BLOTTER: 21 residents displaced after Northwest Austin apartment fire


21 residents displaced after apartment fire

Twenty-one people were displaced from their homes Sunday afternoon after an apartment complex fire destroyed a building in Northwest Austin.

The fire, at the Polo Club Apartments at 8519 Cahill Dr., was reported to be under control around 5:05 p.m., about an hour after firefighters first arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported.

The Austin Fire Department estimated the fire caused $300,000 worth of structural damage and destroyed $75,000 worth of personal contents.

All told, two apartment units were destroyed, two were damaged by water and heavy smoke, and four were damaged by light smoke, the department said.

An investigation found “improperly discarded smoking material” on a balcony to be the source of the flames.

The fire caused no injuries. Apartment management and the American Red Cross of Central Texas are assisting displaced residents.

— Brandon Mulder, American-Statesman


Driver killed after crashing into traffic light pole

A 28-year-old woman was killed early Monday when the pickup she was driving slammed into the metal pole of a traffic light in New Braunfels, police said.

The driver, Liliana Fraire of Guadalupe County, crashed in the intersection of FM 725 and South Bank Boulevard shortly before 2:20 a.m., authorities said in a statement.

Fraire had been driving south on FM 725 in a 2006 Ford F-150 truck when she approached South Bank Boulevard, police said.

A witness told police the traffic light changed to red and Fraire tried to stop, but she lost control of the pickup and struck the metal pole of the traffic light on the driver’s side door.

Fraire, the truck’s sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The incident remained under investigation by New Braunfels police.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman

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EMS: 3 men hospitalized after crash

Three people were taken to the hospital, including one who was critically injured, after a crash early Monday, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics responded at 12:57 a.m. to the 2400 block of U.S. 183 South, near Metropolis Drive and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where a crash involved at least two vehicles.

Two men were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, medics said. One of them, described as in his 50s, suffered serious, possibly life-threatening injuries; the other one, described as in his 40s, had minor injuries.

A third man, described as in his 50s, was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with injuries not expected to be life-threatening, medics said.

— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman


Woman, child in rollover crash on Manchaca Road

Austin firefighters responded Monday to a rollover crash in the 3600 block of Manchaca Road in South Austin.

Emergency crews arrived around 2 p.m. after a Honda van rolled over with a woman and a young child inside.

Several witnesses stopped and helped pull the woman and child from the vehicle before firefighters arrived.

Medical personnel treated the pair at the scene.

Stephen Jarmon, 20, said he was in his apartment across the street when he heard the crash.

“I thought, ‘That can’t be good,’” he said.

Jarmon walked over with several others to find a woman standing inside the overturned car with the young girl screaming and crying inside.

Jarmon, an Eagle Scout who has had experience with people injuring their limbs, said he wanted to make sure no one was bleeding badly.

The woman appeared to have an ankle injury, he said, but otherwise the two just seemed shaken up.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Officials ID man who died after going underwater

The Travis County sheriff’s office on Monday identified a man who died on Lake Travis on Saturday night.

Juan Maldonado, 46, of Cedar Park, was pronounced dead after witnesses pulled him out of the water and into their boat, investigators said.

The Travis County sheriff’s lake patrol responded at 8 p.m. Saturday to the call.

Witnesses said Maldonado became distressed in the water, and they saw him go under, investigators said. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Lake Patrol deputies moved Maldonado onto their boat and performed CPR while they took him to Mansfield Dam Park, investigators said. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, and Maldonado was pronounced dead at 8:39 p.m.

Maldonado is the fourth person to die on Lake Travis this year, sheriff’s officials said. Two additional missing swimmers have not been found.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


North MoPac crash leaves one hospitalized

A man in his 20s was taken to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries on Sunday after a crash along the northbound lanes of North MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1), Austin-Travis County EMS officials reported.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the 5100 block of North MoPac near the U.S. 183 interchange at 5:07 p.m.

The man was taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center.

— Brandon Mulder, American-Statesman


One person shot, injured at gun range

One person was in critical condition Sunday after suffering a gunshot wound at Red’s Indoor Range North in Pflugerville, police said.

Officers responded to the call at 1 p.m. Sunday to assist emergency responders, Pflugerville police officials said.

The incident is not being investigated as suspicious, police said. No additional information has been released.

— Brandon Mulder, American-Statesman

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