Killeen murder suspect extradited from Calif.

A man suspected of stabbing a Killeen woman to death with a machete is now in Bell County after being extradited from California.

David Michael Vega, 28, arrived at Bell County Jail early Tuesday, according to jail records. Vega was transported from Turlock, Calif., where law enforcement apprehended him Oct. 11.

Vega, a Fort Hood soldier, was charged with murder in the Aug. 17 stabbing death of 30-year-old Danielle Acosta-Guerrero. Witnesses spotted Vega at the scene, though he managed to escape through a back window of Acosta-Guerrero’s home before local police could detain him.

Vega was the ex-boyfriend of Acosta-Guerrero, according to court documents.

Suspected shooter arrested in Cove

COPPERAS COVE — Detectives Monday arrested a Copperas Cove man suspected of shooting at cars carrying passengers last week. Officers on the scene broke through the front of the residence to nab the alleged shooter, who was attempting to flee police.

Dante Leroy Cross was arraigned on seven charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one midemeanor charge of evading arrest or detention. His bond was set at $705,000.

Police had been searching for Cross since Oct. 23, when several witnesses identified him as a person who on the same night allegedly shot several rounds into a Hyundai Elantra in the intersection of Hackberry Street and West Truman and more rounds at a second vehicle at a nearby car wash, states one of eight arrest complaints.

During the shooting, one round went through the back of the car, causing a bullet fragment to strike one of the victims in the car, according to a complaint.

Incoming ale house raises questions in Killeen

The Killeen City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a prospective restaurant to serve wine, beer and liquor in Killeen, but the zoning case has questioned how the city’s laws for alcohol distribution impact economic development.

The Carolina Ale House, a North Carlolina-based restaurant chain with 19 locations in the U.S., has planned to build a restaurant on East Central Expressway

McIlwain said the prospective business was “tentative,” in part, because of Killeen’s “atypical” process for approving alcohol distribution through its zoning laws.

Unlike other cities, restaurant alcohol sales in Killeen must be approved directly by the City Council, even if the property is already zoned in a business district.

In Harker Heights, a restaurant already under a business zoning does not need approval from City Council to sell alcohol, Harker Heights City Manager Steve Carpenter said.

Early voting turnout remains high in area

After a steady turnout of about 900 ballots per day last week, the Killeen Community Center — one of Bell County’s six early voting locations — was inundated with 1,252 voters on Saturday.

The single day of voting has been the highest turnout in Killeen since voting began on Oct. 22.

Weekend turnouts have been historically strong as voters find more time to get out to the polls after the work week is finished.

When polls closed Sunday in Harker Heights 3,900 voters had cast their ballots.

Belton had recorded 5,574, Salado 1,666 and Temple 7,046.

Early voting ends tonight at 7, and the general election is set for Nov. 6.

FBI arrests Fort Hood soldier on porn charges

The FBI last week arrested a Fort Hood soldier they say possessed and helped produce child pornography.

Sgt. Wade Allen Perkins of the 306th Military Intelligence Battalion, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade, was charged with production of child pornography.

Perkins directed a woman, with whom he was romantically involved, to produce graphic cellphone videos and photos of her 3-year-old son while Perkins was stationed at Fort Hood, the affidavit states. The woman has not yet been charged.

Perkins confessed to the accusations and detailed to investigators in multiple interviews how he coerced the woman into producing the child pornography.

Perkins first met the woman while stationed at Fort Sam Houston. They developed a romantic relationship, and Perkins began to urge the woman to introduce her son into their sexual activities, the affidavit states.

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