Today`s Local News2020-09-23
Wednesday, September 23, 2020


NO NEW CASES REPORTED TUESDAY

(CAMERON) There was good news Tuesday on the COVID-19 front here. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young said there were no new confirmed cases of the virus through PCR testing. That bit of news means the total and active case count here remains stagnant. There are 488 total cases since the pandemic began and 18 of those are active. There are 51 probable cases based on antigen testing, with 7 of those cases active. The Milam County Health Department is monitoring 63 people that had close contact with a person that tested positive. Three people are hospitalized and 6 patients have died. 


GAUSE ISD CONFIRMS POSITIVE COVID TEST

(GAUSE) At least one person in Gause ISD has tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to a letter from Gause ISD Superintendent Brad Jones, parents and students were alerted to a possible exposure to a person that tested positive between September 9th and 11th. The Milam County Health Department has completed contact tracing and has contacted everyone in close contact with the person that tested positive. If you have not been contacted, you or your child was not in close contact and need not quarantine. If you or your child show symptoms of the virus, you should contact your health care provider. If you have questions, call the Milam County Health Department. Learning is not expected to be impacted by this positive test. 


GAUSE BOIL ORDER

(GAUSE) Certain customers in Gause must boil their water.

The Gause Water System and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required a boil order for all customers in Gause and East of Gause due to a major water leak. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for consumption should be boiled and cooled prior to use. That includes water for drinking, cooking, and ice making. Again, this notice only effects customers in Gause and East of Gause. When it is no longer necessary to boil your water, you will be notified. 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 Thursday.

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. Thursday`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 9-23

(TEXAS) A virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

The Texas death toll is just shy of 15,000 after another 77 Texans died Tuesday. The United States death toll from COVID-19 meanwhile crossed the 200,000 barrier. Just under 4,000 cases were confirmed in Texas yesterday, taking the statewide total to 716,000. The active case count has risen slightly to 87,000. The virus has also impacted a handful of sports and schools this week. Marlin Middle School and Marlin High School have both moved to remote learning for the rest of this week after about a dozen cases cropped up on those campuses. The Lampasas-Gatesville junior varsity and varsity football games have been canceled this week. 

Bell County announced 44 new cases Tuesday, giving them 260 active. Their death toll is 79 according to local data and 82 per state data. McLennan County reported 55 new cases and have 415 active. Their death count is 98. Brazos County added 20 new cases of the virus and have 680 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 59. Williamson County confirmed 17 new cases bringing their active count to 156. They have 142 total deaths. Falls County has 57 active cases and 5 deaths. Burleson County has 33 active cases and 6 deaths. Lee County is at 19 active cases and 14 deaths. Robertson County reported 40 active cases and 4 deaths. 


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 through Thursday. 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.


SON ADMITS TO KILLING PARENTS

(HOLLAND) The son of 2 people found dead in their home near Holland has admitted his actions. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office said 50-year-old James Keith Williams waived his constitutional and statutory rights before telling investigators he used a firearm to shoot his parents, 80-year-old Floyd Williams and 78-year-old Priscilla Williams. James Williams remains in Bell County Jail, charged with Capital Murder. Deputies had originally responded September 15th to a home in the 8500 block of Campbell Hill Road near Holland in reference to a welfare check. Deputies looked through the windows and saw an unresponsive person the floor. After making forced entry into the home, deputies found the 2 elder Williams dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators say a daily medication log for the couple showed a final entry August 21st, meaning the pair were likely dead for nearly a month before they were discovered. A vehicle belonging to the couple was found in the possession of their son. James Williamson also has a lengthy criminal history with convictions from 1990 to 2020 for various offenses such as forgery, theft, vehicular theft, and assault of family members. He has faced charges in Bell, Travis, Williamson, McLennan, and Taylor counties. 


NEW DETAILS IN ARREST OF FALLS CO SHERIFF

(MARLIN) New details are out following the arrest of the Falls County Sheriff. 

Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released details on the 5-count indictment against Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman. Texas Rangers arrested the 48-year-old Scaman on Monday afternoon on charges of Public Servant, Sexual Assault, and Official Oppression. Scaman was booked into an isolation cell and later released on nearly $200,000 bond. In total, Scaman spent about 5 hours locked up. 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. 


SUSPECT IN MULTI-COUNTY CHASE ID`ED

(ROBERTSON COUNTY) A man shot by authorities after a multi-county high-speed chase last week has been identified and booked. 

The Robertson County Sheriff`s Office said Travis Barton is now in Robertson County Jail on charges of Evading Arrest and a hold from Colorado for failure to appear. No bond has been set. Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak said deputies suspect Barton was stealing copper from a cell tower site in Robertson County on Friday morning when he took off after being approached. Barton then led authorities on a high-speed chase into Leon County where deputies deployed spike strips and punctured his tires. The Barton vehicle then crashed into a sign in Centerville. It was at this point that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers opened fire and wounded Barton in the hand. Barton was taken to the hospital for treatment and was not released until after the weekend. It remains unclear why troopers opened fire in the incident. No other information was released. 


BELTON RENAMES CONTROVERSIAL PARK

(BELTON) A controversial Belton park has a new name. 

Belton City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to rename Confederate Park as Liberty Park. In addition, the road leading to the park will see a name change from Confederate Park Drive to Veterans Way Drive. All votes were unanimous. The vote came down after 2 months of meetings to come up with an all encompassing name to satisfy everyone. No one spoke against the new changes Tuesday. 


HUTTO WINS GRANT FUNDS FOR ROADWORK

(HUTTO) The City of Hutto will get help with roadway funding. 

United States Representative John Carter announced the City of Hutto will get $1.4 million in grant funding provided by the US Department of Transportation and awarded to the Texas Department of Transportation for road work projects in the city. The money is expected to aid in work at the intersections of US79 and FM1660. Voters in the city approved a $70 million bond package to work on those intersections which would include roadway improvements at the US79 and FM1660 north intersection and US79 and FM1660 south intersection. Enhanced features would include additional turn lanes and highway widening. The project is expected to begin in the fall of 2021. 


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.


LADY YOE FALL TO LEXINGTON

(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe volleyball team suffered a hard-luck loss Tuesday to Lexington. 

The Ladies were swept by Lexington on Tuesday by scores of 25-5, 25-9, and 25-13. Haley Tucker and Ainsley Driska both had 3 kills on the night. Tucker added 3 assists and 4 digs. Ja`Kerra Holt pitched in with 1 block, 3 assists and 5 digs. Analiese Salazar grabbed 6 digs on her own. The JV A team won 30-28, 22-25, 15-12. The JV B team won 25-21, 20-25, 15-8.


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--Gustavo Gutierrez for Assault of Family Member-Impede Breath and Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled w/ Intent for Serious Bodily Injury

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--29-year-old Rockdale man for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Duty on Striking Unattended Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon
 
(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 4 new bookings:
--Jaden Lee Cook, 20 of Cameron, for Bench Warrant
--Kristen Michelle Shelton, 39 of New Braunfels, for Bond Forfeit
--James Michael Crysup, 22 of Smithville, for Motion to Proceed
--Gustavo Gutierrez, 22 of Cameron, Assault of Family Member-Impede Breath and Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled w/ Intent for Serious Bodily Injury

There was 1 accidents reported in rural Milam County.
--3:50PM, 2-vehicle crash on US79 in front of Cefco in Milano. No injuries. Trooper Dunstan investigated.

There are currently 140 inmates in the county jail, including 60 housed for Coryell County.


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