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3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson back in the U.S. after Taiwan arrest

3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson back in the U.S. after Taiwan arrest

Cody Wilson, the Austin man who created designs for an untraceable 3D-printed gun and has fought the federal government in court for years to publish the instructions online, was brought back to the U.S. and was expected to return to Austin on Sunday evening after being arrested in Taiwan on sexual assault charges. Wilson, 30, was booked into the Harris County Jail in Houston, where he has been turned...
Texas Digest: School superintendent resigns over racial Facebook post

Texas Digest: School superintendent resigns over racial Facebook post

EAST TEXAS School boss resigns over racial comment A white school superintendent who posted online, “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, has resigned. In a letter Saturday to the Onalaska school board, Lynn Redden said his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page was “wrong...
BLOTTER: Shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in North Austin, police say

BLOTTER: Shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in North Austin, police say

NORTH AUSTIN Police: Shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured One man is dead and two others were injured after a shooting in North Austin early Sunday, Austin police said. Officers responded around 5:30 a.m. to a shooting in the 1900 block of Rutland Drive, officials said. One man, who police believe to be in his 20s, was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical life-threatening injuries, where...
Man arrested for threatening Hooters manager with knife, police say

Man arrested for threatening Hooters manager with knife, police say

Austin police say a man was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after he pulled a knife on a manager at the Hooters restaurant on the 400 block of West Riverside Drive. The man, identified by police as Kristopher Black, walked into the restaurant around 4:15 p.m. Saturday and reportedly asked the hostess an inappropriate question. A manager asked Black to leave after the hostess reported the incident...
How can you keep kids safe online, in social media?

How can you keep kids safe online, in social media?

Parents probably were horrified at the news of Cody Wilson, designer of a 3D-printed gun, being accused of sexual assault after meeting a 16-year-old girl online and being arrested in Taiwan. What can parents do to make sure their children don’t become targets on social media or websites? In the Raising Austin column, we’ve featured many experts in parenting or internet safety. Here are...
Jury gives life sentence to man suspected of numerous attacks on women

Jury gives life sentence to man suspected of numerous attacks on women

A man accused in a series of attacks against women in North Austin was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, 27, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault this week in connection to an attack on a 56-year-old woman along an isolated dirt path in April 2016. DNA evidence linked Coria-Gonzalez to the crime. After the sentence was read, the victim in the case took the witness...
3D-printed gun creator Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan

3D-printed gun creator Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan

Two days after authorities filed sexual assault charges against Cody Wilson, the Austin man at the center of the national debate over 3D-printed guns, Taiwanese law enforcement officials took him into custody in that country’s capital with plans to return him to the United States. Wilson was arrested in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwanese media reported. According to Taiwan News, Wilson...
BLOTTER: Police investigating if man died before Cap Metro bus crash

BLOTTER: Police investigating if man died before Cap Metro bus crash

NORTHEAST AUSTIN Police investigating if man was dead before bus crash Whether a man was dead before he was hit by a Capital Metro bus late Thursday remains under investigation by Austin police, Capital Metro spokeswoman Mariette Hummel said. The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. at the 1000 block of E. St. Johns Ave., near the intersection with Carver Avenue, Austin-Travis County EMS officials...
Police charge man in series of North Austin robberies, searching for other suspects

Police charge man in series of North Austin robberies, searching for other suspects

Austin police have arrested a man and are looking for other suspects who they say are tied to a series of armed robberies in North Austin that started last month. Lee Bell, 25, has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable with five to 99 years in prison. He was not in the Travis County Jail on Friday, records show. Police say Bell is one of...
Former AISD bus driver gets 30 years for groping kindergarten student

Former AISD bus driver gets 30 years for groping kindergarten student

4 p.m. update: Former Austin Independent School District driver Leon Young, 64, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact. The girl, who was 6 at the time of the incident, testified that she was groped by Young after boarding his bus at Walnut Creek Elementary in April 2015, two months after a school nurse...
3D-printed gun designer Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan, U.S. marshals confirm

3D-printed gun designer Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan, U.S. marshals confirm

11:25 a.m. update: The U.S. Marshals Service has confirmed on Friday that Cody Wilson, the Austin designer of 3D-printed guns who is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, was arrested in Taiwan. “We are fully engaged with our international partners on this matter,” officials said.  Earlier: Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind 3D-printed guns who has been...
2 injured in early Thursday stabbing in Southeast Austin, one person in custody, police say

2 injured in early Thursday stabbing in Southeast Austin, one person in custody, police say

Austin police say one person is in custody following a stabbing that left two injured early Thursday in Southeast Austin. Police said they were called at 3:36 a.m. to the 2200 block of South Pleasant Valley Road for a reported aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Two people were found stabbed, authorities said. It was not immediately clear the extent of their injuries. Police said one person...
Suspect in series of sexual assaults convicted in North Austin attack

Suspect in series of sexual assaults convicted in North Austin attack

A Travis County jury on Thursday found a man guilty of sexually assaulting a 56-year-old woman in North Austin two years ago. Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, 27, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault after a forensic analyst linked him to the attack through DNA evidence found on the victim. The eight women and four men on the jury deliberated for four hours before returning with their verdict Thursday...
Bakari Henderson’s accused assailants to go on trial in Greece

Bakari Henderson’s accused assailants to go on trial in Greece

Nine men accused of fatally beating an Austin native while vacationing in Greece are expected to stand trial in that country starting Friday — a proceeding his family hopes will result in life sentences for the assailants. The parents of Bakari Henderson have traveled to the Greek city of Patras for the trial and say they are eager for justice. “We have been waiting 14 months, and so we...
Man shot pregnant woman in the face at North Austin hotel, affidavit says

Man shot pregnant woman in the face at North Austin hotel, affidavit says

Austin police have arrested a man accused of shooting a pregnant woman in the face at a North Austin hotel earlier this month, court documents say. Jeremy Petty, 41, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held at the Travis County Jail on $100,000 bail, records show. Police say Petty shot a woman who is five months pregnant at the Austin Suites Hotel on Interstate...
BLOTTER: U.S. Marshals seeking help in finding 3D-printed gun creator

BLOTTER: U.S. Marshals seeking help in finding 3D-printed gun creator

AUSTIN Marshals seeking help in finding 3D-printed gun creator A day after Austin police filed an arrest warrant for Cody Wilson, the man at the center of the nationwide 3D-printed gun controversy, the U.S. Marshals Service turned to the public for help in locating him. Wilson, 30, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl he met on SugarDaddyMeet.com in August, and paying her $500...
Final recommendations for Austin police oversight expected in October

Final recommendations for Austin police oversight expected in October

Austin police, city and community leaders are closer to creating a plan for civilian oversight of Austin police that is independent of the police union’s pending contract with the city. Austin’s Police Monitor Farah Muscadin, who spent several months researching oversight bodies at police departments across the country and consulting with a local advisory group, on Wednesday night presented...
No verdict Thursday in Austin school bus driver’s sex assault trial

No verdict Thursday in Austin school bus driver’s sex assault trial

A Travis County jury was sent home Thursday night after five hours of deliberations without returning a verdict in the trial of a former Austin Independent School District bus driver accused of groping a 6-year-old student in April 2015. They will return to the courtroom at 9 a.m. Friday to continue deliberating, the judge said. Defendant Leon Young, 64, declined to testify Thursday. He has maintained...
Austin man accused of several attacks found guilty of sexual assault

Austin man accused of several attacks found guilty of sexual assault

2 p.m. update: A jury found defendant Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez guilty of aggravated sexual assault in connection with an attack against a woman in North Austin in April 2016. Prosecutors will now put on evidence they say links Coria-Gonzalez to six other attacks against women. Coria-Gonzalez, 27, faces up to 99 years in prison. 11:30 a.m. update: In Thursday’s closing arguments during the sexual...
AISD driver on trial for touching student, 6, says they only hugged

AISD driver on trial for touching student, 6, says they only hugged

Walnut Creek Elementary students were greeted with Life Savers candy when they boarded driver Leon Young’s bus in the 2014-15 school year — he rewarded well-behaved children with frequent handouts while declining to offer candy to the troublemakers. That practice came up during a police interview three years ago after a 6-year-old female student said he had touched her. Young, who had...
San Marcos police searching for man who robbed Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday

San Marcos police searching for man who robbed Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday

San Marcos police say they are looking for a man who robbed a Starbucks at gunpoint late Tuesday night. Police said they responded at 11:10 p.m. to the armed robbery at the store at 690 Centerpoint Road. The business’s security system company told 911 it was viewing live video of the robbery as it was happening, but by the time officers arrived, the suspect had fled the store, police said...
Police say maker of 3D-printed gun had sex with teen, may be in Taiwan

Police say maker of 3D-printed gun had sex with teen, may be in Taiwan

Cody Wilson, an Austin man whose fight over 3D-printed guns brought him into the national spotlight, is accused of having sex with an underage girl last month at a North Austin hotel and might be on the lam in Taiwan, authorities said Wednesday. Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer, who heads the department’s Organized Crime Division, said Wilson’s last known whereabouts was in the Taiwanese...
BLOTTER: San Marcos man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage

BLOTTER: San Marcos man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage

SAN MARCOS Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage San Marcos police arrested a man Tuesday who they say held his ex-girlfriend hostage in his apartment for 24 hours. Timothy Gomez, 23, has been charged with unlawful restraint and continuous violence against a family member, police said. He was at the Hays County Jail on Wednesday on those charges and for an outstanding warrant for burglary of...
Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage in San Marcos apartment

Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage in San Marcos apartment

San Marcos police arrested a man Tuesday who they say held his ex-girlfriend hostage in his apartment for 24 hours. Timothy Gomez, 23, has been charged with unlawful restraint and continuous violence against a family member, police say. He was at the Hays County Jail on Wednesday on those charges and for an outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation.  His bail is set at $290,000, jail records...
UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

2:30 p.m. update: Austin police are working with international authorities to bring Cody Wilson, an Austin man at the center of a debate about 3D-printed guns, back to the country from Taiwan to face a sexual assault charge filed in Travis County on Wednesday. Wilson’s last known location was the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said.  Wilson missed a...
Wrong 911 call disrupts trial of man accused in numerous attacks

Wrong 911 call disrupts trial of man accused in numerous attacks

An aggravated sexual assault trial was disrupted Tuesday when Travis County prosecutors inadvertently played the wrong 911 call for the jury and, according to their counterparts at the defense table, violated defendant Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez’s right to a fair trial. Coria-Gonzalez, 27, is accused of assaulting seven women between December 2015 and July 2016, but he’s currently being tried...
Well-known Austin activist Chas Moore charged with assault

Well-known Austin activist Chas Moore charged with assault

Chas Moore, a well-known community activist and director of the Austin Justice Coalition, is being charged with assault, a misdemeanor stemming from a recent altercation at a Sixth Street establishment, his attorney confirmed Tuesday. “It is an unfortunate incident,” lawyer Brian McGiverin said. “I think it is going to be resolved favorably for him. We are just going to have to jump...
BLOTTER: Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism

BLOTTER: Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism

NORTH AUSTIN Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism Austin police are asking the public to help identify a person of interest after the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a grocery store specializing in Middle Eastern foods were vandalized. The vandalism earlier this month included broken glass windows and doors at the center and slashed vehicle tires belonging to mosque...
Police say man stole $22 in food from Whole Foods, head-butted guard

Police say man stole $22 in food from Whole Foods, head-butted guard

A man is accused of stealing $22.78 worth of food last week from Whole Foods near downtown Austin and head-butting a security guard when he was confronted outside the store, court documents said. In arrest affidavits filed against Evan Joseph Nesby, Austin police said the 33-year-old walked out of the store on 5th Street and Lamar Boulevard with “three container trays of hot food from the...
In sex assault case, APD officer recalls victim’s description of attack

In sex assault case, APD officer recalls victim’s description of attack

1:30 p.m. update: In the aggravated sexual assault trial of Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, jurors heard how a 53-year-old woman told police and paramedics she was walking near a gas station on Rundberg Lane in North Austin when a man approached her and struck her in the forehead. According to police, the woman said she fell unconscious and awoke in a car with the man controlling her by the...
BLOTTER: Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says

BLOTTER: Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says

SOUTH AUSTIN Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says A man described as in his 20s has died after he was hit by a train early Monday in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded to the intersection of West St. Elmo Road and Mount Vernon Drive around 4:40 a.m., they said. Investigators from Union Pacific, whose train was involved, also looked into the incident. &mdash...
Woman punched by man impersonating an officer, Manor police say

Woman punched by man impersonating an officer, Manor police say

A man who police think was impersonating an officer punched a woman in the face after he pulled her over in Manor last weekend, police said. The woman reported the incident around 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Manor police said.  She was driving west on U.S. 290 East near George Bush Street when she was pulled over by a black and white passenger car with an overhead light bar, police said. She was approached...
Arson suspect ‘on meth,’ has no memory of gas station vandalism, affidavit says

Arson suspect ‘on meth,’ has no memory of gas station vandalism, affidavit says

A 36-year-old man accused of vandalizing four gas stations last weekend told police he was using methamphetamine and didn’t remember anything, according to court documents. Sean Randall Hunter has been charged with attempted arson and four counts of deadly conduct. Each of the five charges has a bail amount of $75,000, which puts his combined bail at $375,000. Hunter was arrested shortly...
Man accused of kicking police horse on Sixth Street

Man accused of kicking police horse on Sixth Street

A man was sent to jail early Sunday morning after kicking a police horse along Sixth Street as bars were closing, according to police records. Mounted police officers were clearing Sixth Street around 2 a.m. when Richard Craig, 26, walked up to Bishop, a police horse, and kicked him in the back right leg. Bishop reacted to the kick, police said, and could have potentially caused the mounted officer...

Texas Digest: $2.5 million bail for Border Patrol agent in slayings

SOUTH TEXAS $2.5 million bail for Border Patrol agent A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was in jail Sunday in lieu of $2.5 million bail after being accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape. Juan David Ortiz, 35, was being held in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint, Webb County Jail...
Woman accused of threatening to shoot men who urinated on fence

Woman accused of threatening to shoot men who urinated on fence

An Austin woman is accused of pointing a gun at her neighbors and threatening to shoot them after one of them urinated on the side of her apartment complex. Three men identified by pseudonyms in an arrest affidavit were hanging out in front of an apartment building near South Pleasant Valley Road on Saturday night when one of them urinated on the fence of the neighboring building instead of going...
Austin man accused of shooting at police after they tried to stun him

Austin man accused of shooting at police after they tried to stun him

A man in a bathrobe, wielding a stick and a liquor bottle, yelled a police who came to his house early Saturday before getting a gun and firing at an officer, police said in an arrest affidavit. Dennis Mahan, 61, is accused of aggravated assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony. Officers went to his house around 2:30 a.m. after a friend told police he was concerned about Mahan based on alarming...

Sheriff: U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected in deaths of 4 women

A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women was arrested early Saturday after a fifth woman managed to escape from him and notify authorities, law enforcement officials said, describing the agent as a “serial killer.” Juan David Ortiz, 35, a Border Patrol intelligence supervisor, fled from state troopers and was found hiding in a truck in a Laredo hotel parking lot at about...
Police: Man arrested after firing at officers during standoff

Police: Man arrested after firing at officers during standoff

Froy Salinas was awoken early Saturday by a reverse 911 call warning of suspicious activity in his South Austin neighborhood. Shortly after, he heard what sounded like banging on the walls of his home and called police, he said. The 911 call-taker told him officers were already at the scene, and when he walked outside, he recounted hours later, he saw police cars everywhere. A SWAT officer came into...
JUST IN: Man shot, killed late Friday in northeastern Travis County, officials say

JUST IN: Man shot, killed late Friday in northeastern Travis County, officials say

A 48-year-old Elgin man was shot and killed late Friday night, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office. Thomas Hardin was found at around 10:34 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds lying on the porch of a residence in the 12600 block of Waynespur Lane, which is in northeastern Travis County, officials said. Deputies had responded to the residence for reports of shots being fired. Sheriff&rsquo...
Man arrested after starting fires, vandalizing 4 Austin gas stations, AFD says

Man arrested after starting fires, vandalizing 4 Austin gas stations, AFD says

A man was arrested early Saturday and will face charges after starting fires at and vandalizing four Austin gas stations, Austin Fire Department officials said. AFD Division Chief Thayer Smith said the man was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. at a gas station in the 3400 block of U.S. 183 South in East Austin, after police caught him pulling wood from his vehicle and attempting to set it on fire next...
Officials: Man who fired at police forced out of home by tear gas, arrested in Southwest Austin

Officials: Man who fired at police forced out of home by tear gas, arrested in Southwest Austin

A man who barricaded himself inside his Southwest Austin home and fired on police is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant after he was arrested early Saturday, police officials said. Senior Police Officer Bino Cadenas said authorities received a call at 2:38 a.m. from someone who was browsing social media and came across a Facebook post showing a friend having a “mental...

North Austin mosque vandalized for 2nd time this month, police say

Austin police are investigating a second case of vandalism at a mosque in North Austin this month. Police received reports of the vandalism at the North Austin Muslim Community Center, 11900 N. Lamar Blvd., about 1:51 a.m. Thursday. Adnan Suleiman, vice president of the center, said a man entered the property through a wooden fence early in the morning and slashed all four tires of a van and those...
BLOTTER: Downtown fight with security guard ends with man shot

BLOTTER: Downtown fight with security guard ends with man shot

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Fight with security guard ends with man shot Three people were hospitalized Friday morning after a struggle between a security guard and a diner at Caritas of Austin’s community kitchen ended in gunfire. Austin-Travis County EMS medics and police were called to the 600 block of Neches Street around 12:34 p.m. and found a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound that was not considered...
North Austin mosque vandalized for 2nd time this month, police say

North Austin mosque vandalized for 2nd time this month, police say

Austin police are investigating a second case of vandalism at a mosque in North Austin this month. Police received reports of the vandalism at the North Austin Muslim Community Center, 11900 N. Lamar Blvd., around 1:51 a.m. on Thursday. Adnan Suleiman, vice president of the center, said a man entered the property through a wooden fence early in the morning and slashed all four tires of a van, and...
‘Burt Reynolds’ bandit: Austin officials warn of phone scam using late actor’s name

‘Burt Reynolds’ bandit: Austin officials warn of phone scam using late actor’s name

Some Austin utility customers have reported receiving a fraudulent phone call from someone claiming to be named Burt Reynolds with the city’s utilities department or with Austin Energy.  The scammer is telling people they have a past due amount ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $1,000. The callers demand payment by cash or gift card and say they will call back for payment. ...
‘I said ‘Go!’: Inside the SWAT team that took down the Austin bomber

‘I said ‘Go!’: Inside the SWAT team that took down the Austin bomber

Around midnight on March 20, a handful of Austin Police Department SWAT officers climbed into a van and raced north up Interstate 35. They were close to catching the serial bomber who had terrorized the city for 19 days. In the dimly lit parking lot of a Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ, the team assembled blocks from where the man’s red Nissan SUV sat just off the highway. They had played...
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