Thursday, September 24, 2020
BACK-TO-BACK NO NEW CASE DAYS
(CAMERON) There were no new COVID-19 cases for a 2nd straight day here in Milam County.
Judge Steve Young said Milam County saw no new confirmed cases of PCR or Antigen tests on Wednesday, the 1st time there have been no new positive tests on consecutive days in some time. There are 488 total cases since the pandemic began and the active case count is down to 14. There are 51 probable cases based on antigen testing, with 7 of those active. The Milam County Health Department is monitoring 51 people that had close contact with a person that tested positive. Two people are hospitalized and 6 patients have died. A dozen people were tested at a rapid test site in Milano yesterday, though none came back positive.
GAUSE BOIL ORDER RESCINDED
(GAUSE) Certain customers in Gause no longer need to boil their water.
The Gause Water System announced their customers no longer need to boil their water. The system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and quality. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had required the boil order for the system on Monday due to a major water leak. The notice effected customers in Gause and East of Gause. For questions, call 979-279-6260 or 979-219-3507.
MILAM APPRAISAL DISTRICT
(CAMERON) The Milam Appraisal District Board of Directors has a regular meeting today.
On the agenda is possible approval of a resolution setting the 2021 TCDRS retirement and group term life plan rates. There will be discussion over donated items and possible action on the disposal of additional unused furniture. There will also possibly be the appointing of a grievance committee to review a grievance against the chief appraiser. Today`s meeting begins at 8:30AM by teleconference.
ROCKDALE CITY COUNCIL
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale City Council has a special meeting Friday.
During their meeting, the City will meet in executive session to consult with attorneys. Following that, they will return to open session to take any necessary action. The Council could also take action regarding the Rockdale Municipal Development District Board of Directors. Friday`s meeting begins at 6PM at Rockdale City Hall and by telephone.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 9-24
(TEXAS) A virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:
There were 135 more Texans killed by COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking Texas past the 15,000 mark for statewide deaths. The state has now become the 4th to see that many die from the virus. Just over 3,000 more cases of the virus were confirmed here, with roughly 86,000 active cases of the virus. Bell County has 273 active cases after another 33 additional cases Wednesday. The County shows 79 deaths, though the state mark is at 84. McLennan County reported 75 new cases and a 99th death from the virus. They have 430 active cases. Brazos County added 56 new cases and have 672 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 59. Lee County has 19 active cases, Burleson County 34 active cases, Falls County 65 active cases, Robertson County 44 active cases, and Williamson County 171 active cases.
COVID-19 TESTING IN HUTTO
(HUTTO) Residents can get tested for COVID-19 this week in Hutto.
The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and Hutto Fire & Rescue are teaming up to offer free testing to anyone today. Testing will be held from 10AM-2PM, or while supplies last, at Hutto Fire & Rescue at 501 Exchange Boulevard. The drive-up site will not require an appointment and you need not be a Williamson County resident. This is a cheek swab test and those that come should not eat, drink, or use tobacco prior to testing. For more information on this event and future testing sites, visit the county website.
CRASH IN HEARNE BLOCKS HIGHWAY
(HEARNE) An early morning crash is causing major delays on an area highway.
Texas Department of Public Safety and Hearne Police said a wreck on TX6 near Prairie Hill Drive has partially blocked the highway to traffic. At this time, one lane of traffic is getting through in each direction. Drivers are urged to avoid the area until the scene is cleared. No other information is available.
CALDWELL WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT
(CALDWELL) A Caldwell woman is free on bond after stealing thousands of dollars from a Little League organization.
Caldwell Police said 40-year-old Crystal Gale Faust was jailed this week for stealing thousands of dollars from the Burleson County Little League. She was released on bond after being charged with 2 counts of felony Theft from a Non-Profit. Authorities said Faust, who is the former treasurer for the organization, may have stolen over $15,000 from the group over a 2 year span. Court documents say the group noticed suspicious activity on the league bank account and later found the missing funds, telling authorities Faust was the only person in charge of money, deposits, bills, and with access to the league check book.
BOND CONDITIONS FOR FALLS CO SHERIFF MADE PUBLIC
(MARLIN) Bond conditions for a Falls County Sheriff arrested this week have been released.
District Judge Bryan Russ approved 13 of 18 bond recommendations against Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman before he was released from jail. Court records show that Judge Russ crossed out certain conditions that will allow Scaman to keep his badge and his firearm. In addition, Scaman will not have to wear an ankle monitor, can still use a police car, and continue to act as a peace officer. While those 5 conditions were stricken, Scamen will still not be allowed to leave Falls County, use alcohol or drugs, violate any laws, and is barred from visiting or going near his alleged victims or families. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement confirmed they are watching this case and have yet to see the court documents. Texas Rangers arrested the 48-year-old Scaman on Monday on 2 counts of Assault on a Public Servant, 1 count of Sexual Assault, and 2 counts of misdemeanor Official Oppression. He spent about 5 hours behind bars before being released on nearly $200,000 bond.
According to the indictments, Scaman is alleged to have groped, grabbed, or touched a Marlin Police Department employee in a sexual manner, pushed her up against a car, and pulled her hair, all as she responded to an emergency call. Scaman is also alleged to have groped or grabbed a 2nd victim, identified only as a Falls County Jail sergeant, in a sexual manner and pushed her up against a wall during work hours. Falls County District Attorney Jody Gilliam announced she has recused herself in the case. Falls County officials said Scaman will remain Sheriff until he resigns, is convicted, or his term expires. That would conform to Texas laws. Scaman is on the ballot this November and is challenged by Democrat Joe Lopez. Court records show Scaman is no stranger to scandal. He faced sexual harassment and sexual discrimination lawsuits in 2017 and 2019, which were both dismissed. He was also fired by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 2011 after photos surfaced of him on duty with topless dancers. He went on to win the job as sheriff in 2016.
DRIVER INDICTED AFTER HIT-AND-RUN CRASH
(BELTON) A woman behind the wheel during a hit-and-run crash in Bell County last month has been indicted.
A Bell County Grand Jury this week handed 26-year-old Destiny Wolbrueck an indictment charging Failure to Stop and Render Aid. The indictment stems from an August 27th hit-and-run crash that left an 82-year-old man in the hospital in critical condition. Authorities said Wolbrueck was driving a pickup truck in the 400 block of West Loop 121 in Belton about 10:30AM August 27th when she struck the man and never stopped. Investigators later arrested Wolbrueck for failing to stop and tampering with evidence. An 18-year-old passenger in her truck, identified as Alexis Ortiz of Granbury, was also arrested on drug charges. The name of the victim was never released. No other information was available.
YOE HIGH CLASS OFFICERS NAMED
(CAMERON) The Yoe High class officers have been announced.
The 12th grade officers are Emily Torres as President, Kayla Whitmire as Vice President, Wyatt Trumpower as Secretary, and Colby Green as Treasurer. In 11th grade, Brandi Drake made President, Shawn Bernard was picked as Vice President, Dixie Solis is Secretary, and Adamari Maldanado will be Treasurer. For 10th grade, Kaly White was named President and Chrissy Smith and PJ Stidom were tabbed co-Vice President. The Freshman class saw Adan Marquez named President and Jaycee Wimmer picked as Vice President.
YOE HIGH HOMECOMING COURT ANNOUNCED
(CAMERON) The 2020 Yoe High Homecoming Queen nominees and Duchesses have been announced:
Homecoming Queen nominees are Ty`Esha Miller, Alexys Sanchez, Emily Torres, Kayla Whitmire, and Allison Willoughby. The Homecoming Queen will be announced during the Homecoming football game against Caldwell on Friday at Yoe Field. The Homecoming Duchess for 9th grade is Jaycee Wimmer, 10th grade is Sydni Smith, and 11th grade is Shawn Bernard.
LADY YOE DIG PINK FUNDRAISER BEGINS
(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe Volleyball team will be hosting the 11th Annual Dig Pink Fundraiser this month. All proceeds from the event are donated to Breast Cancer research.
On October 13th, join the Lady Yoe as they host the Dig Pink game at Yoe Gym. During the game, there will be a silent auction, Wall of Honor, a raffle, pink treats, and more. Those that attend are also asked to wear pink. The Ladies have raised nearly $100,000 for Breast Cancer Research over the years.
(CAMERON) It is homecoming for the Cameron Yoe football team this week.
Cameron will play host to Caldwell as they open district play on Friday at Yoe Field. It is homecoming night for Cameron. The Yoemen will be resuming play after an unscheduled pause in play due to COVID-19 issues. KMIL will be bringing you all the action on the radio, though you can also watch a video feed of all the action tied in with our radio feed at KMIL.com or SportPixUSA.net. Don`t forget about our Coaches Show trio on Friday mornings starting at 9:05AM with the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show. The Nutrien Ag Solutions Cougar Rundown with Brandon Hicks will follow, as will the Coach Charlie Roten Rogers Eagles Show. After the Friday evening news, get high school football news and notes on the Countdown to Kickoff, then stay tuned after the game for all the scores on Friday Night Finals.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--30-year-old Rockdale man for DWLI and Manufacture/Deliver Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams
There was also 1 fire call:
--Thorndale VFD to 1-vehicle crash in Williamson County at FM1331 and CR428. There were no injuries.
(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 7 new bookings:
--Travis Joseph Slusher, 29 of Rockdale, for Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Duty on Striking Unattended Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon
--Gustavo Gutierrez, 22 of Cameron, for Assault of Family Member-Impede Breath and Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled w/ Intent to Cause Bodily Injury
--Megan Ashly Martin, 28 of Rockdale, for County Commitment
--Amber Grace Ellis, 28 of Temple, for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon
--3 in from Coryell County
There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.
There are currently 144 inmates in the county jail, including 59 housed for Coryell County.