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Abilene man indicted for sexually abusing a mother and her daughter

An Abilene man was indicted on Thursday by a Taylor County grand jury for child sex crimes.John Johnson Jr., 47, of Abilene, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, as well as multiple other child sex crimes, for reportedly sexually abusing a m → Read More

Indicted: Southeast Texas man extradited to Abilene for gruesome 2004 murder

A Southeast Texas man was indicted on Thursday by a Taylor County grand jury for the murder of an Abilene man in 2004.Kenneth Dean Pounds, 54, of Friendswood, was arrested in Friendswood back in March, which is southeast of Houston.Pounds was extradited to → Read More

Video and pictures show trash left behind at Lake Fort Phantom

An Abilene mother who lives near Lake Fort Phantom snapped photos and filmed a video of trash left behind by lake-goers over the weekend.Chloe Dillard, who is originally from Australia, said that she enjoys her home near the lake, but every weekend, trash → Read More

Two rival Abilene high schools playing volleyball for a cause

Two rival high schools are teaming up to help homeless students in Abilene by having volleyball games where they will collect donations right before classes begin.The 2017-2018 school year ended with 1,495 homeless students, according to Darrin Cox, the AI → Read More

4-H Horse Show was reportedly losing the Taylor County Expo Center money

The 4-H Horse Show that will no longer be held at the Taylor County Expo Center after 35 years had reportedly not been doing too well.Rochelle Johnson, the Taylor County Expo Center’s general manager, said that the show had been diminishing over the years. → Read More

Abilene man, previously indicted for manslaughter, indicted for possession of a firearm

An Abilene man was indicted on Thursday by a Taylor County grand jury for possession of a firearm by a felon.Willie Dale Pruitt, Jr., 33, of Abilene, was previously indicted for manslaughter in connection to the July 2017 killing of Teahoga Glover.Pruitt i → Read More

Abilene man indicted for sexual assault of a child

An Abilene man was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury on Thursday for a child sex crime.Alan Lee Watson, 23, of Abilene, was charged with sexual assault of a child.According to the indictment, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services bega → Read More

Victim of Abilene card skimmer had $240 stolen from her bank account

One of the 30 victims who was affected by a possible skimmer used to steal their debit/credit card information to steal their money in Abilene had $240 withdrawn from her bank account.April Colbert, who banks at the Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union, s → Read More

Abilene man used restraints to bust out of moving Taylor County patrol car

An Abilene man who escaped from a Taylor County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Wednesday reportedly freed one of his wrists from his handcuffs and used it to shatter the vehicle's rear passenger-side window.Martin Gregory Estrada, 31, of Abilene, was wante → Read More

High animal intake at Abilene Animal Shelter surpasses previous year's totals

The animal intake at the Abilene Animal Shelter in July is higher than it was during the previous year.On Monday, the Abilene Animal Shelter received 64 animals, 34 of which were puppies.“That is a really high amount of puppies,” Animal Services Director M → Read More

New community care-based contract placing children in foster care

An Abilene organization has a new community care-based contract with the State of Texas to help find homes for children who have been removed from their own homes by Child Protective Services.New Horizons has been around for many years taking care of child → Read More

Sentencing phase begins in ex-CPS worker convicted in Klapheke child death case

The sentencing phase began Thursday morning in the case of a Child Protective Services worker who was convicted of tampering with evidence, after a child died as a result of malnourishment and neglect in 2012.Gretchen Denny faces two to 10 years in prison. → Read More

Taylor County Sheriff’s Office asks for $1.9 million at budget hearing

Taylor County is having a budget hearing this week for departments across the area.On Wednesday morning, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office asked for a budget of $1.9 million, which is $700,000 more than what they asked for in the previous year.With new ho → Read More

Taylor County in need of a new court that just handles CPS cases

A Taylor County judge expressed the need for a court that is specifically dedicated to CPS cases at a Taylor County Commissioners’ budget meeting on Monday morning.Taylor County Judge Paul Rotenberry said that the number of drug-related CPS cases are overw → Read More

Unknown suspect threatened to kill victim in north Abilene

An Abilene man contacted authorities after he was threatened with a knife by an unknown suspect in north Abilene on Friday.According to an incident report by the Abilene Police Department, the victim told authorities that the unknown suspect assaulted him → Read More

Murder trial: Victim's family says justice has not been fully served

An Abilene man was sentenced to 70 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend with a shoelace in January of 2017 on Friday morning after being found guilty of the crime by a jury in Callahan County on Thursday afternoon.The family of the murder victim s → Read More

Abilene man found guilty for 2017 murder of his girlfriend

An Abilene man was found guilty for the 2017 murder of his girlfriend.Justin Bennett, 34, strangled Meagan Dearman with a shoestring and then dumped her body at T&P Lake in Baird.The jury of six women and six men began deliberating at 12:45 pm and had thei → Read More

Anson man indicted for sexually assaulting a child at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch

An Anson man was indicted on Thursday by a Taylor County Grand Jury for a child sex crime.Corbyn Bryce Mills, 19, of Anson, is accused of sexually assaulting a child at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch in Abilene.According to authorities, Mills sneaked into a 14- → Read More

Ex-Abilene ISD custodian indicted for child sex crimes

A former Abilene ISD custodian was indicted on Thursday by a Taylor County Grand Jury for child sex crimes.Mario Francisco Gomez, 20, of Abilene, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a minor in January.According → Read More

Stamford residents concerned about their care, jobs lost at hospital

Major changes will be taking place at a hospital in Stamford, which has some people concerned about their healthcare and dozens of other people losing their jobs.It is the end of an era for inpatient care and emergency room services at the Stamford Memoria → Read More