Katie Hall

Breaking news reporter

Katie Hall has been a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman since August 2015. Previously, she covered parts of western Travis County, including the Eanes school district, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. Before that, she wrote about crime for newspapers in southern Louisiana and New Orleans, where she is originally from.

Latest from Katie Hall

Austin police officer fired 4 months after federal indictment
 An Austin police officer was fired today, four months after a federal grand jury indicted him on a charge of making a false statement to a U.S. agency in the midst of his wife’s Social Security fraud case. Officer Roosevelt Granderson II was fired, not because of the charges, but because he did not attend two separate Internal...

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An Austin police officer was fired today, four months after a federal grand jury indicted him on a charge of making a false statement to a U.S. agency in the midst of his wife’s Social Security fraud case. Officer Roosevelt Granderson II was fired, not because of the charges, but because he did not attend two separate Internal...
Former Austin broadcaster, lawmaker remembered for his talents, charm
 Marvin “Dan” Love, an Austin broadcasting pioneer and former city lawmaker, died Friday. He was 88. Love became a newscaster for KTBC-TV (also known as Fox 7 Austin) and later ran KHFI-TV (now known as KXAN) as its general manager from 1965 to 1974. He was elected to the Austin City Council in 1971 and re-elected in 1973, serving...

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Marvin “Dan” Love, an Austin broadcasting pioneer and former city lawmaker, died Friday. He was 88. Love became a newscaster for KTBC-TV (also known as Fox 7 Austin) and later ran KHFI-TV (now known as KXAN) as its general manager from 1965 to 1974. He was elected to the Austin City Council in 1971 and re-elected in 1973, serving...
UPDATE: Package delivered to San Marcos school declared safe, officials say
 8:30 p.m. update: A suspicious package that was delivered to Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos has been deemed safe after students were evacuated and all activities were canceled, the San Marcos school district said Monday evening on Facebook. “We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at our regular scheduled start time...

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8:30 p.m. update: A suspicious package that was delivered to Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos has been deemed safe after students were evacuated and all activities were canceled, the San Marcos school district said Monday evening on Facebook. “We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at our regular scheduled start time...
RideAustin driver accused of raping passenger passed background checks, group says 
 6:20 p.m. update: A RideAustin driver accused of raping a female passenger in the back of his car last summer had no previous history of criminal activity and passed fingerprint-based and social security-based background checks, officials with the local ride-sharing nonprofit said Monday evening. No criminal records were found for...

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6:20 p.m. update: A RideAustin driver accused of raping a female passenger in the back of his car last summer had no previous history of criminal activity and passed fingerprint-based and social security-based background checks, officials with the local ride-sharing nonprofit said Monday evening. No criminal records were found for...
Authorities: Man shot after police chase in Bell County killed himself
 The man who was shot by authorities after a police chase Thursday in Bell County, and who appears to have died after he shot himself in the head, was a defendant in a child sex assault case, court records show. Alva Joe Gwinn, 39, of Fort Hood died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a preliminary investigation. Gwinn had multiple...

Posted: 4 days ago

The man who was shot by authorities after a police chase Thursday in Bell County, and who appears to have died after he shot himself in the head, was a defendant in a child sex assault case, court records show. Alva Joe Gwinn, 39, of Fort Hood died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a preliminary investigation. Gwinn had multiple...
NEW DETAILS: Deputy in deadly Bell Co. chase was 12-year veteran, Williamson Co. sheriff’s office says
 Saturday 3:15 p.m. update: The Williamson County sheriff’s deputy involved in a shooting Thursday during a high-speed chase into Bell County has been identified as Jack Danford, authorities said Saturday. Danford, who has been with the Williamson County sheriff’s office since November 2005, has been placed on administrative assignment...

Posted: 5 days ago

Saturday 3:15 p.m. update: The Williamson County sheriff’s deputy involved in a shooting Thursday during a high-speed chase into Bell County has been identified as Jack Danford, authorities said Saturday. Danford, who has been with the Williamson County sheriff’s office since November 2005, has been placed on administrative assignment...
JUST IN: Bastrop County coal mine, 2 Texas power plants to close 
 A power generation company announced Friday it will shut down  a Bastrop County coal mine, the power plant in Milam County it supplies coal to, and another power plant in Freestone County.  Three Oaks Mine near Elgin, the Sandow Power Plant in Milam County and the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County are run by energy company Luminant...

Posted: 5 days ago

A power generation company announced Friday it will shut down a Bastrop County coal mine, the power plant in Milam County it supplies coal to, and another power plant in Freestone County.  Three Oaks Mine near Elgin, the Sandow Power Plant in Milam County and the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County are run by energy company Luminant...
Witness follows South Austin bank robber, helps police apprehend suspect, APD says
 4:30 p.m update: A witness followed a robber who stole from a South Austin bank, and led to police finding her and apprehending her, Austin police said. The robbery happened around 9:20 a.m. on Stassney Lane, just west of Interstate 35, police said. A woman entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money, which she got, then...

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4:30 p.m update: A witness followed a robber who stole from a South Austin bank, and led to police finding her and apprehending her, Austin police said. The robbery happened around 9:20 a.m. on Stassney Lane, just west of Interstate 35, police said. A woman entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money, which she got, then...
3 injured in crash with 18-wheeler on MoPac near U.S. 183
 Three people were injured – one with life-threatening injuries – in a crash involving a car and an 18-wheeler on southbound MoPac Boulevard, about half a mile south of U.S. 183, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. A man, estimated to be in his 50s, has life-threatening injuries, and two other men have injuries that are not...

Posted: 6 days ago

Three people were injured – one with life-threatening injuries – in a crash involving a car and an 18-wheeler on southbound MoPac Boulevard, about half a mile south of U.S. 183, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. A man, estimated to be in his 50s, has life-threatening injuries, and two other men have injuries that are not...
Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Westlake area, Rollingwood
 A mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in the Westlake area, Austin Public Health officials confirmed Thursday.  This is the first positive test for West Nile virus in Austin this year, officials said. The mosquito was trapped and tested in the 78746 zip code, but officials did not give an exact location. RELATED: We put 16 mosquito...

Posted: 6 days ago

A mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus in the Westlake area, Austin Public Health officials confirmed Thursday.  This is the first positive test for West Nile virus in Austin this year, officials said. The mosquito was trapped and tested in the 78746 zip code, but officials did not give an exact location. RELATED: We put 16 mosquito...
Man dies after high-speed chase, police shooting in Bell County
 4:10 p.m. update: A man who led authorities on a chase along Texas 195 in Bell County and exchanged gunfire with officers Thursday appears to have died after ultimately shooting himself in the head. Officials from the Fort Hood military base called the Williamson County sheriff’s office at 1:11 p.m. to check on the welfare of a man...

Posted: 6 days ago

4:10 p.m. update: A man who led authorities on a chase along Texas 195 in Bell County and exchanged gunfire with officers Thursday appears to have died after ultimately shooting himself in the head. Officials from the Fort Hood military base called the Williamson County sheriff’s office at 1:11 p.m. to check on the welfare of a man...