Today`s Local News2018-04-20
Friday, April 20, 2018


(CAMERON) A Temple woman who previously lived in Milano has agreed to plead guilty after claiming her child was sick last year. 

According to Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey, 29-year-old Katelyn Christina Carnline entered the Guilty plea to the 2nd degree felony Injury to a Child yesterday in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court. Torrey said Carnline also pled Open to the Court with sentencing and restitution to be determined following a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing hearing in August. This isn`t the 1st time Carnline has been in trouble with the law. She was previously arrested in March 2017 by Bryan Police on charges of Exploitation of a Child. In both incidents, authorities claim that Carnline pretended her children were sick in order to benefit monetarily. 

The Milam County Sheriff`s Office began investigating after a Child Protective Services report in March of last year found Carnline`s then 4-month-old child appeared to be abused and neglected. Investigating deputies located a YouCaring webpage that sought funds and claimed the infant had a rare metabolic condition. Deputies found at least 2 donations to the page totaling $150. Carnline is thought to have withheld proper nutrition from the infant to make the child appear sick. She was arrested on the charges by Milam County deputies in May. 

In the Brazos County case, Bryan Police determined that Carnline had claimed another of her children had cancer and had sought donations, even though the boy did not have cancer. She posted bond and was released following her arrest in Brazos County last year. The arrest also helped spur the Milam County investigation, which found medical records for the younger child, having been admitted repeatedly to Dell Children`s Medical Center for an implanted G-tube due to claims of repeated seizures and apneic events during which breathing stopped. Officials say there have been no health issues since CPS placed the child back with other family members. 


(ROCKDALE) There were no injuries in a minor crash in Rockdale on Thursday night. 

Rockdale Police responded about 9PM Thursday to a 2-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Cameron and Wilcox. Drivers were identified as Timothy Montelongo of Rockdale and Carrie Lloyd of Cameron. Neither was hurt and damage is being called minor to both vehicles. Officer McCaleb investigated. 


(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. Mrs. Bush will lay in repose at St. Martin`s Church in Houston from Noon until Midnight today. 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. 


(BELTON) A Belton man held in connection to the shooting of a woman earlier this week has been identified. 

Belton Police said 20-year-old Jose Angel Torres is currently being held in Bell County Jail on charges of Aggravated Assault of a Date/Family/Household Member with a Deadly Weapon. He remains held in lieu of bond. Officials also indicate he faces 2 motions to revoke his probation. Police had responded about 11AM Tuesday to a mobile home along the Interstate 14 frontage road in response to a woman who had been shot in the face. Officials said the woman was conscious and alert upon arrival. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment, though no update on her condition was available. 


(BELL CO) A former Texas Ranger charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Bell County has now been convicted. 

The Bell County Attorney`s Office said Marcus Hilton was convicted Thursday of the DWI charge. Hilton opted to let Judge John Mischtian sentence him, with a pre-sentence investigation hearing to be held at a later date. He was originally arrested in mid-November 2015 and charged with DWI after Troopers had responded to a 1-vehicle wreck on FM439 near Nolanville. Hilton was off-duty and in his personal vehicle at the time. Roughly a month later, Hilton submitted his retirement letter to the Texas Department of Public Safety. He had been suspended prior to retiring. 


(TEMPLE) Less than a month after naming a lone finalist, Temple ISD officially hired a new superintendent. 

During a special meeting Thursday, Temple ISD School Board confirmed the hiring of Dr. Bobby Ott as their next superintendent of schools. Ott currently is the assistant superintendent and will succeed retiring Superintendent Dr. Robin Battershell in June. The Board held a traditional signing ceremony last night and then awarded Ott with gifts. Ott has served as assistant superintendent for Temple ISD since 2012 and has previous experience in Copperas Cove and Killeen. He was also a principal at Anson Middle School. 


(TEMPLE) Temple City Council on Thursday approved another subdivision for their growing city. 

During their regular meeting Thursday, Temple City Council held the 1st reading of an ordinance approving a planned 70-acre subdivision at the intersection of East Blackland Road and Little River Road. Officials said the developer is looking at a maximum of 332 lots on what used to be land that was zoned for agriculture. The new area will fall into Temple ISD. Developers have also agreed to meet higher landscaping and public frontage standards. 


(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 20-21
The Texas Czech Genealogical Society is hosting a Genealogy Research Workshop at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center today 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 21
Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Earth Day with various events Saturday. 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.  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. At 2PM Troy Kelley, retired Army and Vietnam Veteran, will speak. He is the sculptor who designed the Vietnam Memorial at the Killeen Veterans Cemetery and the November 5th Fort Hood Memorial. A representative from Honor Flights in Austin will be in attendance. For info, call 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 70% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, the event could still be canceled. A determination will be made today. 


(AUSTIN) Texas High School football will now have instant replay available for championship games. 

The University Interscholastic League announced Thursday that instant replay will be in use for all state championship football games beginning this year. In a press release, the UIL said that they will follow college football replay rules with 2 exceptions: there will be no coach challenges and targeting will not be called as a result of replays. All reviews will be initiated by replay officials and college replay officials will be working all reviews. 


(CAMERON) The lone Lady Yoe tennis player at regionals has advanced to state.

Houston Harris won both of her matches Wednesday in 2 sets.  Both matches had the same scores of 6-2 and 6-1. Harris continued to roll Thursday morning, winning her semifinal match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. However, the roll came to an end with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Franklin in the finals. She got another shot at moving on in a playback game against Maypearl. In the late match, Harris dominated to the tune of a 6-3, 6-1 victory, punching her ticket to the state tourney. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 7 EMS call and 1 arrest:
--Joseph Rangel, 17 of Cameron, for assault causing injury, dating

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS calls and 1 accident:
--8:58PM at Cameron and Wilcox. Officer McCaleb. minor damage to both vehicles. Timothy Montelongo of Rockdale and Carrie Lloyd of Cameron. 

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 8 new bookings:
--Boris Suarez Marquez, 26 of Aubrey, for Possession of Controlled Substance 4-400 Grams
--Jason Frank Ignasiak, 30 of Lockhart, for Burglary of Building and Parole Violation
--Jonah Edward Zamora, 37 of Rockdale, for Obstruction/Retaliation
--Joseph Rangel, 17 of Cameron, for Assault Causing Bodily Injury
--4 in from Coryell Co

There was 1 accident reported in rural Milam County:
--12:26AM today, wreck on FM2269 at CR144. Trooper Sims investigated. 

There are currently 134 inmates in the county jail, including 70 housed for Coryell County.

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