Nolan Hicks

Breaking news reporter

Nolan Hicks is a breaking news reporter for the American-Statesman who has covered government and politics in Texas and New York City since 2011. He was most recently on the projects team at The New York Daily News, which won acclaim for its investigations of the New York City Police Department. Follow him on Twitter @ndhapple.

Latest from Nolan Hicks

Austin again readies emergency freeze plan to shelter homeless

Posted: 7 days ago

As another blast of frigid air pushes Austin back below freezing at night, authorities are once again revving up their winter action plan to help house the city’s homeless population. It would be the second time in two weeks officials have pulled the plan off the shelf as forecasts show temperatures dropping below freezing overnight...
Technical issue causing 911 outage for  AT&T wireless customers in Caldwell County
 Caldwell County residents who rely on AT&T for their cell phone service aren’t able to dial 911 Friday morning because of a technical issue at the phone company, authorities said.  “AT&T teams are engaged and working to fully isolate and resolve the issue,” the company told emergency authorities there, according to ...

Posted: 7 days ago

Caldwell County residents who rely on AT&T for their cell phone service aren’t able to dial 911 Friday morning because of a technical issue at the phone company, authorities said.  “AT&T teams are engaged and working to fully isolate and resolve the issue,” the company told emergency authorities there, according to ...
JUST IN: Serious injuries in Georgetown rollover crash
 A one-car rollover crash just north of Georgetown left at least one person with serious injuries Friday morning, authorities said.  The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office first reported the wreck on the 35000 block of Ronald Reagan Boulevard shortly after 7 a.m., but additional details were scarce.  According to a tweet from...

Posted: 7 days ago

A one-car rollover crash just north of Georgetown left at least one person with serious injuries Friday morning, authorities said.  The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office first reported the wreck on the 35000 block of Ronald Reagan Boulevard shortly after 7 a.m., but additional details were scarce.  According to a tweet from...
CapMetro says train service back on schedule
 9:50 a.m. update: Capital Metro says that service is back on schedule. Earlier: Capital Metro’s commuter rail service suffered major delays through much of the Friday morning commute because of a communications system “issue,” the agency said. The agency first reported hour-long delays shortly after 7 a.m., which it had...

Posted: 8 days ago

9:50 a.m. update: Capital Metro says that service is back on schedule. Earlier: Capital Metro’s commuter rail service suffered major delays through much of the Friday morning commute because of a communications system “issue,” the agency said. The agency first reported hour-long delays shortly after 7 a.m., which it had...
WEATHER UPDATE: Snow in Austin possible Tuesday morning, forecasters say
 3:15 p.m. update: There is a chance it will snow  during morning rush hour in Austin on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically from overnight Monday into Tuesday, and beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday it’s expected to be 32 degrees for the rest of the morning. ...

Posted: 8 days ago

3:15 p.m. update: There is a chance it will snow during morning rush hour in Austin on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically from overnight Monday into Tuesday, and beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday it’s expected to be 32 degrees for the rest of the morning. ...
DPS bans items from Capitol it considers security threats during protests
 The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it was banning the public from bringing at least 20 items – including crow bars and liquid-filled balloons – onto the state Capitol grounds to bolster safety during protests. RELATED: DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism Capitol protest The ban, which takes effect immediately...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it was banning the public from bringing at least 20 items – including crow bars and liquid-filled balloons – onto the state Capitol grounds to bolster safety during protests. RELATED: DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism Capitol protest The ban, which takes effect immediately...
Police accuse man of punching 5-year-old, toddler in Montopolis in December
 Austin police have accused a man of attacking two children on the same block in Southeast Austin last month, according to court documents filed Thursday.  Authorities booked Qvontay McKnight, 23, into the Travis County Jail last week on two counts of injury to a child. He remained in jail on Thursday with bail set at $85,000. In an arrest...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin police have accused a man of attacking two children on the same block in Southeast Austin last month, according to court documents filed Thursday.  Authorities booked Qvontay McKnight, 23, into the Travis County Jail last week on two counts of injury to a child. He remained in jail on Thursday with bail set at $85,000. In an arrest...
WEATHER UPDATE: Snow spotted in Llano County
 4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area.  2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated...

Posted: 9 days ago

4:40 p.m. update: Brief light snow was observed in Llano between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather radar shows that light snow is currently falling in the Fort Worth area. 2 p.m. update: Austin Fire Department officials say weather conditions on Thursday “could cause elevated...
TRAFFIC ALERT: 2nd I-35 wreck adds to Thursday morning commute headache
 Two separate wrecks left north and southbound traffic on Interstate 35 in knots  Thursday morning, creating miles-long backups as commuters made their way into downtown. The first collision, a three-car pile-up shut down two of the freeway’s three northbound lanes through downtown for nearly an hour early Thursday. That wreck occurred...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two separate wrecks left north and southbound traffic on Interstate 35 in knots Thursday morning, creating miles-long backups as commuters made their way into downtown. The first collision, a three-car pile-up shut down two of the freeway’s three northbound lanes through downtown for nearly an hour early Thursday. That wreck occurred...
FORECAST: Watch for fog during Wednesday commute; afternoon temps to reach 60s
 Wednesday forecast for Austin: A blanket of dense fog sitting over much of Central Texas as of 6 a.m. will eventually burn off, leaving behind cloudy skies and another day of warm temperatures as highs reach into mid-60s, the National Weather Service says.  However, Central Texas temperatures will take another plunge on the winter weather...

Posted: 10 days ago

Wednesday forecast for Austin: A blanket of dense fog sitting over much of Central Texas as of 6 a.m. will eventually burn off, leaving behind cloudy skies and another day of warm temperatures as highs reach into mid-60s, the National Weather Service says.  However, Central Texas temperatures will take another plunge on the winter weather...
Trial begins in lawsuit alleging excessive force in jaywalking arrests
 Attorneys offered dueling portraits Tuesday of a violent jaywalking arrest downtown, as the civil trial over a lawsuit stemming from the controversial 2015 incident got underway. The suit alleges that in the early hours of Nov. 6, 2015, Austin police racially targeted and beat three people accused of crossing Red River Street against...

Posted: 10 days ago

Attorneys offered dueling portraits Tuesday of a violent jaywalking arrest downtown, as the civil trial over a lawsuit stemming from the controversial 2015 incident got underway. The suit alleges that in the early hours of Nov. 6, 2015, Austin police racially targeted and beat three people accused of crossing Red River Street against...