News Wrap Up #2 – May 29, 2022

Marijuana, the Killeen Family Aquatic Center, boil water notices, High School graduations, the Uvalde school shooting, Tropical Smoothie, Burkina Faso, and more in News Wrap Up #2.

Local News

  • Advocates for the legalization of marijuana, delivered a petition to Killeen City Hall containing the signatures of more than 3,000 people hoping to decriminalize low level possession of the drug inside city limits.
  • The Killeen Family Aquatic Center located in Lion’s Club Park at 1800 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, is open for the Memorial Day weekend.
  • The new Tropical Smoothie Cafe located in Wendland Plaza, near the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Interstate 14, is in the final stages of construction.
  • The city of Killeen will temporarily suspend bulk collection service from May 30 to September 30. The city will however continue to pick up sticks and branches too big to fit in normal trash cans.
  • On February 28, 2020, Nolanville Police found Orlando Rolshaw Turner, 40, and a passenger in an overturned vehicle on a 2-lane highway. The passenger had a fractured spine and a liver laceration. Both were taken to a hospital in Temple for treatment. Turner’s blood-alcohol level was .276. On May 19, 2022, Turner was found guilty of a third-degree felony charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. Turner was ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim and complete a term at a substance abuse felony punishment facility run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
  • 570 Shoemaker High School seniors graduated on Saturday.
  • According to an affidavit, an unidentified woman told police that Taylor Shea Davis accused her of being involved with her boyfriend, then took her wallet and removed the cash from it. The woman that gave Davis a ride to the location where she confronted the woman, gave a similar statement. Davis was charged with theft from person and remains in Bell County jail on a bond set at $20,000.
  • A boil water notice has been issued for residents and businesses near Harker Heights High School following a water main break on Friday.

State News

  • At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the Justice Department has opened a critical incident review into law enforcement’s handling of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

National News

  • Delaware will be the only state in the U.S. without regularly scheduled commercial airline service when frontier airlines discontinues service in the state on June 6.

World News

  • Armed Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and ISIS killed nearly 50 people in a part of eastern Burkina Faso on Thursday. The victims were traveling to a town in the nearby commune of Pama.
  • The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, Agatha, is currently located 185 miles southwest of Puerto Angel and producing sustained winds of 110 mph (177 km/h).

Thomas O’Quinn

Funeral services for Thomas Earl O’Quinn, 66, of Harker Heights, will be held at noon Wednesday at Pershing Park Baptist Church in Killeen. A private family internment will be held at a later date.

Mr. O’Quinn died May 14, 2022, in Harker Heights.

He was born Nov. 14, 1955, in Port Gibson, Miss.

Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the church.

Offer condolences at www.chisolmsfuneral.com.

Chisolm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of local arrangements.

Hilario Rojas Falcon

Services for Hilario Rojas Falcon, 63, of Killeen, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Young’s Daughters Funeral Home in Temple. Burial will follow at Panteón De El Moral in Piedras Negra Acuna, COAH, Mexico.

Mr. Falcon died May 25, 2022, at his home.

He was born Dec. 3, 1958, in El Moral, México.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

News Wrap Up #1 – May 28, 2022

Meth, boil water notices, High School graduations, the Uvalde school shooting, Top Gun, NASA, Monkeypox, and more in News Wrap Up #1.

Local News

  • Angela Patrice Ensign was arrested following a traffic stop near W S Young and Terrace Drive, during which meth was discovered in a plastic container along with personal identification inside a bag Ensign was holding.
  • A boil water notice is issued effective Wednesday, June 1 at 6 a.m. for residents located on Fowler Ave., Trimmier, 8th St., Carry Cr., and Wells St.
  • Gateway middle and high schools are familiar with new Principal Sharita Herrara. She has been serving as interim principal at both campuses and served as assistant principal at the high school campus since 2020.
  • KISD officials announced Sharita Herrara will be taking of over as the new principal at Gateway High School.
  • 570 Shoemaker High School seniors graduated Friday.
  • 396 seniors graduated from Killeen High School.
  • 450 seniors from Copperas Cove High School graduated.

State News

  • According to family, the husband of a teacher that was killed during the school shooting in Uvalde, died of a heart attack.
  • The Baylor University Spiritual Center organized a community prayer for the Uvalde victims, earlier Friday afternoon.

National News

  • Memorial day was originally called decoration day.
  • The F14 featured in “Top Gun,” can be seen displayed on the deck of the USS Lexington.
  • Answering a phone call from a telemarketer does not take you off the do not call registry.
  • NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a galaxy(dubbed NGC 474) that’s twice the size of the Milky Way, 100 million light-years from Earth.
  • Sixty-Seven years after beginning her coursework, Betty Sandison, an 84-year-old woman, walked across the University of Minnesota’s commencement stage to receive her bachelor’s degree.

World News

  • Arif Bagirov, 45, a Ukrainian man, managed to flee the heavily-bombed city of Severodonetsk by riding a bicycle 70km (43-mile) to the city of Bakhmut.
  • Irish health authorities were alerted to the first case of monkeypox in the Republic of Ireland on Friday evening in the east of the country.

Ralph Sebexen

A memorial service for Ralph Sebexen III, 27, will be held at 6:30 p.m Thursday. at Crawford Bowers Funeral home in Killeen.

Mr. Sebexen died on April 26, 2022. He was born on May 30, 1994.

Ralphy is survived by his parents, Ralph and Angela Sebexen; his sister, Jeannie Rose Sebexen; a brother, Robert “Bubba” Stottler; and sister, Amanda Stottler.

KISD Student Samuel Gavin Malveaux Arrested After Threat

Samuel Gavin Malveaux Terroristic Threat

Killeen News Now – Samuel Gavin Malveaux, a 19-year-old KISD student, remains in the Bell County Jail, facing charges after threatening a teacher.

KISD Police arrested Samuel Gavin Malveaux Friday morning. The incident occurred at the Gateway High School campus in the 4100 block of Zephyr Road. According to KISD Spokesperson Taina Maya, Malveaux allegedly threatened a teacher. Someone notified the Killeen ISD Police, and they arrested Malveaux immediately. There is no report of physical contact, injuries, or weapon. The nature of the threat is not known. Malveaux remains in the Bell County Jail charged with terroristic threatening of a public servant.

Albert Ray Hobbs

Services for retired Sgt. 1st Class Albert Ray Hobbs, 75, of Nolanville are pending with Chisolm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen.

Mr. Hobbs died May 9, 2022, in Harker Heights.

He was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Bunnell, Florida.

KPD Says No To Body-Cam Footage Release In Ralph Sebexen Shooting

Ralph Sebexen Fatally Shot By Officer Devin Hill

Killeen News Now – The Killeen Police Department is refusing to release body-cam footage in the officer involved shooting death of martial artist and instructor Ralph Sebexen.

Devin Hill, an officer with the Killeen Police Department, shot 27-year-old Ralph Sebexen, a Killeen man, outside a convenience store on Fort Hood Street on April 5. Sebexen spent three weeks on life support before passing away on April 26. A public information request filed with the City of Killeen seeking body-cam and cruiser footage related to the shooting, was denied. On May 9, the office of the City Attorney for the City of Killeen responded to that request.

The City Attorney’s office intends to withhold the requested information pending a ruling from the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

“The City of Killeen seeks to withhold the information from public disclosure as it considers it to be protected by one or more of the exceptions (to the Texas Public Information Act) found within sections 552.101 through 552.154 of the Texas Government Code,”

City Attorney Traci Briggs

The shooting of Sebexen is still under investigation by the Texas Rangers. The findings of that investigation will determine whether the shooting goes before a grand jury.

“Ralph Sebexen is still an active investigation and no further details are available at this time,”

Sgt. Bryan Washko,
Public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety

Mary Elizabeth Broadwater

Mary Elizabeth Broadwater

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Broadwater, 82 of Florence, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen. Interment will follow at Killeen Memorial Park.

Ms. Broadwater died May 8, 2022, in Florence. She was born Sept. 6, 1939, in Roscoe.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Two-year-old girl dead in Waco shooting, arrest made

Elias Espinosa Ramos was arrested for tampering with evidence related to the shooting death of a 2-year-old in Waco.

WACO, Texas – Elias Espinosa Ramos was arrested for tampering with evidence related to the shooting death of a 2-year-old in Waco.

by Matt McGovern on May 12, 2022 at 1:49 pm 

WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – The Waco Police Department have arrested one person in connection with the deadly shooting of a child at 3501 Alta Vista Drive on Wednesday afternoon, at around 3 p.m. Police tell FOX 44 News that a two-year-old girl has been shot in the stomach. Police believe it was a handgun [READ]