Katie Hall

Breaking news reporter

Katie Hall has been a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman since August 2015. Previously, she covered parts of western Travis County, including the Eanes school district, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. Before that, she wrote about crime for newspapers in southern Louisiana and New Orleans, where she is originally from.

Latest from Katie Hall

Rally planned tonight at Austin City Hall for Transgender Day of Remembrance
 A rally is planned tonight at Austin City Hall as part of the international Transgender Day of Remembrance. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of hate crimes committed against the transgender community. Austin’s event will begin at 7:30 p.m.   The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman...

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A rally is planned tonight at Austin City Hall as part of the international Transgender Day of Remembrance. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of hate crimes committed against the transgender community. Austin’s event will begin at 7:30 p.m.   The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman...
Proposed police contract heads for City Council after union approval
 After approval from the Austin police union, a proposed five-year police employment contract is now ready to go to the Austin City Council, which will decide whether to implement it or scrap it. The proposed deal, approved by 85 percent of the union members, would raise officers’ base pay 9.5 percent over five years. Patrol officers...

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After approval from the Austin police union, a proposed five-year police employment contract is now ready to go to the Austin City Council, which will decide whether to implement it or scrap it. The proposed deal, approved by 85 percent of the union members, would raise officers’ base pay 9.5 percent over five years. Patrol officers...
UPDATE: SWAT situation on West Parmer Lane ends peacefully, police say
 4:12 p.m. update: A person came out of an apartment in the 5400 block of West Parmer Lane after a SWAT team responded to a call about the residence. The SWAT situation has now ended, police said. Earlier: An Austin police SWAT team is responding to an incident in the 5400 block of West Parmer Lane, police officials said...

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4:12 p.m. update: A person came out of an apartment in the 5400 block of West Parmer Lane after a SWAT team responded to a call about the residence. The SWAT situation has now ended, police said. Earlier: An Austin police SWAT team is responding to an incident in the 5400 block of West Parmer Lane, police officials said...
UPDATE: Texas Tech issues ‘all-clear’ message after suspicious device removed from vehicle
 5 p.m. update: Texas Tech University has issued an ‘all-clear’ message after a suspicious device was removed from a vehicle near a dorm. University police have searched the area and are letting people return after the Talkington Hall dorm was evacuated. 4:45 p.m update: Police have evacuated a Texas Tech University...

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5 p.m. update: Texas Tech University has issued an ‘all-clear’ message after a suspicious device was removed from a vehicle near a dorm. University police have searched the area and are letting people return after the Talkington Hall dorm was evacuated. 4:45 p.m update: Police have evacuated a Texas Tech University...
Austin police union OKs contract terms; pact needs city council approval
 The votes are in, and the union for Austin’s police officers has decided to approve a proposed five-year employment contract with the city. The proposed deal, approved by 85 percent of the union members, now goes to the Austin City Council, which will decide whether to implement it or scrap it. The proposal would raise officers&rsquo...

Posted: 5 hours ago

The votes are in, and the union for Austin’s police officers has decided to approve a proposed five-year employment contract with the city. The proposed deal, approved by 85 percent of the union members, now goes to the Austin City Council, which will decide whether to implement it or scrap it. The proposal would raise officers&rsquo...
Third family member involved in suspected drunken driving crash dies
 A man who was gravely injured in a crash that killed his wife and son last weekend died Friday morning after being taken off life support, a family member told the American-Statesman. Scott Latulippe, 41, was a passenger in a Fiat 500 headed south in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when suspected drunken driver...

Posted: 2 days ago

A man who was gravely injured in a crash that killed his wife and son last weekend died Friday morning after being taken off life support, a family member told the American-Statesman. Scott Latulippe, 41, was a passenger in a Fiat 500 headed south in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when suspected drunken driver...
BREAKING: Third family member involved in suspected drunken driving crash has died, relatives say
 A man who was gravely injured in a crash that killed his wife and son last weekend died Friday morning after being taken off life support, a family member told the American-Statesman. Scott Latulippe, 41, was a passenger in a Fiat 500 headed south in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when suspected drunken driver...

Posted: 3 days ago

A man who was gravely injured in a crash that killed his wife and son last weekend died Friday morning after being taken off life support, a family member told the American-Statesman. Scott Latulippe, 41, was a passenger in a Fiat 500 headed south in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when suspected drunken driver...
Motorcyclist killed in crash on Texas 79, near Hutto
 A motorcyclist was killed in crash on eastbound Texas 79, between Hutto and Taylor, Thursday afternoon, state troopers said. The crash was reported at 2:15 p.m., Department of Public Safety officials said. The motorcyclist who died was a man. Further details were not immediately available.

Posted: 3 days ago

A motorcyclist was killed in crash on eastbound Texas 79, between Hutto and Taylor, Thursday afternoon, state troopers said. The crash was reported at 2:15 p.m., Department of Public Safety officials said. The motorcyclist who died was a man. Further details were not immediately available.
Lakeway man found guilty of sex assault, sentenced to life in prison
 A Lakeway man was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison Thursday in one of three separate Travis County incidents in which he is accused of sexual assault. State District Judge David Crain sentenced Saffa Bell, 55, shortly after the jury read the verdict Thursday. A 30-year-old Army veteran, who was Bell’s co-worker, testified...

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A Lakeway man was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison Thursday in one of three separate Travis County incidents in which he is accused of sexual assault. State District Judge David Crain sentenced Saffa Bell, 55, shortly after the jury read the verdict Thursday. A 30-year-old Army veteran, who was Bell’s co-worker, testified...
Lakeway man found guilty of sexual assault, sentenced to life in prison
 A jury found a Lakeway man guilty of sexual assault Thursday, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison after the jury’s verdict was read. The automatic sentence for Saffa Bell, 55, was due to the fact that he was also found guilty in 1989 in Harris County for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault. This...

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A jury found a Lakeway man guilty of sexual assault Thursday, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison after the jury’s verdict was read. The automatic sentence for Saffa Bell, 55, was due to the fact that he was also found guilty in 1989 in Harris County for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault. This...
Austin students protest, accuse teacher of saying ‘go back to Mexico’
 At least 60 students walked out of a South Austin middle school and circled the school building Wednesday afternoon in protest of a teacher’s culturally insensitive comments to a student, according to students and school officials. Several Fulmore Middle School students who participated in the walkout Wednesday told the American-Statesman...

Posted: 4 days ago

At least 60 students walked out of a South Austin middle school and circled the school building Wednesday afternoon in protest of a teacher’s culturally insensitive comments to a student, according to students and school officials. Several Fulmore Middle School students who participated in the walkout Wednesday told the American-Statesman...