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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...

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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. Arturo 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 Nov...

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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. Arturo 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 Nov...
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...

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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....

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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...

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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...
Police search for robber of Wells Fargo bank in Cedar Park
 Cedar Park police are searching for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank on Wednesday afternoon at 920 North Lakeline Boulevard. Police were notified about the robbery at 12:28 p.m., according to a news release. A bank teller told officers that a man approached her and handed her a note demanding money, police said. The teller gave him an...

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Cedar Park police are searching for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank on Wednesday afternoon at 920 North Lakeline Boulevard. Police were notified about the robbery at 12:28 p.m., according to a news release. A bank teller told officers that a man approached her and handed her a note demanding money, police said. The teller gave him an...
Williamson County sheriff sets church security summit Sunday
 The Williamson County sheriff’s office, along with local police departments, will host a summit about church security Sunday at the Celebration Church in Georgetown. The summit will include free training to educate church representativeson “active-shooter events,” as well as provide information about recommended responses...

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The Williamson County sheriff’s office, along with local police departments, will host a summit about church security Sunday at the Celebration Church in Georgetown. The summit will include free training to educate church representativeson “active-shooter events,” as well as provide information about recommended responses...
Usan técnicas antiguas para construir en adobe
 Quince estudiantes de Estados Unidos, México y Europa han pagado para acampar por un mes en el jardín de la casa de un hombre en Taylor y aprender una técnica de construcción antigua que involucra arcilla, arena y paja. Durante una tarde cálida reciente, estaban ocupados empastando yeso, incluyendo estié...

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Quince estudiantes de Estados Unidos, México y Europa han pagado para acampar por un mes en el jardín de la casa de un hombre en Taylor y aprender una técnica de construcción antigua que involucra arcilla, arena y paja. Durante una tarde cálida reciente, estaban ocupados empastando yeso, incluyendo estié...
Williamson County votes no to slavery plaque, but door open to statue
 Williamson County commissioners voted Tuesday against submitting an application to the state for a plaque mentioning slavery to be placed next to a Confederate statue. Some of the commissioners, however, said they would consider other proposals, including a statue honoring the Civil Rights era. “There needs to be a conversation and...

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Williamson County commissioners voted Tuesday against submitting an application to the state for a plaque mentioning slavery to be placed next to a Confederate statue. Some of the commissioners, however, said they would consider other proposals, including a statue honoring the Civil Rights era. “There needs to be a conversation and...
Williamson commissioners vote no on plaque about slavery
 Williamson County commissioners voted Tuesday against submitting an application to the state for a plaque mentioning slavery to be placed next to a Confederate statue. Some of the commissioners, however, said they would consider other proposals, including a statue honoring the Civil Rights era. “There needs to be a conversation and...

Posted: 3 days ago

Williamson County commissioners voted Tuesday against submitting an application to the state for a plaque mentioning slavery to be placed next to a Confederate statue. Some of the commissioners, however, said they would consider other proposals, including a statue honoring the Civil Rights era. “There needs to be a conversation and...
Jury gives man life sentence for killing Hutto police sergeant in 2015
 The relatives of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley aimed their grief and anger directly at Colby Williamson on Monday, just moments after he was given a life sentence for running over and killing Kelley with his own patrol car in 2015. “You murdered my son,” Jack Kelley told Williamson in the courtroom during the time victims are...

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The relatives of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley aimed their grief and anger directly at Colby Williamson on Monday, just moments after he was given a life sentence for running over and killing Kelley with his own patrol car in 2015. “You murdered my son,” Jack Kelley told Williamson in the courtroom during the time victims are...
Jury gives Colby Williamson a life sentence for killing Hutto officer
 A Williamson County jury has given Colby Williamson a life sentence for the killing of Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley. The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half. 2:30 p.m. update: The jury is now deliberating on what length of sentence to give to Colby Williamson. He faces anywhere from 5 years to 99 years or life in prison for...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Williamson County jury has given Colby Williamson a life sentence for the killing of Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley. The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half. 2:30 p.m. update: The jury is now deliberating on what length of sentence to give to Colby Williamson. He faces anywhere from 5 years to 99 years or life in prison for...
Veterans, seniors get free flights on WWII biplane in Georgetown
 Harold Graves, a 90-year-old retired pastor and Navy veteran, said a prayer Friday on a cold morning in Georgetown before he flew in a biplane used to train troops in World War II. But the only thing he was really worried about, he joked about before boarding the 1942 Stearman, was whether he could get into the small two-seater. “You...

Posted: 7 days ago

Harold Graves, a 90-year-old retired pastor and Navy veteran, said a prayer Friday on a cold morning in Georgetown before he flew in a biplane used to train troops in World War II. But the only thing he was really worried about, he joked about before boarding the 1942 Stearman, was whether he could get into the small two-seater. “You...
Leander driver accused of pointing gun at motorcyclist who cut him off
 A Leander man is accused of pointing a handgun at a motorcyclist who cut him off in traffic on the 183-A tollway. Craig Winters, 47, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A motorcyclist told police he was riding on the 183-A tollway Sunday when he accidentally...

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A Leander man is accused of pointing a handgun at a motorcyclist who cut him off in traffic on the 183-A tollway. Craig Winters, 47, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A motorcyclist told police he was riding on the 183-A tollway Sunday when he accidentally...
Colby Williamson guilty in death of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley
 A jury on Thursday found Colby Williamson guilty of the 2015 murder of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley after two days of emotional testimony and about three hours of deliberation. Kelley died of head injuries on June 24, 2015, after Williamson ran over him with the sergeant’s patrol car. He was the first Hutto officer ever killed in...

Posted: 8 days ago

A jury on Thursday found Colby Williamson guilty of the 2015 murder of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley after two days of emotional testimony and about three hours of deliberation. Kelley died of head injuries on June 24, 2015, after Williamson ran over him with the sergeant’s patrol car. He was the first Hutto officer ever killed in...
Georgetown man accused of arranging to have sex with 15-year-old girl
 A Georgetown man has been accused of arranging to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he thought he had met online but who turned out to be an undercover officer, according to an arrest affidavit. Shane Perry, 27, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A special agent conducted...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Georgetown man has been accused of arranging to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he thought he had met online but who turned out to be an undercover officer, according to an arrest affidavit. Shane Perry, 27, was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A special agent conducted...
BREAKING: Jury finds Colby Williamson guilty in Hutto sergeant’s death
 3:15 p.m. update: A Williamson County jury found Colby Williamson guilty in the 2015 death of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley after deliberating for about three hours Thursday. The punishment phase of the trial will begin Monday. Williamson faces up to 99 year in prison. When District Judge Rick Kennon read the verdict Thursday afternoon,...

Posted: 8 days ago

3:15 p.m. update: A Williamson County jury found Colby Williamson guilty in the 2015 death of Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley after deliberating for about three hours Thursday. The punishment phase of the trial will begin Monday. Williamson faces up to 99 year in prison. When District Judge Rick Kennon read the verdict Thursday afternoon,...
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