CRIME & SAFETY
Man charged with hiding camera in bathroom of renter
Waco, Tx (FOX44) – A 54-year-old Waco man is facing felony charges, and is accused of hiding a camera in the bathroom of a room he rented out. Stephen Diamond was arrested after the 24-year-old woman he rented a room to in his home found something wrong less than a day after moving in. Waco Police Department spokesperson Cierra Shipley said the victim rented a room in the home in the 9300 block of Regal Drive – but soon found a camera disguised as a charging dock in the bathroom.
Waco PD: 31-year-old arrested for manslaughter in deadly crash
WACO, Texas — The Waco Police Department announced that 31-year-old Lee Jordan Murrow was arrested for manslaughter and injury to a child for their involvement in a crash that left one dead back on May 17. According to the department, the crash occurred when an 81-year-old woman identified as...
Large training exercise to be held at La Vega High School
McLENNAN COUNTY, Texas (FOX 44) – If you happen to see fire units and emergency vehicles at La Vega High School on Thursday, there is no need to be alarmed. According to the Bellmead Police Department, there will be a large-scale law enforcement training exercise on campus at this time. Several public safety agencies will be in attendance. The Bellmead Fire Department, AMR and a helicopter will also be participating.
Waco man sentenced in stabbing of stepson, aggravated assault of ex-wife
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A Waco man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for stabbing his former stepson and for trying to slash his ex-wife’s neck with a box cutter while she was at work. Gregory Emerson Williams, 56, was set to stand trial in Waco’s 54th...
Arrest made in case of car crashing into house
Waco, Tx (FOX44) – UPDATE: A 21-year-old Waco man has been arrested in connection with heavy damage done to a house on May 15 – when a car crashed through a wall. Alfredo Fernandez was booked into the McLennan County Jail Monday on a charge of failure to stop and render aid in connection with the incident. The crash was reported to police at 3:25 a.m. on May 15 from the occupant of a home in the 3100 block of Cole Avenue.
From a war zone to Woodway
Chief Khalil El-Halabi is the newest police chief in Central Texas, and he may be the first from the Middle East.
'Significant' law enforcement training happening at La Vega High School Thursday
BELLMEAD, Texas — If you see a large police presence at La Vega High School on Thursday, June 1, the City of Bellmead says not to worry. On that day, a "significant" law enforcement training exercise will be taking place at the school, the city said on Facebook. As...
18-wheeler leaks fuel on Waco frontage road
WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – The Waco Fire Department and its HazMat Team responded to the scene of an 18-wheeler leaking fuel early Monday afternoon. The department says the accident occurred in the 3700 block of S. Jack Kultgen Expressway, on the northbound frontage road. This is a developing...
Waco's Aftermath: Unravelling the Lasting Impact
In 1993, a tragic and controversial event unfolded in Waco, Texas, when a 51-day standoff between the Branch Davidians and law enforcement agencies ended in a devastating fire. The events of the Waco siege have captivated public interest for years, prompting various adaptations and documentaries. One such adaptation is the television series "Waco: The Aftermath," available for streaming on Paramount Plus.
Early morning car robbery results in gunfire, suspects on the loose
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Waco police are looking for the person who fired a weapon during a car robbery overnight. Around 3:48 a.m. on Thursday May 25, Waco Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Orchard Lane to investigate a car robbery. A neighbor told police he heard a...
Texas Rangers investigating death at McLennan County Jail
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The Texas Rangers are investigating the Wednesday night death of a McLennan County Jail inmate. Major Pam Whitlock, who oversees jail operations, said the inmate had medical issues and was being held in the jail’s medical unit. She declined to identify the inmate, saying she...
Two more indicted after man was lured to Crawford home, shot in the neck during robbery
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Two suspects who police say lured a man to Crawford in an incident in which the man was shot in the back of the neck and robbed were indicted Thursday. A McLennan County grand jury indicted Victoria Desha Williams, 24, of Waco, and Brian Matthew Cook, 37, of Crawford, each on one count of first-degree felony aggravated robbery.
Waco firefighters respond to early morning, two-alarm house fire
An investigation is underway Thursday morning, after a two-alarm house fire in Waco. The Waco Fire Department says they were called to the 1900 block of Rambler Dr. just after 3:45 a.m.
Copperas Cove man accused of using internet to groom teen with promise of helping her become an umpire
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A Copperas Cove man is charged with online solicitation of a minor as he attempted to recruit the victim to become an umpire, an arrest affidavit states. Kevin Anthony Gibson, 68, is accused of sending a nude image of a woman to a minor over text message, as well as asking the 15-year-old victim for nude photos of herself.
Waco man accused of trying to run over men in dispute over ‘prime’ panhandling corner spot
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - An escalating squabble between panhandlers over a prime corner spot led to the arrest of a Waco man. Waco police arrested San Luis Bernal Vera, 55, on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after two men reported Vera tried to run over them with his 2001 Dodge pickup on May 24.
18-year-old driver identified and arrested for manslaughter in deadly Waco crash
WACO, Texas — The Waco Police Department identified 18-year-old Sergio Alejandro Almendarez as the driver of a Chrysler 300 that was involved in a crash that left two dead back in April on Monday, May 22. According to the Waco Police Department, two people were killed after crashing their...
Waco teen gets 40 years in prison in drug robbery killing
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - One of four teenagers charged in the October 2020 shooting death and drug-related robbery of Jatron Lavar Thomas was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday. Pablo Joaquin Villarreal, 19, pleaded guilty to murder and two counts of aggravated robbery and was sentenced to three concurrent,...
Document: Suspended Baylor linebacker charged with DWI in April
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Garmon Alexander Randolph, a linebacker with the Baylor University football team, was charged with DWI in April, according to an affidavit obtained KWTX. Waco police arrested Randolph at 3 a.m. on April 2 after officers pulled over a 2020 Ford Mustang that ran the stop sign at South 16 Street and La Salle Ave, the document states.
Manslaughter charges in fatal motorcycle crash
Waco, Tx (FOX44) – An 18-year-old man is facing two counts of manslaughter in connection with an April 10 crash involving a motorcycle and the car he was driving – which resulted in two people dead. Sergio Alejandro Almendarez was identified as the suspected driver of the Chrysler...
Missing Waco woman found
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - UPDATE: Colleen Corthrop, 38, has been found. The Waco Police Department is asking for the public’s help in their search for a missing woman. Colleen Corthrop, 38, was last seen on May 19 was last seen at Providence Hospital. Corthrop may have connections in the...
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