Monday, May 22, 2017

Major Wreck Slows I-35 Traffic In City Of Temple TX

A vehicle crash Monday morning snarled traffic on the north side of Temple as crews investigated the accident and worked to clear the roadway.

Police and first responders were sent to the southbound side of the Interstate near mile marker 303, at Farm-to-Market 1143, Industrial Boulevard.

Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jodie Wheatley said traffic was back up for between 2 and 4 miles.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Benjamin Nzavi And Daughter Drowned In Lake Whitney

Search crews have recovered the body of a man who drowned in Lake Whitney Saturday.

The Hill County Sheriff's Office said the body was recovered and the man pronounced dead by a Justice of the Peace at 10:54 a.m.

The sheriff's office said the father was identified as Benjamin Nzavi of Hill County.

Nzavi and his 11-year-old daughter drowned in Lake Whitney Saturday, according to authorities.

The drownings happened just after 11:30 a.m., according to Morgan's Point's Police Chief Fred Churchill and the Hill County Sheriff's Office.

The Hill County Sheriff's Office said Nzavi and daughter went out to the lake for a swim when the child went under and did not resurface. Authorities said Nzavi tried to rescue the child but did not resurface either.


Kevin And Monica Tharpe Murder Suicide Bruceville-Eddy

A man shot and killed his wife, then himself, in a home near Bruceville-Eddy on Saturday morning, Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said.

Bruceville-Eddy police responded to a home in the area of Woodlawn Road and Interstate 35 about 7:15 a.m. to a report of shots fired from someone in the home, McLean said. Young children were in the home at the time of the call but were able to get out unharmed as Kevin Tharpe, 40, barricaded himself inside the home after shooting Monica Tharpe, 31, McLean said.

Officers with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, their SWAT team and several other agencies assisted in the standoff. McLean said Kevin Tharpe was apparently barricaded in the home for more than two hours while negotiators attempted to make contact with him.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kevin Thorpe Identified As Gunman In Murder-Suicide

The preliminary investigation suggests the boyfriend shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself, according two law enforcement officials.

On Saturday afternoon, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara identified the gunman as Kevin Thorpe and confirmed the couple had a history of domestic violence. He said Thorpe bonded out of jail around noon Friday on two counts of harassment, one count of malicious mischief and one count of marijuana possession.

The Texas Rangers and McLennan County Sheriff's Office are assisting Bruceville-Eddy Police with the investigation.


Waco Growth Pushes Building Permits & Taxes Higher

It’s hard to be too surprised about rising tax appraisals when the superlatives about Waco real estate keep piling up.

Waco-area ZIP codes last year topped the list for most popular searches on, thanks in part to a certain television show. In the first quarter of 2017, the city of Waco saw a record 151 housing permits issued.

And local real estate agents are seeing things they’ve never seen in Waco, such as bidding wars over coveted homes.


Girlfriend Boyfriend Murder Suicide In Bruceville Eddy

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened in Bruceville-Eddy Saturday morning.

Authorities were first dispatched to a house on Woodlawn Road near I-35 at roughly 7:15 a.m. Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said a friend of the family who lived in the house called 911 for help.

When police arrived, they found a man had barricaded himself and his girlfriend inside the home. At that point, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office dispatched its SWAT team, which responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the boyfriend.

SWAT officers were unable to make contact and eventually sent a robot into the house. The robot found the boyfriend and girlfriend dead inside around 9:45 a.m.


Father & Daughter Drownings In Lake Whitney Saturday

Hill County Sheriff’s officials said 2 people drowned in Lake Whitney Saturday morning.

Chief Deputy Rick White said around 11:30 a.m. officials received a call that a child was swimming in the lake and went under. He said the girl’s father went in to try and rescue her, but he also went under and did not resurface.

Authorities and a dive team were working to recover the bodies of the father and daughter Saturday afternoon.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Profile Of La Vega Player Mariano Falcon

La Vega did not get off to a good start this season.

The Pirates were 1-5 to start the year before dropping their district opener to Mexia.

At that moment, Mariano Falcon told himself in order to help his team turn things around, he had to score a goal in every game.

And that’s what the senior midfielder did in all but two contests through district.

Falcon even recorded a hat trick against Robinson.

“He put the team on his back this year and said you’re going to go as far as I go,” La Vega coach Paul Deleon said. “He played extremely well through district and through the playoffs.”

Falcon finished the season with 16 goals and five assists as he was named the District 17-4A MVP.

This success came after a down year his junior season.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hounds And Sounds Festival In Hewitt

The city of Hewitt hosted the first Hounds and Sounds music festival at Creekside Amphitheater Saturday afternoon.

Hewitt families brought their dogs to the festival and enjoyed food, games, a bounce house, and live music from several bands. The event was partnered with the Humane Society of Central Texas.
The shelter brought a trailer to showcase several dogs in hopes of finding them a forever home.

The city of Hewitt’s Media Coordinator Caz Muske said they have held music festivals in the past, but this year they wanted to do something to benefit a good community cause.


Expenses Grow As Twin Peaks Trials Near

Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history.

The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee have gone to trial.