Killeen credit union robbed at gunpoint

KILLEEN — City police are searching for the suspect in a bank robbery that occurred just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A white male walked into the Heart of Texas Federal Credit Union in the 1600 block of South Fort Hood Street at 10:53 a.m. armed with a handgun. He walked up to a teller, demanded money and then fled the credit union.

He was last seen running eastbound on Kathey Lane into a residential area with an unspecified amount of money.

It was the first bank robbery of 2012 in Killeen.

Couple fights off would-be robber

KILLEEN — Police said a man tried to rob two people Tuesday and fired a weapon at them as they fought him off.

The incident happened in the area of Hoover and Second streets in Killeen on Tuesday just before 8 p.m.

The victims, a male and female couple, told police they were exiting their vehicle when they heard a man yelling at them, demanding their belongings. He threatened them with a handgun, but when he pulled the trigger the gun didn’t fire.

According to information from police, the couple scrambled to get away from the man, and the male victim threw an object while the female victim hit the suspect. The suspect fired his weapon and missed the male before running away in the area east of Hoover. As he was running away, he fired the weapon again, hitting the victim’s vehicle. As of Thursday morning, police were still looking for the suspect, described as a tall black male with bad teeth.

Cove student arrested after gun found in locker

COPPERAS COVE — A 13 year-old student at S.C. Lee Junior High School was arrested Tuesday for bringing a handgun on to the campus, according to police.

The unloaded gun, a .40-caliber Glock, was found in the student’s locker. A magazine with 11 rounds in it was also found in the locker. No one was harmed.

The student was taken to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Lt. Gen. Campbell leaves Fort Hood

FORT HOOD — Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. relinquished command of Fort Hood and III Corps during a ceremony Wednesday.

His new assignment will be as the commander of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany. Maj. Gen. Mark Milley has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Fort Hood commander, but Congress still needs to approve the nomination.

Current deputy commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, Brig. Gen. James M. Richardson, will be the interim commander “until Gen. Milley is confirmed, which we expect in the next 30 days or so,” Campbell said during a media event on Monday.

Campbell praised the leadership on post for doing their jobs well and needing little supervision, and said the communities outside Fort Hood are great friends to the military.

“I can think of no greater community than the one right here in Central Texas,” he said.

5 injured in Temple accident Tuesday

TEMPLE — Five people, including two children younger than 6, were taken to Scott & White Memorial Hospital by ambulance after they were involved in a two-car accident on Charter Oak Drive on Tuesday, Temple Police said.

The accident happened in the 4700 block of Charter Oak Drive when a blue Ford station wagon driven by a 24-year-old Temple woman tried to back out of a private driveway on the west side of the street. She backed up straight into the path of a blue Chrysler station wagon driven by a 32-year-old Belton woman. The Chrysler, going south on the street, T-boned the Ford’s driver’s side door area, Wilcox said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

Belton approves 5 historic districts

BELTON — The Belton City Council on Tuesday approved the designation of five historic districts, adding a new layer of protection over hundreds of historic properties.

The council voted to approve historic designations for the neighborhoods of South Main, Lower West Belton, Downtown Belton, Central Belton and North Central Belton. The five districts include 442 properties, including homes constructed in the 1870s.

A historic designation establishes a zoning mechanism over properties known as historic overlay, which accounts for a home’s underlying land use, but also requires certain preservation standards to the exterior. Ordinary repair and maintenance of a historic district property — such as touchup painting, minor repairs to windows, doors and siding, or replacing materials with like materials — will not require approval by the city.

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