Today`s Local News2014-07-15
Tuesday July 15, 2014      


(MILAM CO) As the budget cycle nears its end and appraisal values are in, Luminant Energy is once again disputing the value of their operations. 

The Milam Appraisal District has estimated Luminant`s holdings at over $500 million, though the company was expected to see a drop in their valuation by $4.6 million. Luminant has disputed their appraised value each of the past 4 years. 

Brad Watson, spokesman for Luminant, said the company has already filed its appeal for their most recent appraisal, though an upcoming hearing on that appeal has been canceled. Watson said officials with the company and the county appraiser have been nearing a deal to avoid such a hearing. 

Luminant settled their 2013 tax bill earlier this year, adding nearly $4 million to the county tax rolls. County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said Luminant provides nearly 40% of the county property taxes as it is the largest employer in Milam County. 


(TEMPLE) An area police officer and 2 others were hurt after an early morning accident and pursuit in Temple. 

Police were called about 3AM Monday to S&C Convenience Store on S. 31st for a robbery in progress. The first unit arrived to find a black, 2-door vehicle fleeing the scene. That officer gave chase down Ave. M toward 57th St. and toward General Bruce Dr. and Interstate 35. 

As the chase continued, Officer Carmen DeCruz was en route and approached an intersection on SW HK Dodgen Loop with lights and sirens blaring when a black VW sedan collided with the patrol car. DeCruz and 2 people in the VW were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Officials said the chase ended once Officer DeCruz was involved in the accident. The suspect or suspects involved in the robbery remain at large. Anyone with information should call Temple PD.


(LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY) The interim police chief in Little River-Academy is officially on the job.

Michael Lugo, the city`s reserve officer, took over as Police Chief on an interim basis Monday. Lugo replaces former Chief Lee Dixon, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in mid-June. Lugo will remain the interim chief for the next 30 days, though city officials believe he will be the permanent choice for the job. He has spent 8 years in law enforcement, including the past 2 years as a reserve in Little River-Academy. 


(SALADO) A former Salado ISD coach has been sentenced in connection to his improper relationship with a student. 

Marcos Rene Garcia was handed 8-years deferred adjudication probation this week in 426th District Court. Garcia resigned from the district after a parent of a 16-year-old girl reported the inappropriate relationship to school officials. 


(CAMERON) Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children now that the Cameron ISD summer meals program has ended. Meals are being served at the playground at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal Church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, Monday-Friday through August 22nd. The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019


(Cameron) Cameron Yoeman Football camp will be held this month for incoming 3rd-9th graders.

The 6th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 28-31 at Yoe Field. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10am and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30am-12:30pm. To register, stop by the Fieldhouse this week, or register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarships opportunities available for athletes. If you are interested contact Coach Rhoades at 254-697-2675.


(CAMERON) Lady Yoe volleyball camp for incoming 7th-12th graders will be held this month. 

Camp will be at the High School gyms on July 28-30 from 1:30-4:30PM. The cost of the camp is $50 and the instructors are Waco Junior Club coaches as well as some Baylor assistant coaches. You may register on the first day of camp. For more info or to register, call Coach Richter at 254-697-5099.


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS runs and 1 arrest: juvenile for unauthorized use of motor vehicle and runaway. 
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 2 arrests:
--Manuel Luna, 37 of San Antonio for Expired DL
--Christopher William Maldonado, 34 of Rockdale on a local warrant
There were also 2 fire calls:
--12:36PM, Rockdale and Lexington Fire Dept to 18-wheeler on fire on US77 south of FM487. 
--3:11PM, Rockdale Fire Dept called to a 1-vehicle rollover on FM908 east of FM486. 
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 3 arrests:
--Emmitt Ural Wilcox, 49 of Cameron for Parole Violation
--Fonda Delk Kirby, 55 of Cypress for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
--Dalton Shane Kirby, 22 of Lindale for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

There were 2 accidents in rural Milam County:
--12:48PM, 18-wheeler on fire on US77 south of Rockdale. No injuries. 
--3:12PM, 1-vehicle rollover on FM908 near FM486. No injuries. 

There are 105 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 17 housed for Coryell County.

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