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

Court of appeals blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance
 A state appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Austin’s ordinance that would require private employers to provide paid sick leave.  A coalition of businesses has challenged the law, which was passed in February. The coalition sought a temporary injunction, and a state district judge denied that request in June. Friday&rsquo...

Posted: 8 hours ago

A state appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Austin’s ordinance that would require private employers to provide paid sick leave.  A coalition of businesses has challenged the law, which was passed in February. The coalition sought a temporary injunction, and a state district judge denied that request in June. Friday&rsquo...
Father accuses 6th Street bar of over-serving son killed in wrong-way crash
 The father of a man who died in a wrong-way crash in South Austin is suing a Sixth Street bar for allegedly over-serving alcohol to his son.  Zachary McBride, 23, died March 25 after he crashed into a concrete median on MoPac Boulevard and died. Police said he was traveling south in the northbound lane when he struck a concrete construction...

Posted: 14 hours ago

The father of a man who died in a wrong-way crash in South Austin is suing a Sixth Street bar for allegedly over-serving alcohol to his son.  Zachary McBride, 23, died March 25 after he crashed into a concrete median on MoPac Boulevard and died. Police said he was traveling south in the northbound lane when he struck a concrete construction...
911 call reporting barricaded person in NW Austin was hoax, sheriff says
 8:45 p.m. update: A 911 call that prompted a large law enforcement response to a Northwest Austin apartment Thursday evening was a prank, Williamson County’s sheriff said. Williamson County deputies and Austin police SWAT responded just after 5 p.m. because a man who sounded distraught said he was going to barricade himself in...

Posted: a day ago

8:45 p.m. update: A 911 call that prompted a large law enforcement response to a Northwest Austin apartment Thursday evening was a prank, Williamson County’s sheriff said. Williamson County deputies and Austin police SWAT responded just after 5 p.m. because a man who sounded distraught said he was going to barricade himself in...
Burnet County officials find human remains near car of missing woman
 Burnet County sheriff’s officials on Tuesday found a car that was owned by a woman who hasn’t been seen since April — and also found skeletal human remains nearby. Tina Marie Logan, 40, was last seen around 10 a.m. April 2 at the 29 Tire shop in Burnet, sheriff’s investigators said.  Investigators found her vehicle ...

Posted: a day ago

Burnet County sheriff’s officials on Tuesday found a car that was owned by a woman who hasn’t been seen since April — and also found skeletal human remains nearby. Tina Marie Logan, 40, was last seen around 10 a.m. April 2 at the 29 Tire shop in Burnet, sheriff’s investigators said.  Investigators found her vehicle ...
Police looking for shooters after teen shot at Manor elementary school 
 A teenage boy was shot at a Manor school district elementary school on Monday night, and detectives are still looking for what they believe were multiple shooters, Austin police said.  Police did not name the elementary school but said it happened at 11316 Farmhaven Road, which is the address of Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. Officers...

Posted: a day ago

A teenage boy was shot at a Manor school district elementary school on Monday night, and detectives are still looking for what they believe were multiple shooters, Austin police said.  Police did not name the elementary school but said it happened at 11316 Farmhaven Road, which is the address of Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. Officers...
Grand jury indicts son of slain jeweler on capital murder charge
 A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Nicolas Shaughnessy, who Travis County investigators have accused of planning to kill his father, on a charge of capital murder, court records show. A two-page indictment said Shaughnessy “knowingly caused the death of an individual” by hiring a man detectives identified as 21-year-old...

Posted: 2 days ago

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Nicolas Shaughnessy, who Travis County investigators have accused of planning to kill his father, on a charge of capital murder, court records show. A two-page indictment said Shaughnessy “knowingly caused the death of an individual” by hiring a man detectives identified as 21-year-old...
Body found floating in Lady Bird Lake near Congress Avenue bridge, officials say
 A body was found floating in Lady Bird Lake near the Congress Avenue bridge on Wednesday evening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  The man, estimated to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene, EMS officials said. His death does not appear to have been a homicide, said Austin police, who temporarily closed a portion...

Posted: 2 days ago

A body was found floating in Lady Bird Lake near the Congress Avenue bridge on Wednesday evening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  The man, estimated to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene, EMS officials said. His death does not appear to have been a homicide, said Austin police, who temporarily closed a portion...
Woman hospitalized after scooter crash on Capitol grounds
 A woman was hospitalized in Austin on Tuesday after she crashed her stand-up motorized scooter into a fixed object, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. The incident happened just before 5 p.m. in the 100 block of East 11th Street on Capitol grounds, EMS officials said.  The woman, who is estimated to be in her 20s, has serious injuries...

Posted: 3 days ago

A woman was hospitalized in Austin on Tuesday after she crashed her stand-up motorized scooter into a fixed object, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. The incident happened just before 5 p.m. in the 100 block of East 11th Street on Capitol grounds, EMS officials said.  The woman, who is estimated to be in her 20s, has serious injuries...
Men steal guns, jewelry from Austin pawn shop, federal officials say
 Two men on Monday robbed a South Austin pawn shop, threatening an employee with a sledgehammer and breaking display cases, according to officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The men stole five pistols and over $6,000 in jewelry, officials said.   The feds are offering a reward of up to $4,000 for...

Posted: 3 days ago

Two men on Monday robbed a South Austin pawn shop, threatening an employee with a sledgehammer and breaking display cases, according to officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The men stole five pistols and over $6,000 in jewelry, officials said.   The feds are offering a reward of up to $4,000 for...
2 children, 3 adults injured after crash on Anderson Mill Road 
 Two children and three adults were injured Monday night after a two-car crash on Anderson Mill Road, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  The two-vehicle collision happened around 9:10 p.m. in the 10400 block of Anderson Mill Road, about a mile west of U.S. 183, EMS officials said.  Nine people total were involved in the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two children and three adults were injured Monday night after a two-car crash on Anderson Mill Road, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  The two-vehicle collision happened around 9:10 p.m. in the 10400 block of Anderson Mill Road, about a mile west of U.S. 183, EMS officials said.  Nine people total were involved in the...
San Marcos teacher charged with having improper relationship with student
 A San Marcos teacher and coach is accused of having an improper relationship with a student, according to his arrest affidavit. Rodney Guerrero, 39, was arrested Saturday and charged with improper relationship between educator/student. He describes himself as “the boys athletic coordinator at Goodnight Middle School” ...

Posted: 4 days ago

A San Marcos teacher and coach is accused of having an improper relationship with a student, according to his arrest affidavit. Rodney Guerrero, 39, was arrested Saturday and charged with improper relationship between educator/student. He describes himself as “the boys athletic coordinator at Goodnight Middle School” ...