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  • Car strikes 3 vehicles, hits mailbox, flips, lands in Abilene yard

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 03:24:19 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 09:22:38 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A white car flipped and landed in a yard Friday afternoon while traveling south in the 800 block of LaSalle Street in north Abilene.

    Police say the vehicle, which included a 16-year-old driver and 18-year-old passenger, was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, hit three vehicles and struck a mailbox before the car came to a rest.

    The 16-year-old driver, who didn’t have a license, was taken to an Abilene hospital.

    According to the police officer on scene, multiple citations will be issued, including for not wearing seat belts.

    The accident happened about 2:45 p.m.

     

  • Taylor County grand jury indicts 33 people on criminal charges

    Published On: Feb 04 2016 09:14:39 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 07:41:42 AM CST

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A Taylor County grand jury returned 42 indictments for the following 33 people Thursday in Abilene.

    Cassaundra Lorraine Osborne – Possession of Methamphetamine April 16, 2015

    Emilie Hillaria Salinas - Possession of Methamphetamine June 26, 2015

    Kevin Louis Biziko – Injury to a Child (Three Paragraphs) April 29, 2015

    Christopher Brian Monroe – Burglary of a Habitation Sept. 14, 2015

    John Gabriel Garcia – Possession of Methamphetamine March 8, 2015

    Cesilio Martinez – Burglary of a Building Oct. 19, 2015

    Raquel Luz - Possession of Methamphetamine May 9, 2015

    Shane Lewis - Possession of Methamphetamine Sept. 24, 2015

    Robert Thomas Weber - Possession of Methamphetamine June 14, 2015

    Jose Louis Sanchez, Jr. - Possession of Methamphetamine Nov. 21, 2015

    Patrick Ryan Duncan – Theft (Enhanced) Aug. 22, 2015

    Joshua John William Recek – Theft Sept. 4, 2015

    Joshua Montana Glaze – Harassment by Person in Correctional Facility June 25, 2015

    Jacquelyn Rae Jasso - Possession of Methamphetamine April 2, 2015

    Armando Leyva Garcia - Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, 2nd Count Possession of Methamphetamine Nov. 10, 2015

    Antonio Francisco Leal – Possession of Marijuana March 16, 2015

    Tony Davis Smith - Possession of Methamphetamine Sept. 23, 2015

    Rhonda Airhart – Tamper with Evidence, 2nd Count Evading Arrest (One Prior) Aug. 24, 2015

    Corey Jermaine Garrett – Fail to Register as Sex Offender June 2, 2015

    Jonathan Andrew Alvarez – Assault Family Violence April 16, 2015

    Jermaine Lewayne Johnson – Possession of Prohibited Weapon Sept. 19, 2015

    Gilbert Gregory Kotulek – Theft of Copper Oct. 16, 2014

    Nathanial Robert Chriesman – Aggravated Assault, 2nd Count Deadly Conduct Sept 29, 2015; Aggravated Assault Oct. 9, 2015

    Jose Louis Sanchez, Jr. – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Dec. 31, 2013; 2nd Count Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Dec. 31, 2013

    Barry Eugene Geiger – Indecency with a Child Feb. 20, 2015

    Willie Lee Norman, Jr. – Robbery March 12, 2015

    Miranda Marie Riddle – Aggravated Assault, 2nd Count Criminal Mischief June 3, 2015

    Brittany Danae Huffman – Forgery, 2nd Count Possession of Methamphetamine (Two State Jail Priors) Aug. 3, 2015; Debit Card Abuse (Two State Jail Priors) Nov. 5, 2015; Debit Card Abuse (Two State Jail Priors) July 31, 2015

    Jacob Glen Crane – Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information (Two Priors) Aug. 3, 2015

    James Evans Taylor – Forgery Nov. 12, 2015

    Wesley Dale Mason – Tamper with Evidence – Human Corpse Dec. 27, 2014

    Berry Wayne Bussey – Driving While Intoxicated (Two Priors) Oct. 18, 2015

    Joseph Edward Bredemeyer, Sr. – Driving While Intoxicated March 10, 2015

  • Abilene exhibit highlights inventions by African-Americans

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 08:07:49 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 09:22:03 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Do you know who invented the golf tee? What about the mop or the lawn mower?

    Those questions can be answered at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center in Abilene, where there is an exhibit honoring African American inventors.

    The display is up to celebrate Black History Month and it highlights hundreds of patented inventions.

    The free exhibit is open to the public throughout February from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Brown County oil manufacturing company lays off 38

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 01:01:55 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 03:56:53 PM CST
    EARLY, Texas -

    The impact of the significant dip in oil prices has resulted in an oil manufacturing company in Brown County laying off dozens of employees.

    Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure served pink notices to 38 of its employees this week, according to Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, which is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission.

    They are one of 28 workforce centers in the state.

    Solaris’s website states the Houston-based company manufactures equipment for shale oil exploration.

    The company acquired the Early manufacturing facility in September 2014 after buying Loadcraft Site Services, according to a news release on its website. In that release, the CEO of Solaris promised to create jobs in Brown County as demand for the company’s products grew.

    KTXS reached out to Solaris on Friday afternoon for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

    “We’re seeing now oil service companies reducing hours or they have to do layoffs,” said Robert Puls, a business development consultant at Workforce Solutions. It’s now a domino effect. They weren’t immediately affected by the drop in oil, by now though, we are seeing that [effect].”

    The company is still operating the facility, according to the Early Chamber of Commerce.

    The Early plant manufactured what’s called mobile silo systems, which is used to store sand, water and chemicals used during the fracking process.

    "They notified us Thursday or Friday prior to that Monday (of the layoffs)," Puls said. "We were there on Monday doing rapid response orientation.”

    Workforce Solutions held the orientation at the facility preparing recently laid off employees on what to do next.

  • Fired Albany police officer says he was wrongfully terminated

    Published On: Feb 04 2016 06:24:56 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 11:00:49 AM CST
    ALBANY, Texas -

    The former Albany police chief fired after drugs were left behind in a school after a drug training exercise says he was wrongfully terminated.

    Jason Price said he was not responsible for the narcotics found by the student, and he is currently appealing the decision made by Albany City Manager Billy Holson to fire him.

    In a statement released to KTXS Thursday, Price outlined his involvement with the drug training exercise that resulted in a student finding a container with marijuana and drug paraphernalia left behind in a locker.

    The exercise consisted of a K-9 unit locating those containers, also called finds.

    Price said on Jan. 25 he was contacted by a sergeant with the Shackelford County Sheriff’s Office. The sergeant said the department needed to do some K-9 training and he asked Price for access to the Albany ISD campus.

    Price contacted the school’s principal to obtain a key for the campus. He met with the Shackelford County sergeant, two officers with the Cisco Police Department, and the principal.

    The sergeant told the principal that he would collect all of the finds at the end of the training, according to the statement from Price. The principal then left the campus.

    Price said the sergeant requested access to several classrooms where he conducted training exercises with the Cisco officers. The sergeant then placed several finds in different rooms that Price had previously unlocked.

    When the training exercise was completed, the SCSO sergeant told Price he had collected all of the finds, according to the statement. Price said he asked for further confirmation, and he was reassured that all of the finds had been retrieved.

    Price said he then secured the classrooms and locked the campus.

    Price was fired by the city Jan. 27. He has since filed an appeal with Albany City Council.

    The Shackelford County Sheriff’s Office has taken over policing duties in the meantime.

  • Meet the Memory Men!

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 09:05:05 AM CST

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner... have you made your plans? What about a song?

    The Memory Men perform personalized Valentine's Day songs and they can perform them for your valentine!

    If you want to set up a performance you can visit their website HERE.

  • Harlem Globetrotters Training Part 3: Hayden practices with the KTXS crew

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 09:08:02 AM CST
  • Candidates talk at Brown County Republican forum

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 09:19:14 PM CST
  • Snickers turns to Willem Dafoe for Super Bowl ad

    Published On: Feb 04 2016 08:42:28 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 05:53:33 PM CST

    Actor Willem Dafoe plays Marilyn Monroe in Snickers' new Super Bowl ad.

  • Maternity leave and how to add a second baby to your family

    Published On: Jan 27 2016 08:12:55 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 27 2016 08:14:36 AM CST