Eric Dexheimer

Investigative reporter

Eric Dexheimer has been a member of the Statesman's investigative team since 2006. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked for newspapers in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Latest from Eric Dexheimer

HURRICANE HARVEY: Bait shop owner’s insurance payout thwarted by a typo
 Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape...

Posted: 4 days ago

Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape...
Bait shop owner’s Hurricane Harvey insurance payout thwarted by a typo
 Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape.&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape.&rdquo...
After placing city’s mansion on home tour, Lago Vista feels estate envy
 “Welcome to my house!” Trisha Upchurch said, spreading her arms to take in the high-ceiling foyer. To her left, a large coat of arms hung over the fireplace. Behind her, glass doors opened to an expansive patio and the infinity-edge pool; and, beyond that, a stunning view over the length of Lake Travis. This past weekend, the...

Posted: 15 days ago

“Welcome to my house!” Trisha Upchurch said, spreading her arms to take in the high-ceiling foyer. To her left, a large coat of arms hung over the fireplace. Behind her, glass doors opened to an expansive patio and the infinity-edge pool; and, beyond that, a stunning view over the length of Lake Travis. This past weekend, the...
How Susan Combs’ Trump Interior post has been received
 In the days following an American-Statesman scoop that former Texas official Susan Combs will shape federal endangered species policy in the Trump administration, reaction has sharply differed. As the U.S. Department of Interior’s acting assistant secretary for fish, wildlife, and parks, Combs, a veteran of Texas government, will oversee...

Posted: 23 days ago

In the days following an American-Statesman scoop that former Texas official Susan Combs will shape federal endangered species policy in the Trump administration, reaction has sharply differed. As the U.S. Department of Interior’s acting assistant secretary for fish, wildlife, and parks, Combs, a veteran of Texas government, will oversee...
Susan Combs to be named to U.S. Department of the Interior post
 A former Texas official who once referred to proposed endangered species protections as “incoming Scud missiles” will soon be named to a Trump administration post overseeing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Susan Combs, a rancher and former Texas state senator and state comptroller who has long...

Posted: 26 days ago

A former Texas official who once referred to proposed endangered species protections as “incoming Scud missiles” will soon be named to a Trump administration post overseeing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Susan Combs, a rancher and former Texas state senator and state comptroller who has long...
Texas alcohol agency reverses judge, preserving state booze industry
 In a billion-dollar game of brinkmanship over the state’s booze business, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission blinked. Last fall, when an Austin judge issued an opinion he acknowledged could shut down much of the state’s alcoholic beverage industry, he admitted it was ludicrous. But, Administrative Law Judge Robert Jones Jr...

Posted: 28 days ago

In a billion-dollar game of brinkmanship over the state’s booze business, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission blinked. Last fall, when an Austin judge issued an opinion he acknowledged could shut down much of the state’s alcoholic beverage industry, he admitted it was ludicrous. But, Administrative Law Judge Robert Jones Jr...
For those with ill intent, many bomb makings unregulated, easy to find
 Although the serial bomber responsible for a half-dozen explosives attacks over the past three weeks is now apparently dead, questions about Mark Anthony Conditt’s methods remain. How can a 23-year-old with modest education manage to obtain explosives and construct functional bombs that killed two and injured four? The answer: Disturbingly...

6:00 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Although the serial bomber responsible for a half-dozen explosives attacks over the past three weeks is now apparently dead, questions about Mark Anthony Conditt’s methods remain. How can a 23-year-old with modest education manage to obtain explosives and construct functional bombs that killed two and injured four? The answer: Disturbingly...
For those with ill intent, many bomb items unregulated, easy to find
 Although the serial bomber responsible for a half-dozen explosives attacks over the past three weeks is now apparently dead, questions about Mark Conditt’s methods remain. How can a 23-year-old with a modest education manage to obtain explosives and construct functional bombs that killed two and injured four? The answer: disturbingly...

5:39 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Although the serial bomber responsible for a half-dozen explosives attacks over the past three weeks is now apparently dead, questions about Mark Conditt’s methods remain. How can a 23-year-old with a modest education manage to obtain explosives and construct functional bombs that killed two and injured four? The answer: disturbingly...
Latest Austin explosion has experts tweaking bomber profile
 Law enforcement and others seeking clues into the mind of what now appears to be a serial bomber say the latest explosive incident on Sunday night, the city’s fourth over 17 days, provided more trail crumbs than definitive signposts pointing toward a potential suspect. >> Read more trending news  Austin interim Police Chief...

1:30 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Law enforcement and others seeking clues into the mind of what now appears to be a serial bomber say the latest explosive incident on Sunday night, the city’s fourth over 17 days, provided more trail crumbs than definitive signposts pointing toward a potential suspect. >> Read more trending news  Austin interim Police Chief...
Austin bombings: Latest explosion has experts tweaking bomber profile
 Law enforcement and others seeking clues into the mind of what now appears to be a serial bomber say the latest explosive incident on Sunday night, the city’s fourth over 17 days, provided more trail crumbs than definitive signposts pointing toward a potential suspect. Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley has said preliminary indications...

12:35 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Law enforcement and others seeking clues into the mind of what now appears to be a serial bomber say the latest explosive incident on Sunday night, the city’s fourth over 17 days, provided more trail crumbs than definitive signposts pointing toward a potential suspect. Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley has said preliminary indications...
For investigators, a race to decode hidden message in Austin bombings
 Police in Austin are continuing their investigation of explosions that have killed two people and injured at least four others.  Most of the explosions  so far were due to package bombs, but another explosion Sunday night was triggered by a trip wire and  not a package bomb, the American-Stateman reported. Officials are investigating...

3:09 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Police in Austin are continuing their investigation of explosions that have killed two people and injured at least four others.  Most of the explosions so far were due to package bombs, but another explosion Sunday night was triggered by a trip wire and not a package bomb, the American-Stateman reported. Officials are investigating...