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Past articles by Laura:

Escapee from Mitchell County Jail in Colorado City captured in Oklahoma

The inmate was captured at a hotel in Oklahoma City. → Read More

Three people died after head-on crash on highway curve in Runnels County

An eastbound car attempting to pass a vehicle on a highway curve struck a westbound pickup truck, DPS said. → Read More

Manhunt underway for Mitchell County Jail escapee in Colorado City area

Residents of Colorado City and the area are urged to stay indoors, lock all vehicles and secure their keys and keep houses and outbuildings locked. → Read More

Abilene police searching for man attempted ATM withdrawal using a tire iron

The suspect retrieved a tire iron from his car's trunk and struck the cash machine several times, causing significant damage. → Read More

Man sentenced 20 years for 2017 murder during robbery in west Abilene

The jury that found D'Jaman "DJ" Keshod West guilty of murder in the death of Bronson Boyles rendered the sentence. → Read More

Grand jury indicts Abilene man in death of beaten 8-week-old infant

Raymond Medina was indicted on a charge of murder in the death of his approximately 8-week-old child. → Read More

Grand opening: ACU's Allen Ridge Lifestyle Village draws traffic to north Abilene

Former farm land owned by ACU is now bustling as Allen Ridge Lifestyle Village, a boardwalk-inspired restaurant and retail development. → Read More

Sweetser gets life, plus fine after denying he shot Niblo eight times in his bed

Asked what he was thinking while shooting the Abilene Realtor, Sweetser said he wouldn't know because he wasn't there. → Read More

Niblo trial Day 7: Jury deliberates about 2 hours Wednesday, breaks for lunch

The jury in the trial for the killing of Thomas "Tom" Niblo deliberated about seven hours Tuesday and resumed Wednesday after six days of testimony. → Read More

Niblo homicide trial Day 6: Prosecution rests, then defense after morning break

Sweetser journal entries discussed on stand Wednesday morning → Read More

Niblo homicide: ATF agent confirms gun found in creek was purchased by Sweetser

Agent says there is no indication ownership changed hands since sale in 2000. → Read More

Abilene Police lead detective describes Niblo killing as 'one of the most brutal'

Testimony Friday morning focuses on evidence gathering and why Luke Sweetser early on became person of interest. → Read More

Aspermont ISD implemented new game plan to go from C to A in TEA ratings

Aspermont was among 25% of the state's 1,195 districts that improved their TEA letter grade between 2019 and 2022. → Read More

Callahan County fire Sunday leads to closure of SH 36 northwest of Cross Plains

A wildfire in Callahan County about 12 miles northwest of Cross Plains has lead to the closure of State Highway 36 Sunday afternoon, TxDOT said. → Read More

'We ask so much of you': Abilene police graduates 15 officers, promotes 5 to sergeant

With the addition of latest graduates, Abilene Police Department will be at full strength. Newest sergeants and telecommunicators also recognized. → Read More

Offices for Abilene Realtor Group coming at Buffalo Gap, Antilley roads

The two-story office building will have about 3,000 square feet. It's opening has been delayed by supply-chain issues. → Read More

Abilene man found guilty of murder in death of Sweetwater man

A Taylor County jury deliberated almost five hours Friday in reaching the verdict in the early 2020 fatal shooting at west Abilene apartments. → Read More

Jury sentences man to 50 years prison for fatally shooting co-worker on I-20

A jury sentenced Jordan Marshall Spraggins of Sweetwater Thursday to 50 years in a Texas prison for the murder of Steven Seth Pharris of Abilene. → Read More

Mom has unique way of hiding steenbok antelope born at Abilene Zoo

A steenbok lamb born recently at the Abilene Zoo is staying hidden inside the habitat, thanks in part to protective efforts of its mother, Kira. → Read More

Abilene police to step up presence on campuses after deadly Uvalde school shooting

There are no known threats, but Abilene police are being proactive with more visibility on Abilene and Wylie ISD campuses. → Read More