Mark D. Wilson

Breaking news reporter

Mark D. Wilson is a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Formerly the criminal justice and public safety reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, Mark also was a staff writer for the weekly bilingual publication Conexión and for the weekly Southside Reporter. Mark is a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as a news reporter and entertainment section editor for The University Star and was recognized by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2012 for feature writing and contributions to an investigative series.

Latest from Mark D. Wilson

Police seeking identity of man hit by train in New Braunfels on Friday
 New Braunfels police are trying to identify a man who was critically injured after being hit by a train on Friday morning. First responders were called to the 500 block of North Hidalgo Avenue around 2:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a crash involving a train and a pedestrian. Authorities arrived and found a man in his 40s suffering from...

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New Braunfels police are trying to identify a man who was critically injured after being hit by a train on Friday morning. First responders were called to the 500 block of North Hidalgo Avenue around 2:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a crash involving a train and a pedestrian. Authorities arrived and found a man in his 40s suffering from...
Teen made threats to Akins High with smoke bombs, ammo, police say
 Austin police have identified the 17-year-old accused of threatening to “shoot and blow up” Akins High School on Thursday as Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro. Navarro was booked into the Travis County Jail and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10...

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Austin police have identified the 17-year-old accused of threatening to “shoot and blow up” Akins High School on Thursday as Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro. Navarro was booked into the Travis County Jail and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10...
More than 140 arrested in Texas immigration operation in mid-February
 More than 40 people were arrested in Austin as part of a federal immigration operation targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories  in South and Central Texas in mid-February. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, authorities arrested 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco...

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More than 40 people were arrested in Austin as part of a federal immigration operation targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories in South and Central Texas in mid-February. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, authorities arrested 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco...
17-year-old arrested after making threats that prompted Akins High lockdown
 LATEST COVERAGE: Police identify 17-year-old charged after Akins High lockdown 3:50 p.m. update: A 17-year-old former student has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to “shoot and blow up” Akins High School, causing officials to lock down the campus Thursday, Austin school district police Chief Chris Evoy said...

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LATEST COVERAGE: Police identify 17-year-old charged after Akins High lockdown 3:50 p.m. update: A 17-year-old former student has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to “shoot and blow up” Akins High School, causing officials to lock down the campus Thursday, Austin school district police Chief Chris Evoy said...
2 hospitalized, 7 floors evacuated after carbon monoxide leak at the Fairmont Hotel

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Two people were hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon after a pizza oven spewed carbon monoxide through several floors of the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin. Austin firefighters were called out to the hotel at 3:26 p.m. First responders found high levels of the colorless, odorless gas through the first seven floors of the building, and evacuated...
Austin police ID man killed in Monday shooting, name officers involved
 Austin police have identified a man who was fatally shot during an officer-involved shooting on Monday as 23-year-old Thomas Vincent Alvarez. The department also identified seven officers who were placed on administrative leave after opening fire on Alvarez as Matthew Henion, DeAndre Wright, Nicholas Grebhart, Benjamin Rogers, Robert...

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Austin police have identified a man who was fatally shot during an officer-involved shooting on Monday as 23-year-old Thomas Vincent Alvarez. The department also identified seven officers who were placed on administrative leave after opening fire on Alvarez as Matthew Henion, DeAndre Wright, Nicholas Grebhart, Benjamin Rogers, Robert...
San Marcos police arrest man charged with murder in Virginia
 San Marcos police on Wednesday arrested a man wanted on a murder charge in Virginia. Police in Axton, Va., reached out to San Marcos police after they learned that 23-year-old Jake Andrew Lewis, the suspect in the  shooting death of Eric L. Adams on Feb. 17, may have been in the Central Texas city. Investigators tracked Lewis down to The...

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San Marcos police on Wednesday arrested a man wanted on a murder charge in Virginia. Police in Axton, Va., reached out to San Marcos police after they learned that 23-year-old Jake Andrew Lewis, the suspect in the shooting death of Eric L. Adams on Feb. 17, may have been in the Central Texas city. Investigators tracked Lewis down to The...
UPDATE: Driver who fled traffic stop, endangering deputy, arrested, Williamson Co. sheriff says
 8:30 a.m. Thursday update: Williamson County authorities have arrested a man who they said fled a traffic stop Tuesday night and almost dragged a deputy for the second time this month,  Sheriff Robert Chody said via Twitter. Chody had posted a video of the traffic stop on Wednesday, which showed a white SUV fleeing a traffic stop in...

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8:30 a.m. Thursday update: Williamson County authorities have arrested a man who they said fled a traffic stop Tuesday night and almost dragged a deputy for the second time this month, Sheriff Robert Chody said via Twitter. Chody had posted a video of the traffic stop on Wednesday, which showed a white SUV fleeing a traffic stop in...
FLU WATCH: Flu cases in Hays County decline for second consecutive week
 Positive flu cases in Hays County dropped off for the second consecutive week in mid-February, according to county officials. Authorities said 107 positive case were reported between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20, which was down from 275 cases the week before, and 366 the week before that. No additional deaths have been reported. “Hopefully,...

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Positive flu cases in Hays County dropped off for the second consecutive week in mid-February, according to county officials. Authorities said 107 positive case were reported between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20, which was down from 275 cases the week before, and 366 the week before that. No additional deaths have been reported. “Hopefully,...
Wimberley man released after jailed by ICE in Hays County
 A Wimberley man who was booked into the Hays County Jail on misdemeanor charges and handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was released from federal custody on Tuesday. Victor Avendano-Ramirez, 46, was arrested by Kyle police on Jan. 31 during a traffic stop. Police said Avendano-Ramirez had two outstanding warrants for his...

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A Wimberley man who was booked into the Hays County Jail on misdemeanor charges and handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was released from federal custody on Tuesday. Victor Avendano-Ramirez, 46, was arrested by Kyle police on Jan. 31 during a traffic stop. Police said Avendano-Ramirez had two outstanding warrants for his...
Fire at North Austin Baby A’s caused $25,000 in damage
 Two firefighters received minor injuries Wednesday morning while fighting an electrical fire on the roof of Baby Acapulco in North Austin. Firefighters were called out to the restaurant in the 13600 block of North Interstate 35 around 4 a.m. and found a fire that appeared to be contained to a sign on the exterior of the building. Crews kept...

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Two firefighters received minor injuries Wednesday morning while fighting an electrical fire on the roof of Baby Acapulco in North Austin. Firefighters were called out to the restaurant in the 13600 block of North Interstate 35 around 4 a.m. and found a fire that appeared to be contained to a sign on the exterior of the building. Crews kept...