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  • 1 killed in Sweetwater house fire Friday morning

    Published On: Nov 28 2014 12:40:08 PM CST
    SWEETWATER, Texas -

    A house fire in Sweetwater Friday morning killed one person.

    According to the Sweetwater Fire Chief, the fire broke out at 601 Jack Lambert Drive and the fire spread to "four of the residences that were all attached."

    The chief says two people were helped out of their apartments. 

    According to the fire chief, one person was found dead in the house where the fire originated. Their identity or age is unknown at this time.

    The State Fire Marshal's office is heading to Sweetwater to assist with the investigation.

    The chief says Sweetwater Fire Department is still on scene "making sure the fire stays out due to winds and the complexity of the building having just the roof burned off."

    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

  • Chili's employees post inappropriate pics on social media, one fired

    By John Grobe, News Reporter, jgrobe@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 25 2014 08:35:12 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 26 2014 11:03:04 AM CST
    ABILENE,Texas -

    Cooks employed at the South Clack Chili's took inappropriate photos of their body parts. They decided to moon the camera and then post the photos on Facebook.

    At least one cook has been fired.

    The photos were uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday afternoon and were taken Monday evening while the cooks were closing the restaurant.

    When KTXS reached out to local management at Chili's they refused to comment.

    The manager on duty would not give his last name and only went by Gabe.

    "I am not allowed to speak with you," the Chili's manager said. "Here is a corporate number you have to call."

    KTXS reached out to Chili's corporate office and received a statement.

    Statement from Chili’s Grill & Bar

    “Chili’s clearly does not encourage this type of behavior in our restaurants. We maintain high standards of food quality, safety and cleanliness and have taken immediate steps to ensure our restaurant continues to follow these requirements. Additionally, we have ended one team member’s employment after learning of his conduct and are continuing to actively investigate the situation internally.”

    Meanwhile, this was not the first time offensive pictures came out of this Chili's location. Inappropriate pictures were posted on Facebook in August of staff making obscene hand-gestures on camera.

  • Abilene community speaks out about Ferguson protests

    By John Grobe, News Reporter, jgrobe@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 09:27:19 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 26 2014 09:28:16 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer has sent many in Ferguson to the streets to protest what some are calling an unwarranted killing.

    On Monday night when the grand jury decided not to indict the police officer involved in the killing of Michael Brown, the streets filled with protesters outraged by the decision.

    KTXS wanted to know how the African-American community felt here in Abilene.

    The ongoing situation in Ferguson, MO is racially charged, Laqesha Haynes, a homeowner in Abilene, believes violence was not the answer.

    "They're just hurting more of their own people then anybody else," Haynes said, "And giving them more reason to kill more of us."

    Aaron McVea also a homeowner in Abilene believes something needs to be done.

    "Violence isn't the right way and all," McVea said, "But you have to get their attention somehow."

    Some protesters are grabbing the attention of others by burning out police cars or looting buildings.

    Anthony Williams, an Abilene City Councilman, thinks the protesters are missing out on the bigger picture.

    "Protesting is always reactive. I'd rather have dialogue about being proactive," Williams said, "I think not just for Ferguson, but for our country to be all that our country should be, there's a need for constant communication and collaboration."

    Protests were also seen in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. The Ferguson protests, Williams believes, have given us the opportunity to make ourselves better.

    "We should use this as an opportunity to have constructive dialogue," Williams said, "That will help us be better, be better as a community in Abilene, and be better as a Nation."

    According to Williams these protest have showcased the current racial tension in America, and the only way to fix it is with constant communication and collaboration, not violent protests.

  • Nelson Park pond stocked with rainbow trout to get folks outdoors

    By Mari Cockerell, mcockerell@ktxs.com
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 10:10:46 AM CST
    Updated On: Nov 27 2014 07:08:08 PM CST

    The middle pond at Abilene's Nelson Park got its first batch of about 150 rainbow trout Tuesday, as part of a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program.

    The state agency is in the process of stocking dozens of Texas ponds and lakes with fish. It's part of a new program called Neighborhood Fishin', and it's designed not only to get kids and families introduced to the sport, but to simply get folks outdoors for a good time.

    The agency is stocking at urban parks in 12 Texas cities. The fish will be stocked about every two weeks, with channel catfish coming in the spring.

    Fishing equipment is available for rental from the Texas Parks and Wildlife office. Anyone over the age of 17 who fishes will need to have a fishing license.

    For more information on the Neighborhood Fishin' program, click here.

  • 3 injured in Dallas wrong-way traffic crash

    Published On: Nov 27 2014 02:56:19 PM CST

    DALLAS, Texas -

    Three people are seriously injured after a wrong-way crash in Dallas.

    Police say the crash at around 11 p.m. Wednesday occurred when the driver of a black Honda Accord driving on the wrong side of a road rammed into a Chevy Blazer.

    Two people inside the Blazer were trapped when the SUV went down an embankment. They are both hospitalized, as is the driver of the Accord.

    Police say they will charge the driver of the Accord with two counts of intoxication assault, serious bodily injury.

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