Today`s Local News2018-12-11
Tuesday, December 11, 2018


(ROCKDALE) The Milam County District Attorney is walking back statements made in the case of a toddler`s death. 

Last week, Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey had said he would not seek the death penalty against 30-year-old Shawn Vincent Boniello in connection to the death of 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader. On Monday, Torrey recanted that statement and said his office will review the complete case and will discuss with the Rader family whether or not to seek death. Torrey`s statement added that Rockdale Police are still investigating and the DA`s office has yet to see any report or evidence, though his office has seen 2 probable cause affidavits, for Capital Murder and Endangering a Child. At this time, Torrey indicated that no decision has now been made on the type of sentence that will be sought. 

Rader died last Monday after Rockdale Police, Department of Public Safety Trooper, Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, and EMS responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding an unresponsive child. Resuscitation efforts failed and Rader was pronounced dead at the scene. Police immediately began to investigate and arrested Boniello that night. Boniello was originally charged with Endangering a Child, though that was upgraded a day later to Capital Murder. Services for Rader were held Monday afternoon in Rockdale. 


(CAMERON) New details are out in last month`s indictment of a Cameron man for forgery.

A Milam County Grand Jury in November handed 64-year-old Kenneth Kirk 3 counts of Passing a Forged Check. A press release this week by the Texas and Southeastern Cattle Raisers Association shed new light on those charges. Officials found that Kirk passed 3 forged checks for the sale of livestock at a local convenience store. The checks totaled over $10,000. All 3 checks had on them the forged signature of the victim. Milam County Sheriff`s deputies originally opened the case but brought in TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas to look into the matter after it was discovered the checks were for the sale of livestock. A number of additional cases are also being investigated. Anyone with information should call the authorities. 


(ROCKDALE) One person was hurt and 3 people were arrested after a rash of accidents in Rockdale on Monday evening. 

The most serious of the 3 accidents occurred at 6:20PM when a 2011 Toyota SUV driven by 76-year-old William Beene of Rockdale struck a pedestrian, identified as 63-year-old Darrell Reed of Rockdale. Rockdale Police and Rockdale Fire Department were toned to the scene. Reed was airlifted from the scene about 7:30PM. Police arrested Beene for Driving While License Invalid. There was no update on Reed`s condition. 

Rockdale Police also responded to a minor 2-vehicle crash at Cameron and Meadow about 5:12PM. Investigators said a Ford Edge driven by 33-year-old Carl Miller of Rockdale collided with a Ford F350 driven by Sandra Kunkel of Rockdale. There were no injuries, though officers arrested Miller at the scene for Driving While License Invalid. A 3rd person was arrested in yet another wreck in town. Just before 6PM, officers responded to a 2-vehicle crash near Cameron and Wilcox. Involved were a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by 17-year-old Isaiah Balderas of Rockdale and a 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Megan Chlapowski of Rockdale. There were no injuries. Balderas was taken into custody for No Driver License.


(CAMERON) Milam County Commissioners met Monday in regular session.

Precinct updates were given for each section: Precinct 1 was doing regraveling on CR214 and CR222; Precinct 2 regraveled CR136A and CR136; Precinct 3 put pipe in on CR136 and also will put pipe on CR355 and CR348 in the future; and Precinct 4 patched roads and serviced machines. The Excessive Force Policy, naming of Jeff Muegge as Mayor Pro Tem for the 2019 year, payment of bills, and previous meeting minutes were also approved. All members were present at this meeting. 


(CAMERON) Cameron ISD board of trustees met Monday in regular session. 

In open forum graduation cords and the lack thereof and the need for was presented to the board. The superintendent`s report, principal report, and the board policy were all heard. The consent agenda and the financial audit were approved. Greg Hoelscher was absent this meeting. 


(BELTON) One of 4 suspects riding in a stolen pickup truck sustained a gunshot wound while fleeing authorities. 

Belton Police attempted a traffic stop of the stolen pickup about 10AM Monday when 4 people in the truck jumped out in an effort to flee police. One of the suspects was caught immediately and taken into custody. A 2nd man was found a short distance away and suffering from a gunshot wound in the leg. Police said the 2nd man was carrying a gun that appears to have gone off as he ran away. That victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. The other 2 suspects seen running away were not found after an intense search. That search caused the lock down of Miller Heights Elementary School. The names of the 2 men in custody have not been released at this time. Anyone with information should call the authorities. 


(TEMPLE) Two men arrested for robbery this month during a routine traffic stop were in federal court on Monday. 

Court records show that 24-year-old Ronnie Jackson and 45-year-old Byron Davis appeared before US Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske on Monday. Davis is ordered held without bond with a detention hearing set for December 18th. Jackson is ordered held without bond with a detention hearing set for December 12th. The pair were arrested December 2nd during a routine traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver in Temple. Upon stopping the vehicle on suspicion of drunk driving, the officer recognized the passenger in the car as matching the description of the suspect in series of robberies. Court records indicate that Davis and Jackson participated in multiple armed holdups of convenience stores between November 8th and December 2nd. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple company expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Central Texas will get a nice tax break. 

Bell County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a 50% tax abatement over 5 years for East Penn Manufacturing Company. In November, East Penn announced plans for a $106 million capital investment to their distribution center on Charter Oaks Drive in Temple. The expansion project is expected to create 266 new jobs in the area. The City of Temple has previously signed off on a similar agreement with the company. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the company has also been extended a Texas Enterprise Grant worth over $1.3 million. The 70-year-old company is a leading US battery manufacturer and employs over 8000 people nationwide. 


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

December 13
The next scheduled meeting of the Rockdale ALCOA Retirees will be their annual Christmas meeting on Thursday at the Thorndale VFW. Doors open at 5PM. Retirees are reminded to bring canned goods to be donated to area food banks. All retirees are encouraged to bring their favorite desserts for this meeting.

December 15
Everyone is invited to the Cowboy Christmas Ball at Cameron VFW on Saturday from 8PM-Midnight. Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will perform. Doors open at 6PM. Tickets are $15 each. For reservations or info, call 254-295-6222

December 16
There will be a washer tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society on Sunday at Apache Pass in Rockdale. Tossing starts at 5:15PM with registration at 4:30PM. Cost is $20 per team, double elimination. This will be the only tourney in December because of the holidays. For info, call 512-760-7194.

December 16
St. John Lutheran Church, one mile north of Bartlett, will be celebrating 135 years of serving Christ at 10:30AM Sunday. For more information, call 254-527-3341.


(CENTRAL TX) As we get closer to Christmas, a number of holiday-themed events are approaching.

December 15
The Milano Christmas parade will be held Saturday at 10:30AM.

December 19
The New Jerusalem Christmas Pageant will be 6:30PM December 19th. Join in for a night of praise and worship at 103 Mulberry in Rockdale. There will be a drama presentation of Well Done Good and Faithful Servant. For info, call 714-737-6568.


(CAMERON) The award winning Cameron ISD Bands will present their annual Holiday Concert at 7PM Thursday in the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center.  The Concert will feature the Cameron Junior High Bands and conclude with the C.H. Yoe High School Band.  Admission is free and everyone is invited. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater will present their Christmas Production this weekend. 

A Fairytale Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens` classic character Ebeneezer Scrooge in the form of the Big Bad Wolf being visited by 3 famous fairytale creatures, will hit the stage this weekend only! Curtain rises at 7PM Friday and Saturday, and 2PM Sunday. Complimentary pictures with Santa, plus free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Get more information on the MCT Facebook page or go to


(MILANO) The 38th annual Central Texas cow/calf clinic will be held Thursday, January 3rd, at the Milam County Youth Expo Building in Cameron.
This program is provided by Texas A&M Argrilife Extension in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Williamson and Falls Counties. Registration is from 7-8AM with the Presentations running until 3PM. A trio of CEUs will be given for Pesticide applicators license holders. The cost of the Program is $20 payable at the door. Please RSVP to the Milam County Extension office for a meal count by calling 254-697-7045. This program is one of the longest-running Extension programs in Texas. 


(AUSTIN) The Lady Yoe wrestling team competed at the Tony Burger Center in Austin this weekend. 

All 4 of the Lady Yoe wrestlers, competing against 4A and 5A competition, ended up medaling in their individual weight classes. Judith Llanas and Patience Adcock both earned Gold, Vanessa Campos came in 2nd, and Johnvanique Porter placed 3rd. 


(CAMERON) A Lady Yoe athlete is set to sign her letter of intent to continue her playing career.

McKenzie Wimmer will be signing on Thursday at 12:38PM in the Cameron Yoe High School PAC. Wimmer, a standout for the Lady Yoe softball team, will sign to play softball with Texas Women`s University.  


(CAMERON) The Yoe basketball team suffered a tough loss on Monday night. 

Cameron fell to Hearne 62-52 after a big 2nd quarter by the Eagles gave them a 10-point advantage they wouldn`t relinquish. The Yoemen saw 2 players score in double figures as Dre Booze poured in 15 points and Nico Vargas added 13. KMIL`s coverage of Yoe and Lady Yoe basketball will kickoff in January as we carry all home and away games. KMIL will also bring you the championship rounds of the Cameron Chamber Christmas Classic later this month. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 3 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS calls and 2 arrests:
--Thomas Owens, 28 of Rockdale, for Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram in Drug Free Zone
--60-year-old Rockdale man on Taylor County warrant, Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz, and Possession of Controlled Substance 4-200 Grams
There were also 3 accidents:
--5:12PM, Cameron and Meadow. Silver Ford Edge driven by Carl Miller 33 of Rockdale. Arrested for DWLI. 2018 Ford F350 driven by Sandra Kunkel of Rockdale. No injuries.
--5:53PM, Cameron and Wilcox. 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Isaiah Balderas, 17 of Rockdale. Arrested for No DL. 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Megan Chlapowski of Rockdale. No injuries.
--6:20PM, auto-pedestrian in front of Budget Inn. 2011 Toyota SUV driven by William Beene, 76 of Rockdale. Arrested DWLI. Darrell Reed, 63 of Rockdale. Reed airlifted at 7:28PM. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported no new bookings:

There were no accidents reported in Milam County.

There are currently 144 inmates in the county jail, including 77 housed for Coryell County.

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