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  • Search on for Abilene hit-and-run driver who hit 4 vehicles, 2 poles

    Published On: Jul 25 2014 09:04:12 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 25 2014 11:32:11 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Abilene police are looking for a hit-an- run driver who did quite a bit of damage Friday night and sent one person to the hospital.

    The incident started about 8 p.m. near Abilene High School on Mockingbird.

    Police say it stemmed from a disturbance in a vehicle.  The driver of a blue Avalanche first struck a light pole and then a vehicle near the high school, knocking it on its side. The driver was injured and taken by ambulance to an Abilene hospital.

    The Avalanche then continued north on Mockingbird striking three other vehicles and a second light pole.

    An off-duty Taylor County sheriff's deputy saw the crashes and gave chase but was unable to stop the car.

    At that point the driver bailed out in the vicinity of North 14th and Mockingbird.  Police continue to look for the driver.

    There was one other adult and two juveniles in the blue Avalanche when all this took place.

    Police say the driver of the Avalanche will face charges of aggravated assault if he's caught.  

  • Abilene man, 25, arrested for prescription fraud, possession

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 25 2014 11:07:42 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 25 2014 04:07:11 PM CDT
    Jay Todd Spitzer

    Jay Todd Spitzer, 25, of Abilene was arrested during July 2014 for alleged prescription fraud and possession of multiple illegal substances. Police say Spitzer was found in possession of 55 grams of Hydrocodone bitartrate, 2.6 grams of Propoxyphene Napsylate, 22.4 grams of Promethazine and 9.9 grams of Alprazolam. The report also states that Spitzer had an additional 76.8 grams of Hydrocodone and 14.4 grams of Promethazine with him that were obtained fraudulently.

    According to police, Spitzer was arrested and charged with third-degree degree felony prescription fraud and possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone. Additionally, Spitzer was charged with a Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possible dangerous drug, Primathazine.

    ABILENE, Texas -

    Police arrested an Abilene man Wednesday for alleged prescription fraud and possession of multiple illegal substances.

    Jay Todd Spitzer, 25, of Abilene, was arrested after picking up a fraudulent prescription, police reports show.

    Spitzer was found in possession of 55 grams of Hydrocodone bitartrate, 2.6 grams of Propoxyphene Napsylate, 22.4 grams of Promethazine and 9.9 grams of Alprazolam. The report also states that Spitzer had an additional 76.8 grams of Hydrocodone and 14.4 grams of Promethazine with him that were obtained fraudulently.

    According to police, Spitzer was arrested and charged with third-degree degree felony prescription fraud and possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone. Additionally, Spitzer was charged with a Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possible dangerous drug, Primathazine.

    Spitzer was taken to the Taylor County Jail where he was released on bonds totaling $27,000.

  • Off-duty Abilene officer injured in motorcycle accident

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 25 2014 10:55:17 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 25 2014 09:06:21 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An accident involving an off-duty Abilene police officer occurred Thursday morning on East Highway 80 and T & P Lane.

    According to police, Officer Mike Ricker was taking his motorcycle in for maintenance at a radio shop. He was traveling north bound when a dog struck his motorcycle.

    Police said Ricker was wearing a helmet, but was transported to Hendrick Medical Center, treated for minor injuries and released Thursday afternoon.

    According to investigators, the dog was a male pit bull-mix and received minor injuries. He was believed to be a stray and was taken in by Animal Services.

    The motorcycle had nominal damage.

  • $80,000+ of beer stolen from Abilene business

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 25 2014 07:05:22 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 25 2014 10:57:21 PM CDT
    Ben E. Keith beer
    ABILENE, Texas -

    More than $80,000 worth of beer has been stolen from Ben E. Keith over the past few months.

    According to police reports, the beer was stolen between April 1 and and July 21 by a known suspect.

    Police say no arrests have been made. The investigation continues.

  • Child with lighter named as cause of Abilene apartment fire

    Published On: Jul 24 2014 09:16:46 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 25 2014 03:55:34 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Fire officials say a child playing with a lighter caused a blaze at an Abilene garage apartment Thursday night, resulting in $10,000 to $20,000 of damage.

    The garage was behind a house in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue. The fire started in the upstairs apartment about 7:30 p.m.

    According to the Abilene Fire Department, flames were showing out of two windows when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.

    A woman and two kids were in the apartment at the time but got out without injury.  Firefighters say a rabbit died in the fire.

  • High school football prospects test skills at ACU camp

    Local athletes took to Abilene Christian Universities practice turf for ACU's final football prospect camp Friday evening.

    Serving as a  last chance opportunity to get some looks from the ACU football staff, the camp hosted high school athletes, and focused mainly on key skills positions while evaluations took place to give the coaching staff a chance to scout some local talent.

    But recruiting isn't all about who can make plays. Just ask Abilene Christian University's head football coach Ken Collums.

    "The last thing I tell my coaches, are do we know this guy? Who is he? What's his heart? Because ultimately here, that's what we're going to get the best out of. We're going to get the best out of him on the field, but also we're going to get the best out of him as a man, we're going to grow him as a man. It has to do with his heart. That's the reason in recruiting we talk about the heart a lot, but we focus on that quite a bit here when they get to school," Said Collums.