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  • Stabbing at Abilene club leaves victim in critical condition

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 05:51:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 08:14:18 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Abilene police say a male attempted to separate a fight at Club Old Skool early Sunday morning.

    According to police, during the fight, the male was assaulted and received multiple stab wounds.

    The victim was taken to the hospital where he is in critical condition Sunday.

    No arrests have been made and the identities of the victim and suspect are not being released at this time.

    A report for aggravated assault was taken. No other information is being released at this time.

  • 2 arrested for murder in Colorado City shooting death

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 11:32:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 02:45:51 PM CDT
    Heather Roseanna Wilburn

    Heather Roseanna Wilburn

    COLORADO CITY, Texas -

    Two have been arrested – and charged with murder – in connection with last week’s Colorado City shooting death of 40-year-old Cornelius Demore Wingate.

    Heather Roseanna Wilburn, 28, and Justin Carl McGowan, 23, were taken into custody Saturday on first-degree murder charges and booked into Mitchell County Jail in connection with the Thursday, March 26 homicide, according to a news release from the Colorado City Police Department.

    Colorado City police are also seeking a “person of interest” – 42-year-old Joseph Jason Ybarra – in the case, Police Chief Luis Aguilar said in the news release.

    While details remain sketchy, police say Wingate was transported to a Mitchell County hospital after being shot before 5 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of West Point Avenue in Colorado City.

    The case is being investigated by the Colorado City Police Department with help from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, the 32nd Judicial District Attorney’s Investigators Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Odessa Police Crime Scene Unit.

    Those with information on the shooting death are being encouraged to contact the Colorado City Police Department at (325) 728-5294.

     

     

  • Ex-Abilene ISD chief's peer supportive even after arrest

    Published On: Mar 20 2015 07:36:25 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 20 2015 09:01:59 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Heath Burns' Thursday arrest resulted in him withdrawing from the Blooming Grove ISD superintendent selection.

    Burns, former superintendent of Abilene ISD who resigned in February, turned himself in to authorities on a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance by fraud charge.

    Several Abilene community members and school employees submitted recommendation letters to Blooming Grove ISD.

    Since the arrest, did anyone change their opinion on the former superintendent?

    One Abilene ISD school board member was active on the board when Burns was hired.

    Robert Laird, secretary of Abilene ISD's Board of Trustees, said he doesn't believe the board should have done anything differently in hiring Burns because, at the time, everything checked out.

    "When we looked at him, he was very, very qualified and an outstanding candidate," Laird said. "He did a very good job for us for the time he was here as far as what we hired him for."

    Laird also said his opinion of Burns has not changed. He said he realizes people have different struggles.

    "Knowing a lot of people in healthcare and the problems that can occur, this doesn't really change my opinion of him. I just felt very sad that this is an ongoing problem," Laird said.

    What about that $407,500 settlement that Burns received as part of his resignation agreement? Will the school try to get that money back in light of what's happened?

    "I think contractually we would have a difficult time getting it back," Laird said. "We can sue. We can look at suing, but basically what you'd be doing is looking at taking money from one person and giving it to lawyers."

    Laird said they want to learn from the past and be careful when searching for their next superintendent.

    The board is currently looking at different ways to check into the backgrouns of prospective superintendents.

  • DPS urges community to practice safety during bluebonnet season

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 08:00:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 07:41:41 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    As you head out to enjoy the warm spring weather, you may notice that bluebonnets are in bloom.

    Up and down Texas highways, the state flower population is thriving. For many folks, this marks the perfect time to get out and take those iconic Texas family pictures.

    Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower and the Department of Public Safety has some guidelines to help keep people and the flowers safe.

    Although it's not illegal to pick them, there are still some precautions to take.  

    "Be careful where you park because that could be a hazard to other people,” said DPS Trooper Sparky Dean. “You could have your vehicle struck.”

    In addition to parking away from busy roads, you should also watch out for rattlesnakes and fire ants who call those meadows home.

    While you can pick bluebonnets, destroying them or digging them up will result in a fine. If you want pick them it's important to find a place with slow traffic. Blocking traffic is against the law.

    DPS said bluebonnets are easy to grow from seeds for a personal garden, as long as there is not too much rain and they are planted in well-drained soil.

  • Burns' attorney: Haven't seen evidence against ex-Abilene ISD leader

    Published On: Mar 23 2015 07:48:37 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 24 2015 11:09:31 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The attorney for ex-Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns -- who was charged with prescription fraud last week -- says he has yet to see any evidence against his client.

    Speaking with KTXS on Monday afternoon, Ken Leggett said that's unusual for a pre-indictment case like this.

    "I don't know what the (Texas) Department of Public Safety or (Abilene Police) Chief (Stan) Standridge or (District Attorney) James Eidson think they have," said Leggett.

    Leggett said he emailed the District  Attorney's Office Monday morning asking for evidence against his client. He said he was told a file for the case hasn't been created in the office yet.

    Burns turned himself in on a charge of possession of a controlled substance by fraud last Thursday.

    According to a DPS complaint, Burns fraudulently obtained prescriptions for more than 3,400 pain pills from January to July of 2014.

    Leggett said it's complaint based on probable cause, not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

    "Probable cause is a very, very, very low standard, and it can even be based upon hearsay," Leggett said.

    Standridge released a statement Thursday saying police are conducting their own investigation. That, Standridge said, could lead to more charges, including potential misdemeanor and felony counts.

    "We'd like to see what evidence they think they have," Leggett said.

    Leggett said he talks to Burns on a regular basis. He said Burns is ready to get his legal issues taken care of so he can get back to work -- somewhere.

    A job offer as superintendent with the Blooming Grove ISD fell though after last week's arrest.

    Burns resigned in February as Abilene police were investigating at least four alleged cases of sexual relationships between AISD educators and students.

  • 4-year-old leaves home at 3 am for slushie

    Published On: Mar 28 2015 11:06:16 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 28 2015 11:39:26 AM CDT
  • Shooting group helps women prepare for danger

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 11:13:25 PM CDT
  • Thousands rally against Indiana's religious freedom act

    Published On: Mar 28 2015 11:55:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2015 02:49:02 AM CDT

    Thousands of people rallied in Indianapolis Saturday to show their displeasure with Gov. Mike Pence, who recently signed Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

  • Efforts to recover Germanwings Flight 9525 wreckage, victims continue

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 01:16:09 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2015 02:25:45 AM CDT

    Helicopter pilots maneuver among French Alps to get recovery workers in and out of the crash site of Germanwings Flight 9525.

  • Boston cop in coma after being shot

    Published On: Mar 28 2015 10:05:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2015 02:59:24 AM CDT

    A Boston police officer was in a medically induced coma Saturday after being shot in the face after approaching a car that had been pulled over.