Car fire investigated as arson

An early morning auto fire is being investigated as arson by the Rockdale Police Department.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Hamilton at 4:54 a.m. Saturday.

"The fire was in the trunk of the car," Newlin said. "It's definitely being investigated as an arson."


A 34-year-old Rockdale man named in two warrants over a domestic incident last week has been arrested.

Carmen Lopez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of a protective order.

Bond was set at $44,000.

Police Chief Thomas Harris said Lopez had originally been charged with injury to a child in connection with an incident involving Lopez's six-year-old son. It's alleged the subject violated the protective order by returning to the home.

"During that incident it is alleged a knife was held to the wife's throat and threats were made against the entire family," Harris said.

Harris said none of the family members were seriously injured.

In the week's only other felony arrest, 33-year-old John Robertson Jr. was charged with nonpayment of child support. Bond was denied.


Police are investigating a forgery incident in which checks were forged and passed at Pizza Hut and Sunny Food Mart.

Two thefts were reported during the past week, one including beer taken from a convenience store and one involving a gas drive-off.


Police served warrants during the past week for assault causing bodily injury, failure to appear, no liability insurance, failure to display driver's license and possession or consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.


Police said traffic citations issued during the past week included 25 for speeding, seven for no liability insurance, six for expired registration, four for expired MVI sticker, two each for running a stop sign, no seat belt and running a red light, one each for passing in a no-passing zone, driving on the wrong side of the road and displaying fictitious registration.

Service calls

Police responded to 112 calls for service plus 112 calls on the 911 system.


Tips on any crime listed above 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.

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