(CAMERON) Cameron Police are seeking a local man who damaged a patrol car and ran off after a traffic stop.
According to a press release from Police Chief Randy Dixon, police have issued an arrest warrant for 41-year-old John Leorne Melton on charges of Evading Arrest or Detention with previous convictions. Dixon said he remains at large at this time.
According to the report, Officer Doug Smith attempted a traffic stop of a Chevy pickup about 11PM Monday on N. Travis because the truck did not have lights on. Smith said the truck refused to stop at first, but finally pulled over. While making his radio call to dispatch, the truck`s driver left the vehicle and took off running. Smith said that when the man bailed, his pickup began to roll backwards. The officer initially began to move his patrol car, but realized the truck might have ended up rolling into traffic and allowed it to strike his car. A woman inside the pickup was questioned and identified the driver as Melton. Anyone with information into his whereabouts should call Cameron PD at 697-6574.
POSSIBLE DROWNING AT LAKE BRYAN
(BRYAN) Brazos County authorities are investigating after a drowning at Lake Bryan Wednesday.
Officials recovered the body of 51-year-old Albert Gray about 2AM Wednesday. He was first reported to have drowned around 11PM Tuesday. Teams of responders spent about 3 hours trying to locate Gray, who was pronounced dead at the scene. No other details have been made available.
NEW INFO IN CALDWELL MURDER
(CALDWELL) New information has come to light in connection to the murder of a former Caldwell city worker.
Investigators said Tuesday that 63-year-old Bennie King died of blunt force trauma. Officers found King dead inside his home Friday afternoon. Nortorris LaMonte Deere, 37, was questioned Friday night before being arrested on murder charges. He is currently in Burleson County Jail, held on $500,000 bond.
JUDGE ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA FOR ACCUSED FT HOOD SHOOTER
(Fort Hood) A military judge is entering a "not guilty" plea for the Army major accused of gunning down 13 people and hurting dozens more at Fort Hood in 2009. The judge rejected Tuesday`s request by Nidal Hasan for a new attorney, saying he was being "obstructionalist." Hasan wanted former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to represent him. Jury selection in the case is set to start next week.
BELTON GROUP TO PROTEST PARADE
(Belton) A pro-gun group in Belton is making plans to protest the annual 4th of July parade.
The Culpepper Minute Men are planning a 2nd amendment rally protesting the ban of guns in the parade. According to the chamber of Commerce their insurance policy will not cover firearm claims.
Open Carry Texas, a non profit, had offered to pay for the insurance for firearms claims but the Chamber of Commerce lawyer would not allow it. They are expecting over 30,000 people to attend this year`s parade.
(CENTRAL TX) With the Independence Day holiday upon us, it`s wise to use extreme caution and common sense when handling them. For example:
--make sure you always read and follow the directions on the label. --When igniting fireworks, fire them only outdoors...never inside. --Also, be sure you have water on hand, just in case you need it. --Never experiment or attempt to make your own firework. --Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, leaves or flammable objects. --Finally, make sure you store fireworks in a cool and dry place.
Possession or use of fireworks within the city limits can result in significant fines, damage to property, and personal injury. Plan ahead to go to a legal location and use caution with these miniature explosives. The side of the road, just outside the city limits, does not count as a legal location.
FIREWORKS OUT IN MILAM CO
(CAMERON) Milam County residents will have to look outside the cities if they want to see a fireworks display this year. There will be no sanctioned fireworks display for the 4th of July holiday here in Milam County this year. The dry conditions and cost of putting on the fireworks show means no fireworks for residents.
However, Apache Pass is set to host their 2nd Annual Bring Your Own Fireworks event on Thursday, July 4th. Gates open at 3PM and fireworks will start at 9PM. Everyone is invited, so bring your family, your grill, and your picnic to Apache Pass under the pecan trees. There will be no charge at the gate, though you can make a donation to the Milam County MARC Center.
Among other area Independence Day celebrations, Milano will host a Parade, starting at 10:30AM at the Milano football field. Afterwards, everyone is invited to a free hot dog lunch at the civic center.
And in Salado, they kick off their Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic at Salado Middle School. The event starts at 6PM, with guests asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Meats and drinks will be provided.
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ABORTION BILL
(Austin) The Texas House committee is signing off on a bill which bans abortions at 20 weeks. The House State Affairs Committee voted 8-3 early Wednesday on the bill, in front of a committee room packed with supporters and opponents. Some democrats complained there wasn`t enough testimony, despite the fact committee chair Representative Byron Cook said testimony would end at midnight. The bill now heads to the full House.
MILAM COUNTY ROAD WORK
(Cameron) Texas Department of Transportation has announced their road work schedule for this week.
Bob Colwell, spokesman for TxDOT, said crews will work level up operations today on FM 486, from US 190 to FM 487. There will not be any road work on the July 4th holiday.
DPS TO INCREASE PATROLS
(AUSTIN) If you plan on traveling across Texas for the Fourth of July holiday, you won`t be alone.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be increasing their patrols through July 8. Troopers will be at "high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent," according to a news release from the department.
Last year`s enhanced enforcement over the July 4 holiday resulted in 1,294 driving while intoxicated arrests, according to DPS.
The July 4 holiday ranks No. 1 nationally for alcohol-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
MCFB YOUTH CITIZENSHIP DAY
(Cameron) Milam County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the fourth annual Youth Citizenship Day this month.
Youth Citizenship Day is for 4-H and FFA members to educate the youth of Milam County about the importance of being prepared for fires and disasters and the important history lessons learned by touring the Bush Library.
July 10th, students and adults will meet in Thorndale for a trip to College Station where they will tour the Texas A&M Fire School and the Bush Library. Lunch will be provided.
For more information call 512-898-2727.
(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS run and 1 arrest: --Barry Dean Garrett, Jr., 23 of Cameron for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon There were also 3 fire calls: --1:53PM, grass fire on FM2027. Cameron, Buckholts, Rosebud, and Hearne all responded. --3:55PM, grass fire on CR139 off FM485. Cameron responded. --4:46PM, grass fire on FM485, west of CR142. Cameron responded.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 1 EMS run and 1 arrest: --41-year-old Austin woman for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
(CAMERON) The Milam County sheriff`s office reported 3 arrests: --Jean Pierre Gygi, II, 26 of Rockdale for Possession of a Controlled Substance --Deborah Ann Shivers, 27 of Rockdale for 3 Bond Forfeitures --Barry Dean Garrett, Jr., 23 of Cameron for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
There were no accidents in rural Milam County.
There were 95 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 21 housed for Coryell County and 1 held for Cameron PD.
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