Robert Eckhart

Investigative editor

Robert Eckhart is an editor who works with the Statesman’s investigative team as well as reporters covering K-12 education, health and the University of Texas.

Latest from Robert Eckhart

SWAT callout to Fairmont Austin is resolved peacefully, police say
 SWAT officers were dispatched to the Fairmont Austin hotel, 101 Red River Street, about 7:15 a.m. Sunday in response to reports of an ‘armed barricaded’ person. The situation was resolved peacefully shortly after 8 a.m., police said.

Posted: 5 hours ago

SWAT officers were dispatched to the Fairmont Austin hotel, 101 Red River Street, about 7:15 a.m. Sunday in response to reports of an ‘armed barricaded’ person. The situation was resolved peacefully shortly after 8 a.m., police said.
UPDATE: Man arrested in South Austin shooting
 10 p.m. update: A  man was arrested Saturday in relation to a fatal shooting in South Austin.  Brandon Silla, a spokesman with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said the Central Texas Regional SWAT Team apprehended a suspect in the shooting, but Silla would not release his name. KXAN reported police arrested Antoine Kirkwood, 35...

Posted: a day ago

10 p.m. update: A man was arrested Saturday in relation to a fatal shooting in South Austin.  Brandon Silla, a spokesman with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said the Central Texas Regional SWAT Team apprehended a suspect in the shooting, but Silla would not release his name. KXAN reported police arrested Antoine Kirkwood, 35...
Professor whose felony case prompted UT policy change dies at 57
 Tenured University of Texas pharmacy professor Richard A. Morrisett, whose felony domestic violence case prompted a change in UT policies regarding school employees who commit crimes off campus, was found dead at his home on Thursday. The cause of death of Morrisett, 57, has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office,...

7:26 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Tenured University of Texas pharmacy professor Richard A. Morrisett, whose felony domestic violence case prompted a change in UT policies regarding school employees who commit crimes off campus, was found dead at his home on Thursday. The cause of death of Morrisett, 57, has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office,...
Professor whose felony case prompted UT policy change dies at 57
 Tenured University of Texas pharmacy professor Richard A. Morrisett, whose felony domestic violence case prompted a change in UT policies regarding school employees who commit crimes off campus, was found dead at his home on Thursday. The cause of death of Morrisett, 57, has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office,...

3:51 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Tenured University of Texas pharmacy professor Richard A. Morrisett, whose felony domestic violence case prompted a change in UT policies regarding school employees who commit crimes off campus, was found dead at his home on Thursday. The cause of death of Morrisett, 57, has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office,...
UPDATE: One man dead in N. Austin shooting, reports of second shooting unconfirmed
 11:50 p.m update: Austin police officials said there was a second shooting reported in North Austin, not far from where medics found a man who had been killed by gunfire earlier in the evening. But now Austin police have arrived at the scene of the second reported shooting, 300 block Ferguson Drive, and say that though gunshots were...

2:59 AM Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018

11:50 p.m update: Austin police officials said there was a second shooting reported in North Austin, not far from where medics found a man who had been killed by gunfire earlier in the evening. But now Austin police have arrived at the scene of the second reported shooting, 300 block Ferguson Drive, and say that though gunshots were...
UPDATE: Fire in mulch pile near Lake Travis 100 percent contained
 9:45 a.m. update: Fire officials say a blaze that started in a 50-foot-high mulch pile near Lake Travis is 100 percent contained, however firefighters will remain on scene through the day to extinguish the fire. Gary Frederick, an arson investigator with Lake Travis Fire Rescue, said a mulch pile at a commercial mulching business caught...

1:19 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

9:45 a.m. update: Fire officials say a blaze that started in a 50-foot-high mulch pile near Lake Travis is 100 percent contained, however firefighters will remain on scene through the day to extinguish the fire. Gary Frederick, an arson investigator with Lake Travis Fire Rescue, said a mulch pile at a commercial mulching business caught...
Man and woman seriously injured in East Austin stabbing
 11:30 p.m. update: Three people were taken to a hospital for stab wounds on Sunday night. Police were conducting an investigation underneath and around the Pleasant Valley Road overpass near 7th Street in East Austin. A third person was also taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with injuries not expected to be life-threatening about an hour...

3:37 AM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

11:30 p.m. update: Three people were taken to a hospital for stab wounds on Sunday night. Police were conducting an investigation underneath and around the Pleasant Valley Road overpass near 7th Street in East Austin. A third person was also taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with injuries not expected to be life-threatening about an hour...
Four wounded as shooter fired from car in North Austin at random targets, police say
 230 UPDATE  A shooter armed with a rifle fired on vehicles at random in North Austin after 2 a.m. on Saturday, wounding four people and striking multiple vehicles, police say. Police say they have the gunman, who is in his late 20s, in custody,  but are not releasing his name at this time. A 7-year-old girl injured in the shooting...

1:24 PM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

230 UPDATE  A shooter armed with a rifle fired on vehicles at random in North Austin after 2 a.m. on Saturday, wounding four people and striking multiple vehicles, police say. Police say they have the gunman, who is in his late 20s, in custody, but are not releasing his name at this time. A 7-year-old girl injured in the shooting...
Kyle’s first charter school scheduled to open in fall 2018
 Kyle is scheduled to get its first charter school next year when IDEA Public Schools plans to open a campus on Goforth Road near the Bluestem St. intersection. IDEA’s plans also include a Pflugerville campus for the 2018-2019 school year, near the intersection of Wells Branch Parkway and Immanuel Road. IDEA expects to enroll 480 students...

10:12 PM Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

Kyle is scheduled to get its first charter school next year when IDEA Public Schools plans to open a campus on Goforth Road near the Bluestem St. intersection. IDEA’s plans also include a Pflugerville campus for the 2018-2019 school year, near the intersection of Wells Branch Parkway and Immanuel Road. IDEA expects to enroll 480 students...
Survivors: Truck in deadly immigrant-smuggling incident had up to 200 people at one point
 Immigrants who survived a trip inside a big rig in which eight people were found dead in San Antonio this weekend told police as many as 180 to 200 people had been in the trailer at some point during the trip, according to court documents. A criminal complaint filed Monday against James Mathew Bradley Jr. also outlines the danger and cost...

3:12 PM Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

Immigrants who survived a trip inside a big rig in which eight people were found dead in San Antonio this weekend told police as many as 180 to 200 people had been in the trailer at some point during the trip, according to court documents. A criminal complaint filed Monday against James Mathew Bradley Jr. also outlines the danger and cost...
Survivors: Truck in deadly incident had up to 200 people at one point
 3 p.m. update: Immigrants who survived a trip inside a big rig in which eight people were found dead in San Antonio this weekend told police as many as 180 to 200 people had been in the trailer at some point during the trip, according to court documents. A criminal complaint filed Monday against James Mathew Bradley Jr., also outlines the...

2:09 PM Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

3 p.m. update: Immigrants who survived a trip inside a big rig in which eight people were found dead in San Antonio this weekend told police as many as 180 to 200 people had been in the trailer at some point during the trip, according to court documents. A criminal complaint filed Monday against James Mathew Bradley Jr., also outlines the...