Abkhir Abdel Neville Bryce Avenue Homicide Victim

Killeen News Now – Abkhir Abdel Neville, 21, was shot in the 200 block of Bryce Avenue and died at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

According to an official news release, The Killeen Police Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Bryce Avenue at 9:45 p.m Wednesday in response to calls about a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a man lying on the ground, suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics arrived and performed life-saving measures. An ambulance transported the victim to Carl R. Darnell medical center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim was Abkhir Abdel Neville. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced him deceased at 11:26 p.m.

Social media posts began at about 9:45 p.m. with people asking others about hearing multiple shots fired near the intersection of Florence Road and Hallmark Avenue, near Bryce Avenue. Some commenters mentioned seeing police activity on Priest Drive and the presence of a life flight or law enforcement helicopter. There were no arrests made.

Corinna Pope Victim Of Fatal Hit-And-Run

Authorities identified Corinna Pope as the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred Thursday morning in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 14 between Killeen and Copperas Cove.

According to a news release, Corinna Lee Ann-Nadine Pope, 30, of Lampasas, attempted to cross the interstate at about 4 a.m. Thursday morning. A 2013 Dodge pickup truck traveling eastbound in the outside lane of IH-14 struck her. The truck driver, a 46-year-old male from Copperas Cove, stopped to render aid. At that moment, an unidentified vehicle traveling eastbound in the inside lane struck Corinna Pope a second time. The second vehicle did not stop and continued eastbound.

Pope failed to yield right of way to the Dodge pickup and was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Price at 6:45 a.m. The crash investigation is active and open.

Traffic stalled in the eastbound lanes for miles.
Law enforcement officials diverted all traffic from the highway at Bell Tower Road. The highway reopened, and traffic patterns returned to normal at 10:30 a.m.

Dongjin Semichem Coming To Killeen

Dongjin Semichem Texas Coming To Killeen

Killeen News Now – Dongjin Semichem Texas will spend an estimated $70 million to build its first US facility at Killeen Business Park.

According to a presentation by Scott Connell, president and CEO of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Dongjin Semichem, a south Korean chemical company, has plans to acquire and develop at least 31 acres at the Killeen Business Park in northeast Killeen.

Founded in 1973, Dongjin Semichem manufactures blended products to support the production of semiconductors at Samsung in Williamson County. The company has been supplying ArFi (argon fluoride immersion) photoresists to Samsung Electronics for its state-of-the-art DRAM production lines since the end of last year. Dongjin Semichem Texas plans to use its new Killeen facility to produce chemical materials for flat panel displays and semiconductors. Its products include photoresist, bottom anti-reflecting coating, top coating, thinners, strippers, and color resists.

Proposition A To Decriminalize Possession Approved

Proposition A To Decriminalize Possession Approved

Killeen News Now – On Tuesday, local voters approved a measure to decriminalize possession of misdemeanor amounts of marijuana.

Nearly 70% of voters in Killeen and Harker Heights approved Proposition A. The measure will decriminalize possession of class A and B misdemeanor amounts of marijuana. On Thursday, police chief Charles Kimble issued an ordinance that states no arrests will be made and no citations issued for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, or drug residue. The order will prohibit requests for, conducting or obtaining testing for THC. The odor of marijuana or hemp can not be a probable cause for any search or seizure.

The ordinance does not apply if a felony-level narcotics case is designated a high-priority investigation or when investigating a violent felony. Only a Killeen police commander, assistant chief of police, or chief of police, can make that designation. It includes a penalty clause for KPD officers that violate the ordinance.

Officers Involved In Sunday Shooting Identified

Officers Involved In Sunday Shooting Identified

The two officers involved in Sunday’s shooting of an armed carjacking suspect were identified as Michael Swan and Jennifer Amezquita.

The Killeen Police Department was dispatched to the 3300 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to respond to a call about a carjacking. KPD received another call from a different location, the AutoZone, on Veterans Memorial Boulevard at 2:45 about a man with a gun. The caller told the dispatcher a man with a gun had come to the store and was acting erratic. The caller described the vehicle that the suspect was driving, a white sedan. The description matched the description of the car taken during the carjacking 15 minutes earlier. Upon arrival at the auto parts store, officers observed the suspect waving and pointing a weapon. The suspect fled on foot and tried to take another vehicle. The occupants of that vehicle refused to get out, and the suspect resumed on foot. Officers flooded the downtown area attempting to locate the suspect. When officers arrived near Santa Fe and 10th Street, the suspect entered an unlocked, unoccupied police vehicle with a key in the ignition. Officers warned the suspect several times that they would shoot if he attempted to move the police vehicle. Moments later, officers, later identified as Michael Swan and Jennifer Amezquita, fired at the car, and glass shattered. The patrol vehicle traveled nearly 100 feet along the railroad tracks, where it stopped. The suspect was apprehended and airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The suspect has not been charged and remains hospitalized. The Killeen Police Department and Texas Rangers are still investigating the incident. Michael Swan is a 16-year-veteran, and Jennifer Amezquita is a four-year veteran.

Carjacking Suspect Shot By Killeen Police

Carjacking Suspect Shot By Killeen Police

Killeen News Now – The Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting of a carjacking suspect that occurred on Sunday afternoon.

The Killeen Police Department was dispatched to the 3300 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to respond to a call about a carjacking. KPD received another call from a different location, the AutoZone, on Veterans Memorial Boulevard at 2:45 about a man with a gun. The caller told the dispatcher a man with a gun had come to the store and was acting erratic. The caller described the vehicle that the suspect was driving. The description matched the description of the car taken during the carjacking 15 minutes earlier. Upon arrival at the auto parts store, officers observed the suspect waving and pointing a weapon. The suspect fled on foot and tried to take another vehicle. The occupants of that vehicle refused to get out, and the suspect resumed on foot. Officers flooded the downtown area attempting to locate the suspect. When officers arrived near Santa Fe and 10th Street, the suspect commandeered an unoccupied police vehicle with keys in the ignition. Officers warned the suspect several times that they would shoot him if he attempted to move the police vehicle. Moments later, officers fired at the car, and glass shattered.

The bullet-riddled patrol vehicle traveled some 100 feet along the railroad tracks, where it stopped. The suspect was apprehended and airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his condition was listed as stable.

Monkeypox Case At Killeen High School

1st case of monkey pox at Killeen ISD

Killeen News Now – According to a letter sent to parents and guardians, a case of the monkeypox virus was reported at an area high school.

Taina Maya, KISD spokeswoman, confirmed correspondence from the Bell County Health District was sent to Killeen High School parents and guardians regarding the campus’ first reported case of monkeypox. According to the Health District’s correspondence, the individual has not been on campus since Oct. 5.

Marvin Guy Receives Trial Date

Marvin Guy Trial Date Set

Killeen News Now – Marvin Guy, the man accused of killing officer Charles Dinwiddie during an early morning raid, will now stand trial.

Marvin Guy, 57, has been in the Bell County jail since May 10, 2014, awaiting trial. He continues to be held in lieu of bonds totaling $4 million. He is accused of killing KPD SWAT Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, and shooting others, during a no-knock raid on Guy’s residence on Circle M Drive on May 9, 2014. On May 8, 2023, he will stand trial for capital murder.

The state’s prosecutor, Fred Burns, dropped the death penalty in September to speed up the judicial process.

Cedar Grove Manufactured Homes Boil Water Notice

by Matt McGovern on September 16, 2022 at 2:55 pm

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: Water has returned to Copperas Cove’s Cedar Grove Manufactured Home Community, but a boil water notice is now in effect. The City said on Thursday that this came as a result of repeated and ongoing sewage illicit discharges to the regulated Municipal Separate Sanitary Storm Sewer (MS4) system. Following these [MORE]