Mary Huber

Breaking news reporter

Mary Huber is a general assignment reporter for the Breaking News team at the American-Statesman. She previously was a reporter for The Bastrop Advertiser and The Smithville Times, where she covered city and county news and features. She also is a graduate of the University of Texas.

Latest from Mary Huber

Memo: Austin police officer suspended after third on-duty crash
 An Austin police officer will be suspended after crashing a city vehicle for the third time while on duty, according to a disciplinary memo. Officer Angela Racine-Johnson will be suspended on May 29 and 30 after city officials say she was involved in a crash on April 13 in East Austin while driving her cruiser, which was her third preventable...

Posted: 18 hours ago

An Austin police officer will be suspended after crashing a city vehicle for the third time while on duty, according to a disciplinary memo. Officer Angela Racine-Johnson will be suspended on May 29 and 30 after city officials say she was involved in a crash on April 13 in East Austin while driving her cruiser, which was her third preventable...
Austin council OKs search for more resources to fight opioid crisis
 Austin City Council members this week called on the city manager to find more resources for public education, harm reduction and treatment to deal with the region’s emerging opioid crisis and increasing number of opioid overdose deaths. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council Thursday will encourage greater collaboration between...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Austin City Council members this week called on the city manager to find more resources for public education, harm reduction and treatment to deal with the region’s emerging opioid crisis and increasing number of opioid overdose deaths. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council Thursday will encourage greater collaboration between...
Authorities arrest 40-year-old Beaumont man suspected of planting bombs
 Federal authorities have arrested a Beaumont man suspected of planting two bombs in the city since late April, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.  Jonathan Matthew Torres, 40, has been charged with use of an explosive device to damage property, mailing a threatening communication and possession of an unregistered destructive...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Federal authorities have arrested a Beaumont man suspected of planting two bombs in the city since late April, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.  Jonathan Matthew Torres, 40, has been charged with use of an explosive device to damage property, mailing a threatening communication and possession of an unregistered destructive...
Austin man dies year after shooting; suspect charged with murder
 When Zha’riyah Brady visits her grandmother’s house, she clutches a pillow with her father’s face on it and sometimes asks where he is. Kimberley Blocker said she carries it around the house like a toy doll and takes it to bed with her at night. “I think she is just feeling her daddy’s spirit,” said Blocker...

Posted: a day ago

When Zha’riyah Brady visits her grandmother’s house, she clutches a pillow with her father’s face on it and sometimes asks where he is. Kimberley Blocker said she carries it around the house like a toy doll and takes it to bed with her at night. “I think she is just feeling her daddy’s spirit,” said Blocker...
20 arrested in massive Llano County drug bust
 Twenty people have been arrested for drug-related crimes in Llano County, northwest of Austin,  as part of a seven-month investigation targeting dealers in the area. The Llano County sheriff’s office said it arrested 12 people on Thursday who had been indicted or had warrants for delivery or possession of a controlled substance and...

Posted: a day ago

Twenty people have been arrested for drug-related crimes in Llano County, northwest of Austin, as part of a seven-month investigation targeting dealers in the area. The Llano County sheriff’s office said it arrested 12 people on Thursday who had been indicted or had warrants for delivery or possession of a controlled substance and...
No suspect found after SWAT team enters home outside Pflugerville
 6:40 p.m. update: A Travis County SWAT team entered a home outside Pflugerville and did not find the person they received a call about, the Travis County sheriff’s office said.  The call in the 1600 block of Morning Mist Lane is now considered resolved, the sheriff’s office said.  “There are no indications that...

Posted: a day ago

6:40 p.m. update: A Travis County SWAT team entered a home outside Pflugerville and did not find the person they received a call about, the Travis County sheriff’s office said.  The call in the 1600 block of Morning Mist Lane is now considered resolved, the sheriff’s office said.  “There are no indications that...
Austin council votes ‘yes’ to find resources to fight opioid crisis
 1:45 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution supporting the city’s plan to devote more resources to what it describes as a growing opioid crisis. The number of fatal drug overdoses in Travis County has been increasing since 2006, and those from opioids such as pain medication and heroin have...

Posted: 2 days ago

1:45 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution supporting the city’s plan to devote more resources to what it describes as a growing opioid crisis. The number of fatal drug overdoses in Travis County has been increasing since 2006, and those from opioids such as pain medication and heroin have...
Bar owner from Austin accused of raping customer in Fort Worth
 An Austin business owner is accused of sexually assaulting a patron last December at a bar he owns in Fort Worth, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Tarrant County. Israel Espiricueta, 41, the owner of the Library Bar in downtown Fort Worth and another bar in Austin, was arrested while in Travis County on Feb. 5 and charged with sexual...

Posted: 2 days ago

An Austin business owner is accused of sexually assaulting a patron last December at a bar he owns in Fort Worth, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Tarrant County. Israel Espiricueta, 41, the owner of the Library Bar in downtown Fort Worth and another bar in Austin, was arrested while in Travis County on Feb. 5 and charged with sexual...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closures planned Wednesday night for kickoff of Blues on the Green
 Heads up, drivers. Expect road closures in South Austin near Zilker Park on Wednesday evening as radio station KGSR kicks off the first night of its free concert series Blues on the Green. Barton Springs Road from MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) to Sterzing Street will be close from 9 to 11 p.m. and entries to surrounding streets will be blocked...

Posted: 2 days ago

Heads up, drivers. Expect road closures in South Austin near Zilker Park on Wednesday evening as radio station KGSR kicks off the first night of its free concert series Blues on the Green. Barton Springs Road from MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) to Sterzing Street will be close from 9 to 11 p.m. and entries to surrounding streets will be blocked...
2 Austin charter school students arrested after having gun on campus
 Two Austin charter school students were arrested on Tuesday — one after bringing a gun to campus and the other after he was found holding it for him, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County. Anibal Escobar Mejia, 17, and a juvenile, who was not named by authorities because he is a minor, have been charged with possessing...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two Austin charter school students were arrested on Tuesday — one after bringing a gun to campus and the other after he was found holding it for him, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County. Anibal Escobar Mejia, 17, and a juvenile, who was not named by authorities because he is a minor, have been charged with possessing...
Man reported missing in Hays County is found dead; no foul play suspected
 A man who was reported missing earlier this month was found dead in a wooded area in Dripping Springs last week, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. Domingo Alcaraz, 45, had been reported missing on May 8, officials said. On May 14, deputies were alerted to a badly decomposed body in the woods in the 3400 block of McGregor...

Posted: 3 days ago

A man who was reported missing earlier this month was found dead in a wooded area in Dripping Springs last week, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. Domingo Alcaraz, 45, had been reported missing on May 8, officials said. On May 14, deputies were alerted to a badly decomposed body in the woods in the 3400 block of McGregor...