Taylor Goldenstein

Travis/Hays counties reporter

Taylor Goldenstein covers Travis and Hays counties and is also a breaking news reporter on Saturdays. Previously, she reported for the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning San Bernardino shooting coverage, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. She hails from Buffalo Grove, a suburb of Chicago, and is a proud University of Illinois alumna. She joined the Statesman in September 2016. Follow her on Twitter @taygoldenstein.

Latest from Taylor Goldenstein

Proposed regional trail would link Austin to San Marcos
 The Violet Crown Trail will ultimately stretch 30 miles from downtown Austin to northern Hays County, but with it ending just north of Onion Creek, much of Hays County will be left out. The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance has a possible solution: its proposed Emerald Crown Trail, a regional hike-and-bike path that would connect to Violet...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Violet Crown Trail will ultimately stretch 30 miles from downtown Austin to northern Hays County, but with it ending just north of Onion Creek, much of Hays County will be left out. The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance has a possible solution: its proposed Emerald Crown Trail, a regional hike-and-bike path that would connect to Violet...
Teens accused of three robberies led Austin police on car chase
 Two teens are accused of robbing three random people they encountered on streets in northeast and southeast Austin early Wednesday at gunpoint, then leading Austin police on a car chase, according to an arrest affidavit. Ernesto Mendoza, 17, and Francisco Zapata, 18, were charged with three counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two teens are accused of robbing three random people they encountered on streets in northeast and southeast Austin early Wednesday at gunpoint, then leading Austin police on a car chase, according to an arrest affidavit. Ernesto Mendoza, 17, and Francisco Zapata, 18, were charged with three counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon...
Woman yelled racial slurs, threats at Lago Vista officer, report says
 A woman arrested on a domestic violence charge Wednesday is in Travis County jail after she yelled racial slurs and threatened a Lago Vista police officer, according to an arrest affidavit. Nicole Weinhandl, 32, was charged with three misdemeanors — assault causing bodily injury to a family member, criminal mischief and unlawful restraint...

Posted: 6 days ago

A woman arrested on a domestic violence charge Wednesday is in Travis County jail after she yelled racial slurs and threatened a Lago Vista police officer, according to an arrest affidavit. Nicole Weinhandl, 32, was charged with three misdemeanors — assault causing bodily injury to a family member, criminal mischief and unlawful restraint...
FORECAST UPDATE: Higher chance of wintry mix predicted for Monday night, Tuesday
 A higher chance of a wintry mix is in store for Central Texas Tuesday following mild temperatures Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.  Sunday will be sunny with a high near 56 and light wind, according to the service. That night will bring increasing clouds and a low around 38 degrees. Weather will be comfortable...

Posted: 6 days ago

A higher chance of a wintry mix is in store for Central Texas Tuesday following mild temperatures Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.  Sunday will be sunny with a high near 56 and light wind, according to the service. That night will bring increasing clouds and a low around 38 degrees. Weather will be comfortable...
Report: Texas schools illegally denied special education to students
 The Texas Education Agency led schools to illegally delay or deny special education services to students statewide, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Education Department. In a 14-page letter, regulators concluded that the agency’s 2004 decision to effectively cap the number of students that could be enrolled in special...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Texas Education Agency led schools to illegally delay or deny special education services to students statewide, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Education Department. In a 14-page letter, regulators concluded that the agency’s 2004 decision to effectively cap the number of students that could be enrolled in special...
Austin affordable housing project hits speed bump with new tax law
 Travis County staffers warned Tuesday that the federal tax overhaul could stymie efforts to fund a proposed affordable housing project in Austin that largely depended on low-income housing tax credits. Tax credits are the U.S. government’s primary tool to encourage the development of affordable housing. The government grants the credits...

Posted: 17 days ago

Travis County staffers warned Tuesday that the federal tax overhaul could stymie efforts to fund a proposed affordable housing project in Austin that largely depended on low-income housing tax credits. Tax credits are the U.S. government’s primary tool to encourage the development of affordable housing. The government grants the credits...
Two separately arrested New Year’s Day for allegedly punching cops
 Two people were arrested in separate incidents early New Year’s Day on Sixth Street for punching police officers, according to arrest affidavits. David Lund, 22, was arrested for assault on a peace officer, a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine, according to the affidavit. About 2:15 a.m. Monday...

Posted: 18 days ago

Two people were arrested in separate incidents early New Year’s Day on Sixth Street for punching police officers, according to arrest affidavits. David Lund, 22, was arrested for assault on a peace officer, a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine, according to the affidavit. About 2:15 a.m. Monday...
Affidavit: Couple arrested for having oral sex in Baby A’s booth
 Police arrested a couple after a manager at a North Austin restaurant noticed them engaging in oral sex at a booth in front of customers, according to an arrest affidavit. Jonathan Hightower, 31, and Lashanda Fisher, 28, were arrested Sunday for public lewdness, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a jail sentence...

Posted: 18 days ago

Police arrested a couple after a manager at a North Austin restaurant noticed them engaging in oral sex at a booth in front of customers, according to an arrest affidavit. Jonathan Hightower, 31, and Lashanda Fisher, 28, were arrested Sunday for public lewdness, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a jail sentence...
Round Rock police identify victims of suspicious New Year’s Eve deaths
 Round Rock police on Monday identified the victims of two separate supicious deaths from New Year’s Eve and continue to ask for the public’s help in locating two abducted girls, the daughters of one of the victims. Chief Allen Banks said police responded Dec. 30 at 10:36 a.m. to a welfare check call, made by a co-worker, to the...

Posted: 18 days ago

Round Rock police on Monday identified the victims of two separate supicious deaths from New Year’s Eve and continue to ask for the public’s help in locating two abducted girls, the daughters of one of the victims. Chief Allen Banks said police responded Dec. 30 at 10:36 a.m. to a welfare check call, made by a co-worker, to the...
Dozen people displaced after northeast Austin fire on New Year’s Day
 A dozen people were displaced by a fire New Year’s Day morning that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage at a northeast Austin apartment complex. The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at the Avesta Agave apartments on 1901 East Anderson Lane at about 9:45 a.m. and evacuated the building. Crews had extinguished the...

Posted: 18 days ago

A dozen people were displaced by a fire New Year’s Day morning that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage at a northeast Austin apartment complex. The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at the Avesta Agave apartments on 1901 East Anderson Lane at about 9:45 a.m. and evacuated the building. Crews had extinguished the...
Suspicious package in northwest Austin cleared, officials say
 The Austin Police Department bomb squad has cleared a suspicious package was found in a northwest Austin gym parking lot. APD Assistant Chief Ely Reyes said police received a call at 9:34 a.m. about a suspicious package in the parking lot near a 24-Hour Fitness, 13804 N. US 183. Upon arrival, police called in the bomb squad to inspect the...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Austin Police Department bomb squad has cleared a suspicious package was found in a northwest Austin gym parking lot. APD Assistant Chief Ely Reyes said police received a call at 9:34 a.m. about a suspicious package in the parking lot near a 24-Hour Fitness, 13804 N. US 183. Upon arrival, police called in the bomb squad to inspect the...