Nicole Chavez

Nicole Chavez is a reporter at the Austin American Statesman. She is a 2013 graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso. Previously, she interned at the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Brownsville Herald. She joined the American-Statesman in April 2014.

Latest from Nicole Chavez

Austin police officer explains how cops respond to mental health calls

5:00 AM Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, the people nearby often call 911, but those dispatched to the scene are often law enforcement officers and not mental health professionals, and that poses a conundrum for authorities, said Austin police Lt. Brian Jones. Officers responding to these calls must be prepared for anything, even...
Austin police officer involved in South Austin crash
 An Austin police officer was involved in a crash with another vehicle Friday night in South Austin, police said. The crash happened around 9:22 p.m. near the intersection of Brodie Lane and West William Cannon Drive, police said. No injuries were reported, police said.

2:51 AM Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016

An Austin police officer was involved in a crash with another vehicle Friday night in South Austin, police said. The crash happened around 9:22 p.m. near the intersection of Brodie Lane and West William Cannon Drive, police said. No injuries were reported, police said.
Austin Community College students rally against sexual violence
 A day after police revealed that a sexual assault reported Sunday could be linked to a string of similar incidents in North Austin, Austin Community College students gathered Wednesday to raise awareness about sexual violence and offer their support to survivors. ACC hosted their second annual Take Back the Night rally, march and candlelight...

10:38 PM Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

A day after police revealed that a sexual assault reported Sunday could be linked to a string of similar incidents in North Austin, Austin Community College students gathered Wednesday to raise awareness about sexual violence and offer their support to survivors. ACC hosted their second annual Take Back the Night rally, march and candlelight...
Teenager identified as motorcyclist killed in Southeast Austin crash
 A motorcyclist killed in Southeast Austin crash two weeks ago has been identified as 17-year-old Jack De Leon. Police say De Leon pulled out from a private drive aboard a yellow 2001 BMW motorcycle on April 7 and turned left onto the 1500 block of Grove Boulevard. The motorcycle passed just in front of a silver 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe traveling...

8:05 PM Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

A motorcyclist killed in Southeast Austin crash two weeks ago has been identified as 17-year-old Jack De Leon. Police say De Leon pulled out from a private drive aboard a yellow 2001 BMW motorcycle on April 7 and turned left onto the 1500 block of Grove Boulevard. The motorcycle passed just in front of a silver 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe traveling...
Austin Community College students rally against sexual violence
 A day after police revealed that a sexual assault reported Sunday could be linked to a string of similar incidents in North Austin, Austin Community College students gathered Wednesday to raise awareness about sexual violence and offer their support to survivors. ACC hosted their second annual Take Back the Night rally, march and candlelight...

3:29 AM Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

A day after police revealed that a sexual assault reported Sunday could be linked to a string of similar incidents in North Austin, Austin Community College students gathered Wednesday to raise awareness about sexual violence and offer their support to survivors. ACC hosted their second annual Take Back the Night rally, march and candlelight...
Police: No hazard after suspicious package reported in Cedar Park
 8:51 p.m. update: A suspicious package found in front of a Cedar Park home was laser survey equipment, police said. Police responded to a home on Brashear Lane Tuesday afternoon after a 911 caller said there was a suspicious black box and a cell phone in the front yard of a home, officials said. Austin police and DPS bomb squads determined...

1:23 AM Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

8:51 p.m. update: A suspicious package found in front of a Cedar Park home was laser survey equipment, police said. Police responded to a home on Brashear Lane Tuesday afternoon after a 911 caller said there was a suspicious black box and a cell phone in the front yard of a home, officials said. Austin police and DPS bomb squads determined...
Congress Avenue reopened after suspicious package found in downtown
 7:40 p.m. update: Congress Avenue has been reopened and people are being allowed back inside several buildings that were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after police received reports of a suspicious package. An employee who works in the 800 block of Congress Ave. called 911 about 4:02 p.m. saying that a suspicious “envelope-sized&rdquo...

10:47 PM Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016

7:40 p.m. update: Congress Avenue has been reopened and people are being allowed back inside several buildings that were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after police received reports of a suspicious package. An employee who works in the 800 block of Congress Ave. called 911 about 4:02 p.m. saying that a suspicious “envelope-sized&rdquo...
Man rescued from floodwaters in Northeast Travis County
 9:29 p.m. update: A man in his 20s was rescued from floodwaters in Northeast Travis County, EMS said. The man was hoisted to a STAR Flight helicopter and evaluated by medics on the ground, EMS said. He was not injured, officials said. Earlier: Emergency crews are responding to reports of a vehicle stuck in water in Northeast Travis County...

2:11 AM Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016

9:29 p.m. update: A man in his 20s was rescued from floodwaters in Northeast Travis County, EMS said. The man was hoisted to a STAR Flight helicopter and evaluated by medics on the ground, EMS said. He was not injured, officials said. Earlier: Emergency crews are responding to reports of a vehicle stuck in water in Northeast Travis County...
Austin pastor accuses Whole Foods of writing anti-gay slur on cake
 An Austin pastor is suing Whole Foods alleging that a bakery employee gave him a cake with an anti-gay slur written on it. Church of Open Doors Pastor Jordan Brown said he planned to surprise his congregation members on Thursday with a cake. As he had done several times in the past, Brown said, he went to the Whole Foods flagship store on...

11:59 PM Monday, Apr. 18, 2016

An Austin pastor is suing Whole Foods alleging that a bakery employee gave him a cake with an anti-gay slur written on it. Church of Open Doors Pastor Jordan Brown said he planned to surprise his congregation members on Thursday with a cake. As he had done several times in the past, Brown said, he went to the Whole Foods flagship store on...
Flash flood watch for Austin area canceled
 9:25 p.m. update: A flash flood watch for several Central Texas counties, including Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop, has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service said most of the rainfall expected tonight has ended. The chances of any more rain developing overnight are low and only light to moderate...

11:26 AM Monday, Apr. 18, 2016

9:25 p.m. update: A flash flood watch for several Central Texas counties, including Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop, has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service said most of the rainfall expected tonight has ended. The chances of any more rain developing overnight are low and only light to moderate...
Austin police say missing 12-year-old girl found safe
 9:30 p.m. update: Austin police said 12-year-old Kayla Marie Scott has been found safe. Earlier: Austin police are seeking the public’s help in finding a 12-year-old girl who went missing Thursday. Kayla Marie Scott was last seen Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Mendez Middle School in Southeast Austin. She did not return home and detectives...

2:05 AM Saturday, Apr. 16, 2016

9:30 p.m. update: Austin police said 12-year-old Kayla Marie Scott has been found safe. Earlier: Austin police are seeking the public’s help in finding a 12-year-old girl who went missing Thursday. Kayla Marie Scott was last seen Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Mendez Middle School in Southeast Austin. She did not return home and detectives...