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Crime

Teens accused of burglaries in Round Rock, Florence

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Teens accused of burglaries in Round Rock, Florence Police have accused four men, including two they interviewed at Florence High School, of being involved in a burglary at a Florence business, according to arrest affidavits. Three of them were also accused of being involved in a burglary at a Round Rock pawnshop, the affidavits said. Florence residents Miguel Vences, 17 , his brother...
Greg Kelley’s sex abuse trial, like many, hinged on one child’s word

Greg Kelley’s sex abuse trial, like many, hinged on one child’s word

When Greg Kelley went to jail in 2014 after being convicted of super aggravated sexual assault , it was on the word of a 5-year-old child. There was no eyewitness, no physical evidence, no confession. But when the little boy told his story of molestation at a Cedar Park in-home day care center, he told it in graphic detail. The jury believed him. Kelley went to jail. ...
Teenagers accused of burglaries in Round Rock, Florence

Teenagers accused of burglaries in Round Rock, Florence

Police have accused four men, including two they interviewed at Florence High School, of being involved in a burglary at a Florence business, according to arrest affidavits. Three of them were also accused of being involved in a burglary at a Round Rock pawnshop, the affidavits said. Florence residents Miguel Vences, 17 , his brother Juan Vences, 19, and their cousin Javier Vences, 17, were each charged...
Cedar Park gold coin company owner accused of stealing from client

Cedar Park gold coin company owner accused of stealing from client

A Cedar Park man who owns a gold coin company has been accused of stealing from one of his clients, according to an arrest affidavit. Donald McBride, 47, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. McBride is the owner of David Maxwell Gold Advisors LLC, the affidavit said. One of his customers bought 500 Silver American Eagle Coins from him on Oct. 7, the affidavit...
Police seeing uptick of phone scam reports in South Austin

Police seeing uptick of phone scam reports in South Austin

An increasing number of people in South Austin are falling victim to a phone scam, in which the caller pretends to be a family member in desperate need of money to bail them out of jail, Austin police said. In some instances, the scammer tells the person receiving the call that his or her voice sounds different because they have a cold. In other instances, the caller is posing as a government...
Former nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in 1980s

Former nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in 1980s

A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she might have killed as many as 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, is serving concurrent 99-year and 60-year sentences at a Gatesville prison for the 1982 killing of 15-month-old Chelsea McClelland and...
1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in melee between families, police say

1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in melee between families, police say

SOUTHEAST AUSTIN Police: 1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in melee A fight between two families in Southeast Austin on Friday morning left one man shot, another stabbed and a third injured after being hit by someone driving a car, Austin police said. No one had injuries that were life-threatening, police said. One man was arrested, but a police spokesman at the scene did not have information about...

Hutto men among 21 defendants in widespread sex trafficking operation

Two Austin-area men had key roles in a large-scale international sex trafficking operation that made tens of millions of dollars by luring women from Thailand with false promises of a better life in the United States, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in Minnesota. Gregory Allen Kimmy, 36, and Saowapha Thinram, 43, both from Hutto, advertised the women for sex through online websites and...
1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in Southeast Austin melee between families, police say

1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in Southeast Austin melee between families, police say

A fight between two families in Southeast Austin this morning left one man shot, another stabbed and a third injured after being hit by someone driving a car, Austin police said.  No one has injuries that are life-threatening, police said. One man was arrested, but a police spokesman at the scene did not have information about what he did or what he was charged with.  Austin police said...
Appeals court will not rehear Charles Kleinert police-shooting case

Appeals court will not rehear Charles Kleinert police-shooting case

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says it will not rehear the officer-involved shooting case of former Austin police detective Charles Kleinert. On April 20, a three-judge panel at the court of appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of manslaughter charges against Kleinert, who said his gun accidentally went off when he shot Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. on July 26, 2013. District...
Beware of phone scammers asking for gift cards, Austin police warn 

Beware of phone scammers asking for gift cards, Austin police warn 

The Austin Police Department has issued a warning for South and Southwest Austin residents about fake callers targeting the elderly for gift cards. Police have seen an increase in these phone scams in the past week, according to a statement from APD Region 4 District Representative Philip Kelly. Kelly said the scam works like this: Someone posing as a loved one, or someone pretending to...
School-rule amnesty in sex assault cases bill sent to governor

School-rule amnesty in sex assault cases bill sent to governor

A college student who is a victim of or witness to a sexual assault would have amnesty for violating the school’s code of conduct at or near the time of the incident under legislation headed to Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Senate approved the measure on a 30-1 vote Thursday evening. Senate Bill 969, authored by Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, is intended to encourage reporting of sexual assault among...

Hutto men accused of operating brothels in U.S. sex trafficking ring

Two Austin-area men had key roles in a large-scale international sex trafficking operation that made tens of millions of dollars by targeting women from Thailand with failed promises of a better life in the United States, according to a superseding indictment unsealed Thursday in Minnesota. Gregory Allen Kimmy, 36, and Saowapha Thinram, 43, both from Hutto, advertised the women for sex through online...

Dallas seeing a sharp increase in drive-by shootings

Dallas police say an increase in gang violence has led to a spike in drive-by shootings that are often fueled by social media. Interim Police Chief David Pughes told The Dallas Morning News that more than 120 drive-by shootings have been reported so far this year, compared with not quite 50 during the same period last year. Most of the shootings have occurred in southern Dallas. While overall crime...
Police seek help in finding suspect in sexual assault on Rainey Street

Police seek help in finding suspect in sexual assault on Rainey Street

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Police seeking sexual assault suspect Austin police are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman earlier this month near the 80th block of Rainey Street near downtown. According to police, the woman was walking alone on Rainey around 2:50 a.m. on May 4 when the man approached her. He lured her to a secluded area before sexually assaulting her. Police, who are asking...
Two McNeil High students accused of sexual assault

Two McNeil High students accused of sexual assault

A female told police she was sexually assaulted in March by two McNeil High School students she knew, according to an arrest affidavit. Deshun Semaj Thomas, 17, was charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The second teenage boy accused in the assault was a juvenile, according to the affidavit. Cases against juveniles are not public record. The affidavit...
Police: Suspect nabbed, money recovered in East Austin bank robbery

Police: Suspect nabbed, money recovered in East Austin bank robbery

Police have accused a 34-year-old man of robbing a Chase Bank branch in East Austin earlier this week. Witnesses said a man walked into the Chase Bank at 2119 E. 7th St. around 4:34 p.m. Wednesday and passed a hand-written note to a teller, demanding money.  The man ran off but was arrested by patrol officers near East 7th Street and North Pleasant Valley Road. Police said the money taken...
Abbott: How SB 7 protects students from predators in the classroom

Abbott: How SB 7 protects students from predators in the classroom

Our schools should be safe places for our children and youth to learn and advance. The toughest challenges they face should be solving math problems and choosing a career and college path. With Senate Bill 7 now signed into law in Texas, we have taken much-needed steps to forever bar from our classrooms any teacher who would prey on our students and to penalize administrators who turn a blind eye...
DA reopens Greg Kelley sex assault case, names new suspect

DA reopens Greg Kelley sex assault case, names new suspect

Three years ago, before a courtroom full of sobbing supporters, a Williamson County jury deemed Greg Kelley guilty of sexually abusing a 4-year-old boy at a Cedar Park day care. Family and friends insisted he was innocent, a victim of bad policing and a misguided prosecution. Critics believed the former football star was guilty and that his supporters were deluding themselves. Kelley went to prison...
Man apparently dies from natural causes while exercising at UT, authorities say

Man apparently dies from natural causes while exercising at UT, authorities say

A man has apparently died of natural causes while exercising on the University of Texas campus Tuesday morning, authorities said.  University police tweeted out around 7 a.m. that officers and paramedics were at Clark Field, near San Jacinto and East Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, where the body of a middle-aged man was found.  UT spokeswoman Cindy Posey said it appears the man was...
Lawsuit: Austin boy, 10, crushed by driveway security gate

Lawsuit: Austin boy, 10, crushed by driveway security gate

A 10-year-old boy was killed when a driveway security gate crushed his body at his friend’s home in Central Austin, according to a lawsuit that assigns blame to various parties, including the gate’s manufacturer and the homeowner. The boy was a guest at a house at 5500 Shoal Creek Blvd on Feb. 18 when he went into a gap between the gate and a stone wall where metal mesh had been removed...
Police seek help in finding suspect in May 4 sexual assault on Rainey Street

Police seek help in finding suspect in May 4 sexual assault on Rainey Street

Austin police are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman near the 80th block of Rainey Street near downtown. According to police, the woman was walking alone on Rainey around 2:50 a.m. on May 4 when the man approached her. He lured her to a secluded area before sexually assaulting her. Police, who are asking for the public’s help in finding and identifying the man, released...
Commentary: Why we sued to stop SB4, the “show me your papers” law

Commentary: Why we sued to stop SB4, the “show me your papers” law

Our great state is home to millions of immigrants from across the world. Every one of them deserves to live free of harassment and discrimination — and with human dignity. However, our vision of a multicultural, thriving Texas is under threat with perhaps the most discriminatory piece of anti-immigrant legislation in the United States: the “show me your papers” law, Senate Bill 4...
Commentary: How SB 4, not fearmongering, will make Texas safer

Commentary: How SB 4, not fearmongering, will make Texas safer

As law enforcement officers and elected officials, it is our sworn duty to protect and serve our communities and uphold and enforce the laws of our country and great state. We take that responsibility seriously. It is a high calling. We feel compelled to speak out about Senate Bill 4, which bans “sanctuary cities” and was signed into law by the governor to decrease fear and uncertainty...
Commentary: How we quickly forget the brutality of terrorist attacks

Commentary: How we quickly forget the brutality of terrorist attacks

For now, everyone knows the sonorous name and cherubic face of 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos. She’s the littlest known victim of Monday night’s jihad attack in Manchester, England. Her doe-eyed image spread as rapidly across social media as the #PrayForManchester hashtags and Twitter condolences from celebrities. But I guarantee you that beautiful Saffie Rose will evaporate from the memories...
Attorneys in UT stabbing case given deadline to respond to motions

Attorneys in UT stabbing case given deadline to respond to motions

Kendrex White’s defense attorneys have until June 2 to respond to two state motions regarding an evaluation of their client’s mental health, a Travis County judge ruled on Wednesday. A hearing to argue those motions was set for a week later, on June 9. Prosecutors for the district attorney’s office are asking that White be evaluated for sanity to determine whether he knew right from...
Austin man guilty of stabbing girlfriend 27 times with screwdriver

Austin man guilty of stabbing girlfriend 27 times with screwdriver

An Austin man who stabbed his girlfriend 27 times with a screwdriver when she was recovering from surgery pleaded guilty Tuesday on the opening day of his aggravated assault trial. Willie Lee Brady Jr., 40, accepted a 25-year prison sentence — the low end of his punishment range — rather than continuing with the trial and risking up to a life sentence from a Travis County judge. He informed...
Middle school official accused of choking 10-year-old at roller rink

Middle school official accused of choking 10-year-old at roller rink

An assistant vice principal in the Round Rock school district was arrested Monday after Austin police accused him of choking a stranger’s child at a roller rink. Police say Chad Warren Sanders assaulted the 10-year-old at Playland Skate Center in North Austin on May 12 after refusing to let the boy have some leftover food from a party reserved by his wife, an arrest affidavit says. Sanders,...
DPS offers reward for sex offender from Austin, ties to San Marcos

DPS offers reward for sex offender from Austin, ties to San Marcos

CENTRAL TEXAS DPS offers reward for sex offender A fugitive from Austin has been added to the state’s 10 most wanted sex offenders list and the Texas Department of Public Safety is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Everett Cole Rainey, 25, is considered a high-risk sex offender by authorities and is wanted for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements...
New squad will take up hundreds of Austin’s delayed rape investigations

New squad will take up hundreds of Austin’s delayed rape investigations

Last fall, amid growing pressure from victims and advocates, Austin police officials ramped up efforts to test thousands of forensic samples from sexual assault cases that had sat on shelves for as long as 20 years. They signed deals with other labs across the state and began shipping so-called rape kits for them to analyze. Now, as the department begins receiving results from those tests, Austin...
Assistant vice principal accused of choking child at North Austin roller rink

Assistant vice principal accused of choking child at North Austin roller rink

An assistant vice principal in the Round Rock school district was arrested Monday after Austin police accused him of choking a stranger’s child at a roller rink. Police say Chad Warren Sanders assaulted the 10-year-old at Playland Skate Center in North Austin on May 12 after the boy had asked if he could have some leftover food from a party, an arrest affidavit says. Sanders, 40, was booked...
Water authority director sues Sixth Street bouncer over injuries

Water authority director sues Sixth Street bouncer over injuries

A popular downtown Austin bar is being sued because one of its bouncers struck a San Angelo man who was so badly injured that he needed emergency brain surgery. Chuck Brown, executive director of the Upper Colorado River Authority, was injured on the same day he testified before the Texas Legislature on water quality. Part of his skull was removed, and he was placed in a medically induced coma at...
Austin police seeking witnesses in fatal shooting on South Congress Ave.  

Austin police seeking witnesses in fatal shooting on South Congress Ave.  

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in the investigation into the shooting death of 51-year-old Van Kevin White, who became the city’s 11th homicide victim last week after he was found shot in the parking lot of an office building near downtown Austin. Austin police think a resident of one of the buildings near the crime scene at 611 S. Congress Ave. may have witnessed what happened...
Austin police looking for man linked to 7 robberies since March

Austin police looking for man linked to 7 robberies since March

Austin police say they are looking for an armed man who they believe has committed at least seven robberies in the past two months. According to police, the man would enter a business, display a handgun and demand money from the someone behind a register. Investigators think the same man is responsible for incidents at these dates and locations: Thursday, March 23: 4:18 a.m., Woody’s Market...
LAWSUIT PENDING: Sixth Street bouncer charged with assault of water authority director

LAWSUIT PENDING: Sixth Street bouncer charged with assault of water authority director

A popular downtown Austin bar is being sued because one of its bouncers struck a San Angelo man who was so badly injured that he needed emergency brain surgery. Chuck Brown, executive director of the Upper Colorado River Authority, was injured on the same day he testified before the Texas Legislature on water quality. He had part of his skull removed and was placed in medically-induced coma at...
CAPTURED: Authorities arrest sex offender with Austin ties in San Antonio

CAPTURED: Authorities arrest sex offender with Austin ties in San Antonio

Friday, May 26: A sex offender with Austin ties was captured this week in San Antonio, federal authorities said Friday. Everett Cole Rainey, who had been on Texas’ 10 most wanted sex offenders list, was arrested Tuesday in San Antonio as a result of a tip through Texas Crime Stoppers, authorities said, and a reward of up to $2,000 will be paid. The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force...

Texas Digest: Cop shooter gets 50 years

COURTS Cop shooter gets 50 years in prison A man charged with the nonfatal shooting of a Houston-area police officer in the chest and face three years ago during a traffic stop has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sergio Francisco Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault of a public servant. He’s the last of three men charged in the October 2013 shooting of Stafford police...
Texas Senate approves bill to give second chance on some crimes

Texas Senate approves bill to give second chance on some crimes

The Texas Senate on Monday approved “second-chance” legislation that would let those convicted of one-time, nonviolent misdemeanors to ask a court to seal their criminal record from public view — no matter when it happened. House Bill 3016 applies to class C misdemeanors and driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level below 0.15, but not for crimes the judge determines to...
Police: Man shoots former business partner at Round Rock auto shop

Police: Man shoots former business partner at Round Rock auto shop

ROUND ROCK Police: Man shot former business partner An Austin man shot his former business partner at an auto shop in Round Rock on Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit. Omar Dontae Sypho, 33, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The business partner, who was taken to St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock...
Police say Austin city employee stored child porn on work computer

Police say Austin city employee stored child porn on work computer

Austin police arrested a city Health Department employee Friday night, accusing him of storing child pornography on his work computer. The arrest of 51-year-old Jeffery Walters ended a monthlong investigation that began when city officials discovered a video that Walters later said he “accidentally” left on a shared computer drive, police said in court papers. Walters is out on $20,000...
UPDATE: Austin city employee resigns after charged with child porn crime, officials say

UPDATE: Austin city employee resigns after charged with child porn crime, officials say

4 p.m. update: An Austin city employee resigned Monday after police arrested him Friday night, accusing him of storing child pornography on his work computer.  “We applaud the staff’s diligence and quick response in reacting to this matter,” city of Austin officials said in a statement. Earlier: Friday night, accusing him of storing child pornography on his work computer...

Texas Digest: Appeals court upholds New Braunfels container ban

NEW BRAUNFELS Appeals court upholds container ban A state appeals court has upheld its reversal of a visiting judge’s decision that halted enforcement of New Braunfels’ law banning the use of cans and other disposable food and beverage containers by tubers on the popular Comal and Guadalupe rivers. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reported that the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said Judge...
Police find credit card skimmers at Elgin gas station

Police find credit card skimmers at Elgin gas station

Elgin authorities have warned residents that three credit card skimmers were found in the gas pumps at a local convenience store in the past week, according to a post on the police department’s Facebook page. The skimmers were uncovered at a 7-11 in the 200 block of U.S. 290 in Elgin. Skimmers are used to steal credit card information from customers. A similar device was uncovered at a gas station...
UT Student Government calls for improvements after school stabbing

UT Student Government calls for improvements after school stabbing

The University of Texas’ Student Government on Thursday highlighted some of the protocols and procedures that university administrators plan to review in the wake of a knife attack that left one student dead and three others injured. The Student Government met with UT administrators and police over the three weeks since the May 1 school stabbing before publishing an action plan online, and UT...

Austin officers sue over promotions delayed by former Chief Acevedo

Austin police officers say they were denied the opportunity for promotions last year because former Police Chief Art Acevedo failed to offer some high-ranking officials a test to assess their merits. A lawsuit filed Thursday in Travis County says Acevedo intentionally delayed offering a commander test so some of his preferred candidates could meet eligibility requirements, which state an officer must...
Credit card skimmer found at fuel pump on North MoPac

Credit card skimmer found at fuel pump on North MoPac

Austin police have removed a credit card skimmer from a gas station fuel pump in North Austin at the intersection of North MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and Duval Road. According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, authorities found the device, which is used to record credit card information, on a fuel pump in the 12000 block of MoPac on Thursday. After police removed the device, they checked other...
Man dies in hospital after South Austin shooting; police seek suspect

Man dies in hospital after South Austin shooting; police seek suspect

Austin police are looking for a suspect in a Friday morning shooting that left one man dead near a tourist-heavy area in South Austin. Police said they found the victim, identified as 51-year-old Van Kevin White, with “obvious trauma” to his body. Austin-Travis County EMS tried to revive the man before taking him to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he later died. A police...
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