Roberto Villalpando

Mobile/breaking news editor

Roberto Villalpando is the mobile/breaking news editor. His job is to ensure the Statesman’s digital products are updated with the latest local breaking news, with a specific emphasis on mobile presentation. In his previous role at the Statesman, he produced interactive graphics, multimedia features and other digital content for Statesman.com. His journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman began in 1998 and has included a variety of newsroom jobs, such as graphic artist, page designer, copy editor, wire editor and assistant news editor.

Latest from Roberto Villalpando

Dead bat found with rabies in subdivision near Driftwood, officials say
 A dead bat found in a Hays County subdivision in Driftwood last weekend has tested positive for rabies.  Hays County sheriff’s deputies last Sunday responded to the 2000 block of Flint Rock Loop in the Rimrock Subdivision northeast of Driftwood and found a dead bat in the yard of a private residence, officials said. Although officials...

Posted: 9 days ago

A dead bat found in a Hays County subdivision in Driftwood last weekend has tested positive for rabies.  Hays County sheriff’s deputies last Sunday responded to the 2000 block of Flint Rock Loop in the Rimrock Subdivision northeast of Driftwood and found a dead bat in the yard of a private residence, officials said. Although officials...
FORECAST: Temps to hit 99, heat index of 102; chance for isolated rain at night
 Thursday forecast for Austin: At least it’s already Thursday, right? We can also count our blessings and enjoy bright sunshine in Central Texas without temperatures breaking the 100-degree mark. Austin can expect mostly sunny skies with high temperatures peaking around 99 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index...

Posted: 10 days ago

Thursday forecast for Austin: At least it’s already Thursday, right? We can also count our blessings and enjoy bright sunshine in Central Texas without temperatures breaking the 100-degree mark. Austin can expect mostly sunny skies with high temperatures peaking around 99 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index...
Health officials seeking women who handled infected bat downtown
 Health officials are looking for several women who handled a bat last week near the Austin Convention Center downtown that has since tested positive for rabies. The bat was initially found by a passerby near Fourth and Red River streets on Aug. 2 around 4:30 p.m. “Multiple females were seen picking up a bat from the sidewalk and handling...

Posted: 10 days ago

Health officials are looking for several women who handled a bat last week near the Austin Convention Center downtown that has since tested positive for rabies. The bat was initially found by a passerby near Fourth and Red River streets on Aug. 2 around 4:30 p.m. “Multiple females were seen picking up a bat from the sidewalk and handling...
UPDATE: I-35 lower deck reopens after multiple-vehicle crash near Manor Road
 1 p.m. update: All southbound lanes have been reopened on the Interstate 35 lower deck after a crash near Manor Road earlier Tuesday. Earlier: A rollover crash involving multiple vehicles near the 2200 block of Interstate 35 North has forced Austin police to close the highway’s southbound lower deck near the University of Texas...

Posted: 11 days ago

1 p.m. update: All southbound lanes have been reopened on the Interstate 35 lower deck after a crash near Manor Road earlier Tuesday. Earlier: A rollover crash involving multiple vehicles near the 2200 block of Interstate 35 North has forced Austin police to close the highway’s southbound lower deck near the University of Texas...
WEATHER UPDATE: Light rain falling in parts of Austin
 6:20 p.m. update: Light rain is falling in parts of Austin, the American-Statesman weather radar shows. The showers are focused in the city’s center, in Central, East, South and Southeast Austin. 5:25 p.m. update: Light rain is falling in Bastrop, the American-Statesman weather radar shows.  There is a 20 percent...

Posted: 11 days ago

6:20 p.m. update: Light rain is falling in parts of Austin, the American-Statesman weather radar shows. The showers are focused in the city’s center, in Central, East, South and Southeast Austin. 5:25 p.m. update: Light rain is falling in Bastrop, the American-Statesman weather radar shows.  There is a 20 percent...
Blanco County fire 100 percent contained; Llano County fire’s progress also stops
 6:20 p.m. update: A 680-acre wildfire that started earlier this week in Blanco County and later spread into Llano County is now 100 percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. A second wildfire in Llano County, which started earlier this week near highway CR 308, is only 60 percent contained, but the 1,200-acre...

Posted: 30 days ago

6:20 p.m. update: A 680-acre wildfire that started earlier this week in Blanco County and later spread into Llano County is now 100 percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. A second wildfire in Llano County, which started earlier this week near highway CR 308, is only 60 percent contained, but the 1,200-acre...
UPDATE: Fire sparked by gas line out, no damage or injuries reported
 A small gas line struck by contractors ignited in Southwest Austin on Monday morning,  fire officials said, prompting the evacuation of two homes in the area. Austin fire crews responded to the 6500 block of Needham Lane in the Circle C neighborhood, fire officials said. Crews  evacuated the homes on either side of the gas line while crews...

4:08 PM Monday, Jul. 16, 2018

A small gas line struck by contractors ignited in Southwest Austin on Monday morning, fire officials said, prompting the evacuation of two homes in the area. Austin fire crews responded to the 6500 block of Needham Lane in the Circle C neighborhood, fire officials said. Crews evacuated the homes on either side of the gas line while crews...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wreck cleared on southbound U.S. 183, Lamar Blvd.
 11:10 a.m. update: All southbound lanes of U.S. 183 have reopened. Earlier: Only one far right southbound lane is open on U.S. 183 at Lamar Boulevard after a crash  Monday morning, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. Traffic delays extended from the Lamar interchange to as far west as Burnet Road.

4:00 PM Monday, Jul. 16, 2018

11:10 a.m. update: All southbound lanes of U.S. 183 have reopened. Earlier: Only one far right southbound lane is open on U.S. 183 at Lamar Boulevard after a crash Monday morning, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. Traffic delays extended from the Lamar interchange to as far west as Burnet Road.
SCAM ALERT: Credit card skimmer spotted on Howard Lane in Northeast Austin
 The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted Friday at a gas station in Northeast Austin. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered  on pump No. 4 at the Minimax Food Mart at 1033 East Howard Lane on the corner of Howard and Harris Ridge Road...

5:49 PM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted Friday at a gas station in Northeast Austin. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered on pump No. 4 at the Minimax Food Mart at 1033 East Howard Lane on the corner of Howard and Harris Ridge Road...
Biggest cave yet at McNeil High found amid construction, school district says
 Construction at McNeil High School has yielded the discovery of the biggest cave under the campus yet, Round Rock school district officials said. The district shared photos of Cave No. 19 late Thursday on its Facebook page, which show stalagmites and stalactites on the floor and ceiling. The construction project, which has exceeded...

3:14 PM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

Construction at McNeil High School has yielded the discovery of the biggest cave under the campus yet, Round Rock school district officials said. The district shared photos of Cave No. 19 late Thursday on its Facebook page, which show stalagmites and stalactites on the floor and ceiling. The construction project, which has exceeded...
SCAM ALERT: Credit card skimmer spotted at San Marcos gas station off I-35
 The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted last week at a gas station in San Marcos. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered July 6 on pump No. 12 at the Exxon on the corner of Wonder World Drive and the Interstate 35 North frontage road,...

3:55 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted last week at a gas station in San Marcos. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered July 6 on pump No. 12 at the Exxon on the corner of Wonder World Drive and the Interstate 35 North frontage road,...