Tony Plohetski

Investigative reporter

Tony Plohetski has been a reporter for the American-Statesman since 2000 and focuses on Austin city government, law enforcement and criminal justice issues. He has chronicled the fallout of controversial police shootings and written about how police labor contracts have allowed officers to cash in thousands of hours in unused sick time upon retirement, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Most recently, he has exposed flaws in testing of firefighter job applicants and reported on a relatively high rate of DWI case dismissals in Travis County and a staff shortage at Austin's 911 center. He has been recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the American Society of Sunday and Feature Editors. 

Latest from Tony Plohetski

Austin police charge suspect in Sixth Street assault with manslaughter
 Austin police have charged a man with manslaughter after an assault on Sixth Street resulted in a San Antonio man’s death. Nathan Raynard Marshall, 28, is charged in connection with the death of 33-year-old Marques W. Johnson. Witnesses said Johnson got into an argument on Sixth Street with Marshall and a second man, Austin police said...

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Austin police have charged a man with manslaughter after an assault on Sixth Street resulted in a San Antonio man’s death. Nathan Raynard Marshall, 28, is charged in connection with the death of 33-year-old Marques W. Johnson. Witnesses said Johnson got into an argument on Sixth Street with Marshall and a second man, Austin police said...
Man charged with manslaughter after deadly Sixth Street assault, Austin police say 
 5:30 p.m. update: Austin police have charged a man with manslaughter in connection with the death of a San Antonio man on Sixth Street early Sunday, officials said Thursday evening.  Nathan Raynard Marshall, 28, is in custody at Travis County Jail.  Witnesses said 33-year-old Marques W. Johnson got into an argument on Sixth Street...

Posted: a day ago

5:30 p.m. update: Austin police have charged a man with manslaughter in connection with the death of a San Antonio man on Sixth Street early Sunday, officials said Thursday evening.  Nathan Raynard Marshall, 28, is in custody at Travis County Jail.  Witnesses said 33-year-old Marques W. Johnson got into an argument on Sixth Street...
Austin attorney Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt
 Stating that Adam Reposa’s unruly behavior continued after he served jail time for contempt in 2010, Travis County Judge Paul Davis on Wednesday delivered the maximum sentence of six months in jail for the Austin attorney’s latest courtroom outburst. Davis found Reposa guilty of five acts of contempt stemming from a disagreement...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stating that Adam Reposa’s unruly behavior continued after he served jail time for contempt in 2010, Travis County Judge Paul Davis on Wednesday delivered the maximum sentence of six months in jail for the Austin attorney’s latest courtroom outburst. Davis found Reposa guilty of five acts of contempt stemming from a disagreement...
Austin lawyer Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt
 Defense attorney Adam Reposa was given the maximum sentence of six months in jail for contempt of court on Wednesday. The order from Judge Paul Davis comes after he found Reposa in contempt on Sept. 12 for disrespecting Judge Nancy Hohengarten in a March drunken driving trial. Davis delayed punishment to review case documents. Davis...

Posted: 2 days ago

Defense attorney Adam Reposa was given the maximum sentence of six months in jail for contempt of court on Wednesday. The order from Judge Paul Davis comes after he found Reposa in contempt on Sept. 12 for disrespecting Judge Nancy Hohengarten in a March drunken driving trial. Davis delayed punishment to review case documents. Davis...
House official blamed for crimping felony charges against Rep. Dukes
 After announcing last week that they are holding off on the most serious charges in the corruption case against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, Travis County prosecutors revealed the reason in a court filing Tuesday: A House official has given conflicting statements about rules on state travel reimbursements that are at the heart of the 13-count...

Posted: 3 days ago

After announcing last week that they are holding off on the most serious charges in the corruption case against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, Travis County prosecutors revealed the reason in a court filing Tuesday: A House official has given conflicting statements about rules on state travel reimbursements that are at the heart of the 13-count...
Austin fire investigator accused of raping stranded woman
 An Austin fire official is under investigation and has been placed on leave amid allegations that he used his status as a law enforcement officer to lure a stranded woman into his city-owned truck and sexually assaulted her, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the American-Statesman. Travis County prosecutors and the Austin...

Posted: 3 days ago

An Austin fire official is under investigation and has been placed on leave amid allegations that he used his status as a law enforcement officer to lure a stranded woman into his city-owned truck and sexually assaulted her, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the American-Statesman. Travis County prosecutors and the Austin...
House official blamed for swamping felony charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes
 A House official gave conflicting statements regarding travel reimbursement, potentially damaging the state’s corruption case against Rep.Dawnna Dukes, according to a court document Travis County prosecutors filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they discovered this month that Steven Adrian, executive director of the House business office...

Posted: 3 days ago

A House official gave conflicting statements regarding travel reimbursement, potentially damaging the state’s corruption case against Rep.Dawnna Dukes, according to a court document Travis County prosecutors filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they discovered this month that Steven Adrian, executive director of the House business office...
DA to hold off on felony charges in Rep. Dawnna Dukes case for now
 The Travis County district attorney will not pursue, at least for now, the most serious charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, saying prosecutors have renewed their investigation into the travel vouchers at the heart of the 13 felony counts the Austin Democrat is facing. District Attorney Margaret Moore confirmed to the American-Statesman...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Travis County district attorney will not pursue, at least for now, the most serious charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, saying prosecutors have renewed their investigation into the travel vouchers at the heart of the 13 felony counts the Austin Democrat is facing. District Attorney Margaret Moore confirmed to the American-Statesman...
Hundreds of true believers drawn to Greg Kelley sex assault case
 Each year, tens of thousands of child sexual assault abuse cases quietly churn through Texas courts, and sometimes, they also lead to appeals similar to that of Greg Kelley, who is seeking to have his conviction and mandatory 25-year prison sentence overturned. But in the four years since his arrest, Kelley’s case has sparked endless...

Posted: 8 days ago

Each year, tens of thousands of child sexual assault abuse cases quietly churn through Texas courts, and sometimes, they also lead to appeals similar to that of Greg Kelley, who is seeking to have his conviction and mandatory 25-year prison sentence overturned. But in the four years since his arrest, Kelley’s case has sparked endless...
Hundreds of true believers drawn to Greg Kelley sex assault case
 Standing on the back of a pickup at Leander High School with a Radio Shack megaphone in his hand and hundreds of people staring at him, Jake Brydon realized he had just done something either really good or really, really bad. It was the summer of 2014, and the Williamson County construction company owner had kick-started an effort to help...

Posted: 8 days ago

Standing on the back of a pickup at Leander High School with a Radio Shack megaphone in his hand and hundreds of people staring at him, Jake Brydon realized he had just done something either really good or really, really bad. It was the summer of 2014, and the Williamson County construction company owner had kick-started an effort to help...
Judge seeks extension in Greg Kelley sex assault case
 A state district judge will ask the state’s highest court for more time before she gives it her recommendations in the Greg Kelley case, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Wednesday. Dick said Judge Donna King could need several more weeks, but possibly as long as December, before providing written recommendations about...

Posted: 9 days ago

A state district judge will ask the state’s highest court for more time before she gives it her recommendations in the Greg Kelley case, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Wednesday. Dick said Judge Donna King could need several more weeks, but possibly as long as December, before providing written recommendations about...