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  • Reward increased for Texas 'Most Wanted Fugitive'

    Published On: May 04 2015 08:40:57 AM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2015 08:51:11 AM CDT
    Iris Iliana Rodriguez

    Iris Iliana Rodriguez

    AUSTIN, Texas -

    The reward for a 25-year-old woman – and “Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive” – has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to her capture if the tip comes in during May.

    Iris Iliana Rodriguez is sought for indecency with a child by sexual contact, harassment and unlawful restraint.

    Rodriguez, described as 5-foot-2 and weighing 150 pounds, has strong ties to Laredo and Mexico.

    If you have a tip, you can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

    Here is the Texas Department of Public Safety news release in its entirety:

    AUSTIN – The reward for Iris Iliana Rodriguez, 25, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to her capture if the tip comes in during the month of May. Rodriguez is wanted for indecency with a child by sexual contact, harassment and unlawful restraint. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

     

    Rodriguez has strong ties to Laredo and Mexico. She has previously been employed as a counselor in the Laredo area. For more information and updates in the event of her arrest, please view her wanted bulletin at: http://dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=276.

     

    Rodriguez is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She has a scar on her leg and shoulder.

     

    One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitive is featured.

     

    To be eligible for the cash rewards, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips:

     

    All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted.

     

    DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

     

  • West Texas town receives 9.1 inches of rain over 24 hours

    Published On: May 05 2015 11:39:05 AM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2015 10:13:25 PM CDT
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    TAHOKA, Texas (AP) -

    A West Texas school district has called off classes for the day after more than 9 inches of rain left behind flooded roads.

    The Tahoka Independent School District canceled classes Tuesday. Superintendent George McFarland cited unsafe travel conditions.

    The Texas Department of Transportation reports some roads closures south of Lubbock due to flooding, in areas near Tahoka and Lamesa.

    National Weather Service forecaster Victor Murphy says Tahoka had received 9.1 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending Tuesday morning.

    Forecasters say Lubbock set a precipitation record Monday with 3.42 inches of rain. The previous record for May 4 was set in 2001, when Lubbock received .82 inches of rain.

    The National Weather Service says showers that began Monday in West Texas should ease off by Wednesday.

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     A West Texas school district has called off classes for the day after nearly 7 inches of rain left behind flooded roads.

    The Tahoka Independent School District canceled classes Tuesday. Superintendent George McFarland cited unsafe travel conditions.

    The Texas Department of Transportation reports some roads closures south of Lubbock due to flooding, in areas near Tahoka and Lamesa.

    National Weather Service forecaster Chris Morris says Tahoka had received almost 6.9 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending Tuesday morning.

    Morris says Lubbock set a precipitation record Monday with 3.42 inches of rain. The previous record for May 4 was set in 2001, when Lubbock received .82 inches of rain.

    The National Weather Service says showers that began Monday in West Texas should ease off by Wednesday.

  • Pentagon: No Texas takeover plot

    Published On: May 04 2015 05:31:42 PM CDT   Updated On: May 04 2015 08:26:30 PM CDT
    US military exercises

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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -

    Don't mess with Texas -- even if it's just an exercise.

    Amid unfounded, Internet-fueled rumors that U.S. Special Operations Forces might be trying to take over parts of the southwest, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas State Guard forces under his control to keep an eye on the U.S. military during a large upcoming training exercise.

    The exercise is called Jade Helm 15.

    "It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed," Abbott said in an April 28 letter to Major Gen. Gerald "Jake" Betty, commander of the guard.

    Abbott ordered the guard to "monitor" the eight week-long exercise which begins in July and ends in September, across seven states. In Texas, Utah and New Mexico most of the training will take place on private land. In Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, much of it will take place on military installations.

    Some of the concerns are fueled by Internet posting of a map said to be made up for the exercise which shows Texas in bright red and lists it as "hostile" territory. The scenario for the exercise is that U.S. special operations forces travel to another continent which includes hostile nations and work with rebel underground freedom fighters there.

    The question for many is do Americans need to have their civil liberties protected from involvement by the U.S. military. U.S. military officials tell CNN they welcome the state guard working with them to coordinate the exercise operations in Texas, but that one sentence in the governor's letter is without foundation.

    On Monday, Abbott told reporters the guard simply will gather information, monitor the exercise and report to him about what is going on. Abbott said he has been "provided assurances," by the Defense Department that "there is nothing for the public to worry about."

    Sen. Ted Cruz said he also has asked the Pentagon what's going on, and has been told everything is fine. But the Republican presidential candidate also indicated he understands why people may be concerned: persistent mistrust of the federal government.

    Many on the Internet are convinced something is about to happen. Several websites are expressing the worries of some residents of Bastrop County, Texas, that the exercise is going to lead to a military takeover, something Pentagon officials adamantly deny.

    "Jade Helm is a long planned and coordinated exercise," Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren said. "We are not taking over anything."

    But that's not stopping websites like the Oath Keepers' which says, "The Internet is abuzz with speculation these exercises are not designed to prepare U.S. troops for overseas operations, but are actually designed to prepare U.S. troops for aggressive operations against American citizenry."

    Others says the military is testing the loyalty of local communities. During the exercise some of the troops will be in civilian clothes, move in civilians vehicles and carry weapons with blank ammunition. But there will be exercise monitors at all times.

    Special Operations Forces officials told CNN troops often train in local areas in the U.S. with the permission of public and private landowners because it provide a realistic environment for overseas operations. And the training scenarios are made as realistic as possible with "friendly" and "enemy" territory. But in a statement explaining Jade Helm, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command said, "The size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart."

    There will be about 1,200 troops in Jade Helm, mainly Army Green Berets, but also a small group of Navy SEALS and Air Force special operations troops as well as conventional Army infantry.

  • Murder suspect's family: $60 may have led to Abilene stabbing

    Published On: May 03 2015 10:19:45 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2015 11:40:53 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A deadly weekend stabbing might have all been over $60.

    Police say 23-year-old Traymon Peoples is behind bars for stabbing 71-year-old Curtis Duhart to death at his apartment in the 5200 block of Alamo Drive Saturday night. 

    "Hurtful, sad, cause he's a good kid. He really is," said Priscilla Davis, Peoples' aunt.

    Davis spoke with Peoples at the Taylor County Jail on Monday by video monitor.

    "I asked him why he was over there," Davis said. "He said the guy owed him $60 and somehow he pulled a knife on him and he kept telling him to put the knife down and somehow Traymon got the knife and after that I don't know."

    "Exactly what transpired leading up to Mr. Duhart's death, we're still speaking to people who have knowledge of that," said Sgt. Lynn Beard, with the Abilene Police Department.

    Duhart's neighbors remembered him as a personable, likeable guy.

    "No matter what this whole incident was over, small change, you don't beat someone up for that, much less stab them to death," said Joel Morgan, Duhart's neighbor.

    Peoples is being held on $100,000 bond. He's charged with first-degree murder.

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    A 23-year-old man has been arrested for murder in the wake of the stabbing death of a 71-year-old Abilene man.

    Traymon Peoples was charged with first-degree murder last night after being interviewed at the Abilene/Taylor County Law Enforcement Center, according to an Abilene Police Department news release.

    Peoples remains in Taylor County Jail. His bond was set at $100,000. He had been named as a "person of interest" before being interviewed, arrested and jailed.

    According to the news release, 71-year-old Curtis Duhart was found dead shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday in his apartment in the 5200 block of Alamo Drive.

    Police say Duhart sustained multiple stab wounds and his body was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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    Abilene police are investigating a murder that occurred late Saturday and have identified a 23-year-old "person of interest" in the case.

    According to an Abilene Police Department news release, 71-year-old Curtis Duhart was found dead shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday in his apartment in the 5200 block of Alamo Drive.

    Police say Duhart sustained multiple stab wounds and his body was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

    "Detectives conducted multiple interviews with involved parties and have identified a person of interest in this case: Traymon Peoples, black male, age 23," the news release said.

    "Mr. Peoples is believed to have been at or near the crime scene prior to Mr. Duhart’s death. Detectives would like to question Mr. Peoples regarding his knowledge of this incident."

    Anyone with information relating to the Duhart murder is being asked to contact the Abilene Police Department at (325) 673-8331 or Crime Stoppers at (325) 676-TIPS (325-676-8477).

  • Snyder woman sentenced to 10 years probation with no fines

    Published On: May 01 2015 07:23:45 PM CDT   Updated On: May 04 2015 10:51:37 AM CDT
    Nicole Mann mugshot

    Nicole Mann, 24, of Snyder was charged during June 2014 with the murder of 33-year-old Robert Silva of Colorado City. Silva died from a gunshot wound, Snyder police said in a news release.

    SNYDER, Texas -

    A Snyder woman will not be spending any time behind bars for killing a Colorado City man.

    Nicole Mann, 24, was sentenced to 10 years probation with no fines late Friday evening, according to the Scurry County District Attorney's Office.

    PREVIOUS STORY: A 24-year-old Snyder woman has been found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to the killing of Robert Silva in June of 2014.

    Nicole Mann had faced the possibility of being convicted of murder. The 10-woman, two-man jury convicted Mann of the lesser charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They spent Friday attempting to determine her punishment.

    According to the Snyder Daily News, it took the  jury a little over two hours to pass down the guilty verdict against Mann.

    Police say Silva was found in his home with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. The bullet struck a major artery -- and he was taken to a local hospital and later died from his wounds.

  • (VIDEO) Howard County tornado

    Published On: May 05 2015 05:36:59 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2015 10:21:05 PM CDT

    Check out this video of a tornado touching down in Vincent, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy of Ronnie Green

  • Much needed police, fire department repairs and upgrades seek voter approval in bond election

    Published On: May 05 2015 10:45:22 AM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2015 10:53:40 AM CDT
  • Texas shooting investigation continues

    Published On: May 04 2015 04:00:50 PM CDT

    The investigation continues after two men opened fire outside a contest for Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Texas.

  • Paraguay won't allow abortion for raped 10-year-old

    Published On: May 01 2015 10:44:39 PM CDT   Updated On: May 04 2015 03:15:12 PM CDT

    An international rights group is pressing Paraguay to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by her stepfather.

  • Sidewalks, street repairs up for vote in city bond election

    Published On: May 04 2015 08:50:33 AM CDT   Updated On: May 04 2015 09:06:06 AM CDT