Today`s Local News2018-08-21
Tuesday, August 21, 2018


(ROCKDALE) No one was hurt in a minor Rockdale fender bender on Monday afternoon. 

Rockdale Police were dispatched about 3:14PM Monday to Pecos Street in town for the minor crash between a 1999 Chevy pickup driven by Frank Buford and a 2012 Nissan driven by Veronica Pride. Both Buford and Pride are from Rockdale. Neither person was hurt and only minor damage was reported. 


(BUCKHOLTS) Buckholts Town Council will meet Thursday in special session. 

During the meeting, the Town will have but a single item on the agenda, to discuss and review pending city water projects and their cost. The meeting will be held at 3PM Thursday in Buckholts Town Hall. 


(ROCKDALE) The City of Rockdale will host public hearings this month on a proposed increase in tax revenues. 

The Council will hold hearings today and August 27th, at 5:30PM each night at Rockdale City Hall. The hearings come as the City is proposing increasing total tax revenues over the preceding year by 5%. Councilmembers voting for the increase proposal included Nathan Bland, Jason Barcak, Doug Calame, Joyce Dalley, Richard Coppedge, and Denise Wallace. John King did not vote, as he only votes in the event of a tie. 

The City is looking at keeping the same tax rate as the previous year at .9118 cents per $100 of valuation. Due to property tax valuation increases, the City would end up collecting more in revenue. The average taxable value last year was over $86,000, bringing in about $786 in taxes. With the same rate this year, the amount of taxes collected on the average home would jump to about $848. 


(CAMERON) Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set for a couple of new Cameron businesses.

The Cameron Chamber is hosting ribbon cutting ceremonies at 1PM today for new member Tiers of Joy Bakery. Small cupcakes will be available for sampling. They have been a regular vendor at the 44 Farms Farmer`s Market. 

Also this week is ribbon cutting ceremonies for Casa McKibben. The kennel services will have their ceremony at Cameron Chamber of Commerce at 11:30AM Wednesday. 

Attorney Jenny Gebhart will be having ribbon cutting ceremonies at 4:30PM Thursday at 106 S. Travis in Cameron.


(CAMERON) Order and tag deadlines are coming soon for those in livestock competition. 

Milam County Junior Livestock Show and 2019 Major Turkey orders are due by August 31st, with pickup the 1st week of November. Birds are $4.25 each and must be ordered in multiples of 5. Make checks to Milam ELAB. Due to ordering requirements, the total number of birds for each order firm must be increments of 25, meaning exhibitors may be asked to add a extra birds to insure we meet requirements. 

In addition, 2019 Spring Major Show Sheep and Goat tag deadlines are nearing. Tags are $20 per head and due by August 31st. Lamb and goats validated for the 2018 state fair will have to be re-validated for the 2019 spring/winter major shows. State Fair tags will not be accepted. If you need a tag, stop by the Milam County Extension Office before 4PM August 28th. Anyone with questions should call Floyd Ingram at the Extension Office in Cameron.  


(CALDWELL) Caldwell ISD Board of Trustees are looking at a bond election come November. 

During their regular meeting Monday, Caldwell ISD voted unanimously to call for 2 bond elections this year. The 1st would allow for multiple construction projects, to include: career education classrooms, science labs, renovations to the Ag shop and classrooms, new middle school/high school gym, and renovations to all campuses. The 2nd would be to refund money used to complete HVAC projects that were undertaken in the summer. The 2 bonds combined would not exceed $40 million. 


(HUTTO) A man arrested in connection to a Hutto road rage shooting incident has been identified. 

Hutto Police said 31-year-old Pedro Acosta was arrested Saturday morning and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The charge stems from Saturday`s road rage shooting incident that left another driver with a gunshot wound. According to authorities, the incident started about 7AM on Limmer Loop and continued all the way into the parking lot of the Home Depot on US79 in Hutto. Upon reaching the parking lot, police say Acosta pulled out a firearm and opened fire on the other vehicle, striking the driver in the leg. The injured man was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The name of the victim was not released. 


(BELL CO) A Temple teen certified earlier this year as an adult in a murder and arson case will not stand trial. 

Court records show that Edgar Lopez-Benitez, now 17, is set to enter a plea today as part of an agreement to avoid a trial in Judge Fancy Jezek`s 426th District Court. Lopez-Benitez was certified to stand trial as an adult back in February  in connection to the November 2017 murder of 15-year-old Andrew Bryan. Two months after that, he was indicted by a Bell County Grand Jury on the charges of Murder and Arson. 

Lopez-Benitez was arrested last November for Bryan`s murder at a Temple park. Temple Police responded to the park to find Bryan dead of gunshot wounds. Investigators learned a juvenile teenage male had opened fire and then fled the scene on foot. Officials quickly established a perimeter in order to look for him. Two schools were placed on a lock down while the search was underway. A SWAT team was called to the scene to assist in the search and authorities located the suspect at a home in the 900 block of 8th Street. He surrendered to police after 11AM and was taken to the Juvenile Justice center for processing. Officials also said that Lopez-Benitez is being charged with an arson a couple of days prior to the murder. That charge stems from his allegedly intentionally setting a house on fire in the 700 block of North 1st Street. Temple Fire & Rescue put out that blaze and were able to save nearby homes. Investigators later discovered the fire was set on purpose. 

According to court documents, Lopez-Benitez was certified as an adult in this case for multiple reasons: he has a juvenile criminal record in Milam and Bell Counties, he is charged with felonies, his offenses were premeditated and deliberate, his conduct was willful and conscious, his offenses were aggravated and against a person, he is sophisticated and mature enough to be tried as an adult, he is a danger to the public and likely won`t be rehabilitated through the juvenile system, and his life follows an adult patter of living and conduct. Lopez-Benitez currently remains held in Bell County Jail in lieu of a quarter million dollar bond. 


(BELL CO) Bell County Commissioners are nearing completion of their budget and tax rate. 

On Monday, County Judge Jon Burrows presented the proposed budget and tax rate, with a possible adoption by August 27th. The budget is set with $99.7 million in expenditures, though they only plan to take in $95.3 million in revenue. Burrows noted the county would have to dip into their $41.6 million reserve to make up the difference. As for the tax rate, the County is proposing keeping the same rate they have had for the past 6 years, 45.11 cents per $100 valuation. Despite the tax rate being unchanged, homeowners would still owe more in taxes thanks to an increase in valuation of property in the county. 


(WILLIAMSON CO) One person is in custody after a pursuit in Williamson County on Monday evening. 

According to social media posts by Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, deputies were involved in a foot pursuit about 5:30PM Monday around CR110, just north of US79. Deputies were seeking a male suspect thought to be involved in a disturbance and who also had warrants for Driving While Intoxicated in Williamson County. The man was described as wearing a grey shirt and khaki shorts with messy blond hair and scruffy face. Chody said K-9 unit Fuze was able to track down and locate the suspect within a half hour. The name of the man has not been released. 


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

August 24-25
The Falls County Go Texan BBQ Cook Off and Trail Ride will be Friday and Saturday at Westphalia Celebration Park. Stop in for a full weekend of events. There will be a bounce house, trail ride, 5K run, kids pork chop cook off, homemade ice cream contest, live music, and games. All donations go to the Falls County Go Texan Scholarship Fund and to support local youth. For info, call 254-760-7585. 

August 24-25
There will be a Back to School Worship Night at the Milam County Cowboy Church starting at 6PM Friday and ending at 7AM Saturday. There will be food, games, dancing, fellowship, and music by the Mike Romero Band. There will be testimonies and devotionals by the AFCC Wranglers. Transportation is available for larger groups. For questions or more information, call 512-423-9838.  

August 25
The Cameron VFW Post 2010 presents Bill Mock and the Highway 105 Band on Saturday from 8:30PM-12AM. Admission is $15 at the door. This event is BYOB and the kitchen will be available. For more information call 254-295-6222.

August 25th
Camp Gladiator is celebrating it`s 10th Birthday on Saturday and is celebrating by having a free stadium dash at Baylor McClane Stadium from 5:30-9PM. All ages are welcome. For more info or to register go online at

August 26
Uke-Stravaganza 2, sponsored by the Matinee Musical Club, will be Sunday from 3-5PM at the Kay Theater in Rockdale. Admission is FREE. There will be a free Ukulele test flight to try out a ukulele on your own. Also featured will be the Oompah Ukes, Communities in Concert Band, and the Wilmans.


(TEMPLE) The Czech Heritage Museum has announced new classes this month focusing on Czech grammar and usage. 

The Museum will host the class Wednesday at 6:30PM at the museum at 119 West French in Temple. Classes will be taught by West Point graduate and US Army 1st Lt. Ethan Gleue. The Museum is asking for a donation from those that attend. You can sign up or get more information by calling 254-899-2935.


(CAMERON) Here`s a look at news and notes around Cameron ISD. 

The Junior High Volleyball parent meeting will be on Wednesday starting at 5PM.


(CAMERON) Youth wishing to play soccer in Cameron can register now. 

Cameron Youth Soccer registration is underway and the deadline is Thursday, August 30th. 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, Rockdale Signs & Photography, or Elementary and Jr. High offices. For info, call 254-482-0680 or 979-595-7163.


(CAMERON) Cameron ISD has announced Season Football Ticket information.

Yoe Football reserve season tickets are on sale today for current ticket holders only. Tickets are available in the Cameron ISD Administration Building from 9AM-3:30PM. No tickets will be sold in the field house. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public August 28th. Only a limited number of Senior Passes are available and are first come first served. Seniors must be at least 60 years of age, be a Cameron resident, and present a valid ID.


(CAMERON) Fall football practices are underway and scrimmages are also nearing. 

Cameron`s 1st official scrimmage was last Friday against Lorena. Freshmen lost 7-4 and JV fell 2-1, with Varsity losing the live quarter 7-0. The next scrimmage is Thursday in Madisonville. JV and Freshmen take the field at 5:30PM, with Varsity at 7PM. 

The Yoemen will open the season against Mexia on the road on Friday, August 31st. Because Mexia`s field will not be ready to start the year, the 2 teams have agreed to play in Alvarado for the opener. Kickoff is at 7:30PM and Cameron will be the visitors. Admission is $6 for adults and students. District and senior passes will be accepted.  The stadium is located at 1301 S. Parkway Dr.

In addition, KMIL will bring back all your regular football programming this year. In addition to the play-by-play of Fighting Yoe Football, we will kick off Friday mornings with the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, broadcast live from the dealership here in Cameron. New this year, and following right after the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, is the all new Nutrien Ag Solutions Cougar Rundown with Rosebud-Lott football coach Brad Ballard. After the evening news on Fridays, we will jump start your football experience with the United Ag & Turf Countdown to Kickoff, where Brett Eberhart, Bill Whitmire, and the Bleacher Bums will break down the week`s games and prepare you for the game. After football, stay tuned for Friday Night Finals with Alan Wood, where he will bring you all the scores from around the area. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 fire call: 6PM, Buckholts and Rogers FD sent to pasture fire on CR103.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS calls and 4 arrests:
--Christina Shelton, 39 of Thorndale, for 3 local charges and Travis Co warrant
--Wade Patschke, 30 of Thorndale man for 2 local charges and Williamson Co warrant
--43-year-old Hearne man for Expired DL
--30-year-old Rockdale woman for Theft Under $2500 w/ Priors
There was also 2 other calls:
--Rockdale FD responded to 710 W. Bale in Rockdale for a downed power Line. No further details.
--Gause and Milano FD responded to 301 CR352 in Gause for a Smoky Attic. No further details.
There was also 1 minor wreck:
--Rockdale PD responded to Pecos St. for a minor 2-vehicle collision. A 1999 Chevy Pickup reversed into a 2012 Nissan. No injuries. Minor damage to both vehicles. Driver of the pickup was Frank Buford and the owner of the Nissan was Veronica Pride, both of Rockdale.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 10 new bookings:
--Cade Burton Lambright, 19 of Rockdale, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
--John Jerome Smith, 26 of Houston, for Robbery
--Larry Ibarra, 37 of Rosebud, for Non Payment of Child Support
--Randal Loyd VanWinkle, 59 of Rockdale, for Deadly Conduct-Discharge Firearm
--6 in from Coryell Co

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 135 inmates in the county jail, including 63 housed for Coryell County.

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