Today`s Local News2017-09-21
Thursday, September 21, 2017


(GAUSE) Milam County authorities are investigating the death of a woman at a Gause home. 

According to Milam County Chief Deputy Chris White, Milam County Sheriff`s deputies responded about 1PM September 12th to the home of Eddie Wayne Wright in the 400 block of Prof Smith Road in Gause. Deputies arrived to find the body of 37-year-old Gladys Drones. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs pronounced her dead at the scene. The body has been sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner`s Office for autopsy. Investigators discovered during an interview with Wright that he observed a medical issue sustained by Drones, but he waited 15 to 20 minutes until after she stopped breathing to call for help. Wright was then taken into custody on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide due to his failure to call for medical assistance. 


(CAMERON) A trio of fugitives have been arrested in a warrant serviced this week in Milam County. 

According to Milam County Chief Deputy Chris White, Milam County Sheriff`s deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers executed a warrant on Tuesday afternoon at a home in the Coyote Crossing Trailer Park. White said deputies had received a tip through the Bryan-College Station Crimestoppers that 2 wanted subjects were at the location. In raiding the home, three people were arrested without incident, including a Bryan woman wanted out of Brazos County for murder. Deputies took 17-year-old Adrianna Garcia, 17-year-old Liandro Hernandez, III, and 23-year-old Aaron Rodriguez all into custody. Hernandez was wanted on Milam County warrants for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and Rodriguez was wanted on several bond forfeiture warrants for Evading Arrest, Burglary of a Vehicle, and Bail Jumping. 

Garcia is currently in Milam County Jail on the charge of Murder in connection to the September 8th shooting death of 19-year-old Johnathon Albert Cordell Munoz at Williamson Park in Bryan. She is the 3rd suspect arrested in connection to the case. Officials said a 16-year-old juvenile and 18-year-old Saul Lee Suarez are also both in custody in relation to the case. Bryan Police originally responded about Noon September 8th to the Park where they found Munoz suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR on the victim but he ended up being pronounced dead. Investigators believe Suarez and the juvenile conspired to rob Munoz during a drug deal when a gun battle broke out. The juvenile is thought to have fired the shots that killed Munoz, though his name is being withheld because of his age.


(SALADO) A Stanton couple accused of cattle theft from a Salado ranch have been indicted this week. 

On Wednesday, a Bell County Grand Jury handed 68-year-old Douglas Schaefer and his wife, 61-year-old Peggy Schaefer, indictments for the 3rd degree felony, Theft of Cattle Under $150,000. Special Rangers with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association began investigating after Dorrance Monteith, co-owner of Monteith Ranch in Salado, reported that 2 of his employees were selling cattle without his permission. Investigators found that the couple sold over 100 head of cattle at Capital Land and Livestock Company between 1999 and April of this year. Douglas Schaefer had been Range Manager for Monteith Ranch for nearly 30 years and he married his wife Peggy about the time the cattle thefts began. Both Schaefers admitted to authorities that they had sold the cattle without authorization. 


(SALADO) A Temple man jailed in connection to a Salado business fire has now been indicted. 

A Bell County Grand Jury on Wednesday handed 37-year-old Patrick Gandara a 2nd degree felony indictment for Arson in connection to an August fire at Extreme Performance in Salado. According to Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey, Gandara is alleged to have set 6 vehicles on fire with an accelerant. Gandara set his own vehicle on fire, which then spread to 5 other nearby vehicles. No structures were damaged and no one was hurt. Gandara was released on bond August 11th. 


(WILLIAMSON CO) A missing handgun in Williamson County has now been found. 

Just hours after Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted to ask for help locating a Williamson County deputy`s missing firearm, the handgun was found and returned. According to Chody, a bag containing a .45 Glock handgun with magazines and ammunition was lost somewhere between Airport Road and the Lakeway area in Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon. The Sheriff took to twitter with a photo of the wayward bag and a citizen found it and turned it in to the Sheriff`s Office. The deputy who lost the gun could be disciplined. An investigation is now underway. 


(ROCKDALE) There will be a special meeting for the Rockdale Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday.

Subjects to be discussed include approving previous meeting minutes as well as reviewing and taking any necessary action regarding the Comprehensive Master Plan. Tuesday`s meeting is scheduled for 2PM in the City Council Chambers.


(CENTRAL TX) Here`s a look at some events coming to Central Texas this week:

September 12-October 16
Cameron ISD is hosting Cameron Connection meetings to get community and parent input regarding how best to reach Cameron youth. Staff from all Cameron ISD campuses will be on hand. All meetings begin at 6PM. They will meet October 10th at Bea`s Kitchen, and October 16th at the Cameron Elementary/Junior High Library.

September 19-23
Rockdale ISD will host a Book Fair today-Saturday to benefit Refugio ISD as they recover from Hurricane Harvey. Book shop hours will be during school hours and 10AM-2PM Saturday, all at the Rockdale High School Library. Donations are also being accepted to Box 632, Rockdale, TX 76567. 

September 20-21
Haper-Talasek Funeral Homes in Temple, Belton, and Killeen present a FREE seminar featuring grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt today. Today`s seminar is from 9AM-Noon at the funeral home in Belton. Topics will include exploring death, grief, and mourning and caring versus curing. For info or to RSVP, call 254-773-4564 or 254-939-2411.
September 21
The City of Rockdale will be hosting a public forum to get feedback on their annexation proposal at 6PM today at the Patterson Civic Center. 

September 23
Rogers Project Celebration is hosting a Color Run at 10:30AM Saturday at Rogers Merk Field. Pre-registration fees are $20 and include a t-shirt. The Color Run is a 2-mile run/walk during which participants will run through color zones to be splashed with colored powders. All ages are welcome. Make checks payable to Rogers Project Celebration. For questions, call 254-493-2548.

September 23
Milam Regional Farmers Market is open Saturday from 9AM-1PM for your produce, meat, chicken, eggs, Shitake Mushroom logs, baked bread and treats, honey, hand crafted art, decor, gifts and toys.  Head to the The Yards of Cameron under the 44 Farms Farmers Market pavilion at 301 Adams.

September 23
Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church in Thorndale is hosting a Chili Supper and Auction on Saturday. The supper begins at 5PM, with the auction kicking off at 6:30PM. The church is located at 852 CR458 in Thorndale. 

September 24
The Little River Baptist Church in Branchville will celebrate its 120th Homecoming Anniversary at 3PM Sunday. Guest speaker will be Rev. TD Blackshure of Houston. Everyone is invited. 

September 24
The 72nd annual Cyclone Picnic at St. Joseph`s Church in Cyclone will be Sunday. Plates of sausage and home fried chicken with all the trimmings will be served starting at 10:30AM until sold out for $10 per plate. Live music by Jerry Haisler runs from 11AM-2PM. An auction follows the music. There will also be plenty of games and activities starting up an Noon, to include: bingo, a country store, ring toss, face painting, a general store, train ride, and more. All are invited. 

September 24
Trinity New Life Worship Center will celebrate their 2nd Church Anniversary on Sunday starting at 3PM. The event will be located at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church with special guest speaker Pastor Robert T. Johnson.

September 24
First Cedar Valley Baptist Church in Salado will host The Central Texas Choir at 6PM Sunday. A pot luck meal and fellowship will follow the concert. For information, call 254-947-5100 or 254-913-2851.

September 24
The Hanover Community annual Homecoming Reunion Picnic will be held Sunday. A covered dish meal will be served at Noon.


(TEMPLE) The Czech Heritage Museum has announced a new class this month focusing on Czech grammar and usage. 

The Museum will host the class September 28th at 7PM at the museum at 119 West French in Temple. Doors will open at 6:30PM and the classes will be taught by West Point graduate and US Army 1st Lt. Ethan Gleue. The Museum is asking for a $7 donation for those that attend. You can sign up or get more information by calling 254-899-2935.


(CAMERON) Yoe football will hit the road this week for a stiff test on the Gulf Coast.

The Yoemen will make the 3-plus hour road trip to Bay City to take on the Black Cats this Friday. The Yoemen will look to turn around their fortunes after back-to-back losses to higher classification schools. KMIL will have the call Friday with kickoff about 7:30PM. Plenty of other football programming will also be heard here on the Ranch, starting at 9:05AM with the Cameron Autoplex Coach Tommy Brashear Show, broadcast live from the dealership. After Friday`s evening news is the Coufal Prater Countdown to Kickoff and following the game is Friday Night Finals. 

The Yoe Athletic Booster Club has announced they have chartered a bus to this week`s game in Bay City. Bus seats are $20 each and are available to reserve by stopping by the Yoe High Kiosk. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS call and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS calls and a minor wreck at 12:32PM on US77 just north of the US79 ramp. Involved: 2006 Ford truck driven by Colleen Odem, 78 of Cameron, and 2014 Freightliner driven by Caesar Perez, 35 of Sulpher Springs. No injuries.

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 3 new bookings:
--Reginald Johnson of Abilene for Motion to Revoke
--Frederick Bynaum of Cameron for Criminal Trespass
--Robert Jones of Milano for Out of Co Theft of Property

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County:

There are currently 121 inmates in the county jail, including 52 housed for Coryell County.

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