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  • 'Pokemon Go' creator grew up in Cross Plains

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 07:45:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 11:15:44 PM CDT
    CROSS PLAINS, Texas -

    “Pokemon Go” launched in the United States on July 6, propelling its creator John Hanke to international fame. But his dream began in the Big Country.

    Hanke grew up in the town of Cross Plains. With a population of less than a thousand, many people got to know him well.

    “He was really nice,” Dorothy Reynolds said. “He and his sister... they were adopted.”

    Hanke graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1985.

    “John’s one of those guys [who] goes for what he wants,” said Scarlett Koettel, who attended high school with him.

    His classmates voted him valedictorian and most likely to succeed. He also served as class president his junior and senior year, and played on the basketball team.

    “He represented Cross Plains well when he was in school,” Connie Kirkcham said. Her kids studied with Hanke. “And he’s certainly representing Cross Plains well now.”

    Koettel hung out with Hanke’s older sister throughout her teens, She said she’s proud to call Hanke a buffalo - the school’s mascot.

    “It goes to show you, you can achieve anything you want,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what background you’re from. Whether you’re rich or poor. Whether you come from a big town or a small town. If you have the drive and the desire, you can get what you want.”

    Apple says John Hanke’s “Pokemon Go” broke its app store record for the most downloaded app its first week out.

  • Abilene woman indicted for DUI with 2-year-old in vehicle

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 08:00:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 11:13:54 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An Abilene woman was indicted Thursday after previously being arrested for driving under the influence with her toddler in the vehicle,

    Lindi Renae Morris was arrested on March 27 after police say they pulled her over for driving erratically.

    According to the police report, Morris failed the breathalyzer test with a blood alcohol level of 0.229 percent. The legal limit for driving under the influence is 0.08 percent.

    The police report also states that Morris' 2-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time.

    Morris was released the next day on a $3,000 bond.

  • DPS identifies Abilene woman killed in wrong-way crash on I-20

    Published On: Jul 23 2016 02:39:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2016 05:34:04 PM CDT
    I-20 car crash
    CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas -

    The Department of Public Safety has identified a 64-year-old Abilene woman killed in a head-on crash early Thursday on Interstate 20 in Callahan County.

    Killed in the accident on I-20 about one mile east of Abilene -- in front of Abilene RV park -- was Frances Marie Codispoti.

    The accident happened at 12:54 a.m. Thursday.

    Investigators said a Ford Focus, driven by Codispoti, was headed east on I-20 in the outside lane.

    They said a Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 53-year-old Terry Don Turner, of Abilene, was headed west in the eastbound lanes.

    The two vehicles hit head-on.

    Codispoti was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Turner was transported to Hendrick Medical Center with critical injuries.

    Investigators say neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

  • Big Country traffic stop takes unexpected turn when pastor pulled over

    Published On: Jul 23 2016 12:22:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2016 04:34:04 PM CDT

    Big Country traffic stop takes unexpected turn when pastor pulled over

    STORY --> http://www.ktxs.com/40848322

    SWEETWATER, Texas -

    A traffic stop led to a touching moment between a DPS trooper and a driver.

    Trooper Connor Hardin stopped a car on Highway 84 Friday between Sweetwater and Snyder because it did not have a front license plate. The registration was also expired.

    Hardin said he gave the driver, Pastor Davis, two warnings.

    “I typically do not write citations for the violations he was committing,” Hardin wrote on his Facebook page.

    Sounds pretty routine, right? Well it is what happened next that makes this ordinary traffic stop newsworthy.

    “Heavenly Father … I thank you for the opportunity to stand beside the highway in the Great State of Texas, joined in hand and in heart with a fellow Texan,” David prayed.

    That’s right, Hardin and Davis joined hands, bowed their heads and prayed right there on the side of the highway with traffic zipping by at 70 miles per hour.

    “Cover this my brother with the rich, royal and redemptive blood of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Davis prayed. “Bless him as he goes forth. Bless him as he goes home and camp your guardian angels around him that no hurt, harm or danger befalls he or any of his colleagues.”

    After the prayer, Hardin asked “can I have a hug?”

    The two men embraced before Davis drove off and Hardin continued his patrol.

    Transcript of dash cam video

    Pastor Davis: “Heavenly Father, in the matchless and marvelous name of Christ our King, I thank you for the opportunity to stand beside the highway in the Great State of Texas, joined in hand and in heart with a fellow Texan, a fellow friend, a fellow believer, a fellow seeker of the holy and divine will. I thank you Father for his courage. I thank you for his commitment to helping us who enjoy the safe passages of this state to just drive in such a pleasant and safe environment. God I lift him, I lift his family, I lift his co-workers, his colleagues and all that share his passion for correctness. And I just pray a hedge of protection around him and them and all that they put their hands to. God I lift and pray for every assignment, every passenger, every rider, every driver on these highways. I pray that they would first of all respect your law and then that they would respect the laws of our great state. God I bless you for this time. I thank you for this request. I honor you for this opportunity. And I just pray God, feel this prayer. Cover this my brother with the rich, royal and redemptive blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bless him as he goes forth. Bless him as he goes home and camp your guardian angels around him that no hurt, harm or danger befalls he or any of his colleagues. Thank you God for yet ruling and reigning in the Kingdom of me. We ask it all. We petition you for it in the matchless name of Christ our Lord. Thank you God. Amen!

    Trooper: Amen!

    Pastor: Amen! Amen!

    Trooper: Can I have a hug?

    Pastor: Yes sir!

    (laughter)

    Trooper: Thank you!

    Pastor: Oh officer, thank you. You have blessed me today.

  • Raising Cane's restaurant coming to Abilene

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 04:13:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2016 11:14:45 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A popular chicken finger restaurant chain is coming to Abilene.

    A Raising Cane’s corporate official confirmed Friday the company is opening a location here.

    The official couldn’t confirm an opening date or location, but according to job postings on the company’s website, the restaurant will be located in the area of I-20 and Hwy 351 in north Abilene.

    The company’s website has posted job openings for a shift manager, an operations manager and a general manager.

    Having started in Baton Rouge in 1996, the chain now has more than 270 restaurants in 21 states. Currently, the closest Raising Cane’s locations are in Weatherford to the east and Lubbock to the northwest.

     

  • Teens use drone to follow boat thieves

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 05:06:18 AM CDT

    Two teens on vacation in Whidbey Island, Washington, used their drone to follow two people who tried to steal a boat.

  • VIDEO: Pastor pulled over

    Published On: Jul 23 2016 12:06:45 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2016 01:08:52 AM CDT

    Big Country traffic stop takes unexpected turn when pastor pulled over

    STORY --> http://www.ktxs.com/40848322

  • Michelle Obama crushes Carpool Karaoke

    Published On: Jul 21 2016 01:07:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 21 2016 01:41:08 PM CDT

    First Lady Michelle Obama joined CBS Late Night host James Corden for his latest installment of Carpool Karaoke.

  • Mark Rowlett: Tracking hot & dry weekend

    Published On: Jul 22 2016 07:37:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2016 05:48:17 PM CDT

    Rain chances may return early next week

  • Traveling and money

    Published On: Jul 08 2016 09:23:21 AM CDT