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  • Seat belts unfastened, possible intoxication in fatal crash

    Published On: May 23 2015 01:24:47 AM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 07:32:53 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Failure to wear seat belts led to a death and two severe injuries in a car crash at 10:45 p.m. Friday on I-20.

    Abilene police said a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer drove off a bridge on Interstate-20 near mile marker 283. 

    APD confirmed that the driver and one of the passengers did not have their seat belts fastened.

    The driver, a 38-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The male passengers, age 43 and 41, were transported to Hendrick Medical Center and are in critical condition.

    Emergency response crew had to use Jaws of Life to retrieve the victims, according to police.

    APD said they are also investigating the possibility of intoxication having a role in the crash.

    The victims' names have not been released at this time.

    Texas Department of Transportation's "Click it or ticket" campaign is currently running through May 31 and is focused on seat belt safety.

    KTXS will keep you updated as we learn more about the situation.

  • Abilene man taunts police, is arrested

    Published On: May 23 2015 04:57:34 PM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 07:33:06 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An Abilene man taunted police before being captured after a foot chase around 4 p.m. Saturday on Old Anson Rd, Abilene police said.

    The man, whose name has not been released at this time, stole a car following a domestic disturbance and crashed it on Old Anson Rd, according to Abilene police.

    APD said police units arrived at the scene and the man then jumped out of the car to run away.

    Police pursued the suspect and found him at a fence. According to a KTXS photographer on the scene, the suspect then put his hands up to his head, stuck his tongue out and taunted the chasing officers.

    The man was then immediately tackled and subdued.

    While being restrained on an APD car hood, the suspect dropped to the ground and screamed, “I was in a wreck, they’re not calling an ambulance.”

    Abilene police had tasers drawn but did not fire at the man.

    He was taken away in an ambulance to a local hospital and police said they are investigating intoxication.

    Officers searched the crashed vehicle but did not find anything illegal.

    Charges against the man have not been announced at this time.

  • Dashcam shows plane's fatal fall on highway

    Published On: May 23 2015 05:47:03 AM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 02:34:52 PM CDT

    New police dash cam video shows the aftermath of a deadly plane crash on an Atlanta-area highway earlier this month.

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    New police dashcam video shows the aftermath of a deadly plane crash on an Atlanta-area highway earlier this month.

    Greg Byrd, 53, and his two sons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, died in the crash on May 8, along with Christopher's fiancee, Jackie Kulzer. The four were headed to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to see Greg Byrd's younger son, Robert, graduate.

    In the video released by the Chamblee Police Department, the small plane appears out of the right side windshield -- flying low and at an angle along the highway.

    It appears to bank right then disappears behind a tree line. A black cloud of an apparent explosion rises up. At first the tape is silent, but then sound pops in. The police car, siren blaring and engine roaring, zooms through intersections to reach the crash site.

    The single-engine Piper PA-32 had just left DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Shortly after 10 a.m., the plane collided with an Interstate highway barrier during a forced-landing attempt, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released this week.

    'We're going down'

    According to the NTSB, the pilot -- in cross talk with the airport control tower -- said, "I'm having some problem climbing here." Then he said, "Were going down here at the intersection." That was the last transmission made by the pilot.

    'Send everything'

    On the police tape, the officer breathes heavily as his patrol car closes in on the ever-growing plumes. "Send everything," he radios in. Then he drives up a highway off-ramp shoulder in the opposite direction of traffic.

    The police car cuts through a grassy median and comes to a halt. The crash site and flames are seen in the middle of the dashcam video. A person is outside her vehicle, with the door open.

    A warning to onlookers

    The officer yells "get back, get back, get back, everyone get the hell away from it." The woman runs away, her car pulls off with its door open. A man walks by and the officer asks him, "Which way is this? Is it eastbound or westbound? The officer radios in the information he gives him.

    "There's someone screaming in there"

    Someone says, "I thought it was gonna hit me." Then a man walks up with a small fire extinguisher. A voice tells him, "I don't think that's gonna do much." The man answers, "Yeah, but there's someone screaming in there."

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The NTSB's final report should be released in a few months.

  • ACU planning new development on Abilene's north side

    Published On: May 22 2015 10:40:22 AM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2015 07:45:01 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Plans are in the works for Abilene Christian University to develop 95 acres of land on Abilene’s north side that officials say, if finalized and built, will be a “super-regional shopping, leisure, hotel and residential village.”

    ACU announced the project Friday in a news release.

    Officials say a final feasibility assessment for the project should be completed this summer. It will be aimed at gauging interest from potential retail tenants.

    According to ACU, The Village at Allen Ridge would include a cinema, a 50-acre park with trails, and waterfront outdoor dining on a small lake.

    The planned development would be at the intersections of Ambler Avenue, Interstate 20, and Judge Ely Boulevard.

    Kelly Young, ACIMCO vice president for real estate development, said no concrete timeline has been established for developing the property just yet.

    ACU officials said ACIMCO, its wholly owned endowment management subsidiary, has partnered with BVTD Partners LLC of Dallas to complete final feasibility assessments for the project.

    BVTD Partners LLC is the result of a partnership between Bridge View Real Estate and Transition Development. Young said Bridge View specializes in work with multi-family housing, and that Transition works to develop retail and dining projects.

    Below is the ACU press release in its entirety:

    ACU and BVTD Partners announce plans to develop Abilene's first mixed-use property

    ABILENE, Texas - The northeast corner of Abilene Christian University's property, adjacent to its main campus, could soon become a signature entryway into an award-winning city as well as to its largest institution of higher learning.

    ACU announced today that its wholly owned endowment management subsidiary, ACIMCO, has partnered with BVTD Partners LLC of Dallas to complete final feasibility assessment for a mixed-use lifestyle center to be known as The Village at Allen Ridge.

    Located at the intersections of Ambler Avenue, Interstate 20 and Judge Ely Boulevard, the 95-acre master-planned, mixed-use development would be a super-regional shopping, leisure, hotel and residential village with an impressive amenity package including a cinema, a 50-acre park with trails, and waterfront outdoor dining on a small lake. The site was previously the home of ACU's historic Allen Farm.

    "We are thrilled to team with ACU to bring to the community perhaps its first truly mixed-use real estate project," said Tony Chron, one of the principals of BVTD Partners and a 1976 ACU graduate. "We envision this would create a vibrant walkable destination for residents of and visitors to Abilene. It would be a place where people would want to live, shop, dine and spend their leisure time. Its proximity to the interstate and to ACU would make it perfectly situated to become Abilene's front door."

    Kelly Young, ACIMCO vice president for real estate development, said ACU for several years has wanted to support the creation of a fresh, sophisticated and inviting lifestyle village to enhance Abilene's university and medical center neighborhoods on the north side of the city. "Besides providing a destination place for area residents and visitors to enjoy, The Village at Allen Ridge could help attract new businesses to Abilene," Young said.

    Abilene has seen exponential growth in new hotels over the past decade, supported in part by universities such as ACU that attract tens of thousands of visitors each year for intercollegiate athletics and other special events. The new development would be situated near the proposed site on Ambler Avenue for Wildcat Stadium, ACU's first on-campus venue for football in more than 50 years.

    BVTD Partners was established in 2014 and is focused on retail, multifamily and mixed-use developments throughout the South Central U.S. The company is led by Chron and Steve May, who have more than 40 years of real estate experience and $3 billion in transactions between them. 

    If final feasibility studies continue to show promise, ACU and BVTD Partners hope to make a decision on moving ahead in the next few months.


  • Insatiable Malone indicted for punching Michael Trook

    Published On: May 22 2015 05:37:47 PM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 02:34:57 AM CDT
    Insatiable Nicole Malone
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A woman who allegedly punched former Holland Medical High School Administrator Michael Trook has been indicted.

    Insatiable Nicole Malone, 20, was indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury for Assault on a Public Servant on Thursday.

    Malone was allegedly involved in a fight in April 2014 on Abilene High School grounds when Trook, principal of Abilene High at the time, tried to restrain her.

    Malone then turned around and allegedly struck Trook in the head during the struggle.

    Insatiable is currently free on a $3,000 bond.

  • Flooding video: Hwy 287 between Wichita Falls & Henrietta

    Published On: May 22 2015 12:54:53 PM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2015 01:10:36 PM CDT

    Flooding video: Highway 287 between Wichita Falls & Henrietta

    Video courtesy of Haden Hargus @hchargus.

  • Cisco explodes early to down Wall in Game 2 and even series

    Published On: May 23 2015 07:06:46 PM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 08:32:33 PM CDT
  • Friends remember Jacob Rhyne, Ranger man killled in Waco shootout

    Published On: May 19 2015 10:57:28 PM CDT
  • Colorado City takes Regional Semifinal series lead with win over Presidio

    Published On: May 22 2015 11:02:09 PM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2015 11:30:49 PM CDT
  • Snyder rallies back to top Fort Stockton in Regional Quarterfinal opener

    Published On: May 22 2015 11:02:04 PM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2015 11:30:25 PM CDT