Thursday, January 31, 2013

7-Year-Old Ruby Ramirez Dies After Choking On Balloon

A first grader attending elementary school in San Benito, Tx died today after she got a balloon caught in her throat. Ruby Ramirez was pronounced dead at a local hospital. San Benito is located northwest of Brownsville on Highway 77.

31-Year-Old Christopher Darrell Jefferson Arrest Warrant

A murder warrant for Christopher Darrell Jefferson, age 31, has been issue by the Grande Prairie, Tx police department. Jefferson is alleged to have murdered Latoya McGowan, age 24, Wednesday. According to police, Christopher Darrell Jefferson has family in the Waco area and local police are on the lookout for him.

Temple Resident Carolona Yvette Sanders Arrested

Carolona Yvette Sanders of Temple, Tx was arrested today after she allegedly refused to allow police into her home to arrest a suspect. Sanders home is located on South 30th Street. Police asked her several times for permission to enter the home to arrest a man they knew was inside. She refused.

Texans Point To Chicago Murder Rate In Gun Control Debate

The city with the toughest gun control laws in the nation, Chicago, is suffering through higher gun violence than anywhere else. Texas leaders and regular citizens are asking Washington D.C. politicians why more gun laws are needed, when Chicago already has them and the murder rate there is out-of-control?

Brittney Griner Scores 40 Points Last Night

All I can say is "wow". Last night in the Baylor Lady Bears victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Brittney Griner broke a "Big 12" record by scoring 40 points in a single game. That young lady is totally amazing.

Turkey Farm Building Burns In Rogers Texas

If you live in Rogers or Little River Academy, Tx you might have been witness to a big fire that happened overnight. A huge metal barn that use to hold turkeys caught fire and burned to the ground early this morning. No people or turkey were injured.

Shooting At Kaufman County Texas Courthouse

There was a fatal shooting at the Kaufman County, Texas courthouse on Thursday. An unnamed assistant district attorney was killed. Two suspects were involved in the shooting and they are at large at this time.

New Judge & More Delays For Major Nidal Hasan

Nothing but legal games have been played so far in the case against Maj. Nidal Hasan. Some say we are the luckiest people in the world because of the quality of the justice system in the United States. That said, for criminals like Hasan - that worlds best legal system sure takes a beating from time to time.

Marily Considine Nominated Military Spouse Of The Year

Folks on Fort Hood and in the surrounding Killeen area are happy to learn that one of their own has been nominated for "Military Spouse of the Year". Her name is Marily Considine and there are still two more rounds of voting before she hopefully takes home the title.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Major General Warren Phipps Jr. Takes Command

There is a new leader of the First Army Division West at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. His name is Maj. Gen. Warren Phipps Jr. and he has taken over from Maj. Gen. Perry Wiggins. Phipps Jr. was very complimentary of his predecessor Wiggins. He said there would be few changes until he has a chance to assess current conditions.

44-Year-Old Darren Glen Lewis Arrested

From Carter High School, Texas A&M University and the Chicago Bears in the NFL - Darren Glen Lewis lead an exciting life until he was arrested in Duncanville, Tx on Wednesday and charged with the aggravated robbery of a 7-11 store.

Jim Gray Woodway Baptist Preacher Killed In Accident

There was a terrible traffic accident in McLennan County today that took the like of a senior pastor from the First Baptist Church of Woodway. The associate senior adult minister died in a two vehicle collision on Old Lorena Road just outside of Waco. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Hillcrest Medical Center and is reportedly in critical condition.

Texas DPS Trooper Kelly Helleson To Be Fired

It was learned today that female Texas DPS trooper Kelly Helleson will be fired soon by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Helleson was the female trooper who conducted a full body cavity search on two women in Irving last summer.

50-Year-Old Jeffrey Glenn Bolton Found Not Guilty

Jeffrey Glenn Bolton was found not guilty on Wednesday, in Waco, of charges he sexually assaulted a woman at Cotton Palace Park in December of 2011. The jury took only two hours to render the verdict.

Police Officer Hurt After High Speed Chase In Killeen

A Killeen police officer was in the hospital this afternoon after suffering broken bones when a fleeing suspect hit him with a car. The name of the police officer has not been released. The suspect was eventually caught and arrested by police.

Donnely Frank Richey & Jason Lee Martell Lampasas Arrest

Two men are under arrest in Lampasas County, Tx today in connection with the weekend murder of Curtis Lee Shed Jr. of Copperas Cove. Donnely Frank Richey, age 27 and Jason Lee Martell, age 38, were charged with murder and their bonds have been set at $150,000 each.

27-Year-Old Joe Victor Martinez Assault Arrest

A 27-year-old man, Joe Victor Martinez, was arrested in Waco on Wednesday and charged with the assault his wife. Waco police reported that Martinez allegedly put his wife in a choke hold before she was able to escape and call police. Hiring One Thousand Workers In Texas

It's always good news when a business from outside the state of Texas decides to hire additional people for their workforce. Business giant,, announced today that they will be hiring at least 1000 new employees in Texas. The cities of Coppell, Haslet and Schertz will each gain new job position in warehouses.

Some Cold Weather Arrived Last Night

I was outside last night in Waco and the last thing I would call the weather then was cold. However, fast-forward a few hours and temperatures in the area are remarkably cooler. While I like cool weather, cold temperatures are not my cup of tea.

Insurance Cancelled After Policyholder Questions

Apparently, some Texas insurance companies are taking it upon themselves to cancel or raise premiums on customers who call their agents to ask questions. Example: One policyholder had his insurance cancelled when he called his agent to inquire about a leaking roof. The policyholder decided to hold off on the repair and when his policy was up for renewal, the insurance company cancelled his coverage. I don't think this is fair.

Check Out The Harlem Globetrotters On Friday

It has been years since I have seen the Harlem Globetrotters live, but this Friday I am going to try and watch them at the Ferrell Center in Waco. Heck, the ticket price is only $20. Not a bad price for some real down home family entertainment. Kids especially like to watch the Harlem Globetrotters.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

21-Year-Old Thomas Boone Pickens IV Cause Of Death Unknown

The grandson of legendary oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens died on Tuesday. He was 21-years-old. Neither the family or Fort Worth police have said what was his cause of death. The family of "Ty Pickens" has asked for privacy while they mourn this unexpected tragedy.

44-Year-Old South Carolina Man Rudolph Darby Arrested

Police in the Waco area arrested Rudolph Darby on Tuesday. Darby had several arrest warrants out of South Carolina which included assault with intent to kill and other lessor included crimes. Rudolph Darby is being held in the McLennan County jail in Waco. He is likely to be extradited back to South Carolina to stand trial. Darby had been on the run from police for 14-years.

Severe Thunderstorms Likely Today In Central Texas

The weatherman is predicting a good chance of severe thunderstorms today in the Waco area. It has been very cloudy all week, but late this afternoon and early tonight will bring our best chance for rain. "Read more" below to view the Waco weather radar.

New Law Would Require Texas / Texas A&M Game Annually

As if elected representatives in Austin don't have better things to do, State Representative Ryan Guillen has proposed a new law - which if enacted would require Texas and Texas A&M to play in an annual football game. Back in 2011, those annual games stopped after Texas A&M joined the SEC.

51-Year-Old Convicted Murderer Kimberly McCarthy Execution

Kimberly McCarthy, age 51, is set to be executed in Huntsville by the State of Texas, soon. If her execution is not stopped by the courts, she will be the first woman put to death in the United States since 2010. McCarthy finds herself on Texas death row for the murder of a retired college psychology professor in 1997.

Pictures Of Oakwood Cemetery Damaged By Vandals January 2013

Like most of you, I was outraged at the damage done to Oakwood Cemetery by vandals last weekend. My guess is kids caused the damage, but I don't know for sure. The Waco Tribune Herald has posted several pictures outlining where most of the damaged headstones and monuments were located. "Read more" below to view these photographs.

30-Year-Old Michael David Wright Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Late Monday night, in Waco, there was a traffic accident involving a car and motorcycle at the corner of Valley Mills Dr. and New Road. The driver of the motorcycle, Michael David Wright was killed. "Read more" below for additional details about what happened.

29-Year-Old Joe Ryan Vela Arrested Tuesday

Police in the Waco area have been on the lookout for 29-year-old Joe Ryan Vela for several days and on Tuesday morning he was arrested and transported to the McLennan County jail. Vela had been wanted not only by authorities in Texas, but Colorado as well.

You may of heard of Joe Vela. Last week, he was unsuccessfully chased by police while driving a silver BMW in Colorado.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Antonio Belford / Tre’quan Locke & Travon Foster Arrested

Antonio Marquise Belford, Tre’quan Shavae Locke and Travon Andra Foster-Jones were arrested on Monday and placed in the Bell County jail. Charges against the three included robbery at gunpoint of a victim who replied to an advertisement on Craigslist.

According to police reports, after robbing the victim, the three eluded arrest by fleeing police in a motor-vehicle. The three suspects are being held under a $100,000 bond, each.

58-Year-Old Former Texas Sheriff Roger Faught Dies

Roger Faught, Coryell County Pct. 1 Constable, died of a heart attack at his home in Copperas Cove this weekend. Fraught was a "master police officer" who also served as Coryell County Sheriff at one time.

A memorial service will be held at 11am Wednesday at Trinity Worship Center in Copperas Cove, Texas.

75 Miles Per Hour New Speed Limit In Waco Area

Last November, I took a business trip to Amarillo in the Texas panhandle. While traveling up Highway 287, I noticed several stretches of road where the speed limit was 75 miles per hour. Now that the new year is in full swing, TxDot is increasing the speed limit to 75 MPH here in Central Texas, too.

While it might seem like increasing the speed limit to 75 MPH will cut a bunch of time off travel, for me it didn't seem to save much time at all.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Highway 6 Accident On Twin Bridges In Waco Slows Traffic

There was a major traffic accident on the twin bridges over Lake Waco tonight. For several hours, traffic was backed up while police and EMS workers attended to the injured and worked to clear the scene.

Shortly before 10pm, both lanes of travel on Highway 6 over the twin bridges were cleared and traffic began to return to normal.

Crosses At Premier High School Destroyed

Vandals ran down and destroyed dozens of crosses located near Premier High School on N. 19th Street in Waco this weekend. As you can see in the picture above, many of the crosses remained intact - but a lot of damage was done.

The Waco police department is asking for the public's help in bringing those responsible to justice.

Waco Fire Truck Pull (Men & Women) With Ropes

Men and women in Waco took turns yesterday pulling huge fire trucks down the road with ropes. This event was created to help attract people to a bone marrow registry program started by Scott & White hospital. The event was co-sponsored by fire equipment manufacture Siddons-Martin Emergency Group.

Groups who participated in the contest were Crossfit Misfits from Crossfit Waco, Camp Gladiator, Waco Triathlon Club and Underground Performance. Each one paid an entry fee of $100 per team.

Thin Salt & Pepper Potato Chips At H-E-B

I have fallen in love with a new potato chip snack sold at my local Waco H-E-B- supermarket. They are called "Thin Salt & Pepper Potato Chips". To me, they taste exactly the same as the low salt thin potato chips from Lays - but with the added extra flavor of pepper.

If you are like me and love the taste of pepper on just about everything, give these new chips at H-E-B a try.

Arsenic In McLennan County Ground Water

Residents of Leroy are learning that what we once took for granted in the Waco area, a clean and good supply of ground water, may be something unusable in the future. The EPA recently tested and declared that water being consumed by folks in Leroy is unsafe, because it contains too much arsenic.

Other Central Texas towns might be getting the same government warning in the near future.

Josefina Ledezma & Estela Regalado Mauled By Dogs

In a frighting dog mauling case out of Brownsville, Tx - Josefina Ledezma, age 63, and Estela Regalado, age 51, were injured when two mixed-breed dogs attacked them.

It is not known at this time whether or not the dogs will be euthanized as a result of this attack.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Yolanda Renee Leonard Lind No Death Penalty

Prosecutors in Waco announced on Friday that they will not seek the death penalty against Yolanda Renee Leonard Lind when she goes on trial for the murder of her mother.

Yolanda's boyfriend, Jeremy Lowrey, has also been charged in the October 2008 murder of Rebecca Leonard and the aggravated assault of her boyfriend Jerry Patterson.

Lindsey Smith & Jeffrey Davis Die In Abilene Accident

There was a terrible traffic accident in Abilene, Tx on Friday night. Two people died as a result of their injuries. Lindsey Smith, age 20, and Jeffrey Davis, age 27, were both killed.

Several Abilene Christian University students were also injured, including: Robert Braddock from Deer Park, Eric Terrazas from Argyle, Calli Kerbo from Murfeesboro, Tenn., Rebekah Cherniss from Katy and Deanna Romero from Omaha, Nebraska.

31-Year-Old Jesse Garza Cameron Tx Warrant

Jessee Garza, age 31, is being sought by the Cameron Police Department after a warrant for his arrest was issued. Garza allegedly attacked the bar manager at a local night club on January 11th.

The bar manager was seriously injured and still remains in an Austin, Tx hospital.

Oakwood Cemetery Damaged By Vandals

I visit Oakwood Cemetery in Waco several times per year, because my mother-in-law is buried there. That is why I was saddened to read the news this morning that vandals had broken into the cemetery last night and damaged some of the beautiful angel statues.

I hope the police catch who ever did this terrible crime.

Curtis & Racine Moore Fined For Animal Cruelty

Curtis and Racine Moore were placed on probation and fined this week in connection with animal cruelty allegations against them. The couple lives in Coryell County, Texas.

Both Curtis and Racine Moore were given five years probation and a $1,000 fine.

Sam Houston Professor Takes Issue With Sheriff McNamara

A long time professor from Sam Houston State University (Phillip Lyons) took issue with Sheriff Parnell McNamara's (McLennan County Waco) comments about not feeling obligated to enforce new federal gun control laws.

Sheriff McNamara is not alone in his belief that laws passed by Congress or issued via "Executive Orders" by the President are not enforceable, because of the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

36-Year-Old David Honeycutt Convicted Of Child Abuse

David Paul Honeycutt, age 36, was convicted this week of the continuous sexual abuse of a child. The jury recommended to the judge that Honeycutt spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

Another child testified during Honeycutt's trial that she too was sexually abused by the defendant.

Friday, January 25, 2013

USPS Waco To Layoff 200+ Employees?

The United States Postal Service has already laid-off 40 employees and is likely to let another 200 people go, soon. The Waco mail distribution center is closing and the mail from there will be headed to Austin for processing.

This is not only bad news for USPS employees, but for the City of Waco as well.

New Waco Teachers To Earn $42,000

The Waco school board has raised the amount new teachers will earn next year. The new amount is $42K per year.

The school district is trying to stay competitive in a changing marketplace.

Austin Bernard Phenix Arrested In Bellmead

A man by the name of Austin Phenix was arrested in Bellmead, Tx last night and charged with sexual assault and fleeing police.

A woman filed a complaint against Phenix after she said he sexually assaulted her at a local motel.

Earthquake Shakes Timpson Texas

The small town of Timpson, Tx was the location of a small earthquake on Friday.

The quake measured a 4.1 magnitude. No injuries were reported.

Will Ed Graf Get A New Trial?

In the mid 1980's, Hewitt resident Ed Graf was convicted of the murder of his two adopted sons (Joby & Jason).

Retired judge George Allen decided Thursday that there were flaws in his original trial back in 1986 and recommended Graf be given a new trial.