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Warrant issued for former AFD lieutenant for improper photography
 An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a former Austin fire lieutenant who authorities say set up recording equipment in an area designated for women at a fire station, officials said. Travis County Assistant District Attorney Dexter Gilford said James Baker faces a charge of improper or invasive photography, a state jail felony for which...

Posted: 4 days ago

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a former Austin fire lieutenant who authorities say set up recording equipment in an area designated for women at a fire station, officials said. Travis County Assistant District Attorney Dexter Gilford said James Baker faces a charge of improper or invasive photography, a state jail felony for which...
Texas State fraternity was under investigation before pledge’s death
 The death of a Texas State University student who attended an off-campus social event hosted by a fraternity could result in criminal charges, but no decision will be made until an extensive investigation is completed, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “Any death in our community we take seriously...

Posted: 4 days ago

The death of a Texas State University student who attended an off-campus social event hosted by a fraternity could result in criminal charges, but no decision will be made until an extensive investigation is completed, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “Any death in our community we take seriously...
Texas State fraternity death likely to result in criminal charges
 The death of a Texas State fraternity pledge after an off-campus social event will likely result in criminal charges based on a preliminary review of evidence, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV Tuesday. “I think it is pretty likely we are going to have some kind of criminal case,” Stapp...

Posted: 4 days ago

The death of a Texas State fraternity pledge after an off-campus social event will likely result in criminal charges based on a preliminary review of evidence, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp told the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV Tuesday. “I think it is pretty likely we are going to have some kind of criminal case,” Stapp...
UPDATE: ‘Too early to know’ if criminal charges will result from Texas State fraternity death, San Marcos police say
 3:15 p.m. update: San Marcos police are now saying it’s too early to know if criminal charges will be filed in connection to the death of a Texas State student and Phi Kappa Psi pledge on Monday. “This is an ongoing investigation, and it’s too early to know if criminal charges will be warranted,” said Police Chief...

Posted: 4 days ago

3:15 p.m. update: San Marcos police are now saying it’s too early to know if criminal charges will be filed in connection to the death of a Texas State student and Phi Kappa Psi pledge on Monday. “This is an ongoing investigation, and it’s too early to know if criminal charges will be warranted,” said Police Chief...
Travis County murder defendant who fled is candidate for ‘Most Wanted’
 Federal officials searching for a Travis County murder defendant say he has vanished with no trace of cell phone or credit card use as they work to get him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Kevin Waguespack is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s 2015 death, but fled after a judge allowed him to remove an ankle monitor...

Posted: 5 days ago

Federal officials searching for a Travis County murder defendant say he has vanished with no trace of cell phone or credit card use as they work to get him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Kevin Waguespack is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s 2015 death, but fled after a judge allowed him to remove an ankle monitor...
Travis County murder defendant who fled is candidate for ‘Most Wanted’
 Federal officials searching for a Travis County murder defendant say he has vanished with no trace of cell phone or credit card use as they work to get him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Kevin Waguespack is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s 2015 death, but fled after a judge allowed him to remove an ankle monitor...

Posted: 5 days ago

Federal officials searching for a Travis County murder defendant say he has vanished with no trace of cell phone or credit card use as they work to get him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Kevin Waguespack is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s 2015 death, but fled after a judge allowed him to remove an ankle monitor...
Good guys with guns: Do they help or hurt crime prevention?
 Josh Williams was halfway through his three-mile run along an Austin hike-and-bike trail on the morning of Sept. 15 when a woman’s screams overpowered the music in his earbuds. In the predawn darkness, he ran closer to try to find her. He pointed his flashlight in her direction, then realized she was being attacked. Williams slipped...

Posted: 10 days ago

Josh Williams was halfway through his three-mile run along an Austin hike-and-bike trail on the morning of Sept. 15 when a woman’s screams overpowered the music in his earbuds. In the predawn darkness, he ran closer to try to find her. He pointed his flashlight in her direction, then realized she was being attacked. Williams slipped...
‘Good guys with guns’: How Austin case highlights gun control debate
 Josh Williams was halfway through his three-mile run along Austin’s hike and bike trail on the morning of Sept. 15 when a woman’s screams overpowered the music in his earbuds. In the predawn darkness, he ran closer to try to find her. He pointed his flashlight in her direction, then realized she was being attacked. Williams slipped...

Posted: 11 days ago

Josh Williams was halfway through his three-mile run along Austin’s hike and bike trail on the morning of Sept. 15 when a woman’s screams overpowered the music in his earbuds. In the predawn darkness, he ran closer to try to find her. He pointed his flashlight in her direction, then realized she was being attacked. Williams slipped...
‘Good guys with guns’: How Austin case highlights gun control debate
 Josh Williams was halfway through his three-mile run along an Austin hike-and-bike trail on the morning of Sept. 15 when a woman’s screams overpowered the music in his earbuds. In the predawn darkness, he ran closer to try to find her. He pointed his flashlight in her direction, then realized she was being attacked. Williams slipped...

Posted: 11 days ago

Josh Williams was halfway through his three-mile run along an Austin hike-and-bike trail on the morning of Sept. 15 when a woman’s screams overpowered the music in his earbuds. In the predawn darkness, he ran closer to try to find her. He pointed his flashlight in her direction, then realized she was being attacked. Williams slipped...
Domestic dispute may have prompted Sutherland Springs church shooting
 A domestic dispute involving an estranged couple might have led to the shooting at a church that left 26 dead, officials said Monday, as they described a wrenching crime scene in which parents used their bodies to shield their children from bullets. As the toll at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs began coming into focus for...

Posted: 13 days ago

A domestic dispute involving an estranged couple might have led to the shooting at a church that left 26 dead, officials said Monday, as they described a wrenching crime scene in which parents used their bodies to shield their children from bullets. As the toll at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs began coming into focus for...
Sutherland Springs residents grieve lost neighbors in church massacre
 When someone died in Sutherland Springs recently, the whole town came together to raise money for a proper funeral. That’s the town Terri Smith knew when she stepped out of her car Sunday outside the Valero gas station that houses her restaurant, Theresa’s Kitchen. She heard gunshots. “That’s common,” she said...

Posted: 13 days ago

When someone died in Sutherland Springs recently, the whole town came together to raise money for a proper funeral. That’s the town Terri Smith knew when she stepped out of her car Sunday outside the Valero gas station that houses her restaurant, Theresa’s Kitchen. She heard gunshots. “That’s common,” she said...
Hundreds of shell casings, 15 empty magazines found at church
 6:20 p.m. update: Authorities found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty magazines at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after a shooter opened fire there, killing 26 people, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman, officials said at a news briefing Monday evening. According to Texas Department Public Safety regional director...

Posted: 13 days ago

6:20 p.m. update: Authorities found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty magazines at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after a shooter opened fire there, killing 26 people, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman, officials said at a news briefing Monday evening. According to Texas Department Public Safety regional director...
Gunman storms into church, kills 26 in Texas’ deadliest mass shooting
 A small community Baptist church at the intersection of two country roads became the scene of the nation’s latest mass shooting when a gunman opened fire on a worship service Sunday, leaving 26 people dead. In what officials said is the deadliest shooting in Texas history, the gunman began his attack on worshippers at the First Baptist...

Posted: 14 days ago

A small community Baptist church at the intersection of two country roads became the scene of the nation’s latest mass shooting when a gunman opened fire on a worship service Sunday, leaving 26 people dead. In what officials said is the deadliest shooting in Texas history, the gunman began his attack on worshippers at the First Baptist...
26 dead in mass shooting at Texas church; Comal County resident named as gunman
 11:30 p.m. update: The Associated Press is reporting that Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. said parishioners had “no way” to escape once the shootings began inside a Sutherland Springs Baptist church on Sunday.  “I don’t think they could have escaped. You’ve got your pews on either side...

Posted: 14 days ago

11:30 p.m. update: The Associated Press is reporting that Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. said parishioners had “no way” to escape once the shootings began inside a Sutherland Springs Baptist church on Sunday.  “I don’t think they could have escaped. You’ve got your pews on either side...
In race for Travis Democratic party chair, there’s more to the story
 Until a week ago, Austin prosecutor Rick Cofer was next in line to lead the Travis County Democratic Party, the lone contender in a race to lead a group that has helped recruit and elect most local government officials. His list of dozens of supporters included prominent defense attorneys, former judges and former Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell...

Posted: 18 days ago

Until a week ago, Austin prosecutor Rick Cofer was next in line to lead the Travis County Democratic Party, the lone contender in a race to lead a group that has helped recruit and elect most local government officials. His list of dozens of supporters included prominent defense attorneys, former judges and former Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell...
Judge sets $2 million bond for Travis County murder suspect who fled
 A Travis County grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing his girlfriend on bail jumping charges after authorities believe he fled when a judge allowed his GPS monitor to be removed. State District Judge Julie Kocurek set a bond of $2 million for Kevin Waguespack, an usually high amount, once he is arrested. READ: Judge Tamara Needles...

Posted: 24 days ago

A Travis County grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing his girlfriend on bail jumping charges after authorities believe he fled when a judge allowed his GPS monitor to be removed. State District Judge Julie Kocurek set a bond of $2 million for Kevin Waguespack, an usually high amount, once he is arrested. READ: Judge Tamara Needles...
AN AMERICAN ATTACKED IN GREECE: Will killers see justice, parents ask
 Nearly four months after their son, Bakari, was beaten to death by a gang of young men while vacationing on a Greek island, Phil and Jill Henderson struggle to comprehend how it happened. They are also confronting fears that justice may be elusive in a country with what some consider a lax approach to incarceration. The Hendersons say they...

Posted: 24 days ago

Nearly four months after their son, Bakari, was beaten to death by a gang of young men while vacationing on a Greek island, Phil and Jill Henderson struggle to comprehend how it happened. They are also confronting fears that justice may be elusive in a country with what some consider a lax approach to incarceration. The Hendersons say they...
AN AMERICAN ATTACKED IN GREECE: Will killers see justice, parents ask
 Phil and Jill Henderson feared something was wrong when they woke up in the middle of the night to find a new voicemail from the U.S. Embassy in Greece. “Bakari must have lost his passport,” Phil Henderson remembers thinking. “Or somebody found his wallet,” Jill Henderson insisted. But in the wee hours of July 7, the...

Posted: 24 days ago

Phil and Jill Henderson feared something was wrong when they woke up in the middle of the night to find a new voicemail from the U.S. Embassy in Greece. “Bakari must have lost his passport,” Phil Henderson remembers thinking. “Or somebody found his wallet,” Jill Henderson insisted. But in the wee hours of July 7, the...
Judge faces questions after letting murder suspect take off GPS device
 A decision by State District Judge Tamara Needles to remove a GPS monitoring bracelet from a murder suspect is now under scrutiny, after the suspect — who had posted $250,000 bond — failed to show up for his trial. Kevin Waguespack, charged with killing his girlfriend in 2015, is being sought by law enforcement. And Travis County...

Posted: 26 days ago

A decision by State District Judge Tamara Needles to remove a GPS monitoring bracelet from a murder suspect is now under scrutiny, after the suspect — who had posted $250,000 bond — failed to show up for his trial. Kevin Waguespack, charged with killing his girlfriend in 2015, is being sought by law enforcement. And Travis County...
Questions arise after murder suspect vanishes
 Six months before a murder suspect vanished, the judge in his case sent an email to the prosecution and defense lawyers that raises questions about the decision to remove a GPS monitoring bracelet from him. State District Judge Tamara Needles, on April 11, wrote a one-sentence message stating that she intended to order the device taken off...

Posted: 26 days ago

Six months before a murder suspect vanished, the judge in his case sent an email to the prosecution and defense lawyers that raises questions about the decision to remove a GPS monitoring bracelet from him. State District Judge Tamara Needles, on April 11, wrote a one-sentence message stating that she intended to order the device taken off...
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