Suspect held on sexual assault charges

A suspect is in custody in the Milam County Jail, charged with sexual assault of a child in connection with an incident that occurred over the weekend, Police Chief Randy Dixon reported.

A warrant for Brandon Diserens, 33, of Coryell County was issued after officers responded to a call reporting the assault on Sunday. A 14-year-old girl was taken to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple for examination, Dixon said.

With the help of several area law enforcement agencies, police tracked the suspect to Waco, where they found he was a patient at Providence Hospital. He was arrested Tuesday when he was released from the hospital, Dixon said. Diserens was charged with second-degree felony sexual assault of a child.



County awards bids for rebuilding low water crossing, bridge

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald

At Monday’s meeting, the Milam County Commissioners Court approved a ‘Standing Order’ for the Milam County Probate Court to “require all probate proceedings to submit to the court a $250 Ad litem Fee deposit.”

‘Ad litem’ is defined by Wikipedia as “a term used in law to refer to the appointment by a court of one party to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another party such as a child or an incapacitated adult, who is deemed incapable of representing himself.”

Milam County Judge David Barkemeyer sponsored the agenda item because he said that in some cases, the estate being probated refuses to pay the Ad litem fee.

Two major bid openings took place at the meeting. 


CR 267 bridge among casualties of spring flooding

CR 267 bridge before – looking north  Photo Courtesy of TxDOT – Bryan District Office

CR 267 after – looking south  Photo Courtesy of Milam County Precinct 2

By Curtis Chubb, Special to the Herald

On the morning of April 18, Precinct 2 Commissioner Donald Shuffield received a telephone call from a citizen - County Road 267 Bridge had been washed away by a flood overnight. Shuffield went out to inspect the bridge which is located about nine miles northeast of Cameron and reported, “It is gone.” 

Shuffield didn’t know when the CR 267 Bridge was first constructed. Neither did Richard Dodd whose family has land near the bridge; but Dodd did say that the bridge is more than 50 years old.

Dodd also said that the CR 267 Bridge had been damaged by floods in the past. The presence of a concrete low-water crossing just west of the bridge also suggests that the bridge had been unusable in the past.

You can see the bridge as it looked in October in the ‘Before’ photograph. It was a one-lane primarily-wooden bridge with a span of 83 feet.


4th Street lane closures begin this week

Lane closures begin Thursday for highway work on 4th Street/Hwy. 190.

Cameron motorists are warned about lane closures starting today for TxDOT work on busy 4th Street/Hwy. 190.

Daily lane closures on 4th Street from Travis to FM 2269 (Columbus Ave) will begin Thursday for resurfacing work, TxDOT spokesman Bob Colwell announced.  

The section of 4th Street/Hwy. 190 will be resurfaced and re-striped with a continuous two-way left turn lane, according to Colwell. 

Cornerstone Paving and Construction, LLC of Brenham is the contractor for the $180,000 project expected to be complete by mid-August of 2016, weather permitting.

Colwell reminds motorists to obey all warning signs, watch for workers and equipment, buckle up, and drive safely.



Prayers in support of Dallas Police, all law enforcement

A community prayer service was held Saturday evening at Cameron City Park, hosted by Holy Ground Baptist Church.

Residents, law enforcement officers and fire department personnel joined church members in a prayer circle.


Prayer service expanded to include prayers for Dallas victims

A community prayer service scheduled Saturday evening at Cameron City Park has been expanded to include an invitation to those who wish to reflect and offer prayers of support following the shooting event in Dallas Thursday evening when five police officers were killed and 14 other people, including officers and civilians were injured.

Earlier in the week, Holy Ground Baptist Church announced it was hosting the community prayer service at 8 p.m. on Saturday, in Cameron City Park. Organizers recognized the need for prayers of support for Dallas and expanded the call to prayer. Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information, contact James at 254-415-8576.


Aug. 15 is moving day for Cameron Police Department

The Cameron Police Department's new home is the former DHS building at 604 W. 4th St. The exterior of the 1957 vintage building has been renovated with stucco and new brick on the front facade.

Workers in the training room facility inside the new Cameron Police Department/Municipal Court facility. At the end of 2015, the city purchased the former DHS building at 604 W. 4th Street to remodel for a new police station. The building was originally built in 1957 as a Safeway grocery store. The building’s interior is being re-configured to include a new municipal courtroom and auxiliary facilities, new dispatching area, CPD offices, evidence storage and other facilities as well as a multi-purpose training room which can be used for both local and regional training events.


The Cameron Police Department is the last city department to move out of the municipal building on Houston Street - a location acquired by the Cameron City Council in 1895 when lots were purchased from the Baptist Church, according to a report in the Sept. 12, 1895 edition of The Cameron Herald. 

The original fire station portion of the building is shown in a vintage photo. The building was expanded in 1952 to include city hall, water department and police department facilities.


Aug. 15 is “moving day” for the Cameron Police Department to take up quarters in the new police station/municipal court facility at 604 W. Fourth Street. 

The city purchased the former DHS building in December with plans to remodel it as a police/municipal court facility. Remodeled in the 1980s for DHS, the building located just a few blocks from the Milam County Sheriff’s Department and Jail was originally constructed in 1957 as a Safeway Store.

The city council approved  $240,000 for the purchase and remodeling of the facility. Police Chief Randy Dixon’s monthly reports to the council show the project is on schedule and on budget, thanks to grant funds, materials, equipment and furniture obtained through government surplus programs and other sources. In addition, city crews helped with the interior demolition and cleaning in preparation for interior work, most of which is being done by CPD staff who are contractors or have construction experience.


Standards supports Brown Santa

Standards Home Health & Hospice recently donated to the Mlam County Sheriff’s Department Brown Santa Golf Tournament.

Shown are (from left) MCSO Lt. John Mendoza, Sheriff David Greene, Tommy Standard and Daniel Willie.

The tournament scheduled July 16 at Cameron Country Club benefits the  MCSO Brown Santa program in providing Christmas gifts for Milam County children who might not otherwise have a happy Christmas. To sign up or for more information, contact Mendoza at 254-627-1270.


In search of Rancheria Grande

Archeologist Sergio Iruegas discusses the proposed research project to establish a Rancheria Grande Archeological District along the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail in Milam County near Gause.


Evidence of native American cultures dating back 10,000 years has prompted archeologists to believe Rancheria Grande was once located in Milam County along the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

El Camino Real de los Tejas Trail Director Steven Gonzales and archeologist Dr. Sergio Iruegas recently discussed the proposed Rancheria Grande Archeological project with land owners, local historians, naturalists and others interested in the colorful history of early Texas.

Rancheria Grandes were large, fairly stable collections of Native American villages known to exist before and during the earliest days of Texas exploration and settlement by Europeans. 


Independence Day celebration

A tradtional Independence Day fireworks display brightened the sky above Wilson-Ledbetter Park Sunday evening.

Children line up for the kids parade.

Events sponsored by the Cameron and Rockdale Chambers of Commerce attracted crowds to Wilson-Ledbetter Park Sunday evening.

Families enjoyed a variety of kids games sponsoed by local businesses. A section of bounce houses were also a hit. Food concessions and cold drinks were popular as well.

Groups and families set up chairs and tents, brought picnic dinners and enjoyed being together in the park as the late afternoon slipped into a cooler evening. A fireworks display lighted the ski at 9 p.m., concluding the event.


Subscribe to RSS - News