Big Country Beat: Mourning 3 young lives & Abilene’s most wanted take over

ABILENE, Texas ( – This week’s Big Country Beat takes a dive into local tragedies and crimes. Keep reading for a full look at the trending local articles of the week.

LAST TIME → Big Country Beat: Multiple young lives lost in wrecks sweep community

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‘Follow the dollars’: Drew Darby breaks down future of school vouchers & rural Texas

In this week’s Big Country Politics, news director Manny Diaz spoke with republican House Representative Drew Darby for district 72 after his recent victory.

4. $500 – $1,000 cash rewards offered for Abilene’s Wanted Criminals

Abilene Crime Stoppers put out a new roster of the city’s most wanted on Wednesday. Half of these suspects are wanted on charges relating to crimes against children. If you can give police some information that leads to an arrest, you’ll walk away with a cash award.

3. UPDATE: Abilene police searching for suspect behind two early morning armed robberies

Two convenience stores were robbed early Wednesday morning in South Abilene. Police are looking for that suspect, who was said to have a weapon.

2. 1-year-old killed in Knox City shooting death

News of an infant killed by a firearm overnight Wednesday into Thursday swept through the Big Country, starting in Knox City. Most details remain undisclosed, but we know a 1-year-old was pronounced dead at a local hospital and another child was taken into CPS custody. No arrests have been made.

1. Remembering the lives of 2 Abilene teens who died in Eastland County crash

After two Abilene teenagers were killed in a wreck last Thursday, reporter Ashly Ibarra spoke with their loved ones who relayed how excited the young couple was to welcome their first child in May.

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