Today`s Local News2014-10-23
Thursday, October 23, 2014      


(CAMERON) Warrants have been issued for 2 Houston men believed to be involved in a July burglary of a Cameron liquor store. 

Cameron Police said Wednesday that warrants have been issued for 26-year-old James Carter-Smith and 32-year-old Marcus Lavar Polk. Both men remain at large. Carter-Smith is sought on warrants for Burglary of a Building and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Polk is sought on a warrant for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Both men are wanted in connection to the break-in and burglary of Stoney`s Liquor in Cameron in July. Investigators determined that a pair of suspects pried open the front doors, entered the business and proceeded to the ATM. The suspects then pried open the machine and took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing. A getaway vehicle parked across the highway from the store then moved in and picked the suspects up near the Cameron Library. The suspects were described as wearing ski masks and dark clothes. 

Roughly 20 minutes after the burglary, Rosebud Police began pursuit of a gray sedan possibly matching the description of the suspect vehicle. One of the occupants of that sedan was arrested, though 2 others fled on foot. Investigators later discovered the suspects were believed to be involved in similar burglaries in Houston, Killeen, and Southeast Texas. A task force has been assembled to investigate and authorities were able to identify the 2 named suspects, whose names have been forwarded to the US Marshal`s Office, Houston Police, and the ATF. At this time, the case remains under investigation and the suspects remain at large.   


(WACO) A Lake Belton barge worker has been cited for transporting an invasive mussel species. 

Texas Parks and Wildlife issued 3 citations to the worker at Lake Waco. The citations were for transporting the invasive Zebra Mussels and for not registering his boat. Officials said it was unclear if the man was responsible for the mussels appearing in Lake Waco. 

TPWD sent a team of divers to check nearby boats at Ridgewood Country Club, where the mussels were found. No other boats were found with the mussels. Meanwhile, the City of Waco has worked for 2 days to set up a tarp system surrounding the ramp at the Club in order to prevent the spread of the mussels. The tarps will remain in place for the next 3 weeks. 


(TEMPLE) Fire crews in Temple worked a hazardous materials situation on Wednesday. 

Temple Fire & Rescue responded about 9AM to the Temple Wal-Mart distribution center after an anhydrous ammonia leak in a cooling system. Crews were able to quickly stop the leak and then ventilated the area while repairs were made. No evacuations were necessary.  


(TEXAS) Early voting for the November election continues today in the Lone Star State.  Early voting ends on October 31st.  People are reminded to bring in photo IDs so they can get a ballot.  Locally, voters can head to the Milam County Clerk`s Office, Rockdale Juvenile Justice Center, Buckholts Community Center, and Thorndale Rec Center.

Voters locally will choose between Republican Richard "Opey" Watkins and Democrat Doug Kunkel for Pct. 1 Commissioner; Republican Sam Berry and Democrat Don Schuerman for Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace; and Republican Wanda Hobbs and Democrat Gary Northcott for Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace. There were no other contested races locally. 


(CAMERON) Services have been set for a longtime local fireman and pastor. 

Funeral services for James "Jim" Lafferty, 64 of Cameron, will be 11AM today at Green Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron. Family visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services. 

Mr. Lafferty died Monday in a Temple hospital. He was born in Houston and graduated from Yoe High School. He attended Baylor University, where he was a walk-on athlete, and later graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor. He worked as a Farm Bureau agent before owning and operating Jim`s Electric. He was also known as Pastor of multiple local churches, including: Battetown, Pleasant Grove, Buckholts Brethren, and Meadowbrook. Jim also spent many years with the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chaplain. He also served on the Cameron School Board, Cameron Housing Authority Board, and Child Protective Services Board. 

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, and brother. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department.  


October 24
Yoe High Band will host a tailgate fundraiser Friday at Yoe Field from 5-7PM. Chopped BBQ sandwiches, chips, dessert, and a drink will be sold for just $6. Proceeds go to the Yoe Band. 

October 25
The 54th Annual Minerva Homecoming will be held Noon Sunday at the Minerva Community Center, 378 CR 232 Loop.  Prior to the Noon meal, the Minerva-Midway Cemetery Board will conduct a brief annual business meeting.  Come fellowship with your neighbors and friends in Minerva. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a day of visiting along with a covered dish lunch.  Remember to bring old photos and memories.  For more information contact Susan Dean-512.429.1445 or Deborah Dean-512.446.3111.

October 25
“Falls County Go Texan” Trail Ride & Chili Cook-off will be Saturday at Celebration Park in Westphalia. The trail ride departs at 8:30AM. Lunch will be at 1PM at Celebration Park. The cook-off has registration at 8AM, with judging just after Noon. For info on the trail ride, call 721-1460, 721-1219, or 883-0286. For info on the cook-off, call 883-7214, 252-0155, or 366-3511. All proceeds go to Falls County Go Texan Scholarship Fund.

October 26
A raffle to benefit the Ft Hood Nov. 5th, 2009 Memorial is being held with 17 prizes. Tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10, with the drawing on Sunday. Tickets are available at: Germania Insurance, Main Printing, People`s Finance, and Hollis Lewis Law office or you can call Joleen Cahill at 254-697-8987. The prizes include: 3 different quilts, 8 photographic prints, a Mary Kay basket, soldier windchimes and plaques, stained glass, paintings, and fishing flies. The funds raised are earmarked for engraving expenses.


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

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 4 EMS runs and 1 arrest:
--25-year-old Rockdale man for Injury to the Child/Elderly/Disabled

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 5 booked in:
--Roberto Guerrero, 59 of Milano for Bond Surrender and Immigration Detainer
--Tammy Snyder Phillips, 37 of Rockdale for Possession of a Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram
--Jody Lee Breeden, 29 of Archer City for Non Payment of Child Support
--Patrick Valentino Cuellar, 22 of Temple for Theft by Check $1500-20K and Out of County Theft of Property $1500-20K
--Darlene Cammon Mitchell, 50 of Killeen for Out of County Theft of Property $1500-20K

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are 101 prisoners in the Milam County Jail this morning, including 2 housed for Coryell County, 15 housed for Lampasas County, and 1 for Cameron PD.

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