2 men seriously injured after stabbing in South Austin, EMS says


EMS: 2 critically injured after stabbing

Two men were seriously injured Friday after a stabbing in South Austin, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

Medics responded to the 4400 block of Pack Saddle Pass shortly after 12:30 p.m., officials said.

EMS said one man was critically injured and the other man’s wounds were described as serious. Both victims were taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

Other details about the incident were not available Friday.

— Johnathan Silver, American-Statesman


Woman charged with intoxication manslaughter after deadly crash

A 21-year-old woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after a crash that left a pedestrian dead in Central Austin on Friday morning, according to Austin police.

Olivia Madelene Gruwell was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday morning, about three hours after she struck a man walking in the 3400 block of Red River Street and drove away, police said.

Officer Destiny Winston, an Austin police spokeswoman, said officers responded to the crash around 3:07 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from an area resident who heard the crash.

Winston said the caller found debris in the area, and followed it to find a man lying unresponsive in the roadway.

Officers and emergency medical personnel tried to save the man’s life but he died from his injuries, Winston said.

Winston said evidence at the scene led officers to the vehicle they believed was involved in the crash, which they found around East 37th Street.

Officers tracked down the suspected driver, who they identified as Gruwell, and placed her under arrest after smelling alcohol when they spoke with her, Winston said.

Authorities did not name the victim Friday afternoon.

— American-Statesman Staff


Man dies in travel trailer fire

A man in his 50s died Friday afternoon in a fire at a small travel trailer in Manchaca, Austin fire and EMS officials said.

Austin fire and emergency crews responded to the fire at Hickory Ridge Road about 12:45 p.m., officials said.

A bystander pulled the victim out of the trailer. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The Travis County Fire Marshal is investigating the fire, officials said.

— Johnathan Silver, American-Statesman


Police: Driver hits, kills pedestrian

A driver hit and killed a pedestrian on RM 620, just west of I-35, Thursday night, Round Rock police officials said.

Officers responded around 7:30 p.m. to RM 620 and Briarwood Street, said Round Rock police spokesman Nick Olivier. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver stopped and stayed at the scene, Olivier said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Man sentenced in scheme to distribute K2

A judge sentenced a 33-year-old man to more than 12 years in federal prison Thursday for his role in a synthetic drugs production and distribution scheme that brought the narcotics into Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, federal officials said.

Ashak Victor Nasief Wesa pleaded guilty on Oct. 31 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess drugs with intent to distribute, said officials with the Department of Justice.

The Jaffer Drug Trafficking Organization, the San Antonio-based drug ring that Wesa was part of, distributed over 40,000 pounds of K2 to cities in Texas as well as cities in Missouri and Oklahoma, officials said.

Officials said Wesa, an Egyptian citizen, had been living in Houston and was part of the organization from March to June 2013. He was extradited from Germany to Texas the summer before he admitted to this crime.

Wesa is the last of 16 defendants to be convicted and sentenced in connection with this crime. In April, ringleader Muhammed Jaffer Ali was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison, federal officials said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Subway robbery suspect arrested, records show

A woman who Austin police have accused of robbing a Subway fast food restaurant in the University of Texas area has been arrested, jail records show.

Dietra Lashell Lee, 42, was booked into the Travis County Jail on a robbery charge around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, records show.

The robbery happened around 8:40 p.m. Friday at the Subway on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at San Antonio Street, Austin police have said. A woman arrived, bought two cookies, then gave the Subway employee a note that read “I have a gun. Give me the cash in the drawer. I’ll shoot.” She showed the employee a bulge in the waistband of her pants.

Officers stopped Lee less than six minutes after the robbery and brought her back to the Subway, where the Subway employee did not identify her as the robber, Lee’s arrest affidavit says. However, detectives later reviewed surveillance footage that led them to conclude that Lee was the robber, the affidavit says.

Lee’s affidavit does not name her as a suspect in two previous robberies for different Subways in the area, incidents that both occurred on Jan. 19.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

UPDATED: Police detain person after stabbing in East Austin leaves 2 injured, officials say
UPDATED: Police detain person after stabbing in East Austin leaves 2 injured, officials say

10:15 p.m. update: One man was seriously wounded and another had minor injuries after a stabbing in East Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said Monday night. A man in his 30s with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries was taken to a local hospital, medics said. A man in his 70s was also injured but refused being taken to the hospital...
SAN MARCOS: Stage 1 drought restrictions go into effect this weekend
SAN MARCOS: Stage 1 drought restrictions go into effect this weekend

The city of San Marcos will go into Stage 1 water-use restrictions this Sunday, officials said.  The Edwards Aquifer Authority called for drought restrictions Monday following a sustained drop in the aquifer’s levels, officials said. Stage 1 restrictions are implemented when the aquifer’s 10-day average well levels drop below 660 feet...
Abbott to launch 3 days of private gun discussions
Abbott to launch 3 days of private gun discussions

Inviting advocates on opposing sides of the gun debate, Gov. Greg Abbott will kick off three days of roundtable discussions on school safety with a Tuesday event featuring districts that arm teachers or have partnerships with local police. The hastily organized Capitol meetings, however, will be closed to the public and open to the media only at the...
Witnesses contradict what Crispin Harmel told police in 2009 slaying
Witnesses contradict what Crispin Harmel told police in 2009 slaying

Prosecutors wrapped up their capital murder case against Crispin Harmel on Monday by presenting three witnesses who contradicted what Harmel told police during the investigation of the 2009 strangulation death of Jessika Kalaher. Harmel told police then that he could not give them the shirt he had worn when he was with Kalaher because it was at a friend&rsquo...
Pond keeps unwanted pet fish out of San Marcos River
Pond keeps unwanted pet fish out of San Marcos River

Conservationists are hoping that a small pond in San Marcos will help protect endangered species in the San Marcos River. The pond, about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, was built about a year and a half ago by the San Marcos Discovery Center for people who want to drop off unwanted pet fish. Otherwise such non-native fish, if dumped into the river or...
More Stories