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Crime

Texas Digest: Officer’s widow gets 12-year sentence for killing him

SAN ANTONIO Officer’s widow sentenced for killing him A woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing her husband — a San Antonio police officer — by running him over with her vehicle. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Diana Marileen Lopez, 27, was sentenced after a court hearing Friday. She had pleaded guilty in April to failure to stop and render aid resulting...
Victims of fatal single-car crash in Burnet County identified

Victims of fatal single-car crash in Burnet County identified

Authorities have identified driver Lila Acosta, 34, of El Paso and passenger Audrey Regnold, 31, of Marble Falls as the victims of a fatal single-car crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on U.S. 281 near Park Road 4 in Burnet County. STAY ON TOP OF THE NEWS: Click here to sign up for our Breaking News emails The Texas Department of Public Safety said the two women were traveling on U.S. 281 &ldquo...

Man accused of exposing self in Jack in the Box drive-thru lane

A man has been accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of customers outside a Jack in the Box at 9825 Burnet Road. Joshua Reeves, 19, was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure. The incident took place around 3 a.m. Saturday. Reeves was wearing no shirt and was lying on the ground behind the building and in the drive-thru lane, according to an arrest affidavit. Police said he also...
Pedicab cyclist: Lyft driver pulled a gun after Rainey Street dustup

Pedicab cyclist: Lyft driver pulled a gun after Rainey Street dustup

A Lyft driver pulled a gun on a pedicab driver and threatened to kill her early Saturday morning after an argument in which she kicked his car near the Rainey Street entertainment district, the pedicabber told police. Austin Police arrested Robert Henderson Rush, 58, on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — though the weapon they found in his car turned out to be a realistic-looking...

GREG KELLEY CASE: Rangers’ report finds ‘previously undetected’ crimes

A Texas Rangers report looking into new allegations in the case involving Greg Kelley, who was convicted in the sexual assault of a 4-year-old boy in 2014, is soon to be finalized and hints at a finding of newly discovered criminal activity, Williamson County court documents show. However, the document will not be immediately released to the public after prosecutors received a judge’s order...
Austin police make third arrest in rape case involving group of women

Austin police make third arrest in rape case involving group of women

Austin police have arrested a third man accused of robbing and raping a group of women who sought to buy marijuana from them, Austin police officials confirmed Thursday.   Emmanuel Grear, 20, is now in custody. A fourth suspect is still at large, officials said.  Grear was arrested in Corpus Christi, acording to a report from KVUE-TV. Grear joins Demetri Rogers, 23, ...

Pup rescued from extreme heat in Manor locked car to go back to owner

MANOR Puppy to be returned to owner An 8-week-old puppy that was rescued from extreme heat in a locked car last weekend will be returned to its owner, the Manor Municipal Court ruled Thursday. Manor police — which has charged the puppy’s owner, 20-year-old Chandler Allen Bullen, with animal cruelty — had hoped to win custody of the dog named Annabelle so they could put her up for...
NEW DETAILS: Police identify man, woman found dead in North Austin home

NEW DETAILS: Police identify man, woman found dead in North Austin home

Austin police on Thursday identified two people who were found dead in a North Austin home late Tuesday as 37-year-old Paisley R. Langmade and 31-year-old Caleb G. Harris. According to police, officers responded to a 911 call around 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday that indicated that someone at a home in the 5600 block of Cordell Lane was in danger. Officers tried to make contact with the residents at the front...
NEW DETAILS: 3rd teenager charged in New Braunfels shooting death of 17-year-old, police say

NEW DETAILS: 3rd teenager charged in New Braunfels shooting death of 17-year-old, police say

A third teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Conrad Kuntz in New Braunfels, police said Thursday. Two other teenage boys – a 15-year-old from Marion and a 16-year-old from New Braunfels – face murder charges in the case. The latest suspect, another 16-year-old boy from New Braunfels, has been charged with robbery. Authorities...
JUST IN: Man tries to escape from authorities through ceiling in hospital restroom, affidavit says

JUST IN: Man tries to escape from authorities through ceiling in hospital restroom, affidavit says

A man who had been arrested on a drug charge attempted to escape custody by climbing through the ceiling tiles of a restroom at Dell Seton Medical Center, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities said 30-year-old Nathan Graham Gascon was in the custody of Travis County sheriff’s deputies when he was allowed to use a restroom in a patient’s room, the affidavit said. The officers...
Commentary: Texas has 455 reasons not to handle a phone while driving

Commentary: Texas has 455 reasons not to handle a phone while driving

A year has passed since our family changed forever. My daughters, 19-year-old Brianna and 17-year-old Jade, were so full of life, enthusiasm and love for the world around them. They were my babies and my only two children. I say “were” because last year, on Sunday, March 20, my daughters were killed in a terrible crash that was the result of distracted driving. Brianna and Jade were on...
Gatti’s Pizza worker accused of stealing customer’s credit card number

Gatti’s Pizza worker accused of stealing customer’s credit card number

A woman is accused of stealing a customer’s credit card number when she worked at Gatti’s Pizza in Round Rock and using it to pay for pizza and rides from Ride Austin, according to an arrest affidavit. Jasmine Washington, 18, was charged with credit card abuse, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. The case was filed Wednesday even though the incident happened in September...
Officer charged in plot that took $259,000 in benefits, officials say

Officer charged in plot that took $259,000 in benefits, officials say

An Austin police officer and a woman who state and federal investigators say is his wife are accused of denying they are married to each other to collect nearly $259,000 in federal benefits they aren’t entitled to, according to a grand jury indictment returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The nine-count federal indictment says Roosevelt Granderson II, 44, and Selica Lacole Granderson, 37...
Ex-nurse, suspected of killing dozens, hit with another indictment

Ex-nurse, suspected of killing dozens, hit with another indictment

A former Texas nurse who prosecutors say might be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 young children was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for the second time in two months. The Bexar County district attorney’s office said in a statement that Genene Jones was charged in the September 1981 death of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega. She was charged with a separate count of murder last month in...
2 bodies found in Northeast Austin home, police say

2 bodies found in Northeast Austin home, police say

NORTHEAST AUSTIN 2 bodies found in home Austin police discovered two bodies in a house in the 5600 block of Cordell Lane in Northeast Austin late Tuesday, authorities said. Homicide detectives were on the scene, but police declined to describe the deaths as suspicious in a news conference held shortly before 3 a.m. Police discovered the bodies around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. “They found two deceased...

Austin police officer and wife charged with social security fraud

An Austin police officer and his wife have been charged with Social Security fraud, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. Western District Court in Austin. The indictment says that on Feb. 13, Roosevelt Granderson II knowingly made false statements related to Selica Granderson’s eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits. It accuses Roosevelt Granderson...
NEW DETAILS: 3 charged after San Marcos man shot, run over with own car, police say

NEW DETAILS: 3 charged after San Marcos man shot, run over with own car, police say

Three people have been charged in connection with San Marcos’ second homicide of the year, police said Wednesday.  Kyle Sample, 19, Nichole Moore, 38, and an unidentified juvenile were arrested Tuesday and face capital murder charges. Moore was also charged with endangering a child.  Police were called to the Laundry Basket laundromat around 11:50 p.m. Monday to investigate a...
Man found dead on Spicewood property, Travis County authorities say

Man found dead on Spicewood property, Travis County authorities say

1 p.m. update: A man’s body was found in the back of a residential property in Spicewood early Wednesday, authorities said. The Travis County sheriff’s office was called out at 8:53 a.m. to the 4100 block of Bee Creek Road near the intersection with Crosswind Drive, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kristen Dark said. The cause of death has not yet been determined, she said. Officials...
JUST IN: Second teen charged in New Braunfels homicide, police say

JUST IN: Second teen charged in New Braunfels homicide, police say

New Braunfels police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Conrad Kuntz. Police found Kuntz bleeding in the 1500 block of Lahn Road in New Braunfels around 10:14 p.m. on June 17 while responding to a call about shots fired in the area. Medics tried to revive him, but he died from his injuries at the scene. The teen, who has not been publicly identified...
OVERNIGHT: Police investigating after two found dead in Northeast Austin home

OVERNIGHT: Police investigating after two found dead in Northeast Austin home

Austin police discovered two bodies in a house in the 5600 block of Cordell Lane in Northeast Austin late Tuesday, authorities said.  Homicide detectives were on the scene, but police declined to describe the deaths as suspicious in a news conference shortly before 3 a.m. Police discovered the bodies around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.  “They found two deceased persons inside the residence...
JUST IN: Man wounded in East Austin shooting near Springdale Road, Airport Blvd.

JUST IN: Man wounded in East Austin shooting near Springdale Road, Airport Blvd.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics rushed a man who was shot in East Austin to a local hospital in serious condition Tuesday night, but few new details were available Wednesday morning.  The shooting unfolded on the 1000 block of Springdale Road, near the intersection with Airport Boulevard, around 9:45 p.m., authorities said.  The victim, described as a man in his 20s, was taken to Dell Seton...
BANK ROBBERY: Police looking for man who robbed Capital One Bank branch in East Austin

BANK ROBBERY: Police looking for man who robbed Capital One Bank branch in East Austin

Austin police are asking for help in finding a man who they say robbed a bank on East Austin on Monday.  The robber entered the Capital One Bank on 2301 E. Riverside Dr. at about 2:15 p.m. and demanded money, police said. He said he was armed but didn’t display a weapon.  The robber then fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the incident, police said. ...
Fran Keller: ‘It seems like we can breathe again’

Fran Keller: ‘It seems like we can breathe again’

Fran Keller was ecstatic, and still a little overwhelmed, hours after Travis County’s new district attorney filed court documents Tuesday declaring that she and husband Dan Keller were innocent of one of Austin’s most notorious and lurid cases — the alleged sexual abuse of children in their South Austin day care center in 1991. “It seems like we can breathe again,” Fran...
Austin police offer details on sexual assault, kidnapping case

Austin police offer details on sexual assault, kidnapping case

Austin police on Tuesday provided new details about a sexual assault case in which five women were lured to a South Austin apartment where four of them were raped. Initial reports had said two women were sexually assaulted. The first victim had entered the apartment looking to buy marijuana when she was held at gunpoint, forced to undress and sexually assaulted, according to arrest affidavits. The...
$200k in meth seized from pickup on I-35 in North Austin, police say

$200k in meth seized from pickup on I-35 in North Austin, police say

NORTH AUSTIN Police: $200k in meth seized on I-35 Austin police said they seized about $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and $10,000 in cash from a pickup stopped on Interstate 35 on Thursday, according to court documents filed this week. The pickup’s driver, identified by police as 31-year-old Lauro Marcelo Jaimes, was pulled over in the 15800 block of Interstate 35 in North Austin for having...
Mother charged in 4-year-old’s death undergoing mental exam

Mother charged in 4-year-old’s death undergoing mental exam

A Houston-area mother charged in the fatal stabbing of her 4-year-old daughter “doesn’t seem well” and is being examined for mental health issues, her attorney said Tuesday. Laquita Lewis, 34, was arraigned on a capital murder charge for the Sunday slaying of her daughter, Fredricka Allen. “If the facts prove out to what (the district attorney) is saying, she’s probably...

San Marcos homicide victim shot, run over with own car, police say

Police have taken two people into custody in connection with the death of a man who was shot and run over with his own car in San Marcos on Monday night. San Marcos police initially received reports of a hit-and-run at the Laundry Basket laundromat in the 1500 block of Aquarena Springs Drive about 11:50 p.m. The first officer to arrive found the victim, identified as 28-year-old Ryan Andrew Kincaid...
'HORRIFIC': Austin police offer new details in rape case involving 4 men, 5 women

'HORRIFIC': Austin police offer new details in rape case involving 4 men, 5 women

3:30 p.m. update: Austin police interim Chief Brian Manley briefed the public on an ongoing investigation of a sexual assault case that involved four male suspects and five victims, four of whom were raped. The women “survived a horrific encounter with some extremely violent offenders,” Manley said. Police have two suspects, 19-year-old Christopher Jaramillo and 23-year-old Demetri Rogers...

SAN MARCOS: Man, 28, dies after being shot and run over with own car, police say

Police have taken two people into custody in connection with the death of a man who was shot and run over with his own car in San Marcos on Monday night. San Marcos police initially received reports of a crash involving a pedestrian at the Laundry Basket in the 1500 block of Aquarena Springs Drive around 11:50 p.m. The first officer to arrive found the victim, identified as Ryan Andrew Kincaid, 28...
$200,000 in meth seized from pickup on I-35 in North Austin, police say

$200,000 in meth seized from pickup on I-35 in North Austin, police say

Austin police said they seized about $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and $10,000 in cash from a pickup stopped on Interstate 35 on Thursday, according to court documents filed this week. The pickup’s driver, identified by police as 31-year-old Lauro Marcelo Jaimes, was pulled over in the 15800 block of Interstate 35 in North Austin for having a hat and beads hanging from a rear-view mirror...
NEW TODAY: Painted dancers file string of lawsuits: We are not strippers

NEW TODAY: Painted dancers file string of lawsuits: We are not strippers

Is a painted body a nude body? A Texas federal judge might have to make that distinction. A lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Western District Court in Austin says clubs where dancers perform in paint, latex, wax, gel, foam, film and coatings are being subjected unfairly to the same $5 entry fee of fully-nude strip clubs. Those business once had, um, protection that distinguished them from clubs where...
A declaration of innocence in Austin ‘satanic day care’ case

A declaration of innocence in Austin ‘satanic day care’ case

The end has arrived for one of Travis County’s most controversial court sagas. Nearly two years after the state’s highest criminal court overturned the child sexual abuse convictions for day care owners Dan and Fran Keller, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore will file court documents Tuesday declaring them “actually innocent” under the law and dropping pending...
Man found guilty of murder in 2014 East Austin home invasion

Man found guilty of murder in 2014 East Austin home invasion

A Travis County jury found a man guilty of murder Monday in a 2014 home invasion in East Austin over money and drugs. It took the jury about an hour of discussion before concluding that Allen Townsend, 28, was one of two men who burst into an apartment on Springdale Road and robbed and shot LeQuince Tomlin on Nov. 25, 2014. Though the suspect’s faces were covered by masks, a witness in the apartment...
Judge in lawyer’s contempt trial orders his arrest for not showing

Judge in lawyer’s contempt trial orders his arrest for not showing

An arrest warrant has been issued for defense attorney Adam Reposa after he failed to show for his criminal contempt trial Monday in Travis County district court. Reposa, who faces up to 180 days in jail for questioning a judge’s integrity during a March drunken driving trial, informed his attorneys and the American-Statesman on Monday morning that he was seeking medical attention for a heart...

15-year-old charged in fatal New Braunfels shooting

NEW BRAUNFELS Teen charged in fatal shooting New Braunfels police have charged a 15-year-old with murder Sunday in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of 17-year-old Conrad Kuntz. The teenager from Marion was arrested without incident and is being held at the Guadalupe County Juvenile Detention Center, authorities said. They declined to provide any other details about the suspect because...
JUST IN: Travis County deputies investigating inmate death

JUST IN: Travis County deputies investigating inmate death

An inmate at the Travis County Jail died Monday after being taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, officials said. According to the Travis County sheriff’s office, the inmate, 21-year-old Herman Titus, was booked into the facility on May 23 on a charge of intoxication assault and a parole violation.  Few details on his death were immediately available, but the sheriff&rsquo...
Police: Man smashes windows of SUV stopped at red light in Round Rock

Police: Man smashes windows of SUV stopped at red light in Round Rock

A man walked up to an SUV stopped at a red light in Round Rock on Sunday and smashed its windows with a baseball bat, an arrest affidavit said. Anthony Hubbard, 37, was charged with criminal mischief, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years. The owner of the SUV told police the attack happened at a red light at the intersection of the northbound frontage road of Interstate 35 and E. Old...
Man accused of pointing gun at Liberty Hill construction workers

Man accused of pointing gun at Liberty Hill construction workers

A man pointed a gun at construction workers on a road in Liberty Hill on Friday because he wasn’t happy they were there, according to an arrest affidavit. Jesse Cox, 61, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Williamson County sheriff’s office was notified about the incident at 4:22 p.m. Friday in the...
2 men accused of robbing North Austin H-E-B customer in parking lot, police say

2 men accused of robbing North Austin H-E-B customer in parking lot, police say

Two men have been accused of robbing an H-E-B shopper in the parking lot of the store on North Lamar Boulevard last week. Austin police say a man asked the shopper for money as he exited the store at 9414 N. Lamar Blvd. shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to an arrest affidavit, the shopper said that he didn’t have money, and he continued walking to his car. While the shopper...

Allen Townsend guilty of murder in 2014 East Austin home invasion

Allen Townsend is guilty of killing LeQuince Tomlin in a 2014 East Austin home invasion over money. A Travis County jury returned the verdict Monday afternoon after deliberating for a little more than an hour. Townsend will be sentenced by Travis County Judge Karen Sage at a later date. A witness testified in the trial that Townsend and co-defendant Terry Stowers broke into the apartment on Springdale...
Man tried to steal 12 shirts by wearing all of them out of the store, Austin police say

Man tried to steal 12 shirts by wearing all of them out of the store, Austin police say

Austin police say a man tried to walk out of a Nordstrom Rack store wearing 12 layers of stolen men’s shirts, among other items, on Thursday. The man, identified by police as 35-year-old Adam Lee Cart, was seen by store security taking a mix of items into a dressing room at the Nordstrom Rack at 9607 Research Blvd., an arrest affidavit said. When Cart exited the dressing room he appeared to...
Police: Man shot at car because he thought it was driven by stripper

Police: Man shot at car because he thought it was driven by stripper

A man told police he shot at a vehicle driven by a newspaper delivery driver in Round Rock on Friday because he thought a stripper he knew was driving it, an arrest affidavit said. Mark Harley Ferguson, 41, of Round Rock, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Officials said Ferguson also barricaded himself inside his Round Rock home for four hours on the same day he shot at the...
JUST IN: 15-year-old charged in fatal New Braunfels shooting

JUST IN: 15-year-old charged in fatal New Braunfels shooting

New Braunfels police have charged a 15-year-old with murder Sunday in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of 17-year-old Conrad Kuntz.  The teenager from Marion was arrested without incident and is being held at the Guadalupe County Juvenile Detention Center, authorities said. They declined to provide any other details about the suspect because the suspect is a minor. ...
Judge orders arrest of defense lawyer Adam Reposa for missing trial

Judge orders arrest of defense lawyer Adam Reposa for missing trial

The judge in Adam Reposa’s criminal contempt trial ordered him to be arrested for not showing up to court on Monday. Judge Paul Davis responded skeptically to Reposa’s excuse that he was battling health issues and denied defense counsel’s motion for a continuance. “This is very troubling,” Davis ruled. Reposa’s defense attorney, Steven Brand, produced documentation...
Video footage captures man stealing safe from Austin hair salon

Video footage captures man stealing safe from Austin hair salon

The owner of a hair salon is asking for the public’s help catching a thief who broke into the store early Thursday morning and stole a safe. Chelle Neff, who owns Urban Betty hair salon in Central Austin, said the crime occurred around 4 a.m. Thursday. Surveillance footage she posted to YouTube shows a man throwing rocks at the door before kicking it in and escaping with the safe. Neff...
Police: Suspect in rape and robbery of two women still at large

Police: Suspect in rape and robbery of two women still at large

Update Monday 1:15 p.m.: Austin police have confirmed that suspect Emmanuel Grear, 20, is still at large. Sunday: A woman who went to buy marijuana at a South Austin apartment was instead bound and raped by two men, then watched as her phone was used to lure her friend into a similar attack, according to arrest affidavits. The first victim told police she met Emmanuel Grear, 20, Christopher Jaramillo...
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