Today`s Local News2018-07-20

(BRUCEVILLE-EDDY) A family was able to escape a home fire early this morning in Bruceville-Eddy.

Fire crews responded to a home around 1:45AM this morning to the 100 block of Forrest Creek Lane in Bruceville-Eddy for reports of a home fire. When crews arrived the front porch was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was out within 15 minutes, but the fire left heavy damage to the house. Smoke alarms woke the family of three, who then grabbed their pet rabbit and escaped the burning home out the back door. The cause of the fire is being investigated. No injuries have been reported. 


(LRA) A 28-year-old female has become the first ever female chief at Little-River Academy.

Becky Griffin took the role of interim chief after the former chief and four other members stepped down last week. The mother of four has been at Little River-Academy Volunteer Fire Department for five years. Her father and uncle both worked for a volunteer fire department. Little River-Academy Volunteer Fire Department President and Treasurer Karen Hoelker nominated her for the position. With her new role, the 28-year-old will manage 12 members and five applicants. She also plans to bring change to the fire department including attending events and giving back to the community.


(CALVERT)  A man who was accused of shooting a Calvert police officer has been found guilty.

Petrick Lashane Jones, 38, of Calvert, was found guilty Thursday of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Public Servant, a 1st-degree felony charge. Sentencing for Jones will begin at 9:30AM today at the Robertson County Courthouse. In the early morning hours of January 1st, 2017, Jones fired more than a dozen shots at Calvert Police Officer Stephen Magnes near a home on Cotton Cemetery Road in the Hammond area. Several shots went into the front of patrol car, with one of the bullets striking the officer in the back. Investigators said when the officer and passenger arrived at their destination, Jones emerged from behind a nearby pickup truck and fired multiple shots from approximately 45 yards away.


(MILAM CO) A railroad underpass in Milano is set to close for repairs.

Beginning today, Union Pacific Railroad Company will close SH36 at the railroad underpass in Milano.  This closure is necessary for UP to repair bridge beams damaged from an over height strike that occurred last week. Traffic will be detoured along south US79 to Hearne where it will follow US 190/SH6 south to Bryan.  There the detour will turn onto SH21 toward Caldwell.  This closure is estimated to last 10 days. For more information, call 979-778-9764.


(CAMERON) Salem Elm Ridge Customers are now under a boil water order, at least for now.

Due to a problem at the plant site, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required Salem Elm Ridge WSC to notify customers to boil their water prior to consumption. To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and for making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, Salem Elm Ridge Water Supply Company officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption.


(CENTRAL TX) The Texas Czech Genealogical Society has announced their summer conference and guest speaker. 

The TCGS will host their annual summer conference Saturday at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center. The event begins with registration at 8AM and should wrap up about 4PM. The guest speaker is Peter Vodenka, an acclaimed author. A silent auction will also be held. For questions or to register, visit or call 214-577-0029. Vodenka will also be speaking at 4 other locations in Central Texas: 1-3PM July 22nd at Taylor Brethren Church; 6:30-8:30PM July 23rd at Taiton Community Center in El Campo; 6:30-8:30PM July 24th at Temple SPJST Home Office; and 6:30-8:30PM July 25th at West VFW Post 4819. For info on the remaining events, call 512-218-1559.


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

July 16-August 2
Ben Milam Elementary will offer a free lunch to anyone 18 years and younger, continuing Monday through Thursday and ends on August 2nd from 11AM-12:30PM. For info, call 254-697-8371 or 254-627-0636.

July 20
Knights of Columbus Council #12601, St. Monica Catholic Church, will hold its 17th Annual Gun Raffle today. Tickets are $20 and includes a delicious, home cooked stew dinner with drinks. Adult beverages are included. A mini-raffle will also take place  during the evening. Doors open at 6, raffle starts at 7. Contact any member for tickets. All are welcomed.

July 20
Holy Ground Baptist Church will have a free movie night today at 802 S. College. Movie starts at 8:30PM. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket. Popcorn and coke floats will be provided.

July 20
San Gabriel Baptist Church will Host an old-fashioned family night tonight.  The movie, God Is Not Dead, Part 2 will be shown.  A light supper will be provided at 7pm with the movie following.  Everyone is invited.  Weather permitting the movie will be shown outdoors.  Dress comfortably and bring your lawn chairs. There is no charge for the supper and movie and no offering will be taken.

July 21
Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Casino Night will be from 7-11PM Saturday at the Ranch in Rockdale. First prize is $1500, 2nd prize is $750, and 3rd prize is $500. Other prizes will also be available. There will also be a live auction and a chance to win a gun. Admission is $50. To participate or be a sponsor, call 512-446-2030

July 21
Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition will be having a western swing concert at the Cameron VFW Post 2010 Saturday, from 8:30PM-Midnight. BYOB and the kitchen will be available. For reservations or more information, call 254-295-6222.

July 21-22
The 6th Annual CHRISTMAS IN JULY will be held at New Beginnings Full Gospel Tablernacle in Cameron on Saturday, from 1-5PM and Sunday, at 10AM.  Come be anointed through music and speakers.  Door prizes and refreshments will be given at Saturday`s event.  This is a free event and the public is invited.


(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff David Greene and the Department`s Brown Santa Program will be hosting the 8th annual Brown Santa Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 28th.  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 2PM. 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) Cameron athletes will soon have a chance to participate in various sports camps. 

Lady Yoe Volleyball Camp will be July 25th and 26th from 8:30-11:30AM for incoming 9th-12th graders and 1-4PM for incoming 7th and 8th graders. 

Yoe High Cheerleader camp will be July 28th at Yoe High Gym from 9AM-5PM. The camp, for kids aged 4 to entering 5th grade, is $30 per person. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Campers should bring a water bottle with their name on it. Early registrants will get a t-shirt. All campers will also get to cheer at a pep rally and football game in the fall. Make checks payable to Yoe High Cheerleaders. 

The 10th annual Yoeman Football Camp is set for July 30th through August 2nd 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. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 2 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 2 EMS calls and 1 arrest:
--Ana Sabrino, of Charlotte, for DWLI

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 new bookings:
--Danny Elmer Krick, 38 of Lubbock, for Unauthorized use of Vehicle and forgery of government document
--Angela Rose Chrusty, 37 of Taylor, for 2 charges of deadly conduct
--Katelyn Cierra Simmons, 22 of West Orange, for Possession of Marijuana
--Michael Preston Rose, 43 of Cameron, for Assault causing bodily injury against a family member
--Randall Allen Coleman, 60 of Milano, for Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--An accident yesterday on FM486 and US190. Trooper Sims investigated

There are currently 132 inmates in the county jail, including 88 housed for Coryell County.

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