Today`s Local News2018-04-21
Saturday, April 21, 2018



(CAMERON) A Cameron man arrested for evading arrest has been indicted this week by a Milam County Grand Jury.

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, Bobbie Joe Blaylock, 39 of Cameron, was indicted for the state jail felony, Evading arrest with previous convictions.

Among other cases disposed of this past week:

ROBERT WESTON WHITBEY, 24, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance 1-4 Grams 

JOHNATHON DAWYN JACKSON, 33, of Bryan, 2nd Degree Felony, Robbery

SKYLAR NEIL MCDONALD 26, Alvin, State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance ¸1Gram and 3rd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of Firearm

REGINALD MARKEITH SANDERS, 30, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Tampering with Evidence and State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance Less than One Gram

BRANDON SHANE WHITMIRE, 36, of Jasper, 2nd Degree Felony, Sexual Assault of a Child

ALYSSA JOE RAMEY, 21, of Shreveport, State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance < 1 Gram

STACEY MICHELLE DAVID, 51, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Theft <$2,500 with Priors

NANCY RENE CASTANEDA, 36, of Rockdale, State Jail Felony, Theft $2,500 - $30k

NATHAN LAMAR ORSAK, 27, of Rockdale State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance < 1 Gram

RYAN KAYNE SIMMONS, 19, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Theft $2,500 - $30k – Enhanced (Elderly)

CHARLENE NICOLE STILLS, 25, SHERI LYNN TORRES, 61, both of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Debit/Credit Card Abuse – Enhanced (Elderly)

STACEY HALL BREWER, 33, of Rockdale, SEAN THOMAS KELLY, 24, of San Antonio, State Jail Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance < 1 Gram

BRANDI LANAE KEEN, 44, of Milano, JOHN D. JOHNSON, 37, of Rockdale, JOHNNY AARON MORALES, 28, of Rockdale, WAYDE LOUIS PATSCHKE, 30, of Thorndale 3rd Degree Felony, Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle

THOMAS LOPEZ,  22, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Fail to Register as Sex Offender

ROCK CLINTON EANES, 40, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, DWI 3rd or More

ZACHARY ALAN CHRISTIANSEN, 17, of Rockdale, 3rd Degree Felony, Delivery of Controlled Substance

WINSTON WOOLVERTON, 37, of Rockdale,  3rd Degree Felony, Bail Jumping – Failure to Appear


(ROCKDALE) The chairman for the Democratic Party here in Milam County has died. 

Services for 65-year-old Tommy Paul Grimes of Rockdale will be 11AM Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale, with burial to follow at 5PM in Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8PM, with Rosary at 7PM, all at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Mr. Grimes died Wednesday in a Bryan hospital. He was born in Groves and earned a degree from Texas A&M in 1974. He became a Certified Public Accountant and opened a CPA business in Rockdale in 1999. He was the Milam County Democratic Party Chairman and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, children, siblings, and other family and friends. Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


(HOUSTON) Former first lady Barbara Bush has now died. 

Family spokesman Jim McGrath announced late Tuesday that Barbara Bush died at her home in Houston, surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her husband, former President George HW Bush, 5 children and their spouses, a brother, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She and the former president were married for 73 years and her son George W Bush would also go on to become president. A private family service will be held today, and following the funeral, the Bush family will depart via motorcade to the Bush Library in College Station. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple doctor was  arrested Friday for possession of child pornography.

State investigators obtained a warrant to search Dr. John Middlemiss Palmer`s office after discovering that child pornography had been uploaded to an online storage account he used. Dr. Palmer, 55, was a Temple pediatric pulmonary physician and he arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after child porn was found on a digital storage device during a search of his offices, the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Friday. Several devices were seized from Palmer’s home for examination by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit. No further details have been made available.


(TEMPLE) Less than a month after naming a lone finalist, Temple ISD officially hired a new superintendent. 

During a special meeting Thursday, Temple ISD School Board confirmed the hiring of Dr. Bobby Ott as their next superintendent of schools. Ott currently is the assistant superintendent and will succeed retiring Superintendent Dr. Robin Battershell in June. The Board held a traditional signing ceremony last night and then awarded Ott with gifts. Ott has served as assistant superintendent for Temple ISD since 2012 and has previous experience in Copperas Cove and Killeen. He was also a principal at Anson Middle School. 


(TEMPLE) The interstate in Temple is set to close for a demolition this weekend. 

Texas Department of Transportation will conduct a bridge demolition in Temple at 8PM today. All lanes of Interstate 35 will be closed at the Adams and Central intersection to allow contractors to demolish what`s left of the old Adams Avenue bridge. Lanes will re-open by noon the next day. Drivers will need to detour off I35 before the construction zone. Flaggers will be available to assist with traffic control. 


(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events headed to Central Texas this week:

Now-May 31
The Milam County 4-H members are collecting children`s books to help fill bookshelves around Milam County. Bring your books to the Milam County Extension Office located at 100 East 1st Street in Cameron. If you would like to donate to a specific town write it on your box. The books will be distributed in June. The deadline to get your books in is May 31st.

April 20-21
The Texas Czech Genealogical Society is hosting a Genealogy Research Workshop at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center Saturday from 10AM-4PM. This workshop is open to anyone wanting to research their family history, translate documents, use research books emphasizing Czech immigrants, search for ancestors in the Czech Republic Archives, get individual help with genealogy questions, photo dating and much more. Registration is $20 per person. For more information call 214-577-0029.

April 21
The Temple ISD Job Fair will be 10AM-Noon Saturday at Temple High School. Prospective teachers for the coming school year should come with resumes and be prepared for job interviews.

April 21
The Milam County A&M Club will be holding the annual Aggie Muster on Saturday at 44 Farms in Cameron. Muster starts at 6PM with dinner, followed by guest speaker Lynn Hagan of Gause, Aggie Class of 1977. Hagan was awarded the 2010 Texas A&M Aggie Women Network`s Legacy Award for her work with Texas A&M and international humanitarian work. Roll call for the absent will take place after the speaker. All former, current, and parents of Aggies are invited. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at Ideal Poultry in Cameron. 

April 21
Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Earth Day with various events Saturday. This year, the kickoff will be at the High School gym, beginning at 8:30AM with breakfast tacos served by the Emmaus Project.  At 9AM, there will be a welcome and send-off of volunteers and teams to various clean-up projects around town.  Additional volunteers and teams are welcome to participate.  Call 512-269-6425 if you have questions or want to be involved.

April 21
The Rogers Community Alliance City-Wide Garage Sale & Bake Sale will be Saturday from 8AM-2PM. Home based sales are $10, Civic Center sidewalk space is $20, and inside Civic Center space is $30. Registration forms for the Garage Sale are available at Rogers City Hall and on RCA Website. Donations to the Bake Sale are needed. Bake Sale Funds will go toward additional playground equipment. Call 254-642-3312, 254-721-7649, or 254-654-2389 for information on garage sales. For Bake Sale questions please call 254-493-8032. 

April 21
Little River Academy boosters will be hosting their annual Lady Bee Softball BBQ Fundraiser Saturday from 9AM-4PM at the corner of TX95 and FM436 in Little River Academy. Plates include your choice of brisket, sausage, ribs, or brisket sandwiches. Pre-orders are accepted and delivery is available to Academy and Temple area residents. Call 325-439-9203 for pricing and more information.

April 21
The La Escuelita 15th annual spring cook-off is Saturday from 8AM-5PM, at the church just east of the Rockdale KC Hall. The family friendly event features food, games, music, and a treasure trove of arts and crafts. Cook-off entry is $15 per category, with winners chosen in Brisket, Chicken, and Pork. There will also be horseshoe and washer tourneys. For info, call 512-430-0236 or 512-760-5927.

April 21
Calvert and the Calvert Main Street Preservation Program present Calvert 150 - A Texas Celebration Fit for a Queen on Saturday from 9AM-10PM. Numerous attraction and events are planned. Admission is free. Among the activities are a parade, cakes, historic tours, food trucks, music, artisans, a car show, and much more. Fireworks will wrap up the night. For info, call 979-364-2323.

April 22
Granger Brethren Church is having its 125-year anniversary celebration on Sunday at 9AM with fellowship, juice, coffee, and pastries. At 10:15AM there will be a worship service with a light sandwich lunch after.  

April 22
The Cameron American Legion Auxiliary hosts Veterans Appreciation Day on Sunday at Ledbetter park in Cameron from 1-5PM. All veterans and gold star families are welcome. A Baked Ham dinner will be provided at no cost. At 2PM Troy Kelley, retired Army and Vietnam Veteran, will speak. He is the sculptor who designed the Vietnam Memorial at the Killeen Veterans Cemetery and the November 5th Fort Hood Memorial. A representative from Honor Flights in Austin will be in attendance. For info, call 254-605-4001 or 254-833-1531.

April 22
The Barclay community (8 miles east of Rosebud on Highway 53) is having their annual fundraiser Sunday.  They will be serving BBQ Tri-tips and Greens sausage along with all the trimmings for $9, to eat there or to go.  There will also be a silent auction; all proceeds go to the upkeep and repairs to the community center. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater has a series of special events coming soon. 

Next week, MCT will present for the 1st time, their feature SPOTLIGHT performance of Same Time Next Year. It will be a 1 weekend only showing on April 26-29 at the Williams Event Center in Cameron. Also coming soon is a Children`s Camp, featuring the play Big Bad, which will be performed at the City Park in June. For more information visit


(TAYLOR) The City of Taylor has announced their annual clean up day for April. 

Residents of Taylor will be able to haul any unwanted trash and debris to dumpsters at 1200 Welch and 1424 N. Main from 8AM-3PM today.  Those participating should bring proof of residency.  Items NOT accepted include wire, tires, batteries, antifreeze, chemicals, paints, liquids, concrete, dirt, roofing materials and asbestos siding.  Unmanageable brush will also be turned away. Refrigerators will be accepted, however, compressors must be removed. Oil, filters, scrap metal, and computers and printers may be taken to the Williamson County Recycling Center. Volunteers will also be available to assist in picking up and removing items. For info, contact the City at 512-352-5818. City officials announced that due to a 70% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, the event could still be canceled. A determination will be made today. 


(AUSTIN) Texas High School football will now have instant replay available for championship games. 

The University Interscholastic League announced Thursday that instant replay will be in use for all state championship football games beginning this year. In a press release, the UIL said that they will follow college football replay rules with 2 exceptions: there will be no coach challenges and targeting will not be called as a result of replays. All reviews will be initiated by replay officials and college replay officials will be working all reviews. 


(CAMERON) The lone Lady Yoe tennis player at regionals has advanced to state.

Houston Harris won both of her matches Wednesday in 2 sets.  Both matches had the same scores of 6-2 and 6-1. Harris continued to roll Thursday morning, winning her semifinal match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. However, the roll came to an end with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Franklin in the finals. She got another shot at moving on in a playback game against Maypearl. In the late match, Harris dominated to the tune of a 6-3, 6-1 victory, punching her ticket to the state tourney. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 1 accident:
--4:30PM Rockdale PD, FD, and EMS are all on scene for a 3-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of West Cameron in Rockdale. On Scene as of 4:30PM. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 14 new bookings:
--Leotis Quincy Miller, 54 of Cameron, Burglary of Habitation
--James Earl Johnson, 28 of Cameron, Poss CS PG 1 <1g
--Boris Suarez Marquez, 26 of Aubrey, Poss CS PG 2 >=4g<400g
--Jenni Christa Melaine Huck, 24 of Lovelady, Credit Card/Debit Card abuse
--10 in from  Coryell County

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--3:21PM 1 vehicle accident w/no injuries on Hwy 77@FM1712

There are currently 135 inmates in the county jail, including 79 housed for Coryell County.

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