Today`s Local News2018-04-19
Thursday, April 19, 2018


(CAMERON) A Cameron man remains in the hospital after a wreck in Cameron on Wednesday. 

Cameron Police responded just before 1PM Wednesday to a 2-vehicle collision at 22nd and Travis in town. Officials said a Ford Escort driven by Robert Norvell collided with an 18-wheeler driven by Rodrigo Saenz Vanero. Family members say Norvell suffered 9 cracked ribs and a punctured lung and was taken to the hospital, where he is in ICU. No other details were available. 


(TEMPLE) A Temple teen certified earlier this year as an adult has now been indicted for murder and arson. 

Court records show that 16-year-old Edgar Lopez-Benitez was handed indictments this week for Arson and Murder. In February, Lopez-Benitez was certified to stand trial as an adult for the November 2017 murder of 15-year-old Andrew Bryan. Lopez-Benitez was arrested last November for Bryan`s murder at a Temple park. Temple Police responded to the park to find Bryan dead of gunshot wounds. Investigators learned a juvenile teenage male had opened fire and then fled the scene on foot. Officials quickly established a perimeter in order to look for him. Two schools were placed on a lock down while the search was underway. A SWAT team was called to the scene to assist in the search and authorities located the suspect at a home in the 900 block of 8th Street. He surrendered to police after 11AM and was taken to the Juvenile Justice center for processing. Officials also said that Lopez-Benitez is being charged with an arson a couple of days prior to the murder. That charge stems from his allegedly intentionally setting a house on fire in the 700 block of North 1st Street. Temple Fire & Rescue put out that blaze and were able to save nearby homes. Investigators later discovered the fire was set on purpose. 

According to court documents, Lopez-Benitez was certified as an adult in this case for multiple reasons: he has a juvenile criminal record in Milam and Bell Counties, he is charged with felonies, his offenses were premeditated and deliberate, his conduct was willful and conscious, his offenses were aggravated and against a person, he is sophisticated and mature enough to be tried as an adult, he is a danger to the public and likely won`t be rehabilitated through the juvenile system, and his life follows an adult patter of living and conduct. Lopez-Benitez currently remains held in Bell County Jail in lieu of a quarter million dollar bond. The Bell County Grand Jury handed out a total of 40 true bills. 


(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 Celebration of Life for Mrs. Bush will be held today at Hermann Square at Houston City Hall at 6PM. The public is encouraged to wear pearls and the color blue in tribute. Offerings of flowers, teddy bears, and notes should be taken to Houston Central Public Library. She will then lay in repose at St. Martin`s Church in Houston from Noon until Midnight this Friday. The public is invited. Those that attend should park at Second Baptist Church campus to go through security. Shuttles will be running from that location. No photos will be allowed. A private family service will be held this Saturday, and following the funeral, the Bush family will depart via motorcade to the Bush Library in College Station. 


(WACO) The Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System is making changes to Central Texas programs. 

During a town hall meeting Wednesday, the System announced they were moving forward with plans to move the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Recovery Program to Temple and the Women`s Trauma Recovery Center to Waco. Officials said it will allow them to treat veterans with PTSD and substance abuse issues all at the same time. They relocation of the Women`s center will establish the System`s 1st ever women`s residential rehab program. Nearly 1500 veterans participated in the town hall meeting. No date has been announced for the changes to happen. 


(MOODY) Bell County authorities are asking the public for help in locating a missing man. 

Officials said 77-year-old Herbert "Scott" Justice was last seen about 1AM Wednesday at his home on Southerland Road in Moody. Justice, who suffers from dementia and is thought to be off his medications, is described as being 5-foot-9 and about 200 pounds with dark brown hair with gray sides and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a gray Golden Aspen rally t-shirt, white shoes, blue Patriot Guard hat, and gray hoodie. He may be driving a 2000 Ford conversion van with golden or brown stripes and license plate #WD9DPR. Anyone with information should call Bell County authorities. 


(TEMPLE) A suspicious fridge that forced evacuations and lock downs of schools turned out to be harmless. 

Temple Police were called about 11AM Wednesday to a Cricket wireless store in reference to a mini-fridge that employees had discovered plugged into an outside electrical outlet in front of their building. Temple High, Travis Science Academy, Dickson Head Start, and Scott Elementary were all placed on soft lock down and a 4-block area was evacuated. Some residents were also encouraged to shelter in place. A Fort Hood ordinance disposal team arrived to investigate and officials later determined the fridge to be empty. No one is sure how the fridge got there or who left it. All lock downs, evacuations, and roadblocks have now been lifted. 


(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 on Saturday. 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:

April 19
There will be a veterans job fair today from 9AM-Noon at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple. The job fair is open to veterans only and will be held in Building 171, conference room A25. A variety of employers committed to hiring veterans will be there to take applications and speak with applicants. Veterans are asked to bring their resumes along with any supporting documents.

April 19
There will be a Rogers meet and greet the City Council Candidates today from 6-8PM at the Rogers Fire Department. The event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Watch.
April 20-21
The Texas Czech Genealogical Society is hosting a Genealogy Research Workshop at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center Friday and Saturday from 10AM-4PM each day. 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 one or both days. 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 20-21
Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Earth Day with various events on Friday and Saturday. The primary work day for Earth Day is Friday.  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.  There are 7 or 8 high school organizations participating on Friday, and 2 Girl Scout troops doing a project on Saturday.  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. RSVP today at 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 Saturday.  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 near 100% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, the event could still be canceled. A determination will be made today. 


(CAMERON) The lone Lady Yoe tennis player is dominating play at regionals, advancing to the semifinals.

Houston Harris won both of her matches Wednesday in 2 sets.  Both matches had the same scores of 6-2 and 6-1. She plays in the semifinals this morning at 8:30AM in College Station at A&M Consolidated High School. 


(CAMERON) Area track results are rolling in this week, with several Yoe athletes moving on. 

After dominating at the district meet, several Yoe athletes again fared well at area on Wednesday. Dondrick Moore took 3rd in Long Jump to advance. Za`Kara Bryson won gold in high jump, Faith Kistler placed 3rd and Ja`Kerra Holt 4th in pole vault, and Brittney Moorer took silver in shot put. All will advance to the regional meet next week at Waco Midway. Runners were expected to wrap things up last night and we are currently awaiting those results. 

Some results for other schools are out. Lexington qualified several on Wednesday. The girls 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay both took 3rd place. The boys 4x100 relay also placed 3rd. Others moving on include Jordan H in shot put (1st) and discus (3rd) and Mariah W in triple jump (3rd) and 200m (1st). For Academy, they will see several move on to regionals. Taylor Strmiska won gold in discus, Jenna Brazeal won gold in the 800m and 1600m runs. Others moving on include Katie Sirman winning silver in the 100m hurdles and Brooke Myers taking silver in the 100m dash. Rockdale will see 4 advance. Brandi Caffey took 2nd in pole vault. Tyler Lehmkuhl took 2nd in discus. Armoni Mack advances in the 400m. And the 4x200 relay placed 4th. Jarrell will see 3 athletes move on. Macy Taber took 2nd, Mikayla Nemec 4th, and Gianna Wilson 3rd in their respective events. Franklin will also see 3 athletes advance. Haley Thomas won silver and Natalie Phillipello gold in their event, with Paige Cook also moving on. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 5 EMS calls and 1 accident:
--12:49PM 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of 22nd and Travis in Cameron. Ford Escort driven by Robert Norwell and 18-wheeler driven by Rodrigo Saenz Vanero. No injuries reported.
There was 1 fire call:
--Buckholts FD sent to Cemetery Road in Buckholts at 8:30PM for illegal controlled burn.
There was 1 arrest: 
--Lafayette Morrison on Milam Co warrant and Cameron PD warrant. 

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--Douglas Curtis, 61 of Rockdale, for Credit/Debit Card Abuse

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 new bookings:
--Lafayette Leviticus Morrison, 37 of Cameron, for Bond Surrender, Criminal Trespass, and Resisting Arrest
--Britt Joe Stephenson, 47 of Rockdale, for Assault Family Member w/ Priors, Interfere w/ Emergency Call, Assault Cause Bodily Injury, and Interfere w/ Emergency Request for Assistance
--Rafael Amaya, 59, for Interfere w/ Railroad Property and Immigration Detainer
--Marco Antonio Fernandez, 23 of Cameron, for Out of County DWI

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 72 housed for Coryell County.

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