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

UPDATE: Southbound Interstate 35 reopened after crash near Riverside Drive
 6:36 a.m. update: Emergency crews have reopened all southbound lanes of Interstate 35 that were shut down after a crash on Tuesday morning.  Traffic is still moving slowly through the downtown area, and drivers are being asked to use caution. EARLIER: Emergency crews responded to a crash on Interstate 35 near Riverside Drive on Tuesday...

Posted: 5 days ago

6:36 a.m. update: Emergency crews have reopened all southbound lanes of Interstate 35 that were shut down after a crash on Tuesday morning.  Traffic is still moving slowly through the downtown area, and drivers are being asked to use caution. EARLIER: Emergency crews responded to a crash on Interstate 35 near Riverside Drive on Tuesday...
Austin gang member sentenced to 30 years in connection with 2015 killing
 A 22-year-old man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and racketeering charges in January in connection with the killing Darian Longoria in 2015 was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Richard Ortega, a member of the Dove Springs Gangstas, also known as “DSG,” will also spend...

Posted: 9 days ago

A 22-year-old man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and racketeering charges in January in connection with the killing Darian Longoria in 2015 was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Richard Ortega, a member of the Dove Springs Gangstas, also known as “DSG,” will also spend...
Texas led nation in officers killed in the line of duty in 2017, FBI finds
 A total of 11 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in Texas in 2017, more than any other state in the country. Of the 11 killed last year, seven died during “felonious incidents,” and four died in automobile crashes, according to the FBI’s 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted report. The officers...

Posted: 9 days ago

A total of 11 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in Texas in 2017, more than any other state in the country. Of the 11 killed last year, seven died during “felonious incidents,” and four died in automobile crashes, according to the FBI’s 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted report. The officers...
Three hospitalized after plane crash in Luling
 Three people were hospitalized on Tuesday after a plane crash in Luling. The Texas Department of Public Safety said a single-engine aircraft carrying five people crashed around 3 p.m. roughly 300 yards south of Carter Memorial Airport. The pilot was flown to a local hospital after the crash, and two others were taken to St. David’s...

Posted: 11 days ago

Three people were hospitalized on Tuesday after a plane crash in Luling. The Texas Department of Public Safety said a single-engine aircraft carrying five people crashed around 3 p.m. roughly 300 yards south of Carter Memorial Airport. The pilot was flown to a local hospital after the crash, and two others were taken to St. David’s...
Austin officer suspended for urinating outside of police gala was charged with similar offense in 2014
 An Austin police officer who was handed a 15-day suspension for urinating outside of a banquet hall after a police gala in November was arrested by police in College Station for urinating in a parking lot in 2014. Officer Gustavo Guzman received his latest suspension last week for an incident Nov. 9 following the Austin police union&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

An Austin police officer who was handed a 15-day suspension for urinating outside of a banquet hall after a police gala in November was arrested by police in College Station for urinating in a parking lot in 2014. Officer Gustavo Guzman received his latest suspension last week for an incident Nov. 9 following the Austin police union&rsquo...
Shoal Creek Trail closed until further notice because of heavy flood damage
 The hike-and-bike trail along Shoal Creek off North Lamar Boulevard will remain closed until further notice after being heavily damaged during Friday’s storms. Austin’s Watershed Protection Department spokeswoman Stephanie Lott said the trail experienced a “slope failure” sometime Friday, which resulted in paved section...

Posted: 12 days ago

The hike-and-bike trail along Shoal Creek off North Lamar Boulevard will remain closed until further notice after being heavily damaged during Friday’s storms. Austin’s Watershed Protection Department spokeswoman Stephanie Lott said the trail experienced a “slope failure” sometime Friday, which resulted in paved section...
Robber pulled knife on woman with two kids, rifled through diaper bag, affidavit says
 Austin police arrested a man on Friday accused of pulling a knife on a woman with two young children in East Austin. The robbery happened around 9:40 p.m. on Thursday in the 2200 block of East Seventh Street, according to an arrest affidavit. The woman was sitting in a restaurant patio with her sister and two kids, a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old...

Posted: 12 days ago

Austin police arrested a man on Friday accused of pulling a knife on a woman with two young children in East Austin. The robbery happened around 9:40 p.m. on Thursday in the 2200 block of East Seventh Street, according to an arrest affidavit. The woman was sitting in a restaurant patio with her sister and two kids, a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old...
Woman charged with animal cruelty after 3 dogs abandoned in Southeast Austin
 A woman was charged with animal cruelty on Sunday after her three dogs were abandoned at a Southeast Austin intersection early last month, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit said Austin police received a 911 call from a woman around 10:10 a.m. on April 1 who said she’d just seen three dogs being dumped near Richardson Lane...

Posted: 12 days ago

A woman was charged with animal cruelty on Sunday after her three dogs were abandoned at a Southeast Austin intersection early last month, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit said Austin police received a 911 call from a woman around 10:10 a.m. on April 1 who said she’d just seen three dogs being dumped near Richardson Lane...
Austin cop suspended for urinating outside banquet hall after gala, memo says
 An Austin police officer was suspended for 15 days after urinating outside of a banquet hall while leaving a police gala in November, according to a disciplinary memo filed last week. Officer Gustavo Guzman began serving his suspension on May 3, and won’t return to service until after May 17. The memo said the incident happened on Nov...

Posted: 13 days ago

An Austin police officer was suspended for 15 days after urinating outside of a banquet hall while leaving a police gala in November, according to a disciplinary memo filed last week. Officer Gustavo Guzman began serving his suspension on May 3, and won’t return to service until after May 17. The memo said the incident happened on Nov...
Austin’s police chaplains can be a lifeline for front-line officers
 If you were to spot Rick Randall or any of the 19 Austin police chaplains at a crime scene wearing their glimmering badges and blue uniforms, you probably would assume they were cops. They look the part, wearing a patch on either shoulder that, at a glance, looks like insignia worn by sworn law enforcement officers. They go on ride-alongs...

Posted: 14 days ago

If you were to spot Rick Randall or any of the 19 Austin police chaplains at a crime scene wearing their glimmering badges and blue uniforms, you probably would assume they were cops. They look the part, wearing a patch on either shoulder that, at a glance, looks like insignia worn by sworn law enforcement officers. They go on ride-alongs...
Police arrest father, son in 49-pound marijuana bust in San Marcos
 Police in San Marcos on Thursday arrested a father and son accused of hauling nearly 50 pounds of marijuana and $26,000 in cash. Members of the Hays County Narcotics Task force and San Marcos police made the bust after receiving a tip about suspicious activity at an apartment complex on Craddock Avenue. Officers saw the men, identified as...

Posted: 15 days ago

Police in San Marcos on Thursday arrested a father and son accused of hauling nearly 50 pounds of marijuana and $26,000 in cash. Members of the Hays County Narcotics Task force and San Marcos police made the bust after receiving a tip about suspicious activity at an apartment complex on Craddock Avenue. Officers saw the men, identified as...