Ryan Autullo

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Lawsuit prompts UT to lift student’s suspension for sexual misconduct
 The University of Texas has lifted – at least for now – the suspension of a student it accused of sexual misconduct for having sex with another student who says she was intoxicated when she gave consent after a 2016 sorority formal. In a document filed Monday in U.S. Western District Court, the university asked a federal judge...

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The University of Texas has lifted – at least for now – the suspension of a student it accused of sexual misconduct for having sex with another student who says she was intoxicated when she gave consent after a 2016 sorority formal. In a document filed Monday in U.S. Western District Court, the university asked a federal judge...
Lakeway man faces life sentence as sexual assault trial gets underway
 A man who says he was drugged and raped by a co-worker just days after he moved to the Austin area two years ago isn’t much for mixed drinks. He drinks Scotch and only Scotch, he told a Travis County jury on Tuesday. But he agreed to a margarita that a man he worked on construction with had prepared when the two were hanging out on...

Posted: 5 days ago

A man who says he was drugged and raped by a co-worker just days after he moved to the Austin area two years ago isn’t much for mixed drinks. He drinks Scotch and only Scotch, he told a Travis County jury on Tuesday. But he agreed to a margarita that a man he worked on construction with had prepared when the two were hanging out on...
Army veteran says Lakeway man spiked drink, raped him
 1 p.m. A 30-year-old man testified Tuesday that he grew disoriented and laid down in bed after defendant Saffa Bell insisted he drink from a margarita he made for him. The man said the loopy feeling he felt was far different from intoxication from alcohol, leading him to believe Bell spiked the drink with a date rape drug. When the man came...

Posted: 6 days ago

1 p.m. A 30-year-old man testified Tuesday that he grew disoriented and laid down in bed after defendant Saffa Bell insisted he drink from a margarita he made for him. The man said the loopy feeling he felt was far different from intoxication from alcohol, leading him to believe Bell spiked the drink with a date rape drug. When the man came...
Pence, Abbott visit Sutherland Springs as all victims’ names released
 Hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Texas to mourn the shooting deaths of 26 people killed Sunday inside a rural church, officials released the names of those who died. Nine children were shot to death, including the 16-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. The death toll includes the fetus of Crystal Holcombe...

Posted: 11 days ago

Hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Texas to mourn the shooting deaths of 26 people killed Sunday inside a rural church, officials released the names of those who died. Nine children were shot to death, including the 16-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor. The death toll includes the fetus of Crystal Holcombe...
‘Our faith is unwavering’: Hundreds attend vigil for shooting victims
 10 p.m. update: Hundreds gathered Wednesday evenin at Floresville High School and packed stadium bleachers to hear songs and words of worship in honor of the 26 killed on Sunday at First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs. They sang along as “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin was played. They listened intently as...

Posted: 12 days ago

10 p.m. update: Hundreds gathered Wednesday evenin at Floresville High School and packed stadium bleachers to hear songs and words of worship in honor of the 26 killed on Sunday at First Baptist Church in nearby Sutherland Springs. They sang along as “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin was played. They listened intently as...
Co-workers mourn loss of ‘MacGyver’ and his daughter in church shooting
 Benefits of working for F&W Electrical, according to a roadside posting on US 181, include paid vacation and holidays, health insurance and retirement. Stop inside and apply. Candidates for the mechanic position will be replacing a star who died tragically this weekend. Marc Holcombe, who was killed alongside his infant daughter and additional...

Posted: 12 days ago

Benefits of working for F&W Electrical, according to a roadside posting on US 181, include paid vacation and holidays, health insurance and retirement. Stop inside and apply. Candidates for the mechanic position will be replacing a star who died tragically this weekend. Marc Holcombe, who was killed alongside his infant daughter and additional...
Domestic dispute may have prompted Sutherland Springs church shooting
 A domestic dispute involving an estranged couple might have led to the shooting at a church that left 26 dead, officials said Monday, as they described a wrenching crime scene in which parents used their bodies to shield their children from bullets. As the toll at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs began coming into focus for...

Posted: 13 days ago

A domestic dispute involving an estranged couple might have led to the shooting at a church that left 26 dead, officials said Monday, as they described a wrenching crime scene in which parents used their bodies to shield their children from bullets. As the toll at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs began coming into focus for...
Sutherland Springs residents grieve lost neighbors in church massacre
 When someone died in Sutherland Springs recently, the whole town came together to raise money for a proper funeral. That’s the town Terri Smith knew when she stepped out of her car Sunday outside the Valero gas station that houses her restaurant, Theresa’s Kitchen. She heard gunshots. “That’s common,” she said...

Posted: 13 days ago

When someone died in Sutherland Springs recently, the whole town came together to raise money for a proper funeral. That’s the town Terri Smith knew when she stepped out of her car Sunday outside the Valero gas station that houses her restaurant, Theresa’s Kitchen. She heard gunshots. “That’s common,” she said...
Meet the two men who chased the gunman in Sutherland Springs shootings
 Two men are being hailed as heroes for potentially stopping Devin Patrick Kelley from committing more mayhem and then chasing him as he fled the scene of Sunday’s mass shooting in a rural community east of San Antonio. Police have identified Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, as the man who entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland...

Posted: 14 days ago

Two men are being hailed as heroes for potentially stopping Devin Patrick Kelley from committing more mayhem and then chasing him as he fled the scene of Sunday’s mass shooting in a rural community east of San Antonio. Police have identified Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, as the man who entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland...
Hundreds of shell casings, 15 empty magazines found at church
 6:20 p.m. update: Authorities found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty magazines at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after a shooter opened fire there, killing 26 people, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman, officials said at a news briefing Monday evening. According to Texas Department Public Safety regional director...

Posted: 14 days ago

6:20 p.m. update: Authorities found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty magazines at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after a shooter opened fire there, killing 26 people, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman, officials said at a news briefing Monday evening. According to Texas Department Public Safety regional director...
Austin neurosurgeon punished over surgical monitoring referrals

Posted: 15 days ago

An Austin neurosurgeon has been punished by the Texas Medical Board for failing to disclose his ownership in a neurodiagnostics company that he referred his patients to, in some cases leading to expensive out-of-network costs for them. A mediated order that Dr. Thomas Stuart Loftus accepted lets him continue to practice, provided he apprises...