Blotter: Woman charged with murder in death of fiancé


Woman charged with murder of fiancé

Authorities have charged a woman with murder in the fatal shooting of a man early Sunday in the Hudson Bend area.

A woman called 911 requesting an ambulance in the 4800 block of Doss Road at 4:19 a.m. Sunday, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrived to find Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services first responders helping Bradley Cole Sullivan, 37, of Travis County. Sullivan had been shot, the sheriff’s office said.

Sullivan was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 5:05 a.m., authorities said.

After an initial investigation and a search at the home, deputies arrested Sullivan’s fiancée, Charity Sunshine Ellis, 48, and charged her with murder.

Ellis was in the Travis County Jail on Monday in lieu of $400,000 bail.

— Mike Parker, Austin Community Newspapers


People displaced by apartment fire

A dozen people were displaced by a fire New Year’s Day that caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage at a Northeast Austin apartment complex.

The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire about 9:45 a.m. at the Avesta Agave apartments at 1901 E. Anderson Lane and evacuated the building. Crews had extinguished the fire by about 10:15 a.m., officials said.

Fire officials said they believe an air conditioning malfunction started the fire in the attic.

The fire caused about $90,000 in damage, and the building lost power, officials said.

The local Red Cross is helping displaced residents find temporary housing.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman staff


Man seriously injured by car

A man in his 30s was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with serious injuries Saturday after being hit by a car while walking in South Austin.

A vehicle drove over the pedestrian about 2:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Bremner Drive — just off West Slaughter Lane about a half-mile east of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) — while traveling at a low speed, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said.

The man’s injuries were serious, EMS Capt. Darren Noak said.

The crash remains under investigation. EMS had no further information.

— Philip Jankowski, American-Statesman


Woman charged in yogurt theft

A woman who police say stole a yogurt from a Central Austin construction office trailer Thursday is being charged with a state jail felony punishable by up to a two-year sentence, according to an arrest affidavit.

Kelli Cannon, 35, was charged with burglary of a nonresidence after the owner of the property, including the trailer and an adjacent home on West 29th Street, called police about 5 p.m., according to the document. The trailer was being used as a construction office for workers as they completed renovations on the home, the affidavit said.

One of the construction workers told police Cannon entered the home and began to yell at him and the crew, asking them what they had done with all of her belongings, according to the affidavit.

The worker said Cannon told the crew that it was her house and that they needed to leave. She then walked through the 5,000-square-foot, four-floor home and across the yard to the construction office, the affidavit said.

The owner told police that Cannon did not have his consent to be on the property, according to the affidavit. An entrance gate was open for workers, the affidavit said, and the office had been unlocked that day so workers could use the bathroom.

When police found Cannon, she was holding a cup of yogurt in her left hand and using her right pointer finger to eat it, the affidavit said. It said that she appeared to be happy to see police and told responding officers that she needed help figuring out who was in her home.

Cannon told police she had not committed a crime because she had only taken things from her own residence, according to the affidavit.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman

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