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  • Texas family of 5 killed in crash on way to Disney World

    Published On: Nov 20 2014 11:34:28 AM CST
    Updated On: Nov 20 2014 11:38:00 AM CST
    fatal accident

    CALHOUN, La. (AP) -

    Louisiana State Police say three children and two adults from a family in Texas were killed when their vehicle veered off the interstate and rolled over in northeast Louisiana.

    State police spokesman Michael Reichardt says the car was driven by a 16-year-old who likely fell asleep at the wheel just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. In addition to the five who died, the driver and two other passengers suffered minor injuries.

    The family was making its way from Texas to Florida for a vacation at Walt Disney World.

    Authorities identified the adults killed as Michael and Trudi Hardman of Terrell, Texas. The children killed were ages 4, 7 and 16. State police say none of those killed wore seat belts.

  • Lead conspirator of meth drug ring arrested in Abilene

    By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 20 2014 08:17:06 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 20 2014 08:17:15 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Dallas man is charged with reckless driving and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

    Roy Andrade, 30, is believed to be the lead conspirator involved in a methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Abilene area.

    During the arrest, Taylor County Sheriff's deputies confiscated about two pounds of meth, $23,000 in cash, four guns and two vehicles tied to the ring.

    Authorities said the drug ring runs from Abilene to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    This arrest comes after a two-month investigation. There have also been several other arrests tied to the drug ring.

    Andrade is being held at the Taylor County Jail with bonds totaling $257,000.

  • Tensions rise before Abilene council approves Firehouse Fitness location

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 20 2014 01:00:14 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 20 2014 08:28:55 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Firehouse Fitness will be opening up on Buffalo Gap Road.

    The Abilene City Council approved the proposal by gym owner, Tim Smith, Thursday to rezone the home at 5526 Buffalo Gap Road from residential to general retail.

    For weeks, there has been much back and forth debate about the gym and Thursday wasn't any different. Tensions rose during the meeting as almost 25 citizens had one last chance to give their opinion before the council made their decision.

    "We, in no way, are interested in any type of business being put into the Highview subdivison," said resident Harold Wicker.

    "We don't want you to let them come into our neighborhood," said another resident, Michael Carter.

    Despite the protests by many residents, the vote was almost unanimous with five councilmen for and one councilman against.

    But other residents at the meeting in support of the new location said they were thrilled with the vote.

    "They have a lot of class," said resident Dr. Zane Travis. "I think they would be an attribute to the neighborhood."

    "I support any opportunity we have to see another local business come in," said resident Leigh Walker. "One that benefits our community."

    The complete decision will require the business to have a site plan approved by the city's Planning and Zoning staff, build a 6 foot solid fence around the property, and have building plans for an expansion approved.

    There was also the concern raised for the 24/7 hours the gym would keep. The council said they would allow the hours for now, but would review if there were complaints.

    Owner Tim Smith shared his desire to be an asset and not a detriment to the neighborhood.

    "This is my passion," said Smith. "This is what I do, this is how I contribute to my community."

    Smith said he is grateful for the support and for those who are not on board-- he has an invitation for them as well.

    "Offer some free gym memberships for any of those people on that street," said Smith.

    Smith said he hopes to have the new location open in the late spring or summer of next year.

  • Abilene ISD aide no longer with district, inappropriate behavior alleged

    By Jeff Cramer, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, jcramer@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 19 2014 05:59:42 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 20 2014 11:16:25 AM CST
    Proud to be in AISD

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A school aide at Abilene High School is no longer working in the district.

    Abilene ISD administrators say a student went to school officials with allegations that the employee offered to meet them outside of school.

    Abilene ISD leaders then reported the incident to Abilene police.

    School officials would not elaborate on the allegations, but they say they are not aware of any other incidents between the employee and any other students.

  • Abilene man, 30, indicted on capital murder charges

    By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 20 2014 04:29:34 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 20 2014 04:41:13 PM CST
    Randy Vialpando

    Randy Vialpando, 30, was indicted during November 2014 for the murder of Hijinio Estevan "Stephen" Moreno at a residence in the 400 block of Portland Avenue.

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Taylor County grand jury indicted an Abilene man on capital murder charges on Thursday.

    Randy Vialpando, 30, is accused of shooting and killing 40-year-old Estevan Moreno in his Portland Avenue home in June.

    According to police reports, Vialpando's wife was in the home with Moreno when Vialpando allegedly used force to open the door.

    The arrest records state that Vialpando was arrested during a traffic stop the morning after the incident.

    In addition to eye-witness statements, Vialpando's truck contained ammunition identical to what was used in the shooting.

    Police also found a .45 caliber gun case and magazine clip in Vialpando's house.

    Vialpando was also indicted on two counts of burglary of a habitation. His wife, Randi Vialpando, was indicted on a possession of marijuana charge.

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