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

Man accused of abandoning 6-year-old son in Georgetown hotel room
 A man is accused of leaving his 6-year-old son alone in a Georgetown hotel room and not returning, an arrest affidavit said. Gregory Flores, 45, of Georgetown was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. An employee of the Days Inn at 333 North Interstate 35 in Georgetown told...

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A man is accused of leaving his 6-year-old son alone in a Georgetown hotel room and not returning, an arrest affidavit said. Gregory Flores, 45, of Georgetown was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. An employee of the Days Inn at 333 North Interstate 35 in Georgetown told...
Police: Woman sexually assaulted and thrown out of car in Round Rock
 A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at a Round Rock bar was arrested last weekend, nearly two years after the crime was first reported to police. Roy Thomas Walters, 37, of Hutto is charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Nick Olivier, a spokesman for the Round Rock police...

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A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at a Round Rock bar was arrested last weekend, nearly two years after the crime was first reported to police. Roy Thomas Walters, 37, of Hutto is charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Nick Olivier, a spokesman for the Round Rock police...
Police: Taylor man used Snapchat to try to blackmail girl into sex
 A Taylor man accused of demanding sex from a 15-year-old girl on Snapchat faces new charges because he also threatened to post nude pictures of another girl if she did not have sex with him, an affidavit said. Arthuro Medrano, 20 was charged Thursday with two counts of unlawful disclosure or promotion of visual material, a state jail felony...

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A Taylor man accused of demanding sex from a 15-year-old girl on Snapchat faces new charges because he also threatened to post nude pictures of another girl if she did not have sex with him, an affidavit said. Arthuro Medrano, 20 was charged Thursday with two counts of unlawful disclosure or promotion of visual material, a state jail felony...
DPS identifies motorcyclist killed on U.S. 79 near Hutto
 A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash Thursday on U.S. 79 east of Hutto has been identified as 55-year-old Michael Bradford Simms of Austin, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Simms was traveling west on U.S. 79 when he crossed into the eastbound lanes and drove off the road, officials said. He fell off the left side of...

Posted: 3 days ago

A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash Thursday on U.S. 79 east of Hutto has been identified as 55-year-old Michael Bradford Simms of Austin, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Simms was traveling west on U.S. 79 when he crossed into the eastbound lanes and drove off the road, officials said. He fell off the left side of...
Man accused of demanding sex from 15-year-old girl on Snapchat
 A Taylor man is accused of sending a message on Snapchat to a 15-year-old girl he knew demanding that she sleep with him, according to an arrest affidavit. Arthuro Medrano, 20, of Taylor, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The girl told police that on Nov. 11 and...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Taylor man is accused of sending a message on Snapchat to a 15-year-old girl he knew demanding that she sleep with him, according to an arrest affidavit. Arthuro Medrano, 20, of Taylor, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The girl told police that on Nov. 11 and...
Man accused of breaking into Leander bank by crashing through doors
 A man has been accused of breaking into a Leander bank by crashing his car through the front doors of the bank and colliding with the teller counter, according to an arrest affidavit. Denzel Ogolla, 19, of Leander was charged with burglary, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. Police were alerted Nov. 3 after responding...

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A man has been accused of breaking into a Leander bank by crashing his car through the front doors of the bank and colliding with the teller counter, according to an arrest affidavit. Denzel Ogolla, 19, of Leander was charged with burglary, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. Police were alerted Nov. 3 after responding...
Police: Man posed as Travis County hot check collector in Leander
 Another case has been filed against a Houston man accused of posing as a Travis County investigator. Ricky Cortez, 48, of Houston, has been accused of posing as a hot check collector for Travis County at a convenience store in Leander, according to an arrest affidavit released this week. Cortez was charged Oct. 24 with impersonating a public...

Posted: 4 days ago

Another case has been filed against a Houston man accused of posing as a Travis County investigator. Ricky Cortez, 48, of Houston, has been accused of posing as a hot check collector for Travis County at a convenience store in Leander, according to an arrest affidavit released this week. Cortez was charged Oct. 24 with impersonating a public...
Sheriff’s summit aims to help churches focus on security measures
 Law enforcement officials in Williamson County will be giving local churches information on how to protect their congregations during a security summit Sunday. The meeting comes in the wake of the deadly shooting during services Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where a gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 more....

Posted: 4 days ago

Law enforcement officials in Williamson County will be giving local churches information on how to protect their congregations during a security summit Sunday. The meeting comes in the wake of the deadly shooting during services Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where a gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 more....
Missing sisters found safe, but questions about case’s handling remain
 As the welcome news came Thursday that three missing Austin-area sisters had been found safe in Florida, questions remained about how long it took school officials to learn one child was missing and why authorities didn’t send out a statewide Amber Alert. Two of the sisters had been in foster care since Nov. 3, when authorities learned...

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As the welcome news came Thursday that three missing Austin-area sisters had been found safe in Florida, questions remained about how long it took school officials to learn one child was missing and why authorities didn’t send out a statewide Amber Alert. Two of the sisters had been in foster care since Nov. 3, when authorities learned...
UPDATE: Police say no cause for alarm at Cedar Park middle school
 6:25 p.m. update: Cedar Park police say there is no longer cause for alarm at Henry Middle School. There is no active shooter and no gun found, police officials said in a Tweet. They said two eighth-graders were taking photos of each other with an air soft gun. Earlier: Cedar Park police are checking the area around Henry Middle School on...

Posted: 5 days ago

6:25 p.m. update: Cedar Park police say there is no longer cause for alarm at Henry Middle School. There is no active shooter and no gun found, police officials said in a Tweet. They said two eighth-graders were taking photos of each other with an air soft gun. Earlier: Cedar Park police are checking the area around Henry Middle School on...