McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson made an impassioned plea Wednesday for more staffers, telling commissioners $300,000 in new hires and salary increases would streamline the criminal justice process and reduce chronically high jail inmate counts costing the county time and money.

More than a year and a half after about 400 men were captured on video engaging in sex acts for cash at two Waco massage parlors, only 13 either have faced legal repercussions or have prosecution pending on misdemeanor prostitution charges.

A locomotive derailed in Hewitt and hit an empty freight car shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, forcing the closure of portions of Sun Valley Boulevard, First Street and Warren Street, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

Waco River Safari tourists who witnessed the rescue of a woman who either fell or jumped from the Herring Avenue Bridge on Monday evening called the boat crew heroes after they saved the woman from the waterway.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Game Wardens have located the body of a 39-year-old Gholson man who appears to have drowned in the Brazos River on Wednesday night, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

La Vega ISD honored local first responders with a hamburger picnic lunch on June 12. It was the second year for the school district to hold the event.

A Waco man turned himself in at McLennan County Jail late Tuesday morning after police accused him of hitting three young children with a stick as a form of punishment in late May, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

A woman who tried to abduct a 4-year-old boy out of a car in Lacy Lakeview was arrested this weekend on charges of attempted kidnapping and injury to the boy, Lacy Lakeview Police Chief John Truehitt said.

Police arrested a Waco man early Tuesday morning on a warrant issued after he sold cocaine to an undercover Waco police officer more than a year ago, an arrest affidavit states.