Today`s Local News2016-07-28
Thursday, July 28, 2016

(CAMERON) Cameron Police are warning residents after a rash of attempted break-ins in town. 

According to Police Chief Randy Dixon, police have responded to at least 5 reports of a group of individuals who have tried to kick and punch their way through doors of homes here in town. Authorities said the group has tried to hit every area of town, though they do not appear to have gained entry to any homes to this point. Dixon is warning residents that while the suspects have yet to enter a home, that could change in the future. Police ask residents to be vigilant, secure their homes, cars, and garages, and leave exterior lights on. At this time, Dixon said officers are still looking for suspects. Anyone with information should call police. 


(CAMERON) A Rockdale man had probation revoked this week in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 33-year-old Darryl Lynn Hill was handed 16 months in State Jail after pleading True to Motion to Revoke Probation for the original State Jail Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram. 

Among other cases from the past week: 

KEVIN WAYNE CLANTON, 25, of Milano, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Criminal Mischief $2,500 to $30,000

CASSEY GENE WELLS, 27, of Rockdale, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined after pleading guilty to a Lesser Included Class B Misdemeanor Theft

EDWARD EARL STEEL, JR., 48, of Ingelside, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

WILLIAM WALTER BEENE, 73, of Rockdale was placed on ten (10) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Theft $1,500 –$20,000 from Elderly and was placed on ten (10) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Theft $1,500 –$20,000 from Elderly

ESTEBAN DAVID INOCENCIO, 19, of Rockdale, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including anger management and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and to have no contact with the victim after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breathing/Circulation

ARTURO VARGAS, 56, of Cameron, was sentenced to ten (10) years confinement in TDCJ, probated for ten (10) years with standard conditions of habitual DWI offender probation, including an alcohol monitoring device and suspension of driver’s license and was ordered to pay a $3,500 fine and $12,395 in restitution to the City of Cameron after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony DWI 3rd or More


(TAYLOR) Taylor Police are investigating the death of a toddler. 

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call just before 10AM Wednesday at a home in the 400 block of E. 3rd in Taylor. Officials said a 10-week-old girl was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time, Police do not believe the death to be suspicious. An autopsy has been ordered. Child Protective Services is assisting in the investigation. 


(TEMPLE) A San Angelo teenager has been indicted this week in connection to a double homicide. 

A Bell County Grand Jury on Wednesday handed down the 2-count Murder indictment against 17-year-old Lupe Martinez Chappa, III. The indictments stem from the April shooting that left 26-year-old Jonathan Hess and 36-year-old Vincente Hernandez dead. Chappa remains in Bell County Jail in lieu of $2 million bond. His accomplice, 20-year-old Justin Slaton of San Angelo, remains at large. Slaton has been placed on the Department of Public Safety Texas 10 Most Wanted List and there is a reward for information leading to his arrest. 


(GATESVILLE) A Troy man has been sentenced this week in Gatesville after an online solicitation sting. 

A 52nd District Court jury found 35-year-old Jason Lee Smith guilty on Wednesday on the charge of Online Solicitation of a Minor. District Court Judge Trent Farrell set sentencing for August. According to court records, the Texas Attorney General`s Child Exploitation Unit set up a Craig`s List sting operation. Investigators said Smith responded to their ad regarding a 15-year-old girl seeking sex. Smith is then alleged to have driven to Copperas Cove to meet the girl where he was then arrested. Authorities also found him in possession of methamphetamines. 


(TROY) An 18-wheeler crash on the interstate in Troy left traffic moving slow on Wednesday. 

Troy Fire Department and Temple Fire & Rescue Hazmat teams were called about 5:30PM after a pair of 18-wheelers collided near mile marker 313 in Troy an the northbound lanes of Interstate 35. Investigators said a big rig hauling 3 other cabs slowed down and was struck by a 2nd 18-wheeler behind it. The accident caused about 75 gallons of diesel fuel to spill across the highway. It took crews about 3 hours to clean up and clear the scene. No injuries were reported. 


(BREMOND) The longtime owner of the Bremond Press and co-founder of the Bremond Polish Days has died. 

Betty Yezak, 90, died Sunday at a Round Rock hospital. Services will be 11AM Friday at St. Mary`s Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is today from Noon-9PM, with Rosary at 7PM, all at Bremond Memorial Funeral Home. Mrs. Yezak was born in Wheelock and graduated from Franklin High School and Texas State College for Women. She married Herman Yezak, who was a longtime Texas State Representative. She and her husband owned the Bremond Press since the 1950s, and she became publisher and editor after her husband`s death in 1986. She was a member of the Bremond Chamber of Commerce, Democratic Party Precinct Chair, mail carrier, and former Justice of the Peace. 


(AUSTIN) Those pesky end of year assessment tests for students may soon see drastic changes. 

The Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability on Wednesday recommended 9 changes for lawmakers to apply to the STAAR test. Among the biggest changes recommended would be to break up the end of year tests into smaller assessments throughout the year. Officials cited pressure on students and parent complaints as their reasons for the suggested changes. 


(CAMERON) Cameron city officials have announced a chlorine burnout for their water system. 

The City of Cameron started using a chlorine only solution to disinfect the water system. Normally, the City said they use a combination of chlorine and ammonia to treat the water. Using chlorine only means the smell, taste, and color of the water may be affected. However, City officials say the water is safe for consumption. The regular combined chlorine-ammonia solution will resume August 8th. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.  


(CAMERON) Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children after the Cameron ISD summer meals program ends. Meals will be served at the playground at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, weekdays through August 19th.The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

July 25-29
Holy Ground Vacation Bible School for Pre-K through 5th grades continues through Friday from 6-8PM each night. 

July 28
Kids Movie Night in the Park in Cameron will be tonight. Enjoy a free showing of the film Zootopia in Cameron City Park at 8:45PM. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be available. Bring a chair, blanket, and cooler!

July 28-30
Families for Christ will be today through Saturday at Rosebud Church of Christ at 7PM each night. David Hall will share God`s word on families. A nursery room and kids lessons will also be available. There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be served.

July 30
The Brazos Valley Chapter of Czech Heritage Society of Texas will host the Summer State Meeting and Genealogy Conference on Saturday at St. Joseph Parish Activity Center in Bryan. Registration starts at 8:30AM, with speakers to begin at 9:30AM. A meal will be served at Noon, with a business meeting to follow. There will also be vendor booths, displays, a silent auction, and genealogy library. The event is free and open to the public. The meal is $12. 

July 30
San Gabriel Baptist Church will host an old-fashioned gospel singing at 6PM Saturday.  The evening will feature congregational singing, solos, and instrumental specials of traditional hymns as well as conventional and contemporary gospel music.  Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall afterward.  Everyone is invited to participate.  

July 30-31
New Beginnings Full Gospel Tabernacle presents Christmas in July, a celebration of Jesus Christ, on Saturday and Sunday.  Praise and Worship lead by The Beacons, along with special music and messages from Karen Troxel, Labridget Lewis, and Deneice Vestal.  Plus great giveaways!  Services are 2PM Saturday and 10AM Sunday. The guest speaker is Betty Wenzel. Everyone is invited!  For information call 254-627-1250. 

July 31
There will be a Fried Chicken Dinner and Battle Dance on Sunday at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Parish Hall in Granger. Plates of fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served at 11AM. Adults are $9 and kids are $5. Take out will be available. Sandwiches, chilidogs, and nachos will be available from 2-8PM. A Battle Dance kicks off at 3PM and runs until 9PM, with Fritz Hodde and the Ennis Czech Boys. The Dance is $10 per person. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater will debut their latest production this weekend at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.

Greater Fatty Bottoms hits the stage Saturday and Sunday, with encore performances the next weekend.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. Get your tickets at the door. 


(AUSTIN) The Sales Tax Holiday for Texas will be held August 5-7.  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) Yoe Band uniform fittings and registration will be this weekend.

Fittings for those set to participate in Yoe Band will be held Saturday. Juniors and Seniors should report from 8AM-Noon, while Freshmen and Sophomores should report from 1-5PM. Students will be fitting for both marching and concert season uniforms and need to bring their registration forms and t-shirt money when they arrive. Registration forms can be printed out from the Yoe Band section of the Cameron ISD website. Rehearsals begin 8AM August 1st. 


(CAMERON) Lady Yoe Volleyball tryouts and practice will begin on Monday, August 1.  All volleyball athletes need to report to Yoe Gym at 7:15AM.


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes are participating in sports camps. 

The 8th annual Yoeman Football Camp wraps up today at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. 


(CAMERON) The Football program at Cameron Yoe High School will be holding a "Meet the Coaches" night today at 6:30PM in the Yoe High cafeteria. This meeting is mandatory for all incoming high school players and their parents. Equipment handouts begin on Friday, with two-a-days to start on August 1st. Cameron`s 1st scrimmage will be held August 12th. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Sandra Irene Haynes, 55 of Cameron, for Criminal Trespass
--Latricia Lynn Evans, 30 of Cameron, for Motion to Proceed
--Katelynn Renae Hammond, 18 of Rockdale, for Motion to Proceed
--Christopher Michael Thornley, 40 of Temple, for Non Payment of Child Support

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 124 inmates in the county jail, including 41 housed for Coryell County, 3 housed for Cameron PD, and 14 held in Lee County. 

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