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(UNDATED)–THE MILAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

WHO WAS INVOLVED IN A FATAL CRASH IN CAMERON HAS

BEEN INDICTED. DEPUTY MICHAEL HEATH WAS INDICTED

ON CHARGES OF CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE IN

CONNECTION WITH THE FATAL CRASH. THE SHERIFF’S

S-U-V DRIVEN BY HEATH WAS INVOLVED IN A CRASH WITH

70 YEAR OLD EARNEST TAYLOR AND WIFE SHIRLEY.

TAYLOR DIED AT THE SCENE. WIFE SHIRLEY TAYLOR WAS

TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

(UNDATED)–THE FORMER MILAM COUNTY CHIEF

DEPUTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR IS FACING NEW

CRIMINAL CHARGES. LYDIA CERVANTES WAS ORIGINALLY

CHARGED WITH 2 COUNTS OF FALSE NAME INFORMATION

FORGERY-VEHICLE REGISTRATION IN A SCHEME WITH

HER DAUGHTER IN THE TAX OFFICE TO AVOID PAYING

SALES TAX ON A PICKUP. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S

OFFICE SAID THAT AFTER SHE WAS ARRESTED AND

TERMINATED FROM THE TAX OFFICE, SHE SOUGHT

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND IN THE PROCESS LIED

TO THE HEARING EXAMINER UNDER OATH.

(CAMERON)–THE FORMER MILAM COUNTY JAIL

CAPTAIN WAS SENTENCED IN 20TH DISTRICT COURT

THIS WEEK. 43 YEAR OLD KATRINA DOUGLAS WAS PLACED

ON 10 YEARS DEFERRED ADJUDICATION PROBATION,

AND WAS SENTENCED TO PAY 41 THOUSAND DOLLARS

RESTITUTION TO MILAM COUNTY AND PAY 15 THOUSAND

DOLLARS TO MILAM COUNTY TO PAY FOR THE AUDIT,

AS WELL AS PAYING A 5 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.

(UNDATED)–A MAN IN LEE COUNTY HAD BOTH

LEGS MANGLED IN A LAWNMOWER JUST BEFORE 5

THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON COUNTY ROAD 302.

REPORTS FROM THE SCENE SAID ONE LEG WAS ALMOST

AMPUTATED. LEE COUNTY E-M-S AND MEDIVAC

HELICOPTER WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE.

(ROCKDALE)–THE ROCKDALE SCHOOL BOARD

DEALT WITH BUDGETS AND BUS ROUTES DURING THE

BOARD MEETING THURSDAY. THE SCHOOL BOARD

APPROVED THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET WITH OVER

11 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUES AND 13 MILLION

IN EXPENDITURES, WITH FUND BALANCE TO COVER.

THE LOSS OF THE LUMINANT POWER PLANT WAS CITED

AS A MAJOR FACTOR IN REVENUE LOSSES.

(UNDATED)–A HUTTO MAN INVOLVED IN A DRAG

RACING CRASH IN 2016 THAT KILLED A WOMAN PLEADED

GUILTY TO CHARGES OF MANSLAUGHTER AND AGGRAVATED

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. THE PLEA DEAL

FOR 24 YEAR OLD HERNAN ABEL MARTINEZ WAS SIGNED

WEDNESDAY.

(ROCKDALE)–A ROCKDALE MAN WAS FOUND

GUILTY THURSDAY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER A 3 DAY

TRIAL IN MILAM COUNTY. THE JURY TOOK LESS THAN

AN HOUR TO FIND 53 YEAR OLD RICKY LEE MURRAY

GUILTY.

(TEMPLE)–TEMPLE POLICE SUSPECT A MURDER-SUICIDE

AFTER FINDING A MAN AND WOMAN DEAD LATE THURSDAY

AFTERNOON IN A HOUSE NEAR A MIDDLE SCHOOL AND PARK.

POLICE SAY THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.

(THORNDALE)–THE 28TH ANNUAL THORNDALE BARBECUE

COOK-OFF IS GOING ON THIS WEEKEND AT THORNDALE CITY

PARK.

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