Thursday, February 26, 2015
TEMPLE SETTLES FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CASE
(TEMPLE) The City of Temple has a reached a settlement as part of a federal civil rights case.
US District Judge Walter Smith agreed to accept the settlement between the City and the Martinez family. According to court records, an arbitrator recommended that the City pay $42,500 to settle the claims against the City and 2 of its police officers. The civil rights suit had been filed in Bell County originally before being bumped up to federal court last year. The suit was filed in connection to Temple Police Officers Daniel Amaya and Jeremy Bales alleged excessive force arrest of then 15-year-old Lorenzo Martinez. Temple Police Chief Gary Smith fired the 2 officers shortly after the incident came to light, but an internal hearing officer later reinstated Amaya. The outcome of Bales` hearing has not been made public at this time. A Bell County Grand Jury also declined to indict either officer over the incident.
CEN-TEX WATER SUPPLY APPROVED FOR WATER PROJECT
(CENTRAL TX) A local water supply corporation has been approved for $5 million in financial aid.
Central Texas Water Supply was approved for the financial assistance Wednesday by the Texas Water Development Board. The funds will let the water supply finance costs of developing additional water supplies in order to expand its water treatment plant and build more wells. Central Texas Water Supply serves Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, Milam, and Williamson Counties. The group could potentially save over $1 million thank to the approved aid.
MILANO ISD MEETING
(MILANO) Milano ISD trustees will meet today to consider calling a school bond election.
During their regular meeting, the Board is expected to discuss and take action on ordering a school building bond election. In other business, Trustees could consider changing early voting times and locations. The Board is also expected to hear various reports and take action on authorizing the public resale of trust properties. Campus and District improvement plans are also expected to be considered.
Today`s meeting begins at 7PM at Milano ISD.
ABBOTT SAYS OBAMA BECOMING DICTATOR ON IMMIGRATION
(Austin) Governor Greg Abbott believes President Obama is trampling the U.S. Constitution with his executive action on immigration. He tells Fusion the President`s actions are dictatorial and the kind of action people are fleeing from, not fleeing to. Abbott says Obama and Congress are ignoring their duty by not securing the border and solving the immigration issue. Abbott adds the U.S. was the premier country based on the rule of law, and Obama is being a dictator by issuing laws which go against his constitutional power. Abbott successfully sued the President over the executive action, but the Justice Department is appealing.
AMERICAN SNIPER KILLER PLANS TO APPEAL CONVICTION
(Stephenville) The lead attorney for the man who killed "American Sniper" Chris Kyle is planning to appeal his conviction. Warren St. John tells WFAA he wasn`t surprised a jury found Eddie Ray Routh [[ ROWTH ]] guilty on Tuesday, but didn`t think it would happen so fast. St. John doesn`t think the jury should have been allowed to see his confession to a Texas Ranger. It`s because he believes Routh never said he understood his rights. Routh is going to be spending the rest of his life in prison for killing Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield in 2013.
BUCKHOLTS, CAMERON FILINGS
(CAMERON) There have been several new filings this week leading into the Cameron and Buckholts municipal elections.
In Cameron, incumbent Ward 5 council member Virgie Hardeman has filed for re-election. And in Buckholts, Derrick Ruzicka has withdrawn his candidacy for Mayor while the incumbent for the position, Kathy Mayes, has filed for re-election.
BELL RIVALS CLASSIC KICKS OFF TODAY
(CAMERON) The annual Bell Rivals Classic Baseball tournament kicks off in Rockdale and Cameron today.
The Yoemen host half the tourney here, with games this morning at 9:30AM and at Noon. On Friday, Cameron plays at 5PM and 7:30PM, with just 1 game Saturday at 2:30PM. KMIL will carry all Cameron games during the tournament.
BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
(CENTRAL TX) Several area boys basketball teams have advanced in the high school playoffs.
In the area round, Rockdale matches up with White Oak at 6:30PM Friday in Lufkin and Mumford meets Harper at 7PM Friday in Liberty Hill. Franklin will play either Waskom or Rice at a date and location to be determined.
GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
(CENTRAL TX) Several area girls basketball teams have advanced in the high school playoffs.
In the semifinals, Franklin meets East Chambers at 6PM Friday while Rockdale advances to take on Nacogdoches Central Heights at 8PM Friday. Both games will be played at Angelina College in Lufkin.
(CAMERON) Cameron Police reported 5 EMS runs and 1 fire call:
--8PM on CR418 in Davilla. Buckholts, Bartlett, and Thorndale Fire Depts responded.
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 3 arrests:
--43-year-old from Rockdale for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon
--24-year-old from Rockdale for Theft Under $50 and Probation Violation
--18-year-old from Rockdale for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and PI
There were also 2 fire calls:
--12:37PM, Rockdale to dryer fire at 114 Cordova
--8:07PM, Thorndale, Buckholts, and Bartlett Fire Depts sent to a fire at 850 CR418.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 arrests:
--Tereza Slavickova, 32 of Rockdale for Bond Revocation
--3 in from Lampasas Co
There were 2 accidents in rural Milam County:
--8:13AM, vehicle struck a deer on FM908 at CR319.
--3:25PM, wreck on FM485, 2 miles off US77.
There are currently 129 prisoners in the Milam County Jail, including 22 housed for Coryell County, 20 housed for Lampasas County, 1 housed for Lee County, and 3 for Cameron PD.