Killeen arts center floods over weekend

Employees opened the doors of the newly repurposed Killeen Arts and Activities Center to three inches of water Monday morning, after a faulty pipe blew its cap sometime over the weekend. The city suspects the water cap worked its way loose from the pipe between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday, ultimately flooding 10,000 to 15,000 square feet of the building. By noon most of the water had been removed and a carpet cleaning team was expected to finish extracting the water by the end of the day Monday.

Van donated to Meals On Wheels program

Local volunteers who deliver hot meals to area seniors in need will have a little extra help, after the Exchange Club of Killeen donated a 2012 Ford F-250 cargo van for the area’s Meals On Wheels Program.

“Part of our mission is to serve our senior citizens,” said Richard Young, district director for the club.

Killeen Center’s Meals On Wheels Program delivers nearly 2,000 free meals each month to seniors in Killeen, Harker Heights and Nolanville.

Agency encourages electric rate shopping

Sherri Givens, public counsel for the Office of the State Public Utility Counsel, said her “sweet” 88-year-old neighbor had been taken advantage of by an electric retail company. The elderly woman had been paying a maximum rate for her electricity — 15 cents per kilowatt-hour — when she could have been paying as low as 5.5 cents per kwh.

That is the difference between paying $150 on an electric bill and paying $55, Givens explained during a town hall meeting on electricity held in Killeen last Monday. “And you bet we are going to do something to change that.”

The State Public Utility Counsel fights court battles over utility fraud and provides information to Texans about the laws that protect them from being taken advantage of by electric companies. Givens said provides most of the information needed for consumers to find the best electric rates possible.

Rabid raccoon found in Cove

COPPERAS COVE — An animal infected with rabies was reported last week in Coryell County, the city’s first known case in at least three years. It was the first rabies case reported in Coryell County this year.

Last Friday, the Copperas Cove Police Department sent out a news release asking residents to contact police or animal control and their physicians and veterinarians in case they, their pets or their children came into contact with the infected animal, a raccoon.

At the time of its capture, the raccoon was not aggressive, but residents should still be wary of wild animals, said David Wellington, senior animal control officer.

“The officer that caught the animal said it was sitting beside the building, and it tried to wobble away,” Wellington said. “It then started holding its head as if it had a migraine headache.”

Raccoons and skunks are both nocturnal scavenging animals, so seeing the animal during the day and its behavior indicated there were warning signs of rabies, Wellington said.

Burning vehicle death in Cove ruled a suicide

COPPERAS COVE — Medical examiners Tuesday finished the primary autopsy report for the male victim discovered with a burning vehicle in Ogletree Gap Park.

The primary autopsy report states the manner of death was suicide, said Justice of the Peace John Guinn.

Guinn said the man was 22 and found outside the vehicle. Guinn wouldn’t release the name of the man, because the Copperas Cove Police Department hasn’t yet disclosed information about him.

Man charged with murder in Killeen shooting death

Law enforcement formally charged Cliffton Sivad Montague in the Oct. 11 shooting death of a 24-year-old man in Killeen.

Montague was not custody as of Thursday morning, and police consider him armed and dangerous. He is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds with very short black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the name Krystal on his neck.

The Bell County District Attorney’s Office issued a charge of murder against Montague on Tuesday. Police believe he killed Latternace Deshaun Newsome following an argument inside an apartment in the 3200 block of Hereford Lane.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about Montague’s location to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477, go to or text KILLEEN along with the tip to 274637. All information is confidential and tips can remain anonymous. A tip leading to Montague’s arrest may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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