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  • Arrest made for aggravated robbery at Mall of Abilene

    Published On: Jan 20 2015 08:44:38 PM CST
    Updated On: Jan 22 2015 08:54:15 AM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A 22-year-old Abilene man has been arrested for an aggravated robbery that occurred Monday in the parking lot – near Best Buy – at the Mall of Abilene.

    According to Abilene police, Mikole Joseph Ortega has been charged with the robbery of a couple. His bond was set at $30,000.

    Police say Ortega was “contacted by patrol officers on Tuesday evening in reference to a Public Intoxication call. He matched the description of the man who possibly committed the aggravated robbery at the Mall of Abilene parking lot a day earlier.”

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    The Abilene Police Department is asking for help in locating a suspect in an aggravated robbery that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Mall of Abilene parking lot.

    According to police, a man and his wife walked out of the Mall of Abilene to their parked vehicle.  A Hispanic male approached their car. The male victim told police he was threatened by the suspect with a weapon, possibly resembling a box cutter, as he was about to get into the vehicle.

    The male victim gave the suspect a small amount of cash. The suspect fled in a red-colored truck.

    Minutes later, the suspect was caught on surveillance video entering a mall store.

    He's described as a heavy set Hispanic male, possibly in his early 20s with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, black and grey sneakers with red laces, and dark-colored cargo shorts. His vehicle may be a late model red Chevy truck.

    Police ask anyone with information on the suspect or the aggravated robbery to call police at (325) 676-6610 or Abilene Crime Stoppers at (325) 676-TIPS.

  • Police: Texas father mistakes son for burglar, shoots him

    Published On: Jan 25 2015 03:59:01 PM CST
    Shooting investigation
    HOUSTON, Texas -

    A Houston man could face charges after mistaking his son for a burglar and shooting him, sending him to the hospital.

    Police say that when the unidentified man heard what sounded like a burglar in his home at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, he fired at the individual.

    The person the man fired at turned out to be his son.

    KHOU-TV reports the son suffered a gunshot wound to an eye. He was transported to a Houston hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.

    Police say they have taken the father into custody while they investigate the shooting.

  • Abilene woman assaulted while walking home

    Published On: Jan 20 2015 08:54:25 PM CST
    Updated On: Jan 21 2015 08:30:12 AM CST
    Abilene police 2
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Abilene police are investigating a report of assault on an Abilene woman while she was walking home Monday afternoon.

    She was walking in the 3300 block of Sherry Lane just after 4:15 p.m.

    The 18-year-old victim told police she was approached by two suspects. They grabbed her arm and began touching her inappropriately.

    The suspects fled when they saw a vehicle pass by.

  • Abilene ISD leaders, police chief to meet Monday in closed session

    Published On: Jan 21 2015 06:02:50 PM CST
    Updated On: Jan 26 2015 08:12:39 AM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Abilene ISD school board members and Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge will meet Monday evening in closed session to discuss recent alleged inappropriate student and school employee relationships.

    In a joint statement released last week, Abilene ISD and Abilene police said their leaders have begun collaborative efforts to develop better policies and practices for future investigations in AISD when criminal charges could result.

    The meeting came after two AISD employees – 29-year-old Michael Trook and 30-year-old Breanne Brown – were arrested in less than a month's time for allegedly having sex with students.

    Trook was dean of health sciences at AISD's Holland Medical High School and Brown was a teacher at Abilene High because each of them recently resigned.

    It was also decided in Wednesday's meeting that Standridge will be allowed in executive session, despite the school board previously denying his request.

    KTXS will be at the meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. at One AISD and will update you as soon as more information becomes available.

  • Weaker El Nino could mean longer drought across dry Texas

    Published On: Jan 25 2015 01:41:30 PM CST
    Updated On: Jan 26 2015 07:29:17 AM CST
    Texas Drought

    DALLAS, Texas -

    Forecasters say a weaker-than-expected El Nino could mean an even more prolonged drought in parts of Texas.

    The Dallas Morning News reports that the latest forecast from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center revises guidance that some areas mired in a five-year drought could see improvements.

    KXAS-TV chief meteorologist David Finfrock tells the newspaper that a rainy January will make for moist soil and a good wildflower crop in spring, but lakes around the state remain low.

    That will likely lead to a new round of water use restrictions, particularly in the Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas.

    The five lakes used by Dallas Water Utilities to serve the city and more than 20 others are all below 75 percent capacity.

  • Family: Man kills self after Target 'walk of shame'

    The mother of a cashier at a Target store in California is suing the retail chain after she says her son committed suicide three days after being humiliated by management by being forced to take part in a ”walk of shame’’ after being wrongly accused of theft.

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