A Harker Heights man was arraigned March 22 on a charge of burglary of a building.

Donald Gregg Stokes, 34, was arraigned by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set bond at $50,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, police responded to a storage business located in the 5900 block of East Veterans Memorial Boulevard in October 2015, where they met with the facility manager, who told them that several of the storage units had been compromised.

The affidavit stated that “there were multiple units broken into with locks cut and unknown property taken.”

Police interviewed at least one of the victims, who said several items of her jewelry were taken from the unit.

Police said that through their investigation they were able to isolate a code that had been used to access the storage facility and according to the affidavit, the same code was used to gain entry each time a unit was burglarized.

The affidavit stated the code used was assigned to a person who, upon being interviewed, advised that he allows Donald Gregg Stokes and his girlfriend to use his storage unit and provided him with the entry code.

Police said they learned during the investigation that several items of jewelry taken from the victim’s storage unit were pawned at a local pawnshop by Stokes’ girlfriend.

The affidavit said officers interviewed both Stokes and his girlfriend, during which Stokes admitted to burglarizing the storage units, but his girlfriend was not involved in the burglaries. Stokes’ girlfriend told officers she received the jewelry she pawned from Stokes.

Heights man arraigned on assault by strangulation charge

A Harker Heights man was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on March 27.

Eugene Sonny Brownlow III, 40, was charged with assault by strangulation following an incident on Mar 26.

According to police reports, on Mar 26 police were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Henderson Drive in Killeen, where they found a women exiting the residence in an apparent state of fear. The woman later told police she attempted to leave the residence following an argument with Brownlow, but “he grabbed her throat with both hands and pushed her against a sink and choked her so that she could not breathe.”

One of the responding officers entered the residence and instructed Brownlow to put his hands up but Brownlow refused the officer’s orders and fled through a window.

According to police reports, Brownlow was found shortly after fleeing in a nearby abandoned residence hiding in a bathtub. Brownlow was taken into custody.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

Justice of the Peace Cooke set Brownlow’s bond at $1000,000. He is being held in lieu of bond in the Bell County Jail.

Heights teen arraigned on manslaughter charge for crash

Killeen police arrested one of the two drivers on March 24 in connection with a fatal November crash on Trimmier Road, according to a Killeen Police Department news release.

Alexis Jillian Woods was arrested without incident at her Harker Heights home.

Woods was arraigned March 25 by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set bond at $1 million on a manslaughter charge, which is in addition to a previous charge of racing, causing injury or death.

Woods, a 17-year-old student, was driving a Chevrolet Camaro at a high rate of speed Nov. 13, 2015, and struck the passenger side of a Ford Taurus, killing Michael Lockett, 60, of Chicago and Francine Winbush, 66 of Killeen, according to police.

Also charged in the case is Floyd Moore Jr., 18, the driver of a Dodge charger traveling alongside Wood’s vehicle. His charge is racing, causing injury or death.

The two were traveling at a high rate of speed on a city street, computed at over 100 miles per hour, according to police.

Both teens await their fate through the Bell County court system.

John Vander WERFF is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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