News Wrap Up #4 – July 16, 2022

Killeen News Now – Whataburger, thousand without power, Vanessa Guillen, Ink Masters, Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, a gun in Pershing Park, Matthew Ryan McKenzie, COVID19 Centaurus, and more in edition 4.

Local News

  • Whataburger, a popular fast-food hamburger restaurant located at 2509 E. Trimmier Road has temporarily closed for improvements.
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  • According to an Oncor representative, the high winds, lightning, and rain that quickly passed over the City of Killeen on July 14, resulted in approximately 2,500 businesses and residences being left without power. The number of outages including Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Nolanville, and Fort Hood, was nearly 3,500.
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  • The family of a slain soldier, Specialist Vanessa Guillen, met with army leadership at Fort Hood Tuesday. Natalie Khawam, a lawyer for the family of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, accompanied Guillen’s sister, Mayra Guillen, to meet the Army’s top lawyer, Carrie Ricci, and Gabriel Camarillo, the undersecretary of the Army. Khawam, Mayra Guillen, and Ricci toured Fort Hood’s People First Center. The People First Center is a training facility is designed for units. Training focuses on Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention. Training is conducted through an activity-based course.
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  • Ink Masters will host a tattoo expo at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, at 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive from Thursday through Sunday.
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  • Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, 29, of Austin, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in an alcohol-fueled altercation that took place on Feb. 6, 2021, outside a barracks on Fort Hood. During that altercation, Davila discharged a firearm in the direction of another soldier. Davila-DeJesus was subdued and disarmed by witnesses. As he was being transported to a holding facility, he struck one officer, spit in the face of another, and repeatedly kicked the back door of the patrol vehicle. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers.
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  • A large police presence at the entrance to the Pershing Park area of Fort Hood Family Housing led to false reports of an active shooter in the area. The Directorate of Emergency Services Law Enforcement Division responded to a report of 2 suspicious males in the area. One was detained while the other fled. The detained individual was a juvenile military dependent in possession of a firearm. He was arrested. Military Police will continue to search for the second individual. Due to his age, the identity of the individual that was arrested, will not be released.
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  • According to an affidavit, Matthew Ryan McKenzie, 21, was indicted for the assault of a public servant after an incident that took place on Aug. 23, 2021. At that time the Killeen Police Department was investigating the scene of a traffic accident in the 2700 block of East Rancier Avenue. Ryan attempted to drive around the accident scene using the wrong side of the road. He was stopped by a Fire Fighter and made a U-turn in the street. As he left the scene, he ran over an officer’s foot. An officer in a patrol vehicle attempted to stop McKenzie but he sped away. He was identified by license plate and driver’s license photo. His bond was initially set at $100,000, but he was released on his own recognizance.

World News

  • Centaurus is not an official name of any known COVID19 variant. The WHO has not given BA.2.75, or other omicron subvariants names because they do not substantially differ in terms of Omicron’s main characteristics, such as immune escape and preference to infect the upper respiratory tract.

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