Inmate dies in Del Valle jail
An inmate at the Travis County correctional facility in Del Valle who was accused of stabbing his wife died of a stroke on Saturday at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
According to the Travis County sheriff’s office, Pablo Machin Conde, 81, collapsed at the jail around 9:30 a.m. Conde was taken to the hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit and put on life-support.
Authorities said Conde’s condition did not improve and he died just before 4 p.m.
The Travis County medical examiner determined the cause of death was a stroke, the sheriff’s office said.
Conde was arrested on Nov. 14, 2015, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is the first Travis County inmate to die while in custody in 2017.
Another inmate, identified by the sheriff’s office as 55-year-old Jacqueline Key, died on Dec. 29, 2016, after being taken to the hospital.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Wrong-way driver in fatal crash sentenced
A Texas State University student accused of a wrong-way crash in Kyle that killed four people last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and has been sentenced to a combined 40 years.
Wilson Molinares will serve 20 years behind bars on three counts of manslaughter. Once that sentence is complete, he will serve 20 additional years on a fourth manslaughter charge, court records show.
Authorities said Molinares was behind the wheel of a Honda on I-35 – driving the wrong way – when he slammed head-on into a Ford Windstar mini-van in the early morning hours of Feb. 19. The crash killed four people, including a 16-month-old boy.
The family was traveling from Mexico to Canada at the time. Two girls, ages 6 and 3, survived the crash.
— Tony Plohetski, American-Statesman
Police looking for armed 7-Eleven customer
Round Rock police are asking the public to help them identify a man they say brandished a handgun at a 7-Eleven on Jan. 3.
Shortly after 2 a.m., officers responded to the convenience store at 1118 E. Palm Valley Blvd. to a call about a disturbance involving a man with a firearm.
Police said the officers found out that a store employee and a customer had gotten into an argument. Before the customer left the store, police said, he displayed a silver and black handgun from near his waist and he held the weapon by his side.
According to police, he then placed the gun into the back seat of a red Chevrolet, which has not been yet been found.
Police have described the armed customer as a white man with short dark hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing white sneakers, blue jeans, and a dark hooded pullover with a small logo over his left chest.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle involved to call Round Rock police at 512-671-2709.
Anonymous crime tips can also be submitted using Tip411, by texting RRPD + the tip to 847411.
— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman
Pedestrian injury closes flyover
Austin police shut down the flyover ramp from northbound Interstate 35 to eastbound U.S. 290 for more than an hour Tuesday morning because of a crash involving a pedestrian.
According to police, authorities received reports of the crash around 7 a.m.
Austin-Travis County EMS crews arrived and found a man in his 20s with life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Medics took the man to University Medical Center Brackenridge.
Police said officers completed their on-scene investigation and cleared the scene around 9 a.m.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Firefighters respond to 2 structure fires
Two Austinites are without homes after two fires Wednesday, one in North Austin and another in Northeast Austin.
Firefighters first responded to a house in the 1100 block of Quail Park Drive in North Austin, not far from Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane. The call came in at 12:52 p.m. By the time firefighters extinguished it, the fire had heavily damaged the home, Austin fire officials said. The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 in damage to the contents.
The person who was displaced will be staying with friends, Austin fire officials said.
Later, firefighters responded to a duplex fire about 2 miles away in the 8500 block of Cameron Road around 3:56 p.m. That fire causes significant damage to the duplex, fire officials said.
The apartment management is assisting the person who was displaced to find temporary housing, officials said.
Austin fire officials are investigating the causes of both fires.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman