Police say maker of 3D-printed gun had sex with teen, may be in Taiwan

Cody Wilson, an Austin man whose fight over 3D-printed guns brought him into the national spotlight, is accused of having sex with an underage girl last month at a North Austin hotel and might be on the lam in Taiwan, authorities said Wednesday. Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer, who heads the department’s Organized Crime Division, said Wilson’s last known whereabouts was in the Taiwanese...


Regulators crack down on crypto firm using Obama clip filmed in Austin

Regulators crack down on crypto firm using Obama clip filmed in Austin

Cryptocurrency investments have lost much of their luster this year, but that doesn’t appear to have made some promoters any less brazen as they attempt to capitalize on the once-hot sector. Belize-based DGBK Ltd. — which has been marketing its crypto-related offerings using an unrelated 33-second video snippet of former President Barack Obama speaking in Austin two years ago about technology...
Amid church protests, AISD considers limits to facility rentals

Amid church protests, AISD considers limits to facility rentals

The Austin school district is considering limiting the use of its Performing Arts Center by outside entities amid protests by LGBT activists who say the district is renting the facility to a church that opposes gay marriage. Georgetown-based Celebration Church has been holding services most Sundays since Aug. 26 at the performing arts facility in the Mueller neighborhood under a short-term agreement...
AISD driver on trial for touching student, 6, says they only hugged

AISD driver on trial for touching student, 6, says they only hugged

Walnut Creek Elementary students were greeted with Life Savers candy when they boarded driver Leon Young’s bus in the 2014-15 school year — he rewarded well-behaved children with frequent handouts while declining to offer candy to the troublemakers. That practice came up during a police interview three years ago after a 6-year-old female student said he had touched her. Young, who had...
San Marcos police searching for man who robbed Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday

San Marcos police searching for man who robbed Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday

San Marcos police say they are looking for a man who robbed a Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday night. Police said they responded at 11:10 p.m. to the armed robbery at the store at 690 Centerpoint Road. The business’s security system company told 911 it was viewing live video of the robbery as it was happening, but by the time officers arrived, the suspect had fled the store, police said...
HUD Secretary Ben Carson marks public housing milestone in Austin

HUD Secretary Ben Carson marks public housing milestone in Austin

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced Wednesday that his department has preserved 100,000 public housing units nationwide, thanks to a federal rental assistance program. Carson made the announcement during a stop in Austin for a ground-breaking ceremony for the latest public housing development, Pathways at Goodrich Place, a 40-unit property serving low-income families...
Willie Nelson doesn’t care if you’re mad about his Beto O’Rourke support

Willie Nelson doesn’t care if you’re mad about his Beto O’Rourke support

Mad that Willie Nelson is playing at a rally for U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke? You’re entitled to your opinion, the Austin icon and country music legend says. Nelson will headline a concert for the El Paso Democrat, who is running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, on Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores. That hasn't settled well with some conservative fans, who have taken to social media...
Flores’ upset victory casts doubt on ‘blue wave’ for Texas Democrats

Flores’ upset victory casts doubt on ‘blue wave’ for Texas Democrats

Casting doubt on Democratic hopes for a blue wave in Texas, Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in Tuesday’s runoff election for a vacant seat in the state Senate — a seat that had been safely in Democratic hands for years. With the crucial midterm elections only seven weeks away, better-organized Republicans flipped the script, boosting voter enthusiasm to propel their...
BLOTTER: San Marcos man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage

BLOTTER: San Marcos man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage

SAN MARCOS Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage San Marcos police arrested a man Tuesday who they say held his ex-girlfriend hostage in his apartment for 24 hours. Timothy Gomez, 23, has been charged with unlawful restraint and continuous violence against a family member, police said. He was at the Hays County Jail on Wednesday on those charges and for an outstanding warrant for burglary of...
Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage in San Marcos apartment

Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage in San Marcos apartment

San Marcos police arrested a man Tuesday who they say held his ex-girlfriend hostage in his apartment for 24 hours. Timothy Gomez, 23, has been charged with unlawful restraint and continuous violence against a family member, police say. He was at the Hays County Jail on Wednesday on those charges and for an outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation.  His bail is set at $290,000, jail records...
Truck fire caused smoke seen from downtown Austin, fire officials say

Truck fire caused smoke seen from downtown Austin, fire officials say

A pickup truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon in East Austin, causing black smoke to be visible downtown, Austin fire officials said. Firefighters responded to 15 Waller St. near Comal Street just before 1 p.m. to reports of a vehicle fire, Austin Fire Department Division Chief Palmer Buck said. No one was injured in the blaze and it likely started in the Dodge pickup’s engine compartment...
City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter with cancer

City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter with cancer

After pressure from a TV news report and the Austin firefighters union, the city will drop a workers’ compensation lawsuit against a firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer and has argued the disease is related to her work. Austin fire Lt. Carrie Stewart, who has been with the Austin Fire Department for 18 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She filed for workers’ compensation...
UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 near Parmer Lane in North Austin reopened after crash

UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 near Parmer Lane in North Austin reopened after crash

2:05 p.m. update: All northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Parmer Lane have reopened after an earlier multi-vehicle crash, the Texas Department of Transportation said. Earlier: Several northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were closed Wednesday afternoon near Parmer Lane after a crash involving multiple vehicles on the highway, the Texas Department of Transportation said. TxDOT tweeted...
A miniature horse, a gator, a grandma and a gun – an only-in-Texas tale

A miniature horse, a gator, a grandma and a gun – an only-in-Texas tale

The 12-foot alligator’s first mistake: crossing a Texas grandma with a Winchester .22 Magnum. From the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday came a tale as Texan as they come. Judy B. Cochran – mayor of Livingston in East Texas; a great-grandmother called Nana by her family – had long held a suspicion that a massive alligator had killed her miniature horse three years ago. As she...
New poll shows O’Rourke running about even with Cruz

New poll shows O’Rourke running about even with Cruz

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is running about even with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid to unseat the incumbent Republican, according to a poll of likely Texas voters released today by Reuters and Ispos in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics. The poll shows a narrow 2 percentage point lead for O’Rourke, within the margin of error of plus or minus...
Central Health sets public hearing for Saturday on future of Sendero

Central Health sets public hearing for Saturday on future of Sendero

Central Health is continuing to weigh the future of its nonprofit insurance provider, Sendero Health Plans, and will hold a special meeting on Saturday, where members of the public will be allowed to speak. Travis County commissioners on Tuesday delayed voting on the health district’s proposed $258 million budget for fiscal 2019, after several people spoke out against Central...
UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

2:30 p.m. update: Austin police are working with international authorities to bring Cody Wilson, an Austin man at the center of a debate about 3D-printed guns, back to the country from Taiwan to face a sexual assault charge filed in Travis County on Wednesday. Wilson’s last known location was the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said.  Wilson missed a...
FORECAST: Sunshine, high of 92; rainy days ahead starting Thursday

FORECAST: Sunshine, high of 92; rainy days ahead starting Thursday

Wednesday forecast for Austin: This could be the last day we see sunshine in the metro area until early next week as a low pressure system from Mexico moves into Texas, bringing possibly heavy rainfall this weekend, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures could reach 94 degrees in Austin on Wednesday as the heat index value, or the “feels like” temperature, climbs to as high...
In upset, GOP’s Flores defeats Democrat Gallego in Texas Senate runoff

In upset, GOP’s Flores defeats Democrat Gallego in Texas Senate runoff

Casting serious doubt on Democratic hopes for a blue wave in Texas, Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in Tuesday’s runoff election for a vacant seat in the state Senate — a seat that had been safely Democratic in previous years. Flores will represent Senate District 19 when the Legislature convenes in January, filling the final two years of the term vacated when former...
Former New Orleans mayor urges fight against resurgent racism

Former New Orleans mayor urges fight against resurgent racism

These are not normal times, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Tuesday of the Trump presidency, and the way to preserve American values is to confront this abnormality head on, offering as an example the way he and other Louisianans fought the rise of the former Klansman and neo-Nazi David Duke three decades ago when he made his foray into mainstream politics. “Historically, when you...
Wrong 911 call disrupts trial of man accused in numerous attacks

Wrong 911 call disrupts trial of man accused in numerous attacks

An aggravated sexual assault trial was disrupted Tuesday when Travis County prosecutors inadvertently played the wrong 911 call for the jury and, according to their counterparts at the defense table, violated defendant Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez’s right to a fair trial. Coria-Gonzalez, 27, is accused of assaulting seven women between December 2015 and July 2016, but he’s currently being tried...
Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Within days of being diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, about a year ago, Austin artist Chia Guillory began treatment. Today, she’s in remission. Guillory was able to receive care immediately, she told the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, only because of the subsidy she receives from the county’s health district, Central Health, for her health insurance through Sendero...
Well-known Austin activist Chas Moore charged with assault

Well-known Austin activist Chas Moore charged with assault

Chas Moore, a well-known community activist and director of the Austin Justice Coalition, is being charged with assault, a misdemeanor stemming from a recent altercation at a Sixth Street establishment, his attorney confirmed Tuesday. “It is an unfortunate incident,” lawyer Brian McGiverin said. “I think it is going to be resolved favorably for him. We are just going to have to jump...
Austin gentrification study touted as tool to fix affordability crisis

Austin gentrification study touted as tool to fix affordability crisis

When Delwin Goss moved to the Montopolis neighborhood in Southeast Austin in 1992, it wasn’t safe to walk down the street at night because it had so much crime, he said. Over time, the fabric of the neighborhood has started to change: People jog at night at dusk, and many of the drug houses have closed. But home prices are rapidly increasing, and many families who lived in the area for five...
City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter who says her cancer is work-related

City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter who says her cancer is work-related

The city of Austin will drop a workers’ compensation lawsuit against an Austin firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer and has argued the disease is related to her work, City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Tuesday.  “After discussion with council today, I have asked the law department to dismiss the current litigation involving our firefighter, Carrie Stewart,” Cronk said...
Austin’s economy topped U.S. metro areas in growth in 2017

Austin’s economy topped U.S. metro areas in growth in 2017

If it hasn’t been obvious from the construction cranes, real estate prices and traffic congestion, some new federal data illustrates the magnitude of the Austin area’s economic boom. The local economy grew by 6.9 percent in 2017, making the Austin-Round Rock region the fastest-growing large metro area in the country last year in terms of inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, according...
Cruz opens up 9-point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

Cruz opens up 9-point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has a 9 percentage point lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday. The Quinnipiac University poll has Cruz holding a 54 percent to 45 percent lead over O’Rourke. Ninety-three percent of those polled who picked a candidate said their minds were made up on the matter. As in previous polls,...
NEW: 18-year-old arrested after threatening Caldwell County school, sheriff says

NEW: 18-year-old arrested after threatening Caldwell County school, sheriff says

Caldwell County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on Friday suspected of making a terroristic threat against a Prairie Lea school district school and a student. David Baros, 18, has been charged with making a terroristic threat and evading arrest or detention, the sheriff’s office said. County officials said deputies received reports of the threat around 11:04 a.m., and worked with Luling...
Austin nonprofits brace for further drop in refugee admissions

Austin nonprofits brace for further drop in refugee admissions

After the Trump administration this week announced plans to reduce the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the country, Central Texas nonprofits said they are worried about the future of refugee resettlement programs. The already scaled-back admissions goal will drop from 45,000 refugees this fiscal year to 30,000 — a historic low. For fiscal 2017, the refugee cap was set at 110,000. Secretary...
These are the 5 most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartment

These are the 5 most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartment

Looking to move into a new ‘hood?  According to Apartment Guide, the five most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartments are -- in order -- downtown, Riverside, Mueller, Clarksville and South Lamar. One of these things is not like the others (that is to say, one of the neighborhoods is actually below the average cost for apartment rentals in Austin). RELATED: ...
Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves

Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves

One of the more curious gaps in current political polling continues to be the margin between how Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke is running and how the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Lupe Valdez, is doing. The short version is O’Rourke seems to have a shot at winning. Valdez, not so much. So that means some Texans are planning to vote for O’Rourke over GOP incumbent...

Prosecutor: Man mistaken as thief was shot with hands up

A Dallas-area man mistaken for a thief last year as he tried to unlock his own truck had his hands in the air and was begging not to be shot when a police officer shot him twice, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Dallas County prosecutor Bryan Mitchell told jurors during opening statements in the trial of former Mesquite officer Derick Wiley that Lyndo Jones was struck in the back as Jones, who is black...
TexHahn Media makes another deal, buying White Lion Interactive

TexHahn Media makes another deal, buying White Lion Interactive

A Central Texas advertising, marketing and interactive firm has made its second acquisition in less than a month. TexHahn Media said Tuesday that it bought Austin-based White Lion Interactive. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. White Lion, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, was acquired in a competitive auction conducted by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The firm entered bankruptcy...
BLOTTER: Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism

BLOTTER: Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism

NORTH AUSTIN Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism Austin police are asking the public to help identify a person of interest after the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a grocery store specializing in Middle Eastern foods were vandalized. The vandalism earlier this month included broken glass windows and doors at the center and slashed vehicle tires belonging to mosque...
Austin police seek public’s help to find person of interest in mosque vandalism

Austin police seek public’s help to find person of interest in mosque vandalism

Austin police are asking the public to help identify a person of interest after the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a grocery store specializing in Middle Eastern foods were vandalized. The vandalism earlier this month included broken glass windows and doors at the center and slashed vehicle tires belonging to mosque members, police said. Police described the person of interest as a thin...

TEXAS DIGEST: Day care owner accused of tying babies to car seats

MESQUITE Day care accused of tying babies to car seats The owner of a Dallas-area in-home day care center has been jailed on child endangerment charges after she was accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours. An arrest warrant affidavit alleges that Rebecca Anderson kept the small children tied up in car seats for at least seven hours a day at her Mesquite day care...
SCHOOL SAFETY: Parents cautioned after 2 students struck, injured by cars near Akins High

SCHOOL SAFETY: Parents cautioned after 2 students struck, injured by cars near Akins High

Akins High School officials are urging parents to discuss safety with their children after two students were struck by vehicles near campus in recent weeks, a letter sent to parents and legal guardians by the school says. The students were hit while on Old San Antonio Road on the east end of the campus, school officials said. Neither student suffered severe injuries and are OK, they said. Students...
UPDATE: Police ID pedestrian killed crossing Texas 71 near airport last week

UPDATE: Police ID pedestrian killed crossing Texas 71 near airport last week

Austin police have identified a man who was struck by a vehicle and killed while trying to cross Texas 71 last week, they said. Ramon Javier Pesina, 46, was crossing the highway from north to south on Sept. 11 when he was hit by a red 2018 Dodge Durango around 10:29 p.m. in the 1800 block of Texas 71, near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, police said. The driver of the Durango stayed at...
Cruz opens up 9 point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

Cruz opens up 9 point lead over O’Rourke, poll finds

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has a 9-percentage point lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday. A Quinnipiac University Poll in August of registered voters — not likely voters — had Cruz, seeking a second term, holding an apparent 6-point lead. In May, another Quinnipiac poll of registered voters had Cruz topping...
Police say man stole $22 in food from Whole Foods, head-butted guard

Police say man stole $22 in food from Whole Foods, head-butted guard

A man is accused of stealing $22.78 worth of food last week from Whole Foods near downtown Austin and head-butting a security guard when he was confronted outside the store, court documents said. In arrest affidavits filed against Evan Joseph Nesby, Austin police said the 33-year-old walked out of the store on 5th Street and Lamar Boulevard with “three container trays of hot food from the...
These are the four state capitals better to live in than Austin, list says

These are the four state capitals better to live in than Austin, list says

How can Austin be both simultaneously the “best place to live in America” and only the fifth-best state capital to call home in the country?  Ask financial services company Smart Asset, which recently compiled a list of the “Best State Capitals to Live In” in 2018. In compiling the list, the site looked at factors like a capital’s unemployment rate...

Community news: Meetings set on mobility bond projects

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Mobility bond open house set The Austin Transportation Department will host public open houses this month as part of the 2016 mobility bond for substandard streets. Open houses will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Road; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Cowan Elementary School, 2817 Kentish Drive; and 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Manchaca...
Austin-area housing market sets sales record for August

Austin-area housing market sets sales record for August

Amid continued strong housing demand, Central Texas last month saw the highest-grossing sales for any August on record, and the third-highest median price recorded for any month, the Austin Board of Realtors said Tuesday. There were 3,034 homes sold in the Austin-Round Rock metro area in August, 3.7 percent more than in August 2017, according to the board’s latest monthly report. The board&rsquo...
Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Within days of being diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, about a year ago, Austin artist Chia Guillory began treatment. Today, she’s in remission. Guillory was able to receive care immediately, she told Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday, only because of the subsidy she receives from the county’s health district, Central Health, for her health insurance through Sendero Health...
In sex assault case, APD officer recalls victim’s description of attack

In sex assault case, APD officer recalls victim’s description of attack

1:30 p.m. update: In the aggravated sexual assault trial of Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, jurors heard how a 53-year-old woman told police and paramedics she was walking near a gas station on Rundberg Lane in North Austin when a man approached her and struck her in the forehead. According to police, the woman said she fell unconscious and awoke in a car with the man controlling her by the...
These Android phones have security defects out of the box

These Android phones have security defects out of the box

At least 25 Android smartphone models — 11 of which are sold by major U.S. carriers — carry vulnerabilities out of the box, making them easy prey for hackers, according to a new study from security researchers. Researchers from the firm Kryptowire found 38 vulnerabilities in 25 Android phones, according to Wired. They range from being able to lock someone out of their device to gaining...

How to get data from one device to another

Q: I copied some photos from my camera’s memory card to a newly created folder on my two-year-old Surface Pro tablet PC, using a USB card reader. I could see the photos after I transferred them, but when I restarted the PC the photos were gone. I haven’t gotten any “low memory” warnings. What’s wrong? — Angie LaMere, Bloomington, Minn. A: I suspect the photos weren&rsquo...
T-Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

T-Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

SEATTLE — T-Mobile is getting rid of that robotic voice on its customer service lines, the company announced recently. The telecom said it would connect users straight to a team of customer representatives, unique to their own city, when they call customer service. “ ‘Your call is important to us’ are the six emptiest words ever robo-spoken,” said CEO John Legere at an...
‘Magic: The Gathering Arena’ may finally get game right for video games

‘Magic: The Gathering Arena’ may finally get game right for video games

Despite pioneering the trading card game on paper, Wizards of the Coast has had a rough go of it in the digital space. “Magic: The Gathering Online” hasn’t had wild success mainly because of stability issues and accessibility. “Magic Duels” was better but it didn’t seem to take full advantage of the medium or capture the exact feel of the game. “Magic: The...

Opinion: The late hit on Judge Kavanaugh

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation, and possibly his career on the nation’s second highest court. And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism...
Smart padlock protects front porch deliveries

Smart padlock protects front porch deliveries

The BoxLock is designed to prevent theft of delivery packages left by the front door. In addition to the anti-theft aspect, packages are protected from bad weather, which has victimized me. Nothing like having a box soaked in a thunderstorm, etc. The BoxLock smart padlock solves both these problems. According to BoxLock, this is the first of its kind, an internet-connected security padlock that is...
Car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento

Car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Silicon Valley tech company recently posted a video front and center on its website that may startle some Sacramentans. It shows a sleek black car driving across the Tower Bridge … with no one in it. The company, Phantom Auto, is a key player in the emerging world of autonomous vehicles. But the car cruising across Sacramento’s iconic portal wasn’t a...

Opinion: Why the haste with Kavanaugh?

WASHINGTON — For those insisting that Republican senators take Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously, one aspect of the conversation is particularly infuriating: the notion that the timeline established by the GOP for completing this process is quasi-sacred. Virtually everyone commenting on Kavanaugh’s nomination comes to it with a point of view...
CNET: The best gadgets for dorm or apartment for less than $50

CNET: The best gadgets for dorm or apartment for less than $50

If you have a child, a relative or maybe even a friend away at school for the first time, their adjustment to a new living situation might be smoothed by a bit of technology, and you don’t need to break the bank to accomplish that. Here are four of CNET’s favorite gadgets for the dorm or apartment that can be had for less than $50. ——— Chromecast Audio Product Review...
'It was crazy in here': Man arrested for human trafficking when teen escapes to nearby restaurant

'It was crazy in here': Man arrested for human trafficking when teen escapes to nearby restaurant

Andre Davis said he was working at Captain D's in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a 17-year-old girl ran inside. Police said 25-year-old Patrick McManus has been arrested after he reportedly forced the teenage girl into his car and assaulted her. McManus is charged with kidnapping and human trafficking. “He was following her, and my manager told him, ‘No, you're not allowed in the girls&rsquo...
Gunman killed by police after shooting 4 at judge's office

Gunman killed by police after shooting 4 at judge's office

A man accused of strangling his wife opened fire Wednesday at the magistrate’s office in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, injuring four people before police shot and killed him. Patrick Shawn Dowdell, 61, faced felony charges in an August incident in which his wife said he wrapped a belt around her neck until she couldn’t breathe. Dowdell was scheduled to appear before District Judge...
Suspect arraigned on first-degree murder in death of Iowa State golf star

Suspect arraigned on first-degree murder in death of Iowa State golf star

Update 10:30 p.m. EDT Sept 19: The suspect in the murder of Iowa State golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena is jailed on a $5 million bond, according to the Des Moines Register. Collin Daniel Richards, who is charged with first-degree murder in Arozamena’s death, made a first court appearance Tuesday morning at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa, the Register reported. He’s...
2,000-year-old Sphinx discovered in ancient Egyptian temple

2,000-year-old Sphinx discovered in ancient Egyptian temple

A sandstone statue of a sphinx was discovered in an ancient temple in Aswan, Egypt, as workers were trying to lower the groundwater level, and experts believe it’s more than 2,000 years old. A sphinx is a mythical creature created by the Egyptians with the head of a human man, the body of a lion and sometimes wings. In Greek mythology, a sphinx had the head of a woman. The statue likely dates...
Brett Kavanaugh hearing to go on as planned Monday, Sen. Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley orders

Brett Kavanaugh hearing to go on as planned Monday, Sen. Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley orders

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said Wednesday the committee will hold a hearing Monday as planned on allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite requests from the accuser’s attorney and Democrats for a thorough federal investigation first. >> Read more trending news  “Dr. Ford’s testimony would...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

David Kotajarvi, 5-iron, 185-yard 7th hole at Teravista; witnesses: Andrew Schnell, Jay Barr Biff Tatum, 5-iron, 110-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Jeff Johnson, Joe Mitchel, Grant Glitz Shawn L. Watson, 9-iron, 131-yard 7th hole at Star Ranch; witnesses: Rodney Cope, Loren Westbrook, Trent Norris Phil Wilshaw, pitching wedge, 100-yard 17th hole at Balcones; witnesses: Armand Gonsoulin, Alan...
Teacher placed on leave after using toddler to steal prizes from game machine

Teacher placed on leave after using toddler to steal prizes from game machine

The man who police say used a toddler to steal game prizes from a machine at a New Hampshire mall could be facing several charges, including endangerment of a child. Police in Salem, New Hampshire, have identified the suspect as 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence. After numerous tips led police to identify Helinski and an arrest warrant was sought Wednesday, he immediately turned himself in...
Man buried gun outside courthouse before hearing, caught on camera and arrested, police say

Man buried gun outside courthouse before hearing, caught on camera and arrested, police say

A metro Atlanta man knew he wouldn’t get through metal detectors at the Forsyth County courthouse with a loaded gun, authorities said. His solution? Bury the gun outside and return for it later. >> Read more trending news  Deputies watched on court surveillance footage as 23-year-old Sheldon Oliver dug up some gravel outside the courthouse in Cumming and buried a Louis Vuitton bag...
ACL Fest: Weekend one, both Saturdays of the fest are sold out

ACL Fest: Weekend one, both Saturdays of the fest are sold out

All three-day passes and single-day tickets for weekend one (Oct. 5-7) of Austin City Limits Festival are now sold out. An adoring crowd cheers Willie Nelson’s performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman) Friday and Sunday have been sold out for a while, but we’re guessing the slew of ecstatic reviews ...
LeBron James and Black Panther director working on ‘Space Jam 2’

LeBron James and Black Panther director working on ‘Space Jam 2’

LeBron James and Ryan Coogler, the director of blockbuster “Black Panther,” are reportedly collaborating to create a second movie in the “Space Jam” franchise. James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.' animated characters. “The...
El Paso team’s journey symbolizes coaches’ challenge to find opponents

El Paso team’s journey symbolizes coaches’ challenge to find opponents

The football team from El Paso Del Valle was prepared to travel 590 miles last week to play a game in Hutto. Unfortunately, the threat of lightning storms in Central Texas forced the teams to cancel. No sense in spending money for food, gas and hotel rooms for a game that might not be played. For more than 1,300 public high schools in the state, the biggest challenge for football teams is filling...
Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey

Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey

There’s an alligator on the loose in southern New Jersey, and police have come up empty trying to find the elusive reptile, NJ.com reported.  >> Read more trending news  Police in Mullica Township said the alligator, which measures between 3 and 4 feet in length, was first spotted Tuesday. Officers and members of the Division of Fish and Wildlife searched the area...
Not into ACL Fest? Outside the City Limits, at a scenic Hill Country brewery, is your alternative

Not into ACL Fest? Outside the City Limits, at a scenic Hill Country brewery, is your alternative

There’s no doubt Austin City Limits Festival has become an indelible piece of our music-loving city’s identity, but for people who would prefer a more low-key day of tunes away from the hubbub coming to Zilker Park, one Driftwood brewery is offering an alternative. Vista Brewing has teamed up with Sun Radio for Outside the City Limits, an event boasting a lineup of country,...
4 injured, gunman killed in shooting at Wisconsin software company

4 injured, gunman killed in shooting at Wisconsin software company

Police in Middleton, Wisconsin, are investigating a shooting Wednesday morning that injured four people, three seriously, at an office building outside Madison that houses a software company, according to multiple news reports. The shooter, who was has not been identified, was shot and killed by police when they responded to the scene at WTS Paradigm just before 10:30 a.m., a Middleton city official ...
Teen arrested, another sought in killing of Atlanta grandmother, charity worker

Teen arrested, another sought in killing of Atlanta grandmother, charity worker

Police have arrested one teenager and are searching for another in connection with the death of an Atlanta grandmother shot and killed while driving home from her job at a center for homeless mothers. >> Read more trending news  Adarius Jones, 18, was arrested Wednesday and faces murder charges in the Aug. 12 shooting of Beverly Jenkins, Atlanta police said. A second suspect, 18-year-old...
3 young cancer patients sworn in as police officers for day 

3 young cancer patients sworn in as police officers for day 

Three young cancer patients from New York were sworn in as police officers for a day in a surprise ceremony Wednesday, Newsday reported. >> Read more trending news  Jesse Pallas, 11, Sean Hughes, 10, and Zachary Cote, 9, have been undergoing cancer treatments. They met at an event for families dealing with childhood cancer and became friends and shared a desire to become police officers...
Some Maine lobsters getting 'baked' before boiling

Some Maine lobsters getting 'baked' before boiling

Some lobsters in Maine are getting baked before getting boiled.  A restaurant in Downeast, Maine says it's getting lobsters high before killing them -- because it's more humane.  According to the Mount Desert Islander, Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, is trying a humane way of executing lobsters. The lobsters are placed in a box with some water...
Online scammers stole $350,000 from wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Online scammers stole $350,000 from wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Online scammers attacked the personal email account of the wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott on two occasions and robbed her of $350,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  The email account of Ann Scott was hacked in 2012 and 2014 and both incidents were connected to Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the newspaper reported. The investigations included...
Delta raises checked baggage fees

Delta raises checked baggage fees

Delta Air Lines is increasing the fee to check bags, matching moves by some other carriers. Delta now charges $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. That’s up $5 from the previous fees of $25 for a first checked bag and $35 for a second checked bag. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have put in place similar baggage fee increases. By midday, American...
Millions of US teens are vaping marijuana; FDA launches crackdown amid ‘epidemic’

Millions of US teens are vaping marijuana; FDA launches crackdown amid ‘epidemic’

A new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that more than 2 million American teens have used an e-cigarette to vape marijuana >> Read more trending news  The new data, based on a representative sample of middle and high school students questioned in the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey, showed 8.9 percent of the 20,000 students...
Investigative files on Jacob Wetterling abduction, murder to be made public Thursday

Investigative files on Jacob Wetterling abduction, murder to be made public Thursday

The investigative files on an infamous 1989 child abduction and murder in Minnesota are set to be made public Thursday, two years after the case was finally solved. Jacob Wetterling, 11, of St. Joseph, vanished the evening of Oct. 22, 1989, as he rode home on his bike with his younger brother, Trevor, and his best friend. The three boys had gone to a nearby convenience store to rent videos and...
‘Skeeter syndrome’ can cause allergic reaction in children

‘Skeeter syndrome’ can cause allergic reaction in children

Mosquitoes not only are annoying, but they also can make you sick.  >> Read more trending news  “Skeeter syndrome” is not just a clever name. It’s a description for an allergic reaction to proteins in mosquito saliva that can cause problems, particularly for children, Health Magazine reported. That red and itchy swelling that can be painful is sometimes...
What to know about the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in Atlanta

What to know about the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in Atlanta

The DeKalb County health department in metro Atlanta recently announced that a mosquito in the area tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. >> Read more trending news  “It’s a very serious illness if it is to infect a person,” Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though...
High school football game preview: Fredericksburg vs. Wimberley

High school football game preview: Fredericksburg vs. Wimberley

GAME OF THE DAY Fredericksburg (2-1) vs. Wimberley (1-2) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Texan Stadium, Wimberley Quarterback: Fredericksburg senior Brant Bowers has thrown for 277 yards a game with eight TDs and four INTs, and he leads a unit that averages 31.7 points and more than 400 yards a game. … First-year starter Cooper McCollum has thrown for 640 yards and six TDs for Wimberley and has 119 yards...

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Foster should be kicked off for his behavior I watched the game on television between USC and UT and found the behavior of B.J. Foster and fellow football players disgusting. As he was being escorted off the field, his fellow teammates were giving him praise for his illegal behavior. I think the whole incident (was) ugly and even Foster’s behavior while the USC player was laying on the ground...
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