Sheriff: Dripping Springs student charged after classmates overdose


DRIPPING SPRINGS

Sheriff: Student charged after classmates overdose

Hays County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Dripping Springs High School student on drug charges after three of her fellow students overdosed on LSD in the past week.

Alyssa Qualls, 18, has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance to a child, a second-degree felony, and the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities responded to three separate drug overdose calls over the past week involving Dripping Springs High school students, and found that they had ingested the hallucinogenic drug.

Second-degree felonies are punishable by two to 20 years in prison. State jail felonies are punishable by 180 days to two years in jail.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

LIBERTY HILL

Man killed in rollover wreck ID’d

A man killed Tuesday in a rollover wreck on U.S. 183 in Williamson County has been identified as 65-year-old James Kanzenbach of Leander, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Kanzenbach was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer south in the inside lane on U.S. 183 when he swerved to the right to avoid a vehicle that had slowed down to turn left, the report said. He then swerved back into the inside lane, crossed the highway, rolled over and struck a tree, according to the report. The accident happened at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday about one mile north of Florence, the report said.

The Williamson County sheriff reported Tuesday the wreck happened near the intersection with County Road 236, which is north of Liberty Hill.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

LIBERTY HILL

Sheriff: Body found inside vehicle

A dead body was found Wednesday inside a vehicle in the 1600 block of U.S. 183 in Liberty Hill, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said in a tweet about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office is investigating.

A southbound lane of U.S. 183 was closed while authorities investigated the incident, the sheriff said. No other information was available Wednesday.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

SOUTH AUSTIN

Police: Man stabbed, seriously injured

Austin police are investigating a stabbing that occurred early Wednesday in South Austin and left one man seriously injured.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded at 12:55 a.m. to the stabbing in the 9600 block of South Interstate 35 along the service road near Slaughter Lane.

Medics said they took a man, who they described as in his 30s, to St. David’s South Austin Hospital with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police had not made any arrests in connection to the case as of Wednesday afternoon.

About 20 minutes after the report of the stabbing, a pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing Interstate 35 only a few blocks away, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

The crash was reported at about 1:15 a.m. in the 9100 block of South Interstate 35 South, EMS said.

A man described as in his 30s was struck and killed, and the driver stayed on scene, officials said.

Police on Wednesday would not say if the two incidents are connected and said they are still searching for a suspect in the stabbing.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

SOUTH AUSTIN

Police ID teenager killed in crash at bus stop

A driver who was killed Monday after slamming into a bus stop on South Congress Avenue has been identified as 18-year-old Juan Carlo Orduna Luna, according to Austin police.

Luna was heading north in the 6600 block of South Congress in an Infiniti G37 around 1 a.m. when he slammed into a bus stop near the intersection of South Congress Avenue and William Cannon Drive.

Police said they believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Luna died at the scene, authorities said, and a passenger was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with serious injuries.

Police are still investigating the crash, and ask anyone with information to call detectives at 512-974-8544.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

ROUND ROCK

Police: Man shot during drug deal that began on Snapchat

Two people have been charged after a man was shot in the arm Wednesday during a drug deal in Round Rock that started on Snapchat, according to an arrest affidavit.

Anthony Pantoja, 18, of Round Rock and Jadira Jaimes-Rojo, 19, of Round Rock, were both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The victim was shot in the right elbow and the bullet went through his bicep and struck his chest but did not penetrate it, the affidavit said.

It said the incident started after the victim met Jaimes-Rojo on Snapchat and agreed to meet her at the Foxfire Apartments in the 2100 block of Willowbend Drive to sell her some marijuana.

The victim asked a friend to drive him to the apartments and when they arrived, Jaimes-Rojo got into the backseat of their car, the affidavit said. The victim showed her the marijuana and told her it was going to cost $200 but she didn’t have any money, according to the affidavit.

The victim then rolled down a passenger side window to say hello to two men, including Pantoja, who had just approached the car, police said. When the victim asked Pantoja if he needed to buy some marijuana, Pantoja pointed a gun in his face and demanded the victim’s marijuana and his money, the affidavit said. Jaimes-Rojo got out of the car when Pantoja made his demands, the affidavit said.

The victim’s friend put the car into reverse but as he was driving away with the victim he heard one of the two men who had approached the car yell “bust that ass,” and then he heard a gunshot, police said.

Both Pantoja and Jaimes-Rojo were being held in the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $60,000 for each.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

CEDAR PARK

Police: Man rammed into vehicles after argument

A man has been accused of ramming his Chevrolet Suburban three times into two vehicles in Cedar Park on Sunday during an argument over another man’s girlfriend, an arrest affidavit said.

Ryan Madden, 33, of Leander, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The argument started when one of the victims came home to find his girlfriend with Madden inside of an RV parked next to the victim’s house in the 200 block of S. Mustang Avenue, the affidavit said.

It said the victim told Madden to leave. At some point the victim drove away from his house in a Chevrolet pickup when he noticed Madden approaching again in a Chevrolet Suburban in the 300 block of S. Mustang Avenue, the affidavit said.

The victim, who was driving south on Mustang Avenue, then stopped in the road to confront Madden and ask him to leave, the affidavit said. Madden stopped his vehicle in front of the victim’s pickup so the victim could not pass him and then backed up twice and rammed into the victim’s pickup twice with the victim inside of it, police said.

When the victim got out of his pickup to get away, Madden placed his vehicle in drive and almost struck the victim while he was trying to escape, according to the affidavit. The victim’s brother then followed Madden to try to get his license plate number but Madden also rammed into that vehicle, the affidavit said. Madden then ran away before police arrived, the affidavit said.

It does not say how or where Madden was apprehended.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



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