Marchea Latonya Brooks Meat Theft Suspect Arrested

Marchea Latonya Brooks Meat Theft Suspect Arrested

TEMPLE, Texas – Marchea Latonya Brooks, 40, of Harker Heights was arrested by the Temple Police Department for an April meat theft.

According to an affidavit, Marchea Latonya Brooks was arrested Tuesday morning for a theft that took place on April 15. At 3:34 p.m. on April 15, the Temple Police Department was dispatched to an HEB in the 3000 block of South 31st Street for a theft in progress. Upon arrival, they learned Brooks and her accomplice, 53-year-old Latonya Thomas fled the area. An employee saw Brooks and Thomas leave the store with the meat and attempted to stop them unsuccessfully. Brooks and Thomas were able to leave with a large quantity of meat. The value of the meat was estimated at $2,000. On Tuesday, May 10, Brooks was arrested. In addition to the charges for the Temple theft, Brooks is facing charges for five unrelated incidents involving theft, two of which were in Harker Heights. Brooks is also charged with failure to ID as a fugitive. Her bond is set at $2,000. Police are still searching for Latonya Thomas.

Information sought in Bell County hit-and-run

by Matt McGovern on May 11, 2022 at 12:14 pm 

BELL COUNTY, Texas (FOX 44) – The Texas Department of Public Safety needs your help for information in a crash where one of the vehicles involved fled the scene. Troopers responded at approximately 6:42 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a major three-vehicle crash on Interstate 14, near the Clear Creek overpass.  Investigating Troopers say [MORE]

Woman dead in Waco shooting, suspect sought

by Matt McGovern on May 2, 2022 at 1:11 pm 

WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – Waco Police officers are searching for a murder suspect after a Sunday night shooting. Officers were dispatched to a shooting at 8:34 p.m. near the 3400 block of Morrow Avenue. When they arrived, they found two women with gunshot wounds. They were both transported to a local hospital, where one [MORE]

Woman reporting one theft is arrested for another

by Roland Richter on May 2, 2022 at 4:02 pm 

Temple, Tx (Fox 44) – In an ironic twist, a woman giving Temple police information about a theft from the convenience store where she was working was herself arrested in another theft case altogether. Police were called to the convenience store in the 3800 block of South 31st in Temple on Saturday to gather information [READ]

Erik Anthony Scott Indicted For Fraud And Forgery

Erik Anthony Scott

Killeen News Now – Erik Anthony Scott, 26, of Killeen, was indicted on a felony charge of forgery after writing more than $24,100 worth of checks out to himself and cashing them at a convenience store in 2021.

According to an affidavit, on Oct. 4, 2021, a man went to the Killeen Police Department to report a burglary at his residence around Sept. 19, 2021, while he was away. Items stolen included guns and checks. Three of those stolen checks were made out to Erik Anthony Scott and cashed within three days at a Harker Heights convenience store: $2,470 on Sept. 20, 2021, $15,000 on Sept. 21, 2021, and $6,700 on Sept. 22, 2021. On Oct. 18, 2021, Scott returned to the same store and attempted to cash another check for $2,470. This time, employees alerted the Harker Heights Police Department. Scott fled on foot.
While running, Scott emptied a backpack he was carrying. An officer in pursuit saw Scott throwing a gun, debit cards, credit cards, prepaid cards, and more forged checks. The items belonged to at least 17 different people. Once the backpack was empty, Scott knocked an officer down and allegedly attempted to remove the officer’s service weapon. Officers were unable to capture Scott. Body cameras and surveillance footage helped police identify him. Killeen Police arrested Scott on Oct. 22, 2021. Scott remains jailed on 11 charges, including forgery of a financial instrument $2,500 or more but less than $30,000 and a state jail felony charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

Cary Alice Roy

Memorial services for Cary Alice Roy, 87, of Killeen, will be held at 9 a.m. May 3 at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with an inurnment to follow. Deacon James Rodgers will be officiating.

Ms. Roy died April 3, 2022, at her home.

She was born June 4, 1934, in Cyborg, Maine.

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Neal Secrest

Herbert Neal Secrest

Herbert Neal Secrest was born on July 5, 1950 to Dorothy “Dot” and Robert Allen Secrest in Fort Mead Maryland. Neal was raised traveling the country as part of a young military family. When his father would receive orders to serve over seas, Dot and the children would move back to Monroe North Carolina to live close to family. Shortly after his fathers passing, Neal and his family moved to Copperas Cove Texas in the summer of 1966 where he made his home for the rest of his life. Upon arriving in “Cove” he finished up high school and met his HS sweetheart Janet “Jann” Johnson. They eventually married and had a child, Christopher Neal Secrest.

Neal was very active in the family business, Terry’s Furniture and eventually helped to manage Terry’s Fashions, a Cove Landmark at the time. Neal loved meeting people and was blessed with the gifts of a true salesman. Eventually, Neal moved to Terry’s Furniture full time to help run the family store with John McColl. They decided to try to sell a few used cars in the parking lot out front under the old windmill and that’s where Neal found his gift for selling automobiles. From there Neal began a long career with the Billy Young automobile group in Copperas Cove and Killeen. Neal would set sales records year after year, however, what he really loved was visiting with and getting to know his customers who would eventually become his friends.

While working at the Killeen Mall, Neal met Elizabeth Andrade who became his second wife. Neal and Elizabeth were blessed with two children, Elizabeth Aneal and Nicholas Secrest. Neal loved his children and his family. Neal loved to go on hunting and fishing trips with John and he loved old trucks. He spent the better part of his life tinkering with cars and trucks including his prized 1946 Chevrolet pick up truck.

Eventually Neal would meet Pam Spensser and they would travel and enjoy the car show circuit together. Pam loved and cared for Neal as his primary caregiver though the latter part of his life. They loved animals, the outdoors, traveling, and their children and were a gift to one another. Neal’s children would like to offer a special message of thanks and love to Pam for her dedication and love for their father.

Neal inherited the gift of personally knowing Jesus Christ in large part through his Mother, Dot. Neal slowed down later in life and became much closer to Christ. Both his children and his mother witnessed him walk with the Holy Spirit. 

Herbert Neal Secrest was preceded in death by both parents and second father, John McColl.

He is survived by his brother Michael Secrest and wife Jo of New Braunfels TX and sister Janet L. Secrest of Copperas Cove TX. 

Three children: Chris Secrest and his wife Dina of San Marcos, TX, Dr. Elizabeth Dosch and her husband Shawn of Ruidoso, NM and Nickolas Secrest and his wife Anna of Las Cruces NM.

His grandchildren, Abigail and Claire Secrest and Avery Dosch.

A celebration of life for family & friends will be held at a date TBD

“Celebrate Killeen” is back

by Jessica Rivera on April 30, 2022 at 3:29 am

KILLEEN, Texas (FOX 44)- For the first time in over two years the Killeen community was able to take part in “Celebrate Killeen”. “Celebrated the diversity of the local talent that we have in our community, the food trucks, the businesses. So we just all come together and just have a good time and enjoying [READ MORE]



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