‘Blackhawk down’ in far north Milam

A U. S. Army Blackhawk helicopter, based at Fort Hood, made a weather-related landing in far north Milam County last Wednesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported.

Deputy Sheriff Chris White said at 4:57 p.m. the Houston office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contacted the Milam County Sheriff’s Department with the news their radar indicated an aircraft had set down somewhere in the county’s northeastern portion.

Sheriff David Greene and deputies began to search an area about five miles north east of Cameron.

“Original direction given by the FAA indicated the area was around FM 1444 and CR 136,” White said. “But an update around 5:25 indicated the aircraft was between FM 979 and CR 249.”

Investigator Jay Beathard spotted the helicopter in an open field three miles north of that intersection.

“The crew was fine,” White said. “They said the weather had become too hazardous to fly, so they set the aircraft down.”

The Blackhawk flew out the following morning, White said.


Sheriff David Greene said calls for his department during the past seven days included:

Jan. 5—Burglar alarm, north FM 486; suspicious vehicle, CR 248; phone harassment, CR 342; 911 transfers, FM 487 and north FM 486.

Jan. 6—Civil matter, CR 402; sign down, CR 137; road hazard, Ballpark Road, Cameron.

Thursday—Civil matter, CR 402; 911 hangup, CR 335; animal abuse/cruelty, CR 406; harassment, Cypress Trail Loop; welfare check, North Crockett; theft, FM 487, Praesel Addition; reckless driver, CR 418; repossession of vehicle, Cameron Cefco; 911 static, CR 335.

Friday—Theft, CR 315; criminal mischief, CR 446; animal nuisance, FM 487; civil child custody, Cameron; burglar alarm, north FM 487; 911 transfer, US 190; power outages, FM 437, Whippoorwill Drive, Oak Lawn.

Saturday—Truck blocking railroad, west of County Road 330 near Milano; harassment, north US 77; identity theft, South Sixth, town not listed; civil matter, CR 314; hit-and-run, CR 344 Loop, Milano.

Sunday—Overdose, CR 342; civil matter, FM 487; animal nuisance, CR 326; abandoned vehicle, CR 241; assist another agency, laundromat in Cameron.

Monday—Welfare check, North 10th in Buckholts; CPS intake, Buckholts; power line down, US 77 south; phone scam, Cameron; phone harassment, CR 228; suspicious vehicle, CR 326; phone scam, CR 353; animal nuisance, CR 342; civil matter, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale; suicidal subject, lobby of law enforcement center; scam attempt, CR 263B; welfare check, CR 311.

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