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  • 2 brothers die 5 days after sister's death in pool accident

    Published On: Jun 29 2015 04:08:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2015 04:29:07 PM CDT

    IRVING, Texas (AP) -

    Two brothers, ages 9 and 11, have died five days after a pool accident at a suburban Dallas apartment complex that also left their 10-year-old sister dead.

    A statement from the Irving Police Department says 9-year-old Treshawn Smith and 11-year-old Anthony Smith died Sunday night after five days on life support at Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

    The 10-year-old sister August Smith died hours after the Wednesday afternoon incident.

    Irving police say the children's mother summoned help Wednesday afternoon when she noticed her daughter and her sons under water at their apartment complex. Police say the mother, who can't swim, was at the shallow end of the pool with two younger children, ages 3 and 6, when she realized she no longer heard the older children.

  • Girl, 13, arrested after videotaped Texas schoolyard fight

    Published On: Jun 29 2015 09:30:10 AM CDT

    ROWLETT, Texas (AP) -

    A 13-year-old Dallas-area girl faces assault and injury to a child charges over a videotaped schoolyard fight with another teen holding a 3-year-old relative.

    Rowlett police on Sunday night arrested the girl, whose name wasn't released because she's a juvenile.

    A witness videotaped the June 19 incident outside Herfurth Elementary School. One girl is seen yanking another from a picnic table. Rowlett police say the 14-year-old was attacked while holding her young cousin.

    Police are trying to determine what sparked the fight, in which the suspect is seeing dragging the victim to some grass as the toddler falls to the ground. Several children nearby appear to surround the girls during the fight.

    Police say the 14-year-old girl and her cousin suffered minor scrapes. The victim's mother contacted police.

  • Taylor County to issue same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday

    Published On: Jun 29 2015 12:03:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2015 10:16:59 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Taylor County Clerk Larry Bevill said the county will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses to applicants Tuesday.

    Bevill said the application forms have been replaced to be gender neutral and the last remaining step is an update to computer software.

    The software update is expected to be completed Tuesday morning, at which point Bevill said the licenses would begin to be issued.

    "We will issue our first marriage license as soon as we get that software upgrade," Bevill said. "That should happen Tuesday morning."

    When asked what prompted the decision to issue the licenses despite opposition from Attorney General Ken Paxton, Bevill said he is an employee of the United States and took an oath to uphold the law. He said he determined that he wished to follow the Supreme Court.

    "It is time for the Taylor County Clerk's office to listen to the Supreme Court, and start issuing same-sex marriage licenses." Bevill said.

    Bevill said that he believed Paxton's statement was political posturing.

    "I read the information coming out of the Attorney General's office and our Governor's office," Bevill said.

    "The more I read it, it became clear to me most of what they were saying was political posturing."

    Jason Hernandez has been with his partner for 6 years, and he is excited for the change.

    "It was actually quite a surprise how quickly Abilene moved forward and said let's go ahead and do this," Hernandez said.

    Marriage licenses are currently available at Haskell, Mitchell, Fisher, Callahan, and Knox Counties.

  • Abilene man robbed, assaulted during Craigslist purchase

    Published On: Jun 29 2015 03:19:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2015 10:16:29 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Police said a Craigslist purchase went bad in a parking lot in the 4500 block of South 1st Street Saturday afternoon.

    The 31-year-old victim said he was there to buy a Playstation 3 but was robbed at gunpoint before being assaulted by three men in a white SUV. The robbers stol $1,250 from the man. 

    “Anytime you don't know who you're dealing with it's best to be cautious,” said Sgt. Lynn Beard, with the Abilene Police Department.

    Police said Craigslist or other online group purchases should always be done during the daytime and in a public place.

    Police said buyers and sellers are welcome to make transactions in the parking lot at the Law Enforcement Center. 

    “The best thing to do is if it doesn't feel right, it's probably not, and there are ways to meet in public places here at the Law Enforcement Center, for example,” Sgt. Beard said.

    “You significantly reduce the chance of being a victim of a crime if you're engaging in the transaction right in front of the police department.”

    The suspects are facing charges of aggravated robbery, a first degree felony.

  • Country singer helps Abilene native carry Olympic torch

    Published On: Jun 28 2015 05:19:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2015 10:57:22 AM CDT
    ABLIENE, Texas -

    After traveling more than 15,000 miles, the Flame of Hope – the fire used to light the Special Olympics torch -- made its way through Abilene in the hands of 30-year-old Tagen Reeves.

    Tagen has Down syndrome and has been competing in the Special Olympics since 1999.

    Reeves has a group of supporters known as TeamTagen that raised more than $2,500 to run a leg in this year’s Olympic Torch Run.

    “This is a once in a lifetime event, and it was really important to me to let him participate,” Tagen’s mother Robin Reeves said.

    Tagen won a gold medal in May while competing in the pentathlon at the state games in Arlington.

    TeamTagen is made up of family friends, Abilene Christian College softball players and one well-known country singer, Aaron Watson.

    Tagen wrote a letter to the Olympic committee stating Aaron was his favorite singer and the committee reached out to the Country star.

    “The Special Olympics asked me to be a part of this and how could I say no,” Watson said.

    Tagen passed the flame to Watson who ran his leg of the race with his two sons, Jack and Jake.

    Watson then presented Tagen a signed guitar. “Me and Aaron Watson are buddies now,” Reeves said.

    The Torch Run has raised more than $1.5 million to date. That money will provide sports training and competition opportunities to special needs people around the world.

  • Hearse stolen with body inside

    Published On: Jun 29 2015 02:55:16 AM CDT

    Willie Watkins, a funeral director in Atlanta, had to tell a family that a hearse carrying their loved one’s body was car-jacked.

  • Escaped inmate caught after 22-day manhunt

    Published On: Jun 29 2015 04:39:49 AM CDT

    Police have captured David Sweat in upstate New York, days after his partner was shot dead and 22 days after his escape from a maximum security prison.

  • Bacon named head boys basketball coach at Ballinger

    Published On: Jun 28 2015 11:15:40 PM CDT
  • Eagles roll to win at ACU team camp

    Published On: Jun 27 2015 07:00:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2015 09:34:40 PM CDT

    Highlights of Abilene High's win in ACU team camp action on Saturday, June 27th.

  • CALF Fest brings fun for kids of all ages

    Published On: Jun 10 2015 08:23:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 10 2015 08:23:16 AM CDT