Archive - Dec 30, 2013 - News Article
A two-vehicle accident outside of Abilene kills one driver early Sunday afternoon.
According to DPS, a pickup truck heading northbound on US-277 (eight miles south of Abilene) lost control on icy road conditions around 2:30 p.m. The driver struck a guardrail, crossed over the center stripe and crashed into an SUV heading southbound.
The driver of the SUV, 53-year-old Randall Castleberry of Abilene died after the vehicle went over the bridge. Castleberry was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Doan before 3 p.m. Two other passengers including a 7-year-old were treated for stable injuries.
It's a story that received national attention: the disappearance of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn from her Colorado City home in December 2010.
For over two years, volunteers and law enforcement officials searched for the teenager, hoping she would be found alive. In March of this year, a rock collector discovered human remains in a dried-up portion of Lake JB Thomas in Scurry County, about 20 miles from Hailey's home. A month later, the remains were confirmed to be those of Dunn.
A local convenience store was the location of a robbery over the weekend.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda, a call was received around 1:05 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29. The call reported a possible aggravated robbery at the 7-11 store located at 1400 Hailey.
As noted in the initial report, the store clerk stated that a male entered the store, dressed in black and wearing a black ski mask. He was also brandishing a weapon.
An 18-wheeler's tire blow-out led to a fire recently on Interstate 20 west of Roscoe.
According to emergency and fire authorities, bales of hay caught fire in the back of an 18-wheeler when the truck had a blow-out. The fire got into the middle of the hay bales and many were strewn across the median to ensure that the fire would stop.
A truck from Comanche came to haul the hay bales to rest of their way to their destination.
Dr. John R. Cox III, 81, of Sweetwater passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.
Private family graveside services were held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Sweetwater Cemetery with a family member officiating. Services were under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
He was born on July 14, 1932, in Sweetwater. He married Martha Yvonne Grissom on July 2, 1959, in Post.
Today will be sunny with a high near 49. Wind chill values will between 18 and 28 early. Winds will be from the west-southwest around 5 mph, shifting to the east-southeast in the afternoon.
Expect clear conditions, with a low around 32 and calm winds becoming west-northwestern around 5 mph after midnight.
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