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  • Abilene woman, 32, arrested after allegedly attacking man with ax

    Published On: Mar 03 2015 11:12:25 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 03 2015 12:39:43 PM CST
    Crystal Whitley

    Crystal Whitley

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A 32-year-old Abilene woman is in Taylor County Jail after allegedly striking a man in the neck with an ax.

    Crystal Whitley faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. She remained jailed with bonds totaling $30,000.

    The victim, according to Abilene police, was transported to an Abilene hospital with a severe neck injury. He was listed, as of noon Tuesday, in critical but stable condition.

    Police say officers were dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Russell Avenue regarding a disturbance about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

    "When police arrived, they found a man bleeding from his neck area," an Abilene Police Department news release said. "He claimed the suspect, Crystal Whitley, had struck him in the neck with an ax. Police made contact with Whitley outside of the residence backyard. She was standing on the roof of a storage shed and appeared to be on some type of narcotic."

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    A man was taken to an Abilene hospital Monday with a cut to his neck, apparently from an ax attack.

    Abilene police weren’t immediately able to provide many details of the incident, but it is known it happened at a home in the 3300 block of Russell Avenue.

    Police say a female suspect was taken into custody – and that the victim was treated at Hendrick Medical Center. Her identity wasn't immediately released.

  • Abilene ISD responds to ex-superintendent, legal counsel search warrants

    Published On: Mar 02 2015 10:32:14 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 03 2015 08:00:12 AM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Ex-Abilene Independent School District Superintendent Heath Burns and Mark Neal, AISD's associate superintendent of legal and human resources, had to give up their cell phones to police on Wednesday, February 25.

    The Abilene Police Department executed a search warrant to seize cell phones, call logs, emails and voice mails from both Burns and Neal after they allegedly neglected to report an inappropriate relationship between a former teacher and student.

    According to the search warrant, 41-year-old Burns and 57-year-old Neal are being investigated for failure to report child abuse.

    "No one in AISD has had the opportunity to obtain or review any police affidavit in support of any search warrant served this week for personal cell phones and/or iPads, as we have been told it has been kept under seal by the court," said AISD in a statement to KTXS News.

    The search warrant stated that Burns left out information about having knowledge of the sexual assault.

    Burns resigned from Abilene ISD on Feb. 3, but Neal allegedly asked that Burns's account stay active to maintain contact with him, according to the search warrant.

  • Unidentified motorcyclist killed in I-20 crash near Cisco

    Published On: Mar 02 2015 04:15:47 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 03 2015 07:59:38 AM CST
    Fatal crash
    CISCO, Texas -

    A motorcyclist died as a result of a crash about 9:50 p.m. Sunday on I-20, about one mile west of Cisco.

    “The driver was not wearing a helmet and had no identification,”  a Texas Department of Public Safety news release said Monday.

    The motorcyclist was driving a 2000 Honda Shadow motorcycle.

    It was raining and the road was wet and icy at the time of the crash, DPS said.

    “Vehicle was traveling east on IH-20 where it hit a patch of ice and went into the south bar ditch,” the news release said. “The motorcycle went into a right side skid and the driver was ejected. The driver was transported to Eastland Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.”

    According to DPS, the driver was not wearing a helmet and had no identification.  His body was taken to Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland.

    The investigation continues, DPS said.

  • Abilene-based home builder to answer questions about late payments

    Published On: Mar 02 2015 07:09:53 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 03 2015 07:59:54 AM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An Abilene-based home builder could be in some hot water because the company is accused of not paying their subcontractors.

    Mason Trendsetters, who has built many of the new homes in Wylie ISD, is being pursued by subcontractors in Mississippi.

    The company is accused of making slow payments, or in some cases, no payments at all.

    According to their website, Mason Trendsetters has locations in Abilene, Midland, San Angelo, and at one point in Mississippi.

    Company officials claim they closed their Mississippi Gulf Coast location because subcontractors actually owe them money.

    Chuck Jung, who owns Bay Carpets out of Mississippi, said he's one of the subcontractors who hasn't been paid.

    "It's disheartening," Jung told WLOX in Mississippi. "I don't know how somebody can live with themselves doing that. It puts a strain on your business, on your personal life."

    Jung said the company owes him nearly $50,000 - money due for carpet, hardwood and tile floors.

    The last time he's gotten a payment? Two months ago, Jung said.

    KTXS reached out to Dudley Mason, one of the owners of Mason Trendsetters. He said subcontractors owe him close to $500,000.

    In Abilene, one subcontractor said they've been waiting 90 days to be paid for work.

    "I can't say much," a spokesperson from Abilene Lumber said. "They're slow, very slow paying. I can say that...very slow paying."

    Mason Trendsetters declined to comment further, but said they will be available to answer questions on Wednesday.

  • Abilene man, 20, sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual assault of child

    Published On: Feb 20 2015 01:58:08 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 20 2015 02:27:04 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An Abilene man will not have to serve jail time after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

    Darcy Tieking, 20, pled guilty to sexually assaulting a child on Friday morning.

    He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, which means if he abides by the rules of his probation, he won't have to serve jail time.

    He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and will have to register as a sex offender.

    According to reports, Tieking sexually assaulted the girl on multiple occasions.

    Police were called to Hendrick Medical Center after the victim complained of pain to her mother.

    After an exam, medical personnel determined she had been assaulted.

    Tieking and the victim are related.


  • VIDEO: Heartwarming story of Abilene 'first responders' in action

    Published On: Feb 28 2015 11:11:34 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 01 2015 10:40:44 AM CST

    Check out this heartwarming story of Abilene 'first responders' in action.

    (If you can't see this on your phone or device, please use your browser to go to www.ktxs.com or m.ktxs.com)

  • Pacquiao: 'My kids wanted me to fight Mayweather'

    Published On: Mar 01 2015 11:40:23 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 02 2015 11:40:36 AM CST

    Boxer Manny Pacquiao says his kids really wanted him to fight Floyd Mayweather.

  • Mock Lincoln commercial goes viral

    Published On: Mar 02 2015 04:36:37 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 02 2015 07:08:46 PM CST

    A Texas police department’s video mocking a Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial has gone viral.

  • Netanyahu appears before AIPAC

    Published On: Mar 02 2015 10:38:30 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 02 2015 10:21:26 AM CST

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday to talk about his country's national security.

  • Idalou pulls off upset over Jim Ned

    Published On: Feb 28 2015 11:13:24 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 01 2015 07:01:32 PM CST

    Highlights of Jim Ned vs Idalou girls highs school basketball regional action on Saturday, February 28th.