Claire Osborn

Williamson County reporter

Claire Osborn writes about Williamson County for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the American-Statesman since 1989 covering the police beat in Austin, the district and federal courts in Travis County and writing various features about the city. She has also been on an episode of the Forensic Files television show, which featured a local murder case. She spends a lot of time on Austin's Hike and Bike Trail walking her very funny dog who declines to comment on anything she's written.

Latest from Claire Osborn

Police: Man who sent lewd video to officer now faces child porn charge
 An Austin man accused in July of sending a lewd video to an officer posing as a 15-year-old girl now faces a new charge after Georgetown police found child pornography on his cell phone, an arrest affidavit said. Scott Phillips II, 31, was charged Monday with possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years...

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An Austin man accused in July of sending a lewd video to an officer posing as a 15-year-old girl now faces a new charge after Georgetown police found child pornography on his cell phone, an arrest affidavit said. Scott Phillips II, 31, was charged Monday with possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years...
Tensions erupt over limiting power of Georgetown historic commission
 Tensions flared Tuesday night at a packed Georgetown council meeting during a discussion on limiting the power of a city panel to determine what can be built in certain parts of town. Two council members snapped at a third and a former mayoral candidate was escorted out of the meeting by police after talking out of turn. After the hearing...

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Tensions flared Tuesday night at a packed Georgetown council meeting during a discussion on limiting the power of a city panel to determine what can be built in certain parts of town. Two council members snapped at a third and a former mayoral candidate was escorted out of the meeting by police after talking out of turn. After the hearing...
Austin man accused of stealing rifle from Round Rock police car
 An Austin man is accused of stealing an AR-15 rifle from a locked gun rack inside a Round Rock police car, according to an arrest affidavit. Louis Philip Reyes, 26, was charged with theft of a firearm, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years behind bars. On June 22, Round Rock police discovered the rifle was stolen from a patrol...

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An Austin man is accused of stealing an AR-15 rifle from a locked gun rack inside a Round Rock police car, according to an arrest affidavit. Louis Philip Reyes, 26, was charged with theft of a firearm, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years behind bars. On June 22, Round Rock police discovered the rifle was stolen from a patrol...
Police: Man kidnapped ex-girlfriend by posing as delivery man
 A man is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend by posing as a delivery man and forcing his way into her Round Rock home where he held her captive for four days until she was able to alert police, an arrest affidavit said. Thomas Hill, 31, of Sour Lake, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99...

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A man is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend by posing as a delivery man and forcing his way into her Round Rock home where he held her captive for four days until she was able to alert police, an arrest affidavit said. Thomas Hill, 31, of Sour Lake, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99...
Group asks county to end Taylor detention center contract early
 Members of an advocacy group asked Williamson County commissioners on Tuesday to end a contract with an immigrant detention center for women in Taylor several months before they had planned. Mark Brooks, a member of the rights group Grassroots Leadership, asked commissioners during their regular meeting to give the T. Don Hutto Residential...

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Members of an advocacy group asked Williamson County commissioners on Tuesday to end a contract with an immigrant detention center for women in Taylor several months before they had planned. Mark Brooks, a member of the rights group Grassroots Leadership, asked commissioners during their regular meeting to give the T. Don Hutto Residential...
Sheriff: Man accused of indecency with child near Jarrell restaurant
 The Williamson County sheriff’s office arrested a man after a teenager saw him masturbating in his car outside a restaurant in Jarrell, according to a tweet from Sheriff Robert Chody. Philip Raymond Ortegon of Jarrell was charged with indecency with a child, Chody said. A 13-year-old girl sitting in a car with her mother at a McDonald&rsquo...

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The Williamson County sheriff’s office arrested a man after a teenager saw him masturbating in his car outside a restaurant in Jarrell, according to a tweet from Sheriff Robert Chody. Philip Raymond Ortegon of Jarrell was charged with indecency with a child, Chody said. A 13-year-old girl sitting in a car with her mother at a McDonald&rsquo...
Advocacy group: ICE attempting to keep detention center in Taylor open
 Federal immigration officials have issued a request for information from contractors in what appears to be an attempt to keep the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor operational, according to a news release from the immigrant rights group Grassroots Leadership. The request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, first reported...

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Federal immigration officials have issued a request for information from contractors in what appears to be an attempt to keep the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor operational, according to a news release from the immigrant rights group Grassroots Leadership. The request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, first reported...
Georgetown keeps tax rate flat, but property taxes to rise
 Georgetown’s proposed $354 million budget for 2018-19 maintains the same property tax rate, adds 31 jobs to the city, gives pay raises to employees, pays for the construction of a fire station, includes voter-approved bonds for roads and has a new neighborhood traffic management program. Despite keeping the same property tax rate, the...

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Georgetown’s proposed $354 million budget for 2018-19 maintains the same property tax rate, adds 31 jobs to the city, gives pay raises to employees, pays for the construction of a fire station, includes voter-approved bonds for roads and has a new neighborhood traffic management program. Despite keeping the same property tax rate, the...
West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Taylor
 Mosquitoes trapped in Taylor have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a news elease from the Williamson County and Cities Health District and the city of Taylor. The sample was taken from a trap near Robinson Park off Dolan Street on July 27, the release said. A positive test result was reported to the city of Taylor on...

Posted: 11 days ago

Mosquitoes trapped in Taylor have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a news elease from the Williamson County and Cities Health District and the city of Taylor. The sample was taken from a trap near Robinson Park off Dolan Street on July 27, the release said. A positive test result was reported to the city of Taylor on...
Williamson County attorney sues commissioners over salary limit policy
 Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs has filed a lawsuit against county commissioners, saying the policy they set on salary limits for employees is preventing him from hiring or keeping qualified employees. According to the policy, if Hobbs wants to hire a new employee above the minimum pay set for a job he can only offer 25 percent above...

Posted: 12 days ago

Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs has filed a lawsuit against county commissioners, saying the policy they set on salary limits for employees is preventing him from hiring or keeping qualified employees. According to the policy, if Hobbs wants to hire a new employee above the minimum pay set for a job he can only offer 25 percent above...
Deputies seize $55,000 in traffic stop in Georgetown
 Williamson County sheriff’s deputies seized $55,000 during a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in Georgetown, Sheriff Robert Chody said in a tweet on Friday morning. The traffic stop was made in the 5300 block of I-35 after a vehicle failed to signal while making a lane change, Chody said. Deputies found $55,000 hidden in a secret compartment...

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Williamson County sheriff’s deputies seized $55,000 during a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in Georgetown, Sheriff Robert Chody said in a tweet on Friday morning. The traffic stop was made in the 5300 block of I-35 after a vehicle failed to signal while making a lane change, Chody said. Deputies found $55,000 hidden in a secret compartment...