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Citation follows fire call for RVFD Saturday morning

A “building on fire” call for the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, ended with a citation being issued for violation of the city’s burning ordinance.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said volunteers responded to 345 South FM 908, within the city limits of Rockdale, to find a burning structure.

“It had been set on fire by the owner to demolish the structure,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “But Rockdale has a permanent ordinance banning any outdoor burning within the city limits.”

Newlin said a citation was issued.

“Even if this incident had been a legal burn—rural Milam County is not under an outdoor burn ban at present—residents still need to let area fire departments know if they plan to burn,” Newlin said.

“It was thought to be a house fire by the police and firefighters until everyone got out there and saw what the situation was,” he said.

ARREST— A 23- year-old Rockdale man was arrested on several Milam County warrants Thursday morning.

Johnny Lee Roberts Jr. was served with three motion-to-proceed warrants, two for burglary of a building and one for burglary of a habitation.

He remains in the Milam County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bond.

ACCIDENTS—Vehicles operated by Maria Reyes- Sanchez and Charlotte Schnerr, both 48 and Rockdale residents, were in collision at 1:10 p.m. Jan. 4 in the McDonald’s parking lot, according to police.

No injuries were reported and damage estimates were not available.

Minor damages, and no injuries, were reported in a twovehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. Friday on West Cameron Avenue (US 79), according to police.

Drivers were listed as Carolyn Ann Grosshans, 18, of Milano and 27-year-old Roland Jamie Mora of Rockdale.

Police said vehicles operated by Nicki Clark, 32, and Stephen Jones, 50, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 12:48 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Cameron and Main (US 79 and FM 908).

No injuries were reported and damages were termed “moderate.”

Damage estimates were not available for a two-vehicle collision at 5:15 p.m. Sunday on US 79 in front of Rockdale General Store.

Drivers were listed as Clyde Grayson, 52, of Rockdale, and 33-year- old Patrick Smith of Austin.

THEFT—Police said $80 in cash was taken from a Walmart customer during the week.

Misdemeanor arrests were made for no driver’s license, driving while license invalid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also investigated seven traffic offenses.

CITATIONS—Police said 34 speeding citations were issued during the past week, along with 16 for no MVI sticker, six for operating a vehicle with expired license plates, four each for use of communication device in a school zone and driving while license invalid, three each for no driver’s license and failure to maintain financial responsibility, two for no driver’s license and one each for driving on the wrong side of the road, violation of open container law and child (age 4-14) not secured.

SERV ICE CA LLS—Police answered 153 calls for service during the past week and 104 calls were received through the 911 system.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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