Today`s Local News2016-06-30
Thursday, June 30, 2016

(CAMERON) A routine traffic stop in Cameron on Wednesday ended with a major drug bust. 

According to Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon, an officer on routine patrol pulled over a 2011 Chevy Impala about 1:40PM Wednesday for failing to stop at a stop sign at 9th and Central. During the stop, Officers Alejo and Torres searched the vehicle and uncovered a large quantity of the drug K2 or Spice. It is believed the drugs were packaged for distribution, as officers discovered about 70 grams of the substance separated and encased in sealed bags. The officers also found about 150 empty plastic baggies. Dixon said the officers then took the 2 men in the car, 18-year-old Alfredo Alzalde and 17-year-old Abel Alzalde, into custody. Both were booked into Milam County Jail. Both face the charge of Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams, a 1st Degree Felony. Abel also faces additional charges of No Driver License and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility. 


(BARTLETT) A former Bartlett church secretary this week will get deferred adjudication in a plea deal over theft charges. 

The Bell County District Attorney`s Office said 47-year-old Sherry Janke Kell of Holland entered a guilty plea on Wednesday in connection to the theft of over $30,000 from St. John`s Lutheran Church in Bartlett. In exchange for the guilty plea, Kell was handed 7-years of deferred adjudication and is required to pay $15,000, in addition to nearly $40,000 more in restitution and serve 45 days in Bell County Jail. The DA`s Office said Kell will not get credit for time served, but will be allowed to serve her time on weekends, beginning July 15th. Kell was arrested in February on the theft charges. Court records show that an audit uncovered funds taken through ATM withdrawals, payments for personal bills, and unauthorized payroll payments. Investigators were able to track the transactions to Kell.


(TEMPLE) Temple Police are investigating after a suspicious fire destroyed a Temple playground on Wednesday. 

Temple Fire & Rescue were called about 6PM Wednesday to Wilson Park for what was reported as a grass fire. Crews arrived to find the recently installed playground structure engulfed in flames. Much of the playground was completely melted and destroyed. Officials estimate the damage at a quarter of a million dollars. No one was hurt, though investigators now believe the fire to have been intentionally set. Anyone with information should call Temple Police or Temple Fire & Rescue. 


(TEMPLE) A woman attempting to smoke out some bees ended up burning down a storage shed on Wednesday. 

Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 5AM Wednesday to the 1200 block of E. Ave. K in reference to a backyard shed fire. Crews arrived to find the shed fully engulfed. The blaze was quickly put out, but crews said the fire destroyed the shed and its contents. Investigators learned from the shed owner that a swarm of bees were under the shed and she tried smoking them out with lit, fuel-soaked rags. The rags were left smoldering in the shed, and are believed to have rekindled, sparking the fire. The damage is estimated at about $5000. No one was hurt.


(BELTON) Five Bell County Deputies have been cleared in connection to a fatal 2014 shooting death. 

According to the Bell County District Attorney`s Office, a Bell County Grand Jury cleared all 5 Bell County Sheriff`s Deputies of their involvement in the July 2014 shooting death of 49-year-old Anthony Foste. The Grand Jury cleared Deputies Robert Reinhard, Patrick Mullins, Brian Gowan, James Davis, and Logan Henderson. The DA`s Office said the Grand Jury found that the deputies acted appropriately and without criminal intent or behavior in connection to the incident. Bell County Deputies were called to 120 Bremond St. in rural Bell County in 2014 in reference to Foste threatening suicide. Deputies arrived to find the man armed with a shotgun. After Foste opened fire on the deputies, they returned fire, killing Foste. None of the deputies were hurt. 


(TEMPLE) Temple ISD School Board has adopted a new budget. 

During a regular meeting Wednesday, the Board unanimously approved a $109.2 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. The Board is expected to meet next month to adopt and finalize the tax rate. As of now, the proposed tax rate is $1.40 per $100 valuation. As part of the $109.2 million budget, District officials said they will receive nearly $37 million in state funding and over $7 million in federal funding. 


(WACO) The Region 12 Education Service Center in Waco has named a Belton teacher as Teacher of the Year. 

Region 12 officials said Belton ISD 5th grade teacher LaGay Pittenger has been named the Region 12 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Pittenger has been teaching at Lakewood Elementary for 23 years and has over 25 years of teaching experience. With her selection, she is also nominated for Texas Teacher of the Year, which will be selected later this year by the Texas Association of School Boards. 


(CAMERON) Cameron ISD Board of Trustees will meet Friday in special session. 

During their meeting, the Board is expected to convene in executive session and consider the employment of professional personnel. 

Friday`s meeting begins at 8AM in the Board Conference Room. 


(AUSTIN) If you plan on traveling across Texas for the July 4th holiday, you won`t be alone.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be increasing their patrols through the holiday. Troopers will be at "high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent," according to a news release from the department.


(CENTRAL TX) With the Independence Day holiday upon us, it`s wise to use extreme caution and common sense when handling fireworks. For example:

--Make sure you always read and follow the directions on the label. 
--When igniting fireworks, fire them only outdoors...never inside. 
--Also, be sure you have water on hand, just in case you need it.
--Never experiment or attempt to make your own firework. 
--Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, leaves or flammable objects.
--Finally, make sure you store fireworks in a cool and dry place.

Possession or use of fireworks within the city limits can result in significant fines, damage to property, and personal injury.  Plan ahead to go to a legal location and use caution with these miniature explosives.  The side of the road, just outside the city limits, does not count as a legal location.


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff David Greene and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 6th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 16th.  The program was established in 2010, to accept donations and other charitable items to provide Christmas gifts to low income families throughout Milam County.

Lt. John Mendoza said the tournament will be held at the Cameron Country Club. Mendoza said the tournament is also accepting Hole Sponsorships at $100 per hole. Cost to play is $50 (but $80 will get you 5 $10 raffle tickets and 2 mulligans). Tee times will be at 8AM and 1PM. Food, drinks, and prizes will be provided. All proceeds and donations will go to the Milam County Brown Santa Program. For info, call 254-627-1270 or 


(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 from July 11th 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.

June 1-30
Cameron ISD continues the annual Summer Food Program today. All children 18 years and under will be able to eat free from 11AM until 12:30PM in the Cameron Elementary Cafeteria.

In addition, Buckholts ISD continues the annual Summer Food Service Program today, and again July 11th until July 15th. Meals will be served to all children on a first come, first serve basis from 8-8:30AM and 11:30-Noon in the Buckholts ISD Cafeteria. 

July 1
The Cameron Superstars 6 & Under softball team will have a bake sale at 8AM Friday at the Hilltop Cefco. 

July 2/4
The City of Rosebud invites you to their July 4th Hometown Celebration and Parade on Saturday, July 2nd along Main Street in downtown Rosebud. Parade line up starts at 9:30AM, then kicks off at 10AM. The community is invited to participate. After the parade will be popsicles in Centennial Park. The event is sponsored by Rosebud Parks & Recreation Board. On Monday, July 4th, KMIL will broadcast live from 10AM-Noon at the annual 4th of July Auction at All American Auction in Downtown Rosebud. 

July 3
The Cities of Cameron and Rockdale will host their combined July 4th Celebration on Sunday, July 3rd at Wilson-Ledbetter Park in Cameron. Festivities start at 5PM with games, a bounce house, and fireworks at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket! There will also be a Kids Parade starting at 7PM. Kids can come in costume, with their pet, on decorated bicycles and wagons, and more. Prizes will be awarded. Sign-up for the parade starts at 5PM.

July 4
The City of Milano 4th of July Parade will be held at 10:30AM Monday, July 4th. This year`s theme is Celebrating the 4th Across America. You are invited to participate in a multitude of categories: Best Overall, Float, Bicycle & Walking, Vehicle & Tractor, Small Motorized, Small Animal, and Horse & Wagon. Decorate your mode of transportation and join in. Line up starts at 10AM in the parking lot of the football field. A Free hot dog lunch and plaques will be awarded at the Civic Center after the parade. New this year are booth rentals for arts, crafts, antiques, garage sales, and more. Each 10x10 booth space is $20. For info, call 254-541-2816.


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps. 

Yoe High School Cheerleader Camp will be July 23rd from 9AM-5PM at the Yoe High Gym. The camp, for kids aged 4 to 5th Grade, is $30 per person. Campers will have a chance to cheer during a Yoe High School football game. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders. 

Lady Yoe Summer Volleyball Camp will be July 25th through 27th at Yoe High Gym. Grades 5-8 will meet from 8:30-11:30AM and 9-12th graders will meet from 1:30-4:30PM. You can register on the first day of camp. Cost is $50. Forms can be picked up and turned in at Yoe High Field House or to Coach Hause. 

The 8th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 25th through 28th at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. Grades 3rd through 6th will meet from 8-10AM and 7th-9th graders will meet from 10:30AM-12:30PM. You can register the first day of camp. The cost is $45. There are scholarship opportunities available for athletes. Campers will need to provide their own towel, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats, and must leave all jewelry at home. Make checks payable to Yoe Football Camp. 


(COLLEGE STATION) The State 7-on-7 pools have been released for the coming tournament. 

The Cameron Yoemen have qualified for Division 2 at the State 7-on-7 Tournament, held July 7-9 in College Station. Cameron is in Group L and will compete against Krum, Needville, and Springtown. Other area teams that have also qualified include Belton, La Grange, Lexington, and McGregor. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 4 EMS runs and 2 arrests: Abel and Alfredo Alzalde for Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance
There was also a wreck involving an 18-wheeler at 4th and Columbus 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and no other activity.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Alfredo Daniel Alzalde, 18 of Maysfield, for Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams and 2 Bond Surrenders
--Matthew Aaron Taylor, 23 of Rockdale, for Purchasing Alcohol for a Minor and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
--Abel Jehu Alzalde, 17 of Cameron, for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, No DL, and Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams
--Charlotte Ann Morgan, 34 of Thorndale, for Assault of a Family Member w/ Previous Convictions

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 128 inmates in the county jail, including 47 housed for Coryell County, 1 held for Cameron PD, and 16 housed in Lee County. 

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