Today`s Local News2015-08-04
Tuesday, August 4, 2015      


(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office is now asking the public for help in the search for 2 people connected to the death of an infant. 

Deputies are looking for John Earl Furnace, Jr. and Victoria Furnace Castro in connection to the drowning death of an 11-month-old Milam County boy. Officials were originally called July 19th to a home in the 1400 block of CR322 in reference to the drowning. Chief Deputy Chris White and Lt. John Mendoza later uncovered discrepancies in Furnace`s account of what happened and obtained warrants for his arrest on charges of Manslaughter and Endangering a Child. The child is Castro`s son and had been left in Furnace`s care. Deputies obtained warrants for her Monday on a charge of Abandoning a Child and Endangering a Child. At this time, both Furnace and Castro remain at large. 

Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call the Sheriff`s Office at 697-7033 or Crimestoppers at 697-8477.


(HEARNE) Federal agents are now investigating after a fire destroyed a 3-story mansion in Robertson County on Sunday night. 

Agents with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms were on scene Monday to investigate after a fire razed the 9-bedroom mansion Sunday night on River Ridge Dr. Multiple area fire departments responded but were unable to save the home, valued at more than $1 million. No injuries were reported. ATF officials are not saying if the fire is thought to be intentional. 


(TEMPLE) Police in Temple are investigating after an early morning armed robbery at a donut shop. 

Temple PD was called about 4:30AM Monday to Shipley`s Donuts in the 100 block of N. 31st after a man robbed the store at gunpoint. Investigators said a black man, wearing a dark hooded shirt and dark cargo pants, slipped into the store through a back door, displayed a gun, and demanded money from the cashier. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the scene. Anyone with information should call Temple Police. 


(TEMPLE) Temple Fire & Rescue was busy Monday afternoon fighting a series of brush pile fires. 

A total of 20 fire fighters and 2 brush trucks worked several small burning brush piles Monday afternoon in the 3400 block of W. Nugent. Officials said some of the piles contained telephone poles and tires. Crews had to call for assistance from Troy Fire Department. It took several hours to get the fires under control. No word on the cause of the blaze. 


(TEMPLE) A Bell County prisoner had his federal complaint against Temple Police and the City of Temple dismissed this week. 

US District Judge Walter Smith dismissed the lawsuit on Monday. Jeffrey Walker Kindred filed the lawsuit in 2012, alleging that his civil rights were violated during his June 2011 arrest. Court records indicate that Kindred filed the lawsuit on his own and did not have an attorney. On Monday, after Smith asked if Kindred was ready to proceed to trial, the plaintiff asked instead to have a lawyer appointed for him. Smith denied Kindred`s request and then dismissed the suit. Kindred would be allowed to appeal the decision at any time. 

According to the complaint, officers allegedly attacked Kindred during his 2011 arrest, punching him with closed fists and spraying him with tear gas. Kindred also alleged that a taser was used on him at the time. However, the arrest report from Temple Police says Kindred gave officers false identification then became violent with officers. Police said they used pepper spray on him to subdue him. After taking him to a hospital to be checked on, Kindred then reportedly ran from officers, who chased him down and placed him back in a patrol car. He is currently serving a 40-year sentence for assaulting a peace officer. 


(AUSTIN) A Travis County woman convicted in the death of a 3-month-old she was babysitting died last weekend. 

Cathy Lynn Henderson, 58, spent years on death row in connection to the death, but died less than 2 months after a retrial and plea deal reduced her sentence. Henderson died Sunday. She had been undergoing treatment since June for pneumonia and a stroke. An appeals court overturned Henderson`s conviction in 2012 and ordered a new trial for her, citing new information on pediatric head injuries. Authorities said they found the body of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh in a wine cooler carton in a field in Temple in February 1994. Henderson told Police she accidentally dropped the infant, panicked, and buried the body before fleeing the state. She was arrested in Missouri and originally convicted of murder and sentenced to death. 


(TX) The indictments against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are being unsealed.  A Collin County grand jury believes Paxton committed three felonies while he was in the Texas Legislature.  One felony accuses Paxton of not registering as an investment adviser representative with the State Securities Commission.  Paxton is also accused of not telling state Representative Byron Cook and one other client he had a personal stake in Servergy Inc. of McKinney.  SEC documents show Paxton had 100-thousand shares of Servergy stock.  Paxton surrendered to authorities yesterday and is out on bond.  His attorney says Paxton is looking forward to telling his side of the story. 

Meanwhile, 3 top Texas Republicans are offering some support for the indicted Attorney General.  Governor Greg Abbott says everyone is entitled to due process under the law and he plans to respect the process as it moves forward.  Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick says Paxton should be afforded his day in court and it`s important to remember he`s innocent until proven guilty.  U.S. Senator Ted Cruz says the legal system should fairly and appropriately investigate Paxton.  The Texas GOP calls the indictment sloppy and not the level of quality Texans expect from the judicial process.  


(AUSTIN) The Sales Tax Holiday for Texas will be held August 7-9.  Clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks and other items priced under 100 dollars are exempt from sales tax.  For the full list of exempt items, visit


(CAMERON) OJ Thomas Alumni Community Resource Center will host their Golden Anniversary this weekend. 

The event kicks off with a banquet at 7PM Thursday at the Williams Event Center. Tickets are $25 each. OJ Thomas Fun Day will be from 10AM-3PM Friday at the OJ Thomas campus. There will be food, fun, and games. That night at 7PM is the Legacy/Memorial program at Progressive Baptist Church. A parade will start the Saturday activities at 11AM, with a luncheon to follow at Noon at the OJ Thomas cafeteria. After lunch will be the annual business meeting. That night, starting at 9PM is the 50th Anniversary Dance in the OJ Thomas Band Hall. 


(CAMERON) As the newly renovated Yoe Field prepares to host football again, it is also almost time for tickets. 

Yoe ticket time will be held August 11th from 6-8PM at Yoe Field. If you are a reserved seat holder, you should plan to visit the field during that time to view the new seating diagram and location of your seats. Plenty of staff will be on hand to direct you and answer any questions. Tickets will not be sold until August 13th in the Administration Building only. No tickets will be sold in the field house. 


(CAMERON) Cameron Police reported 3 EMS runs and 3 fire calls:
--2:29PM, Cameron and Rosebud FDs sent to pasture fire on CR278. 
--2:39PM, Cameron and Buckholts FDs called to pasture fire on FM2269 at CR144.
--5AM today, Cameron FD sent to a shed on fire next to a home at 606 Newhouse. House was saved. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and 2 arrests:
--26-year-old Rockdale man for Assault
--37-year-old Rockdale man on 2 traffic warrants, 2 Milam Co warrants, Bond Surrender, and Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams
There were also 2 fire calls and 1 accident:
--12:48PM, Rockdale FD called across from KC Hall. Turned out to be controlled burn.
--8:57PM, returned to controlled burn. 
--3:17PM, 2-vehicle wreck at Cameron and Main. Drivers: Connie Merka of Rockdale and Rafael Johnson of West. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--David Angel Alvarado, 35 of Cameron, for Motion to Revoke
--Elizabeth Danielle Freitag, 23 of Rockdale, for Out of County Probation Violation and Bond Surrender

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--5:07PM, 1-vehicle wreck on FM485 off US77. No injuries.

There are currently 109 inmates in the county jail, including 13 housed for Coryell County, 16 housed for Lampasas County, and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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