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Public learns details on remains found under historic cemetery chapel

Identifying remains, contacting their relatives and reaching out to the community for details about the dead were deemed priorities by about 50 people who attended the first public update on the burials recently discovered under the Oakwood Cemetery chapel. A chapel restoration project, which involved using 2012 bond funding to stabilize the structure and rehabilitate restrooms, doors and lighting...
2 adults, 1 toddler injured in rollover crash near Pflugerville

2 adults, 1 toddler injured in rollover crash near Pflugerville

Two adults and one toddler were hospitalized after a rollover crash around 1:45 p.m. Sunday on Dessau Road near W. Pecan Street in Pflugerville. Austin-Travis County EMS crews took the three people to Round Rock Medical Center with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The single-vehicle rollover crash occurred around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, according to EMS officials. Pflugerville police also...
Temperatures to reach near 90 in Central Texas on Sunday

Temperatures to reach near 90 in Central Texas on Sunday

It’s a hot, muggy one out there. Once the morning clouds dissipate, Central Texas will see sunny skies and warm-to-hot temperatures on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, with highs in the mid-80s. The Austin weather station at Camp Mabry should see a high of around 87 degrees. South winds of 5 to 15 mph should bring higher humidity to the area. Forecasters expect mostly cloudy...
Commentary: Austin tree ordinance violates private property rights

Commentary: Austin tree ordinance violates private property rights

Trees are timber — a natural resource that belongs to private property owners in the same way as a backyard garden. It would be absurd to require a government permit to harvest your peppers and potatoes — yet many Texas cities strictly regulate trees on your land. Overregulation of landowners and their ability to trim and remove tress is the focus of a major property rights fight at the...
Austin’s new Central Library opening delayed — again — to late this year

Austin’s new Central Library opening delayed — again — to late this year

The opening date for Austin’s new Central Library has been pushed back again, to this fall at the earliest, dismaying City Council members who said they don’t know how to defend the project to constituents. “It’s Groundhog Day,” said Council Member Ora Houston in a workshop last week, referring to the repeatedly vague guesses for completion. “That’s the response...
Conservation nonprofit breaking new ground in education

Conservation nonprofit breaking new ground in education

R. Brent Lyles has been in environmental education his whole career, from the time he taught seventh-grade science in a poor, rural county in North Carolina to today as executive director of the Colorado River Alliance. The nonprofit is tasked with advocating for the Colorado River, the source of Austin’s water and an economic engine of Central Texas and beyond. But as a nonprofit, the organization...

Community news: First ‘CodeTalk’ on Wednesday about environment

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN First ‘CodeTalk’ on environment The city of Austin will hold its first of five “CodeTalk” sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. CodeTalks are topic-based information sessions open to the general public but tailored to those who have profound interests in specific sections of the code for CodeNext. The first...
Austin board to vote on land parcels, preview revised facilities plan

Austin board to vote on land parcels, preview revised facilities plan

The Austin school board on Monday night is expected to approve the purchase of three land parcels for the expansion of Bowie High School and a future high school in Southeast Austin. Trustees will consider two smaller tracts next to the overcapacity Bowie High School that would go toward a multimillion-dollar expansion and modernization of the school. The district plans to pay $2.5 million for 39...

Mulling Trump, trains and Lone Star while waiting on MoPac to open

I’ve got questions … What, for instance, does the president really think about trains? Some transit supporters, perhaps creatively looking for silver linings, speculated shortly after Nov. 8 that Donald Trump, having spent his life surrounded by New York subways and commuter trains, might be into locomotion. Can you really picture the wheeler-dealer sometime over the past 30 years riding...

5 things to know if you think you’re being pulled over by a fake cop

Two drivers on FM 2001 in Hays County recently reported being pulled over late at night by a person they believed was impersonating a law enforcement officer. What should you do if you think you are being hailed by a fake cop? Here are five things to know: 1. Watch out for a damaged pickup: Authorities say a man in black clothing drove a white or silver Chevrolet pickup with damage to its front left...
Commentary: Tree ordinances are best left to city governments

Commentary: Tree ordinances are best left to city governments

Once again, the Legislature is taking aim at cities — and tree protection ordinances sit squarely in their crosshairs. The value of trees and urban forests is unquestionable. There are very real economic, environmental and psychological benefits that trees provide for our communities and their residents. Studies have demonstrated that the presence of trees increases property values for homeowners...
GOP replacement for Obamacare would leave Americans, Texans stranded

GOP replacement for Obamacare would leave Americans, Texans stranded

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has flaws. That much is clear. Instead of fixing and improving it so Obamacare continues to be sustainable going forward, Republicans led by House Speaker Paul Ryan are proposing to replace it with a measure that would further break the nation’s health care system. Interestingly, the GOP plan has been attacked from the right and left, albeit for different...
Child fatally hit by van in Northeast Austin; driver talking to police

Child fatally hit by van in Northeast Austin; driver talking to police

7:10 p.m.update: In a briefing for the public, Austin police said they are still investigating the scene in Northeast Austin where a young girl was fatally struck and killed by a van on Saturday afternoon. According to Officer Christopher Irwin, the girl was struck in the roadway by a van in the mobile home community in the 1400 block of East Rundberg Lane. Medics took her to the hospital where she...

Woman taken to hospital after wreck at I-35, Wells Branch Parkway

A woman was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with potentially serious injuries after a single-vehicle wreck in the 14500 block of Interstate 35 North, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The wreck occurred at 3:02 p.m. near Wells Branch Parkway in the northbound lanes of I-35, medics said. No other injuries were reported. Drivers should expect traffic delays in the area.
UPDATE: All lanes on U.S. 183 North reopen after 18-wheeler fire

UPDATE: All lanes on U.S. 183 North reopen after 18-wheeler fire

4:15 p.m. update: All northbound lanes in the 13700 block of U.S. 183 North near Lake Creek Parkway have reopened after an 18-wheeler caught fire early Saturday, Austin police said. Earlier: Police have reopened two northbound lanes in the 13700 block of U.S. 183 North near Lake Creek Parkway after an 18-wheeler caught fire early Saturday, authorities said. The cause of the fire, which occurred at...

Wreck shuts down eastbound lanes of U.S. 290 at FM 2104 in Paige

A one-vehicle wreck in Paige in northeastern Bastrop County has shut down all eastbound lanes of U.S. 290 at FM 2104, the Bastrop County sheriff’s office said. Drivers should expect delays in the area. No further information was immediately available.
Hundreds at Texas Capitol gather to demand resources for public schools

Hundreds at Texas Capitol gather to demand resources for public schools

11:25 a.m. update: State Rep. Gina Hinojosa and state Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin rallied with hundreds of others on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Saturday to demand that the Legislature provide more resources for public schools. “Teachers and parents in the state of Texas are sick and tired of excuses,” said Hinojosa, a Democrat who once served on Austin’s school board...

Sunny weekend ahead until possible showers Sunday night

Saturday and Sunday are set to be sunny days, but be prepared for some possible wet weather Sunday night. Saturday’s high will be near 83. That night will be clear with a low around 58. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 88. But that night, it will be mostly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. The low will be around 64.
Before phishing scam came along, report showed San Marcos at risk

Before phishing scam came along, report showed San Marcos at risk

More than a year before the February phishing attack that led a San Marcos employee to accidentally leak hundreds of W-2 forms, an assessment identified the city’s lack of cybersecurity training as a vulnerability. The assessment, completed in the fall of 2015 by SHI Security Services, found that the city didn’t have a security awareness training program. The finding was one of a dozen...

Pedestrian killed on I-35 near MLK Blvd., authorities say

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate 35 while trying to cross the highway near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Saturday, authorities said. Austin-Travis County EMS medics and Austin police responded to the area around the 2000 block of I-35 North in the northbound lane around 3:25 a.m. The person was pronounced dead at the scene, EMS officials said, but they did not provide details...
Phillips: Abbott’s Texas stomps local governments

Phillips: Abbott’s Texas stomps local governments

Welcome to Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas, where the state bullies local governments to bend to its will and strangles efforts of local people to govern themselves. That sounds surreal — but it is not a stretch if Abbott gets his way. The Texas Tribune reported last week that Abbott is proposing a “rifle-shot” law to pre-empt regulations of cities and counties that run counter to...
Commentary: Full reservoirs and more good news from the LCRA

Commentary: Full reservoirs and more good news from the LCRA

Last year Mother Nature brought abundant rains to Central Texas, refilling the Travis and Buchanan water supply reservoirs on the Colorado River. As chair of the LCRA Board of Directors, I am grateful to the talented men and women of LCRA who successfully managed the water supply for over 1 million Texans through the drought and the flooding rains that followed. I’m proud to say the full reservoirs...
No green light for gondolas above the streets of Austin

No green light for gondolas above the streets of Austin

Austinites who were looking forward to making their commute via gondola might be out of luck. After reviewing an analysis of the Wire One Austin urban gondola proposal, the city of Austin, Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority concluded Friday that they won’t move forward with planning such an unconventional mode of transit. “We’re not...
Take a look inside this West Lake Hills mansion with a ‘waterfall’ pool

Take a look inside this West Lake Hills mansion with a ‘waterfall’ pool

Courtesy of austin.curbed.com We all have dreams. Less traffic in Austin. A new iPhone. All of those are attainable, but here’s something that you’ll have to cough up a pretty penny to afford: An oh-so-gorgeous house in West Lake Hills.
2 killed in wreck on U.S. 183

2 killed in wreck on U.S. 183

TRAVIS COUNTY 2 killed in wreck on U.S. 183 Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics say two people have died after a rollover crash in the southbound lanes of the 10700 block of U.S. 183 in southeastern Travis County. The crash happened just before 8 a.m. near Von Quintus Road and only involved one vehicle. Authorities identified the victims as two men, but no other identifying information...
Driver accused of causing woman’s death while racing near Round Rock

Driver accused of causing woman’s death while racing near Round Rock

A man has been accused of causing a wreck that killed a woman while he was racing against another driver on a Williamson County road, according to an arrest affidavit. Hernan Abel Martinez, 23, of Hutto, was charged with racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was alerted at 6:54 p.m. Dec. 14 about...
Revised AISD facilities plan removes school names from closure list

Revised AISD facilities plan removes school names from closure list

A revised facilities master plan, a 25-year guide to modernize the Austin district’s campuses and help plan for future bond packages, removes the names of schools listed for closure or consolidation, though the criteria for future consolidations remain part of it. That criteria includes schools with enrollment at 75 percent or below for three or more years and a declining student population...
Police increased presence around Pflugerville High after stranger approached girl

Police increased presence around Pflugerville High after stranger approached girl

Pflugerville police increased the number of officers who patrol near Pflugerville High School after a stranger approached a high school girl, then screamed at her when she walked away from him, the Pflugerville school district said in a letter to parents. This incident happened at a driving school adjacent to Pflugerville High School, the letter says. Around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, a man driving a pickup...
UT survey details data on campus sexual assault, harassment, stalking

UT survey details data on campus sexual assault, harassment, stalking

The University of Texas has released the results of a survey on sexual violence and misconduct in which 15 percent of undergraduate women said they had been raped since being enrolled. The “Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments” report was sent to the UT community via email. “This survey is a wake-up call to me, as it should be for every student, faculty member and staff...
Police: Georgetown bank robber caught after fingerprints found on note

Police: Georgetown bank robber caught after fingerprints found on note

Police caught a bank robber in Georgetown after he left behind a note with his fingerprints on it, according to an arrest affidavit. Calvin Patterson, 33, of Killeen, was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The robbery happened at 4:25 p.m. March 3 at the BBVA Compass Bank at 10 Spring St., the affidavit said. A man, later identified as Patterson, walked...
Murder charges dropped in shooting over drugs at Austin H-E-B

Murder charges dropped in shooting over drugs at Austin H-E-B

Murder charges were dropped this week after investigators took another look at a drug deal gone bad outside of an H-E-B store last spring in Southeast Austin. John Paul Montoya, 20, is cleared in the May 20 shooting of Jeffry Rudy Sierra Lopez, pending further investigation, court records show. He was released from jail on Wednesday, but was sentenced that same day to six years of deferred adjudication...
Questions linger after Hutto police chief resigns

Questions linger after Hutto police chief resigns

There were more questions than answers Friday when Hutto Police Chief Earl Morrison resigned, his replacement was announced, and city officials declined to comment about the shakeup. The city announced in a news release Friday morning that Morrison had resigned to “pursue other opportunities,” and that City Manager Odis Jones had appointed Galveston Assistant Police Chief Byron Frankland...
Austin ISD to buy three parcels for Bowie expansion, new high school

Austin ISD to buy three parcels for Bowie expansion, new high school

The Austin school board on Monday night is expected to approve the purchase of three land parcels for the expansion of Bowie High School and a future high school in Southeast Austin. Trustees on Monday will consider two smaller tracts next to the over-capacity Bowie High School that would go toward a multimillion-dollar expansion and modernization of the school. The district plans to pay $2.5...

Appeals court ruling paves way for Austin to buy police body cameras

An appellate court ruling Friday paved the way for Austin to move forward with a police body camera program that has been held up since last year. The ruling from Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals essentially tossed the chief litigant from a lawsuit that had blocked the city from moving forward with a contract to buy cameras for the Austin Police Department from Taser International. Utility Associates...
Doggett: Obamacare fight led to victory for resistance but GOP ‘Empire will strike back’ 

Doggett: Obamacare fight led to victory for resistance but GOP ‘Empire will strike back’ 

Austin’s U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett might feel like the force is strong with Democrats on Friday after a GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – foundered, but he warned that the “Empire will strike back.” Doggett’s statement came just after U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he had pulled the President Trump-backed...
Austin job growth eased in 2016, but just to a more sustainable sprint

Austin job growth eased in 2016, but just to a more sustainable sprint

The latest revisions to last year’s workforce data confirmed that Austin-area employers added jobs at a much faster rate than initially reported — but also that its growth eased from the sizzling pace of the prior four years and has remained on that more modest trajectory through the start of 2017. The number of jobs in the Austin metro area rose 3.3 percent in 2016, according to revised...
Lucy Read Pre-K School evacuated due to smoke, officials say

Lucy Read Pre-K School evacuated due to smoke, officials say

Lucy Read Pre-Kindergarten School in North Austin has been evacuated due to smoke, Austin fire officials said. A small wall fan experienced an electrical short, which produced smoke in the school on Richcreek Road, Austin fire officials said. The electrical short didn’t produce any fire, officials siad. Firefighters are working to remove the smoke from the building, Austin fire officials said...

Storms roll into, out of Austin with little fuss

At least the Friday storms didn’t waste much time. The storms — such as they were — arrived in Austin early enough to deliver a light rain late in the morning commute. They stuck around long enough to admire the Hill Country and be on their way north and east by early afternoon. Then, out came the sun to dry up all rain. A Pacific cold front, which swept in from the west on Friday...
Report grounds dream for Austin gondolas

Report grounds dream for Austin gondolas

Austinites who were looking forward to making their commute via gondola may be out of luck. After reviewing an analysis of the Wire One Austin urban gondola proposal, the city of Austin, Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority concluded Friday that they will not move forward with planning such an unconventional mode of transit. “We’re not saying...
Woman finds ‘teeth’ in barbacoa tacos in Pflugerville

Woman finds ‘teeth’ in barbacoa tacos in Pflugerville

Are those… are those teeth? That was one woman’s question after she found what she thought were teeth in barbacoa tacos ordered at Pflugerville restaurant El Rincon. According to San Antonio’s KENS5, Courtney Aguilar took to Facebook to share a picture of the tacos saying, “When you order barbacoa tacos but get teeth instead.” The restaurant has since responded...
Man shocked with Taser as he flees arrest at Travis County courtroom

Man shocked with Taser as he flees arrest at Travis County courtroom

A man was apprehended by deputies who subdued him with a stun gun Friday morning as he tried to flee from a downtown Travis County courthouse to avoid arrest for failure to pay child support. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said authorities arrested Chad Archer Bishop before he could make it to an exit on the south end of the Heman Marion Sweatt Civil Courthouse. Court records show Bishop, 46, had a...

Police: 13-year-old shot dead in Killeen on Thursday

Killeen police are investigating the death of a 13-year-old who was found shot on Thursday evening. Officers responded to a call for a shooting in the 800 block of Green Avenue around 6:18 p.m. and found the teen lying on the floor with a gunshot wound. First responders performed first aid on the victim and took him to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, but he died from his injuries. No additional...
NEW: Multiple injuries reported in Leander crash involving four vehicles

NEW: Multiple injuries reported in Leander crash involving four vehicles

Authorities have closed FM 1431 down in Leander after a four-car crash has caused multiple injuries. Two adults were have been taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center just before 1 p.m. with injuries medics described as potentially serious. Two children younger than 10 years old were taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Medics responded...
Madonna’s twins get first Barbie dolls, singer posts video

Madonna’s twins get first Barbie dolls, singer posts video

Madonna’s twins got their first Barbie dolls this weekend and the entertainer is sharing it with the world. >> Read more trending news The “Material Girl” posted adorable video of newly adopted twin daughters, Estere and Stelle playing with the dolls. In the short video posted on Instagram, the girls sang the Finger Family song in unison while sitting on their beds. As they...
American-Statesman named Texas’ top newspaper

American-Statesman named Texas’ top newspaper

The American-Statesman on Sunday was named Texas’ top newspaper at the annual convention of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. The Statesman won the top honor in the state’s largest circulation division for the third time in four years. The Dallas Morning News was second and Houston Chronicle third. The overall first place topped a list of 39 awards won by Statesman journalists...
Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants

Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants

A private central Florida elephant preserve offers a unique, hands-on experience to visitors. The Elephant Ranch allows tourists to get up close and personal with the majestic animals. >> Read more trending news The Two Tails Ranch located near Gainesville lets people feed, bathe and even ride the eight elephants living at the ranch. The nonprofit group All About Elephants, Inc. owns and runs...
Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot

Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot

A northern Idaho woman blamed a car crash with a deer on a Sasquatch sighting last week. >> Read more trending news The woman told police she collided with the deer after spotting a Bigfoot on a highway near Potlatch near the Washington border, according to NBC Montana. The woman said the Sasquatch was chasing the deer Wednesday night along the side of the road, and as she watched the creature...
Trump now blames conservative Republicans for healthcare failure

Trump now blames conservative Republicans for healthcare failure

  President Donald Trump is now pointing the finger at an ultra-conservative Republican faction in the House for the GOP failure to rally a vote on House speaker Paul Ryan’s American Healthcare Act, scuttling the bill on Friday. >> Read more trending news But on Friday, it wasn’t the far-right Freedom Caucus, but the Democrats Trump publicly blamed for the measure’s failure...
2 North Carolina children found stabbed to death

2 North Carolina children found stabbed to death

North Carolina police said they have found the bodies of two missing children Saturday morning in Hoke County. >> Read more trending news  Fayetteville police had been searching for 2-year-old Serenity and 4-day-old Genesis Freeman overnight Friday. They were in their father's custody when they disappeared and he reportedly refused to tell police where the children were. Tillman Freeman...
Florida man steals meat from supermarket

Florida man steals meat from supermarket

This could be called a high-steaks robbery. According to a release from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, authorities are looking for a man caught on camera stealing steaks from a South Florida Publix. Deputies say that the man, donning “a short salt-and-pepper haircut,” a black shirt, black pants and black Nike shoes, stole from the meat department of a Weston Publix on...
Shots fired at Las Vegas casino

Shots fired at Las Vegas casino

Gunshots were fired during a burglary Saturday at a high-end retail store inside a Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news Casino police said they are investigating the incident, which took place inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. In a statement Saturday, police said that a preliminary investigation suggests that at least three people entered the store...
Parents question man who legally brought gun into trampoline park

Parents question man who legally brought gun into trampoline park

A Georgia man who legally took his handgun into a popular trampoline fun building was not breaking the law, but some parents are questioning the man’s decision. >> Read more trending news  Police were called to a Skyzone indoor trampoline park in Roswell on Sunday afternoon. The general manager reported that a man brought a gun inside and proceeded to jump on the trampolines with...
Florida man buys pancakes, eats them in city crosswalk

Florida man buys pancakes, eats them in city crosswalk

A Florida man who went to an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday and ordered pancakes decided to enjoy his meal in the crosswalk of a busy street, the Lakeland Ledger reported. While the action drew plenty of laughter from witnesses, police in the Florida city located between Tampa and Orlando were not amused. >> Read more trending news Kiaron Thomas, 21, of Lakeland, was charged with placing an...
TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

Television advertisements thanking Republican representatives for repealing the Affordable Care Act on Friday has the conservative American Action Network PAC slightly red-faced. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership suffered a major setback in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act when Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his bill to repeal...
Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits

Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits

The culprits behind a 7-foot-deep Florida sinkhole might not be what you’d expect. >> Read more trending news It seems beavers appear to be behind the Walton County hole that has closed a road by Alligator Lake, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.  "We've always had problems with beavers where we don't have a bridge," Chance Powell, an engineer for Walton County...
Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces

Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces

A woman from Washington state was arrested Tuesday night when she was found by Secret Service agents dangling by her shoelaces from the White House fence, NBC News reported. >> Read more trending news Marci Anderson Wahl, of Everett, Washington, pleaded not guilty and was released on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court, according to court records. A Secret...
Florida couple overdoses, passes out with toddlers in car

Florida couple overdoses, passes out with toddlers in car

Tiffany Tapper and Matthew Anderson were on their way to the home of Tapper’s parent Thursday night in South Florida with their two toddlers in the backseat when the couple passed out from drugs, police said.  >> Read more trending news  A passerby spotted Tapper, who was at the wheel, and Anderson unconscious in the car in Boynton Beach. Anderson, 27, told police he passed out...
Study: Cancer partly caused by bad luck

Study: Cancer partly caused by bad luck

Authors of a provocative study published Thursday say that their research shows most of the mutations that lead to cancer crop up naturally. People can get cancer from tobacco smoke or can inherit the trait, but Bert Vogelstein and CristianTomasetti at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center suggest that many cancers are unavoidable, NPR reported. "We all agree that 40...
Indian politician banned after hitting flight attendant with slipper

Indian politician banned after hitting flight attendant with slipper

An Indian politician was banned from flying on most of the country’s major airlines after admitting he used a slipper to hit an Air India steward, The Guardian reported. >> Read more trending news Ravindra Gaikwad, a member of India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, said the attendant had insulted him on the Pune to New Delhi flight. “What did he...
8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested

8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested

A Texas couple was charged with child endangerment Thursday after a woman told Harris County sheriff’s deputies that she found their 8-week-old child in the middle of a parking lot, according to multiple reports. A woman called police Tuesday night after finding the baby boy strapped to a car seat in a parking space in a Katy strip mall, the Houston Chronicle reported. The child was cold...
Florida teacher accused of sexual relationship with underage student

Florida teacher accused of sexual relationship with underage student

A 34-year-old female teacher at a Florida high school faces jail time over an alleged sexual relationship with a male student. WFTS reported that Valerie Michelle Valvo, a teacher at Central High School in Brooksville, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student younger than 17. Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received information about the relationship...
Police: Florida woman used stolen ID to buy breast implants

Police: Florida woman used stolen ID to buy breast implants

Police are searching for a Florida woman who they believe stole a credit card and used it to buy more than $11,000 worth of plastic surgery. Lakeland police said Nyaira Thomas, 20, of Lake Wales, bought breast implants, a butt lift and lip injections all on another woman’s dime, WFTS reported. The credit card belongs to a woman from Illinois who had no idea her identity was stolen, according...
Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

The news from retailers across the country this quarter has not been good.  More than two dozen stores and restaurants, including the likes of Macy's, Payless Shoes, Outback Steakhouse and Noodles and Company, have either closed locations or have announce plans to shutter stores across the country. As people choose e-commerce over shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, experts said customers can...
City officials decline comment on Hutto police chief’s resignation

City officials decline comment on Hutto police chief’s resignation

Hutto Police Chief Earl Morrison resigned Friday morning, according to a news release from the city. City Manager Odis Jones has appointed a new police chief, Byron Frankland, who is currently assistant chief at the Galveston Police Department, the release says. Jones also appointed Paul Hall as the assistant chief of police. Hall serves as a lieutenant in charge of the fugitive apprehension unit...
Policeman accused of abandoning emaciated dog in park

Policeman accused of abandoning emaciated dog in park

A Philadelphia police officer was charged with animal cruelty Thursday, four months after investigators believe he put his starving pit bull mix into a trash bag and abandoned her at a park. Authorities charged Officer Michael Long, 33, with multiple counts of animal cruelty following an investigation by the Pennsylvania SPCA and the police department’s Internal Affairs Unit. Long, an 11-year...
2-year-old with rare disease becomes honorary police officer in NJ

2-year-old with rare disease becomes honorary police officer in NJ

A 2-year-old with a rare genetic disease became the youngest police officer in New Jersey, WABC reported. >> Read more trending news Trent Powers is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and on Wednesday he became an honorary member of the Spotswood Police Department.  Powers was all smiles as he received his own uniform and a small Chevy Tahoe police car. Powers was presented...
Assisted living facility worker in Florida arrested for filming couple having sex

Assisted living facility worker in Florida arrested for filming couple having sex

A Florida woman who worked at an assisted living facility secretly recorded two residents having sex last year and posted the video on a social media website because she found it amusing, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Alexis Gloria Rebecca Williams, 20, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of video voyeurism and one count of video voyeurism dissemination, the Pinellas County Sheriff&rsquo...
7 things to know now: Health care vote; new iPad; ‘Star Wars’ news

7 things to know now: Health care vote; new iPad; ‘Star Wars’ news

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Health care vote: President Donald Trump decided the time for talking was over, according to the White House, when he let GOP leaders in the House know late Thursday that he wanted an up or down vote on a new health care package to take place on Friday. After a day of wrangling for votes, Trump said he was done working deals with...
Former Egyptian president Mubarak set free

Former Egyptian president Mubarak set free

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from his detention, the BBC reported. >> Read more trending news Mubarak,88, left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said. Mubarak was released after Egypt's top appeals court earlier this month cleared him over the deaths of protesters in the 2011 uprising. Mubarak...
Baby stops crying when he cuddles with mother’s dirty laundry

Baby stops crying when he cuddles with mother’s dirty laundry

A baby can be inconsolable when he misses his mother. One father in San Francisco, however, found a way to comfort his wailing infant. >> Read more trending news A 3-month-old baby immediately calmed down after he smelled his mother’s dirty shirt, the Daily Mail reported. “I was watching him one day while mom was running errands and he got real fussy,” the father wrote...
Burger King to stop buying from farms that abuse chickens

Burger King to stop buying from farms that abuse chickens

Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported. >> Read more trending news By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership.  "Chickens raised for meat, also known as...
Shirtless man brandishing knives threatens Michigan restaurant patrons

Shirtless man brandishing knives threatens Michigan restaurant patrons

A man walked into a Michigan restaurant Tuesday, waving knives at customers and ordering them to leave, WJBK reported. >> Read more trending news The 26-year-old man walked into the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights and threatened customers, witnesses told WJBK. "He was really loud, and excuse my language, (he said) everybody get the (expletive) out," Jacob Latigo...
Austin Oaks clears hurdle at City Council, future remains uncertain

Austin Oaks clears hurdle at City Council, future remains uncertain

The controversial planned redevelopment of a Northwest Austin business park appeared to be living on borrowed time early Friday, falling short of the supermajority support from the City Council it would need for final approval. Still, the Council voted 7-4 to move the project forward after more than four hours of public testimony and contentious, sometimes rancorous debate on the dais that resulted...
83-year old allegedly steals ambulance, drives home

83-year old allegedly steals ambulance, drives home

An 83-year-old New York man checked himself out of a hospital in the middle of the night Tuesday and then allegedly stole an ambulance to get home, WNBC reported. Donald Winkler of Merrick reportedly was unhappy with the treatment he had received after being admitted to Nassau University Medical Center last week, so at 1 a.m. Tuesday he checked himself out. After leaving the emergency room...
More millenials live with parents in S. Florida than anywhere else

More millenials live with parents in S. Florida than anywhere else

A new study suggests that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. >> Read more trending news  The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at...
Fire destroys North Dakota church owned by white supremacist

Fire destroys North Dakota church owned by white supremacist

A North Dakota church recently bought by a self-proclaimed white supremacist has burned to the ground, KVRR reported. >> Read more trending news  The Attorney General’s office said there isn’t any new information to release, but Craig Cobb said he knows the fire was set intentionally and believes it was a hate crime. “I was going to turn it over to the creativity...
Man whose parents locked him away for 2 years wants them to stay in prison

Man whose parents locked him away for 2 years wants them to stay in prison

For two years, Mitch Comer’s mother and stepfather, Sheila Comer and Paul Comer, kept him locked inside a bedroom in his family’s rental home in Georgia. He was shut off from the outside world and even his two younger sisters until September 2012. By then, Comer, who was 18 at the time, was loaded on a bus and sent to Los Angeles with some cash and pamphlets from a homeless shelter....
Inmate accused of plotting murders of sexual assault victims

Inmate accused of plotting murders of sexual assault victims

An inmate in a Pennsylvania jail the Allegheny County Jail is accused of plotting the murders of five juveniles who accused him of sexual assault. Michael Scherbanic, 29, a prisoner in the Allegheny County Jail and is now charged with 27 new criminal counts, including solicitation to commit criminal homicide.  >> Read more trending news Allegheny County police said they uncovered an elaborate...
Woman stranded in AZ wilderness for 5 days, left clues for rescuers

Woman stranded in AZ wilderness for 5 days, left clues for rescuers

A Texas woman is recovering after a life-threatening ordeal in the Arizona desert. Texas college student Amber VanHecke, 24, ran out of gas on a sightseeing trip to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon on March 12. She was traveling by herself and told ABC News that she made a wrong turn based on directions from her GPS. She ended up in the middle of nowhere and making matters worse she couldn&rsquo...
Family wants dog back after thieves break into home

Family wants dog back after thieves break into home

A family says someone burglarized their home Tuesday. and left the home’s front door wide open. Now, the family’s dog, Maggie, is missing. The family believes she ran off. "It was wide open when we walked in," Ashley Byrd told WSB-TV. The unnerving sight of a pried-open door greeted Byrd and her husband Tuesday after burglars broke into their home in Tucker, Georgia, and stole...
Taylor gets $500,000 state grant for skatepark, square improvements

Taylor gets $500,000 state grant for skatepark, square improvements

Taylor now has all the money it needs to build a skatepark downtown. The city received a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Thursday to help build the skatepark and make improvements to a park next to it at Heritage Square, officials said. Construction on the skatepark will probably begin in the late summer or early fall, said Brent Humphreys, a Taylor resident who started...
Georgetown to begin $2.5 million park improvement project

Georgetown to begin $2.5 million park improvement project

The city of Georgetown is starting a $2.5 million improvement project at San Gabriel Park that will include a new playground, new picnic areas and pavilions and restoration of a spring habitat. The groundbreaking will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Chamber Way and E. Morrow Street. Construction is expected to be completed in 10 months, according to the city. Voters approved the money for the project in a...
Officials: Round Rock SWAT raid yields stolen items

Officials: Round Rock SWAT raid yields stolen items

The Williamson County sheriff’s office SWAT team found several items linked to armed robberies and vehicle burglaries in Round Rock while searching a house early Wednesday in Round Rock, officials said in a news release. The robberies and burglaries happened between December and January, the release said. Horace Lee Caruther Jr., 41, was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession...
Deputies: Family kept badly decomposed body, used Vietnam vet's benefits

Deputies: Family kept badly decomposed body, used Vietnam vet's benefits

Authorities in Ohio arrested three people after they discovered the badly decomposed body of a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran in a home, according to multiple reports. Deputies with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Bob Harris, 71, after learning that his Social Security debit card was being used despite the fact that he hadn’t been seen for months, WJW reported...
ACC Round Rock closed due to power outage

ACC Round Rock closed due to power outage

Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus closed Thursday due to a power outage in the area, according to a media release. Classes and events at the campus are canceled, officials said. All other campuses will continue on a regular schedule. Updates on the outage will be posted on the ACC website homepage as well as the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. ACC’s Round Rock...
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