy-efficient items Texas is waiving sales tax on are: showerheads, faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals, irrigation controls, recharging water tables, groundwater retainers, soaker or drip hoses, moisture controls, mulch, plants, trees, grasses, programmable thermostats, air conditioners under $6000, refrigerators under $2000, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and washing machines. For more information, go to the Texas Comptroller`s website. 


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

Yoe Baseball Camp will be May 30th and 31st at the Yards of Cameron from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $40 per player. Campers will need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to John Broussard. 

Lady Yoe Softball Camp will be May 30th and 31st at Mark Humble Softball Field from 1:30-4:30PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $40 per player. Campers need a glove, cleats, and bat. Early registrants will also get a camp t-shirt. Make checks payable to Abraham Vargas. 

Yoe Boys Basketball Camp will be May 30th through June 1st at Yoe High Gym from 1-4PM each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Lance Hause. 

Lady Yoe Basketball Camp will be May 30th through June 1st at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp, for all incoming 3rd-9th graders, is $30 per player. Campers that register early will get a t-shirt. Make checks payable to Corey Cunningham. 

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. 


(TEXAS) The UIL tennis state tournament closed out this past week. 

After a dominant start, Rockdale`s mixed doubles team of Blake King and Erin Blanchard settled for Silver in Class 3A. The duo opened with wins over Peaster and Whitesboro before falling in straight sets in the state title match to Reagan County. Thorndale`s Landry Laywell also took Silver in Class 2A, opening with wins over Centerville and Wink, before dropping the title match to Mason. 


(CENTRAL TX) Just 2 area teams remain alive in the UIL softball playoffs this week. 

Moody was eliminated over the weekend in Class 2A, getting swept by Bells in Game 2 and 3, 11-1 and 15-3. Moody had rallied late last Thursday to win Game 1 of that series. Academy will move on after sweeping Pollok Central 5-4 and 5-0. The Lady Bees advance to meet Grandview. And down in 1A, Bartlett took 2 of 3 from D`Hanis. Bartlett lost the opener, but came back for wins in Games 2 and 3, 9-8 and 13-2. The Lady Dogs now face Dodd City. 


(CENTRAL TX) Just 2 area teams remain alive in the UIL baseball playoffs this week. 

Salado was swept out by the Robinson Rockets, 12-2 and 8-0. Bartlett was also swept, dropping 2 straight to Fayetteville, 10-0 and 8-5. Franklin will advance, winning Game 1, dropping Game 2, and then eliminating Grandview in Game 3. Franklin now awaits baseball-powerhouse Nacogdoches Central Heights. The 2 will meet in Madisonville beginning at 7:30PM Thursday. That series continues Saturday. And Thorndale swept past Evadale at Rice University, 3-1 and 3-2. 


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--36-year-old Rockdale man for Possession of Marijuana, Tampering/Fabricating Evidence-Intent to Impair, and Indecent Exposure
--49-year-old Rockdale man for Theft Under $100
--43-year-old Rockdale woman for Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no new booking:

There was no accident reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 133 inmates in the county jail, including 62 housed for Coryell County and 16 in Lee County.

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