Patrick George

Patrick George covers crime and Austin's police, fire and EMS departments for the Austin American-Statesman. He has worked at the newspaper since 2006 and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. A native of San Antonio, he is an avid motorsports fan and an occasional contributor to Statesman Cars. 

Latest from Patrick George

From the archives: MTV helps Iraq vet get back in his groove

8:23 PM Sunday, Sep. 04, 2016

During a year that he describes as "pure hell, " Austin Army veteran Lorenzo Zarate fought in Fort Hood's 4th Infantry Division in Iraq , where he took part in more than 100 raids and often was the one kicking down doors. While dealing with the loss of his comrades and friends in battle, he also had to cope with the deaths of his...
Mugshot-filled tabloid ceases print, but an elusive operation continues online

2:38 AM Monday, Dec. 03, 2012

Busted!, a one-dollar tabloid infamous for printing mugshots of people arrested in Austin, is no more. At least, not in print. In a profanity-laced letter to the paper’s “amazing, scum-loving readers,” editors announced that the edition of Busted! printed last week will be their last. The 20-page tabloid, widely available...
Grand jury no-bills Austin officers who shot at robbery suspect in 2011

7:45 PM Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

A Travis County grand jury on Friday declined to bring charges against two Austin police officers who fired at a man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint last year. The grand jury decided that officers Eduardo Peña and Branden Kunkel were justified in firing their weapons at suspect Logan Gregory Cook on Aug. 15, 2011...
Wreck on Texas 130 toll road kills one

3:15 PM Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

One person is dead after a rollover on Texas 130 earlier this morning, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. The wreck occurred on the southbound toll road near Elroy Road around 6:45 a.m., DPS officials said. One vehicle rolled over, killing one of its occupants. DPS officials had no details on how the wreck occurred, or whether...
With charity under investigation, Austin police seek donations, gifts
 The Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County, a nonprofit organization that for 25 years has helped the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa program bring gifts to needy families, is now the subject of a criminal investigation, Chief Art Acevedo said Thursday. While discouraging people from making further contributions...

3:44 AM Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

The Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County, a nonprofit organization that for 25 years has helped the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa program bring gifts to needy families, is now the subject of a criminal investigation, Chief Art Acevedo said Thursday. While discouraging people from making further contributions...
Blue Santa desperate for toy donations after nonprofit partner placed under investigation

6:52 PM Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

Operation Blue Santa, the Austin Police Department’s holiday outreach effort to needy families, is in desperate need of toy and cash donations after one of their nonprofit partners has become the subject of a criminal investigation. The Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County, with whom Blue Santa has partnered for 22 years, had...
Couple sexually assaulted runaway girl, police say

8:50 PM Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

A man and a woman have been charged with sexually assaulting a child after police say they forced a runaway teen girl to perform a sex act in a North Austin motel. Tasha Chika Morrison, 26, and Eric Robert Conner, 34, remain in custody with bail set at $125,000 each, according to jail records. Arrest affidavits say that early Monday morning...
East Austin house damaged in early morning fire

1:49 PM Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

A fire early Wednesday morning damaged a house at 2943 Eckert Street near Airport and Martin Luther King boulevards in East Austin. Austin Fire Department officials said the fire was first reported around 4:30 a.m. It was caused by electrical issues and ruled an accident.No injuries were reported. Damage to the home was reported at $50,000...
First birthday celebrated while recovering from burns
 A Ronald McDonald house in Dallas wasn’t the ideal place for Malinda Fisher’s son, Aaron, to have a party for his first birthday. Aaron was in a hospital recovering from third-degree burns police say he received at the hands of his father, who has since been charged with felony injury to a child. “I made it happen, but I...

10:24 PM Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

A Ronald McDonald house in Dallas wasn’t the ideal place for Malinda Fisher’s son, Aaron, to have a party for his first birthday. Aaron was in a hospital recovering from third-degree burns police say he received at the hands of his father, who has since been charged with felony injury to a child. “I made it happen, but I...
Travis County sheriff’s deputy injured in motorcycle crash
 A Travis County sheriff’s deputy was injured Monday afternoon after his motorcycle was struck by a car northwest of Austin, officials said. Sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said the crash occurred at Loop 360 and Waymaker Way about 2:15 p.m. He said the deputy, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital with...

9:51 PM Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

A Travis County sheriff’s deputy was injured Monday afternoon after his motorcycle was struck by a car northwest of Austin, officials said. Sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said the crash occurred at Loop 360 and Waymaker Way about 2:15 p.m. He said the deputy, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital with...
Man arrested after early morning SWAT standoff in South Austin

12:58 AM Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Update 10:45 a.m. The suspect has been identified as John Pace McBryde, 40. He has been arrested on a previous warrant for Class A Misdemeanor Assault. Other charges related to this incident are pending, officials say. Austin police officials say they have taken a 40-year-old man into custody following a standoff involving a SWAT Team in...