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  • 'Do you live in this area?' Abilene police say take note if you do

    Published On: Feb 10 2016 12:16:41 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 10:45:06 PM CST
    Abilene police tweet
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Abilene Police Department released a map Wednesday warning Abilenians about a "spike in burglaries" in Central Abilene.

    "Thieves targeting homes/businesses," the Twitter message says. "... lock gates/doors."

    CLICK HERE to see a LARGER VIEW of the map.

    The targeted area ranges from North 9th Street near Cobb Park to South 15th Street near McMurry University and then from near Marshall Street to Chestnut Street.

  • 3 dead, 3 hurt as car slams into rear of 18-wheeler

    Published On: Feb 09 2016 09:35:37 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 07:51:57 AM CST
    Fatal crash
    RALLS, Texas (AP) -

    A car slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer rig on a highway in the West Texas plains, killing three and critically injuring three others in the car.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety says the crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday about 30 miles east of Lubbock on the eastern fringe of the small town of Ralls. DPS Trooper John Gonzalez says it appears the car was eastbound on U.S. 62-82 when it crashed into the 18-wheeler, which was stopped to turn into a fertilizer plant.

    The dead included two adult passengers of the car and a toddler. The three taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock were the driver and two passengers.

    The truck driver wasn't injured.

    The speed limit on the four-lane highway is 75 mph.

  • Blaze causes $50,000 in damage to Walnut Street residence

    Published On: Feb 10 2016 09:22:50 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 08:47:47 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Wednesday morning fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a residence in the 1700 block of Walnut Street, an Abilene Fire Department news release said.

    "Upon arrival there was heavy smoke and flames coming from all sides of the home," the release said.

    The cause of the blaze hasn't been determined, according to the fire department.

    No one was injured in the fire.

    Previous story:

    Firefighters battled a blaze Wednesday morning at a duplex in the 1700 block of Walnut Street in Abilene.

    The man had left to go to the bank when the fire broke out about 8:50 a.m.

    No one was injured in the fire.

    KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

     

  • Fire destroys north Abilene apartment

    Published On: Feb 10 2016 09:05:11 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 10:45:32 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A north Abilene apartment was made an empty husk after a fire started and burned through multiple rooms Wednesday evening.

    The fire started around 8:15 p.m. at the Spanish Arms Apartments on North 6th Street.

    The Abilene Fire Department responded with multiple units and found heavy smoke and debris in the air.

    According to the battalion chief on scene, the fire burned through a single apartment and nothing was left behind. He said the fire was contained and did not escape that apartment.

    No one was injured or inside the apartment at the time of the fire, according to the battalion chief. The entire apartment complex was evacuated as a precaution.

    He said the fire may have been started by a fault in the apartment's water heater, but investigators have not determined the official cause yet.

    KTXS has a crew on scene and will update this article as we learn more.

  • Hearing rescheduled for Abilene man accused of killing newborn

    Published On: Feb 09 2016 10:59:28 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 01:17:29 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An examining hearing for 22-year-old Damian Cate has been postponed until Friday.

    Cate and 18-year-old Amber Craker are accused of murdering their newborn Jan. 18 at a home in the 400 block of South 25th Street in Abilene.

    The hearing, which was rescheduled because the state prosecutor was sick, will now take place in the 42nd District Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

    Jacob Blizzard, Cate's attorney, said a judge will determine if the state has probable cause to keep Cate in custody.

    Blizzard said if the judge determines the state does not have probable cause the charges will be dismissed and Cate would be released until the Taylor County District Attorney's Office presents the case to a grand jury for indictment.

    Blizzard said he will also ask the judge to reduce Cate's bail.

    Cate is being held at the Taylor County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

    A preliminary autopsy report said the newborn, Ashley, was stabbed at least three times over the neck and chest. In addition, both of the baby's lungs were collapsed, the report said.

    Police said they found the baby's body in a trash can in a bathroom at the home.

  • Video: KTXS meteorologist Hayden Nix in Harlem Globetrotters game

    Published On: Feb 10 2016 08:21:31 AM CST

    KTXS meteorologist Hayden Nix showed off his basketball skills Tuesday while playing for the World All-Stars against the Harlem Globetrotters at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.

  • Moody Gardens in Galveston prepares for Spring Break

    Published On: Feb 10 2016 08:20:18 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 08:48:56 AM CST
  • How to show your Valentine you really love them, without buying anything

    Published On: Feb 10 2016 08:36:21 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 10 2016 08:39:16 AM CST
  • AHS captures district title with win over Odessa

    Published On: Feb 09 2016 11:15:10 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 09 2016 11:34:01 PM CST

    Highlights and reaction of Abilene High boys basketball vs Odessa High, in which the Eagles' win secured them the out-right district 3-6A title.

  • Cowgirl softball sweeps Southwestern in home opener

    Published On: Feb 09 2016 06:52:12 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 09 2016 09:53:42 PM CST

    Highlights of HSU softball's game 1 win over Southwestern in the team's home opener twinbill on Tuesday, February 9th.