Wednesday, April 1, 2015
(CAMERON) A Rockdale man was handed a state jail term this week among 7 cases disposed of in Judge John Youngblood`s 20th District Court.
According to a press release from District Attorney Bill Torrey, 44-year-old Thomas Ray Hobbs will serve 12 months in State Jail after entering a guilty plea to the State Jail Felony, Burglary of a Vehicle with Priors.
Among other cases from the past week:
JUSTIN LYNN PEREZ, 21, of Temple, was sentenced to ten (10) months confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
CHARLOTTE DENISE WASHINGTON, 52, of Rockdale, was placed on two (2) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including Theft Aversion and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and restitution after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Theft < $1,500 with Priors
LARRY WHITE, JR., 40, of Rockdale, was placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation including Theft Aversion and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and restitution after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Burglary of Building
PATRICK V. CUELLAR, 22, of Temple, was sentenced to two (2) years confinement in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, probated for three (3) years with standard conditions of probation including one hundred (100) days in the Milam County Jail and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and restitution after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Theft $1,500 to $20,000
CHARLOTTE MICHELLE TABOR, 38, Cameron, was placed on four (4) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of substance abuse probation including the successful completion of SAFP and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and restitution to the victim after pleading guilty to a 3rd Degree Felony Attempted Robbery
FREDERICK FRITZGERALD BYNAUM, 43, of Cameron was sentenced to four (4) years TDCJ after pleading “True” to a Motion to Revoke Probation for an original 3rd Degree Felony Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle and was also placed on three (3) years Deferred Adjudication Probation with standard conditions of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and restitution after pleading guilty to a State Jail Felony Theft $1,500 to $20K
CALDWELL MAN SENTENCED FOR WORK THEFTS
(CALDWELL) A Caldwell man will serve a prison term after stealing from his place of employment.
Christopher Deere, 43, was handed 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of Theft over $1500. Officials said an investigation began last February when the owner of Aggieland Tire and Repair reported nearly 30 unauthorized transactions on a company credit card. During the investigation, Deere admitted he`d taken at least $1800 worth of tires and parts from the store and later resold them. Deere will also have to pay restitution back to the company as part of his sentencing.
BELTON TRUCK FIRE
(BELTON) A truck on fire forced the evacuation of a local dollar store on Tuesday.
Belton Fire Department was called to the Dollar General on 6th Ave. about 5PM after a truck in the parking lot caught fire. Crews said the owners were inside the store when the truck suddenly went up in flames. No one was hurt and there was no damage to the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
HOUSE MEMBERS HOLD DEBATE ON HIV VS ABSTINENCE FUNDING
(Austin) State lawmakers are at odds over a decision to move HIV and STD prevention cash to fund abstinence education. Houston Democrat Sylvester Turner asked Kaufman Republican Stuart Spitzer if he was bothered by people walking around undiagnosed with HIV. Spitzer says abstinence education is HIV prevention, even if Texas has a high rate of teen pregnancies. He was also challenged by Houston Democrat Harold Dutton Jr. on whether abstinence education worked in his personal life. Spitzer said his wife was the only woman he`s ever had sex with, and that was after they got married. He told "The Texas Tribune" Dutton`s questioning was inappropriate, but Dutton says Spitzer shouldn`t have used himself as an example.
TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE REFILE COMPLAINT AGAINST AG
(TX) Texans for Public Justice is planning to refile a criminal complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton in Collin County. Director Craig McDonald tells "The Dallas Morning News" the move is being done because DA Greg Willis is stonewalling the investigation. He thinks that`s because Willis and Paxton are friends. The attorney general was fined a thousand dollars by the Texas State Securities Board last year for not registering with them. McDonald tried to get the Travis County DA`s office to investigate Paxton, but they turned the case over to Dallas and Collin counties. Dallas declined to prosecute. Collin County told "Houston Chronicle" they wouldn`t look into the case until local law enforcement investigates.
SERVICES SET FOR LEE CO CONSTABLE
(ROCKDALE) Services have now been set for a Lee County Constable who died last week.
Services for Stephen Lyles, 59 of Lexington, will be 10AM Saturday at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Mr. Lyles was born in Rockdale and graduated from Spring Branch High School. He attended the University of Houston and Texas A&M. He worked for the Lee County Sheriff`s Office, Gray Tool, the VA Hospital, and Halliburton. He spent the past 5 years working as a Precinct 3 Constable for Lee County. Several nieces, great nieces, a nephew, and other friends and family also survive.
(MILAM CO) There are several Easter related events coming soon to Milam County:
There will be a Community Easter Egg Hunt at Fair Park in Rockdale on Friday from 10-11:30AM. The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and iTigers are sponsoring the event. There will be lots of eggs, children’s activities & crafts! Children should bring their Easter baskets.
Grace Church in Cameron is hosting their 8th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, starting at 11AM. The event, for ages 1-12, will feature over 7,000 eggs. Refreshments will be available.
Cameron Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual Easter Chicken Sale on Easter Sunday at Cameron Fire Department from 11AM-1PM. Tickets are pre-sale only and are $10 each. Plates consist of a half chicken, sauce, beans, potato salad, bread, and pickles. To get tickets, call 697-1491 or 697-4702 or contact any Cameron fire fighter.
(CAMERON) Cameron Police reported 2 EMS runs and 3 arrests:
--Frank Ewing, Jr. for Unlawful Restrain, Assault Family Violence
--Julian Mendoza for Assault Family Violence
--Rafalita Rodriguez for PI, DWLI, and No Insurance
(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS runs and 4 arrests:
--22-year-old Rockdale woman for Possession of Controlled Substance Under 1 Gram and Milam Co warrant
--22-year-old Rockdale man for Milam Co warrant
--18-year-old Hutto woman for Possession of Marijuana Under 2 Oz
--18-year-old Hutto woman for PI
There was also 1 minor accident: at 5PM, at Main and Cameron. Drivers: Nathaniel Parker of KY and Henry Miller of Rockdale.
(CAMERON) The Milam County Sheriff`s Office reported 10 arrests:
--Rafalita Rodriguez French, 57 of Cameron for DWLI, PI, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility
--Frank Lee Ewing, Jr., 42 of Cameron for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence, Unlawful Restraint
--Tammy Ann Thompson, 36 of Lorena for Motion to Revoke and Out of County Bond Forfeiture
--Leah Lisa Sakewitz, 36 of Thorndale for Theft of Property $1500-20K
--Bilal Jeffery Abdul-Shakur, 43 of Cameron for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence
--Jack Edward Dunn, 56 of Lexington for Use of Cell Phone in School Zone, Expired Inspection, Violating Promise to Appear, Running Red Light, Failure to Appear, Expired DL, Expired Registration, and a Capias Pro Fine
--Julian Mendoza, 21 of Cameron for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence
--Winston Loy Woolverton, 34 of Rockdale for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
--John Earl Stewart, Jr., 39 of Thorndale for Hindering Apprehension of Felon
--Jordan Deshawn Deary, 22 of Rockdale for Probation Violation
There were no accidents in rural Milam County.
There are currently 135 prisoners in the Milam County Jail, including 22 housed for Coryell County, 19 housed for Lampasas County, 1 held for Thorndale PD, and 2 held for Cameron PD.