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  • Adult, 2 children killed in 2-vehicle Comanche County crash

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 03:53:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 04:11:02 PM CDT
    Fatal crash

    Three people – including two children – were killed Saturday in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on SH 36, about six miles southeast of Comanche, in Comanche County.

    Killed in the accident were Randy Don Kite Sr., 32, of Gustine and Kylee Kite, 6, of Gustine in one vehicle and Jazmine Louise Williams, 10, of Hamilton in the other.

    A passenger in Randy Don Kite Sr.’s 1993 Dodge Dakota – Randy Don Kite Jr. – was taken to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple with a “critical/incapacitating injury,” according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.   

    The driver of a second vehicle – a 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Johnece Denette Shaw, 44, of Hamilton – was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple with a “serious/incapacitating injury,” DPS said.

    Also taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple with a “serious/incapacitating injury” was Linda Rocha Sims, 50, also of Hamilton, the release said.

    According to DPS, Kite’s vehicle “crossed into the oncoming traffic where it struck” Shaw’s vehicle head-on.

    The crash, which occurred about 1:47 p.m. Saturday, remains under investigation.

  • More evidence released in Abilene police officer murder

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 12:31:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 04:09:31 PM CDT
    Phillip and Violet Walter

    An Abilene couple -- Phillip and Violet Walter -- was arrested during September 2015 for the murder of Abilene police officer Don Allen.

    ABILENE, Texas -

    New court documents in the murder investigation of an Abilene police officer reveal what evidence investigators took from the suspects’ home.

    According to the documents, police searched homicide suspects Violet and Phillip Walters’ home at Pebble Creek Apartments in the 1000 block of Clack Street on Sept. 3. They also searched the maroon Chevy Lumina witnesses described seeing at the home of officer Don Allen before he was found dead in his bedroom on Aug. 31. A U-Haul truck at the Walters’ home was also investigated.

    Also, an Abilene police officer said in the court documents that “the medical examiner advised detectives the cause of death was strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.” The official cause has not been released.

    Below is a list of some of the items seized and collected as evidence.

    -  A police badge found in a purse

    - A pair of jeans with staining on the knees and back pockets

    - Several cellphones and chargers

    - A black set of handcuffs and a grey set of handcuffs

    - A black and yellow Taser and holster

    - Several foldable knives

    - A cellphone box containing jewelry

    - A Wild Bill’s Pawn business card

    - Swabs of suspected blood from inside the Chevy Lumina

    The day of the murder, police say Violet and Phillip pawned several items stolen from Allen’s home at Wild Bill’s Pawn.  Allen’s fiancé identified the PlayStation 4 games and a bracelet pawned by the Walters as belonging to her and Allen.

    The documents state officers had the apartment under surveillance for an hour before the search warrant was issued. Officers told detectives “it appears as though they are preparing to flee” as they moved items from the home into the U-Haul truck, according to the documents.

    Violet and Phillip Walter were arrested later that day and charged with murder.

    On Sept. 4, Abilene police told KTXS they were looking for some of Officer Allen’s police-issued gear. That included his Glock .22, duty belt, police radio, pepper spray, and flashlight. The police radio was found days later along FM 18 in Callahan County. A TxDOT contracted employee found the radio and used it to contact authorities.

    KTXS reached out to APD to find out if the other items are still missing at this time. We’ll bring you any updates as they become available.

  • Ballinger Police Department investigating murder

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 12:59:36 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 08:59:09 PM CDT
    BALLINGER, Texas -

    Ballinger police are investigating the city’s first homicide in 12 years.

    "I'm shocked and speechless," said Kirsten Mentz, a neighbor. "Waking up... it's hard, hard to deal with thinking about it."

    Queandro Quarles, 34, has been charged with murder and is being held on $500,000 bond at the Runnels County Jail.

    Police said Quarles got into a short fight and hit 36-year-old Kenneth Sneed early Saturday morning after the two had been drinking at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of North 8th Street.

    Neighbors said Sneed and Quarles were friends and that it was just an accident.

    "He didn't intentionally hurt him other than fight a little bit," said Levi Mentz, a neighbor.

    "When the fight was over one man was unresponsive," said Mark McNulty, the Ballinger Police Chief. "Paramedics were called. They resuscitated him got him to the hospital continued to work on him."

    Sneed was later airlifted to a hospital in San Angelo where he died Saturday afternoon.

    "This is a rare occurrence," McNulty said. "It's nothing for the citizens to get terribly upset about. It was two people who knew each other. It wasn't a stranger type thing just two guys who had been drinking and it got out of hand."

    "I just don't understand it," Kirsten Mentz said. "Wish we could rewind time."

  • Air Force officials ID 4 Dyess airmen killed in Afghanistan crash

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 12:33:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 01:31:40 PM CDT
    SSgt Ryan Hammond – loadmaster

    SSgt Ryan Hammond – loadmaster

    ABILENE, Texas -

    U.S. Air Force Base officials have identified the four Dyess Air Force Base airmen who were killed in a C-130J crash in eastern Afghanistan.

    They include:

    *- Capt Jordan Pierson – pilot - 28 of Abilene, but originally of Lubbock.

    *- Capt Jonathan Golden – pilot - 33 of Camarillo, Calif.

    *- SSgt Ryan Hammond – loadmaster - 26 of Moundsville, W.Va.

    *- SrA Quinn Johnson-Harris – loadmaster - 21 of Milwaukee, Wisc.

    Six U.S. service members and five civilians died in the crash

    Two other service members from Hanscom AFB, Mass. were also killed in the wreck. They were identified as Senior Airman Nathan Sartain and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz.

    The C-130J crashed during initial take-off from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.

    The cause of the accident remains under investigation by officials in the Central Command Area of Responsibility.

    Dyess AFB released a statement containing the names of the airmen killed in the crash.


    News release from the U.S. Air Force

    The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing releases the following:


    The six Airmen assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing who died Oct. 2 when their C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, were identified by the Department of Defense today. Killed in the crash were Capt. Jordan Pierson, Capt. Jonathan Golden, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, Senior Airman Quin Johnson-Harris, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz. Pierson, Golden, Hammond and Johnson-Harris were deployed from 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, while Sartain and Ruiz were deployed from the 66th Security Forces Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

    The wing held a morning fallen comrade ceremony to honor the Airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice while doing their duty on the combat frontier and allow their fellow wingmen to pay their respect and mourn their loss.

    After a brief prayer from a wing chaplain, the squadron commanders of the fallen were given the opportunity to address the gathered Service members and offer their thoughts.

    Lt. Col. Mitchell Spillers, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander, offered condolences and a message to support those grieving, while reminding all to stay focused on the mission at hand to honor the sacrifices of the lost Airmen.

    "We've taken a blow, but I'm proud of the way we've come together and supported each other.that must continue," said Spillers. "We're a tactical airlift unit that provides a lifeline to our forces than no else can. Our mission will continue and we must carry on. Jordan, JJ, Ryan and JH all loved what we do, and would expect nothing less."

    Maj. Met Berisha, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron commander, echoed that the fallen Airmen loved what they did, and added they did their duty without regard for their own safety to deliver airpower capabilities here. He emphasized that Airmen must stay strong and continue the mission.

    "We must mount up and get back to our posts, get back to our patrols, and get back in those aircraft and continue to do what we do best.project combat airpower for our nation," said Berisha. "We all know deep in our hearts, Defenders, that's exactly what Sartain and Ruiz would have wanted." Spillers later said his lost Airmen were some of his finest.

    "This was one of my best crews; they had a positive impact on everyone around them. They served honorably and will forever be remembered as true tactical airlifters," said Spillers. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and we will do everything in our power to comfort them during this time of loss."

    Berisha added that Sartain and Ruiz were the type of Airmen every commander sought to have on their team.

    "I knew that without a doubt, that when our nation sent an aircraft into harm's way into an unsecured and dangerous Afghan airfield that the aircrew and aircraft were defended by the finest security forces Airmen our Air Force could possibly deliver," said Berisha. "Simply put, Ruiz and Sartain loved securing and projecting combat airpower for our nation. Their families not only raised fine American patriots, but they raised heroes that we all had the humble honor and phenomenal privilege to serve alongside with here."

    Chief Master Sgt. Matt Grengs, 455 AEW command chief, said Airmen across the wing grieve for the lost Airmen, but reminded everyone to pull together and continue the mission to honor their sacrifice.

    "Today, we paused to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice as part of the Vulture Nation," said Grengs. "We can only hope that the anguish of the families of these fallen heroes is tempered with the knowledge that their loved ones died doing what they loved for the nation they loved.they did not die in vain. It is our duty to finish the work of these fallen comrades."

    Brig. Gen. Dave Julazadeh, 455th AEW commander, said today was about honoring those whose lives were cut short and not forget their sacrifices.

    "Today was a tough day for the Vulture Nation. We mourned with the families of Jordan, JJ, Ryan, JH, Nathan and Kcey," said Julazadeh. "We owe it to these warriors to complete the mission for which they gave their lives.to protect and defend the freedoms upon which our great nation was built. We must never forget them or the sacrifices they made."

  • Second case of West Nile confirmed in Big Country city

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 11:00:51 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 08:54:42 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Big Country is dealing with its second confirmed human case of West Nile.

    A 35-year-old Cisco woman has been diagnosed. She is currently receiving treatment at Hendrick Medical Center. Family members say she is in critical condition. 

    R.D. Childers and his wife Sharon spend hours outside renovating their home, the diagnoses has them worried. “It’s really upsetting to know that West Nile is here in Cisco, we haven’t seen many mosquitoes but we always wear repellent,” R.D. said.

    This is the cities first confirmed case of West Nile Virus. Cisco was made aware of the diagnoses Friday and has sprayed for mosquitoes twice, both Friday and Saturday.

    “We’re taking every precaution that we can,” Interim City Manager Peggy Ledbetter said.

    “I spoke with the City of Abilene and asked what they did when someone contracted West Nile there and they told me we were doing everything we should.”

    Cisco doesn’t own a sprayer so the city has been borrowing one from Eastland to get the spraying done.

    During the month of September an elderly Abilene man was also infected with West Nile and is also being treated at Hendrick Medical Center.

    Cisco plans to spray again on Tuesday, and they are hoping that the recent cooler weather will keep the mosquito population down for the remainder of the year.

    In addition to spraying Ledbetter said residents should empty all standing water to cut down on mosquito breeding.

    If you are experiencing mosquito problems you can call Cisco City Hall at 254-442-2111.

  • Dyess "WeCare" team puts on car wash for good cause

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 08:36:39 AM CDT
  • Historic rain doesn’t stop wedding

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 12:13:46 AM CDT

    When a couple’s minister couldn’t get into downtown Charleston because of torrential rains, one couple’s wedding was in danger. But a plea on live TV helped good Samaritans save the day.

  • 2.3 million Indians apply for 368 jobs

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 01:01:32 AM CDT

    When the call went out for 368 low-level bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh, India, more than 2.3 million people applied. The astonishing turnout reveals a problem with the Indian workforce.

  • Troy Sutton covers living wills to powers of attorney in Estate Planning 101

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 08:36:59 AM CDT
  • Tracking: Cool Monday, warm mid-week, then rainy end of week

    Published On: Oct 05 2015 07:44:58 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2015 07:45:16 AM CDT

    Our work week forecast has cool, warm, dry and rainy weather in place. Check out the forecast video for when all will occur.