Man arrested in Hays County for Class C misdemeanors handed over ICE


Man arrested for Class C misdemeanors handed over ICE

The Hays County sheriff’s office on Wednesday handed an unauthorized immigrant wanted on Class C misdemeanor charges over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The arrest happened around 4:52 a.m. when a Kyle police officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Victor Alejandro Avendano-Ramirez, 46.

The officer found that Avendano-Ramirez had two warrants out for his arrest from 2014 and 2015. The first was for driving without a license and the second was for violating a promise to appear. Both are Class C misdemeanors.

Authorities said ICE agents took Avendano-Ramirez to Austin for processing and possible deportation.

Members of Avendano-Ramirez’s family and supporters gathered at the Hays County sheriff’s office on Wednesday night to call on leaders to free him. They said that if he gets deported, he will be separated from his wife, three children and a grandson for whom he provides.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Man shot dead in Manor area

Officials have identified the homicide victim who was found dead in the Manor area Wednesday night.

After deputies responded to 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the 12700 block of William Harrison Street, 39-year-old Pedro Gomez was found dead inside a vehicle parked in Gomez’s driveway, Travis County sheriff’s officials said. The calls came in about 8:40 p.m.

Gomez had multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene, officials said.

Police have not arrested anyone in the case. People with information about the incident is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their anonymous tip leads to the shooter’s arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 to share information.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Officer in Breaion King case appeals firing

Two Austin police officers who were fired last week for excessive force and dishonesty are looking to get their jobs back.

Former officers Bryan Richter and Steven McCurley have formally filed appeals with the city, beginning what likely will become a months-long process.

During an arrest of a man at Barton Creek Square Mall in July that was caught on an Austin police helicopter camera,

Richter is accused of putting his foot on a man’s head during a July arrest at Barton Creek Square Mall that was caught on an Austin police helicopter camera.

Investigators said Officer Richter was not forthcoming about his actions.

This is Richter’s second major use of force encounter in the past few years. The other case involved Austin teacher Breaion King, an incident for which Richter received a reprimand.

During the next few weeks, the city and police union will agree on an independent arbitrator to hear Richter’s case.

A hearing will then be set, likely for sometime in the next six months. Once that hearing has finished, the arbitrator will make a ruling.

— American-Statesman staff


School district investigating lewd Snapchat account

Bastrop school district police are investigating reports by students and parents that nude and graphic images of female students are being circulated on Snapchat.

District spokeswoman Kristi Lee said Thursday that administrators had received a report Wednesday afternoon and said district police began investigating Thursday morning on both the Cedar Creek and Bastrop high school campuses. She declined to give further details about the case.

A student, who spoke to the Bastrop Advertiser but asked not to be named for fear of harassment, said she was added to the Snapchat account called “CCHS_exposed” Wednesday and was shocked to see lewd photos of her fellow students.

“It made me physically ill,” she said.

It is not clear how the person responsible for the account obtained the photos but the poster encouraged those viewing the posts to send more pictures.

Snapchat is a photo and video sharing social media platform for smartphones where users can post “stories” that can be set to disappear after a set amount of time. However, viewers can save photos with screenshots indefinitely.

The student said she reported the account to district officials Thursday morning, who were already interviewing Cedar Creek High victims. Later, she said a second account called “BHS_exposed” had been created about Bastrop High School students.

Students staged a campus protest Thursday, sitting in silence with their mouths duct-taped and holding signs that read “Just another victim” and “If you watch this and walk away you’re a bystander.”

After the sit-in, administrators sat down with the students and agreed to come up with a solution together to spread awareness.

“Bastrop ISD stands firm in not tolerating bullying or cyberbullying on our campuses,” the district said in a statement. “We appreciate the quick response of students in reporting the incident and in assisting the administration in the investigation, and we will take swift and appropriate action against anyone involved.

Both accounts mentioned by the student were visible on a search of Snapchat users Thursday. The “CCHS_exposed” account appeared to be private or was disabled.

The Bastrop County sheriff’s office and the Bastrop Police Department said they were not investigating either case.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

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