Ciara O'Rourke

Ciara O'Rourke covers crime and Austin's police, fire and EMS departments for the Austin American-Statesman. She started working for the paper in 2009 after moving to Austin from Washington state, where she graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in journalism and French.

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Funeral procession set for STAR Flight nurse McLain along RM620
 First responders from Austin and beyond are expected to gather at the Hill Country Bible Church on Friday morning to honor flight nurse Kristin McLain, who died while trying to rescue a woman in the Barton Creek Greenbelt earlier this week. McLain, 46, worked for STAR Flight, Travis County’s aerial emergency medical service, and she...

10:58 PM Thursday, Apr. 30, 2015

First responders from Austin and beyond are expected to gather at the Hill Country Bible Church on Friday morning to honor flight nurse Kristin McLain, who died while trying to rescue a woman in the Barton Creek Greenbelt earlier this week. McLain, 46, worked for STAR Flight, Travis County’s aerial emergency medical service, and she...
Police: Northbound MoPac open after crash

7:12 PM Thursday, Apr. 30, 2015

2:15 p.m. update: All lanes of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) are now open. Earlier: Only one northbound lane is open at on North MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) near Steck Avenue as authorities try to clear three vehicles involved in a crash from the roadway. No injuries were reported, a police spokeswoman said.
Memo: Austin officer lied, tried to trade sexual favors with woman

6:00 PM Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015

An Austin police officer has been fired on grounds that he lied and ordered a woman to leave the apartment he leased for her unless she provided sexual favors for him, according to a disciplinary memo. Officer David Silva is also accused of improperly using his affiliation with the department to lease the apartment for her in September, lying...
Contract negotiations fall apart between Austin, fire union

9:46 PM Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

Efforts by city officials and the Austin Firefighters Association to negotiate a new contract fell apart Thursday when they could not agree on some details related to hiring new firefighters. Both the city and the union had been optimistic about hammering out an agreement but Austin officials declined to continue bargaining, according to...
Police investigate shooting at bar near Austin airport
 Austin police are investigating a possible shooting at a bar near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Officers responded to a reported stabbing around 12:45 a.m. at El Agazajo Bar & Grill, at 2408 U.S. 183, a spokesman for the Austin Police Department said. However, once there, officers determined that a shooting happened there, the spokesman...

2:00 PM Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

Austin police are investigating a possible shooting at a bar near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Officers responded to a reported stabbing around 12:45 a.m. at El Agazajo Bar & Grill, at 2408 U.S. 183, a spokesman for the Austin Police Department said. However, once there, officers determined that a shooting happened there, the spokesman...
Man charged with intoxication manslaughter after two children killed

2:49 AM Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015

A man involved in a fatal crash near Liberty Hill that left two children dead on Wednesday has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. John Canche Alvarado was previously charged with driving with an invalid license. The Austin man remained in custody at the Williamson County Jail on Friday with bail set at more than $2...
Warren Weinstein’s sister mourns his death in Austin

10:33 PM Friday, Apr. 24, 2015

When Warren Weinstein and his sister, took the train from Brooklyn to Hartford to visit their brother as children, they would each pick a country and speak in an accent from that nation until they rolled into the station. He was a serious, well-behaved boy with a knack for language who grew up to become fluent in seven or eight — and...
Austin man charged with intoxication manslaughter after two killed
 A man involved in a fatal crash near Liberty Hill that left two children dead on Wednesday has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. John Canche Alvarado was previously charged with driving with an invalid license. The Austin man remained in custody at the Williamson County Jail on Friday with bail set at more than $2...

5:06 PM Friday, Apr. 24, 2015

A man involved in a fatal crash near Liberty Hill that left two children dead on Wednesday has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. John Canche Alvarado was previously charged with driving with an invalid license. The Austin man remained in custody at the Williamson County Jail on Friday with bail set at more than $2...
Affidavit: Man bound, kidnapped in apparent mistaken identity

3:29 AM Friday, Apr. 24, 2015

A man who had recently moved to the Austin area was bound with duct tape and forced from his apartment on April 8 after three men apparently confused him for a suspected drug dealer, according to an arrest affidavit. The man had thought he recognized a friend through the peephole of the door to his apartment at 1824 South Interstate 35 when...
Police identify two pedestrians killed in Wednesday crash
 After Kenneth Edward Colton was hit by a truck as he was crossing the road early Wednesday morning, John David Price ran into the street and tried to drag the 34-year-old from where he fell. Moments later, both men were struck and killed by a second vehicle, according to police. Colton and Price, 26, were still one lane away from the sidewalk...

12:16 AM Friday, Apr. 24, 2015

After Kenneth Edward Colton was hit by a truck as he was crossing the road early Wednesday morning, John David Price ran into the street and tried to drag the 34-year-old from where he fell. Moments later, both men were struck and killed by a second vehicle, according to police. Colton and Price, 26, were still one lane away from the sidewalk...
Medics: Pedestrian critically injured in crash

10:08 PM Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

A pedestrian was critically injured in a collision involving a vehicle Thursday afternoon in East Austin, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The crash happened on Riverside Drive and Wickersham Lane, the agency said. Medics are taking the man to University Medical Center Brackenridge with life-threatening injuries. Drivers should expect...