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7-Eleven clerk accused of beating customer who said ‘go back to Pakistan you Muslim’

7-Eleven clerk accused of beating customer who said ‘go back to Pakistan you Muslim’

An argument over a candy bar between a 7-Eleven clerk and a customer, conducted in their shared language of Punjabi, turned violent after the customer told the clerk to “go back to Pakistan you Muslim,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The clerk, identified by police as 26-year-old Parminder Gill, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after hitting...
Police accuse 2 men of stealing hundreds of gallons of diesel

Police accuse 2 men of stealing hundreds of gallons of diesel

CENTRAL TEXAS Police: Men stole diesel from gas stations Authorities have arrested a man and are looking for another one on charges related to the theft of more than 500 gallons of diesel fuel from gas stations in Travis and Williamson counties. Arnel Garcia Fernandez, 27, was in Travis County Jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of bail set at $120,000. Authorities have also issued an arrest warrant for...

Police accuse 2 men of stealing hundreds of gallons of diesel from gas stations

Authorities have issued arrest warrants for two men they say stole more than 500 gallons of diesel fuel from gas stations in Travis and Williamson counties. Arnel Garcia Fernandez, 27, and Juan Gelsi Corrales, 37, both face charges of violating motor fuel tax requirements in at least two bulk gas heists in February.  An affidavit filed on Tuesday said the men would drive to gas stations in the...

Charges dropped against man accused of killing former UT track star

A man who witnesses say killed a former University of Texas track standout at a dice game last summer in east Austin has been cleared of all charges. Last week, a Travis County grand jury dropped murder charges against Marvin Henson, 44, in the Aug. 11, 2016 shooting of Ashton Collins, a three-time All-American sprinter for the Longhorns. Grand jury hearings are closed to the public, and court...

Texas Digest: Ex-surgeon gets life sentence for maiming patients

COURTS Doctor sentenced to life for maiming patients A Dallas County jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries. The decision came Monday, almost a week after the jury convicted 44-year-old Christopher Duntsch of first-degree felony injury to an elderly person. Prosecutors alleged numerous cases...

Texas Digest: Hunters who blamed immigrants are charged in shooting

PRESIDIO Hunters charged in shooting had blamed immigrants Two hunters accused in a shooting on a remote Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities that they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the country illegally. Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told Odessa television station KOSA that a grand jury indicted Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty last week on charges of...

Suspect in Lockhart teen’s death charged with murder

CALDWELL COUNTY Suspect in teen’s death charged with murder A suspect in the death of a 19-year-old from Lockhart has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Caldwell County authorities said Saturday. Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law announced in a statement that 32-year-old Rudy Herrera Jr. was taken into custody Saturday after a seven-month investigation into the death of Emilia...
Abbott fight with Travis County may hurt program to curb prostitution

Abbott fight with Travis County may hurt program to curb prostitution

One woman has a good idea of where she would be if she hadn’t gone through the Phoenix Court, Travis County’s diversion program for people charged with prostitution. “I probably wouldn’t be alive, to be honest,” said Mary, who says the program not only kept her out of jail but helped her kick the heroin addiction that drove her to prostitution. The American-Statesman...

5 things to know about buying or selling products through social media

Austin police are urging people who plan on buying or selling products online to be careful after an uptick in robberies related to social media transactions. Here are five things to know: 1. Robberies in Region 3. Police said the department has seen several robberies involving online sales recently in its patrol areas in south-central and East Austin. 2. Daytime sales are better. Officers said buyers...
Austin police say 2014 killing of Grace Chen could be solved

Austin police say 2014 killing of Grace Chen could be solved

Three years after Xiaoxia “Grace” Chen’s lifeless body was found in a bathroom at a shopping center in Northwest Austin, investigators say a resolution to the cold case could be on the horizon. Chen’s body was found in a second-floor restroom of the Galleria Oaks shopping center by a worker on the afternoon of Feb. 19, 2014. The area was in a part of the building that the public...
Suspect accused of killing 19-year-old from Lockhart arrested, charged

Suspect accused of killing 19-year-old from Lockhart arrested, charged

A suspect in the death of a 19-year-old from Lockhart has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Caldwell County authorities said Saturday. Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law announced in a statement that 32-year-old Rudy Herrera Jr. was taken into custody Saturday after a seven-month investigation into the death of Emilia Juarez, who was found near the intersection of FM 2720 and Jolly...
After initial delay, agencies report 10 officer-involved shootings

After initial delay, agencies report 10 officer-involved shootings

In the past two weeks, 10 Texas police departments rushed to belatedly file reports on fatal officer-involved shootings as required by a ground-breaking 2015 state law. Law enforcement agencies are supposed to submit the reports to the Texas attorney general’s office within 30 days of an officer being shot or shooting someone else. But two weeks ago, the American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle...
In ‘sanctuary’ fight, a new question of justice emerges

In ‘sanctuary’ fight, a new question of justice emerges

When Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore was alerted to the case against Hugo Gallardo-Gonzalez, accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl and targeted by federal immigration agents, she had a clear vision for his future. She wanted to take him to trial on the most serious felony charge possible. Then see him do time. And then — and only then — possibly see him...
Police: Man kidnapped, robbed by 6 at South Austin gas station

Police: Man kidnapped, robbed by 6 at South Austin gas station

Police say a man was briefly kidnapped last month while getting gas at a Texaco in South Austin, held at gunpoint and robbed by six people in their late teens and early twenties. According to an arrest affidavit, the victim was kidnapped and robbed the evening of Jan. 16. The victim told authorities he was traveling back to Austin from working in San Marcos and stopped at the Texaco at 1801 East Stassney...

Motorcyclist, 19, killed in crash near Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS Motorcyclist, 19, killed in crash A 19-year-old motorcyclist died Wednesday after he crashed into a pickup truck that was pulling out of a drive onto FM 1431, about 2 and a half miles east of Marble Falls, officials said. Daniel Elites, 19, was killed in the crash, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robbie Barrera. The crash was reported at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday. The pickup truck&rsquo...
Woman charged with DWI; police say she was driving with 2 infants in South Austin

Woman charged with DWI; police say she was driving with 2 infants in South Austin

A woman is accused of driving while intoxicated with two 6-month-old infants in the back seat, according to an arrest affidavit. Police responded to a call shortly after midnight to the 1300 block of Oltorf Street. just west of Interstate 35. An officer found a woman, who police identified as 33-year-old Stephanie Clark, passed out in a Buick, the affidavit said. The officer said in the affidavit...
Family: Woman killed Wednesday in Del Valle was shot by ex-boyfriend

Family: Woman killed Wednesday in Del Valle was shot by ex-boyfriend

The family of the woman who was shot and killed near a Del Valle church Wednesday afternoon said it was her ex-boyfriend who kidnapped her at gunpoint before shooting her in front of deputies. Ibeth Lopez, 26, was a single mother who lived in Elgin with her 8-year-old daughter, family members said Thursday. “She was a hard-working single mom,” Lopez’s sister-in-law Crystal Jaramillo...
Wife of man charged with indecency with a child also in custody

Wife of man charged with indecency with a child also in custody

3:45 p.m. Friday update: The wife of a man who has been arrested for indecency with a child was taken into custody Thursday and charged with failure to report a felony, according to Pflugerville police. Mary Ann Hernandez, 46, was booked into the Travis County Jail, according a statement from the Pflugerville Police Department. The investigation is ongoing, police said. Thursday: Pflugerville police...

Texas Ranger: Maypearl police chief kept ‘provocative’ photos of teens

A former Maypearl police chief on trial and accused of sexually assaulting a teenager and sexting another collected “provocative” photos of young girls he met through his job, a Texas Rangers investigator testified Wednesday. Kevin Coffey’s computer cache allegedly included photos of police officers’ daughters and girls mentioned in Maypearl police records. Authorities believe...
Austin City Council punts vote on police body camera deal already stuck in court 

Austin City Council punts vote on police body camera deal already stuck in court 

The Austin City Council on Thursday delayed a vote on a $4 million body camera contract that might violate a court order. On Tuesday, a state district court judge signaled that their may be serious problems with the city’s new contract with Taser International. Judge Karin Crump’s ruling temporarily bars the city from signing the contract even if the Council had approved it. Crump called...
$3.25 million settlement approved in David Joseph police shooting

$3.25 million settlement approved in David Joseph police shooting

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a $3.25 million settlement with the family of David Joseph, the unarmed, naked teenager gunned down by an Austin police officer in 2016. The settlement marks the largest payout the city has ever made to the family of a victim of lethal police force. Mayor Steve Adler announced the size of the settlement at the outset of Thursday’s City Council meeting...
Authorities: Woman shot, killed in Del Valle after Bastrop kidnapping

Authorities: Woman shot, killed in Del Valle after Bastrop kidnapping

A kidnapping that started at a Bastrop business Wednesday afternoon ended with bloodshed in Del Valle, with the victim dead and the suspect in critical condition. Authorities said a man took a woman at gunpoint from a Bastrop barbershop. After driving to Del Valle and being confronted by Travis County deputies, he shot her dead before shooting himself. The suspect was taken to St. David’s South...
Man in 6th Street arrest caught on video files excessive force suit

Man in 6th Street arrest caught on video files excessive force suit

CENTRAL AUSTIN Man in 6th Street arrest sues cop A man who was thrown to the ground by an Austin police detective on Sixth Street in February 2015 filed an excessive force suit against the officer, the city and Austin police Chief Brian Manley. The incident garnered attention after a video of it was posted on YouTube, and in September 2015, the Austin Police Department issued a written reprimand to...
TxDOT: Data breach resulted in release of some employee info

TxDOT: Data breach resulted in release of some employee info

The Texas Department of Transportation confirmed Wednesday that a “security incident” last week resulted in the breach of an “automated administrative” system, which may have left some employee data altered and compromised. Agency spokesman Bob Kaufman issued a statement saying the breach, first reported by KXAN-TV, impacted only “a small number of employees,” but...
Murder charges dropped against Austin woman who stabbed attacker

Murder charges dropped against Austin woman who stabbed attacker

Murder charges have been dropped by Travis County prosecutors against a woman who they say was targeted for rape on a dimly lit street in North Austin in 2014. Susie Merrill’s claim that she killed the man in self-defense is supported by a slew of evidence, according to Guillermo Gonzalez, a key member of Margaret Moore’s new regime at the district attorney’s office. Merrill, who...
Man threw jack into car window as screaming children looked on, police say

Man threw jack into car window as screaming children looked on, police say

Police say a documented gang member is accused of hurling a jack through the rear window of another car during an apparent road rage incident last month. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police were called out to Cameron Road and Ferguson Lane in Northeast Austin after a caller reported that a man threw a brick into another car during the evening rush hour on Jan. 20. The 53-year-old...
Lawsuit says Austin chef Paul Qui must pay for goods at his restaurant

Lawsuit says Austin chef Paul Qui must pay for goods at his restaurant

Austin celebrity chef Paul Qui is being sued by a company that says Qui refused to pay almost $25,000 for goods it provided for his namesake restaurant. Austin-based Farm to Table, LLC, named the Top Chef winner in the lawsuit, as well as Qui, the restaurant he owned at 1600 E. Sixth St. before shuttering it in September. He reopened the location in January under the name Kuneho. Farm to Table is...

Travis County DA seeks to raise bail for man in ‘sanctuary’ battle

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore is asking a state district judge this morning to raise the bail of a man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, and who was nearly released on bail before jail staff agreed to hold him for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Moore told the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV that she wants Hugo Gallardo-Gonzalez to remain in the...
Republicans pounce on near-release of jail inmate in ‘sanctuary’ clash

Republicans pounce on near-release of jail inmate in ‘sanctuary’ clash

The near-release of a man from the Travis County Jail who was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl intensified calls Tuesday for Sheriff Sally Hernandez to reverse a new policy that places strict limits on which inmates will be held for federal immigration checks. The case of Hugo Gallardo-Gonzalez, 31, exposed how incomplete information in booking records nearly led to the...

Man arrested by immigration officials charged with assaulting agent

Federal authorities on Tuesday filed felony assault charges against the Mexican national arrested by federal immigration agents last week on Northwest Austin. Hugo Baltazar-Ramirez, 23, could face 20 years in federal prison if convicted of a charge of assaulting a federal deportation officer. His arrest on Friday triggered high alert in Austin as it became one of the first signs of what would turn...
Judge stalls Austin’s second try at buying police body cameras

Judge stalls Austin’s second try at buying police body cameras

3:35 p.m. update: A Travis County district judge temporarily barred the city from entering into any contract with Taser International on Tuesday, calling the city’s attempt to negotiate a new contract with the body camera manufacturer an attempted “run around.”  Since last year, the city’s efforts to purchase Taser’s body cameras for Austin police officers have...
Austin police: Beware of uptick in robberies through social media sales

Austin police: Beware of uptick in robberies through social media sales

Austin police are urging people who plan on buying or selling products online to be careful after an uptick in robberies related to social media transactions. Authorities said the department’s Region 3, which covers portions of South-Central and East Austin, has seen several robberies involving online sales in recent days. Officers said buyers and sellers should make an effort to conduct business...
Police: Man who stole woman’s purse uses key to walk into her apartment

Police: Man who stole woman’s purse uses key to walk into her apartment

A man accused of taking a woman’s purse at a grocery store in Round Rock told police he later entered her apartment to return her keys because he felt bad about what happened, according to an arrest affidavit. Angel Negron, 28, of Cedar Park, was charged with theft and burglary. The burglary charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A woman told police her purse...
First look: Travis County sues over emails sought by Laura Pressley

First look: Travis County sues over emails sought by Laura Pressley

Travis County is suing the state attorney general’s office to block the release of records sought by former Austin City Council candidate Laura Pressley, who is involved in long-running litigation over her 2014 loss to District 4 Council Member Greg Casar. The records request is part of Pressley’s effort to question the validity of elections in Travis County. However, she disputes the...
Man stabbed in Southeast Austin, suspect in custody, police say 

Man stabbed in Southeast Austin, suspect in custody, police say 

Austin police have a man in custody who they say stabbed another man in Southeast Austin on Monday evening, officials said.  The stabbing happened at the 2400 block of Wickersham Ln around 7 p.m. Police said the victim and the suspect both appear to be in their mid-20s. The victim was taken to South Austin Medical Center with serious stab wounds, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. ...

Texas Digest: Bryan police shoot man they say threatened officer

BRYAN Police say man shot after threats A 33-year-old man has improved from critical to stable condition with gunshot wounds incurred when he approached Bryan police in a threatening manner, authorities said. Officers responded late Sunday to a disturbance call and were speaking with a woman when the man approached, authorities said. Police said he disregarded officers’ commands and made statements...
EMS: 5 injured in car wreck on southeastern Travis County

EMS: 5 injured in car wreck on southeastern Travis County

TRAVIS COUNTY EMS: 5 injured in car wreck Five people were injured, including two minors, in a multi-vehicle crash in southeastern Travis County, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said Monday afternoon. Two STAR Flight helicopters and multiple EMS units responded at 5 p.m. to the wreck in the 1900 block of McAngus Road with multiple patients. A man in his 30s was taken by helicopter to South Austin...
Austin immigrant arrests part of surge attributed by some to Trump

Austin immigrant arrests part of surge attributed by some to Trump

As reports of immigrant arrests in Texas and around the country mounted over the weekend, questions about their context got markedly different explanations from federal officials and immigrant rights activists. Trump supporters cheered the activity as a just enforcement of law; immigrant advocates worried that it was early evidence of something more menacing at work. At issue is whether, at the...
Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from register

Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from register

An employee of a South Austin Wal-Mart was arrested for stealing $16,663 from the store, according to an arrest affidavit.  Jasmine Alexander, 19, is accused of loading Visa gift cards with money at the register she was working, according to the affidavit. Alexander worked at the Wal-Mart at 9300 South I-35, close to Slaughter Lane. Police say Alexander loaded multiple gift cards with amounts...
ICE confirms 51 immigrant arrests in Austin-San Antonio area

ICE confirms 51 immigrant arrests in Austin-San Antonio area

4:50 p.m. update: Officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have updated the number of people arrested during an operation in the Austin-San Antonio area. ICE officials say a total of 51 foreign nationals were arrested during the operation, which started Thursday. Among those arrested were 23 people who had criminal convictions. ICE had previously said that 28 people had...
Police: Man cut off an inch of woman’s scalp with a bread knife

Police: Man cut off an inch of woman’s scalp with a bread knife

Police say a man used a serrated bread knife to cut away about an inch of a woman’s scalp during an attack on Thursday night. John Christopher Foster, 31, was booked into the Travis County Jail just before 6 a.m. on Friday, jail records show. An arrest affidavit filed on Monday said Foster kicked in the door of an ex-girlfriend’s house around 11:30 p.m. the night before after he&rsquo...
Couple charged with ‘public lewdness’ at Hippie Hollow

Couple charged with ‘public lewdness’ at Hippie Hollow

A couple who police say got a little too comfortable at Hippie Hollow over the weekend have been charged with public lewdness. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, William Matthew Hamilton, 25, and Theresa Santos, 23, were spotted by a Travis County sheriff’s deputy sitting on some rocks at the clothing-optional park Sunday. The affidavit said the two were sitting close to each other, and...
Firework set off inside police car during ICE protests, police say

Firework set off inside police car during ICE protests, police say

A person smashed the rear window of an unoccupied Austin police patrol car and threw a lit firework inside it early Sunday near the site of a North Austin protest against a recent a recent immigration enforcement operation in the area, police officials said. The Austin Fire Department is investigating the incident, which took place around 3 a.m. near the intersection of N. Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg...
Lago Vista home invasion leaves couple with scars, frustration

Lago Vista home invasion leaves couple with scars, frustration

A woman who was tied to a chair in 2010 by robbers who beat her husband in the master bedroom of their showpiece Lago Vista home stared down one of the attackers this week in a Travis County courtroom. “You should not candy coat these events,” the woman, now 62, told Mario Company as a jury sentenced him to 23 years in prison. Company, 35, pleaded guilty last week to striking the woman&rsquo...
Rep. Castro confirms ICE conducting immigration operations in Texas

Rep. Castro confirms ICE conducting immigration operations in Texas

Federal immigration officials confirmed to a Texas congressman on Friday that they are conducting a specialized operation in the Austin area and beyond to capture unauthorized immigrants with criminal records. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, confirmed that targeted operations are taking place in Central and South Texas in a program that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is calling...
Man killed in South Austin after crashing into pole on I-35

Man killed in South Austin after crashing into pole on I-35

SOUTH AUSTIN Man killed after crashing into pole on I-35 A man who died after slamming into a pole on Interstate 35 on Monday has been identified as 26-year-old Joshua Chesed Alexander, according to Austin police. Authorities said Alexander was headed south in the 13100 block of the highway when he veered off the road and slammed into a metal pole. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services crews...
2 Hays County shooting deaths in 5 hours; 1 case still unsolved

2 Hays County shooting deaths in 5 hours; 1 case still unsolved

Two shooting deaths in Hays County happened within a few hours of each other Thursday, but authorities said Friday that they had solved only one of them. The first deadly incident began with a frantic call to 911 about 4:45 p.m. A woman, later identified by police as 67-year-old Christina Pollock Anderson, called authorities to report that her husband was “out of control,” officials said...
Police: Man killed outside convenience store was shot multiple times

Police: Man killed outside convenience store was shot multiple times

A man killed at a Round Rock convenience store this week died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit that charges Kendrick Newman, 40, with murder in the death of 43-year-old John Ammon did not include the reason why the two strangers got into an argument that led to Ammon’s shooting outside the Wag-a-Bag convenience store Wednesday. It said a witness told...
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