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  • Child hit at South 27th & Barrow streets in Abilene

    Published On: Oct 09 2015 08:04:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2015 11:44:45 AM CDT
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    ABILENE, Texas -

    A 12-year old child has been transported to an Abilene hospital after being hit by a car at the intersection of South 27th and Barrow streets.

    Police say he is in stable condition.

    Abilene Police Sgt. Lynn Beard said the Madison Middle School student was crossing the street about 7:20 a.m. Friday when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle. Police are not sure if he was heading to school at the time.

    The child was responsive and talking to medics when he arrived.

    Eastbound traffic was being diverted after the accident with north and southbound traffic reduced to one lane at the Barrow and South 27th intersection. 

    The case remains under investigation.

  • Taylor County grand jury returns 35 indictments on 28 people

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 03:38:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2015 07:29:45 AM CDT

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A grand jury returned 35 indictments for the following 28 people Thursday at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    Joseph Siedl – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, 2nd Count Indecency with a Child May 1, 2013

    Alfonso Rene Salazar – Evading Arrest July 11, 2015

    Eric Arturo Gomez – Tamper with Evidence (Two Priors) April 3, 2015

    Matthew Irwin Ferrall – Theft Feb. 22, 2015

    Michael Arthur Mullins – Assault Family Violence (Enhanced) May 29, 2015

    Joshua Dewayne Sparks – Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon (One Prior) Feb. 19, 2015

    Adam Lee Jones – Possession of Methamphetamine July 24, 2015

    Donte Deshon David Thomas – Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon Dec. 24, 2014

    Johnnie Henry Jackson – Possession of Methamphetamine July 11, 2015

    Kenneth Paul Robison – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, 2nd Count Possession of Methamphetamine July 7, 2015

    Valarie Jean Armstrong – Assault of a Public Servant July 6, 2015

    John Robert Turner, Jr. – Theft (Enhanced), 2nd Count Evading Arrest (Enhanced) (Two State Jail Priors) July 9, 2015

    Shaquetta Mays – Aggravated Assault May 11, 2015

    Earnest Leon Medford – Aggravated Assault April 23, 2015

    Pete Leija – Evading Arrest (Enhanced) June 6, 2015

    John Juan Limones, Jr. – Possession of Methamphetamine, 2nd Count Endanger a Child July 18, 2015

    Olen Shane Gillean – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, 2nd Count Possession of Methamphetamine Dec. 26, 2014

    Allysha Jerleana Allen – Possession of Controlled Substance by Fraud Oct. 9, 2014

    Mark Norman Briskie – Failure to Register as Sex Offender June 20, 2015

    Ricky Cordirrickyo Hooper – Theft Dec. 6, 2014

    Vernon Richard Sanders AKA Vernon Sanders, Jr. – Theft (Enhanced) (Two State Jail Priors) April 19, 2015

    Frederick Don Ware – Possession of Methamphetamine (Two Priors) July 20, 2015; Theft (Two Priors) Jan. 22, 2015; Forgery (Two Priors) Oct. 28, 2014

    Christopher Lee Acosta – Possession of Cocaine Sept. 16, 2014

    Joshuae Anthony Robinson – Assault Family Violence Jan. 26, 2014

    Jose Parfirio Gonzales – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child July 1, 2015

    Shannon Meeks – Theft Aug. 12, 2014

    John Louis Atkins – Murder (Two Paragraphs) July 26, 2015

    Kyle Newman Gannaway – Driving While Intoxicated April 28, 2015

  • Abilene man, 29, indicted for continuous sexual abuse of child

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 01:50:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2015 07:28:58 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Taylor County grand jury has indicted an Abilene man on a child sex charge.

    Joseph Siedl, 29, was booked in July on a first-degree felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

    Authorities say Siedl sexually assaulted two victims since 2012.

    He's being held at the Taylor County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

  • One killed, 3 injured in university shooting

    Published On: Oct 09 2015 05:43:30 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2015 12:25:17 PM CDT

    Police say a confrontation between students in a parking lot at Northern Arizona University turned deadly early Friday when, police say, a freshman pulled a gun and shot four male students, killing one.

    (CNN) -

    A confrontation between students in a parking lot at Northern Arizona University turned deadly early Friday when, police say, a freshman pulled a gun and shot four male students, killing one.

    What led the suspect, identified by university police as Steven Jones, 18, to open fire around 1:20 a.m. Friday remained unclear. University police Chief Gregory T. Fowler said Jones was cooperating with investigators.

    The slain student has been identified as Colin Brough, according to the NAU website. The three others wounded in the incident are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center. They are Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, the school said.

    Fowler said it appeared the victims had been shot multiple times.

    Delta Chi fraternity said Friday that some members of its Northern Arizona University chapter were involved in the shooting, but that it did not have details about their conditions. The shooting, the fraternity said, "was not a chapter-related incident."

    University President Rita Cheng said the school had experienced "a terrible tragedy."

    "This is not going to be a normal day at NAU," she told reporters. "Our hearts are heavy."

    Students shaken up

    Students, appearing weary and shocked, attended a news conference on the shooting. Some questioned why it took more than an hour after the shooting for text notifications warning of danger to go out to the university community.

    Junior Megan Aardahl told CNN she awoke to text messages from the school and her family checking to see if she was OK. She said the incident rattled her and other students.

    "There's a huge sense of community here, so everyone's just trying to like reach out and make sure everyone's OK, but it's a little anxious not knowing who's involved," she said.

    Fowler said he couldn't immediately explain the messaging delays but said officers sent initial alerts out of an abundance of caution even though the situation was under control and there was no danger to students.

    Gov. Doug Ducey pledged state support to help police investigate the shooting and to help those injured recover.

    "This heartbreaking incident will impact many of our fellow citizens, and I ask all Arizonans to keep them and the family of the individual lost in their thoughts and prayers as they cope with this tragedy," he said.

    U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, also issued a statement.

    "My thoughts and prayers are with families of the person who was killed and the three others who were wounded in the horrific shooting on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early this morning," he said. "I appreciate the efforts of all state and local law enforcement officials, first-responders and school administrators, and continue to pray for the recovery of the injured, as well as all those in the NAU community who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy."

    The shooting comes the same day President Barack Obama is set to visit Roseburg, Oregon, and the families of those slain in the October 1 massacre at Umpqua Community College.

    The gunman in that case, Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, killed nine people before killing himself, according to police.

  • Man, 53, indicted for murder of Abilene woman

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 01:49:51 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2015 07:28:24 AM CDT
    John Louis Atkins

    John Louis Atkins, 53, was arrested during July 2015 for murder in connection with the death of 39-year-old Latisha Hilley.

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Taylor County grand jury on Thursday returned a murder indictment against 53-year-old Abilene man.

    John Louis Atkins had been arrested in July for the murder of 39-year-old Abilene resident Latisha Hilley.

    Two people riding ATVs found Hilley's body. Police say she had a single gunshot wound to the head. Hilley's mother said her daughter knew Atkins.

  • Abilene residents, military members join in remembrance of fallen Dyess airmen

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 04:00:53 PM CDT
  • Raging water follows dam release

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 02:59:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 06 2015 05:34:16 PM CDT

    Raging water floods low-lying areas after a dam release, as seen in dramatic video from WYFF-TV.

  • Brothel owner makes student loan offer

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 03:00:41 AM CDT

    Bunny Ranch owner and star of HBO's ‘Cathouse,’ Dennis Hof, has offered to match money any employee puts toward paying off a student loan.

  • Fort Campbell soldier killed in live fire exercise

    Published On: Oct 07 2015 02:08:43 AM CDT

    A soldier was shot and killed during a live fire exercise Tuesday at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, the U.S. Army says. They believe the incident to be accidental.

  • Girl kills 13-foot gator

    Published On: Oct 07 2015 09:42:35 PM CDT

    A 10-year-old girl kills an 800-pound alligator with her crossbow.