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

WEATHER: Austin’s heat index at 101, and could rise
 3 p.m. update: The afternoon heat index has reached 101 at Austin’s Camp Mabry and could rise to 104 by 4 p.m., so make sure to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside today in the afternoon or early evening.  The heat index won’t fall back into the 90s until 8 p.m., and Saturday morning isn’t...

Posted: a day ago

3 p.m. update: The afternoon heat index has reached 101 at Austin’s Camp Mabry and could rise to 104 by 4 p.m., so make sure to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside today in the afternoon or early evening.  The heat index won’t fall back into the 90s until 8 p.m., and Saturday morning isn’t...
Second suit filed against Austin police over violent jaywalking arrest
 One of the men who were violently arrested for allegedly jaywalking downtown in a 2015 incident caught on camera has sued the Austin Police Department, accusing officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he is black. The federal lawsuit, the second to stem from the case, was announced Thursday at a news conference on the...

Posted: a day ago

One of the men who were violently arrested for allegedly jaywalking downtown in a 2015 incident caught on camera has sued the Austin Police Department, accusing officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he is black. The federal lawsuit, the second to stem from the case, was announced Thursday at a news conference on the...
BREAKING: Zebra mussels found in Lake Austin
 State scientists have found invasive zebra mussels in Lake Austin, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Thursday.  The discovery comes less than two months after the small striped creatures — which have caused billions of dollars in damage across the country — were discovered in Lake Travis, just above Lake...

Posted: a day ago

State scientists have found invasive zebra mussels in Lake Austin, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Thursday.  The discovery comes less than two months after the small striped creatures — which have caused billions of dollars in damage across the country — were discovered in Lake Travis, just above Lake...
FORECAST: Brutal heat to continue through the weekend in Austin
 Thursday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service says temperatures in Austin will once again top 100 degrees on Thursday, but humidity in the area will make it feel even hotter.  A high pressure system sitting over Texas will keep rain chances in Austin at zero, with a heat index of up to 106 degrees. “With the high...

Posted: 2 days ago

Thursday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service says temperatures in Austin will once again top 100 degrees on Thursday, but humidity in the area will make it feel even hotter.  A high pressure system sitting over Texas will keep rain chances in Austin at zero, with a heat index of up to 106 degrees. “With the high...
JUST IN: Man busted trying to bring pot, meth on airplane at ABIA, police say
 Austin police arrested a man on Monday at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for attempting to pass through airport security with a bag of weed hidden in his sock, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Wednesday. The document said a Transportation Security Agency officer spotted a bulge above the man’s shoe as he passed...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin police arrested a man on Monday at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for attempting to pass through airport security with a bag of weed hidden in his sock, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Wednesday. The document said a Transportation Security Agency officer spotted a bulge above the man’s shoe as he passed...
Don’t be alarmed, it’s just a drill at ABIA this morning
 Travelers passing through Austin Bergstrom International Airport shouldn’t be alarmed if they see emergency vehicles out on the ramp this morning — it’s just a usual monthly drill. Airport spokeswoman Kaela Harmon said the exercise got underway about 8:30 a.m. this morning. And, she added: “It’s just a drill...

Posted: 2 days ago

Travelers passing through Austin Bergstrom International Airport shouldn’t be alarmed if they see emergency vehicles out on the ramp this morning — it’s just a usual monthly drill. Airport spokeswoman Kaela Harmon said the exercise got underway about 8:30 a.m. this morning. And, she added: “It’s just a drill...
FORECAST: It’s another day of heat
 Wednesday forecast for Austin: It’s still August and the heat is still here. And a like a bad party guest, it still won’t take the hint and leave, forecasters say. The National Weather Service says that temperatures should stay just shy of 100 degrees today, but the heat index will make it feel like it is 107 degrees outside...

Posted: 3 days ago

Wednesday forecast for Austin: It’s still August and the heat is still here. And a like a bad party guest, it still won’t take the hint and leave, forecasters say. The National Weather Service says that temperatures should stay just shy of 100 degrees today, but the heat index will make it feel like it is 107 degrees outside...
Fight over branches of military led to stomping death, police say
 Austin police say a murder suspect stomped a man to death during an argument about the branches of the military and admitted to the killing as he was being arrested Sunday night, according to court papers filed Tuesday. An arrest affidavit provides the first clues about what might have motivated the death of 57-year-old Allen Niedermann in...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin police say a murder suspect stomped a man to death during an argument about the branches of the military and admitted to the killing as he was being arrested Sunday night, according to court papers filed Tuesday. An arrest affidavit provides the first clues about what might have motivated the death of 57-year-old Allen Niedermann in...
NEW DETAILS: Fight over military branches led to killing in North Austin, police say
 Austin police say a murder suspect stomped a man to death during an argument about the branches of the military and admitted to the killing as he was being arrested Sunday, court papers filed Tuesday reveal.  An arrest affidavit provides the first clues about what may have motivated the death of 57-year-old Allen Niedermann in front...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin police say a murder suspect stomped a man to death during an argument about the branches of the military and admitted to the killing as he was being arrested Sunday, court papers filed Tuesday reveal.  An arrest affidavit provides the first clues about what may have motivated the death of 57-year-old Allen Niedermann in front...