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

BREAKING UPDATE: Man critically injured, crews searching for woman after boats crash on Lake Austin, officials say
 8:45 p.m. update: A man in his 50s is critically injured after two boats crashed on Lake Austin on Tuesday night, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. A woman is still unaccounted for after the boat crash near the Pennybacker Bridge, EMS officials said. Crews are currently searching for her, EMS said.  The man was flown to Dell Seton...

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8:45 p.m. update: A man in his 50s is critically injured after two boats crashed on Lake Austin on Tuesday night, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. A woman is still unaccounted for after the boat crash near the Pennybacker Bridge, EMS officials said. Crews are currently searching for her, EMS said.  The man was flown to Dell Seton...
Police: Woman reported concerns about ex-boyfriend before her killing
 The East Austin woman who police say was killed by her ex-boyfriend over the weekend had contacted authorities numerous times to report he was harassing her and tell them she was afraid of him. Austin police say Ronda Beans, a 50-year-old Austin school district student health assistant, was gunned down Sunday afternoon outside her home on...

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The East Austin woman who police say was killed by her ex-boyfriend over the weekend had contacted authorities numerous times to report he was harassing her and tell them she was afraid of him. Austin police say Ronda Beans, a 50-year-old Austin school district student health assistant, was gunned down Sunday afternoon outside her home on...
Car strikes motorcyclist, SUV then runs over motorcycle; both flee, police say 
 Austin police are looking for two drivers who left the scene of a hit-and-run early Sunday after the first one struck a motorcyclist and the second one ran over the victim’s motorcycle.   The motorcyclist was heading north on South Congress Avenue about 2 a.m. when someone driving a black Lexus in the opposite direction hit...

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Austin police are looking for two drivers who left the scene of a hit-and-run early Sunday after the first one struck a motorcyclist and the second one ran over the victim’s motorcycle.   The motorcyclist was heading north on South Congress Avenue about 2 a.m. when someone driving a black Lexus in the opposite direction hit...
Icy overpass open on day of fatal crash, despite slippery past
 A slippery Slaughter Lane overpass that has been shut down in the past during icy weather was not closed when the stretch iced over on Jan. 16 and might have contributed to a fatal crash. Austin police identified the victim of the crash Monday as 56-year-old Eva Marie Gonzales. Officials said she died after the pickup in which she was...

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A slippery Slaughter Lane overpass that has been shut down in the past during icy weather was not closed when the stretch iced over on Jan. 16 and might have contributed to a fatal crash. Austin police identified the victim of the crash Monday as 56-year-old Eva Marie Gonzales. Officials said she died after the pickup in which she was...
JUST IN: UT police searching for woman they say robbed 2 Subway restaurants
 University of Texas police are searching for a woman who police said robbed two Subway restaurants Friday. The first Subway on San Antonio Street, just south of 24th Street, was reported robbed at 3:47 p.m., Austin police said. The second Subway on Guadalupe Street, between 21st and 20th streets, was reported robbed at 4:04 p.m. Police are...

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University of Texas police are searching for a woman who police said robbed two Subway restaurants Friday. The first Subway on San Antonio Street, just south of 24th Street, was reported robbed at 3:47 p.m., Austin police said. The second Subway on Guadalupe Street, between 21st and 20th streets, was reported robbed at 4:04 p.m. Police are...
UPDATE: All lanes reopen at Lavaca, 15th streets after crash
 4 p.m. update: All lanes have reopened at Lavaca and 15th streets after a crash, and the traffic signal has been restored to normal operations. Earlier: A crash in downtown Austin on Friday knocked out the traffic signal box at 15th and Lavaca streets, Austin transportation officials said. Traffic from all directions is being diverted from...

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4 p.m. update: All lanes have reopened at Lavaca and 15th streets after a crash, and the traffic signal has been restored to normal operations. Earlier: A crash in downtown Austin on Friday knocked out the traffic signal box at 15th and Lavaca streets, Austin transportation officials said. Traffic from all directions is being diverted from...
WEATHER UPDATE: Dense fog advisory in effect through Saturday morning
 9:30 p.m. update: A dense fog advisory is in effect for Central Texas until 11 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service has announced. Visibility is expected to be less than a quarter of a mile, making for hazardous driving conditions. If you’re driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. 8...

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9:30 p.m. update: A dense fog advisory is in effect for Central Texas until 11 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service has announced. Visibility is expected to be less than a quarter of a mile, making for hazardous driving conditions. If you’re driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. 8...
Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say
 Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman...

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Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman...
Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say
 A mother and her 8-month-old baby were found dead Thursday inside their Taylor house after it caught fire, Taylor police officials said. Taylor police said they are investigating this as a suspicious death. Taylor firefighters were responding to an unrelated medical call when they saw smoke coming from the home at 2006 Brewer’s Place...

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A mother and her 8-month-old baby were found dead Thursday inside their Taylor house after it caught fire, Taylor police officials said. Taylor police said they are investigating this as a suspicious death. Taylor firefighters were responding to an unrelated medical call when they saw smoke coming from the home at 2006 Brewer’s Place...
Motorcyclist died in crash Monday near Travis, Hays county line
 A motorcyclist died in a crash with a tow truck Monday near the Travis and Hays county line, the Department of Public Safety said. Mackenzie Aloysius Gmitter, 26, died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center less than an hour after the crash was reported, DPS officials said. Officials responded to the Hays County crash on FM 1626...

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A motorcyclist died in a crash with a tow truck Monday near the Travis and Hays county line, the Department of Public Safety said. Mackenzie Aloysius Gmitter, 26, died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center less than an hour after the crash was reported, DPS officials said. Officials responded to the Hays County crash on FM 1626...
Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide
 A woman in custody at an immigration detention center in Taylor who has accused a guard of sexually assaulting her recently tried to commit suicide, advocates said this week. Laura Monterrosa, a woman from El Salvador who has been held at the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center since May, tried to kill herself on Jan. 11, according to...

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A woman in custody at an immigration detention center in Taylor who has accused a guard of sexually assaulting her recently tried to commit suicide, advocates said this week. Laura Monterrosa, a woman from El Salvador who has been held at the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center since May, tried to kill herself on Jan. 11, according to...