Crime

JUST IN: Man in his 20s found dead near airport after apparent hit-and-run, Austin police say

JUST IN: Man in his 20s found dead near airport after apparent hit-and-run, Austin police say

A man was found dead after an apparent hit-and-run crash in South Austin near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday morning, authorities said.  A passerby called Austin police shortly after 7 a.m. to report a dead person on the side of the road in the 3200 block of U.S. 183 South, on the west side of the airport, authorities said.  Officers at the scene reported finding debris...

Knife-wielding woman, 11-year-old chased down man, police say

AUSTIN Mother, son accused in knife attack A woman faces an assault charge after police said she and her 11-year-old son wielded knives as they chased down a man who she accused of bullying the boy. The mother, identified by police as 35-year-old Lisa Pickens, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to court papers filed Tuesday. Pickens was being held at Travis County...
MOTHER, SON ACCUSED: Knife-wielding woman, 11-year-old chased down man, police say

MOTHER, SON ACCUSED: Knife-wielding woman, 11-year-old chased down man, police say

A woman faces an assault charge after police said she and her 11-year-old son wielded knives as they chased down a man who she accused of bullying the boy.  The mother, identified by police as 35-year-old Lisa Pickens, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to court papers filed Tuesday. Pickens was being held at Travis County Jail on Monday...
NORTHWEST AUSTIN: Man arrested after 4-hour standoff with police early Tuesday

NORTHWEST AUSTIN: Man arrested after 4-hour standoff with police early Tuesday

Austin police arrested a man after a four-hour standoff with police at a home in a Northwest Austin neighborhood.  No one was injured in the standoff, which began around 1 a.m. after officers received calls from neighbors about gunfire in the area. Authorities said a woman and a child inside the home on the 6500 block of Sans Souci Cove were able to leave unharmed, but the man refused to come...
MONDAY NIGHT: SWAT standoff ends in Northeast Austin

MONDAY NIGHT: SWAT standoff ends in Northeast Austin

A SWAT standoff at a Northeast Austin house has ended, police said.  Police got a call about a disturbance at 7:56 p.m. in the 1100 block of Murron Drive. Police have taken the man who was inside the house into custody, police said.  Police declined to release further details about the SWAT standoff. 
Judge slows lawyer shuffle in state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ corruption case

Judge slows lawyer shuffle in state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ corruption case

With seven weeks to go before trial, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ attorneys say they cannot effectively communicate with her and are not being paid. And yet they must continue to represent her, a Travis County judge ruled Monday. State District Judge Brad Urrutia denied a motion by Houston lawyers Dane Ball and Shaun Clarke to withdraw from Dukes’ public corruption case — a surprising...
Feds: Houston man tried to plant bomb on Confederate statue

Feds: Houston man tried to plant bomb on Confederate statue

A man has been arrested after he was caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park, authorities said Monday. Andrew Schneck, 25, of Houston was caught Saturday evening near a Hermann Park statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, prosecutors said Monday. A Houston park ranger found Schneck holding two boxes with duct tape and wires as well as a...

Pflugerville police: Man accused of stabbing 2 at apartment complex

PFLUGERVILLE Police: 2 stabbed in fight Friday Pflugerville police say a man admitted to stabbing two men at an apartment complex late Friday night, court papers filed Monday show. Authorities charged Jared Lane Taylor, 23, with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held Monday at Travis County Jail with bail set at $100,000. The stabbing occurred the 1000 block of Nimbus...
CRASH UPDATE: Manslaughter charge filed over infant that died after fatal June motorcycle collision

CRASH UPDATE: Manslaughter charge filed over infant that died after fatal June motorcycle collision

The driver of a pickup truck who police say was drunk when he veered out of his lane and slammed into a motorcycle, is facing a second charge of intoxicated manslaughter, court papers filed Monday show.  Authorities arrested Cesar Corona-Quiterio, 41, at the scene of the June 10 crash in eastern Travis County. He remained in Travis County Jail on Monday with a combined bail...
Trial reset for man accused of killing Hutto police sergeant in 2015

Trial reset for man accused of killing Hutto police sergeant in 2015

The trial for a man accused of killing a Hutto police sergeant in 2015 by running him over with the sergeant’s patrol car has been reset to Nov. 6, according to a court docket. The trial for Colby Williamson, 28, was originally was set to begin Monday with jury selection. It was reset because of a family emergency, according to the docket, which did not provide any further detail. Williamson...
UPDATE: Judge blocks Dawnna Dukes’ lawyers from exiting corruption case

UPDATE: Judge blocks Dawnna Dukes’ lawyers from exiting corruption case

2:30 p.m. Attorneys for state Rep. Dawnna Dukes must continue to represent her in her public corruption case after a judge denied their motion to withdraw on Monday afternoon. Dane Ball informed Judge Brad Urrutia that he and Shaun Clarke are unable to effectively communicate with Dukes, a Democratic state representative from Austin. He also indicated Dukes had not been paying them. Curiously, Dukes...
Police: Jimmy John’s delivery driver added tips to 32 bills

Police: Jimmy John’s delivery driver added tips to 32 bills

A Jimmy John’s sandwich delivery driver in Georgetown faces up to 10 years in prison after police discovered she added unauthorized tips to 32 credit card bills, according to an arrest affidavit. Katelyn Naomi Hetzler, 24, of Georgetown, was charged with credit card or debit card abuse of the elderly, a third-degree felony. The charge is based on one of the bills paid for by a 66-year-old customer...
NEW DETAILS: Man accused of stabbing two men Friday night, Pflugerville police say

NEW DETAILS: Man accused of stabbing two men Friday night, Pflugerville police say

Pflugerville police say a man admitted to stabbing two men at an apartment complex late Friday night, court papers filed Monday show.  Authorities charged Jared Lane Taylor with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held Monday at Travis County Jail with bail set at $100,000. The stabbing occurred the 1000 block of Nimbus Drive in Pflugerville shortly before...
Lawyers for man suspected of killing Haruka Weiser will ask judge to throw out DNA results

Lawyers for man suspected of killing Haruka Weiser will ask judge to throw out DNA results

11:30 a.m. Attorneys for Meechaiel Criner say a new DNA test investigators used in the case might be flawed. At a Sept. 11 hearing, they plan to ask a Travis County judge to throw out the results. Defense attorney Ariel Payan said the Department of Public Safety may have made errors when conducting a new DNA test. But even if the test was done properly, Payan said he has concerns about whether...
SUNDAY NIGHT: Two men hospitalized with gunshot wounds

SUNDAY NIGHT: Two men hospitalized with gunshot wounds

Two men have been hospitalized for gunshot wounds on Sunday night, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Police are on scene at Rogge Lane and Manor Road in northeast Austin and have asked people to avoid the area, EMS said. Officials did not have any other information to provide about the incident. Both men were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, EMS said. Their injuries are not expected to be...

Texas Digest: Report on fatal incident at Fort Hood heavily redacted

FORT HOOD Report on fatal training heavily redacted An investigative report on a 2016 Fort Hood training exercise that resulted in the deaths of eight soldiers and one West Point cadet broadly outlines how the accident occurred but redacts all findings, autopsy reports and recommendations. The Killeen Daily Herald reported that the Army’s Combat Readiness Center report released Friday says that...
Man in his 30s hit, killed by car in North Austin early Sunday

Man in his 30s hit, killed by car in North Austin early Sunday

A man in his 30s who had apparently been hit by a car was found dead in the 8900 block of Galewood Drive in North Austin about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said on Twitter. Austin police said the man was struck in a parking lot, and they are investigating it as a possible case of failure to stop and render aid. Officers said they do not have any description...
Report: Woman charged with groping UT police officer said he was ‘hot’

Report: Woman charged with groping UT police officer said he was ‘hot’

A woman who was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants picked up another charge for allegedly grabbing the genitals of a University of Texas police officer and calling him ‘hot.’. According to the affidavit, Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, was loitering outside of a CVS drug store at 2200 Guadalupe St. when the officer approached her at about 11 p.m. and asked about an open can of beer sitting...
Dressed to impress, lawyer Adam Reposa is denied competency evaluation

Dressed to impress, lawyer Adam Reposa is denied competency evaluation

Despite what appeared to be an elaborate effort to show he is mentally unfit for trial, defense attorney Adam Reposa was denied a competency evaluation in his criminal contempt of court case. Reposa arrived to Thursday’s hearing at a Travis County courtroom in cowboy boots, short white pants, a pink blazer, a sailor hat, and an untied bow tie — an ensemble seemingly meant to suggest he...
Dressed to impress, Adam Reposa denied competency evaluation — trial set

Dressed to impress, Adam Reposa denied competency evaluation — trial set

Despite what appeared to be an ellaborate effort to show he is mentally unfit for trial, defense attorney Adam Reposa was denied a competency evaluation in his criminal contempt case. Reposa arrived to Thursday’s hearing at a Travis County courtroom in cowboy boots, short white pants, a pink blazer, a sailor hat, and an untied bow tie — an ensemble seemingly meant to suggest he had gone...
GREG KELLEY CASE: Texas Ranger affidavit contradicts Kelley statements

GREG KELLEY CASE: Texas Ranger affidavit contradicts Kelley statements

In the weeks before a 4-year-old boy accused Greg Kelley of molesting him, the former Leander football player was obsessed with pornography, spent hours alone with children attending the in-home day care facility where he lived and took a selfie of himself with the victim, according to a search warrant request filed in Williamson County state District Court on Thursday morning. Even after Kelley was...
Second suit filed against Austin police over violent jaywalking arrest

Second suit filed against Austin police over violent jaywalking arrest

One of the men who were violently arrested for allegedly jaywalking downtown in a 2015 incident caught on camera has sued the Austin Police Department, accusing officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he is black. The federal lawsuit, the second to stem from the case, was announced Thursday at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. It also alleges the Police Department tried...
New lawsuit filed in violent 2015 jaywalking accuses police of attempting to whitewash incident

New lawsuit filed in violent 2015 jaywalking accuses police of attempting to whitewash incident

The third man violently arrested by Austin police for allegedly jaywalking downtown — an infamous 2015 incident caught on camera — sued Austin police on Thursday, charging officers used excessive force and targeted him because he is black.  The federal lawsuit, the second stemming from the incident, was announced at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. It also...
Austin drivers cited $3.6 million for illegally passing school buses

Austin drivers cited $3.6 million for illegally passing school buses

Austin-area drivers paid $3.6 million in fines over a 17-month period for allegedly passing school buses illegally. Last year, the Austin school district launched its school bus stop-arm safety program, which uses bus-mounted video cameras to identify vehicles that illegally pass a bus after its flashing lights or its stop arm have activated. Nearly 20,700 tickets have been issued since the start...

Man busted trying to bring pot, meth on airplane, police say

AUSTIN AIRPORT Police: Man tried to bring pot, meth on airplane Austin police arrested a man on Monday at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for attempting to pass through airport security with a bag of weed hidden in his sock, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Wednesday. The document said a Transportation Security Agency officer spotted a bulge above the man’s shoe as he passed...
Swim center: Man charged with child porn hid camera in locker room

Swim center: Man charged with child porn hid camera in locker room

A man facing child pornography charges in Hays County might have installed a hidden camera in the girls’ locker room of a Cedar Park swim lessons center, company owners told patrons in a recent letter. Kenneth Lee Briggs, a former maintenance employee at Nitro Swimming at 1310 Toro Grande Blvd. in Cedar Park, is currently being held in the Hays County Jail. He’s charged with 15 counts...
JUST IN: Credit card skimmer found at South Austin fuel pump

JUST IN: Credit card skimmer found at South Austin fuel pump

Texas Department of Agriculture inspectors found another credit card skimmer at a gas pump in South Austin on Wednesday. Authorities found the skimmer at a C-Mart at in the 300 block of West Slaughter Lane after the store’s owner called in to report a questionable device in the pump. The inspectors called Austin police to collect the device and examine it for evidence. Commissioner Sid Miller...
NEW INFO: Man suspected in fatal hit-and-run in Taylor arrest in Austin, police say

NEW INFO: Man suspected in fatal hit-and-run in Taylor arrest in Austin, police say

A man suspected in a hit-and-run crash in Taylor that left one teen dead and another injured on Aug. 8 was arrested at a job site in Austin on Wednesday, according to Taylor Police. Missael Padilla Lopez, 21, faces a second-degree felony charge for leaving the scene of the crash that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Sharonda Barrett, police said. Police responded to the crash around 9 p.m. in...
Mother of UT stabbing victim goes to court to see accused attacker

Mother of UT stabbing victim goes to court to see accused attacker

Students at Woodland Elementary School in North Texas reported for the first day of classes on Wednesday, but one of their teachers was four hours away in a Travis County courtroom staring at the man suspected of killing her son in a vicious stabbing attack at the University of Texas. Lori Brown clutched a picture frame containing her son’s high school senior photo and used it to hide her facial...
JUST IN: Deputies arrest man who threatened to bomb Hays County Jail, sheriff’s office says

JUST IN: Deputies arrest man who threatened to bomb Hays County Jail, sheriff’s office says

Hays County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of threatening to bomb the county jail. The sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 9:26 a.m. from a man who said he wanted to speak with a detective or sergeant. A dispatcher asked him questions to get more details on what he needed, and he became agitated and threatened to bomb the facility, the sheriff’s...
JUST IN: Police asking for help in finding man who robbed 2 East Austin businesses 

JUST IN: Police asking for help in finding man who robbed 2 East Austin businesses 

Austin police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who they say robbed two East Austin businesses within the last week.  Police say the man robbed the Fred Loya Insurance office on the 2400 block of East Riverside Drive on Aug. 11, and the La Rouge Boutique on the 3400 block of North Interstate 35 on Aug. 14.  In both occasions, the man implied he had a weapon, demanded...
JUST IN: Austin police announce no-refusal initiative ahead of Labor Day

JUST IN: Austin police announce no-refusal initiative ahead of Labor Day

Austin police will be cracking down on suspected drunken and impaired drivers starting this weekend. Police on Wednesday announced a no-refusal period that will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and run through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. APD will make detectives available throughout the period to help apply for blood-draw warrants to anyone suspected of driving while intoxicated who refuses to taken a voluntary...
JUST IN: Man busted trying to bring pot, meth on airplane at ABIA, police say

JUST IN: Man busted trying to bring pot, meth on airplane at ABIA, police say

Austin police arrested a man on Monday at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for attempting to pass through airport security with a bag of weed hidden in his sock, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Wednesday. The document said a Transportation Security Agency officer spotted a bulge above the man’s shoe as he passed through a body scanner at the airport’s South Terminal...
UT murder victim’s mother appears in court to see son’s alleged attacker

UT murder victim’s mother appears in court to see son’s alleged attacker

10:15 a.m. Kendrex White made a brief appearance in court, but was not arraigned. The hearing was reset for Sept. 21. Murder victim Harrison Brown’s family and friends attended the hearing in shirts with his name and photo. Brown’s mother, Lori, clutched a framed picture of her son and used it to hide her face when White entered the courtroom. Outside of court, she spoke with the...

2 reported stabbed in East Austin area in 4-day span

EAST AUSTIN Police: 2 stabbed in area in 4 days A woman was reported stabbed in East Austin Monday night, the second person in four days to have been stabbed near that intersection. Officers responded to East Seventh Street and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:52 p.m., Austin police said. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening. After she was stabbed, she got on a bus to go to the hospital, but...
Fight over branches of military led to stomping death, police say

Fight over branches of military led to stomping death, police say

Austin police say a murder suspect stomped a man to death during an argument about the branches of the military and admitted to the killing as he was being arrested Sunday night, according to court papers filed Tuesday. An arrest affidavit provides the first clues about what might have motivated the death of 57-year-old Allen Niedermann in front of a gas station near the Northcross Mall shopping center...
Judge unseals records of alleged conflict of interest in Greg Kelley case

Judge unseals records of alleged conflict of interest in Greg Kelley case

5 p.m. update: Today’s hearing has ended without Judge Donna King making a ruling on whether an affidavit detailing decisions made by Kelley’s defense team that impacted his trial in 2014. However, King did decide to unseal and release an affidavit in which Kelley’s trial defense attorney, Patricia Cummings, addresses allegations that she had a conflict of interest in the case. ...
NEW DETAILS: Fight over military branches led to killing in North Austin, police say

NEW DETAILS: Fight over military branches led to killing in North Austin, police say

Austin police say a murder suspect stomped a man to death during an argument about the branches of the military and admitted to the killing as he was being arrested Sunday, court papers filed Tuesday reveal.  An arrest affidavit provides the first clues about what may have motivated the death of 57-year-old Allen Niedermann in front of a gas station, near the Northcross Mall shopping center in...
Austin police seeking drivers following two hit-and-runs

Austin police seeking drivers following two hit-and-runs

Austin police announced Tuesday they are searching for two drivers in two separate fatal hit-and-run cases over the last three days. The first took place shortly before midnight on Saturday at the intersection of William Cannon and Elm Creek drives when a speeding Chevrolet pickup truck slammed into the side of a Nissan Altima, killing the sedan’s driver, according to Austin police. The second...
NEW DETAILS: No one injured as North Austin fire wrecks two apartments, displacing eight

NEW DETAILS: No one injured as North Austin fire wrecks two apartments, displacing eight

A North Austin apartment fire wrecked two units and left a third with water damage on Monday morning, authorities said.  The fire broke out at 5:16 a.m. at the San Martin Apartments on the 3600 block of Duval Road, north of the MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and U.S. 183 interchange.  Video provided by the Fire Department showed dramatic images of the third floor blaze.  Firefighters had...
2nd person in four days reported stabbed near Pleasant Valley, Seventh Street

2nd person in four days reported stabbed near Pleasant Valley, Seventh Street

A woman was reported stabbed in East Austin tonight, the second person in four days to have been stabbed near that intersection.  Officers responded to East Seventh Street and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:52 p.m., Austin police said. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening. After she was stabbed, she got on a bus to go to the hospital, but police convinced her to get there via ambulance...
APD can handle protests, hate groups, chief says after Virginia unrest

APD can handle protests, hate groups, chief says after Virginia unrest

Interim Police Chief Brian Manley on Monday sought to reassure the public that the Austin Police Department is no stranger to monitoring hate groups or watching over large-scale rallies and protests like the one that erupted in violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., leaving three dead and nearly 20 injured. “Being the home of the state Capitol, we are very familiar with public demonstrations...
Police: 17 immigrants locked inside rig Sunday at Texas truck stop

Police: 17 immigrants locked inside rig Sunday at Texas truck stop

Police in Texas acting on a tip found 17 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles from the border with Mexico, less than a month after 10 people died in the back of a hot truck in San Antonio. Edinburg Assistant Police Chief Oscar Trevino told KGBT-TV that the immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Romania might have been locked inside the 18-wheeler...
Police ID man whose remains were found in Walnut Creek bike trail 

Police ID man whose remains were found in Walnut Creek bike trail 

Austin police on Monday identified a man whose remains were found on the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail on July 31 as 67-year-old Robert “Bobby” Sepeda. Police began investigating Sepeda’s death after a cyclist reported finding a pair of jeans with bones and a foot sticking out on the trails near Johnny Morris Road and Daffan Lane. Police confirmed that the remains were human,...
Kyle elementary school burglarized 3 times this month, officials say

Kyle elementary school burglarized 3 times this month, officials say

A Kyle elementary school has been burglarized three times this month, and deputies are seeking the public’s help to identify those caught on surveillance video, the Hays County sheriff’s office said. Camino Real Elementary School was burglarized on three separate dates since Aug. 8, the sheriff’s office said. Those who know who the people in these images are will be eligible...
Texas doctor seeks to stop child abuse before it can happen

Texas doctor seeks to stop child abuse before it can happen

A Texas doctor believes a modeling system that’s successfully identified neighborhoods, streets and even specific businesses where shootings and other crimes are likely to occur can help stop child abuse and neglect before it happens. Dyann Daley started a nonprofit this summer to help communities create maps that can zero in on areas as small as a few city blocks where such maltreatment is...
COMING UP: Austin police chief to discuss Charlottesville violence

COMING UP: Austin police chief to discuss Charlottesville violence

Local leaders are continuing to speak out against violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday, leaving one dead and nearly 20 injured. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will discuss Saturday’s incident, and the potential effects on Austin in a press conference at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Manley was among many local, state and national leaders to...
JUST IN: Man arrested with gun in carry-on at ABIA

JUST IN: Man arrested with gun in carry-on at ABIA

Austin police arrested a man suspected of trying to bring a gun through a security checkpoint at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  According to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday, Eric K. Coats had a .45 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag when he attempted to pass through airport security.  Transportation Security Agency officers spotted the firearm with an x-ray machine, and...
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