Today`s Local News2014-08-29

Friday, August 29, 2014      

(FALLS CO) Details are still coming in after an overnight Falls County high speed chase.

Law enforcement says the suspects remain at large after leading Marlin and Lott Police and Falls County Sheriff`s Deputies on a high speed chase late Wednesday. Officials said the chase reached speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The pursuit began in Marlin about 10PM, as authorities attempted a traffic stop of a red Chevy Equinox. The suspect eventually eluded authorities around the area of Cedar Springs Rd. near Lott and remains at large.


(CAMERON) Legendary Texas Polka DJ and Bandleader Alfred Vrazel has been elected to the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Fame. This is a great honor for Alfred, who is being recognized for his long-standing service as a Polka DJ. Alfred has hosted his Sunday Polka Show every Sunday since 1955, heard right here on KMIL 105.1 the Ranch, from 12:15PM until 2:30PM. The show is also streamed online at His show is believed to be the longest running weekly Polka Show in America.

Alfred will be the first Texan elected to the Polka Music Hall of Fame by the International Polka Association, headquartered in Chicago, IL. Alfred will be the guest of honor in Independence, OH where he will receive the Pioneer Award, given to those who have made outstanding contributions over the years for the advancement and promotion of polka music. The award presentation will be held at the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Fame Music Awards Banquet as part of the 46th Annual Festival and Convention on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in Independence, OH.


(TEMPLE) A Temple Police officer accused of using excessive force in arresting a teenager last year will be reinstated after winning his appeal.

A hearing examiner this week ordered that former officer Daniel Amaya be reinstated and be given all but 15-days of back pay. Police Chief Gary Smith fired Amaya and fellow officer Jeremy Bales on the heels of an internal investigation into allegations the pair used excessive force to arrest then 15-year-old Lorenzo Martinez. A complaint filed by Elsa Martinez, the teen`s mother, alleged the 2 officers broke the boy`s collar bone. A grand jury chose not to indict either officer, though they do still face a civil lawsuit filed earlier this year. It is unknown if Bales` appeal has been heard at this time.


(Austin) A Texas judge is calling the state`s school funding system unconstitutional.  Judge John Dietz ruled yesterday the Legislature failed to meet its constitutional duty to make sure all public schools are financed so all schoolchildren can get an adequate education.  Dietz also says the system is financially insufficient.  The state has been fighting against four plaintiffs over school funding after an over five-billion-dollar cut in education was made to the state budget in 2011.  State Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.


(Ft Leavenworth) The Army psychologist who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood wants to join ISIS.  Nidal Hasan sent a letter to ISIS leadership a few weeks ago, saying it would be an honor to be an obedient citizen soldier for someone who doesn`t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah.  His attorney says the letter shows how much of Hasan`s life was dedicated to religious zeal.  Hasan was sentenced to death last year for the 2009 shooting.


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to host auditions for their latest production.

Auditions for Virgil`s Wedding, will be September 10th and 11th from 7-9PM. Auditions will include reading from the script. The production requires 8 men, 12 women, and plenty of extras.

Virgil`s Wedding hits the stage November 1st and 2nd, with encore performances the following weekend.


(CAMERON) Milam County AgriLife Extension Service will soon say goodbye to a departing agent.

A retirement reception for Cheryl Walker, the local county extension agent, will be today from 2-4PM at the extension office in Cameron. Everyone is invited.


(ROCKDALE) The 1st annual "Rise Up" music festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Fair Park in Rockdale.  The event will be headlined by Christian music group Mike`s Chair and Citizens Way.  The festival will also feature many local artists and is free to the public. Saturday runs from 10AM-9PM and Sunday from 1-9PM. Vendors are encouraged to sign-up for the festival. Get your applications from the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce or here at KMIL.


(ROCKDALE) The Lady Yoe Varsity Volleyball team is competing in the Rockdale Tournament and on Thursday won their pool to qualify for the championship bracket on Saturday. 

The Lady Yoe never lost a set as they defeated all their opponents in two straight sets.  They defeated Thorndale 25-20, 25-7; Georgetown Gateway 25-18, 25-20; Lampasas 25-18, 25-19; and Rogers 25-21, 25-13. 


(CAMERON) Yoe football reserved seating tickets are on sale this week.

Reserve season tickets are now on sale for current ticket holders only. Tickets are available until 5PM today. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public September 4th.

Meanwhile, the Yoe Booster Club has reserved two buses for the September 26th football game in Refugio. Seats are $40.  Sign up at the Yoe High Kiosk by Noon on September 15th.

The Yoe Booster Club also invites the public to visit the new Yoe Field on September 3rd from 6-7PM. This is a chance for the public to come out and actually get on the turf at Yoe Field.  No pets, food, or drinks on the field.


(CAMERON) The Cameron Yoe football team will kick off their season today on the road.

Cameron, ranked #3 in the AP preseason poll, will travel to Waco to take on the Connally Cadets. KMIL will air today`s game. Follow all our football programming, starting with the Coach Rick Rhoades Show at 9:05AM this morning. Then after the evening report, catch the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff, with all the scores set to follow the game on Friday Night Finals.

Among area scores in Thursday games: Teague destroyed Lexington, 76-33, and Mart pounded Goldthwaite, 41-14. Later tonight, area teams in action include Rockdale hosting Smithville, Troy battling Salado, Academy on the road to Marlin, Rosebud-Lott brings in Florence, Franklin hosts Rogers, Milano is at Chilton, and Thorndale meets Burton.


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and 3 arrests:
--22-year-old Milano man on 2 traffic warrants
--35-year-old Buffalo man for DWLI
--32-year-old Rockdale man for DWLI
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 4 booked in:
--John Michael DeLeon, 23 of Bellmead for Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence
--Brian Christopher Dawson, 38 of Cameron for Out of County Evading Arrest and Motion to Revoke
--Clinton Chase Peacock, 28 of Caldwell for Motion to Proceed
--Michael Lee Stanford, 23 of Moody for Harassment, Terroristic Threat, and Criminal Mischief

There was 1 accident in rural Milam County:
--1:56PM, 1-vehicle wreck with injuries on CR145 at FM485.

There are 121 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 14 housed for Coryell County and 1 held for Cameron PD.

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