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  • Update: ID released of man who fled from Taylor County deputy

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Trace Headrick, Evening Producer, theadrick@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 09:50:16 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 31 2014 11:45:30 AM CDT
    Scottie Dale Thomas

    Scottie Dale Thomas, 37, of Abilene.

    ABILENE, Texas -

    An arrest has been made after a man fled from a Taylor County sheriff's deputy just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in Abilene.

    The man, Scottie Dale Thomas, 37, was pulled over for a traffic stop after a deputy realized Thomas was wanted for a parole violation. According to the sheriff's office, Thomas got out of his car, where the chase continued on foot.

    The chase occurred in south Abilene near South 7th Street. It came to an end with help from Abilene police near the intersection of Corsicana and Laguna.

    The driver was arrested and his vehicle was hauled off.

  • Family: ACU grad who contracted Ebola shows 'slight improvement'

    Published On: Jul 30 2014 04:15:14 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 31 2014 11:32:25 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Family members of Dr. Kent Brantly – an Abilene Christian University graduate who contracted the deadly Ebola virus – say he has shown signs of slight improvement in the past 24 hours.

    However, Brantly’s family says, the 33-year-old family physician and father of two still continues to battle the grave disease.

    Brantly's family issued a statement to KTXS regarding the health of their loved one:

    "Kent is a brave, kind, servant-hearted man and a fantastic role model. We ask that everyone join us in fervent prayer for his full recovery. Our faith sustains us, and we are resting in the peace of God. Our family asks that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."

    In October, Brantly traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, with Samaritan’s Purse – an international relief agency – and started treating Ebola patients in June. According to reports, Brantly recognized his own symptoms and immediately began treating himself in isolation.

  • Colleagues speak highly of ACU grad battling deadly Ebola

    By John Grobe, News Reporter, jgrobe@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 04:26:59 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 31 2014 11:32:09 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Dr. Kent Brantly is someone who people admire and look up to. He is a doctor and a missionary doing, what some would say, is God's work.

    Fellow missionaries speak of him as a humble, intelligent and good man who only wants to help people.

    Brantly, 33, contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working with Samaritan’s Purse – an international relief agency – and after he started treating Ebola patients in June.

    Brantly decided to go to Liberia last October, and his decision wasn’t made in haste.

    Dr. Gary Green, ACU's coordinator for the World Wide Witness program, believes this type of work is something that requires a lot of thought.

    "No one makes a decision to go to Liberia on a whim," Green said.

    Missionary work is highly stressful and sometimes dangerous.

    "Psychological studies indicate that the stress most missionaries go through is equivalent to the stress of a surgeon or doctor," Green said. 

    The stress experienced by missionary workers is caused by numerous things: Different conversation levels, having to be in a second or sometimes third language and having your family in a sometimes dangerous and unknown environment.

    Meanwhile, Brantly remains in critical condition, but in the past 24 hours his family said his condition is improving.

    Dr. Chris Flanders, ACU assistant professor of missions, believes if given the chance, Brantly would gladly go on this mission again.

    "I think he would have likely come down this path again because it's the path for him that love compelled into him," Flanders said.

  • UPDATE: Ballinger teen injured by horse declared dead

    Published On: Jul 31 2014 05:02:29 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 31 2014 08:48:36 PM CDT
    BALLINGER, Texas -

    A 17-year-old Ballinger teen who was injured by a horse earlier this week has been declared dead.

    About 8:15 p.m. Thursday a spokesperson with Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo told KTXS Ashley Virden has been declared dead but remains on life support so her organs can be donated.

    According to the Runnels County Sheriff's Office, Virden was bucked off a horse and then kicked in the head.

    It happened while she was riding with her father near County Road 114 in southeast Runnels County. According to Runnels County authorities,

  • New numbers released for BB gun vandalism shooting spree

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 08:49:32 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 31 2014 09:12:54 AM CDT

    ABILENE, Texas -

    More than 160 victims have reported cases of BB gun vandalism from last week’s shooting spree that has resulted in four arrests.

    According to police, 161 BB gun vandalism cases have been reported.

    Police do not have any totals on damages yet and don't expect to have them anytime soon. But Abilene police estimate damages have totaled more than $20,000.

    Two 17-year-olds and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the two-day BB gun shooting onslaught.

    Police continue to investigate the case and ask anyone with information to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (325)-676-6610.

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    Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with last week’s BB gun vandalism shooting spree, bringing the total of those implicated thus far to four.

    Two young men, both 17, have also been charged in the case.

    The police investigation is continuing.

    On Monday, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said more than 100 BB cases have been reported with damages totaling at least $20,000.

    “We have found those persons responsible and they will be held responsible,” Standridge said during a news conference at the Law Enforcement Center.

    Both the young adults arrested, Taquan Brown, 17, and Jarron Barnett, 17, as well as the juveniles taken into custody, have been charged with criminal mischief in connection with the shooting spree:

    Three vehicles are linked to the incidents, Standridge said.

    Standridge was firm on the severity of the situation, saying that the shooting spree “is not a prank, [it] is an act of vandalism.”

    Police encourage anyone affected by the vandalism to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (325) 676-6610.

  • KTXS Severe Drought Special (Segment 1 of 4)

    This is Segment 1 of the KTXS News special report that focused on the severe drought the Big Country is enduring.

    Segment 1: We took a look back several years to find out how we got into such a severe drought situation. We also spoke to the state climatologist who focused on the outlook for the future.

  • MH17 investigator: We can still smell bodies

    International investigators have finally reached the MH17 crash site. And they can still smell bodies.

  • KTXS Severe Drought Special (Segment 2 of 4)

    This is Segment 2 of the KTXS News special report that focused on the severe drought the Big Country is enduring.

    Segment 2: The drought has devastated the Big Country from local lakes and reservoirs to cities worrying about running out of water.