BLOTTER: Woman dies in crash near I-35 in North Austin


Woman dies in crash near I-35

A woman died Wednesday night in a crash involving several vehicles on Koenig Lane near Interstate 35, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

The woman is estimated to have been in her 30s, EMS officials said. Two other adults involved in the crash were hospitalized with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.

The crash happened around 8:50 p.m. The I-35 southbound service road was closed at Koenig Lane while emergency crews respond to the crash.

All vehicles involved in the crash stayed at the scene, Austin police said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Police looking for woman last seen after having car trouble

Austin police are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who was last seen Monday walking along North Capital of Texas Highway.

Angela Morris, 47, reportedly had car trouble on Monday and was seen walking along the highway around 2 p.m., officials said.

Authorities have opened a missing person investigation and are asking anyone with information to call Austin police at 512-974-8146.

Morris is described as 5-feet-5-inches tall, weighs about 190 pounds and has shoulder-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing peach-colored jeans, a peach-colored tank top and white shoes, police said.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Police: Students made school shooting threats

Three Taylor High School students were arrested Wednesday after they discussed plans to commit a school shooting, according to a police news release.

Taylor High School seniors Devant Davis-Brooks, Kadin Watson and Emmanuel Pina Tejas, all 17 years old, were charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a Class B misdemeanor, police said.

During a class on Wednesday, several students overheard the three of them making detailed plans to coordinate a shooting at the school involving explosives and firearms, the release said.

A Taylor police detective and the school resource officer were on campus at the time and arrested the three students, the news release said.

None of the students had any weapons when arrested, police said. They were all taken to the Williamson County Jail.

“I am impressed that this incident was reported by responsible Taylor High School students and taken seriously by the Taylor High School administrators,” said Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck. “It is important that the student suspects are being held criminally accountable for their threats and their violent plan.”

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

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Driver killed in Tuesday crash ID’d

Austin police have identified a man who died in a crash in Southeast Austin on Tuesday as 33-year-old Jarrod Wayne Sowers.

Police said Sowers was headed south in the 500 block of South Pleasant Valley Road in a 2012 Hyundai around 6:35 a.m. when he crossed the center yellow line and rolled into oncoming traffic.

A Toyota headed north slammed head-on into Sowers’ vehicle, and a third vehicle crashed into the back of the Toyota, police said.

Sowers was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The other two drivers were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Authorities are still investigating the crash, and ask anyone with information to contact vehicular homicide detectives at 512-974-8544.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Police ID man who they say was killed in hit-and-run

Austin police identified the pedestrian Tuesday who they say was killed in a hit-and-run earlier this week on West Parmer Lane.

Scott Gerald Whiting, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday morning after he was struck by a vehicle, police said. The driver drove away after hitting Whiting, police said.

Police responded at 6:30 a.m. to the 5700 block of West Parmer Lane. Police said they’re unsure whether Whiting was walking in the bike lane or the grassy shoulder.

A reward of up to $1,000 is available to the first person to leave a tip that leads to the driver’s arrest. Leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or through the “P3 Tips” smartphone app.

Whiting is the 34th person to die in Austin this year in a traffic-related incident, Austin police said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Salon worker accused of photographing up woman’s skirt

A New Braunfels nail salon employee has been arrested after police say he was caught taking video of a customer Wednesday evening.

Aiden Nguyen, 33, has been charged with one count of invasive visual recording, a state jail felony.

Police said they were called to Ellie’s Nail & Spa salon in the 1600 block of State Highway 46 West at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after a customer said she saw an employee taking photos and videos of another customer.

Authorities investigated and determined that Nguyen had used his phone’s camera to video record up the skirt of a female customer, police said.

Nguyen on Thursday was being held at the Comal County Jail, records show. His bail has not been set.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Sheriff: Groping suspect arrested

Authorities have arrested a suspect who they say groped a woman in Georgetown early Tuesday, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said on Twitter.

Chody said deputies responded to the incident in the 1000 block of Parkside Parkway at 7:45 a.m. A woman said she had been walking when a man groped her.

Chody did not immediately share details about the man’s identity or his arrest.

— American-Statesman Staff

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