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  • Multi-vehicle accident diverts traffic from I-20 in Abilene

    Published On: Nov 26 2015 02:39:37 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 26 2015 10:32:45 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Traffic on Interstate 20 in Abilene was diverted after two collisions involving 18-wheelers occurred Thursday afternoon.

    Emergency dispatchers reported an accident near exit 283A on I-20 at about 2 p.m.

    An 18-wheeler jackknifed at the exit, crashed and blocked the road, according to police at the scene. An Abilene police unit and a Texas Department of Transportation truck arrived at the scene to help move traffic.

    Shortly after, another 18-wheeler was traveling west on I-20 and struck the TxDOT truck after moving into the lane it was occupying. The trucks then struck the police car. The 18-wheeler came to rest after crashing into an overhead highway sign and then caught fire.

    Traffic was diverted to south Winters Freeway as emergency crews worked the scene.

    The driver of the TxDOT truck suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the second 18-wheeler received minor burns. Neither were transported to a local hospital.

    We will update this article as soon as we learn more.

  • Accident involving four vehicles kills one man south of Cisco

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 05:10:13 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2015 09:10:20 PM CST
    fatal accident

    CISCO, Texas -

    One person was killed in an accident involving four vehicles around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning, south of Cisco.

    According to an Eastland County DPS trooper, a pickup truck was traveling southbound on Highway 183 when it hit an 18-wheeler traveling north. An SUV and a pickup truck were also involved in the crash.

    A male was pronounced dead at the scene, his identity has not been released at this time.

    The accident is still under investigation, but wet roads are the preliminary cause of the crash.

  • TxDOT crews monitoring winter weather effects on roads

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 01:32:05 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2015 09:10:12 PM CST
    Winter roads Jan. 2015

    Winter roads Jan. 2015

    The following is a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation

    As icy conditions threaten to impact portions of West Texas through midday Saturday, motorists are urged to use caution while traveling this holiday weekend.

    As of late Friday morning, the National Weather Service has placed the majority of TxDOT’s 13-county Abilene District under either a Winter Weather Advisory or Ice Storm Warning through noon Saturday.

    TxDOT crews will be working throughout the duration of this winter weather event, monitoring state roadways and treating icy patches as needed.

    Motorists can obtain the latest road conditions by visiting DriveTexas.org or by calling (800) 452-9292.

    Drivers are urged to use extreme caution because of the potential for black ice, which appears as dry pavement. Ice on bridges and overpasses will be a concern in the impacted areas.

    Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:

    • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Do not use cruise control.

    • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.

    • Watch carefully for personnel and equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews.

    • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.

    • Carry extra warm coats, gloves and boots in case you get stranded.

    • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle.

  • Planned Parenthood shooting suspect ID'd

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 01:12:11 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2015 01:00:00 PM CST
    (CNN) -

    Two civilians and a police officer were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in a nearly six-hour standoff Friday.

    The suspected gunman is Robert Lewis Dear, 59, a law enforcement official told CNN. The official did not provide additional information.

    Police captured him, but they're still working to pinpoint his motive -- and make sure he didn't leave any explosives inside or outside the Colorado Springs building.

    Bomb technicians are investigating what's believed to be the suspect's vehicle in a parking lot, a law enforcement official said.

    It was not immediately clear why Planned Parenthood was the target of the shooting.

    One Planned Parenthood official said the motive behind the attack was unknown, but pointed to what she called a "poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism" as a possible cause.

    "We don't yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don't yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack," Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said in a written statement. "We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust."

    Cowart told CNN she believes all staff and patients from the clinic are accounted for.

    "We're still reaching out to confirm individuals, how they are. I believe no one of our staff was severely injured. I also believe at this time that none of our patients were injured," she told CNN.

    Officer was a six-year veteran

    The slain officer, 44-year-old Garrett Swasey, worked for the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and was on campus about 10 miles away when the shooting broke out. He went to the scene "in support of an officer under fire," the school's chancellor said in a statement.

    Swasey was a six-year veteran of the university's police force.

    Four civilians and five police officers were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds. The injured victims were in good condition Friday night, police Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

    "The officers, they're obviously in some pain, but thankfully they're alive and talking to us, and they're heroes ... The courage they displayed today saved many, many lives -- no doubt," Colorado Springs Fire Chief Christopher Riley said.

    In a statement released late Friday, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards thanked law enforcement officers.

    "Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the brave law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm's way in Colorado Springs," she said.

    Siege lasted for hours

    The announcement of the suspect's arrest came nearly six hours after someone first called 911 around 11:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) and reported a shooter was inside the Planned Parenthood building, which is near a shopping center and numerous offices.

    For hours, police reported shootouts with the gunman, warning people to stay inside nearby businesses and seek shelter.

    The shooting brought life to a standstill as police closed roads and people were trapped inside businesses for hours in a busy corner of the central Colorado city, which has more than 400,000 residents.

    First, Tessa Smart saw a look of concern flash across a patient's face in a nearby chiropractor's office where she works. Then she heard the gunfire.

    "I heard a bullet go right by the door and hit something," she told CNN. "And I ran back to my desk and grabbed a bunch of keys and fumbled at the door trying to find one to lock it. ... As I was doing that I was seeing the police commotion outside, police running everywhere, ducking behind cars with guns."

    Denise Speller, who works at a salon, said she heard at least 10 gunshots go off and saw a police officer get hit.

    "It was terrifying," she said.

    Joan Motolinia said he got a phone call Friday afternoon from his sister, who was inside the clinic.

    "I heard the shooting," he said, choking up as he described the situation to reporters. "She couldn't say too much because she was afraid."

    In a nearby grocery store, an announcement over the intercom told shoppers they weren't allowed to leave. They huddled with staff at the back of the supermarket.

    It was shocking to watch SWAT teams while holed up inside a nail salon, witness Jill Lavelle said.

    "Seeing the SWAT members squatting down in their shields and their riot gear, with their automatic rifles out, that was very ... I never have experienced anything like that before," she said.

    Despite initial fears that the shooter could be on the loose outside, authorities now believe he remained inside the Planned Parenthood building throughout the siege, Buckley said.

    Several injured victims made their way into a nearby bank, she said.

    Attack comes as Planned Parenthood faces criticism

    Hours after the shooting began, video from CNN affiliates showed people in medical scrubs and white coats being escorted from the scene.

    Planned Parenthood is a national health care provider that delivers reproductive health care and sex education to women and men throughout the United States. The organization runs nearly 700 health centers throughout the United States, according to its website.

    The group says each year 2.7 million people in the United States visit its health centers for health care services and information. Abortion is among the services Planned Parenthood clinics provide, an issue that's made the organization a target in the past.

    It's faced sharp criticism in Washington and from some Republican presidential candidates on the campaign trail after an anti-abortion group released a series of videos alleging that Planned Parenthood engaged in the selling of fetal organs and parts for profit.

    Planned Parenthood has strongly disputed the videos and contended the tapes provide a distorted account because they are heavily edited.

    At least three Planned Parenthood buildings have been vandalized since September.

    Last year, abortion providers in the United States saw 12 incidents of vandalism, one burglary, one invasion, one arson attack, one death threat and four stalking incidents, according to the National Abortion Federation.

  • 14-year-old boy struck by vehicle in north Abilene

    Published On: Nov 26 2015 06:27:08 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 26 2015 10:32:39 PM CST
    Pedestrian hit
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A 14-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car Thursday evening in Abilene.

    According to police at the scene, a woman was driving north in the 2000 block of Briarwood Street when the boy ran in front of her 2-door coupe on foot around 6 p.m.

    The boy was hit by the car and taken to Hendrick Medical Center, his injuries were not life-threatening. He has not been identified by police.

    Police said it is unclear at this time if the woman was speeding, but no citations were given.

  • Tracking a cold, wet, and possible icy weather in the Big Country

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 07:24:08 AM CST

    Areas north and west of Abilene could see freezing rain tonight as rainfall continues and temperatures fall below freezing.

  • Canadian ends Anson's storybook season in regional round

    Published On: Nov 26 2015 06:34:11 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 26 2015 10:15:33 PM CST

    Highlights of Anson's loss to Canadian in the regional round of the 2015 High School football playoffs from Plainview on Thursday, November 26th.

  • Wylie rolls to regional round win over Levelland, 61-8

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 06:44:32 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2015 10:54:20 PM CST
  • Brownwood continues season after downing Mineral Wells

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 06:45:44 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2015 10:52:42 PM CST
  • Holiday spirit and shopping fill Mall of Abilene on Black Friday

    Published On: Nov 27 2015 06:18:25 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2015 09:10:06 PM CST

    Walking through the mall turned into a trek for some as the slow-moving crowd walked from store to store. In the distance the high and low notes of Christmas melodies could be heard and Santa Claus set up shop right in the middle. He brought with him the snow, reindeer and his elvish helpers.

    "Suck it up buttercup, it's time to go shopping," said one group of shoppers eagerly buying gifts that would end up underneath trees. Some had the energy to last all day but others took a seat and found themselves surrounded by presents.

    Cold weather didn't keep the crowds at bay and the bells of The Salvation Army let you know you were close to the Black Friday madness. Shoppers spent hundreds to thousands of dollars taking advantage of the first deals of the holiday season.