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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...
Daughter’s pain lingers after 1991 slaying remains unsolved
 Every year on Aug. 13, Pat Moore runs an ad in the Funerals and Memorials page of the Austin American-Statesman devoted to her father, Harold Gene Carter. In the ads she recalls how much she misses him — and how much it hurts that his killing has gone unsolved for 22 years. “It’s been 20 years today that someone took you...

2:29 AM Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

Every year on Aug. 13, Pat Moore runs an ad in the Funerals and Memorials page of the Austin American-Statesman devoted to her father, Harold Gene Carter. In the ads she recalls how much she misses him — and how much it hurts that his killing has gone unsolved for 22 years. “It’s been 20 years today that someone took you...
Austin police to combine missing persons, cold case homicide units

10:37 PM Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

At the Austin Police Department’s missing persons unit, a team of detectives sort through about 4,000 reports of missing people every year. Most of those people turn up again. Some are children involved in bitter custody disputes, some are teen runaways, and some are elderly or disabled people who become lost. But others stay missing...
Malinda Fisher: Single mom works to rebuild young son’s life after horrific burn
 Malinda Fisher will never forget the sight of her then-10-month-old son Aaron lying in the emergency room bed in Abilene, his tiny legs burned, purple and swollen. Less than a week before that January day earlier this year, Fisher had dropped Aaron off at his father’s house in Abilene for a few days so that she could focus on job searching...

11:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

Malinda Fisher will never forget the sight of her then-10-month-old son Aaron lying in the emergency room bed in Abilene, his tiny legs burned, purple and swollen. Less than a week before that January day earlier this year, Fisher had dropped Aaron off at his father’s house in Abilene for a few days so that she could focus on job searching...
Circuit of the Americas debuts to the fast and the curious

1:16 AM Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

Friday was a day of firsts at Circuit of the Americas. It was the first time Formula One drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso whipped their incredible machines around the track, the first time many international visitors experienced Austin, and the first time that many visitors experienced the sights and sounds — especially...
F1 weekend: Getting around the track

4:00 AM Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

You’ve got your tickets to the Circuit of the Americas. You’ve endured a lengthy shuttle ride to the track. You step outside of the bus and take in the splendor and majesty of the 3.4-mile course and the vast facility around it. Now what are you supposed to do? Circuit officials recommend that overwhelmed visitors look for help...
For law enforcement, F1 weekend means new challenges

12:35 AM Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

In Austin, police and other first responders are no strangers to handling large events, but this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race will present some new challenges. While officers, paramedics and firefighters have become accustomed to working at mostly centralized events, such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival or South...
Mother, sons, another teen face murder charges in beating death
 Four people, including a 35-year-old woman, her two sons and another teenager have been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old boy in Southeast Austin last week. Family and close friends said the killing was the result of a long-standing dispute between families over money. Christina Reynero, 35, Juan Jose Reynero, 17, Arthur Estrada...

12:44 AM Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Four people, including a 35-year-old woman, her two sons and another teenager have been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old boy in Southeast Austin last week. Family and close friends said the killing was the result of a long-standing dispute between families over money. Christina Reynero, 35, Juan Jose Reynero, 17, Arthur Estrada...
Four charged with murder in teen’s death
 A 35-year-old woman, her teenage son, another teen and a juvenile have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy in Southeast Austin last week. Christina Reynero, 35, Juan Jose Reynero, 17, and Arthur Estrada III, 18, were in custody today, according to Travis County Jail records. Their bail has been set at...

6:02 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

A 35-year-old woman, her teenage son, another teen and a juvenile have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy in Southeast Austin last week. Christina Reynero, 35, Juan Jose Reynero, 17, and Arthur Estrada III, 18, were in custody today, according to Travis County Jail records. Their bail has been set at...
Grand jury no-bills five Cedar Park officers after fatal shooting

10:31 PM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2012

A Williamson County grand jury today declined to indict five Cedar Park Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in late June. Police said in a news release that officers Bobby Vernengo, James Quinn, Coy Brown, Kristy Britt, and Robert Harris were no-billed today after grand jurors reviewed the shooting. Officials...
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