Today`s Local News2016-07-27
Wednesday, July 27, 2016


(CAMERON) A Cypress man has been sentenced in connection to a Milam County kidnapping case. 

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, 42-year-old Donny Ray Ybarra was handed 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday. Torrey said Ybarra entered a plea of True to a Motion to Revoke Probation back in June. Judge John Youngblood handed down the sentence after hearing results of a presentence investigation and witness testimony. Ybarra must serve at least 20 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole. 

According to Thorndale Police, Ybarra was arrested in April of last year after a female victim flagged down police officers at a Thorndale bar. Police learned Ybarra and the woman had gotten into an argument in Brazos County and Ybarra had then driven into Milam County. During the drive, police learned that Ybarra had pulled over and placed a strap around the woman`s neck and dragged her behind his truck and also attempted to pull her into a tree by the neck. Ybarra later drove her to the Thorndale bar, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her, tied her up, and went to sleep. The woman told police she was able to free herself and get help. 


(HEIDENHEIMER) All 3 people believed to be involved in a May 2015 shooting of a Heidenheimer man are now in custody. 

The Bell County Sheriff`s Office said deputies have now taken 25-year-old Samantha Hill of Waco into custody. Hill remains held in lieu of $71,500 bond on 2 drug charges and the 1st degree felony, Aggravated Robbery. Authorities have previously arreted 25-year-old Theodis Darcel Holmes of Temple and 20-year-old Brandon Ray Buckley of Belton. The trio is believed to be responsible for the May 2015 shooting of Ashton Wallace in Heidenheimer. According to deputies, all 3 suspects and a juvenile planned and executed the robbery of Wallace. Deputies believe the group approached Wallace in his car and shot him in the face. Wallace drove himself to a Temple hospital after the shooting, alerting police to the situation. Investigators learned that the suspects believed Wallace was in possession of some $8000 in drugs, $2000 in cash, and several firearms.

The Sheriff`s Office says Holmes has already posted bond and been released this month. Buckley remains jailed after having probation revoked in connection to a separate forgery case. Hill, Holmes, and Buckley each also had previous criminal convictions prior to the shooting. 


(BREMOND) The longtime owner of the Bremond Press and co-founder of the Bremond Polish Days has died. 

Betty Yezak, 90, died Sunday at a Round Rock hospital. Services will be 11AM Friday at St. Mary`s Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from Noon-9PM, with Rosary at 7PM, all at Bremond Memorial Funeral Home. Mrs. Yezak was born in Wheelock and graduated from Franklin High School and Texas State College for Women. She married Herman Yezak, who was a longtime Texas State Representative. She and her husband owned the Bremond Press since the 1950s, and she became publisher and editor after her husband`s death in 1986. She was a member of the Bremond Chamber of Commerce, Democratic Party Precinct Chair, mail carrier, and former Justice of the Peace. 


(US) Both parties have now decided their candidates for the upcoming presidential election. 

Just a week ago, the Republican Party officially tabbed Donald Trump as their nominee at the Republican National Convention. Trump has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Meanwhile, last night, the Democratic Party officially selected Hillary Clinton as their nominee in a historic vote. Clinton becomes the 1st woman ever selected as a presidential nominee from a major party. Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has her running mate. Election Day is November 8th. 


(MILAM CO) Texas Department of Transportation continues work on a major highway in Cameron. 

TxDOT will have daily lane closures along a stretch of US190 between US77 and FM2269. Officials say construction on the $180,000 project should be completed by mid-August. The project aim is to place new surface treatment and restripe US190 with a continuous 2-way left turn lane. Cornerstone Paving and Construction out of Brenham is contracted for the work. 


(CAMERON) Cameron city officials have announced a chlorine burnout for their water system. 

The City of Cameron started using a chlorine only solution to disinfect the water system. Normally, the City said they use a combination of chlorine and ammonia to treat the water. Using chlorine only means the smell, taste, and color of the water may be affected. However, City officials say the water is safe for consumption. The regular combined chlorine-ammonia solution will resume August 8th. Anyone with questions should call City Hall.  


(CAMERON) Feeders of the Lambs is a Christian group of Cameron-area citizens looking to provide free meals to children after the Cameron ISD summer meals program ends. Meals will be served at the playground at the Elementary School and at the Episcopal church from 11:30AM-12:30PM, weekdays through August 19th.The group is still seeking donations and volunteers for the event. For questions, or to donate, call 254-482-0019


(MILAM CO) Here are some events coming to Central Texas.

July 25-29
Holy Ground Vacation Bible School for Pre-K through 5th grades continues through Friday from 6-8PM each night. 

July 28-30
Families for Christ will be Thursday through Saturday at Rosebud Church of Christ at 7PM each night. David Hall will share God`s word on families. A nursery room and kids lessons will also be available. There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be served.

July 30
The Brazos Valley Chapter of Czech Heritage Society of Texas will host the Summer State Meeting and Genealogy Conference on Saturday at St. Joseph Parish Activity Center in Bryan. Registration starts at 8:30AM, with speakers to begin at 9:30AM. A meal will be served at Noon, with a business meeting to follow. There will also be vendor booths, displays, a silent auction, and genealogy library. The event is free and open to the public. The meal is $12. 

July 30
San Gabriel Baptist Church will host an old-fashioned gospel singing at 6PM Saturday.  The evening will feature congregational singing, solos, and instrumental specials of traditional hymns as well as conventional and contemporary gospel music.  Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall afterward.  Everyone is invited to participate.  

July 30-31
New Beginnings Full Gospel Tabernacle presents Christmas in July, a celebration of Jesus Christ, on Saturday and Sunday.  Praise and Worship lead by The Beacons, along with special music and messages from Karen Troxel, Labridget Lewis, and Deneice Vestal.  Plus great giveaways!  Services are 2PM Saturday and 10AM Sunday. The guest speaker is Betty Wenzel. Everyone is invited!  For information call 254-627-1250. 

July 31
There will be a Fried Chicken Dinner and Battle Dance on Sunday at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Parish Hall in Granger. Plates of fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served at 11AM. Adults are $9 and kids are $5. Take out will be available. Sandwiches, chilidogs, and nachos will be available from 2-8PM. A Battle Dance kicks off at 3PM and runs until 9PM, with Fritz Hodde and the Ennis Czech Boys. The Dance is $10 per person. 


(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater will debut their latest production this weekend at the Williams Event Center in Cameron.

Greater Fatty Bottoms hits the stage Saturday and Sunday, with encore performances the next weekend.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Curtain rises at 7PM for Saturday showings and 2PM for Sunday showings. Get your tickets at the door. 


(AUSTIN) The Sales Tax Holiday for Texas will be held August 5-7.  Clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks and other items priced under 100 dollars are exempt from sales tax.  For the full list of exempt items, visit


(CAMERON) Yoe Band uniform fittings and registration will be this weekend.

Fittings for those set to participate in Yoe Band will be held Saturday. Juniors and Seniors should report from 8AM-Noon, while Freshmen and Sophomores should report from 1-5PM. Students will be fitting for both marching and concert season uniforms and need to bring their registration forms and t-shirt money when they arrive. Registration forms can be printed out from the Yoe Band section of the Cameron ISD website. Rehearsals begin 8AM August 1st. 


(CAMERON) Lady Yoe Volleyball tryouts and practice will begin on Monday, August 1.  All volleyball athletes need to report to Yoe Gym at 7:15AM.


(CAMERON) Cameron athletes are participating in various sports camps. 

Lady Yoe Summer Volleyball Camp continues today at Yoe High Gym. 

The 8th annual Yoeman Football Camp continues through Thursday at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Strength and Conditioning Center. 


(CAMERON) The Football program at Cameron Yoe High School will be holding a "Meet the Coaches" night on Thursday at 6:30PM in the Yoe High cafeteria. This meeting is mandatory for all incoming high school players and their parents. Equipment handouts begin on Friday, with two-a-days to start on August 1st. Cameron`s 1st scrimmage will be held August 12th. 


(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 1 EMS calls and 1 fire call: 6PM, Buckholts FD sent to a combine fire on CR116

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 6 EMS calls and 1 arrest: 61-year-old Rockdale woman for Class C Assault

(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 2 new bookings:
--Virginia Kay Merryman, 51 of Rosebud, for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
--Brandy Deanette Lopez, 37 of Thorndale, for DWI

There were no accidents reported in rural Milam County.

There are currently 125 inmates in the county jail, including 43 housed for Coryell County, 3 housed for Cameron PD, and 14 held in Lee County. 

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