Roberto Villalpando

Mobile/breaking news editor

Roberto Villalpando is the mobile/breaking news editor. His job is to ensure the Statesman’s digital products are updated with the latest local breaking news, with a specific emphasis on mobile presentation. In his previous role at the Statesman, he produced interactive graphics, multimedia features and other digital content for Statesman.com. His journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman began in 1998 and has included a variety of newsroom jobs, such as graphic artist, page designer, copy editor, wire editor and assistant news editor.

Latest from Roberto Villalpando

Southbound I-35 lanes reopening in North Austin after wreck; delays extend to Round Rock
 7:30 a.m. update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Wells Branch Parkway in North Austin has been reopened for traffic after a wreck caused delays that have extended north to FM 1431 past Round Rock in Williamson County. The wreck involved two vehicles and a cement or dump truck, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office...

Posted: 5 days ago

7:30 a.m. update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Wells Branch Parkway in North Austin has been reopened for traffic after a wreck caused delays that have extended north to FM 1431 past Round Rock in Williamson County. The wreck involved two vehicles and a cement or dump truck, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office...
Lockdown lifted at LBJ High School after report of gun on campus, no weapon found, district says
 2:46 p.m. update: Austin school district officials said no weapon was found on the LBJ High School campus after a roughly 30-minute lockdown on Thursday. 2:20 p.m. update: LBJ High School lifted the lockdown at the Northeast Austin campus at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Austin school district officials said. Earlier: A report of a gun on the campus...

Posted: 5 days ago

2:46 p.m. update: Austin school district officials said no weapon was found on the LBJ High School campus after a roughly 30-minute lockdown on Thursday. 2:20 p.m. update: LBJ High School lifted the lockdown at the Northeast Austin campus at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Austin school district officials said. Earlier: A report of a gun on the campus...
WEATHER UPDATE: Scattered showers move across Travis, Williamson counties
 10 p.m. update: Light, scattered showers are moving across Travis County and Williamson County. Earlier: Thursday forecast for Austin: Central Texas will emerge from freezing temperatures around 10 a.m. under partly sunny skies, the National Weather Service says. Warmer south-southeast winds will replace the northern winds that powered...

Posted: 6 days ago

10 p.m. update: Light, scattered showers are moving across Travis County and Williamson County. Earlier: Thursday forecast for Austin: Central Texas will emerge from freezing temperatures around 10 a.m. under partly sunny skies, the National Weather Service says. Warmer south-southeast winds will replace the northern winds that powered...
FORECAST: Austin to slip back into hard freeze at night; protect people, pets, pipes
 3 p.m. update: The thawing of Central Texas will likely end around sundown Wednesday, and the region will be plunged into a hard freeze for one more night, forecasters say. The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service warns residents in the Austin metro area – including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties...

Posted: 6 days ago

3 p.m. update: The thawing of Central Texas will likely end around sundown Wednesday, and the region will be plunged into a hard freeze for one more night, forecasters say. The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service warns residents in the Austin metro area – including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closures, crashes reported in Austin as ice accumulates
 10 a.m. update: Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services crews responded to 136 incidents from midnight to 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Of those incidents, 18 were related to weather, and 13 were crashes, the agency said. Ice is still accumulating on overpasses and bridges across the city. Authorities are urging area residents to stay off the...

Posted: 7 days ago

10 a.m. update: Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services crews responded to 136 incidents from midnight to 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Of those incidents, 18 were related to weather, and 13 were crashes, the agency said. Ice is still accumulating on overpasses and bridges across the city. Authorities are urging area residents to stay off the...
WEATHER UPDATE: Hard freeze warning in effect till noon Wednesday
 LATEST FORECAST: Wednesday will get brief relief from freeze; high near 36 9 p.m. update: A hard freeze warning is in effect for Central Texas until noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service announced. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s and high teens overnight and through all of Wednesday morning. As of Tuesday night, there...

Posted: 7 days ago

LATEST FORECAST: Wednesday will get brief relief from freeze; high near 36 9 p.m. update: A hard freeze warning is in effect for Central Texas until noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service announced. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s and high teens overnight and through all of Wednesday morning. As of Tuesday night, there...
5 things to know about La Niña, an influence on Austin’s winter
 It’s mid-January, the dead of winter — which in Austin is neither dead nor very wintry. Life is clearly thriving, based on the ubiquitous cedar pollen in the air, and temperatures hit a spring-like 70 degrees twice last week. Driving some of the unseasonably warm temperatures is La Niña, a cyclical cooling of the eastern...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s mid-January, the dead of winter — which in Austin is neither dead nor very wintry. Life is clearly thriving, based on the ubiquitous cedar pollen in the air, and temperatures hit a spring-like 70 degrees twice last week. Driving some of the unseasonably warm temperatures is La Niña, a cyclical cooling of the eastern...
Cold front Thursday to end stretch of mild weather in Central Texas

Posted: 13 days ago

Enjoy the mild weather while you can, Austin: A cold front is taking it away for a while. Thursday’s temperatures in Austin could reach as high as 65 degrees before warm southwest winds switch to cooler northwest breezes at 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon, the National Weather Service says. At night, gusty winds as strong as 30 mph will...
Austin police looking for RV seller who cashed buyer’s check but never delivered vehicle
 Austin police are asking the public to help them find a man accused of stealing money in an auto sale. According to police, a buyer responding to a Craigslist ad for a recreational vehicle for sale had arranged to buy the RV and mailed the seller a cashier’s check. Police said the suspect cashed the check at an Austin bank but never...

Posted: 13 days ago

Austin police are asking the public to help them find a man accused of stealing money in an auto sale. According to police, a buyer responding to a Craigslist ad for a recreational vehicle for sale had arranged to buy the RV and mailed the seller a cashier’s check. Police said the suspect cashed the check at an Austin bank but never...
23-year-old woman, 15-year-old boy killed in fiery I-35 crash, Austin police say
 Austin police have identified a driver and a passenger killed in a late-night fiery collision last week in Northeast Austin on Interstate 35. According to a preliminary police investigation, 23-year-old Ashley Martinez and 15-year-old Eloy Herrera were heading north in the 5600 block of I-35 North, a few blocks north of 51st Street, just...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin police have identified a driver and a passenger killed in a late-night fiery collision last week in Northeast Austin on Interstate 35. According to a preliminary police investigation, 23-year-old Ashley Martinez and 15-year-old Eloy Herrera were heading north in the 5600 block of I-35 North, a few blocks north of 51st Street, just...
Cedar pollen peaks Monday; dry, windy weather may only make it worse
 Your nose knows: Austin’s cedar season appears to be in full swing, as concentrations of Ashe juniper pollen on Monday reached the highest levels so far this winter. According to Austin-based Allergy & Asthma Associates, the cedar pollen count hit 10,441 grains per cubic meter, which is considered “very high” by the...

Posted: 15 days ago

Your nose knows: Austin’s cedar season appears to be in full swing, as concentrations of Ashe juniper pollen on Monday reached the highest levels so far this winter. According to Austin-based Allergy & Asthma Associates, the cedar pollen count hit 10,441 grains per cubic meter, which is considered “very high” by the...