Police shooting probe. As family members decried the fatal shooting of Larry Jackson Jr. by an Austin police officer, authorities continued their investigation of the actions Charles Kleinert, a plain-clothes detective who enlisted a ride from a citizen to help chase down Jackson after Jackson ran from the detective in an earlier encounter.
Lakeway officer’s funeral. Hundreds of family members, co-workers, friends and even strangers paid their last respects to Sgt. Chris Doles, described as a good person and a quintessential professional who knew when to be lighthearted and when to be serious. Doles, 47, died in a car crash on his way to work.
Train pain. Capital Metro’s MetroRail trains were out of service for most of the day Tuesday after outages to a pair of critical communication systems caused the largest disruption of its kind in the service’s three-year history. Lightning Friday blew out a transformer powering the primary communication system near the Howard station in Northwest Austin. The backup communication network, a cellular transmission system, went out at 3 a.m. Tuesday, shutting down service. Service fully resumed about 3 p.m. Officials said that on average people take 2,700 trips daily on the line, which runs 32 miles from downtown Austin to Leander.
Pay increase approved. Williamson County commissioners approved raises for elected officials, including a salary increase for themselves of $3,442.62 each, pushing a commissioner’s pay to $89,508 a year. The raises will have commissioners in Williamson County, population 456,000, making about $9,000 less than their peers in Travis County, which has 1.1 million residents.
Officer fired. Austin officials release documents showing that an Austin police officer who was suspended for staying at a restaurant after he was dispatched on a call last year has been fired for violating the terms of his probation. Officer William Stewart was suspended for 60 days last fall after he stayed at the restaurant for 38 minutes in April 2012 and for disengaging the GPS system in his patrol car for about 23 minutes in May 2012, according to records.
Anderson case. The State Bar of Texas has asked a judge to summarily rule that former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson engaged in professional misconduct by hiding evidence in Michael Morton’s 1987 murder trial. Such a ruling would allow the State Bar, which oversees lawyer discipline, to proceed directly to a state district court hearing on sanctions against Anderson, who could be disbarred, temporarily lose his law license or receive a public reprimand for his handling of Morton’s prosecution. A lawyer for Anderson, now a state district judge in Georgetown, said he will oppose the bar’s motion and plans to file a competing motion seeking to dismiss the State Bar’s lawsuit.
Spending plan unveiled. Austin officials proposed a $3.3 billion 2013-14 budget, a $200 million increase over the current budget, that would call for a for the property tax rate to go from 50.29 cents per $100 of property value to 51.14 cents. The owner of a median-value home of $185,133 would pay $947 in city taxes, a $50 increase over this fiscal year, when the median-value home was $178,327. Overall, the typical Austin household would pay $173 more in property taxes, utility bills and other fees.
Officer shooting details. Texas Civil Rights Project sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking the federal agency investigate the Austin Police Department in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left Larry Jackson Jr. dead. Meanwhile, details emerge about the fatal encounter: Detective Charles Kleinert told investigators that he had drawn his weapon as part of his effort to subdue Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. and that during a struggle, Kleinert fell, accidentally firing a single round. Jackson, 32, was shot once in the back of the neck.