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Ryan Autullo

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SB 4 PROTEST: Pastor arrested on May 1 says he couldn’t stand on the sidelines
 Sharing a wooden bench at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center with criminal defendants in ball caps, shorts and ankle monitors was another defendant in a clerical collar. The Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Austin, normally spends Monday mornings in planning meetings at the church, where he has...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Sharing a wooden bench at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center with criminal defendants in ball caps, shorts and ankle monitors was another defendant in a clerical collar. The Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Austin, normally spends Monday mornings in planning meetings at the church, where he has...
Pastor arrested in SB 4 protest says he couldn’t stand on the sidelines
 Sharing a wooden bench at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center with criminal defendants in ball caps, shorts and ankle monitors was another defendant in a clerical collar. The Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Austin, normally spends Monday mornings in planning meetings at the church, where he has...

Posted: a day ago

Sharing a wooden bench at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center with criminal defendants in ball caps, shorts and ankle monitors was another defendant in a clerical collar. The Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Austin, normally spends Monday mornings in planning meetings at the church, where he has...
Medical board alleges Austin surgeon took neuromonitoring kickbacks
 The American-Statesman has previously shed light on the possible pitfalls of doctors owning stakes in neuromonitoring firms, and now the Texas Medical Board has accused an Austin neurosurgeon of taking advantage of the practice. In its complaint, the Medical Board cites tens of thousands of dollars earned through allegedly misleading patients...

Posted: 4 days ago

The American-Statesman has previously shed light on the possible pitfalls of doctors owning stakes in neuromonitoring firms, and now the Texas Medical Board has accused an Austin neurosurgeon of taking advantage of the practice. In its complaint, the Medical Board cites tens of thousands of dollars earned through allegedly misleading patients...
Officer charged in plot that took $259,000 in benefits, officials say
 An Austin police officer and a woman who state and federal investigators say is his wife are accused of denying they are married to each other to collect nearly $259,000 in federal benefits they aren’t entitled to, according to a grand jury indictment returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The nine-count federal indictment says Roosevelt...

Posted: 6 days ago

An Austin police officer and a woman who state and federal investigators say is his wife are accused of denying they are married to each other to collect nearly $259,000 in federal benefits they aren’t entitled to, according to a grand jury indictment returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The nine-count federal indictment says Roosevelt...
Austin police officer and wife charged with social security fraud

Posted: 6 days ago

An Austin police officer and his wife have been charged with Social Security fraud, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. Western District Court in Austin. The indictment says that on Feb. 13, Roosevelt Granderson II knowingly made false statements related to Selica Granderson’s eligibility to receive Supplemental...
Lawsuit: Some exotic dancers want coverage from state’s stripper tax
 Dancers who conceal their private areas with latex, paint and wax want to be as clear as the heels they strut around in onstage: They are not strippers. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has failed to make that distinction, club owners say, alleging in three lawsuits filed Monday in Austin that they’ve been subjected to unlawful...

Posted: 7 days ago

Dancers who conceal their private areas with latex, paint and wax want to be as clear as the heels they strut around in onstage: They are not strippers. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has failed to make that distinction, club owners say, alleging in three lawsuits filed Monday in Austin that they’ve been subjected to unlawful...
NEW TODAY: Painted dancers file string of lawsuits: We are not strippers
 Is a painted body a nude body? A Texas federal judge might have to make that distinction. A lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Western District Court in Austin says clubs where dancers perform in paint, latex, wax, gel, foam, film and coatings are being subjected unfairly to the same $5 entry fee of fully-nude strip clubs. Those business once...

Posted: 7 days ago

Is a painted body a nude body? A Texas federal judge might have to make that distinction. A lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Western District Court in Austin says clubs where dancers perform in paint, latex, wax, gel, foam, film and coatings are being subjected unfairly to the same $5 entry fee of fully-nude strip clubs. Those business once...
Man found guilty of murder in 2014 East Austin home invasion
 A Travis County jury found a man guilty of murder Monday in a 2014 home invasion in East Austin over money and drugs. It took the jury about an hour of discussion before concluding that Allen Townsend, 28, was one of two men who burst into an apartment on Springdale Road and robbed and shot LeQuince Tomlin on Nov. 25, 2014. Though the suspect&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Travis County jury found a man guilty of murder Monday in a 2014 home invasion in East Austin over money and drugs. It took the jury about an hour of discussion before concluding that Allen Townsend, 28, was one of two men who burst into an apartment on Springdale Road and robbed and shot LeQuince Tomlin on Nov. 25, 2014. Though the suspect&rsquo...
Judge in lawyer’s contempt trial orders his arrest for not showing
 An arrest warrant has been issued for defense attorney Adam Reposa after he failed to show for his criminal contempt trial Monday in Travis County district court. Reposa, who faces up to 180 days in jail for questioning a judge’s integrity during a March drunken driving trial, informed his attorneys and the American-Statesman on Monday...

Posted: 8 days ago

An arrest warrant has been issued for defense attorney Adam Reposa after he failed to show for his criminal contempt trial Monday in Travis County district court. Reposa, who faces up to 180 days in jail for questioning a judge’s integrity during a March drunken driving trial, informed his attorneys and the American-Statesman on Monday...
Allen Townsend guilty of murder in 2014 East Austin home invasion

Posted: 8 days ago

Allen Townsend is guilty of killing LeQuince Tomlin in a 2014 East Austin home invasion over money. A Travis County jury returned the verdict Monday afternoon after deliberating for a little more than an hour. Townsend will be sentenced by Travis County Judge Karen Sage at a later date. A witness testified in the trial that Townsend and co-defendant...
Judge orders arrest of defense lawyer Adam Reposa for missing trial
 The judge in Adam Reposa’s criminal contempt trial ordered him to be arrested for not showing up to court on Monday. Judge Paul Davis responded skeptically to Reposa’s excuse that he was battling health issues and denied defense counsel’s motion for a continuance. “This is very troubling,” Davis ruled. Reposa&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

The judge in Adam Reposa’s criminal contempt trial ordered him to be arrested for not showing up to court on Monday. Judge Paul Davis responded skeptically to Reposa’s excuse that he was battling health issues and denied defense counsel’s motion for a continuance. “This is very troubling,” Davis ruled. Reposa&rsquo...