Mark D. Wilson

Breaking news reporter

Mark D. Wilson is a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Formerly the criminal justice and public safety reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, Mark also was a staff writer for the weekly bilingual publication Conexión and for the weekly Southside Reporter. Mark is a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as a news reporter and entertainment section editor for The University Star and was recognized by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2012 for feature writing and contributions to an investigative series.

Latest from Mark D. Wilson

Austin police officer who killed Morgan Rankins won’t face criminal charges, DA says
 An Austin police officer who shot and killed 30-year-old Morgan London Rankins in 2017 will not face criminal charges, according to Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore. The officer, Benjamin Rogers, shot Rankins on Feb. 22 after, according to police, she charged him with a knife. The events that led to the shooting began when police...

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An Austin police officer who shot and killed 30-year-old Morgan London Rankins in 2017 will not face criminal charges, according to Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore. The officer, Benjamin Rogers, shot Rankins on Feb. 22 after, according to police, she charged him with a knife. The events that led to the shooting began when police...
UT officials to set off fireworks at football stadium on Wednesday morning
 University of Texas officials will set of fireworks at the Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium on Wednesday morning to prepare for the first Longhorn football game at home. UT police warned followers on Twitter that the pyrotechnics test, scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m., will be visible and loud. The Longhorns will begin their 2017 season in Maryland...

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University of Texas officials will set of fireworks at the Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium on Wednesday morning to prepare for the first Longhorn football game at home. UT police warned followers on Twitter that the pyrotechnics test, scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m., will be visible and loud. The Longhorns will begin their 2017 season in Maryland...
Pedestrian killed on I-35 on July 27 identified
 Austin police have identified a pedestrian who died after being hit by a truck on Interstate 35 on July 27 as 23-year-old David O’Beirne. Police said O’Beirne was walking across the 500 block of the highway around 5:29 a.m. when a green truck headed south in an outside lane slammed into him. O’Beirne died at the scene, police...

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Austin police have identified a pedestrian who died after being hit by a truck on Interstate 35 on July 27 as 23-year-old David O’Beirne. Police said O’Beirne was walking across the 500 block of the highway around 5:29 a.m. when a green truck headed south in an outside lane slammed into him. O’Beirne died at the scene, police...
Austin school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting young student, affidavit states
 An Austin school district bus driver who admitted touching a 5-year-old student inappropriately several times was arrested Friday and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, his arrest affidavit says. Cesar Antonio Maldonado, 57, was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday night and was still being held in lieu of $50,000 bail...

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An Austin school district bus driver who admitted touching a 5-year-old student inappropriately several times was arrested Friday and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, his arrest affidavit says. Cesar Antonio Maldonado, 57, was booked into the Travis County Jail on Friday night and was still being held in lieu of $50,000 bail...
UPDATE: Southbound I-35 reopened after crash that sent 6 to the hospital 
 1:45 p.m. update: All lanes of Interstate 35 in South Austin have reopened following an earlier crash that sent six people to the hospital. 1:04 p.m. update: All southbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been shut down after a fiery crash that injured six people, including three children. Austin police said all traffic is being diverted...

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1:45 p.m. update: All lanes of Interstate 35 in South Austin have reopened following an earlier crash that sent six people to the hospital. 1:04 p.m. update: All southbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been shut down after a fiery crash that injured six people, including three children. Austin police said all traffic is being diverted...
Man stabbed during fight with neighbor in New Braunfels, police say
 A 30-year-old man was hospitalized Thursday morning in New Braunfels  after being stabbed by a neighbor during a fight, according to  police. Officers responded to the Sage Apartments in the 2500 block of West San Antonio Street around 2:50 a.m. after receiving reports of the stabbing. Emergency crews found the man with a serious wound to...

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A 30-year-old man was hospitalized Thursday morning in New Braunfels after being stabbed by a neighbor during a fight, according to police. Officers responded to the Sage Apartments in the 2500 block of West San Antonio Street around 2:50 a.m. after receiving reports of the stabbing. Emergency crews found the man with a serious wound to...
Austin officer paralyzed after falling from cliff in ATV, police group says
 An Austin police officer on vacation in New Mexico was paralyzed last Saturday after falling nearly 45 feet from a cliff while riding an all-terrain vehicle. The officer, Tammy Barrett, was pinned under the ATV for several hours before emergency crews could free her, according to Austin Cops for Charities. Barrett was taken to University...

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An Austin police officer on vacation in New Mexico was paralyzed last Saturday after falling nearly 45 feet from a cliff while riding an all-terrain vehicle. The officer, Tammy Barrett, was pinned under the ATV for several hours before emergency crews could free her, according to Austin Cops for Charities. Barrett was taken to University...
Man charged with soliciting minors for sex provided vape pens, alcohol, sheriff says
 A Lakeway resident suspected of soliciting children for sexual favors in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties was arrested on Tuesday by Hays County sheriff’s deputies, officials said. Luann Fabric Campos Leao Hida, 24, faces charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor and two counts of online solicitation of a minor, the sheriff&rsquo...

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A Lakeway resident suspected of soliciting children for sexual favors in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties was arrested on Tuesday by Hays County sheriff’s deputies, officials said. Luann Fabric Campos Leao Hida, 24, faces charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor and two counts of online solicitation of a minor, the sheriff&rsquo...
Austin security guard shot at man who tried to run him over in SUV, affidavit says
 A security guard opened fire early Monday on a driver in Southeast Austin who reportedly had thrown a woman out of an SUV before aiming the vehicle directly at the guard, according to an arrest affidavit. Police identified the driver as 25-year-old Cruz Alejandro Maldonado, who faces a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a...

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A security guard opened fire early Monday on a driver in Southeast Austin who reportedly had thrown a woman out of an SUV before aiming the vehicle directly at the guard, according to an arrest affidavit. Police identified the driver as 25-year-old Cruz Alejandro Maldonado, who faces a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a...
Federal agents teach Central Texas officers to sift clues from bombs
 Bomb experts from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives detonated a series of explosive devices this week in Williamson County to teach Central Texas law enforcement officers how to investigate controlled detonations or bombing attacks similar to the ones that terrorized Austin in March. The blasts Monday at...

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Bomb experts from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives detonated a series of explosive devices this week in Williamson County to teach Central Texas law enforcement officers how to investigate controlled detonations or bombing attacks similar to the ones that terrorized Austin in March. The blasts Monday at...
Central Texas firefighters, including 5 from Austin, to battle Calif. wildfires
 Five members of the Austin Fire Department are heading to California with nearly 100 other Texas firefighters to help battle raging wildfires burning throughout the northern portion of the state. Austin fire officials said firefighters from Round Rock, Bryan, College Station, and Oak Hill, part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System...

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Five members of the Austin Fire Department are heading to California with nearly 100 other Texas firefighters to help battle raging wildfires burning throughout the northern portion of the state. Austin fire officials said firefighters from Round Rock, Bryan, College Station, and Oak Hill, part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System...