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.

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).