It’s not always easy to get first responders and emergency workers to talk candidly about “the job,” particularly something as devastating as the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in the City of West one year ago this week. In the new book, The Last Alarm: First Responders’ Stories of the West Explosion, author Amber Adamson, lecturer in Baylor’s department of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, chronicles the first-person accounts of more than 40 first responders and tells the story of the explosion that ripped a hole in the town and killed 12 firefighters and emergency workers.
A fifth suspect in a counterfeit cash scheme run through the online classifieds website Craigslist has been arrested in Waco. Tony Williams, 30, was being held in lieu of bonds totaling $180,000, charged with engaging in organized crime and other charges.
WACO -- A 22-year-old man was still jailed Monday on $100,000 bond after being charged with assault on a public servant and resisting arrest during a large fight around 2 a.m. on Sunday outside the Ice House Bar on Franklin Avenue.
MOODY -- Following four years competing in powerlifting for Moody High School, senior Pashence Barrera ended her high school powerlifting career at the recent Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association state meet in Corpus Christi. Pashence was able to test her strength against the best in the state at the event and began the day by setting a person best squatting 245 pounds. She followed that up with 135 pounds in the bench press, just shy of her personal best of 140 pounds. She wrapped up her time at the state meet with a deadlift of 240 pounds, tying her personal best.