Fort Hood IDs soldier who died in shooting

Fort Hood officials on Tuesday released the name of a soldier who died from injuries suffered from gunshot wounds last week in Killeen.

Spc. Jamie Lee Schnider, 22, of Carter Lake, Iowa, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin at 11:37 p.m. Oct. 4.

A man was taken into custody the night of the shooting, which also injured another soldier, but he was released with no charges filed, Killeen police said.

After reviewing the case, Bell County Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said the man — a resident of the 3600 block of Holbert Drive where the shooting occurred — would not be charged, but the case will be presented directly to a grand jury, which could result in charges.

Killeen teenager indicted on arson charge

BELTON — A Bell County grand jury indicted a 19-year-old Killeen man last week who is accused of intentionally setting fire to a garage because he was bored.

Jamear Deandre Robinson was indicted on a charge of arson. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Robinson has remained in custody since his arrest on Sept. 18. He was in Bell County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $50,000.

Court documents state Robinson set fire to a plastic bag of leaves and grass clippings inside the garage of a vacant home. The fire caused damage to the garage door.

Fire investigators at the scene saw Robinson’s mother yelling at him. She asked if he set the fire and he nodded yes, the affidavit states.

New home zoning classification in Killeen

The Killeen City Council on Tuesday approved a controversial zoning classification that will require more space between houses in quickly developing suburban parts of the city, irking many local developers.

The new zoning requirement — Suburban Residential Zoning District or SR-1 — was designed to fit into the city’s Comprehensive Plan as a middle option between large one-acre lots and the dense housing developments already being built in many parts of the city.

Before the council approved the new zoning district, Councilman Jared Foster moved to increase the side yard requirements from the proposed 7½ feet minimum to 10 feet minimum, requiring more space between homes in areas defined as “Suburban Residential” in city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Single-Family Residential or R-1 zoning district — the only other single-family residential zoning district used by the city in lots under one acre in size — required a minimum of 7-foot side yards, a total of 14 feet between houses.

Competition available for high school students

The Friends of the Governor’s Mansion’s annual history competition for high school students, “It’s Your History,” is under way.

The Friends invite students to learn more about their Texas heritage by creating a PowerPoint presentation about the history of their county.

Winners are selected in several categories, including Best Overall Project, Best Images and Best Research. Schools will receive $500 for each winning project. Students must register by Oct. 30. Projects will be due at a yet-to-be-determined date in December.

Copperas Cove leaders look at recycling options

COPPERAS COVE — An easier way to recycle is a possibility for solid waste customers as the council continues to discuss using a material processing facility in Williamson County.

Taylor-based Wilco Recycling offered the city a chance to become a single-stream recycling operation and make use of its processing plant.

Compared to Copperas Cove’s current operations, single-stream recycling would mean residents and the collection crews wouldn’t have to sort items. The city could provide a large container and more types of materials could be collected.

Fire destroys Buddha statue south of Killeen

No one was injured after a large fire erupted Oct. 4 at a Thai Buddhist temple south of Killeen that destroyed several sacred statues, including a large statue of Buddha valued at $10,000.

Ron Phaxton, a practitioner at Wat Pah Samarkki Buddhist Temple, said he heard the sound of the fire popping behind the storage building, which was being used at the time as a temporary holding place for many of the temple’s shrines and statues.

By the time he made it to the building, the flames were 10 feet tall, he said.

Most devastating to the community of about 10 members, including three monks and a nun who live full-time at the compound, was the loss of the brass Buddha and a set of special doors, which were brought over from Thailand.

“It is sad because we had just got that statue of Buddha,” Phaxton said.


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