Claire Osborn

Williamson County reporter

Claire Osborn writes about Williamson County for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the American-Statesman since 1989 covering the police beat in Austin, the district and federal courts in Travis County and writing various features about the city. She has also been on an episode of the Forensic Files television show, which featured a local murder case. She spends a lot of time on Austin's Hike and Bike Trail walking her very funny dog who declines to comment on anything she's written.

Latest from Claire Osborn

Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE
 Three Austin City Council members sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Friday asking permission to visit a woman being held in an immigrant detention center who has said she was sexually assaulted by a guard. The letter was sent three days after Austin Council Member Greg Casar showed up at the T. Don Hutto Residential...

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Three Austin City Council members sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Friday asking permission to visit a woman being held in an immigrant detention center who has said she was sexually assaulted by a guard. The letter was sent three days after Austin Council Member Greg Casar showed up at the T. Don Hutto Residential...
Hutto EDC member resigned, saying city manager behaved inappropriately
 A Hutto Economic Development Corporation board member submitted a resignation letter this month that said the city manager had acted inappropriately in rebuking the group’s executive director, who disagreed with him during a meeting. “I believe that people need to be treated with respect and fairness. The happenings at the last...

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A Hutto Economic Development Corporation board member submitted a resignation letter this month that said the city manager had acted inappropriately in rebuking the group’s executive director, who disagreed with him during a meeting. “I believe that people need to be treated with respect and fairness. The happenings at the last...
Police: Stolen car chase ends near Jarrell with arrest of two people
 2:3o p.m. update: A police chase that ended on Interstate 35 south of Jarrell began when Pflugerville police were alerted about a possible stolen vehicle at an apartment complex at 1001 Nimbus Drive, said Terri Toledo, a spokeswoman for the city of Pflugerville. Officers tried to do a traffic stop on the vehicle but the driver took off and...

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2:3o p.m. update: A police chase that ended on Interstate 35 south of Jarrell began when Pflugerville police were alerted about a possible stolen vehicle at an apartment complex at 1001 Nimbus Drive, said Terri Toledo, a spokeswoman for the city of Pflugerville. Officers tried to do a traffic stop on the vehicle but the driver took off and...
Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances
 A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving...

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A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving...
Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances
 A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Leander after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride...

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A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Leander after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride...
Hutto hires 4 new staff members
 The city of Hutto has four new staff members, including a new chief financial officer and a new director of human resources. The city also has a new executive director of engineering and construction, and a new city secretary. Hutto’s former chief financial officer, Michel Sorrell, left to spend more time with family and friends, according...

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The city of Hutto has four new staff members, including a new chief financial officer and a new director of human resources. The city also has a new executive director of engineering and construction, and a new city secretary. Hutto’s former chief financial officer, Michel Sorrell, left to spend more time with family and friends, according...
Man accused of lunging at H-E-B manager with knife
 A man faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of lunging at an H-E-B grocery store manager with a knife in Austin after she caught him shoplifting, an arrest affidavit said. Samuel Briseno Jr., 32, of Austin, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Police were notified at 8:58 p.m. Thursday about the incident at the...

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A man faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of lunging at an H-E-B grocery store manager with a knife in Austin after she caught him shoplifting, an arrest affidavit said. Samuel Briseno Jr., 32, of Austin, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Police were notified at 8:58 p.m. Thursday about the incident at the...
Immigration advocacy group protests at ICE detention center
 Protesters gathered last week outside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor alleging a woman had been held in solitary confinement for refusing to recant her allegation that she had been sexually assaulted by a guard. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents placed El Salvadorian immigrant Laura Monterrosa in solitary confinement...

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Protesters gathered last week outside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor alleging a woman had been held in solitary confinement for refusing to recant her allegation that she had been sexually assaulted by a guard. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents placed El Salvadorian immigrant Laura Monterrosa in solitary confinement...
Williamson County approves its first fire marshal
 Williamson County now has a fire marshal. Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Marty Herrin, the chief of the county’s HazMat team, to the new position. Herrin said he will be able to investigate fires in the county that are outside the cities. The county fire marshal also will inspect businesses when there are complaints about fire safety...

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Williamson County now has a fire marshal. Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Marty Herrin, the chief of the county’s HazMat team, to the new position. Herrin said he will be able to investigate fires in the county that are outside the cities. The county fire marshal also will inspect businesses when there are complaints about fire safety...
Austin council member denied a visit with asylum-seeker in detention
 Advocates for a suicidal woman held at an immigrant detention center in Taylor who has alleged she was sexually assaulted by a guard have stepped up pressure on officials to release her amid reports that her health was declining. Austin City Council Member Greg Casar issued a news release Tuesday asking for the release of Laura Monterrosa...

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Advocates for a suicidal woman held at an immigrant detention center in Taylor who has alleged she was sexually assaulted by a guard have stepped up pressure on officials to release her amid reports that her health was declining. Austin City Council Member Greg Casar issued a news release Tuesday asking for the release of Laura Monterrosa...
Austin City Council member not allowed to visit woman in detention
 5 p.m. update: Prison officials have refused to allow Austin City Council Member Greg Casar to visit Laura Monterrosa at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, Casar said. He said he was told it was because he was a public official who might talk to the media before or after the visit. Casar also said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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5 p.m. update: Prison officials have refused to allow Austin City Council Member Greg Casar to visit Laura Monterrosa at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, Casar said. He said he was told it was because he was a public official who might talk to the media before or after the visit. Casar also said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...