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Today`s Local News2017-08-21
Monday, August 21, 2017


EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE IN CAMERON

(CAMERON) The Cameron Fire Department was on the scene in time to contain an early morning house fire Saturday.

At about 2:25AM Saturday morning, 3 units from the Cameron Fire Department responded to a call at 404 N Bowie for a reported residence on fire.  Firefighters worked for almost 2 hours to contain the flames, keeping the fire restricted to just the back of the house. No injuries were reported.

Rockdale Fire Department also worked a house fire this weekend. Crews responded about 1:33AM today to a mobile home just behind Labay Tire Shop. The unoccupied trailer was destroyed according to Rockdale Police. There were no reports of injuries. No other details were available. 


CAMERON WOMAN INDICTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER

(CAMERON) A Cameron woman arrested in May in the death of a Cameron man has now been indicted. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, a Milam County Grand Jury this month handed 50-year-old Shira Yvonne Anderson Taylor an indictment for the 2nd Degree Felony, Manslaughter. According to Cameron Police, Taylor was arrested in May in connection to the death of 52-year-old Leroy Taylor at a home in the 600 block of E. 6th in Cameron. Officers arrived to find the man unresponsive. The elder Taylor was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Shira Taylor was arrested at the scene on the original charge of murder. 

A total of 30 other indictments were handed down this month, including 1 no bill:

ADELAIDE GAIL YANES, 38, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury

KIMBERLY KINTRELLE ROGERS, 25, of Grand Prairie, 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone

KRISTIE LAVON HENSHAW, 38, of Lincoln, 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More

QUINTON JAMAAL JACOBS, 28, of Killeen, State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

RAUL AVILA, 36, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Theft $2,500 - $30K

REBA AGUIRRE, 56, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Theft <$2,500 with Priors – Elderly Enhancement

SEAN-MIKAL WOODS, 24, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle and 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence

LEON AUGUSTA, 38, Austin,  3rd Degree Felony, Theft $2,500 - $30K – Elderly

BRANDI NICOLE HERNANDEZ, 30, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

TAVARIUS DEYON WASHINGTON, 27, of Houston, 1st Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance more than 400 Grams and 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence

GEORGE HAROLD GRAYSON, 66, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence

ROBERT MARIN SHORT, 49, of Dale, Texas, 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering, and State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

BROSHON RENARD LEWIS, 37, of Temple, State Jail Felony, Theft <$2,500 with Priors

CARLOS DANIEL DOMINGUEZ-RODRIGUEZ, 18, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Burglary of Building

HAROLD JOSEPH HUFFMAN, 43, of Hearne, 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More

NICHOLAS CHARLES ROWAN, 22, of Milano, 2nd Degree Felony, Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon

TRISTON GARRETT RAMOS, 19, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Criminal Mischief $2,500 - $30K

SAMUEL MOLINA, II, 17, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Criminal Mischief $2,500 to $30K

ADAM SCOTT ROBERTSON, 18, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Criminal Mischief $2,500 - $30K

JAMAILL DARAY GIBBS, 26, of Houston, 1st Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance more than 400 Grams, 3rd Degree Felony, Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle, and 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence

RODNEY WAYNE FRANKLIN, 50, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Sex Offender Duty to Register

LLOYD EUGENE LONDON, 69, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping and 2nd Degree Felony, Criminal Instrument – Aggravated Kidnapping

ROCKIE JOSHUA BALBOA, 23, of Cameron, 2nd Degree Felony, Sexual Assault of Child

NATHAN ANDREW WILLINGHAM, 31, of Bryan, 3rd Degree Felony, Bail Jumping – Failure to Appear 


JURY SERVICE STILL SCHEDULED

(CAMERON) All those summoned for jury service in Judge Dave Barkemeyer`s County Court for 1:30PM today still need to appear. 


GANG MEMBERS SENTENCED IN CARJACKING

(AUSTIN) A pair of Aryan Brotherhood gang members have been sentenced in connection to a Burleson County carjacking. 

According to a press released from United State attorney Richard Durbin, Jr., 40-year-old Roy Ates, Jr. and 32-year-old Chad Ryan Smith were sentenced in federal court on Friday. Ates was handed 180 months and Smith 160 months, all in federal prison. The pair were also ordered by the judge to spend 3 years of supervised release upon completion of their jail terms. Court records indicate that an African American man drove to a Somerville home in July 2016 where Ates and Smith ambushed him, assaulting him as he exited his vehicle. During the attack, Ates pulled a knife and slashed at the victim multiple times. The 2 suspects then made the victim drive to a remote location in Lee County, ditched the victim, and returned to Burleson County. The pair were arrested in April of this year and have remained in federal custody since. Burleson County Sheriff`s Office, Burleson County District Attorney`s Office, Texas Rangers, the FBI, and the US Attorney`s Office all assisted in the investigation. 


MURDER TRIAL OF MARLIN PD CHIEF OPENS TODAY

(BELTON) The Capital Murder trial of a Temple man accused in the 2015 shooting death of an area police chief begins today. 

Jury selection begins today in 264th District Court. According to the District Attorney`s Office, 26-year-old Derrick Wayne Gamble faces the charges of Capital Murder of a Peace Officer and Prohibited Substance or Item in a Correctional Facility. Gamble pleaded Not Guilty last year. The charges stem from the November 2015 shooting death of Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen. Temple Police said Allen was working off-duty uniformed security at a Temple night club when he was shot in the head as he attempted to take Gamble into custody. Allen died 10 days later. The DA`s Office has elected not to seek the death penalty, meaning Gamble could instead land a life prison sentence without parole. The trial is expected to last about a week. 


MURDER TRIAL IN 2014 SLAYING TO BEGIN TODAY

(BELTON) The 1st of 2 murder trials in connection to a 2014 slaying will begin today. 

Jury selection begins today in 426th District Court. According to the District Attorney`s Office, 22-year-old Damontray Lawayne Rivers faces charges of Murder and Committing a Crime as members of an Organized Street Gang. Court records indicate Rivers and 25-year-old Leray Dontral Wheelock were indicted this year on murder charges in connection to the December 2014 shooting death of 30-year-old Damon Johnson at his Temple home. Wheelock`s trial is set to begin in November. 


REGULAR MEETING FOR THORNDALE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

(THORNDALE) A regular meeting for the Thorndale ISD Board of Trustees will be held today. 

Subjects to be discussed include Administrative reports for Thorndale Elementary, Middle, and High Schools as well as the Boys and Girls Athletics programs. 

Today`s meeting is scheduled for 6:30PM in the Thorndale ISD Board Room.


REGULAR MEETING FOR THE ROCKDALE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

(ROCKDALE) There will be a Regular Meeting for the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees today.

On the agenda for today`s meeting are the discussion and possible action on approval of 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct as well as the 2017-2018 Teacher Salary Schedule and District Compensation Plan. In closed session will be discussion regarding personnel matters and possible action on Board of Trustees vacancy process. 

Today`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30 PM in the Central Administration Office Board Room.


SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE BUCKHOLTS TOWN COUNCIL

(BUCKHOLTS) There will be a special meeting for the Buckholts Town Council today.

Subjects scheduled on the agenda include the discussion, review, or approval of the purchase of a new patrol car as well as a resolution authorizing the opening of a bank account or escrow account as required by the Texas Water Development Board to deposit and hold funds received from the Texas Water Development Board. 

Today`s meeting is scheduled for 3PM at Buckholts Town Hall.


BUCKHOLTS ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULAR MEETING

(BUCKHOLTS) There will be a regular meeting for the Buckholts ISD Board of Trustees today.

Subjects to be discussed include student agendas, student schedules, and the amount of students currently enrolled. 

Today`s meeting is scheduled for 6PM in the Buckholts Elementary School Library. 


CAMERON TOURISM ADVISORY BOARD REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED

(CAMERON) There will be a meeting for the Cameron Tourism Advisory Board on Tuesday.

Subjects to be discussed include reviewing and approving the minutes of the June 6th meeting as well as approving the financial report. Also on the agenda will be to present and take action regarding grant applications. 

Tuesday`s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM in the City Council Board Room.


CITY OF ROCKDALE TO PLANS TAX RATE HIKE

(ROCKDALE) The City of Rockdale is moving forward with a possible tax rate increase for the coming year. 

The Rockdale City Council this month approved the proposed 91.1 cent tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which would represent an almost 8% hike in the tax rate, up from 86.3 cents. With the proposed tax rate hike, the City has now scheduled a pair of public hearings to get citizen comments on the matter. The meetings will be held today and August 28th at 5:30PM each day in Rockdale City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to attend those hearings and ask questions and give feedback. 


HUTTO, VALERO TO LOOK AT ALTERNATE BAY SITES

(HUTTO) A massive, multi-county pipeline project has stalled as leaders work on an alternative.

During a meeting Friday, the City of Hutto and Valero Energy Company agreed to seek alternative locations for a proposed $200 million pipeline project that will stretch through Williamson, Milam, and Robertson Counties. According to a press release last month, Valero announced plans to build a truck distribution terminal off of FM1660 near San Gabriel River and then connect it to a tank storage farm in Hearne via a 70-mile long pipeline. That line would be capable of moving some 60,000 barrels of refined gas and diesel per day. That plan had Hutto leaders concerned as it failed to mesh with their city`s growth plans. The planned site would be close to residential areas and planned schools. The project has now been placed on hold according to Valero as they work to find and evaluate potential alternative locations. 


TOTAL ECLIPSE TODAY

(TEXAS) Americans all across the country today will get quite a treat in the sky. 

Today, the United States will get to see a solar eclipse. The significance of today`s eclipse is that a total solar eclipse, meaning the sun is completely blocked by the moon, will occur over a swath of the country that stretches from coast to coast. That is something that hasn`t happened in nearly 100 years. It was 38 years since any part of the US had a chance to see one. The next chance to see a total eclipse in America won`t be until 2024. Scientists and health experts also remind those that elect to view the event to NEVER look directly at the sun. There are filters for binoculars and telescopes designed specifically for this event. Inexpensive glassware and viewers are available to purchase or you can make your own pinhole projectors. 


ENTERTAINER JERRY LEWIS DIES

(LAS VEGAS) A longtime legendary entertainer has died this weekend. 

According to his publicist, 91-year-old Jerry Lewis died Sunday in Las Vegas. The comedian shot to stardom when he teamed with Dean Martin to entertain audiences in movies, TV, and night clubs. After going solo in 1956, Lewis became synonymous with comedy, starring and directing a slew of hit comedy films. He is also best remembered for his conducting of the annual Labor Day weekend telethons to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association. He had retired in 1995. 


AREA EVENTS

(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

Through August 25
Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children after the Cameron ISD summer meals program ends. Meals will be served at the pavilion at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, weekdays through August 25th. The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019

August 22-October 31
There will be a Ladies Bible Study at Battetown Baptist Church every Tuesday from 10AM-Noon running August 22nd through October 31st. The subject is A Woman`s Heart-God`s Dwelling Place. For info, call 697-3069.

August 25
EBCO General Contractor will be supporting the Scott & White Blood Center by hosting a blood drive Friday from 10AM–2PM at the main office at 804 East 1st Street in Cameron.  If you would like to donate email ebcogcblooddrive@gmail.com to schedule a donation time. 

August 26
The Local Union #4895 Family Picnic will be held Saturday from 11:30AM-2:45PM at the Ranch in Rockdale.

August 26
Milam Regional Farmers Market returns Saturday from 9AM-1PM at The Yards of Cameron.  Come to the market for produce, beef, chicken, honey, baked items, crafts, Shitake Mushroom logs and much more.  Bring your recycling to the Falls County Recycling drop off each market day.  The Milam Regional Farmers Market is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from March through November.  New vendors are welcome.  For information call 254-697-4970.

August 26
There will be a benefit and birthday party for Charles Taylor from 2-8PM on Saturday at the Elgin VFW Hall in Elgin. Charlie was a Polka DJ on KTAE radio and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in June. BBQ plates are $10 and will be served starting at 4:30PM. Baked goods will also be available. Live music, a live auction, and door prizes also complete the day. All proceeds will go to medical expenses. To make a donation or for more information, call 512-285-0009, 512-496-5996, or 512-751-5483. In addition, well wishers are invited to send cards or letters to Charlie at 18601 Old Lockwood Road, Manor, TX 78653.

August 27
The Annual Mens Day at Cameron Grove Baptist Church will be 3PM Sunday at the Church at 1204 N. Austin. Dinner will be served after the service. Eula Faye Johnson is Pastor and special guests will be Apostle William Harris and the New Life Outreach Christian Center of Bryan. 

August 27
Uke-Stravaganza will be Sunday from 4-5:30PM at First Presbyterian Church in Rockdale. Admission is free and a ukulele is the top door prize. 


CAMERON ISD NEWS

(CAMERON) As the first day of school nears, here are some dates to remember. 

Parents of students who will need bus transportation this year are encouraged to go to the District`s website and complete Bus Registration prior to the start of school. Go to the "Transportation" tab on the District`s website at www.cameronisd.net to complete the form online. Once complete and approved, parents will be notified when bus passes are ready for pick up. All students must register for the bus in order to be eligible to ride. Transportation will be provided to students who live 2 miles or more from their campus or for those living in the designated hazardous route areas (4th Street to Batte Street between Glade Avenue and S. Columbus; the triangular area between Adams, Raleigh, E. 1st Street, and the railroad tracks; and the Cameron Associates Apartments). For more info, call 254-697-6737.

Meet the Teacher at Cameron Elementary School will be 5:30-7PM Tuesday. Meet the teacher at Cameron Junior High will be 6:30-8PM Tuesday. Freshmen will have an option of orientations to attend on Tuesday: 11AM-1PM or 5:30-7:30PM. And Meet the Teacher at Ben Milam Elementary will be 5:30-7PM Thursday. Students and parents are encouraged to attend these events and bring their school supplies. School will begin Monday, August 28th. 

While Cameron ISD is still a week out from starting, Rockdale ISD will head back to class on Tuesday. 


YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION

(CAMERON) Youth wishing to play soccer in Cameron will have to register soon. 

Cameron Youth Soccer registration is underway and the deadline is August 31st. Officials will be at Yoe High Cafeteria that night from 5-7PM for last chance registration. Youth ages 4-13 are eligible to play and the cost is $40 per player with a discount for households with multiple players. You can pick up registration forms at the Cameron Library, Classic Bank, Buckholts State Bank, or Elementary and Jr. High offices. For info, call 254-482-0680 or 254-482-0326.


FOOTBALL NEWS

(CAMERON) As football season nears, here are some important dates to know.  

Yoe Cards are now on sale through any Yoe High volleyball or football player. All coupons on this year`s card are to businesses here in town. Each card is $20. All proceeds go to the Yoe Athletic Boosters. 

Yoe Football reserve season tickets are on sale now for current ticket holders only. Tickets are available in the Cameron ISD Administration Building from 9AM-4PM. No tickets will be sold in the field house. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public Tuesday. Only a limited number of Senior Passes are available and are first come first served. 

Cameron`s final scrimmage of the pre-season will be held Friday against Madisonville. The regular season starts September 1st at home against Bellville. KMIL`s coverage of Cameron Yoe football will kick off with the Yoemen. Start your season right at 9:05AM with the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, live from the dealership. At 5:30PM that evening, we`ll get you squared away for the start of football with the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff. After the game, we`ll cap off the night with Friday Night Finals. 


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 2 other calls:
--11:56PM, Rockdale PD and AMR sent to railroad tracks behind All Service Propane for someone laying on the tracks. No one located. 
--1:33AM today, Rockdale FD, PD, and AMR to structure fire behind Labay Tire. Unoccupied trailer. Reported to be destroyed. No other details. 
And there were 3 arrests:
--33-year-old Rockdale woman on 3 Class C charges
--45-year-old Rockdale man for DWI
--41-year-old Rockdale man for PI and Interfering with Railroad Property

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Warrick Whitfield, 39 of California, for DWI-3rd or More

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--11:22AM, wreck on FM2269

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 63 housed for Coryell County.


POLICE REPORT2017-08-21

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 2 other calls:
--11:56PM, Rockdale PD and AMR sent to railroad tracks behind All Service Propane for someone laying on the tracks. No one located. 
--1:33AM today, Rockdale FD, PD, and AMR to structure fire behind Labay Tire. Unoccupied trailer. Reported to be destroyed. No other details. 
And there were 3 arrests:
--33-year-old Rockdale woman on 3 Class C charges
--45-year-old Rockdale man for DWI
--41-year-old Rockdale man for PI and Interfering with Railroad Property

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Warrick Whitfield, 39 of California, for DWI-3rd or More

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--11:22AM, wreck on FM2269

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 63 housed for Coryell County.


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