Katie Hall

Breaking news reporter

Katie Hall has been a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman since August 2015. Previously, she covered parts of western Travis County, including the Eanes school district, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. Before that, she wrote about crime for newspapers in southern Louisiana and New Orleans, where she is originally from.

Latest from Katie Hall

1 man injured after shooting in Southeast Austin, officials say
 Officers are currently searching for the perpetrator after a man was shot in Southeast Austin, police said.  The shooting was reported at 10:39 p.m. at Raleigh Circle and Lambs Lane. The man’s gunshot wound is not life-threatening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Investigators believe the shooter and the victim knew each...

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Officers are currently searching for the perpetrator after a man was shot in Southeast Austin, police said.  The shooting was reported at 10:39 p.m. at Raleigh Circle and Lambs Lane. The man’s gunshot wound is not life-threatening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Investigators believe the shooter and the victim knew each...
Former baseball player Kelly Gruber arrested in Austin on DWI charge
 Former major-league baseball player Kelly  Gruber was arrested in Austin on a  charge of driving while intoxicated early Saturday, records show. Gruber, 56, was a two-time All-Star while playing baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1984 to 1992. As a teenager, Gruber played baseball for Westlake High School.  An Austin officer...

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Former major-league baseball player Kelly Gruber was arrested in Austin on a charge of driving while intoxicated early Saturday, records show. Gruber, 56, was a two-time All-Star while playing baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1984 to 1992. As a teenager, Gruber played baseball for Westlake High School.  An Austin officer...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Police reopen all of I-35 after Round Rock crash
 6:50 p.m. update: Police have reopened all lanes of Interstate 35 after a crash in Round Rock near Westinghouse Road, but drivers should still expect lengthy delays in the area for some time.  6:20 p.m. update: Police have reopened northbound I-35; southbound I-35 remains closed.  Earlier: Both directions of traffic on...

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6:50 p.m. update: Police have reopened all lanes of Interstate 35 after a crash in Round Rock near Westinghouse Road, but drivers should still expect lengthy delays in the area for some time.  6:20 p.m. update: Police have reopened northbound I-35; southbound I-35 remains closed.  Earlier: Both directions of traffic on...
Austin police warn of phone scam ‘our community is falling victim to’
 Austin police are warning the public of an ongoing phone scam in which the scammers falsely identify themselves as Austin officials to get people to pay them money. “We have a trend of fraudulent, scamming phone calls that our community is falling victim to,” Austin police Officer Albino Cadenas said. The scammers are telling...

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Austin police are warning the public of an ongoing phone scam in which the scammers falsely identify themselves as Austin officials to get people to pay them money. “We have a trend of fraudulent, scamming phone calls that our community is falling victim to,” Austin police Officer Albino Cadenas said. The scammers are telling...
NEW DETAILS: Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media 
 A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested after he shared a photo on social media Wednesday of a gun inside a bag with the caption “ready for school,” according to his arrest affidavit. Holden Cooper Smith is charged with making a terroristic threat, jail records show. He was booked into the Travis County Jail...

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A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested after he shared a photo on social media Wednesday of a gun inside a bag with the caption “ready for school,” according to his arrest affidavit. Holden Cooper Smith is charged with making a terroristic threat, jail records show. He was booked into the Travis County Jail...
FORECAST: Storms likely on Saturday
 There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms in Austin throughout the day Saturday, according to meteorologists.  Current forecasts show a 30-40 percent chance of rain Saturday morning, and that chance rises to 50 percent from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, according to current National Weather Service data. The chance for rain then drops to 30 percent...

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There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms in Austin throughout the day Saturday, according to meteorologists.  Current forecasts show a 30-40 percent chance of rain Saturday morning, and that chance rises to 50 percent from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, according to current National Weather Service data. The chance for rain then drops to 30 percent...
UPDATE: One dead, one injured after shooting in East Austin, police say
 One man died and another was seriously injured on Thursday evening after a shooting in East Austin, according to Austin police. Emergency crews were called to the 1100 block of Poquito Street, between East Seventh Street and Rosewood Avenue, around 6:28 p.m., Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics said. Both men were taken...

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One man died and another was seriously injured on Thursday evening after a shooting in East Austin, according to Austin police. Emergency crews were called to the 1100 block of Poquito Street, between East Seventh Street and Rosewood Avenue, around 6:28 p.m., Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics said. Both men were taken...
Round Rock man accused of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel, feds say
 Authorities arrested a Round Rock man Thursday after a federal grand jury accused him of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel on eBay, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  Steve Kim, 58, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of trafficking in counterfeit...

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Authorities arrested a Round Rock man Thursday after a federal grand jury accused him of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel on eBay, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  Steve Kim, 58, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of trafficking in counterfeit...
Street artist honors Draylen Mason with East Austin mural
 Local artist Mike Johnston created a mural in memory of Draylen Mason that is now on display in East Austin. The poster is glued to an electric box at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning. Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb during a string of attacks that left several others...

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Local artist Mike Johnston created a mural in memory of Draylen Mason that is now on display in East Austin. The poster is glued to an electric box at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning. Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb during a string of attacks that left several others...
Emergency crews respond to explosion at Valero refinery in Texas City 
 Emergency crews responded to an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Valero refinery in Texas City, according to Texas City officials.  No one was injured or killed, and all Valero personnel were accounted for, Texas City officials said.  The fire was contained by 6:30 p.m. Fire crews will continue to be at the site —...

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Emergency crews responded to an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Valero refinery in Texas City, according to Texas City officials.  No one was injured or killed, and all Valero personnel were accounted for, Texas City officials said.  The fire was contained by 6:30 p.m. Fire crews will continue to be at the site —...
Draylen Mason honored with mural in East Austin
 Austin artist Mike Johnston put up a mural in East Austin in memory of Austin bombing victim Draylen Mason.  The poster is glued to an electric box in East Austin at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning.  Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb in Austin during a spree...

Posted: 5 days ago

Austin artist Mike Johnston put up a mural in East Austin in memory of Austin bombing victim Draylen Mason.  The poster is glued to an electric box in East Austin at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning.  Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb in Austin during a spree...