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Roberto Villalpando

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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.

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Boerne man accused of punch attack at San Marcos bar in March surrenders
 A Boerne man  accused of punching a man unconscious outside a San Marcos bar last month has surrendered to authorities, officials announced Friday. Bryan Albert Garcia, who is charged with assault-bodily injury and serious bodily injury, turned himself in to the Hays County Jail early Thursday. Garcia, 34, was identified as a suspect...

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A Boerne man accused of punching a man unconscious outside a San Marcos bar last month has surrendered to authorities, officials announced Friday. Bryan Albert Garcia, who is charged with assault-bodily injury and serious bodily injury, turned himself in to the Hays County Jail early Thursday. Garcia, 34, was identified as a suspect...
Authorities investigating threats at Hays High School; classes on schedule
 Authorities are investigating threats made against students at Hays High School and school officials said they would increasing police presence on campus on Friday. Classes and other events at the school so far remain unaffected and the campus is expected to operate normally. The Hays County sheriff’s office said it had received ...

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Authorities are investigating threats made against students at Hays High School and school officials said they would increasing police presence on campus on Friday. Classes and other events at the school so far remain unaffected and the campus is expected to operate normally. The Hays County sheriff’s office said it had received ...
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...
Austin police to lead training Tuesday on how to respond to shooters

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Austin police will help train civilians in how to respond to an active shooter in a free session at a Southwest Austin church next week. Officer Josh Visi will lead the training at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 U.S. 290 West, on April 24 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge, the church said in a statement. The...
Woman bit off boyfriend’s ear, charged with assault, Austin police say
 A 20-year-old woman faces an assault charge after she admitted to Austin police that she bit her boyfriend’s ear off at a Southeast Austin motel, according to court documents filed this week. Portia Washington has been charged with aggravated assault but was not in Travis County Jail on Thursday, according to jail records. Police first...

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A 20-year-old woman faces an assault charge after she admitted to Austin police that she bit her boyfriend’s ear off at a Southeast Austin motel, according to court documents filed this week. Portia Washington has been charged with aggravated assault but was not in Travis County Jail on Thursday, according to jail records. Police first...
UT police seeking suspect in campus sexual assault at Bellmont Hall
 University of Texas police said they are looking for a suspect in a sexual assault that was reported on the campus Wednesday night. UT police responded at 8:45 p.m. to a 911 call by a male student who said he had been sexually assaulted at Bellmont Hall by a stranger. The student said he had been using a restroom around 8:15 p.m. when another...

Posted: 2 days ago

University of Texas police said they are looking for a suspect in a sexual assault that was reported on the campus Wednesday night. UT police responded at 8:45 p.m. to a 911 call by a male student who said he had been sexually assaulted at Bellmont Hall by a stranger. The student said he had been using a restroom around 8:15 p.m. when another...
FORECAST: Breezy, cooler than normal, high of 75 on Thursday; cloudy Friday
 Thursday forecast for Austin: Elevated fire weather conditions, such as dry air and high winds that could spread brush fires more quickly, are possible in the afternoon and early evening across the Hill Country, the National Weather Service says. But in Austin, forecasters expect sunshine and milder than normal springtime temperatures no...

Posted: 2 days ago

Thursday forecast for Austin: Elevated fire weather conditions, such as dry air and high winds that could spread brush fires more quickly, are possible in the afternoon and early evening across the Hill Country, the National Weather Service says. But in Austin, forecasters expect sunshine and milder than normal springtime temperatures no...
Public visitation for Barbara Bush on Friday, private funeral Saturday in Houston
 A private funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush will be held Saturday in Houston but a public visitation is planned for Friday. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush died Tuesday. She was 92. During her time in the White House and in the decades after, Barbara Bush advocated...

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A private funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush will be held Saturday in Houston but a public visitation is planned for Friday. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush died Tuesday. She was 92. During her time in the White House and in the decades after, Barbara Bush advocated...
FORECAST: Gorgeous spring weather Wednesday; slightly cooler Thursday
 Wednesday forecast for Austin: Get out and enjoy the sunshine and temperate springtime weather while you can this week because by Friday we’ll see more clouds and increasing chances for rain and possible storms Saturday. In Austin, we can expect mostly sunny skies with temperatures climbing to a high of around 82 degrees, according...

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Wednesday forecast for Austin: Get out and enjoy the sunshine and temperate springtime weather while you can this week because by Friday we’ll see more clouds and increasing chances for rain and possible storms Saturday. In Austin, we can expect mostly sunny skies with temperatures climbing to a high of around 82 degrees, according...
Police identify motorcyclist killed April 12 in Southwest Austin collision
 Austin police have identified a motorcyclist who was killed last week in a collision on Texas 71 in Southwest Austin as 26-year-old Ethan Childress. According to the findings of a preliminary investigation by police, Childress was heading west in the 8200 block of Texas 71, riding a blue Yamaha motorcycle, when he collided with a gray Toyota...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin police have identified a motorcyclist who was killed last week in a collision on Texas 71 in Southwest Austin as 26-year-old Ethan Childress. According to the findings of a preliminary investigation by police, Childress was heading west in the 8200 block of Texas 71, riding a blue Yamaha motorcycle, when he collided with a gray Toyota...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Northbound lanes of I-35 reopen in Round Rock after wreck 

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9:50 a.m. update: Crews have cleared a wreck that closed multiple northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Round Rock, but residual traffic delays remained as the roadway near the FM 1431 intersection slowly reopened.  Earlier: A wreck has closed all northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Round Rock except for one near the IKEA store at FM...