Today`s Local News2016-12-06
Tuesday, December 6, 2016


(CAMERON) Three people involved in an 11-month-old`s 2015 drowning death have been sentenced on unrelated charges. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 24-year-old Victoria Katelyn Furnace, 50-year-old John Earl Furnace, Jr., and 22-year-old John Ethan Furnace have each been sentenced this week on various charges. Victoria was handed 7 months and 6 days in Milam County Jail after entering a guilty plea to a Lesser Included Class A Misdemeanor, Evading Arrest. John Earl was given 12 months in Milam County Jail after pleading guilty to State Jail Felony, Attempted Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. And John Ethan was sentenced to 7 months and 11 days in State Jail and must pay $195.80 restitution to the victim after pleading True to Motion to Revoke Probation for the State Jail Felony, Theft $1500-20,000. 

Each of the 3 has previously been indicted on Manslaughter and Abandoning/Endangering a Child charges in connection to the drowning death of 11-month-old Benjamin Castro last year. Victoria was the child`s mother and John Earl was the boy`s grandfather. According to the Milam County Sheriff`s Office, the elder Furnaces turned themselves in after warrants were issued for their arrest in connection to the drowning death. Deputies were called in July 2015 to a home in the 1400 block of CR322 because of the drowning. Deputies later uncovered discrepancies in the senior Furnace`s account of what happened, leading to the 2015 arrests of Victoria and John Earl. John Ethan was indicted last year and remained at large until this past May.

Among other cases from the past week: 

ANACLETO SCOTT LLANAS, 49, of Rockdale, was sentenced to ten (10) years confinement in  TDCJ after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon

MARVIN DEWAYNE BLAKELY, JR., 21, of Thorndale, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including the successful completion of the batterer’s Intervention Program and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and no contact with the victim after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Assault Family Member-Impede Breathing/Circulation

DONALD RAY ALLEN, 23, of Rockdale, was placed on four (4) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle

GARY LYNN LOCKLIN, 30, of Gause, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation, including a substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Lesser Included Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than One Gram

MICHAEL RAY DAMRON, 44, of Rockdale, was sentenced to four (4) years confinement in TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams, and was sentenced to four (4) years confinement in TDCJ after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breathing/Circulation


(ROUND ROCK) A Hutto man struck and killed while walking down the road has been identified. 

Round Rock Police on Monday said 24-year-old Jorge Morales died from injuries sustained in an auto-pedestrian accident near Dell Diamond in Round Rock on Saturday. Police were called about 3AM Saturday for the incident, where an eastbound car struck Morales, who was walking in the road. Morales was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. The driver has not been identified. 


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

Through December 10
If you ordered a Poinsettia from the Yoe Band Booster Club, pick up will be Saturday from 8-10AM at Yoe High Band Hall. 

December 6
The SPJST Home Office in Downtown Temple invites all to its Christmas Open House, now rescheduled for today. Activities kick off immediately following the Temple Christmas Parade which begins at 6:30PM. Holiday treats and beverages will be served. Activities will include performances by Temple High School Encore and the Alfred Vrazel and Marek Family Christmas Band. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance to accept all Christmas wish lists. Other activities planned for the evening include Christmas stories and children’s activities. Jerry Hicks and Dottie the Dalmatian will also meet and greet guests. Representatives of the Texas Czech Genealogical Society will be displaying the Czech Veterans’ Wall of Honor and the Czech Pioneer Room. The Czech gift shop will also be open. For more information, call 254-773-1575. 

December 7-10
Grace Church is hosting the Christmas Wonderland Trail of Lights from Wednesday-Saturday. The Grace Church Wonderland Trail of Lights is a walking trail with designated parking areas and it will be available for everyone’s enjoyment. The excitement and lights run from 7:30-9:30PM with special events Friday night beginning at 6:30PM. On that special night will be free events such as  Horse & Buggy rides through the Trail of Lights, Christmas Cookies and Cocoa to keep you warm,  Christmas Carol Karaoke with local country musician Bob Yates,  Santa’s Workshop where children can create & decorate their own Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Cookies, Standing Christmas Yard Art Photos, and a Movie under the Stars at 7:30PM. Families should bring a blanket and chairs for the movie. These events are free.

December 8
The annual Christmas Meeting of the ALCOA Retirees of Rockdale will be Thursday at the Alcoa Lake Training Center. Volunteers are needed for decorating at 3PM. Doors open at 5PM, with a short meeting and meal to follow at 6PM. Everyone is invited to bring a dessert and canned goods for donations. 

December 8
The Rosebud Volunteer Fire Department is having their Annual Chili Supper in conjunction with the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Christmas Parade on Thursday.  Serving starts at 5PM at The First Methodist Fellowship Hall located on Main Street in Rosebud. The Christmas Parade starts at 6PM.

December 10
The next meeting of the Milam County Bluegrass Association will be Saturday from 6-9PM at Cameron Public Library. Everyone is invited. 

December 10
Cameron Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday. This year`s theme is Polar Express. Line-up is at 3:30PM at Orchard Street. Entries will be judged at the corner of Houston and First Street. For more information call the Cameron Chamber of Commerce at 254 697-4979. 

Postponed Events
The Rockdale Christmas Parade, Milano Christmas Parade, and Thorndale Christmas Parade have each been rescheduled for this Saturday. 

December 10
The City of Weir is planning their 30th annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade and Celebration for Saturday. The parade kicks off at 2PM, with lineup at 12:30PM. Santa will arrive at the end of the parade and will hang out at the Community Center on N. Main to hand out goodies to kids and take pictures. Refreshments will be available. To sign up for the parade, call 863-7984. 

December 10
The 19th annual Santaville event in Somerville will be Saturday. The event opens at 10AM with a tour of homes for just $5. Family fun starts at 2:30PM with a toy walk, barrel train, arts and crafts, cookies, and face painting. Santa will also be on hand. At 6PM, the night ends with a Christmas parade. 

December 10-11
The Erwins will be in concert at Marlow Baptist Church. The concert kicks off at 6:30PM Saturday and they will return at 10:30AM Sunday for worship and music. 

December 11
The 3rd annual Christmas at the Kay Theater in Rockdale will be 7PM Sunday at the Kay. Performances include the Community in Concert Band, the Community Band, and several churches. 

December 11
The Auxiliary to the VFW Post 2010 are currently selling tickets for a Chicken Spaghetti Lunch from 10:30AM-2PM Sunday. Tickets are $8 and plates include chicken spaghetti, corn, side salad, garlic bread and tea. Desserts will be sold separately. A raffle will also be held. For info, call 254-291-3116 or 254-709-9462.

December 11
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will observe their Annual Men`s Day Celebration on Sunday at 2PM. Guest Speaker will be Minister Stafford Thompson of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

December 11
Get your tickets now for a chance to win a 2016 John Deere XUV560 Gator 4X4. The drawing will be held at Simon & George Hall on Sunday as St. Monica Catholic Church holds its Annual Fall Fundraiser. Tickets are $20 or 6 for $100. Other prizes include various Gift Cards. Winners need not be present to win and are responsible for applicable taxes. Gator purchased through Coufal-Prater Equipment in Cameron. For tickets, call 697-4735 or 482-1407, or come by the church office weekdays from 9AM-2PM.

December 11
St. Monica Catholic Church Youth Chicken Spaghetti Supper will be Sunday from 11AM-2PM at Simon George Hall. Plates of spaghetti, corn, salad, garlic bread, cookie, and tea are $9 each. Get food dine in or to go. For info or to order in advance, call 254-295-6092.


(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office and the Brown Santa Program will be taking applications this month. 

The 7th annual Brown Santa Program will accept applications from residents beginning this month. Those interested should bring a Medicaid or WIC card with the child(s) name on it, child(s) report card, a current utility bill, and a valid Texas ID. Applications can be picked up at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office. 

If you are interested in donating new, unwrapped toys, please drop them off at the Milam County Sheriff`s Office in Cameron or call 697-7033. Monetary donations can be made to an account at Classic Bank.


(CAMERON) The Milam County District Attorney`s Office is set to sponsor the Tree of Angels. 

The Tree of Angels Ceremony will take place at 6PM today at 112 W. 1st in downtown Cameron. The ceremony is observed every year in programs across Texas and enables survivors of violent crimes and victim’s families to place an angel ornament on a special tree in support of or in memory of a loved one. Members of the armed services will also be honored. The public is invited to attend and support the victims and their families and the fallen and injured soldiers. Participants are asked to bring an angel ornament tagged with the first and last name of the person to be remembered. Refreshments will be available. 

For information, call the DA`s office at 697-7013.


(MILANO) The 36th annual central Texas cow/calf clinic will be held Friday, January 6th, 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 7:30-8:30AM with the Presentations running until 3PM. A pair 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.


(CAMERON) With the football season now over for all 10-3A teams, the All-District selections have been announced. 

The Cameron Yoemen saw several 1st team selections this year. Named to the 1st team are senior Sicory Smith as a returner and wide receiver. Iverson Westbrook and Jordan Wells joined Smith as 1st team receiver choices. Also on the 1st team are quarterback Zach Andress, Adrian Lewis and Tyler Bennett on offensive line, Jesse Valdez and Noah Kostroun on defensive line, Eddie Luna and Brandon Wilkins at linebacker, and Levi May and Kevondre Wesley as defensive backs. Named to the 2nd team were running back Tydrick Williams, receivers Jordan Young and Bryce Welsh, linemen Xavier Torres, Christian Reyes, and Dortavis Lewis, defensive lineman Brodie Sexton, linebackers Garrett Roeder and Nico Vargas, and defensive backs KeAndrew Moore, DJ Daniels, and Iverson Westbrook. In addition, junior quarterback Andress was named as the Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Honorable Mentions include Caleb Hubnik, Quentin Ewing, Joel Mora, DJ Fripp, Caden Harris, Casey Greene, Alex Bennett, and Caleb Mueck. 

Around the district, Rockdale head coach Jeff Miller was Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the district crown. Several Tigers also dominated the district awards. Dylan David was Defensive MVP, JaQuayln Crawford was District MVP, and Davion Ford was Offensive MVP. Defensive Newcomer went to Troy`s Beau Workman. 

Rockdale 1st teamers include: David Franklin, Davion Ford, JaQuayln Crawford, Tyler Lehmkuhl, Luke Elliston, Xavian Ellison, Zach Montelongo, Quentin White, Braxton Moore, Junior Hinojosa, Dylan David, Jackson Perry, and Crawford and Franklin again. Troy 1st teamers include: Riley Seiter, Tyler Welch, Alex Falcon, Cameron Cavanaugh, Anthony Avila, Beau Workman, and Steven Stanford. Academy 1st teamers include: Grayson Edwards, Brycen Bland, Caden Costa, and Zach Esparza. Franklin 1st teamers include: Avery Archibald, Clayton Rosprim, Lane Morgan, Tim Lockhart, Casey Phillips, Raheem Green, Will Fannin, Drew Fannin, Thomas Box, and Jared Pedraza. 


(NEW YORK) A former Yoe football standout has been named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. 

The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced Monday on ESPN, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers, and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook each making the finalist list. Dede, a former Yoe High standout, has had a record-setting season with 74 catches for over 1400 yards and 16 total touchdowns. According to ESPN, Westbrook leads all Power 5 conference players in receiving yards per game and his 11 TDs of more than 40 yards are the most by any player since 1998. In addition, just 8 teams in the nation have more catches of more than 60 yards than Westbrook has by himself. In the latest ESPN Heisman Watch List Poll, Westbrook sits at #3, trailing Jackson and Watson. He is also widely regarded as the favorite to land the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation`s best wide receiver. Earlier this month, Dede was also invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl to be played in Alabama in late January. 


(TEXAS) Several area teams continue play this week in the UIL Football Playoffs.

In the State Semifinals, Temple takes on Richmond Foster at 2PM Saturday at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos; College Station matches up with Corpus Christi-Calallen at 7:30PM Friday at the Alamodome in San Antonio; and defending champ Bremond moves on to face Burton at 7PM Friday at Bryan`s Merrill Green Stadium. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 8 EMS runs and 1 arrest: Christopher Crum for Parole Violation
There was also a 2-vehicle crash at 2:30PM at 4th and Travis. Drivers: Miguel Luna and Adalberto Ramos, both of Cameron. No injuries.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported no EMS runs and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 1 new bookings:
--Gregory Edward Strelsky, 22 of Rockdale, for Motion to Proceed
There were 2 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--7:26AM, wreck on US79 east of Milano. No injuries.
--8:41PM, vehicle hit a deer on FM487 at FM486. No injuries.
There are currently 134 inmates in the county jail, including 47 housed for Coryell County, and 4 held in Lee County.

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