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Man briefly kidnaps Austin child, asked for help finding dog, police say

Man briefly kidnaps Austin child, asked for help finding dog, police say

A man temporarily kidnapped a child in East Austin on Tuesday after asking the child to help him find his lost brown dog, police said Friday. The man approached the child around 8 p.m. in the 2500 block of Rosewood Avenue, police said. The child, after being promised money for finding the dog, went with the man to help look. The man then forced the child into his vehicle, police said. The child was...
Fatal shooting victim’s family disagrees with grand jury decision

Fatal shooting victim’s family disagrees with grand jury decision

When police surrounded Jeremy Coleman at gunpoint to arrest him Thursday afternoon at the Sandy’s Hamburgers drive-through on Barton Springs Road, his mother, who was with him, frantically told police that her son was a witness in an August shooting, not a suspect, she told the American-Statesman. The Coleman family had assumed that police agreed with their version of what happened the day of...
Suspect ‘sucker punched’ man on Sixth Street over pizza, police say

Suspect ‘sucker punched’ man on Sixth Street over pizza, police say

Austin police say in court documents that Nathan Marshall, 28, admitted to fatally punching a San Antonio man on Sixth Street over a slice of pizza. The assault around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Sixth Street, near the Driskill Hotel, resulted in the death of 33-year-old Air Force veteran Marques Johnson. “Marshall stated that (Johnson) smashed pizza out of a white male’s hands...
Man gets 2-year sentence in fight that killed ‘Junior the Wendy’s Guy’

Man gets 2-year sentence in fight that killed ‘Junior the Wendy’s Guy’

A man was sentenced to two years in jail for delivering a punch that killed the popular fast food cashier, “Junior the Wendy’s Guy,” a nickname by which University of Texas students knew Ishmael Mohammed Jr. Nikolas Ray Eller, 39, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Wednesday as part of a plea deal his attorney negotiated with Travis County prosecutors. The...

2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

AUSTIN 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 killing Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006. Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement...
BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006.  Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice...

BREAKING: Pilot found with 206 lbs. of pot at Llano airport sentenced to prison

A federal judge on Friday sentenced an Austin pilot to 37 months in federal prison after authorities found 206 pounds of marijuana in his plane at the Llano Municipal Airport in March. Wayne Douglas Brunet, 65, has been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, and serve three years on supervised release after his prison term, and to forfeit his plane to authorities. Federal authorities began tracking Brunet&rsquo...
NEW DETAILS: Suspect fatally ‘sucker punched’ man on Sixth Street over pizza, police say

NEW DETAILS: Suspect fatally ‘sucker punched’ man on Sixth Street over pizza, police say

Police say Nathan Marshall, 28, admitted to fatally punching a San Antonio man on Sixth Street over a slice of pizza, court documents filed Thursday show. The assault around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Sixth Street, near the Driskill Hotel, resulted in the death of 33-year-old Air Force veteran Marques Johnson. “Marshall stated that (Johnson) smashed pizza out of a white male&rsquo...
PHOTOS: APD Officer Carlos Lopez awarded bravery medal on Sept. 22

PHOTOS: APD Officer Carlos Lopez awarded bravery medal on Sept. 22

Austin Police Officer Carlos Lopez was presented with the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Friday, Sept. 21, 2017. Lopez was honored for his actions in the Omni Hotel shooting in downtown Austin on July 5, 2015, where he killed Michael Holt, who had shot and killed a bystander before Lopez arrived on the scene.
Man accused of killing bystander in Aug. 23 shooting at North Austin construction site

Man accused of killing bystander in Aug. 23 shooting at North Austin construction site

A Travis County grand jury has indicted a man in connection with the Aug. 23 death of Benson Briseño, a bystander killed in a scuffle-turned-shooting in North Austin. Austin police charged Jeremy Coleman on Thursday with criminally negligent homicide. He was in the Travis County Jail on Friday with bail set at $50,000, jail records show. Authorities allege that Coleman shot and killed Benson...
Cop-watcher files lawsuit against Austin police officer

Cop-watcher files lawsuit against Austin police officer

A prolific cop-watcher has filed suit against an Austin police officer, arguing that the officer violated his civil rights when he arrested him on charges that were later dropped. Julian Reyes is representing himself in a case against Austin police Officer Justin Berry based on an arrest that happened on Sept. 19, 2015. Reyes was at the Rally Against Police Brutality, Abuse, Racism and Bigotry at...
UT stabbing victim Stuart Bayliss faces his alleged attacker in court

UT stabbing victim Stuart Bayliss faces his alleged attacker in court

Little by little, Stuart Bayliss is literally climbing the rope to recovery after a May 1 stabbing attack at the University of Texas left with him a gash to his lower back, nerve damage to his hand and a fresh perspective on life. An athletic 20-year-old who participates in UT’s Marine Corps program, Bayliss is hitting the weights to recover grip strength he lost in the stabbing so he can participate...
Armed robbery reported at Round Rock business

Armed robbery reported at Round Rock business

A Round Rock police SWAT team responded to a business around 4 p.m. today after receiving a report of an armed robbery.  The team was unable to find the robber by the time they arrived, police said. It was reported that a young man came to into the business at 1510 Sam Bass Road, brandished a firearm and demanded money, Round Rock police said. He took an unknown amount of cash.  The SWAT...
Rep. Dukes’ attorneys tell DA to drop ‘baseless’ felony charges

Rep. Dukes’ attorneys tell DA to drop ‘baseless’ felony charges

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ lawyers say the felony charges in her corruption case are “legally and factually baseless” and that prosecutors should cut their losses and dismiss them, according to a court document filed Thursday. The filing criticizes District Attorney Margaret Moore and her office for failing to interview a House official about Dukes’ submission of reimbursement...

Fire displaces 11 from North Campus home

CENTRAL AUSTIN Fire displaces 11 from home A fire at a North Campus home displaced 11 people early Thursday, though other details remained sparse as authorities continued their investigation. The blaze erupted shortly before 1:30 a.m. at a house on the 3300 block of Kim Lane, in the heavily student-populated neighborhood, and burned for more than half an hour before Austin firefighters knocked it...
Driver accused in immigrants’ deaths won’t face death penalty, feds say

Driver accused in immigrants’ deaths won’t face death penalty, feds say

Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a truck driver facing human trafficking charges in the deaths of 10 unauthorized immigrants found inside a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio in July. According to a statement from the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday, a superseding indictment in the case adds new charges against 60-year-old James Matthew Bradley Jr., of Clearwater...
Austin police charge suspect in Sixth Street assault with manslaughter

Austin police charge suspect in Sixth Street assault with manslaughter

Austin police have charged a man with manslaughter after an assault on Sixth Street resulted in a San Antonio man’s death. Nathan Raynard Marshall, 28, is charged in connection with the death of 33-year-old Marques W. Johnson. Witnesses said Johnson got into an argument on Sixth Street with Marshall and a second man, Austin police said. Following the argument, Johnson turned and walked away...
Answers to your questions about graffiti abatement in Austin

Answers to your questions about graffiti abatement in Austin

Austin’s Graffiti Park at Castle Hill is officially the city’s only open canvas for spray painters to express themselves. But when graffiti pops up in neighborhoods and on private property, it’s considered vandalism. Questions often arise about how to handle graffiti, so here are some of the answers we’ve found: The city defines graffiti as “markings, such as initials...
Commentary: Texas-size signage fuels duel among businesses, gun groups

Commentary: Texas-size signage fuels duel among businesses, gun groups

Gun extremists appear to have developed a pattern of targeting small businesses in Texas that legally elect to prohibit guns on their property. Bee Cave patisserie Baguette et Chocolat legally opted out of Texas’ concealed and open handgun carry laws by posting visible and compliant signage prohibiting the open and concealed carry of handguns. HOW WE GOT HERE: Bakery deletes Facebook page after...
UT stabbing suspect will not be tested for mental health at this time

UT stabbing suspect will not be tested for mental health at this time

2:30 p.m. For the second time, the judge in the University of Texas stabbing case denied prosecutors’ request to appoint a psychiatrist to evaluate murder defendant Kendrex White for mental health. In denying the state’s motion, Judge Tamara Needles said she was concerned with upholding White’s Fifth Amendment rights that protect him from making statements that could weaken his case...
JUST IN: Austin police officer suspended for lying to internal affairs investigators

JUST IN: Austin police officer suspended for lying to internal affairs investigators

An Austin police officer has been suspended for 90 days for providing misleading statements to internal affairs investigators. Officer Blaine Eiben’s suspension began on Wednesday and will run through Dec. 19, according to a disciplinary memo filed Tuesday. The memo said Eiben had been interviewed by internal affairs investigators regarding his conduct at his work station, the Austin-Bergstrom...
Man charged with manslaughter after deadly Sixth Street assault, Austin police say 

Man charged with manslaughter after deadly Sixth Street assault, Austin police say 

5:30 p.m. update: Austin police have charged a man with manslaughter in connection with the death of a San Antonio man on Sixth Street early Sunday, officials said Thursday evening.  Nathan Raynard Marshall, 28, is in custody at Travis County Jail.  Witnesses said 33-year-old Marques W. Johnson got into an argument on Sixth Street with Marshall and a second man, Austin police said. Following...
Former Longhorn Ricky Williams arrested on warrants

Former Longhorn Ricky Williams arrested on warrants

Former Longhorn and Heisman Trophy award winner Ricky Williams was arrested in South Austin on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show. Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense on Manchaca Road at Ben White Boulevard, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said. He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show.  Williams, who also played in the NFL for several years...
IMMIGRANT SMUGGLING DEATHS: Feds won’t seek death penalty against truck driver accused in case 

IMMIGRANT SMUGGLING DEATHS: Feds won’t seek death penalty against truck driver accused in case 

Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 unauthorized immigrants who were found inside a sweltering tractor trailer in San Antonio while making the journey into the U.S. in July.  According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release Wednesday, a superseding indictment in the case adds new charges against 60-year-old James Matthew...
State Rep. Dukes’ $51k bill for psychic is exhibit in corruption trial

State Rep. Dukes’ $51k bill for psychic is exhibit in corruption trial

As they prepare for state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ corruption trial next month, Travis County prosecutors are prepared to present evidence that she showed up to work at the Capitol impaired, hid a cellphone from investigators and spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic. Those accusations are among 19 “extraneous acts” contained in a court document prosecutors had to file this week...
Armed good Samaritan stopped sex assault on trail runner, police say

Armed good Samaritan stopped sex assault on trail runner, police say

A good Samaritan armed with a handgun stopped an attack on a woman who was running on a popular Austin trail along Lady Bird Lake last week, police said. Court documents made public Wednesday provided details about the Friday morning assault near Rainey Street on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail that sparked fear and anger among Austin runners. Police identified the suspected attacker as...
Austin attorney Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt

Austin attorney Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt

Stating that Adam Reposa’s unruly behavior continued after he served jail time for contempt in 2010, Travis County Judge Paul Davis on Wednesday delivered the maximum sentence of six months in jail for the Austin attorney’s latest courtroom outburst. Davis found Reposa guilty of five acts of contempt stemming from a disagreement he had with a judge in a March drunken driving trial...
Police release photos, video of people of interest in Sixth Street fight, homicide

Police release photos, video of people of interest in Sixth Street fight, homicide

Austin police have released photos and video of a suspect in a Sixth Street fight that left a man dead earlier this week. Marques Johnson, a 33-year-old Air Force veteran, was found unconscious near the Driskill Hotel in the 200 block of East Sixth Street Sunday around 2 a.m., and he died Monday of his injuries, Austin police have said. Investigators still have few answers about what started the incident...
UPDATE: Williamson County deputy’s lost gun returned, sheriff says

UPDATE: Williamson County deputy’s lost gun returned, sheriff says

7 p.m. update: A Williamson County deputy’s lost gun has been found after someone found the weapon bag with the gun inside and returned it to the sheriff’s office, Sheriff Robert Chody said. The bag was in the middle of the road at the intersection of Lakeway Drive and Airport Road in Georgetown, Chody said. The “employee in question will have due process just as he should,&rdquo...
$10.8 million in cocaine seized in pair of traffic stops in Fayette County, authorities say

$10.8 million in cocaine seized in pair of traffic stops in Fayette County, authorities say

A pair of traffic stops on Interstate 10 in Fayette County this week led police to discover more than $10 million worth of cocaine, the sheriff’s office announced Wednesday.  A Chevy 3500 crew cab truck was stopped for a traffic violation on Monday around 8:20 a.m. on I-10 west of Flatonia, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Authorities said the investigator became suspicious...
Austin lawyer Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt

Austin lawyer Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt

Defense attorney Adam Reposa was given the maximum sentence of six months in jail for contempt of court on Wednesday. The order from Judge Paul Davis comes after he found Reposa in contempt on Sept. 12 for disrespecting Judge Nancy Hohengarten in a March drunken driving trial. Davis delayed punishment to review case documents. Davis, in Wednesday’s ruling, affirmed five findings of contempt...
NEW DETAILS: Armed runner stopped sex assault on trails near Rainey Street, records show

NEW DETAILS: Armed runner stopped sex assault on trails near Rainey Street, records show

Court paperwork filed Tuesday said an armed good Samaritan stopped an attack on a runner on a popular trail near Rainey Street last week. Police have accused Richard Jordon McEachern, 22, of forcing a runner to the ground Friday and sexually assaulting her on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail near East Avenue and Cummings Street on Friday around 5:46 a.m. Police who responded to the incident...

Police: Suspect in hike and bike trail sexual assault arrested

CENTRAL AUSTIN Police: Suspect in trail sex assault arrested A suspect was arrested Tuesday morning after a woman reported being attacked while she was running around Lady Bird Lake last week. The suspect, 22-year-old Richard Jordan McEachern, was charged with sexual assault and booked into the Travis County Jail on Tuesday morning, records show. His bail was set at $200,000. Police said they will...
House official blamed for crimping felony charges against Rep. Dukes

House official blamed for crimping felony charges against Rep. Dukes

After announcing last week that they are holding off on the most serious charges in the corruption case against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, Travis County prosecutors revealed the reason in a court filing Tuesday: A House official has given conflicting statements about rules on state travel reimbursements that are at the heart of the 13-count felony indictment against the Austin Democrat. Prosecutors...
Suspect arrested after hike and bike trail sexual assault reported

Suspect arrested after hike and bike trail sexual assault reported

A suspect has been identified and arrested after a woman reported being attacked while she was running around Lady Bird Lake last week. The suspect, 22-year-old Richard Jordan McEachern, was charged with sexual assault and booked into the Travis County Jail on Tuesday morning, records show. His bail was set at $200,000. Police said they will not be releasing his booking photo until they&rsquo...
Austin fire investigator accused of raping stranded woman

Austin fire investigator accused of raping stranded woman

An Austin fire official is under investigation and has been placed on leave amid allegations that he used his status as a law enforcement officer to lure a stranded woman into his city-owned truck and sexually assaulted her, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the American-Statesman. Travis County prosecutors and the Austin police special investigations unit, which handles cases involving...
Police seek video of Sixth Street fight that left Air Force vet dead

Police seek video of Sixth Street fight that left Air Force vet dead

Austin police are searching for people who might have filmed a fight on Sixth Street early Sunday that left a 33-year-old Air Force veteran dead. Authorities loaded Johnson into an ambulance and took him to the Dell Seton Medical Center, but he died from his injuries Monday. The department has a network of overhead cameras scattered throughout the bustling entertainment district where Johnson was...
House official blamed for swamping felony charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes

House official blamed for swamping felony charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes

A House official gave conflicting statements regarding travel reimbursement, potentially damaging the state’s corruption case against Rep.Dawnna Dukes, according to a court document Travis County prosecutors filed on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they discovered this month that Steven Adrian, executive director of the House business office, informed Dukes’ attorneys in January that his office...
Austin police accuse 2 men of taking pics up skirts of H-E-B shoppers

Austin police accuse 2 men of taking pics up skirts of H-E-B shoppers

Austin police have accused two men in separate cases of taking photos up the skirts of women shopping at H-E-B stores earlier this year. In both cases, the women told police the men sidled up behind them and used the cameras in their cell phones. According to court documents filed Tuesday, the first incident occurred April 13 at the H-E-B Grocery in Southwest Austin, 7010 Texas 71 West, in the &ldquo...
FORT HOOD: Federal jury convicts Dripping Springs man of making death threats at the post

FORT HOOD: Federal jury convicts Dripping Springs man of making death threats at the post

A federal jury convicted a Dripping Springs man Tuesday of making threats to kill people at Fort Hood, federal officials said. In February, Thomas Anthony Chestnut Jr., 29, called Fort Hood officials and told a sergeant that he would go to the post, kill the sergeant, take hostages and commit a killing spree before taking his own life, U.S. Department of Justice officials said. Chestnut then...
Immigrant taken by ICE from Austin courthouse was killed in Mexico

Immigrant taken by ICE from Austin courthouse was killed in Mexico

Juan Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife warned a federal judge this spring that her husband would be killed if the U.S. government followed through with his deportation. Her prediction came true last week. Three months after the former Austin resident was taken back to central Mexico by federal authorities, his body was found on the side of a road in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, near where he had...
Round Rock police investigating armed robbery at Wag-A-Bag store

Round Rock police investigating armed robbery at Wag-A-Bag store

Round Rock police are searching for a man they said entered a Wag-A-Bag convenience store on Mays Street Monday night holding a handgun and demanding money from the clerk. Police investigators said the man entered the store at 801 S. Mays St. about 10:35 p.m. Monday and demanded money. He was last seen running toward Logan Street, they said. Police said the suspect is about 5-foot-11 and weighs between...
Round Rock convenience store robbed, police say

Round Rock convenience store robbed, police say

A Round Rock convenience store was robbed Monday night, police said. A man entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk behind the counter at Wag‐A‐Bag, 801 S. Mays St., around 10:35 p.m., Round Rock police said. He was last seen running toward Logan Street. The robber is described to be about 5-feet-10-inches to 6-feet tall and weighs between 200 to 220 pounds...
JUST IN: Pflugerville woman arrested with 26 lbs. of suspected meth at border

JUST IN: Pflugerville woman arrested with 26 lbs. of suspected meth at border

A woman from Pflugerville was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo on Sunday with about 26 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the bust at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge in Laredo when they performed a secondary inspection on a 2014 Dodge Journey heading into Texas. With the help of a drug-detecting dog, officers found 33 individual...
Police accuse 2 men at separate H-E-B stores of taking photos of women up skirts

Police accuse 2 men at separate H-E-B stores of taking photos of women up skirts

Austin police have accused two men in separate cases of taking photos up the skirts of women shopping at H-E-B stores earlier this year. Police said the first incident occurred on April 13 at the H-E-B Grocery located at the “Y” in Oak Hill, 7010 Texas 71 in Southwest Austin. A woman told police in court documents filed Tuesday she had been perusing an aisle when she turned around and...

Police: Man dies after being knocked unconscious in downtown Austin

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Police: Man dies from injuries after altercation A man who was punched unconscious early Sunday during an altercation in downtown Austin has died from his injuries, Austin police said. Shortly after 2 a.m., officers were flagged down near the 200 block of East Sixth Street and found a crowd surrounding a man who had been knocked unconscious, police said. The man, identified as 33-year-old...
Man dies after being knocked out in downtown Austin fight

Man dies after being knocked out in downtown Austin fight

Austin police are on the lookout for a man who witnesses say threw the fatal punch in a deadly Sixth Street confrontation early Sunday. Authorities say the fight began just after 2 a.m. as Marques Johnson, 33, walked with his wife along the bar-lined stretch of street, near the Driskill Hotel, when he traded words with two men.  Johnson turned and walked away, but witnesses told officers that...
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