Missing Cove toddler returned to grandparents

A missing child from Copperas Cove was returned to her guardians, officials announced Friday morning.

Milania Jade Myers, 2, was returned to her grandparents’ residence by her mother, Katherine Ann Myers, who did have custody of the child, Copperas Cove police said.

The Texas Rangers helped in the recovery.

Katherine Ann Myers was subsequently taken into custody, according to Cove police.

Herald staff reports

Killeen police locate missing woman

Killeen police located a 65-year-old woman who was reported missing after her family was unable to contact her for two weeks.

Police learned Brenda Hall was attending a Christian retreat out of town. Hall contacted family members and let them know she was safe.

Philip Jankowski

Army stops equal opportunity briefings discussing extremists

Fort Hood officials confirmed the Secretary of the Army halted all equal opportunity briefings discussing extremist organizations until standardizations can be implemented.

The memo was in response to cellphone photos from a briefing at Camp Shelby, Miss., where a Christian organization was listed as a domestic hate group on slides not authorized by the Army.

Rose L. Thayer

Early voting totals

Early voting in the Nov. 5 election began Monday and ends Friday.

Here’s a look at how many people have voted so far:

Killeen — 176

Harker Heights — 62

Belton — 100

Herald staff reports

West Texas man sentenced for bank robberies

LUBBOCK — A man was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for three bank and credit union robberies in West Texas in late 2012 and early this year.

Jeffrey Hensley of Lubbock pleaded guilty in July to three counts of bank robbery and credit union robbery, and he had been in custody since his arrest in April.

The 42-year-old was sentenced Friday during a federal court hearing in Lubbock.

Federal prosecutors said Hensley robbed the First United Bank on Sept. 14, 2012; the Plains Capital Bank on Dec. 8; and the Alliance Federal Credit Union on Feb. 13.

The Associated Press

Ex-Texas soldier sentenced in child abuse case

SAN ANTONIO — A former Texas soldier who blamed post-traumatic stress disorder for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Former Army Sgt. Wade Allen Perkins acknowledged to authorities that he coerced his girlfriend, also a former soldier, into sex acts with the child.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that at a sentencing hearing Friday in San Antonio, Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he wished he could have given Perkins more time for the production of child pornography charge.

The abuse happened while the soldiers were at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

The Associated Press

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