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Bond in Central Texas cattle theft 'ponzi scheme' skyrockets to $3.75MIL

HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) The bond has skyrocketed for a Mt. Calm man charged with livestock theft facing a list of additional charges. William "Willie" Rittenbaugh, 47, of Mt. Calm, remains in custody in the Hill County Jail on bonds totaling $3.75 million.


Arrest made in robbery of credit union

HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) Police have arrested a Ft. Worth man in connection with a credit union robbery. Hillsboro Police Officers responded to the First Central Credit Union at 305 Coke Street just before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.


Smith County Sheriff's Office, Texas Game Wardens searching for suspect in recent high-speed chases

SMITH COUNTY, Texas — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Game Wardens are currently on the lookout for a Tyler man who is wanted for multiple criminal offenses.


MCC and Hill split hoops doubleheader

HILLSBORO, Texas The McLennan Highlanders traveled north on I-35 for a showdown with the 23rd-ranked Hill Rebels and return to Waco with a 70-66 victory. The win bounces the Highlanders back into the win column after back-to-back losses to nationally-ranked Ranger and Collin to begin conference play


Hill College to offer wood carving class at Russell Farm Art Center

Hill College, in conjunction with Burleson's Russell Farm Art Center, is offering a 3D design and sculpture class (ARTS 1312.B01) focusing on wood and wood carving. This course is available for college credit to Hill College students. Also, the course is available to the public through Hill College’


Lawmaker: Confederate plaque removed from Texas Capitol

AUSTIN, Texas — A Confederate plaque in the Texas Capitol that rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War has been removed. State Rep. Eric Johnson on Sunday tweeted a photo of the blank wall where the plaque was once displayed.


Woman abducted from her Fort Worth home escapes in Johnson County, police say

A 23-year-old woman was abducted from her Fort Worth home and taken to Johnson County where she escaped, police said Thursday. The circumstances surrounding her escape are unclear. A Good Samaritan picked her up in Johnson County and took her to Keene police, Fort Worth police said. Keene is about 2


Highlanders defeat No. 23 Hill, Highlassies fall

HILLSBORO, Texas — The McLennan Highlanders traveled north on I-35 for a showdown with the 23rd-ranked Hill Rebels and return to Waco with a 70-66 victory. The win bounces the Highlanders back into the win column after back-to-back losses to nationally-ranked Ranger and Collin to begin conference pl


Missing Melcher-Dallas teen found in Texas

Police investigators in south Texas have found a missing Iowa teenager on Friday. According to a release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Liberty "Libby" Boley was found Friday morning in south Texas; she was unharmed.


Multi-sport athletes shine at Connally High School

LACY LAKEVIEW, Texas — When it comes to high school athletics, partaking in a variety of sports brings a variety of benefits. "Playing multiple sports helps me with my footwork, and it helps me stay in shape so I won't get behind in other things,” Connally junior athlete Trent Pullen said.


Central Texas Teen who killed boy, 15, sentenced to prison

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A Bell County teenager was sentenced Wednesday to serve a 45-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to the 2017 murder of a 15-year-old Temple boy. Judge Fancy Jezek, in Belton’s 426th District Court, sentenced Edgar Lopez-Benitez, 17, to serve 45 years for the death of Andrew


Local teen rejects plea deal, goes to trial for sexual assault of child

LACY LAKEVIEW, Texas (KWTX) A Lacy Lakeview teenager on Monday refused to plead guilty to a charge of sexual assault of a child and asked the judge to set the case for trial. Judge Ralph Strother, in 19th District Court, listed Johnathan Edward Hines on his plea docket and anticipated the defendant


Local organizations tackle human trafficking awareness, prevention

WACO, Texas — After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month, local organizations are working to raise awareness in the community.


Hanging tough: University girls survive physical clash with Cleburne for 20th win

Anytime you’re tangled up in a tight district clash, it helps to have a take-charge attitude. No doubt the University Trojans had that. And, fittingly, it showed up most when one of their seniors, well, took a charge.


Railroaders bring back RHP Jesus Sanchez for 2019 season

The Cleburne Railroaders announced Thursday the signing of veteran right-handed pitcher Jesus Sanchez to a contract for the 2019 season. “Jesus is a veteran arm with plenty of Triple-A and international experience,” manager Brent Clevlen said. “He showed last year that he’s capable of filling a lot


Joshua, Cleburne, Burleson co-hosting Johnson County Showcase

Starting Thursday, 25 varsity boys high school soccer teams will converge on Burleson, Cleburne and Joshua to take part in the inaugural Johnson County Showcase. In an effort led by Joshua Coach Thaddaeus Goodling, the Elks, Jackets and Owls are co-hosting a 25-team tournament with 50 matches schedu


North Texas Mayor Resigns After Using City Funds To Attend Michelle Obama Event

Sometimes, a sista just needs to see Michelle Obama. But when you serve in political office, allocating funds to do it might not be the best idea. Lyndia Thomas, former mayor of Forest Hill, Texas, and Beckie Hayes, who served as Thomas’ mayor pro tem, both resigned in the wake of allegations that t


Solicitation suspect faces other charges

WACO, TX - A man arrested earlier in the week for soliciting who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex was out on bond on a sexual assault charge at the time he was arrested on the new charge.


Railroaders snag former Pacific Association Rookie of the Year

The Cleburne Railroaders announced Friday the signing of outfielder Kenny Meimerstorf. Meimerstorf, 24, entered professional baseball with a bang in 2018, winning Pacific Association Rookie of the Year honors while playing for the Sonoma Stompers.


Speaker urges love of Muslims, distrust of Islam

Historian, author and radio commentator William J. Federer called upon the 100 or so gathered Tuesday night in the Cleburne Conference Center to love Muslims while also maintaining a wary gaze upon their religion.