Today`s Local News2014-08-22

Friday, August 22, 2014


(CAMERON) Two women arrested in connection to a child endangerment case have been indicted this month by a Milam County Grand Jury.

According to a press release from Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 21-year-old Hannah Hope Franklin and 50-year-old Tamra Susanne Selman were each handed the state jail felony, Endangering a Child.

The indictments stem from an investigation by Cameron Police after a pair of toddlers were found wandering in traffic along the 900 block of US190/TX36. Police say drivers were having to dodge the toddlers in the street and Cameron man James Blair, Jr. was credited with running into the street and grabbing the children after they were nearly struck by an 18-wheeler.

It took officers roughly 2 hours to find Selman and Franklin, the responsible party for the kids. CPS continues to investigate.

Among other indictments:

MELISSA L. DAY, 23, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Credit Card Abuse

JUDITH ASHLEY SERNA, 21, JEREMIAH STEPHEN GALLOP, 33, both of Rockdale, each for 3rd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

JOHN WESLEY MIDDLETON, 31, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance

JACOB JOHN JUAREZ, 32, and JAIME NUNEZ HERNANDEZ, 28, both of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony DWI 3rd or More

DONALD WILLIAM GILBERT, 49, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony Sexual Assault of Child, 3rd Degree Indecency with a Child, and State Jail Felony Evading Arrest with Priors

JOSE OMAR VALLES, 19, of Cameron, 3rd Degree Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Drug Free Zone, and 2nd Degree Felony Sexual Assault of a Child

EDUARDO GAYTON CORTEZ, 38, of Rockdale, BENJAMIN HERNANDEZ, 53, of Bellmead, and JIMMY DENTLER, 60, of Hutto, each for State Jail Felony Theft $1,500 to $20K

CADARIUS DAJUAN PERRY, 18, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony Sexual Assault of a Child

THOMAS JOSE CRUZ, 26, of Buckholts, State Jail Felony Criminal Mischief

JOE MORENO, 3rd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and 2 counts of 3rd Degree Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear

JOHN ROBERTSON, JR., 37, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony Theft of Materials

CARY GLEN YOAKUM, 48, of Milano, 3rd Degree Felony Injury to Elderly

SAMANTHA LYNN ALLEN, 21, of Rockdale, for State Jail Felony Endangering a Child

SHONNA LEANNE LIGHTFOOT, 44, of Rockale, State Jail Felony Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information

ALISON HAINES, 31, of Austin, and KELLEY NICOLE TATER, 26, of Rockale, each for 2nd Degree Felony Fraudulent Possession of Identifying Information More than 10

JOEL JUAN LOPEZ, 24, of Cameron, State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance

SAMUEL MILLER, 35, of Buckholts, LEXIE JOSEPH TURNER, 30, and JULIA ROSE WHITTEMORE, 38, both of Huffman, each for State Jail Felony Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle

NIGEL CRAWFORD, 40, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 grams with Intent to Deliver

AUGUSTIN DELGADO, 27, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

JACOBO CIRINO GARCIA LUNA, 36, of Rockdale, 1st Degree Felony Burglary of Habitation with Intent to Commit Assault

STEFFANIE RENE SITMAN, 29, of Hutto, 3rd Degree Felony Hindering Apprehension of Felon

RAYMOND BRANN ALLISON, 54, of Cameron, 3rd Degree Felony Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

TOY LORRAINE SUMMERS, 38, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony Hindering Secured Creditor

SONDRA KAY MARTIN, 49, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony Theft Under $1,500 with Priors

ANDREW FREEMAN, 35, of Austin, 3rd Degree Felony Bail Jumping Failure to Appear


(LOTT) Authorities continue to investigate after a large fire in downtown Lott Wednesday.

The fire started about 10PM Wednesday on Gassaway St. in downtown. Responders were sent to Dr. Shore`s Dentist Office, where crews found flames shooting from the door and roof. Lott Fire Department requested assistance from 5 other area departments to fight the blaze. Crews were on scene throughout the night. The dentist office is being termed a total loss at this time. At least 2 or 3 other buildings suffered serious damage. A damage estimate has yet to be announced. Investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire, though it is thought to be electrical in origin.


(Austin) Governor Rick Perry`s lawyers are pushing back at one claim about his veto of money meant for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit. The governor`s defense team released an affidavit yesterday which says Perry wasn`t being investigated by the unit for problems at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Perry says he vetoed the cash for the Public Integrity Unit because of DA Rosemary Lehmberg`s arrest and conviction for DWI. Perry was indicted on abuse of office and coercion of a public official last week.


(Washington, DC) The Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department violated the law when it carried out a controversial prisoner swap for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. The GAO says the Pentagon should have let the relevant congressional committees know about the planned exchange 30 days before doing it. The office also says DOD violated the Antideficiency Act because it used appropriated funds to carry out the swap when no cash was available. The U.S. got Bergdahl back from the Taliban when it released five Guantanamo Bay inmates to Qatar [[ KUH-tur ]] in late May.


(MARAK) The Annual Homecoming Picnic at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Marak will be this Sunday. Mass is at 10:15AM, with Dinner at 11AM, and games starting at Noon. Plates of home fried chicken and sausage will be available for $9, with all the trimmings included. The Praha Brothers will perform from 12:30-3:30PM with an auction to follow. There will be plenty of games for all ages.


(CAMERON) Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad has announced a pair of road closures.

Officials said the crossing at FM1600 and College Street in Cameron will be closed August 26th from 8AM-5PM. In addition, the crossing at CR218 will be closed August 28th from 8AM-5PM. Both closures will allow rail crews to make repairs there. Work is expected to be completed weather permitting.


(CAMERON) Milam County AgriLife Extension Service will soon say goodbye to a departing agent.

A farewell reception for Cheryl Walker, the local county extension agent, will be Friday, August 29th, from 2-4PM at the extension office in Cameron. Everyone is invited.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoemen participated in a scrimmage with the Madisonville Mustangs Thursday in Madisonville. The Freshmen fell, 6-5, while the Junior Varsity eeked out a 2-1 win. In the Varsity scrimmage, the Yoemen earned a 2-0 advantage in the controlled portion, and then took the simulated quarter portion as well, 13-6.


(CAMERON) Yoe football reserved seating tickets are on sale this week.

Reserve season tickets are now on sale for current ticket holders only. Tickets are available Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public September 4th.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS runs and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and
--Hector Ray Garcia, Jr., 21 of Rockdale on Bell Co warrant for Failure to Appear
--Dora Perez, 54 of Summerfield for No DL

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 3 arrests:
--Cassandra Monique Sanchez, 25 of Taylor for Burglary of a Building
--Kirk Douglas Grosshans, 48 of Milano for Criminal Trespass
--Nathanael Lauro Gonzales, 34 of Burlington for Motion to Revoke

There were no accidents in rural Milam County.

There are 118 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 18 housed for Coryell County.

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