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  • Dog recovers after Brownwood man attacks pet with knife, hammer

    By Gabriella Hernandez, Brownwood Bureau Reporter, ghernandez@ktxs.com
    Published On: Oct 23 2014 11:42:51 AM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 08:22:38 AM CDT
    BROWNWOOD, Texas -

    A Brownwood man’s attempt to put his pit bull "out of its misery" ended with the dog being rushed to a veterinarian and the man to the hospital for an undisclosed reason.

    "I just don't understand why people want to do something cruel to any animal," said Carren Bowden, who's been taking care of the 4-year-old pit bull, Bruiser, at the clinic, "It's wrong."

    The unidentified man was spotted beating the dog in his backyard in south Brownwood. A significant amount of blood was found around the pit bull’s throat and head. Officers say it appeared the dog's throat was sliced open.

    Police say the owner told them he was unable to bear watching his dog suffer anymore and decided to take care of putting the dog down himself. According to authorities, when asked how he planned to accomplish the task, the owner told officers he would use a knife and hammer. The hammer reportedly was covered in blood.

    The owner also told officers he attempted to give possession of the dog to animal control and find a ride to the animal shelter but failed.

    "He does have some skin issues that may need ongoing treatment, but as far as we know there's not anything obvious that's a life-threatening condition," Bowden said. "He might have some post-traumatic stress. Dogs get that too, so he may have some issues after this."

    When Bruiser is healthy he will be fostered by Angles and Outlaws Bully Ranch in Stephenville. They specialize in fostering pit bulls who have been through traumatic situations.

  • Police: Houston man rapes teenage girl, toddler

    Published On: Oct 24 2014 09:25:50 AM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 09:25:57 AM CDT
    HOUSTON (AP) -

    A registered sex offender in Houston is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl and infecting them with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    The 33-year-old man was charged this week with super-aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child. Houston police say he raped his ex-girlfriend's teenage daughter and his infant niece.

    The investigation began in 2013 when the younger child was brought to the Texas Medical Center. Both victims were infected with herpes and doctors had to preform reconstructive surgery on the younger child.

    The suspect was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 after sexually assaulting a different child.

  • Proposed Abilene coffee shop sparks controversy

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Oct 22 2014 11:51:18 AM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 08:23:44 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    For some, a coffee shop close to home might be a good thing. But a recent rezoning request to turn a house into a coffee shop has many Abilene neighbors upset.

    Caleb Ensor placed a rezoning request to turn property from single-family residential to neighborhood retail. Ensor wants to open the coffee shop on Campus Court across from Abilene Christian University.

    The matter went before the Abilene City Council on Thursday on first reading. A public hearing and second reading on the issue is scheduled for the next council meeting on Nov. 6.

    We were unable to speak with Ensor, but someone close to him told us Ensor believes the traffic on Campus Court would mean good business for him.

    His neighbors disagree.

    "It will only add to the traffic, maybe make a regular hazard out of that road," said Philip Palmer, one of many opposed to the proposed coffee shop.

    "This street is not all that wide," said Robbin Hardegree, who lives on Campus Court. "Just having cars parked on either side, it narrows the street to one lane."

    "We have children who like to play and so we don't want anyone getting run over," said Debbie Oliver, another nearby resident.

    Because of those opposing the coffee shop and the traffic, the Abilene Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending denial of the rezoning request.

    Some students, however, are excited about the possibility of a closer coffee shop off-campus.

    "It gives kind of a new atmosphere," said Melissa Chechowich, an Abilene Christian University student. "Instead of having to study in the library with tons of other students, which is already crowded because it's a small library."

    "I think coffee shops are great," said ACU student Torren Davis. “Especially if you want to get away from campus, it's a great idea."

  • Abilene ISD teacher cleared to return after possible Ebola exposure

    By Christian Collins, Reporter/Weekend Producer, ccollins@ktxs.com
    Published On: Oct 24 2014 12:51:52 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 12:53:27 PM CDT
    Abilene Independent School District

    ABILENE, Texas -

    An Abilene ISD teacher has been cleared to return to work Monday after being on a cruise ship with a worker who may have been in contact with Ebola.

    The worker the teacher was potentially in contact with tested negative for the deadly virus, but one parent is sharing her continued concern.

    The returning teacher works at Bonham Elementary School in Abilene.

    We will have both sides of the issue on KTXS News at 6.

  • Texas pre-K student, 4, takes gun to school

    Published On: Oct 24 2014 09:20:00 AM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 24 2014 09:20:08 AM CDT
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    SULLIVAN CITY, Texas (AP) -

    Nobody has been hurt after a 4-year-old pre-kindergarten student took a loaded gun in his backpack to a South Texas elementary school.

    Officials with the La Joya Independent School District say a teacher confiscated the weapon and locked the gun in a safe until police arrived.

    The incident happened Thursday at Rosendo Benavides Elementary School in Sullivan City. The boy mentioned the gun to other students, who then told a teacher.

    Police are speaking with the child's relatives to determine how he acquired the gun, which had 15 bullets in the magazine but no rounds in the chamber.

    District police Chief Raul Gonzalez says investigators do not believe the boy planned to use the gun. School officials will consider any possible punishment for the child.

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