Police probing two hit-and-runs during Halloween night at tavern

Rockdale police are looking for the drivers of vehicles in separate hit-and-run accidents Halloween night at the same tavern.

The hit-and-runs were reported at 9:16 and 1:06 p.m. Saturday at Bell's Place.

Ofc. Brandon Tess said the first incident involved what was described as a 2000 Ford pickup with Florida license plates with hit a parked car owned by James Barnes II of Rockdale, then left the scene.

Moderate damage was reported to Barnes' car.

One hour and 50 minutes later Tess and Ofc. S. A. Smith were called back to Bell's Place where a green Ford Focus had backed into a parked car occupied by Cassandra Washington of Rockdale, then left the scene.

No injuries, and minor damages, were reported.

More wrecks

No injuries were reported in any of the accidents investigated during the past week by police.

Vehicles operated by Markham Kennedy and Peggy Morrison, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 3:21 p.m. Friday at the Travis-Cameron (US 79) intersection. Damages were termed minor.

Damage estimates were not available in a two-vehicle accident at 12:35 a.m. Sunday on East Cameron in front of Antique Queens.

Drivers were listed as Larry Parker of Rockdale and Robert Speer of Milano.

Police said vehicles operated by Sergio Nieto and Melinda Jones, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 1:07 a.m. Saturday at Second and Plum.

Damage estimates were not available.


Police are investigating a forgery incident, in connection with Williamson County authorities.

A front door was damages in a criminal mischief incident and police are also investigating an aggravated assault incident.

Other incidents reported during the week included assault, failure to identify, misdemeanor marijuana possession, violation of a protective order, driving while intoxicated, driving while license suspended, expired driver's license, failure to identify and violation of a protective order.

Warrants Police served eight warrants during the week, one for failure to appear and seven on traffic offenses..


Police said traffic citations issued during the past week included 15 for speeding, five for no MVI sticker, four for operating a vehicle with expired license plate, three for failure to maintain financial responsibility, two for no seat belt use and one each for driving while license invalid, expired driver's license, failure to report change of address or name, running a stop sign and violation of child safety restraint requirements.

Service calls

Police responded to 129 calls for service plus 88 calls on the 911 system.


Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1- 888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for information, police said.

Tips are anonymous. No one will ask your name and you will be given a number to use in any future communications.

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