CAMERON — Five individuals indicted Thursday by a Milam County grand jury were Bell County residents. Four were from Temple, while one was from Belton.
The alleged offenses ranged from endangering a child and first-degree burglary charges to possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams in a school zone.
A total of 34 true bills were issued that day.
Charged with allegedly endangering a child was Megan Maxwell, 22, of Temple.
Although the exact ages of the two children were not given, they were reportedly less than 15 years old when left unattended and asleep at a residence in the 900 block of County Road 140 on April 20.
A welfare check was requested at that address. The doors were not locked and the front door was left open, a probable cause affidavit said.
A body camera worn by a Cameron Police officer caught footage of Maxwell saying she intentionally left the children asleep at that address.
Eve Birdine, 40, was indicted for a first-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony, and burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.
Birdine reportedly broke into a Cameron home April 7 to take some shoes she bought for the victim and fell asleep on the couch after she couldn’t find the shoes. She had a criminal trespass order to stay away from that home, an affidavit said.
When the victim came home, he found Birdine in his home but gave her the shoes so she could leave.
Later, she allegedly broke into the house again, poured gasoline all through it and stood over the sleeping victim with a lighter to set both of them on fire. The victim woke up and tried to call the police, but Birdine reportedly knocked the phone from his hand. He picked it up and ran away.
A Cameron Police officer saw Birdine as she walked with a gas can in her hand, the affidavit said. He went to the house and smelled the gasoline.
Luis Alberto Sarinana
Luis Alberto Sarinana, 32, of Temple was indicted on two charges — burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony and attempted escape.
A man with a gun report took a Cameron Police officer on April 26 to a home in the 300 block of East 19th Street. Sarinana was put into the back of a patrol vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe. He’d been searched and secured in double-locked chain handcuffs, but Sarinana crawled through the partition into the driver’s seat, put the car in gear and pressed the accelerator. Officers got into the locked vehicle and removed Sarinana, an affidavit said.
While removing him from the vehicle, one of the officers was hit in the face by broken safety glass, and a piece hit him in the eye.
A Rockdale Police officer went April 17 to a report of a fight in progress at Shady Oaks RV Park. The officer was told the defendant was in a red Chevy Silverado, and he reportedly was trying to leave the park as the officer entered it. The officer put on his lights and the driver, later identified as Eric Garcia, 35, of Temple, took off at speeds reaching 100 mph, an affidavit said.
Garcia didn’t stop and drove toward Milano. The officer stopped his pursuit and went back to the park, where he learned the description of the man in the Silverado. A motel clerk gave the officer a Texas driver’s license that reportedly belonged to Garcia.
Garcia was later found at the park and arrested, the affidavit said.
A woman asleep in a vehicle was found April 25 by a Cameron Police officer. The woman, disoriented, woke up eventually when the officer knocked repeatedly on the window. When asked where she was from, Heather Nicole Franco, 32, of Belton allegedly replied, “Heaven.”
After Franco got out of the vehicle, two pipes for marijuana were seen. Franco gave the officers permission to search. What looked like marijuana was found, as were two pieces to a pipe, a marijuana grinder and a black bag with eight prescription drugs. Franco allegedly admitted she didn’t have a prescription for the pills that were reportedly identified on the bottle as Soma.
In addition, Franco and the drugs were within 1,000 feet of a playground — the city park, the affidavit said.
Franco was indicted for the possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams in a drug-free zone.