Killeen News Now – According to the Killeen Police Department, a vehicle struck a child on a bicycle at about 5:50 p.m. near Mesa Drive and Pepper Mill Hollow in Killeen on Thursday.
Emergency medical services airlifted the child to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Killeen News Now – According to a statement to parents from Ellison Principal David Dominguez, the Killeen Police Department arrested an Ellison student with a gun at Ellison High School on Tuesday.
The adult male student was taken into custody and transported to the Bell County jail for having a weapon on campus. Possession of a firearm in a prohibited place is a third-degree felony. Officials did not release the student’s name. Officers arrested the student without incident.
“Additional details will be available as the investigation continues” – Killeen Independent School District spokeswoman Taina Maya
“The safety of everyone on campus is always our highest priority, and no threat such as this will ever be tolerated on the campus of Ellison High School.” – Ellison Principal David Dominguez
Killeen News Now – Jordan Snyder, 22, Fort Hood, was indicted for sexual assault of a child after police found evidence of a sexual relationship between him and a 15-year-old Temple girl.
On Nov. 17, 2021, officers with the Temple Police Department interviewed a girl who told them she was in a relationship with Snyder from July 2020 to December 2020. The girl told officers she and Snyder had sex multiple times. On Feb. 9, Jordan Snyder was indicted for the sexual assault of a child. Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony. Snyder is facing a sentence of 2 to 20 years in prison if convicted. Snyder admitted having sex with the minor during that time frame. Cellphone data obtained during the investigation contained explicit messages, nude photographs, and a video of the two having sex. Snyder posted a $100,000 bond on Nov. 24, 2021.
Noel Anders, 25, of Killeen, was arrested Friday on suspicion of carrying methamphetamine.
According to an affidavit, officers with the Killeen Police Department arrested Noel Anders following a traffic stop. A K9 unit alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle in which she was traveling.
The affidavit alleges that Anders did not have a driver’s license and could not provide any official form of identification. An officer asked for her name and date of birth. She provided false information. A K9 unit on the scene detected the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle Anders was driving. A search of the vehicle, located a plastic baggie between the seat Anders was using and the center console.
Anders had two passengers with her. She claimed the 0.18-gram bag of methamphetamine was hers. Anders was taken to the Bell County Jail. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram. Her bond is set at $20,000.
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Killeen News Now – More than 3,300 U.S. Army service members refused the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. Those vaccine refusers are facing discharge from the U.S. Army.
The Army announced it will immediately begin discharging soldiers who have refused to get the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Army is the final military service to institute a discharge policy for vaccine refusers. Over 650 Marines, airmen, and sailors have been discharged from the military or dismissed from boot camps. Nearly 97% of Army personnel have had at least one shot. Those that have completed the disciplinary process, which started with a written reprimand, will be the first to be discharged for misconduct. Those who are eligible to retire may do so before July 1. Those requesting a medical, administrative, or religious exemption must go through a review process that requires counseling with medical personnel, chaplains, and senior commanders.
“Unvaccinated soldiers present risk to the force and jeopardize readiness. We will begin involuntary separation proceedings for Soldiers who refuse the vaccine order and are not pending a final decision on an exemption.”
– Army Secretary Christine Wormuth
Directive 2022-02 (Personnel Actions for Active Duty Soldiers Who Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccination Order and Accession Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals) is available at (https://armypubs.army.mil/ProductMaps/PubForm/ArmyDir.aspx).
Recent updates on army vaccination and exemption statistics are available online at https://www.army.mil/article/253543/.
Killeen News Now – Courtesy of winter storm Landon, the city of Killeen will open a warming center nightly beginning tonight. A warming center will be made available through Saturday, 5 February.
The center locations and hours are listed below.
- Wednesday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Rosa Hereford Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard
- Thursday-Friday, Feb. 3-4, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., Moss Rose Center, 1103 E Ave. E; dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., Rosa Hereford Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Warming centers are opened to offer temporary relief from cold. They do not have full sheltering capabilities. If no one is using the warming center by 11:30 p.m., it will close.
Edward Paul Moton, 23, was charged with evading arrest or detention causing death for his involvement in an accident that left one Killeen man dead in July.
According to an arrest affidavit, on July 7, a Killeen Police Department officer saw Edward Paul Moton, 23, of Killeen driving a blue Dodge Charger, 20mph over the speed limit, in the area of East Elms Road and W.S. Young Drive. The officer attempted to stop the car. Moton did not comply. The officer turned off his lights and followed the car at reduced speed.
A second officer spotted the car traveling northbound on Trimmier Road, then west on East Elms Road. It disappeared, and a plume of smoke was seen, cresting the hill at Elms and Stefek Drive. That same officer noted that he saw a “tremendous” amount of debris as he approached the scene.
Moton was pulled from the driver’s seat of the Charger as the car began burning. A passenger crawled out of the car just before it caught fire.
Witnesses told investigators that Moton crashed into a light-colored SUV, which in turn crashed into a black pick-up truck.
Victor Alexander Demarest, 41, died after being ejected from his light-colored SUV during a collision with the Charger.
Moton was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of evading arrest or detention causing death — a second-degree felony. A judge set his bond at 500,000 dollars.