Today`s Local News2020-10-01
Thursday, October 1, 2020


(CAMERON) The active case count for COVID-19 remains in single digits this week. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young had good news on the virus front late Wednesday as there was only 1 PCR confirmed test in the county. There are now 510 total cases since the pandemic began, though the active case count has fallen to just 4. There were also 2 positive antigen tests, giving the county 62 probable cases. The Milam County Health Department is monitoring 77 people that had close contact with a person that tested positive. One person remains hospitalized and 7 people have died. 


(CAMERON) A Rockdale man will spend nearly 4 years behind bars after a ruling handed down this week by 20th District Court Judge John Youngblood. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 55-year-old Wayne Gerard Slaughter was sentenced to 24 months in State Jail after previously pleading guilty to the State Jail Felony, Invasive Recording. Additionally, Torrey said the Court handed down a 20-month sentence in State Jail on the charge of State Jail Felony, Possession of Lewd Visual Material of a Child. The sentences are to run consecutively. Assistant District Attorney Arturo Villareal, Jr. prosecuted the case. 


(CAMERON) A potential solution to rural healthcare access opens today.

Wednesday was the final unveiling and demonstration of the OnMed MoonshotP2 telehealth station. Several community leaders, including Drayton McLane, civic leaders, and others were on hand. The station will officially open today in the Milam County Sheriff`s Office lobby. It will be open Monday thru Friday from noon to 7PM and Saturdays from 7AM to 7PM. Hours will expand further later this year. This is a first of its kind telehealth station and a visit will cost $65. Insurance is not being accepted at this time but will be at a later date. This initiative is hoping to find solutions to rural healthcare access.


(ROCKDALE) Rockdale City Council has a special meeting Monday. 

During their meeting, the Council will discuss and take action on the Rockdale Municipal Development Board of Directors. Monday`s meeting begins at 5:30PM at Rockdale City Hall and by telephone. 


(CAMERON) As the November General Election nears, the voter registration deadline is fast approaching. 

The last day to register to vote is October 5th. The Milam County Clerk`s Office and Election Department will have extended hours that day from 7AM-7PM to facilitate last chance registration. If you are seeking to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, the deadline to request that is October 23rd. Those ballots must be returned postmarked by Election Day on November 3rd. Early Voting kicks off October 13th. 


(CAMERON) There are some jury notices to be aware of here in the county. 

Anyone that received a white jury notice for 9AM October 5th in Milam County Judge Steve Young`s Court, you MUST appear. Anyone that received a white jury notice for 9AM October 7th in Milam County Judge Steve Young`s Court, you need NOT appear. 


(TEXAS) A virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

Texas saw a large jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 5,300. The active case count is hovering around 68,000. Another 87 Texans died of the virus, inching the state closer to 16,000 total deaths. The Brazos County Health Department reported 39 new cases and have 632 active. Their death toll is unchanged at 60. Bell County added 39 new cases and have 343 active. Their death toll increased by 1 to 83. McLennan County picked up 57 new cases and have 462 active. Their death toll is 111. Williamson County has 131 active cases and 143 deaths; Burleson County has 37 active cases and 6 deaths; Lee County has 168 active cases and 15 deaths; and Robertson County has 74 active cases and 3 deaths.


(BRYAN) A Hearne man will go to prison after sentencing this week. 

The Brazos County District Attorney`s Office said 28-year-old Malachi Muse pleaded guilty to assault charges earlier this year and was supposed to be sentenced in August but never showed up to court. A Judge has now sentenced him to 12 years in prison on the charges. Authorities responded to a home in December for reports Muse had punched his grandfather in the face repeatedly. Muse fled the scene before police arrived. Authorities then responded to a home in February where Muse was alleged to have assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her 2 sisters. Muse has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for assault-family violence, violation of protective orders, and burglary. 


(BELL COUNTY) A Temple man has been indicted for assaulting his mother. 

A Bell County Grand Jury on Wednesday handed 36-year-old Wesley Pitcher-Thrasher an indictment for Injury to a Child/Elderly/Disabled with Intentional Bodily Injury. Authorities said Pitcher-Thrasher had been evicted from his mother`s home earlier this year and went to visit a family member there when he became angry and confronted his mother. During the confrontation, he allegedly head butted her and wished she would die. He remains in Bell County Jail in lieu of bond. A total of 27 true bills were issued by the Grand Jury. 


(BELL COUNTY) An Austin man has been indicted in connection to an online sex sting. 

The Bell County District Attorney`s Office said 71-year-old David Edwin Mussell was indicted Wednesday on a charge of Online Solicitation of Minor. Deputies said Mussell was snared in an online sex sting in August. He was arrested after driving from Austin to Bell County expecting to meet what he thought was a 16-year-old girl for a sexual encounter. That minor turned out to be a deputy posing as minor online as part of the sting.


(LUBBOCK) A country music icon has died. 

The manager for singer-songwriter Mac Davis said Wednesday that the Lubbock native died at the age of 78 after reports of a critical illness following heart surgery. Davis was born in Lubbock in 1942 and graduated from Lubbock High School. He moved to Georgia and found success as a songwriter for the likes of Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Freddie Hart, Ray Price, Dolly Parton, and others. He even made it to stardom on his own singing with a handful of hits. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. A street is Lubbock is named for him and the City celebrates Mac Davis Day on July 31st. Davis also broke into acting and voiceover work and even hosted a live radio show. He is survived by his wife and children. 


(CAMERON) The Lady Yoe Volleyball team will be hosting the 11th Annual Dig Pink Fundraiser this month. All proceeds from the event are donated to Breast Cancer research.

On October 13th, join the Lady Yoe as they host the Dig Pink game at Yoe Gym. During the game, there will be a silent auction, Wall of Honor, a raffle, pink treats, and more. Those that attend are also asked to wear pink. The Ladies have raised nearly $100,000 for Breast Cancer Research over the years.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Junior High volleyball teams split their games this week. 

Both B teams won and both A teams lost on Monday in Lexington. The 7th grade B team earned a sweep 25-14, 25-11. The 8th grade B team also swept by scores of 25-15, 25-18. The 7th grade A team fell 25-19, 25-22. The 8th grade A team lost in a heartbreaking 3 sets: 25-20, 22-22, 17-15. The Junior High returns to action at 5PM October 5th at Yoe Gym. 


(CAMERON) The 66th annual Battle of the Bell rivalry will resume Friday. 

One of the best rivalry games in Texas returns Friday as Cameron travels across the river to meet archrival Rockdale in the Battle of the Bell. Cameron leads the all time series with 44 wins and has won each of the last 2 years. KMIL will have the call for Friday`s game and our video feed will also be available at or Friday`s also get underway at 9:05AM with our coaches show trio. Tune in for the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cougar Rundown, and the Coach Charlie Roten Rogers Eagles Show. You can also get all the football information you can handle prior to the game on the Countdown to Kickoff. Alan Wood will then have all the scores after the game on Friday Night Finals. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and 2 arrests:
--2 juveniles for Auto Theft

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS calls and 1 fire call:
--9:33PM, Rockdale VFD to oil on street in 700 block of East Belton
(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 12 new bookings:
--Molly Anne Paladino, 35 of Tyler, for Resist Arrest/Search/Transport and Out of County Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram
--Alec McCray Cutler, 28 of Killeen, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
--Leonard Davis Gaines, 28 of Houston, for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
--9 in from Coryell County

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 139 inmates in the county jail, including 59 housed for Coryell County.

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