Today`s Local News2018-12-14
Friday, December 14, 2018


(ROCKDALE) A Rockdale man arrested in connection to the death of a Rockdale infant has been indicted this week.

According to a special press release from Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, the Milam County Grand Jury indicted 30-year-old Shawn Vincent Boniello for the murder of 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader. Torrey said that upon getting the offense report from Rockdale Police as part of the indictment, his office will indeed seek the death penalty against Boniello if convicted. District Court Judge John Youngblood has now requested the Texas Capital Defender`s Service of Austin to represent Boniello. Torrey also cautioned that though the investigation is thorough and professional, his office is still awaiting the results of the complete investigation. 

The indictment stems from the death of Rader on December 3rd. Rockdale Police, Department of Public Safety troopers, Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, and EMS all responded that day in reference to Rader being found unresponsive. Crews attempted CPR on the child to no avail and she was pronounced dead. Police immediately began to investigate and arrested Boniello at the scene. He was originally charged with Endangering a Child, though that was upgraded a day later to Capital Murder. Just last week, the Milam County District Attorney`s Office announced they will not seek the death penalty against Boniello, but later recanted that statement and said his office will review the complete case and will discuss with the Rader family whether or not to seek death. Services for Raider were held Monday.


(CAMERON) Several people arrested in connection to numerous burglaries of a Milam County home have now been indicted. 

A Milam County Grand Jury returned indictments against 10 people this month on the 1st Degree Felony, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, the indictments included: 53-year-old Kathryn Margaret Trevino of Moody, 63-year-old Robin Brantley Reese of Harker Heights, 19-year-old Haley Madison Lowrey of Katy, 32-year-old Clarissa Renee Habib of Rogers, 33-year-old Richard Paul Hays of Cameron, 32-year-old Benjamin Patrick Turner of Temple, 46-year-old Michael Don Hamilton of Belton, 38-year-old Melinda Janette King of Belton, 20-year-old Loggan Bayley Pedigo of Katy, and 48-year-old Edward Louis Kostroun of Belton. 

Bell County and Milam County deputies arrested many of the individuals over the course of the past month. The arrests and indictments are in connection to the theft of property from a man who had recently died in Milam County. Family members of the deceased had set up video cameras to capture the thefts. 

A total of 19 other indictments were handed down: 

DYLAN CONORS LAMBERT, 26, of Thorndale, and BILLY JACK MCCALL, 40, of Cameron, each for 2nd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence Impede Breathe with Previous Conviction

JOSE MANUEL BALDERAS, 36, of Houston, 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More and State Jail Felony, Endangering a Child

ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ JIMENEZ, 21, of Cameron, 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence

CRYSTAL NICOLE UHYREK, 32, of Cuero, 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Gram and State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

LARRY DARNELL WHITE, II, 43, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

MICHAEL HEATH WRIGHT, 47, of Cameron, 3rd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

THOMAS EARL TABOR, 20, of Cameron, 2nd Degree Felony, Online Solicitation of a Minor Under 14

ASHLEY SAMONE POPE, 27, of Cameron, 3rd Degree Felony, Injury to a Child

DARNELL BENSON, JR., 25, and MARVIN LEWIS PARKER, 62, both of Rockdale, each for 2nd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams  and State Jail Felony,  Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

ALLEN KEITH DUNN, 26, of Pflugerville, and DVONTREA DARNELL WHITE, 26, of Rockdale, each for 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams

DARIENNE NICOLE VARGAS, 22, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams

CODY RAY BOX, 39, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams, and 3rd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

CLEMENTE ACOSTA, 26, of San Leon, 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More

CAROLYN ANN GROSSHANS, 25, of Rockdale, 2nd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams and 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled 28-200 Grams

REGINALD SIFUENTES, 27, and JAMIE LEAH BAILEY, 34, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Bail Jumping Failure to Appear


(CAMERON) Anyone who received a WHITE jury notice for 1:30PM Monday, December 17th, in Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer`s court, you need not appear. Again, you need not appear. 


(TEMPLE) The Temple Economic Development Corporation has a new vice president. 

The Temple EDC said Thursday they hired Scott Connell as their vice president. The 54-year-old worked most recently on the economic development staff in Fort Worth and has prior experience in Belton, Waco, and other cities across Texas and North Carolina. He replaces Charley Ayers, who moved on to Workforce Solutions of Central Texas back in October. It continues a trend of change in the Temple EDC over the past 6 months. Former president David Blackburn left to run for Bell County Judge and he was replaced in September by Adrian Cannady. 


(TEMPLE) A retiring area judge has been recognized for his efforts in judicial education. 

The Texas Association of Counties` Texas Judicial Academy inducted Bell County Judge Jon Burrows as a fellow during their fall education session. The announcement noted that Burrows went above and beyond to obtain significant judicial education that exceeds state requirements. In Texas, it is not required that a county judge have a law background, though Burrows does have a law degree from the University of Texas. Burrows is set to retire at the end of the year, having dedicated 20 years to service in Bell County. Upon Burrows` exit, former Temple City Manager David Blackburn will take up the office after being elected earlier this year. 


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

December 15
Everyone is invited to the Cowboy Christmas Ball at Cameron VFW on Saturday from 8PM-Midnight. Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will perform. Doors open at 6PM. Tickets are $15 each. For reservations or info, call 254-295-6222

December 16
There will be a washer tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society on Sunday at Apache Pass in Rockdale. Tossing starts at 5:15PM with registration at 4:30PM. Cost is $20 per team, double elimination. This will be the only tourney in December because of the holidays. For info, call 512-760-7194.

December 16
St. John Lutheran Church, one mile north of Bartlett, will be celebrating 135 years of serving Christ at 10:30AM Sunday. For more information, call 254-527-3341.


(CENTRAL TX) As we get closer to Christmas, a number of holiday-themed events are approaching.

December 15
The Milano Christmas parade will be held Saturday at 10:30AM.

December 19
The New Jerusalem Christmas Pageant will be 6:30PM December 19th. Join in for a night of praise and worship at 103 Mulberry in Rockdale. There will be a drama presentation of Well Done Good and Faithful Servant. For info, call 714-737-6568.


(CAMERON) The deadline is approaching for families in need of a donated roof. 

Caliber Metal and Classic Bank are teaming up to help Cover the Community this Christmas. If you know someone in need of a new roof or metal roof that they can`t afford, you can  make a nomination for a FREE roof for them! But hurry, the deadline is today. Grab a nomination form from Caliber Metal at 106 South Washington in Cameron or email Nominees must be Cameron homeowners. Two roofs will be donated this year. Winners will be announced on December 21st. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater will present their Christmas Production this weekend. 

A Fairytale Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens` classic character Ebeneezer Scrooge in the form of the Big Bad Wolf being visited by 3 famous fairytale creatures, will hit the stage this weekend only! Curtain rises at 7PM today and Saturday, and 2PM Sunday. Complimentary pictures with Santa, plus free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Get more information on the MCT Facebook page or go to


(MILANO) The 38th annual Central Texas cow/calf clinic will be held Thursday, January 3rd, at the Milam County Youth Expo Building in Cameron.
This program is provided by Texas A&M Argrilife Extension in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Williamson and Falls Counties. Registration is from 7-8AM with the Presentations running until 3PM. A trio of CEUs will be given for Pesticide applicators license holders. The cost of the Program is $20 payable at the door. Please RSVP to the Milam County Extension office for a meal count by calling 254-697-7045. This program is one of the longest-running Extension programs in Texas. 


(TEXAS) A Central Texas school and a former Yoe High standout will compete today for a national title. 

The #2 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders will take on top-ranked Mount Union at 6PM today at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah, just outside of Houston. It marks the 1st time the Division 3 National Championship or Stagg Bowl has been played in Texas. The Crusaders are 1-2 overall in national title games and are appearing in their 3rd straight championship. UMHB lost in 2004 and 2017, but won it all in 2016. The Cru also feature former Yoe High standout Aaron Sims, who is a special teams return man. Tickets to the Bowl game are $20 and include admission to a tailgate party before the game. While the Cru are the home team, their fans will sit on the visitor`s side. For info, go online to The game will also be televised on ESPNU.


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 4 arrests:
--Juan Rubio, 48 of Rockdale, for Possession of Marijuana
--27-year-old female out of Rockdale, for 8 local Class C warrants
--18-year-old Spicewood man for Deliver/Manufacture of Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams and Failure to ID-Giving False Info
--31-year-old Rockdale man for 3 local Capias citations

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 7 new bookings:
--John Arredondo, 37 of Houston, for Motion to Proceed
--Trisha Annette Jones, 41 of Milano, for Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse
--Martin Arellano, 53 of Iowa, for Out of County Failure to Appear
--Michael Allen Grimes, 38 of New Caney, for Motion to Revoke
--3 in from Coryell County

There were no accidents reported in Milam County.

There are currently 135 inmates in the county jail, including 67 housed for Coryell County.

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