Eric Dexheimer

Investigative reporter

Eric Dexheimer has been a member of the Statesman's investigative team since 2006. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked for newspapers in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Latest from Eric Dexheimer

For company seeking alcohol permit, judge’s ‘absurd’ decision is a tonic
 In a decision that even the judge who wrote it conceded was ridiculous, a Texas court this month concluded the state’s Byzantine liquor laws prohibit most publicly traded companies from doing business here, including such giants as Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors Brewing. Experts say the ruling could upend Texas’ $40 billion booze...

Posted: 27 days ago

In a decision that even the judge who wrote it conceded was ridiculous, a Texas court this month concluded the state’s Byzantine liquor laws prohibit most publicly traded companies from doing business here, including such giants as Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors Brewing. Experts say the ruling could upend Texas’ $40 billion booze...
For company seeking booze permit, judge’s ‘absurd’ decision is a tonic
 In a decision that even the judge who wrote it conceded was ridiculous, a Texas court this month concluded the state’s Byzantine liquor laws prohibit most publicly traded companies from doing business here, including such giants as Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors Brewing. Experts say the ruling could upend Texas’s $40 billion...

Posted: 27 days ago

In a decision that even the judge who wrote it conceded was ridiculous, a Texas court this month concluded the state’s Byzantine liquor laws prohibit most publicly traded companies from doing business here, including such giants as Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors Brewing. Experts say the ruling could upend Texas’s $40 billion...
Mesquite police: Video showing Taser shock to teen’s groin is misleading
 In the dash camera video of the night 18-year-old Graham Dyer sustained fatal injuries while in the backseat of a Mesquite police cruiser, a night-vision lens adds clarity to the images. To the right of the frame, the hands of an officer grasp the handcuffed teenager’s head and hair. On the left, the arm of another officer holding a...

6:32 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

In the dash camera video of the night 18-year-old Graham Dyer sustained fatal injuries while in the backseat of a Mesquite police cruiser, a night-vision lens adds clarity to the images. To the right of the frame, the hands of an officer grasp the handcuffed teenager’s head and hair. On the left, the arm of another officer holding a...
Mesquite police: Video showing Taser shock to teen’s groin is misleading
 In the dash camera video of the night 18-year-old Graham Dyer sustained fatal injuries while in the backseat of a Mesquite police cruiser, a night-vision lens adds clarity to the images. To the right of the frame, the hands of an officer grasp the handcuffed teenager’s head and hair. On the left, the arm of another officer holding a...

6:30 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

In the dash camera video of the night 18-year-old Graham Dyer sustained fatal injuries while in the backseat of a Mesquite police cruiser, a night-vision lens adds clarity to the images. To the right of the frame, the hands of an officer grasp the handcuffed teenager’s head and hair. On the left, the arm of another officer holding a...
Uncommon but ‘horrific’: When Tasers set their targets on fire
 When Juan Lopez burst into flames after being shocked with a San Angelo police officer’s Taser in 2007, he became one of 9 documented incidents in which the electronic guns ignited a fatal fire. Another apparently occurred outside of Dallas two months ago. While such horrific deaths are rare, there have been still others in which the...

9:05 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

When Juan Lopez burst into flames after being shocked with a San Angelo police officer’s Taser in 2007, he became one of 9 documented incidents in which the electronic guns ignited a fatal fire. Another apparently occurred outside of Dallas two months ago. While such horrific deaths are rare, there have been still others in which the...
Uncommon but ‘horrific’: When Tasers set their targets on fire
 Texas Ranger Shawn Palmer arrived at the San Angelo Fire Department’s training center mid-morning on Aug. 16, 2007. He was investigating a gruesome death that had occurred in the West Texas city two months earlier, and he needed to conduct an experiment that could supply a vital clue. With the help of several firefighters, Palmer placed...

8:28 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Texas Ranger Shawn Palmer arrived at the San Angelo Fire Department’s training center mid-morning on Aug. 16, 2007. He was investigating a gruesome death that had occurred in the West Texas city two months earlier, and he needed to conduct an experiment that could supply a vital clue. With the help of several firefighters, Palmer placed...
567 million reasons why Houston faces long, tough recovery from Harvey
 As the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out and begin to contemplate the unimaginably huge task ahead of them rebuilding communities devastated by a historic disaster, here is number to keep in mind: $567,000,000. In September 2008, following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in disaster recovery...

10:26 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

As the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out and begin to contemplate the unimaginably huge task ahead of them rebuilding communities devastated by a historic disaster, here is number to keep in mind: $567,000,000. In September 2008, following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in disaster recovery...
567 million reasons why Houston faces long, tough recovery from Harvey
 As the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out and begin to contemplate the unimaginably huge task ahead of them rebuilding communities devastated by a historic disaster, here is number to keep in mind: $567,000,000. In September 2008, following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in disaster recovery...

7:06 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

As the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out and begin to contemplate the unimaginably huge task ahead of them rebuilding communities devastated by a historic disaster, here is number to keep in mind: $567,000,000. In September 2008, following the one-two punch of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Congress allocated $3.1 billion in disaster recovery...
HURRICANE HARVEY: A tough call as vicious storm hits flood-prone city
 Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are still very much current events. According to the most recent forecasts, perilous weather is expected to linger in southeastern Texas for several more days, creating additional devastation and life threats. Rescues are ongoing, and there are many people still in need of basic care. So it is premature...

12:51 AM Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are still very much current events. According to the most recent forecasts, perilous weather is expected to linger in southeastern Texas for several more days, creating additional devastation and life threats. Rescues are ongoing, and there are many people still in need of basic care. So it is premature...
West Texas sand rush exposes faults in state’s lizard protection plan
 A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry has in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area...

7:31 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry has in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area...
West Texas sand rush exposes faults in state’s lizard protection plan
 A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry had in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area...

7:03 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry had in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area...