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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 4:30 am

Killeen police: Woman shot ex-girlfriend

KILLEEN – A Killeen woman is facing felony assault charges after police said she shot her ex-girlfriend in the stomach.

Calandra Monee Stanfield was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to a shooting Sunday at an apartment complex in the 3100 block of Atkinson Avenue.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Stanfield Monday and set her bail at $100,000.

An arrest affidavit states Stanfield had sent text messages to her ex-girlfriend before arriving at her apartment just before midnight Saturday.

When she arrived, Stanfield began arguing with her ex-girlfriend’s roommate, which turned into an argument between her and the alleged victim.

Church defaced by pink spray paint

KILLEEN – A man claiming to be the ambassador of Guam was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spray-painting the back entrance and parking lot of Central Christian Church on East Trimmier Road in Killeen.

A female employee for the church spotted the man early Tuesday through a window he had allegedly painted with bright pink spray paint, Central Christian Church pastor Mark Bushor said.

As police arrived, the suspect fled across the parking lot and hid in the bushes, Bushor said. Police apprehended the man within minutes and took him into custody on charges of vandalism to a religious building.

Killeen takes step toward approving new hike, bike trail

KILLEEN – The Killeen City Council approved a grant application for a hike-and-bike trail planned for west Killeen.

If Killeen is awarded the grant, the TxDOT will pay for 80 percent of the construction costs of a 1.32-mile paved walk between Watercrest Road and West Elms Road.

The grant will be awarded in June. The city’s portion of the costs of the park, which includes environmental and engineering fees, is $704,133.

Flag captured in war comes to Fort Hood

FORT HOOD – A North Vietnemese flag ripped from a flag pole by a 1st Cavalry Division soldier behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War made its way to a unit at Fort Hood recently, where it will stay indefinetly.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Brian Kielpinski, who was assigned to 1st “GarryOwen” Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during Vietnam, donated the flag to his old unit after it had laid in his dresser for decades.

Kielpinski, a tunnel rat during the war, said he had stared at the flag for three days while he was observing the enemy.

“Keep a look-out for me, I am getting that flag,” he told his soldiers at the time, then proceeded to run across a rice paddy field, knock down the pole and gain possession of the flag.

He also donated an officer’s belt buckle and lighter he had captured from the enemy during the war.

School leaders discuss growth

KILLEEN – The Killeen Independent School District, which includes all Harker Heights public schools, is considering at least two new construction projects to cope with growth in the southern part of the district

A satellite transportation facility, which would be located in the southern portion of the district, would likely house 100 of KISD’s 269 school buses. Currently, all of the district buses and its transportation department are housed next to KISD’s main administrative office, located off W.S. Young Drive.

The estimated total cost for the project is more than $3.8 million. The district has not purchased any land for the facility.

Board members also heard a presentation on the possibility of expanding Mountain View Elementary School to cope with an expected growth in the southern tier of the district.

John Craft, the district’s deputy superintendent, said KISD is looking at adding 12 additional classrooms to the campus, and would like to have them completed and open to students for the 2014 school year.

Victim ID’d in shooting death

TEMPLE – The man who was shot to death in his home Friday night was identified by Temple Police as Michael Lamar Green, 34, of Temple.

Green died of multiple gunshot wounds at his residence on the 400 block of South 32nd Street.

One suspect, a male juvenile, has been arrested in the case.

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