Teacher charged with having relationship with student
A San Marcos teacher and coach is accused of having an improper relationship with a student, according to his arrest affidavit.
Rodney Guerrero, 39, was arrested Saturday and charged with improper relationship between educator/student. He describes himself as “the boys athletic coordinator at Goodnight Middle School” on the school’s website.
The student first met Guerrero several years ago at Goodnight Middle School, but the inappropriate relationship began in April 2017, the affidavit says.
In the affidavit, investigators reference a phone conversation the victim recorded in which she said “she did not think they should do this anymore.”
The affidavit does not disclose the victim’s age.
Records show that Guerrero posted bail and was released from the Hays County Jail on Saturday.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman
EMS: Teen injured, hospitalized after shooting
A teenage boy was shot and critically injured in Northeast Austin late Monday, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.
Medics were called out to the intersection of Barnes Trail and St. Merryn Road, near Harris Branch Parkway and U.S. 290, around 11:24 p.m. Monday.
The boy, who is in his mid to late teens, was in a parking lot when someone approached him and shot at him multiple times, Austin police Lt. Robbie Volk said.
The boy left the parking lot and ended up in a residential neighborhood near Barnes Trail and St. Merryn Road, where he was able to call the police, Volk said.
Police did not know whether the boy left the parking lot on foot or in his vehicle, Volk said.
— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman
EMS: 2 children, 3 adults injured after crash
Two children and three adults were injured Monday night after a two-car crash on Anderson Mill Road, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.
The two-vehicle collision happened around 9:10 p.m. in the 10400 block of Anderson Mill Road, about a mile west of U.S. 183, EMS officials said.
Nine people total were involved in the crash, but not all of them were injured, EMS officials said.
A man estimated to be in his 20s had potentially serious injuries and was taken to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, officials said.
A boy and a girl were also taken to North Austin Medical Center, while a woman was hospitalized in North Austin Medical Center and another one was transported to Seton Northwest Hospital, officials said.
None of the people hospitalized appeared to have life-threatening injuries, officials said.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman
Police: Pedestrian killed after truck hit him
Austin police have identified a man who died after they say a truck hit him in South Austin last month.
According to a preliminary investigation, Tennie Ross, 63, was standing in the southbound lane of traffic in the 11600 block of Manchaca Rd. when he was struck by a 2005 Chevrolet pickup, police said.
Ross died at the scene. Police did not say whether the truck’s driver is facing any charges related to the crash.
Ross was the 15th pedestrian killed in traffic this year, and his death is the 39th overall traffic fatality of 2018. Thirty-four people had died in traffic incidents at this time last year.
The case is still under investigation and police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call their vehicular homicide unit at 512-974-3761 or submit a tip through Austin police’s app available on iPhone and Android.
— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman
Pedestrian killed on I-35 ID’d
Austin police have identified a pedestrian who died after being hit by a truck on Interstate 35 on July 27 as 23-year-old David O’Beirne.
Police said O’Beirne was walking across the 500 block of the highway around 5:29 a.m. when a green truck headed south in an outside lane slammed into him.
O’Beirne died at the scene, police said. He was the 38th person to die in a traffic-related incident in 2018.
Police are still investigating the crash, and ask anyone with additional information to call detectives at 512-974-3761.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Sheriff: Man accused of indecency with child
The Williamson County sheriff’s office arrested a man after a teenager saw him masturbating in his car outside a restaurant in Jarrell, according to a tweet from Sheriff Robert Chody.
Philip Raymond Ortegon of Jarrell was charged with indecency with a child, Chody said. A 13-year-old girl sitting in a car with her mother at a McDonald’s restaurant in Jarrell saw Ortegon masturbating in the car parked next to them Aug. 4, Chody said.
No other information was available Tuesday.
— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman
Police: Man hit another with car in fight over woman
A 26-year-old man is facing criminal charges after police say he plowed into a man with his vehicle in a dispute over a woman in May.
Austin police have issued an arrest warrant for John Anthony Ramirez for aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He was not in custody Tuesday, officials said.
Police said they were called to the 8600 block of Capitol View Drive at 5:37 a.m. on May 12 after a caller reported he had been hit by a car.
According to an arrest affidavit, the caller told police he had gotten several angry text messages from Ramirez that morning threatening to fight him because he planned to take Ramirez’s ex-girlfriend out on a date.
The man said he gave Ramirez his address but told him he couldn’t fight because he had a broken hand, the document says.
Ramirez showed up anyway and started punching him, the affidavit says.
One of the man’s friends pulled out a knife, trying to intervene in the fight, and Ramirez got in his car to leave, the document says.
The man said he was walking away when he heard Ramirez rev his engine, the affidavit says. Ramirez then hit him in the back with his vehicle, knocking him into the street and then driving over his left leg and ankle, the affidavit says.
The man was hospitalized and suffered a broken leg in the incident, court documents says.
— Mary Huber, American-Statesman
Authorities arrest man suspected of vandalizing school
Hays County deputies have arrested a man who they say broke into an elementary school in Buda and vandalized it last week, officials said Monday.
Authorities say a man forced his way into Carpenter Hill Elementary School at the 4400 block of FM 967 on early Friday.
The man caused extensive damage to the school estimated to be between $150,000 and $300,000, authorities said. He destroyed windows, computers, a copy machine and other property, Hays school district officials said. He also discharged a fire extinguisher and damaged an antique carrousel horse that decorated the library, they said. No classrooms were affected.
Deputies used surveillance footage from the school to identify the suspect as 25-year-old James Michael Kerr, officials said. He has been charged with burglary of a building, a second-degree felony punishable with up to 20 years in prison. Kerr’s bond has not been set.
Authorities have not yet determined a motive.
— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera
I-35 frontage road closed after 18-wheeler fire
The south Interstate 35 frontage road at Walnut Avenue in New Braunfels was shut down on Tuesday morning after a fire broke out inside an 18-wheeler trailer, New Braunfels police said.
The road was closed most of the morning, police said.
The fire is thought to have been caused by overheated brakes, police said.
No one was injured in the fire.
— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman