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SOUTHEAST AUSTIN

EMS: Man killed after hit by vehicle near airport

A man described as in his 30s was killed after being hit by a vehicle late Tuesday just north of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics responded to the westbound lanes in the 1800 block of Texas 71 East around 10:30 p.m. after reports of a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, they said.

The 1800 block of Texas 71 is between the U.S. 183 interchange and Thornberry Road north of the airport.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman

LEANDER

Officials: DPS IDs trooper who shot man in car chase

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the trooper who shot a 21-year-old Leander man over the weekend during a car chase.

Trooper Austin Johnston, who has been with the department for two years, was placed on administrative leave after he shot Dustin Lee Dougherty, a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck, DPS officials said. The incident remains under investigation by the Texas Rangers, they said.

Around 10:16 p.m. Saturday, Johnston was pursuing Dougherty, who authorities say was driving a stolen 2015 Chevrolet pickup, in the 100 block of Fawnridge Drive in North Austin.

During the chase, Dougherty rammed the stolen truck into Johnston’s patrol vehicle, officials said. At that point, Johnston shot and hit Dougherty, officials said.

Dougherty has since been released from the hospital and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, evading arrest and assault on a public servant.

Johnston was not injured during the incident.

— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman

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LIBERTY HILL

2 people accused of animal cruelty in dead cattle case

Two people have been arrested in connection to an animal cruelty case in Liberty Hill, where the bones of nine cattle were found and 82 surviving cattle were removed in August.

Howard and Carla Coursey were arrested Tuesday. Both were charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is a misdemeanor, according to a tweet from Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody.

Thirty-five cows, one bull and 46 calves that were “emaciated or on the verge of emaciation” were seized from the property in the 19000 block of Texas 29 West in Liberty Hill on Aug. 1, according to a sheriff’s release. The property extends into Burnet County, according to the release.

When the sheriff’s office livestock unit received a complaint July 18 about the neglect of the cattle, deputies went to the property and observed a “boneyard” where the remains of the nine cattle were, according to the release.

Carla and Howard Coursey were both being held in the Williamson County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $10,000 for each of them.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



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