Waco, TX

Autopsy confirms Waco inmate died by suicide; Texas Rangers probe continues

Autopsy records obtained this week in the June 3 death of a McLennan County Jail inmate confirmed local authorities’ account that he died of suicide by hanging. Jesse James Evans, 25, of Waco, died just before midnight in a Waco-area hospital after an incident in which McLennan County Sheriff’s Office officials said he used a strip of blanket to hang himself.
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Former Baylor Star Rips Kim Mulkey: Fans React

On Monday night, former Baylor star Queen Egbo called out Kim Mulkey. Mulkey coached the Baylor women's basketball team from 2000-2021. She won a national title in 2012 with Brittney Griner as her best player. Despite coaching Griner for multiple years Mulkey hasn't commented on the WNBA star's situation. Griner...
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What to expect at the HOT Fair & Rodeo

WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo begins Thursday, October 6 and ends Friday, October 16. Concerts start on Friday, Otober 7, and you can see that lineup here. The livestock show starts September 28 and includes 5,000 kids. There are a few...

Missing Waco teenager found late Monday night

WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Waco police officers late Monday night said 17-year-old Samual Lee Robinson, reported missing earlier in the day, had been found. The teenager was last seen at Waco High School earlier in the afternoon when he was reported missing. According to family, Samual sent a message to...

Couple found passed out in car with one-year-old in car seat

Temple, Tx ( FOX44) – A 19-year-old Bellmead woman has been arrested after being found along with a man passed out in a car with a one-year-old child in the back seat. A Temple Police Department spokesperson said Mackenzie Brooke Criswell was charged with DWI with a child passenger.

Work begins on downtown Waco container project, rechristened 'Herringbone'

Two people wearing hard hats were knocking the doors off the shipping container complex formerly known as The Containery in downtown Waco on Tuesday, all for a good cause. The San Diego, California, company with plans to transform the brightly colored containers into a mix of retail, dining and lodging closed a deal on its purchase last week. Some demolition must take place to create a clean slate for modifications, said Philip Auchettl, CEO of Rad Lab, the firm that now owns the jumble at Fourth Street and Jackson Avenue.

How private are your private messages?

WACO, Texas (FOX 44) — Have you ever wondered how private your messages are? Not just your texts but also your Facebook messages and Instagram DM’s. “You are in someone else’s playground and they get to make the rules,” Social Media Expert Caryn Brown said. “And what you need to remember, too, is that they get to change those rules as well. And sometimes they do.”

Two Central Texas schools recognized nationally

WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – Two Central Texas schools are among 31 Texas schools being recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. ESC Region 12 announced on Tuesday morning that Bynum School and Valley Mills High School have been given a prestigious honor awarded to exemplary and high-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools for their academic performance or progress in closing the achievement gap. This is the second consecutive year for both schools to receive this national award.

Texas and California Schools Face False Active Shooter Reports

Although I want to see a change in the future, as of now, we must unite together to stand against scares like this.”. School shootings are serious, fatal, and unpredictable. So, it’s only natural that when Texas and California police departments received phone calls regarding a potential school shooting, they reacted immediately. On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, a dozen Texas and California schools faced comparable threats from suspected active shooters, calling for lockdowns on Tuesday. The same phone number has shown up in each false call, suggesting a correlation between the hoax calls, as the FBI is currently investigating. “Whether these are related, we don’t know yet,” said Santa Barbara Police Sergeant Ethan Ragsdale. “But potentially they are.” When the 9-1-1 call came in soon before 1 p.m., cautioning dispatchers to an active shooting, approximately 100 law enforcement officers were promptly deployed to Bishop Diego High School, according to Ragsdale. It took roughly a half-hour for police authorities to investigate the school inside and out to confirm that no armed suspect was present. Ragsdale expresses his gratitude for the fact that it was a false alarm but stresses how terrible it is to put students in such a manic and terrified state.

Central Texas drought felt 15 feet underground

WACO, Texas — Even 15 feet under, the cheese at Brazos Cheese Valley in Waco, Texas has felt the impacts of the lack of rain in Central Texas. Kevin Durkin, the owner of Brazos Valley Cheese, houses his dairy products in a cave he dug himself. In there, the cheese ages like fine wine.

Woodway PSD K-9 officer passes away

WOODWAY, Texas (FOX 44) – The Woodway Public Safety Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. The department announced Monday that K-9 Officer Cody passed away after a battle with cancer. Cody’s career with Woodway started in 2019, and Woodway PSD says Cody “exceeded all of our expectations” within the last three years.

Central Texas Church Members Support Cubans Impacted By Hurricane Ian

WACO, TX (FOX 44) – As Hurricane Ian approaches Florida, state and local agencies in Texas are getting ready to deploy and provide support. This includes Central Texans gathering resources for Cuba, reports show one million people on the island left without power after impact. Peter Dyson of Waco and Travis Caywood of China Spring […]

Two killed in Robinson vehicle collision.

ROBINSON, Texas — A vehicle crash in Robinson left two people dead this Sunday in Robinson. Robinson Police say they were dispatched to the scene around 2:10 p.m., where they found a Chevrolet Suburban hauling a travel trailer upside down in the median between Loop 340 and the access road.

Troy pursuit into Waco leads to shooting

TROY, Texas (FOX 44) – A police pursuit from Bell County into Waco leads to an officer-involved shooting. The Troy Police Department says a call was received around 4:57 p.m. Sunday in reference to a reckless driver traveling northbound on Interstate 35 – through Belton and Temple. The...