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  • Motorcyclist killed in Winters Freeway accident in Abilene

    Published On: Jul 31 2015 09:56:39 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2015 12:39:56 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An unidentified motorcyclist is dead after a traffic accident on northbound Winters Freeway near Ambler Boulevard on Friday morning.

    The accident occurred around 9 a.m.

    The name of the deceased, who was wearing a helmet, wasn't immediately available.

    According to police, speed may have played a factor. The driver was believed to have been driving over an overpass, lost control and then hit a light pole, police said Friday.

    Meanwhile, a second accident occurred when a silver SUV – whose driver slowed at the accident scene -- got rear-ended by a black truck.

    KTXS News will provide more details as they become available.

  • 1 dead, 1 injured in Hwy 83 crash near Tuscola

    Published On: Jul 31 2015 09:34:47 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2015 02:04:43 PM CDT
    TUSCOLA, Texas -

    A traffic accident involving a motorcycle on Hwy 83 about two miles south of Tuscola has left one dead and resulted in another being taken to the hospital.

    The accident occurred around 8:35 a.m. Friday near CR 134.

    According to police, a yet-to-be-identified man and woman -- believed to be from New Zealand -- were headed on a motorcycle north on Hwy 83 when it veered across the center stripe and struck a Ford F-150.

    KTXS News will provide more details as they become available.

  • Abilene man who impregnated 13-year-old sentenced to 40 years

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 05:34:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2015 07:50:04 AM CDT
    John Jude Morales

    ABILENE, Texas -

    An Abilene man who continually raped a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Taylor County jury Thursday.

    John Jude Morales, 32, was found guilty of continuous sexual assault of a child for a string of assaults that occurred from July 4, 2013 to June 19, 2014.

    According to court documents, Morales raped his girlfriend’s daughter multiple times, including an assault that impregnated the girl in 2013.

    Morales forced the girl to have the baby prematurely on Dec. 15, 2013 in her house. The baby died shortly after being born, according to court documents.

    DNA samples were taken from the baby and Morales, and court records state that the samples matched.

    Morales admitted to having sex with the minor two or three times.

  • Abilene could be getting a new indoor sports complex

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 06:37:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2015 07:49:25 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Abilene Youth Sports Authority is currently working on plans to bring a new indoor sports facility to Abilene.

    The facility would house four full basketball courts, four full youth-sized basketball courts, and eight volleyball courts with the possibility of expansion, according to Jon Smith, executive director of the AYSA.

    The facility is expected to cost about $8.5 million, and according to Debi Schultz of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, it will provide a venue for many indoor sports.

    "It can do anything indoors," Schultz said. “We did a study four years ago and found out that an indoor sports complex is one of our biggest needs.”

    This is not the first time AYSA has tried to bring an indoor facility to town. In 2008, the group proposed a $40 million youth sports complex, but voters defeated the proposal by a 3-to-1 margin.

    According to Schultz, the proposed facility will be privately funded by investors, and the city of Abilene will potentially provide the needed land.

    "This would be a public-private partnership," Schultz said. "The city will help with land and development; the funds will be raised privately."

    Smith believes the facility is something Abilene needs.

    "Youth sports are the largest segment in the travel industry today," Smith said. “Abilene really needs a multi-court arena for things like basketball and volleyball.”

    According to Smith, the exact location of the complex hasn’t been determined, but he hopes to acquire land owned by the city of Abilene.

    "This would be a great opportunity to bring folks into town," said James Childers, director of community services for the city of Abilene. "This is a project that has good implications [for] … tourism and travel."

    "It would bring in new business and generate new dollars, which would boost economic development in the city," Schultz said.

    The AYSA is a private non-profit organization formed in 2004 to help facilitate youth participation in sports leagues, promote healthy activity and to act as a one-stop shop for registration of youth leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics.

  • Failure to halt at stop sign sends 2 to Abilene hospital

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 11:29:27 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2015 07:44:59 AM CDT
    Arnold and Stamford accident
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Two people from Wyoming were taken to an Abilene hospital after an accident on Arnold Boulevard and West Stamford Street on Thursday morning.

    The accident happened around 10:30 a.m.

    According to Abilene police on the scene, a UPS truck was driving east on West Stamford Street. A Mazda vehicle from Wyoming was heading north on Arnold Boulevard.

    Police told KTXS the UPS driver reported the car did not stop at the stop sign. It hit the back of the UPS truck, spun several times, and stopped on West Stamford Street, facing east.

    Police identified the driver and front passenger of the Mazda as a man and woman both 70-years-old. They were both taken to the hospital. A 13-year-old boy was in the back seat, but was not injured. All three people in the Mazda were from Wyoming.

    The driver will be cited for disobeying a stop sign, according to an officer on the scene.

  • Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has special message for Dixie All-Stars

    Published On: Jul 28 2015 06:40:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 28 2015 06:46:59 PM CDT

    Abilene High grad and St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher John Lackey has a special message for the Dixie 9-10 All-Stars after making it to the Texas West State Tournament. The last time Dixie made it that far was in 1991 when Lackey was on the team.

  • 911 call: Woman reports theater shooting

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 09:41:18 PM CDT

    A woman calls to report the deadly shooting at a Louisiana movie theater.

  • MH370 possible debris found

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 09:31:56 PM CDT

    Efforts underway to determine if the plane debris found near Madagascar came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • Sound of Music in Clyde

    Published On: Jul 31 2015 09:26:13 AM CDT
  • It’s a war of the sexes in office temperature battle

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 01:23:01 AM CDT

    There's a battle of the sexes brewing in some offices this summer and it's all about the thermostat.  Experts say the fact that many women want the temperature warmer than men is based on biology and fashion.