Corrections officer involved in jail fire indicted
A Travis County grand jury has indicted a former Travis County corrections officer who resigned last year after being involved in a jail cell fire, the Travis County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Dustin D’Amalfi was indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence and false report to a peace officer following the July 25th, 2015, incident at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle.
D’Amalfi and other Travis County corrections officers were accused of improperly using a chemical agent to remove inmate Dacious Parker from his cell, setting a mattress on fire and injuring Parker.
Records show D’Amalfi resigned from his position in August 2015, according to a brief letter he submitted to the department.
Tampering with physical evidence is a third-degree felony punishable with up to 10 years in prison and false report to a peace officer is a class B misdemeanor punishable with up to 180 days in jail, the district attorney’s office said.
— American-Statesman staff
Crash causes delays on FM 535
A collision early Wednesday morning forced authorities to briefly close FM 535 in both directions at Oak River Drive in Bastrop County, the Bastrop County sheriff’s office said.
The crash was first reported around 6:15 a.m. Two people were sent to the hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, authorities said.
— American-Statesman staff
Teen charged in burglary
A 14-year-old was arrested Tuesday and charged with breaking into a Manor home, and police are still looking for two other young men who are also suspects, Manor police said.
At 12:09 a.m. Tuesday, a Bell Farms neighborhood resident reported hearing his back door shatter then seeing a hammer on his floor next to the broken glass, Manor police said. Multiple witnesses told police they saw three young men fleeing from the area.
A county deputy spotted three young men trying to cross U.S. 290 from New Katy Lane, Manor police said. The three of them ran, and one of them, a 14-year-old, was apprehended.
He was jailed at the Gardner Betts Juvenile Center, Manor police said.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman
Woman, 32, dies in motorcycle crash
A woman who died in a motorcycle crash on Monday evening has been identified as 32-year-old Jessica Port.
According to a preliminary police investigation, Port was headed east in the 6800 block of Southwest Parkway near Oak Hill around 5:45 p.m. when she slammed into a 2009 Chevrolet van that turned left in front of her onto a private drive.
Port died shortly after arriving at the hospital, police said.
Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in the crash but authorities are still looking into the circumstances of the crash.
Port is the 52nd person to die in a crash in Austin this year, police said.
Anyone with information on the wreck is asked to call the Austin police Vehicular Homicide Unit at 512-974-5549.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Officer suspended for hitting pedestrian with patrol car
An Austin police officer has been suspended for three days in connection with a June 30 incident in which he hit a pedestrian with his police vehicle, according to a disciplinary memo.
Officer Charles Tucker’s suspension without pay was made public Tuesday, one day after he was cleared to return to duty.
The suspension stems from an incident in North Austin in which Tucker had been heading north on Roland Johnson Drive with lights and sirens not activated. He stopped at the stop sign at East St. Johns Avenue and then struck a pedestrian as he turned right, the memo said.
The memo does not indicate the extent of the pedestrian’s injuries.
A disciplinary review of the incident found that Tucker violated department policies on general operation of police vehicles, the memo said.
Tucker may appeal the suspension unless he chooses to use vacation days to make up for any loss of pay.
— Philip Jankowski, American-Statesman