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EMS: Motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet from MoPac flyover

NORTHWEST AUSTIN EMS: Motorcyclist dies after falling from flyover A motorcyclist died Tuesday afternoon after falling off the MoPac Boulevard overpass above U.S. 183, officials said. The motorcyclist was a woman estimated to have been in her 20s, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. She fell roughly 100 feet around 4:15 p.m. Other details on the crash were not available Tuesday evening. &mdash...
JUST IN: Parent meeting at Boone Elementary to discuss ‘alleged sexual assault’

JUST IN: Parent meeting at Boone Elementary to discuss ‘alleged sexual assault’

Days after the American-Statesman first reported the case, Austin school officials have scheduled a meeting for Thursday evening to discuss allegations of a sexual assault at Boone Elementary. District leaders and school staff will meet with parents in the school cafeteria from 6 to 7 p.m. “to answer any questions about the alleged sexual assault that has been widely reported,” according...
SIGMA CHI SHOOTING: UT fraternity’s insurer sues to get out of liability

SIGMA CHI SHOOTING: UT fraternity’s insurer sues to get out of liability

The insurer of a University of Texas fraternity that hosted a party where a security guard was shot wants out from its liability policy protecting the Greek house.  British-based Liberty Corporate Capital filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Austin, arguing its policy does not protect the Alpha Nu chapter of the national Sigma Chi Fraternity from lawsuits stemming from the September...
UPDATE: Bastrop County authorities seek info on child porn case

UPDATE: Bastrop County authorities seek info on child porn case

Investigators believe a Cedar Creek man arrested for possession of child pornography last week could have had inappropriate contact with children, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said. Jason Matthew Pertolanitz, 40, was found with several pieces of child pornography on his phone when child exploitation unit investigators searched his home on April 18. Now, the sheriff’s investigators say...
East Texas aggravated robbery suspect from Georgetown arrested

East Texas aggravated robbery suspect from Georgetown arrested

A Georgetown man accused of being involved in a robbery in which two victims were shot in Oakwood, Texas, has turned himself in, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday morning. Cullen Shane Pate, 22, has been charged with aggravated robbery. He was accused of being involved in a robbery April 7 in Oakwood, which is about 160 miles northeast of Austin, officials said...
Commentary: Arkansas’ ‘assembly line’ executions raise issues of equity

Commentary: Arkansas’ ‘assembly line’ executions raise issues of equity

The nation has been treated this week to an unseemly spectacle: Arkansas has been champing at the bit to execute eight prisoners — in the style of an assembly line — in the first mass execution since the death penalty was restored in 1976. Opponents of the death penalty blasted the rush to death: The plan was to execute the eight over 11 days, with the death chamber booked twice a night...
JUST IN: One suspect dead in Killeen officer-involved shooting, police say

JUST IN: One suspect dead in Killeen officer-involved shooting, police say

One suspect died Monday in a shooting involving two Killeen police officers, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect died from the officers’ gunfire. The officers first responded at 4:14 p.m. to a report of a robbery at a T-Mobile off U.S. 190, not far from South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen police said. The officers confronted a person, who then ran from them, Killeen police...
Texas death row inmates subjected to inhumane conditions, study says

Texas death row inmates subjected to inhumane conditions, study says

A study conducted by University of Texas law students has concluded that death row inmates in the state are living in cruel conditions that include poor health care, no physical contact with loved ones, and little exposure to natural light and physical activity. The UT Law School’s Human Rights Clinic for a year conducted questionnaire interviews with former death row inmates who recalled confinement...

Texas Digest: Teen fatally shot and twin wounded in Burleson

NORTH TEXAS Teen fatally shot; twin injured A 17-year-old was fatally shot and his twin brother was wounded after they went to a Burleson school parking lot to have a fight with someone, authorities said Monday. An 18-year-old turned himself in after the shooting, city of Burleson spokeswoman DeAnna Phillips said. He’s awaiting arraignment after being arrested on a murder charge. The Tarrant...
Dallas police: Man fatally shoots boss, kills self at office

Dallas police: Man fatally shoots boss, kills self at office

A man fatally shot a woman who was his supervisor and then killed himself Monday morning, leading to an evacuation of a multistory building in the northern part of Dallas, police said. Randy Blankenbaker, assistant chief of investigations, said Dallas police won’t release the identities of those who died until relatives are notified. He said they also won’t say yet what kind of office...
Texas prisons violate international human rights standards, UT report says

Texas prisons violate international human rights standards, UT report says

Texas prisons violate international human rights standards and the civil rights of death-row inmates they keep in solitary confinement, according to a report released Monday by the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law. The 48-page report entitled “Designed to Break You: Human Rights Violations on Texas’ Death Rows,” calls for sweeping changes to...
Commentary: Overhaul to Texas bail bond system would burden taxpayers

Commentary: Overhaul to Texas bail bond system would burden taxpayers

I am a bail bondsman. Let me give you a peek at my life’s work, which in 2017 suddenly is endangered by the Texas Legislature. I am in a business where I put my dollars at risk. I also put my safety at risk. I do work vital to the Texas judicial system. Friends who are judges and law enforcement officers agree. If I didn’t do this work, government would have to. Taxpayers would pay millions...

Police seek 2 suspects in Lake Pflugerville shooting

PFLUGERVILLE Police seek suspects in shooting The Pflugerville Police Department said Sunday it is looking for two suspects in a shooting that injured one man on Lake Pflugerville on Saturday night. Police responded to a call of shots being fired at about 9 p.m. in the 18000 block of Weiss Lane, which runs along the lake. One person was found injured, and the Austin-Travis County EMS took the person...
Student arrested Saturday for threatening several Austin schools

Student arrested Saturday for threatening several Austin schools

An Akins High School student was arrested Saturday for allegedly making a terroristic threat against several district schools, school officials said. The Austin school district sent a letter to parents on Sunday informing them of the incident, which, according to the letter, occurred on Friday. Akins High School officials had been told that a student, who has not been named, made threats against Akins...

Man sentenced to 80 years in prison for strangling co-worker

Sharon Trimble and Earlene Warrell were both co-workers of Temmie Cooley’s — Trimble at a Dallas hospital and Warrell at a diner in suburban Dallas. Detectives say that Trimble and Warrell both made a decision to become romantically involved with Cooley and that both were strangled to death and dumped partially clothed beside a country road. Trimble was killed in 1989 and Warrell in 2001...

Unsolved 1981 killing continues to haunt investigators

The gruesome 1981 death of Virginia Freeman still haunts the investigators involved with the unsolved case. The bloody corpse of the woman, a real estate agent and married mother of two, was found in the backyard of a home she was selling in December of that year. Investigators said Freeman had been sexually assaulted, stabbed in the neck 11 times, strangled until her neck broke and hit in the head...
Two Views: Families caring for abused kids deserve community’s support

Two Views: Families caring for abused kids deserve community’s support

How did we fail Colton Turner? This is the question Texas was asking itself in the wake of the two-year-old’s death in 2014. Now, the entire state is yet again asking a similar question while attempting to address the statewide broken system that is Child Protective Services. Senate Bill 11 and similar proposals are the legislative body’s most recent attempt to reform the overburdened...
PolitiFact: Texas deputy’s death gets turned into fake news

PolitiFact: Texas deputy’s death gets turned into fake news

Several websites put a fake headline on a real news story about a Texas sheriff’s deputy being shot and killed, falsely reporting that three Muslim refugees pulled the trigger. “Texas law enforcement officer fatally shot upon arriving for work by 3 Muslim refugee (sic),” read the April 4 post on SouthernConservativeExtra.com. “Do you support to deport them?” the headline...
Family of soldier killed in hit-and-run still seeking answers

Family of soldier killed in hit-and-run still seeking answers

A mother’s love can be strong and never-ending, and Lynn Pagan’s search for answers to who hit and killed her son on a Southeast Austin road two years ago shows that sentiment to be true. Another year has gone by and authorities haven’t found those responsible for the death of Lynn Pagan’s son, Army Sgt. Derek Pagan, a 29-year-old Fort Hood soldier who Austin police say was...

1 dead after vehicle rear-ends Burnet school district bus near Bertram

BURNET COUNTY 1 dead after vehicle rear-ends school bus State troopers have identified the driver who died Friday afternoon after rear-ending a Burnet school district bus that was on Texas 29 waiting to make a left turn onto CR 264, officials said. Kevin Mathew Selvera, 34, of Bertram, died in the crash while he was driving a Toyota Camry, said officials with the Department of Public Safety. DPS was...
Austin school police miss clues in possible campus rape of 4-year-old

Austin school police miss clues in possible campus rape of 4-year-old

Travis County prosecutors have opened an investigation into the possible sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl at a South Austin school, two months after school district police closed the case and questioned whether a crime had occurred — despite a crucial investigative lead they never followed. Medical records from Dell Children’s Medical Center obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV...
NEW: Austin police searching for UT frat house vandals

NEW: Austin police searching for UT frat house vandals

Austin police are seeking public help in identifying three suspects who painted graffiti on several University of Texas fraternity houses on Wednesday morning. According to police, the suspects vandalized the Kappa Alpha fraternity house at 2515 Leon St. around 4:50 a.m., and hit the Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity houses. Surveillance cameras set up at the Kappa Sigma house...
Worker stole more than $60,000 in hard drives, memory from IBM, police say

Worker stole more than $60,000 in hard drives, memory from IBM, police say

Police have issued an arrest warrant for an IBM contract employee who investigators say stole more than $60,000 in hard drives and memory units. According to an arrest affidavit file on Friday, Robert Gomez, 58, is accused by police of swiping more than 100 hard drives from a product development lab in the 11400 block of Burnet Road.  Police were clued in about the theft after another worker...
Leander man charged with possessing child porn, authorities say

Leander man charged with possessing child porn, authorities say

A Williamson County man has been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, the Texas attorney general’s office announced Friday. The child exploitation unit of the attorney general’s office said investigators got a tip from authorities in Pennsylvania that led them to search the home of 26-year-old Joshua Carl Wulff of Leander. There, investigators said...

Suspects wreck car, steal pickup during chase in Williamson, Milam

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Officials: Suspects wreck car, steal pickup in chase Authorities arrested three people Thursday after a dramatic chase in Williamson and Milam counties in which the suspects wrecked their car and then stole a pickup truck, according to a news release from the Williamson County sheriff’s office. The names of the two men and one woman who were arrested were not released Thursday...
THREE ARRESTED: Suspects wreck car, steal pickup during chase in Williamson, Milam counties

THREE ARRESTED: Suspects wreck car, steal pickup during chase in Williamson, Milam counties

Authorities arrested three people Thursday after a dramatic chase in Williamson and Milam counties in which the suspects wrecked their car and then stole a pickup truck, according to a press release from the Williamson County sheriff’s office. The names of the two men and one woman who were arrested have not yet been released. The precinct 3 constable’s office tried to stop the three people...
FBI: Austin man with 13 guns plotted mass shooting for 50th birthday

FBI: Austin man with 13 guns plotted mass shooting for 50th birthday

Steven Boehle wanted to celebrate his 50th birthday last week with a mass shooting and had obtained 13 firearms and more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition to carry out the plan, a federal agent testified Thursday. Boehle, of Austin, called his April 13 birthday “Holy Day,” according to a confidential source who tipped off authorities to the scheme and described the defendant as someone...
UPDATED: Austin man planned mass attack to celebrate 50th birthday, FBI says

UPDATED: Austin man planned mass attack to celebrate 50th birthday, FBI says

Steven Boehle plotted a mass shooting for his 50th birthday on April 13 and asked a friend to video tape the attack, a federal law enforcement agent testified Thursday in federal court. Boehle’s preliminary hearing in U.S. Western District Court provided additional details about his arrest on Monday. The FBI agent said a confidential source told authorities that Boehle had become increasing...
UT president addresses vandalism at 4 fraternities

UT president addresses vandalism at 4 fraternities

The University of Texas president issued a statement Wednesday addressing reports that four separate University of Texas fraternity houses were vandalized — at least three of the houses were spray-painted with the words “rapist” and “racist” — this week. “At The University of Texas of Austin, we will not tolerate vandalism and threats targeting our students...
Commentary: DA needs special prosecutor for cases of police misconduct

Commentary: DA needs special prosecutor for cases of police misconduct

Austin has had its share of tragic police shootings and wrongful beatings over the years. Most have involved the city’s African-American and Latino communities — so much so that the U.S. Department of Justice intervened in 2007 at the behest of the Austin NAACP and Texas Civil Rights Project. The Justice Department concluded its review four years later, with the Austin Police Department...
AFFIDAVIT: Nurse accused of striking 12-year-old in his care, police say

AFFIDAVIT: Nurse accused of striking 12-year-old in his care, police say

Austin police this week have arrested a nurse accused of striking a 12-year-old with disabilities while he cared for him in 2016. According to an arrest affidavit filed on Tuesday, 39-year-old Ben States Olivier has been charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony. The affidavit said the boy uses a motorized wheelchair and requires a nurse to look after him for most of his waking hours....
Family of man injured in police shooting condemns jail conditions

Family of man injured in police shooting condemns jail conditions

Relatives of Lawrence Parrish, the man was shot and injured earlier this month by Austin police at his East Austin house after officers said he raised a gun at them, said they are upset that Parrish was placed in jail two days after he had to have surgery, which included having at least one finger amputated. “He’s forced to live in places, in areas, in the jail that (are not) clean enough...
Police: Man assaulted 73-year-old for honking at garbage truck

Police: Man assaulted 73-year-old for honking at garbage truck

A man dragged a 73-year-old driver out of his car and assaulted him Monday for honking a horn at a garbage truck in Cedar Park, according to an arrest affidavit. Edward Goedeking, 61, of Cedar Park was charged with injury to an elderly person, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The victim said he was in his car Monday when he heard a man, later identified as Goedeking, yelling...
FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Convicted killer who escaped Del Valle halfway house captured

FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Convicted killer who escaped Del Valle halfway house captured

A member of the Aryan Brotherhood convicted of murder who absconded from a Del Valle halfway house in 2016 has been captured, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Billy Wayne Gilliland, 58, was one of DPS’ top 10 most wanted fugitives. Gilliland was convicted of murder in Liberty County in the 1980s and sentenced to life in prison. However, he was paroled in 2014 and was moved...
INMATE HEALTH: Jail capable of caring for man shot by Austin police, Travis Co. sheriff’s office says 

INMATE HEALTH: Jail capable of caring for man shot by Austin police, Travis Co. sheriff’s office says 

Relatives of Lawrence Parrish, who was shot by Austin police almost two weeks ago, allege that he is receiving substandard care at the Travis County Jail, but the Travis County sheriff’s office, which runs the jail, says the medical staff and facilities are more than up to the task of caring for inmates who suffer trauma. Parrish’s family, at a news conference late Monday...
FBI: Austin man plotting mass shooting arrested on weapons charges

FBI: Austin man plotting mass shooting arrested on weapons charges

Federal officials say they might have foiled a mass shooting in Austin this month, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in Austin. A confidential source told the FBI that Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, is a right-wing extremist who planned the attack, according to the affidavit. The six-page filing does not give many specifics about the alleged plot but does reveal that on April...
FAMILY SAYS: Man injured in police shooting had finger amputated, is in poor jail conditions

FAMILY SAYS: Man injured in police shooting had finger amputated, is in poor jail conditions

11 p.m. update: The brother of Lawrence Parrish, who was shot earlier this month by Austin police at his East Austin house after officers said he raised a gun at them, said he and his family are upset that Parrish was placed in jail two days after he had to have surgery for multiple gunshot wounds that included having at least one finger amputated. “He’s forced to live in places, in areas...

Texas Digest: Paxton’s request for new judge is rebuffed

COURTS Paxton’s request for new judge rebuffed A judge has rebuffed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request that he step aside before the Republican stands trial on criminal securities fraud charges in September. A spokeswoman for state District Judge George Gallagher confirmed Monday that he will stay on the case. Paxton had asked for a new judge after his trial was moved from his...

Woman found dead Saturday in Waller Creek

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Woman found dead in Waller Creek A woman was found dead early Saturday in Waller Creek near East Fourth Street and Interstate 35, authorities said. At 3:16 a.m. Saturday, Austin police along with Austin firefighters and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to a call of a person drowning in the creek near the 700 block of East Fourth Street, according to a police news release. At 4:14...
FBI says Austin man plotting mass shooting arrested on weapons charges

FBI says Austin man plotting mass shooting arrested on weapons charges

Federal officials say they might have foiled a mass shooting in Austin this month, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. Western District Court. A confidential source told the FBI that Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, is a right-wing extremist who had planned the attack, according to the affidavit. The six-page filing does not give many specifics about the alleged plot, but does reveal that...
Driver faces DWI charge after crash knocks car into West Austin condo

Driver faces DWI charge after crash knocks car into West Austin condo

A man accused of drunken driving was hospitalized Sunday night after crashing into a parked car and sending it careering into a condominium near Lake Austin, police said. Austin Fire Department Division Chief Palmer Buck said emergency crews were called out to the condo in the 1400 block of Scenic Lake Drive near Enfield Road in West Austin about 11 p.m. Sunday. The impact caused a section of the...
Here are 5 ways to prevent heat-related injury or death of a child

Here are 5 ways to prevent heat-related injury or death of a child

A 1-year-old in Burleson on Friday became the first child in Texas this year to die after being left in a hot vehicle. Authorities believe Kingston Jackson, who would have turned 2 on May 6, was in the car for five hours as temperatures outside rose to 82 before he was discovered. The child safety advocacy group KidsAndCars.org suggests these five ways you can prevent the heat-related injury or death...
Man files lawsuit in Travis court over burns from e-cigarette battery

Man files lawsuit in Travis court over burns from e-cigarette battery

A man has filed a wide-ranging lawsuit in Travis County for severe skin burns he says he suffered from a defective battery used to power an electronic cigarette. Matthew Bonestele was carrying an LG Chem battery in his right pants pocket when it suddenly exploded on April 21, 2016, the lawsuit says. He sustained third-degree burns to most of his leg as well as a hole in his upper thigh. Bonestele...
CAUGHT IN COONSKIN: Man in Crockett cap accused of swiping bar’s tip jar, police say

CAUGHT IN COONSKIN: Man in Crockett cap accused of swiping bar’s tip jar, police say

Austin police arrested a man on Sunday who they have accused of stealing a tip jar from a bar on Sixth Street while wearing a coonskin cap. The man was picked up on Sunday in the 600 block of Trinity Street after an employee at 512 Bar flagged down an Austin police officer and told him what happened, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The report said a witness told police he saw the suspect...
SHOVED ON SIXTH: Chuggin’ Monkey bouncer charged with aggravated assault on patron

SHOVED ON SIXTH: Chuggin’ Monkey bouncer charged with aggravated assault on patron

A bouncer at The Chuggin' Monkey on Sixth Street in downtown Austin has been accused by police of causing serious bodily injury to a patron who was kicked out of the bar last month. According to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday, the patron had been asked to leave the bar around 10:45 p.m. on March 29 because he was bothering other customers and was too intoxicated to stay. A bartender called for...
CONDO CRASH: Driver facing DWI charge after knocking car into West Austin residence

CONDO CRASH: Driver facing DWI charge after knocking car into West Austin residence

A man accused of drunken driving was hospitalized on Sunday night after crashing into a parked car and sending it careening into a condo near Lake Austin. An Austin Fire Department spokesman, Division Chief Palmer Buck, said emergency crews were called out to the condo in the 1400 block of Scenic Lake Drive near the intersection with Enfield Road in West Austin around 11 p.m. Sunday. Buck said the...
Police: Man tried to steal pizza at knifepoint on Sixth Street

Police: Man tried to steal pizza at knifepoint on Sixth Street

A failed pizza robbery resulted in an arrest early Saturday morning just after the bars closed on East Sixth Street, according to an Austin Police Department arrest affidavit. Rueben Gonzales III, 34, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. A man approached the officers patrolling near East Sixth and Trinity streets at 2:29 a.m. and told them, “Help me… this man pulled a knife...
Squatter, in both senses of word, charged with criminal trespass

Squatter, in both senses of word, charged with criminal trespass

A man was charged with criminal trespass Friday after forcing his way into a woman’s downtown Austin apartment, locking the door and wiping feces all over her belongings, according to an arrest affidavit. The resident of the apartment on Rainey Street had left her front door unlocked because only residents of the floor were supposed to be allowed access and she was expecting a friend to come...
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