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1996 Californian cold case: Murder suspect arrested in Austin

(Santa Ana Police)

An arrest has been made in Austin for a 90s cold case.

On Jan. 4, 1996, at around 3 a.m., police responded to a call in Santa Ana, California regarding a male Black suspect that had forced entry into the apartment and stabbed Christopher Hervey numerous times; he then died. The apartment was shared by Hervey and girlfriend Jade Benning.

The case went cold, until January 2020 when an anonymous letter was received at the Santa Ana Police Department implicating Benning was involved in the murder. She had moved to Austin in 2001.

Police found forensic evidence pointing to Benning and issued a $1 million warrant for her arrest. She was arrested last week. Benning will be extradited to California where she will face murder charges, according to police.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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