Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Convenience Store Robbery On East Waco Drive

A man who grabbed a clerk by the hair and stuck what she thought was a gun to her back escaped after robbing a convenience store Saturday night.

Waco police say the suspect, described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 225 pounds, walked behind the counter at a store at 205 E. Waco Drive and demanded money from the register. The clerk reported he grabbed her hair and put a gun to her back, police said.

He took cash, fled on foot and was last seen heading south, police said. No injuries were reported.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Driver Killed In Rollover Crash Near China Spring

Officers responding to a report of a vehicle off the road found a driver dead just before 8 a.m. Sunday in a vehicle that overturned after striking a concrete curb and a grassy embankment in a construction zone near the intersection of China Spring Road and Pioneer Parkway in Waco.

The vehicle came to rest in a field, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Investigators don't know exactly when the accident occurred, he said.

Investigators think the vehicle was headed toward China Spring Road on FM 3434 when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection, Swanton said.

The vehicle crossed China Spring Road, struck a raised concrete curb in the construction zone and then the grass embankment, he said.

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 Realtor.com, 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.


Branson Aycock Is Youngest Firefighter In Moody

A young man of few words, Branson Aycock speaks mostly through his actions to show his commitment to his small community of a little more than 1,000. Aycock is the youngest firefighter in Moody.

The 18-year-old started with the Moody Volunteer Fire Department at 16 as a junior volunteer firefighter but has been around tanker trucks and fire hoses his entire life, he said.

“My grandpa and dad were both firefighters before, and I used to go on calls with my dad,” Aycock said. “But they’re not firefighters anymore.”

Now, the soon-to-be graduate will start working to follow in their footsteps and become a full-time professional firefighter, he said.

He will graduate from Moody High School in May with plans to attend McLennan Community College’s fire academy and hopefully join the Waco Fire Department once he’s finished. He also hopes to remain a volunteer firefighter for Moody, Aycock said.


STD's On The Rise In Waco / McLennan County

The Waco-McLennan County Health District Thursday reported an increase in the number of HIV and syphilis cases in the county.

"It's an ongoing outbreak," Waco-McLennan County Public Health District infectious disease specialist Dr. Edward Farley Verner said Friday.

"We're just getting more new cases this year than we have in the past."

Since Jan. 1, 12 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed, 11 of them in sexually active men who are having sex with other men.

Since March 14, five primary and secondary cases of syphilis have been diagnosed, all of them involving men having sex with men.

"Most likely the HIV transmission and syphilis transmission that's happening is probably from someone who doesn't know they have it themselves," Verner said.

The health district is urging homosexually active men to be tested for HIV and syphilis.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Center Of Excellence Research Facility In Waco

A new state-of-the-art veteran research facility opened in Waco Thursday.

Multi-million dollar improvements were made to the Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, which will help study mental health issues in the hope of helping veterans in the future.

"The Center of Excellence will help us understand those issues and help us develop treatments so we can stop this unfortunate loss of 20 heroes a day for suicide," Rep. Bill Flores (R, District 17) said.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Waco Church Sending Food To Haiti

On Friday, nearly 100 volunteers at the Central Christian Church in Waco spent part of their Good Friday packing more than 22,000 meals for children in Haiti.

"Families can spend their day off or this holy day doing anything they want, and the fact that they have chosen to come and spend some of their day giving to other people really is the message of Jesus Christ. To be here, to love others, and to serve others," Central Christian Church Minister of Families Kristin Jack said.

The meals will go to the organization Kids Against Hunger, a non-profit organization that gives nutritious food to starving children in the U.S. and abroad.

This year, the food will benefit children in an orphanage in Haiti.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Willie Lee Kelso Killed In Lubbock Motorcycle Crash

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A 33-year-old man died in a motorcycle accident in Lubbock, Texas on Friday. The body of Willie Lee Kelso was found around 7:30am on northbound Interstate 27. It is believed that Kelso was driving in dense fog at the time. Willie's motorcycle wrecked into Sysco Food in the 200 block of I-27. Willie Kelso was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson bike.

Source: kcbd.com

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Colby Vernon, Marshall Teenager, Killed In Car Accident

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A 17-year-old young woman from Marshall, Texas died in a one vehicle wreck yesterday. Colby Vernon passed away around 1:00pm when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and hit a tree in the 3800 block of Rosborough. Colby was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time after arrival. An autopsy was ordered on Vernon's body.

Source: ketknbc.com

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Zach Landry, From Odessa, Killed In Car Crash

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A young man from Odessa Texas lost his life yesterday while street racing. 22-year-old Zach Landry was pronounced dead at the intersection of 42nd Street and McKnight Drive after colliding with a Ford Expedition. 21-year-old Riley Porter, was arrested and charged with street racing. Odessa police told reporters that street racing is a big problem in the city.

Source: newswest9.com

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2800 People Evacuated During Dallas Fire

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There was a fire in one of the tallest buildings in downtown Dallas on Thursday. After the flames were extinguished, three construction workers were found dead in the basement. Over 2800 workers inside the building were evacuated by the Dallas Fire Department. Late Thursday, all the bodies of the three victims had still not been recovered. The cause of the blaze was likely a short in electrical wiring.

Source: kwtx.com

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Looking Death In The Eye Without Blinking

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I just finished reading a great story on the WFAA-TV website about Nina Pham. You might remember her as one of the Fort Worth, Texas nurses who was infected with Ebola after caring for a patient at her hospital. Pham, along with other doctors and medical professionals, were selected jointly as the 'Person of the Year' by Time Magazine in 2014. Click the WFAA.com link below to read more about this remarkable woman.

Source: WFAA.com

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Dallas Fog On Monday Morning

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Early this week I posted a picture of downtown Dallas that was taken from an airplane on Monday morning during a fog event. While that picture was pretty cool, the one above showing a closer view of what that fog looked like from the top of the Bank of America building in downtown is even better. While it is not unusual for the DFW area to get fogged in from time to time, on Monday there were some really cool pictures taken while it was happening.

Source: dmagazine.com

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Texas Windmills Both Present & Past

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Growing up back in the 1960's I never envisioned the changes that have taken place in windmills in Texas. In the picture above it's easy to see why our grandchildren will have a different image in their heads of what a windmill is in the future. I grew up in rural West Texas and the only windmills we saw back then were the old fashion type. I must admit though those huge new windmills that produce electricity are pretty cool to look at too.

Source: texastribune.org

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Peaceful Sunset On Lake Scarborough

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The State of Texas is filled with hundreds of small, medium and large lakes. The one pictured above is Lake Scarborough located south of Abilene and Northeast of San Angelo. Like many others, I find it peaceful watching the sunset while sitting near the shorelines of Texas lakes. I've never been to Lake Scarborough, but I should put it on my list of places to visit.

Source: flickrhivemind.net

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Sundown Cam Image South Padre Island

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I just checked the current weather conditions on South Padre Island, Texas. It's 72 degrees under cloudy skies. Maybe a bit too cold to go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico today, but a nice long walk on the beach would feel wonderful. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have visited South Padre Island over the years and most of them come back often.

Source: spichamber.com

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