Today`s Local News2015-07-03
Friday, July 3, 2015      


(CAMERON) A Cameron teen has been arrested in connection to a pair of church burglaries. 

According to Police Chief Randy Dixon, officers on Thursday arrested 17-year-old Antonio Rodriguez Jimenez on 2 counts of Burglary of a Building. Dixon said the charges stem from a pair of church burglaries in Cameron. Authorities were investigating incidents at First United Methodist Church on June 7th and Grace Church on June 27th. In each of the incidents, Dixon said the suspect forcibly entered the building and made off with electronics and other items. 


(TEMPLE) A suspect in the shooting of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in Arkansas was arrested Thursday in Central Texas. 

According to the US Attorney`s Office, 22-year-old David Eduardo Verduzco and 43-year-old Gerarto Iriarte, both of Little Rock, were taken into custody Thursday morning. Iriarte was arrested at his home in Arkansas and Verduzco was taken into custody in Temple. According to the US Attorney`s Office, DEA agents were serving a warrant at the Iriarte home early Thursday when Verduzco allegedly opened fire, striking an agent in the shoulder. The agent was treated at the hospital and released. Following the shooting, Verduzco took off in a black Kia Sorrento. 

Authorities in McLennan and Bell Counties later spotted the suspect vehicle and picked up the pursuit. Officers were able to stop the vehicle in Temple on Interstate 35. Two people in the Kia were taken into custody, including Verduzco. At this time, the US Attorney`s Office has not implicated the other person in the vehicle with Verduzco. Both Verduzco and Iriarte are charged with Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamines, More than 50 Grams. 


(TROY) An 11-month-old boy abandoned Thursday morning between Troy and Moody has been found by searchers. 

Bell County Sheriff`s Office, Troy and Moody Police, Department of Public Safety Troopers, and Troy and Moody Fire Departments were all searching Thursday morning in an area between Troy and Moody after reports of an abandoned infant. After several hours of looking, searchers found the infant near the intersection of Franklin and Guyton Rds. The child was taken to the hospital and is expected to be ok. 

Deputies later located the boy`s father, 25-year-old Zachary James Phillips of Troy, hiding in a nearby wooded area and took him into custody. At this time, investigators believe Phillips was under the influence of drugs and thought he was being followed. Charges are pending. 


(TX) Texas won`t be raking in the big bucks that four other Gulf Coast states are to receive in a damage agreement reached with BP.  Governor Gregg Abbott say the firm has agreed in principle to pay out nearly 19-billion-dollars for the massive oil spill that followed the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010.  He says Texas` cut will total 750-million-dollars compared to Louisiana`s take of nearly seven-billion-dollars. 


(CAMERON) The City of Cameron is having a Tree limb and brush drop off from 9AM to 5PM on July 18th.  This drop off is for residents of Cameron only, and a water bill is needed to prove residency.  If it is not raining, the drop-off will be behind the animal shelter on E. Gillis, where signs will direct people to the correct gate.  If it rains, the drop-off will be at the city yard on 701 E. Main Street.


(CEN-TX) Looking for activities for the 4th, we have them all across Central Texas. 

Cameron: VFW Post 2010 will host a Dance and BBQ Benefit Saturday. Tickets are $12. Plats of brisket, sausage, potato salad, and beans will be served beginning at 6PM.  Live music with Crossroads Band runs from 8PM-Midnight. All proceeds will help defray the cost of bringing the Memorial Wall to Cameron this September. For information or tickets contact Melissa Dulin at 254 295-6222 or Tom Wiley at 254 267-0179.

Belton: 4th of July Celebration Parade at 10AM Saturday in downtown Belton. 

Fort Hood: The July 4th Independence Day Celebration will start at 4PM Saturday at Hood Stadium. Fireworks will start at 9:30PM. 

Rockdale: The Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration this year on Friday at Fair Park here in Rockdale. Set-up is at 4PM, games run from 5-9PM, and fireworks will be at 9PM. Park entry is free. Game wristbands are $5. There will also be music and concessions.  

Rogers: 4th of July Celebration fireworks will start at 8PM Saturday at Rogers City Park.

Rosebud: The Chamber of Commerce and Parks & Recreation Board is hosting their 4th of July Celebration at Caywood Park on Saturday. A parade kicks off at 10AM. Also at 10AM, stop in at All American Auction for their annual July 4th auction. Music, food, fire truck rides, prizes, games, and pictures with Uncle Sam will take place in the park until 2PM. 

Salado: Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic at Salado Intermediate School Saturday. 

Tanglewood: Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department hosts their 4th of July Celebration on Saturday, beginning at 6PM, with fireworks at 9PM. There will be all kinds of activities and games for the kids. The department will also be selling hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

Temple: H-E-B All American 4th of July Family Fun Fest at 4PM Saturday in Miller Park. Fireworks will start at 9:30PM.


(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.


(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 this week. Troopers will be at "high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent," according to a news release from the department.


(CAMERON)  Milam Community Theater will dedicate its August 1st performance of the comedy M*A*S*H to Milam County veterans and active duty service members. 

MCT will conduct a short dedication ceremony prior to that evening`s performance. The American Legion and VFW posts will be presented with two American flags which recently flew over the National Capitol.

M*A*S*H opens at the Williams Event Center July 25th and 26th. Doors open at 5:30PM for a reception and curtains rise at 7PM. Encore performances will follow the next weekend. Tickets are $15 each or $12 for students. 


(MILAM CO) Milam County was officially added to the Federal Disaster Declaration list last month, meaning residents are now eligible for individual federal assistance. Residents seeking aid must register online at or by calling 800-621-FEMA. 

FEMA has opened a mobile center for Milam County residents impacted by the storms. Taylor City Hall on Porter Street will be open from 9AM-7PM daily for those seeking federal assistance. The deadline to register for federal assistance is July 28th. 


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

Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp is July 20th and 21st at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-Noon each day. The camp is $30 per player. Make checks payable to Kara Del Bosque.

The 7th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 27th through 30th at Yoe Field. 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. 


(CAMERON) Cameron Police reported 5 EMS run and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS runs and 1 arrest: 20-year-old Stephenville man for DWLI

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 3 new bookings:
--Antonio Rodriguez Jimenez, 17 of Cameron, on 2 counts of Burglary of a Building
--2 from Lampasas Co

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 116 inmates in the county jail, including 30 housed for Coryell County, 16 housed for Lampasas County, and 7 housed for Lee County.

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