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Williamson sheriff gets approval for deputies to be on ‘Live PD’ show
 Williamson County sheriff’s deputies might get to show how they roll on prime-time TV. The Williamson County Commissioners Court gave its approval Thursday to the sheriff’s office to negotiate a contract with a television show that does live recordings of law enforcement on their daily calls. The show, called “Live PD,&rdquo...

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Williamson County sheriff’s deputies might get to show how they roll on prime-time TV. The Williamson County Commissioners Court gave its approval Thursday to the sheriff’s office to negotiate a contract with a television show that does live recordings of law enforcement on their daily calls. The show, called “Live PD,&rdquo...
Police: Man confessed to another person he killed Round Rock resident
 A man charged in the shooting death of 37-year-old Round Rock resident Joshua Armstrong told another person he had broken into Armstrong’s home on Christmas and killed him, according to an arrest affidavit. Richard Joseph Acosta, 23, of Taylor was charged Jan. 12 with murder. Vanessa Velasco, 20, also was arrested and charged with burglary...

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A man charged in the shooting death of 37-year-old Round Rock resident Joshua Armstrong told another person he had broken into Armstrong’s home on Christmas and killed him, according to an arrest affidavit. Richard Joseph Acosta, 23, of Taylor was charged Jan. 12 with murder. Vanessa Velasco, 20, also was arrested and charged with burglary...
Taylor police chief: Death of woman, baby appears to be accidental
 Preliminary autopsy reports show that the death of a woman and her infant daughter whose bodies were found after a fire in their Taylor home was accidental, said Police Chief Henry Fluck. He said authorities are still waiting for toxicology results. Amy Baylor, 30, and her 8-month-old daughter Aleigha Seely had burn marks on them when firefighters...

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Preliminary autopsy reports show that the death of a woman and her infant daughter whose bodies were found after a fire in their Taylor home was accidental, said Police Chief Henry Fluck. He said authorities are still waiting for toxicology results. Amy Baylor, 30, and her 8-month-old daughter Aleigha Seely had burn marks on them when firefighters...
Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park
 An 18-year-old man arrested in the deaths of two young stepbrothers in a car crash last week in Cedar Park was racing when the wreck happened, police said Thursday. Hayden Michael Hammer was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony, Cedar Park police Cmdr. Bryan Wukasch said...

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An 18-year-old man arrested in the deaths of two young stepbrothers in a car crash last week in Cedar Park was racing when the wreck happened, police said Thursday. Hayden Michael Hammer was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony, Cedar Park police Cmdr. Bryan Wukasch said...
Man accused of kidnapping two girls had 5 assault charges in Louisiana
 A man extradited back to Central Texas to face a federal kidnapping charge involving two Round Rock girls had a history of assaults on four girlfriends in Louisiana and told one of the victims that if she ever left him, it was going to be in a “body bag,” according to arrest affidavits. Terry Miles, 44, was being held in an Austin-area...

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A man extradited back to Central Texas to face a federal kidnapping charge involving two Round Rock girls had a history of assaults on four girlfriends in Louisiana and told one of the victims that if she ever left him, it was going to be in a “body bag,” according to arrest affidavits. Terry Miles, 44, was being held in an Austin-area...
Teen accused of racing, causing death of 2 children in Cedar Park
 Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the deaths of two stepbrothers in a car crash on Jan. 10 in Cedar Park. Hayden Michael Hammer was charged with two counts of racing on highway causing death, a second degree felony, according to a police press release. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Hammer, who was...

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Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the deaths of two stepbrothers in a car crash on Jan. 10 in Cedar Park. Hayden Michael Hammer was charged with two counts of racing on highway causing death, a second degree felony, according to a police press release. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Hammer, who was...
Man accused of kidnapping 2 Round Rock girls extradited back to Texas
 A man charged with kidnapping two Round Rock girls who were later recovered in Colorado has been extradited back to Texas, authorities said. “Terry Miles was received today by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, where he will remain in custody and proceed through the judiciary process on the...

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A man charged with kidnapping two Round Rock girls who were later recovered in Colorado has been extradited back to Texas, authorities said. “Terry Miles was received today by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, where he will remain in custody and proceed through the judiciary process on the...
Report: Girls doing well in foster care after kidnapping, mom’s death
 Two girls who were recovered in Colorado after being kidnapped from their Round Rock home, where their mother was found slain are doing well in foster care, according to a report from a state agency. Lilianais Victoria Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Bandera-Margret, 7, are staying at the same foster home in Hays County, said a court report...

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Two girls who were recovered in Colorado after being kidnapped from their Round Rock home, where their mother was found slain are doing well in foster care, according to a report from a state agency. Lilianais Victoria Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Bandera-Margret, 7, are staying at the same foster home in Hays County, said a court report...
UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Cedar Park High
 1:15 p.m. update: The lockdown at Cedar Park High School — which has now been lifted — started after police were notified about a suspicious person with a weapon, said Alicia Inns, a police spokeswoman. She said she did not have further details. The lockdown started shortly after noon Wednesday and was lifted about 12:55 p.m....

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1:15 p.m. update: The lockdown at Cedar Park High School — which has now been lifted — started after police were notified about a suspicious person with a weapon, said Alicia Inns, a police spokeswoman. She said she did not have further details. The lockdown started shortly after noon Wednesday and was lifted about 12:55 p.m....
Two wrecks in Williamson County blamed on ice
 The icy weather Tuesday morning caused two collisions in Williamson County but otherwise there were few problems reported, officials said. One of the collisions was in Coupland and one was at West Whitestone Boulevard and Lone Star in Cedar Park, said Connie Watson, a county spokeswoman. “Early this morning, people were staying off...

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The icy weather Tuesday morning caused two collisions in Williamson County but otherwise there were few problems reported, officials said. One of the collisions was in Coupland and one was at West Whitestone Boulevard and Lone Star in Cedar Park, said Connie Watson, a county spokeswoman. “Early this morning, people were staying off...
Cedar Park Council OKs expansion of police review in Greg Kelley case
 The Cedar Park City Council approved Thursday night an expanded review of the Police Department in response to the Greg Kelley case. The council added a review of the policies and procedures of the patrol division to an independent investigation it had already approved in October. Initially, the scope of the review only included the policies...

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The Cedar Park City Council approved Thursday night an expanded review of the Police Department in response to the Greg Kelley case. The council added a review of the policies and procedures of the patrol division to an independent investigation it had already approved in October. Initially, the scope of the review only included the policies...
Rachel Cooke’s mother tells people not to give up looking for daughter
 Please don’t give up. That’s what Janet Cooke told more than 40 people gathered outside Georgetown High School on Wednesday evening at the 16th annual remembrance ceremony for her missing daughter, Rachel Cooke. Janet Cooke told the crowd gathered at a tree planted in honor of her daughter in 2003 to not stop looking for her....

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Please don’t give up. That’s what Janet Cooke told more than 40 people gathered outside Georgetown High School on Wednesday evening at the 16th annual remembrance ceremony for her missing daughter, Rachel Cooke. Janet Cooke told the crowd gathered at a tree planted in honor of her daughter in 2003 to not stop looking for her....
Funerals for 2 stepbrothers killed in Cedar Park crash this afternoon
 2:20 p.m. update: A funeral for the two stepbrothers killed in a car crash Wednesday in Cedar Park will be at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the North Austin Muslim Community Center. The center is at 11900 North Lamar Boulevard. Zara Salman, who was driving the car that the stepbrothers were in, was the mother of 1-year-old Daniel Chaudhary and the...

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2:20 p.m. update: A funeral for the two stepbrothers killed in a car crash Wednesday in Cedar Park will be at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the North Austin Muslim Community Center. The center is at 11900 North Lamar Boulevard. Zara Salman, who was driving the car that the stepbrothers were in, was the mother of 1-year-old Daniel Chaudhary and the...
Rachel Cooke’s mother tells people not to give up looking for daughter
 Please don’t give up. That’s what Janet Cooke said to the more than 40 people gathered outside Georgetown High School on Wednesday evening at the 16th annual remembrance ceremony for her missing daughter, Rachel Cooke. Janet Cooke told the crowd gathered at a tree planted in honor of Rachel Cooke not to stop looking for her. &ldquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Please don’t give up. That’s what Janet Cooke said to the more than 40 people gathered outside Georgetown High School on Wednesday evening at the 16th annual remembrance ceremony for her missing daughter, Rachel Cooke. Janet Cooke told the crowd gathered at a tree planted in honor of Rachel Cooke not to stop looking for her. &ldquo...
Two people injured in five-vehicle wreck in Georgetown
 Two people were injured Wednesday morning in a five-vehicle crash on Texas 29 in Georgetown. The injured people, who have not been identified, were taken to Seton Williamson County, where one person was in critical condition and the other was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said. READ: Man who died when car flipped...

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Two people were injured Wednesday morning in a five-vehicle crash on Texas 29 in Georgetown. The injured people, who have not been identified, were taken to Seton Williamson County, where one person was in critical condition and the other was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said. READ: Man who died when car flipped...
Three men accused of robbing ATMs across state, including Cedar Park
 Police believe three Houston men accused of trying to rob an ATM while a technician serviced it in Cedar Park were involved in at least 30 similar incidents at ATMs across Texas, according to an arrest affidavit. Brandon Jamal Pinson, 31; Latrell Rayshod Phillips, 22 and Cameron Joshua, 17, were all charged with attempted robbery, a third-degree...

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Police believe three Houston men accused of trying to rob an ATM while a technician serviced it in Cedar Park were involved in at least 30 similar incidents at ATMs across Texas, according to an arrest affidavit. Brandon Jamal Pinson, 31; Latrell Rayshod Phillips, 22 and Cameron Joshua, 17, were all charged with attempted robbery, a third-degree...
Georgetown City Council nixes condo project after clash with developer
 Tempers flared at the Georgetown City Council meeting Tuesday night as a council member chastised a developer for the way he spoke to the council during a hearing about his controversial mixed-use condo project proposed near the town’s historic downtown square. Council Member Anna Eby said during the meeting that she hoped developer...

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Tempers flared at the Georgetown City Council meeting Tuesday night as a council member chastised a developer for the way he spoke to the council during a hearing about his controversial mixed-use condo project proposed near the town’s historic downtown square. Council Member Anna Eby said during the meeting that she hoped developer...
UPDATE: Woman dies in hospital from injuries from Berry Creek crash
 1 p.m. Friday update: Kelisha Preece, who was injured in the car crash Tuesday, died at 10:06 p.m. Thursday at Seton Williamson County Hospital, police said. “It’s with a heavy heart that we report Kelisha Preece succumbed to the injuries sustained in the crash,” said Roland Waits, a Georgetown police spokesman. Preece,...

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1 p.m. Friday update: Kelisha Preece, who was injured in the car crash Tuesday, died at 10:06 p.m. Thursday at Seton Williamson County Hospital, police said. “It’s with a heavy heart that we report Kelisha Preece succumbed to the injuries sustained in the crash,” said Roland Waits, a Georgetown police spokesman. Preece,...
Hutto raises wastewater rates to help pay off debt for treatment plant
 The Hutto City Council has approved a 25 percent increase in the wastewater rates to help the city pay for the debt owed on the Hutto South Waste Water Treatment Plant plant built in 2014, invest in new infrastructure and maintain the utility fund reserve requirements, according to a press release. The increase means users will pay approximately...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Hutto City Council has approved a 25 percent increase in the wastewater rates to help the city pay for the debt owed on the Hutto South Waste Water Treatment Plant plant built in 2014, invest in new infrastructure and maintain the utility fund reserve requirements, according to a press release. The increase means users will pay approximately...
Rachel Cooke to be remembered 16 years after she disappeared
 The Williamson County sheriff’s office and Rachel Cooke’s family will host a remembrance ceremony on the 16th anniversary of her disappearance Wednesday at the Georgetown High School campus, 221 N. Austin Ave. The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. at the tree planted in her memory, according to a sheriff’s office news release....

Posted: 13 days ago

The Williamson County sheriff’s office and Rachel Cooke’s family will host a remembrance ceremony on the 16th anniversary of her disappearance Wednesday at the Georgetown High School campus, 221 N. Austin Ave. The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. at the tree planted in her memory, according to a sheriff’s office news release....
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