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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.

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ROT RALLY: Bikers parade through Congress Avenue
 9 p.m. update: The ROT Biker Rally has ended. Watch video from the parade below: LEARN MORE: Republic of Texas Biker Rally has grown over the years 8:30 p.m. update: The Republic of Texas Biker Rally parade has arrived at its destination in Congress Avenue and is underway.   Follow the ROT rally through the American-Statesman&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

9 p.m. update: The ROT Biker Rally has ended. Watch video from the parade below: LEARN MORE: Republic of Texas Biker Rally has grown over the years 8:30 p.m. update: The Republic of Texas Biker Rally parade has arrived at its destination in Congress Avenue and is underway.   Follow the ROT rally through the American-Statesman&rsquo...
Memo: Officer suspended for using Taser on man who was not resisting
 An Austin police officer has been suspended after using a stun gun on a man who was not actively resisting arrest or attempting to assault officers, according to a disciplinary memo. Officer Chris Limmer is currently serving his suspension, which runs through June 26, says the memo signed by interim Police Chief Brian Manley on Tuesday. On...

Posted: 18 days ago

An Austin police officer has been suspended after using a stun gun on a man who was not actively resisting arrest or attempting to assault officers, according to a disciplinary memo. Officer Chris Limmer is currently serving his suspension, which runs through June 26, says the memo signed by interim Police Chief Brian Manley on Tuesday. On...
ROAD SAFETY: Austin medics respond to 4 motorcycle crashes Thursday ahead of ROT Rally
 Austin medics responded to four separate motorcycle crashes on Thursday, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. EMS officials said that three of the crashes happened in areas where there is increased motorcycle presence due to the Republic of Texas biker rally this weekend: A 47-year-old motorcyclist was involved in a crash on...

Posted: 18 days ago

Austin medics responded to four separate motorcycle crashes on Thursday, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. EMS officials said that three of the crashes happened in areas where there is increased motorcycle presence due to the Republic of Texas biker rally this weekend: A 47-year-old motorcyclist was involved in a crash on...
BREAKING: Police searching for attacker after East Austin stabbing leaves one injured
 Detectives are investigating a stabbing in East Austin that left one man injured, Austin police said Friday afternoon. Police believe it happened on Holly Street, near Navasota Street, around 3:30 p.m. Officers have surrounded a large area around the crime scene while they look for the attacker on the ground and via helicopter, police said...

Posted: 18 days ago

Detectives are investigating a stabbing in East Austin that left one man injured, Austin police said Friday afternoon. Police believe it happened on Holly Street, near Navasota Street, around 3:30 p.m. Officers have surrounded a large area around the crime scene while they look for the attacker on the ground and via helicopter, police said...
WEATHER UPDATE: Thunderstorm warning expires for Hays, Blanco counties
 10 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm warnings for Hays and Blanco counties have expired, the National Weather Service said. A significant weather advisory for west central Hays and south central Blanco counties has also ended.  8 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Hays and central Blanco counties...

Posted: 18 days ago

10 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm warnings for Hays and Blanco counties have expired, the National Weather Service said. A significant weather advisory for west central Hays and south central Blanco counties has also ended.  8 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Hays and central Blanco counties...
ROT RALLY: Parade to close some Austin streets on Friday
 The Republic of Texas Biker Rally parade and events will close some Austin roads on Friday evening and night. Towing on Congress Avenue will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. If you are towed, you can contact Southside towing at 512-441-7094 or visit  https://www.autoreturn.com/austin-tx/find-vehicle/. There may be a high volume of motorcycle...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Republic of Texas Biker Rally parade and events will close some Austin roads on Friday evening and night. Towing on Congress Avenue will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. If you are towed, you can contact Southside towing at 512-441-7094 or visit  https://www.autoreturn.com/austin-tx/find-vehicle/. There may be a high volume of motorcycle...
‘Most wanted’ sex offender arrested while at Del Valle job site, officials say
 Agents arrested a “most wanted” sex offender while he was at his job in a residential area near Del Valle on Thursday morning, officials said. In 1992, Kevin Travis Waddell was convicted of sexual assault in Amarillo. He was released on parole a few years later, but has been wanted since September 2015 on charges of...

Posted: 19 days ago

Agents arrested a “most wanted” sex offender while he was at his job in a residential area near Del Valle on Thursday morning, officials said. In 1992, Kevin Travis Waddell was convicted of sexual assault in Amarillo. He was released on parole a few years later, but has been wanted since September 2015 on charges of...
Austin leaders nix nomination of gun rights activist to city panel
 The Austin City Council overwhelmingly rejected the nomination of gun rights activist Michael Cargill to serve on a city commission Thursday, after a short but heated debate. Council Member Ora Houston nominated Cargill to serve on a committee that oversees city bond spending. Cargill is best known for challenging the gun ban at...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Austin City Council overwhelmingly rejected the nomination of gun rights activist Michael Cargill to serve on a city commission Thursday, after a short but heated debate. Council Member Ora Houston nominated Cargill to serve on a committee that oversees city bond spending. Cargill is best known for challenging the gun ban at...
UPDATED: City Council nixes nomination of gun rights activist to city panel
 The Austin City Council overwhelmingly rejected the nomination of gun rights activist Michael Cargill to serve on a city commission on Thursday, after a short but heated debate. Council Member Ora Houston nominated Cargill to serve on a committee that  oversees city bond spending.  Cargill is best known for challenging the gun ban...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Austin City Council overwhelmingly rejected the nomination of gun rights activist Michael Cargill to serve on a city commission on Thursday, after a short but heated debate. Council Member Ora Houston nominated Cargill to serve on a committee that oversees city bond spending.  Cargill is best known for challenging the gun ban...
Afternoon MoPac crashes causing worse-than-usual southbound rush hour traffic
 Two different southbound MoPac crashes – one at RM 2222 and one near 38th Street – are causing worse-than-usual rush hour traffic. All lanes are now open, but MoPac was temporarily closed at 38th Street, which is causing residual delays. The highway reopened around 4 p.m.

Posted: 20 days ago

Two different southbound MoPac crashes – one at RM 2222 and one near 38th Street – are causing worse-than-usual rush hour traffic. All lanes are now open, but MoPac was temporarily closed at 38th Street, which is causing residual delays. The highway reopened around 4 p.m.
Driver dies after crashing into streetlight last week in South Austin, police say
 A driver died May 31 after crashing into a streetlight on William Cannon Drive the day before, Austin police said. Emmanuel Castro Ramirez, 34, was driving an SUV on the wrong side of the road on William Cannon around 9 p.m. when, just west of Interstate 35, he drove onto the center median, striking a sign and a metal street light, police...

Posted: 20 days ago

A driver died May 31 after crashing into a streetlight on William Cannon Drive the day before, Austin police said. Emmanuel Castro Ramirez, 34, was driving an SUV on the wrong side of the road on William Cannon around 9 p.m. when, just west of Interstate 35, he drove onto the center median, striking a sign and a metal street light, police...