Friday, April 17, 2015
3 LOCAL OFFICERS IDENTIFIED IN VIRAL VIDEO
(CAMERON) A trio of local police officers have been identified following their appearance in a viral video.
Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said this week that Officer Chris Ashworth has been placed on 90 days probation for his part in a viral video showing an underage drinker getting out of a citation by playing rock-paper-scissors. Dixon noted that Ashworth was not the officer playing the game, though he did appear in the video, leading to the probationary term. Ashworth had been hired by Burleson County Constables to assist with security at the annual Chilifest event held in Snook. Dixon said it is Department policy to allow their officers to work security jobs such as Chilifest. Burleson County officials generally partner with multiple law enforcement agencies to create the necessary police presence for the event. Officials said Ashworth was partnered with two Rogers Police Department officers, Justin Powell and Trey Jeffers. It was not immediately clear which of the 2 was the officer played the game in the video. Rogers Police Chief Robert Wireman said discipline for the pair is expected to be handled internally.
CALVERT MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERY
(BRYAN) A Robertson County man has landed a lengthy prison term for his role in a Bryan bank robbery.
Erric Portis of Calvert was handed 90 years in prison on aggravated robbery charges in connection to the July 2013 robbery of Commerce National Bank in Bryan. Authorities said Portis and Bryan Champion allegedly beat and carjacked a man prior to holding up the bank. Champion was sentenced last year to 60 years in prison for his part in the robbery.
FORMER HEARNE COUNCIL WOMAN DIES
(HEARNE) A former Hearne City Councilwoman has died this week.
Services for Maxine Vaughn, 79, will be 2PM Saturday at All Families Mortuary in Hearne. Visitation is today from 5-7PM. Mrs. Vaughn made headlines last month when citizens in Hearne voted to recall her off the council. However, she had filed to run again in the upcoming election.
BILL MOVING PIU STALLED
(TX) A bill moving the Public Integrity Unit out of Travis County will not be voted on until next week. House Bill 16-90 stalled yesterday after Clint Democrat Mary Gonzalez pointed out a problem with the bill`s analysis. Weatherford Republican Phil King says the error was extremely small and dealt with the wording. King`s bill would have the Texas Rangers investigate corruption cases, then hand findings over to the prosecution in an elected official`s home county.
FT HOOD SHOOTING SURVIVORS GET MILITARY BENEFITS
(TX) The survivors of the Fort Hood shooting will be receiving "all possible benefits" from the Army. Those benefits being ordered today by Army Secretary John McHugh will go to surviving soldiers and family members of those killed in November 2009. The "American-Statesman" reports the benefits will include payment of hostile fire pay for those killed, injured or wounded in the attack that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others.
TAX CUT PACKAGE APPROVED BY STATE LEGISLATIVE PANEL
(TX) A huge tax cut proposal is headed to the Texas House after clearing the chamber`s Ways and Means Committee earlier today. The two-bill package is geared at reducing taxes in the state by almost five billion dollars. One bill would roll back the state sales tax from six-point-two-five-percent to five-point-nine-percent, saving the typical family of four more than 170 dollars per year. The same panel gave its approval to a 25 percent cut in the business franchise tax rate.
US HOUSE PASSES REPEAL OF DEATH TAX
(Washington, DC) A bill repealing the federal estate tax is headed to the Senate after passage by the House. Texas Republican Representative Will Hurd calls it a "death tax," while fellow Texas Republican Louis Gohmert called a congressional repeal of the estate tax long overdue. Estate taxes are imposed on inherited assets of more than five-million dollars. Democrats say repealing it would add more than 250-billion dollars to the federal deficit over a decade.
CITYWIDE CLEAN UP ANNOUNCED
(CAMERON) The city of Cameron has announced their annual spring clean up day for this Saturday from 8AM-4PM at the City Yard.
Residents of Cameron will be able to haul any unwanted trash and debris to the yard during those hours. Those participating should bring a current water bill to verify residency. Residents are asked to separate each type of item they bring. Items NOT accepted include wire, tires, batteries, antifreeze, chemicals, paints, liquids, concrete, dirt, roofing materials and asbestos siding. Refrigerators will be accepted, however, compressors must be removed. The city yard is located at 701 E. Main. For info, call 697-6646.
MCT PRODUCTION CONTINUES
(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater debuted their latest production last weekend at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.
12 Angry Men continues this weekend. Tickets to all remaining shows are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings.
YOE BASEBALL/LADY YOE SOFTBALL
(CAMERON) The Yoe baseball team and Lady Yoe softball team continue a stretch of district games on today.
Both teams will host archrival Rockdale here in Cameron. For the boys, it is a must win, as the teams are tied in the standings. KMIL will carry the boys game, with first pitch around 7PM.
LADY YOE TRACK WINS
(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe track teams added to their collection of District Championships last night as both the JV and Varsity Lady Yoe track teams won the District 20-3A Championship. Both teams lead from start to finish with the Varsity scoring 140 points. Rogers was the runnerup. The JV scored 125 points to take the JV District title.
Advancing to Area Round action are:
JaLaura Melton in the long jump, high jump, and 200 meter dash; Marilyn Ramos in the long jump; Jazmine Jones in the discus; Ta`Shena Tindle in the shot put; Nae Nae Shields in the triple jump; Elizabeth Gutierrez in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs; Jay`La Bryant in the 100 meter dash; Kathryn Adams in the 200 meter dash; the 400 meter relay team composed of Jay`La Bryant, Marilyn Ramos, Shae Shields, and JaLaura Melton; The 800 meter relay team composed of Shae Shields, Nae Nae Shields, Marilyn Ramos, and JaLaura Melton; And the 1600 Meter Relay team composed of Marilyn Ramos, Shae Shields, Kathryn Adams, and Nae Nae Shields.
(CAMERON) Cameron Police reported 3 EMS runs and no other activity.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS runs and 1 fire call:
--8:51PM, toned to 3041 S. US77 for smell of electrical fire. Unable to locate.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no arrests:
There was 1 accidents reported in rural Milam County:
--wreck on CR457. No injuries.
There are currently 129 prisoners in the Milam County Jail, including 20 housed for Coryell County, 18 housed for Lampasas County, and 1 held for Cameron PD.