Roberto Villalpando

Mobile/breaking news editor

Roberto Villalpando is the mobile/breaking news editor. His job is to ensure the Statesman’s digital products are updated with the latest local breaking news, with a specific emphasis on mobile presentation. In his previous role at the Statesman, he produced interactive graphics, multimedia features and other digital content for Statesman.com. His journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman began in 1998 and has included a variety of newsroom jobs, such as graphic artist, page designer, copy editor, wire editor and assistant news editor.

Latest from Roberto Villalpando

UPDATE: Fire sparked by gas line out, no damage or injuries reported
 A small gas line struck by contractors ignited in Southwest Austin on Monday morning,  fire officials said, prompting the evacuation of two homes in the area. Austin fire crews responded to the 6500 block of Needham Lane in the Circle C neighborhood, fire officials said. Crews  evacuated the homes on either side of the gas line while crews...

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A small gas line struck by contractors ignited in Southwest Austin on Monday morning, fire officials said, prompting the evacuation of two homes in the area. Austin fire crews responded to the 6500 block of Needham Lane in the Circle C neighborhood, fire officials said. Crews evacuated the homes on either side of the gas line while crews...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wreck cleared on southbound U.S. 183, Lamar Blvd.
 11:10 a.m. update: All southbound lanes of U.S. 183 have reopened. Earlier: Only one far right southbound lane is open on U.S. 183 at Lamar Boulevard after a crash  Monday morning, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. Traffic delays extended from the Lamar interchange to as far west as Burnet Road.

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11:10 a.m. update: All southbound lanes of U.S. 183 have reopened. Earlier: Only one far right southbound lane is open on U.S. 183 at Lamar Boulevard after a crash Monday morning, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. Traffic delays extended from the Lamar interchange to as far west as Burnet Road.
SCAM ALERT: Credit card skimmer spotted on Howard Lane in Northeast Austin
 The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted Friday at a gas station in Northeast Austin. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered  on pump No. 4 at the Minimax Food Mart at 1033 East Howard Lane on the corner of Howard and Harris Ridge Road...

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The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted Friday at a gas station in Northeast Austin. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered on pump No. 4 at the Minimax Food Mart at 1033 East Howard Lane on the corner of Howard and Harris Ridge Road...
Biggest cave yet at McNeil High found amid construction, school district says
 Construction at McNeil High School has yielded the discovery of the biggest cave under the campus yet, Round Rock school district officials said. The district shared photos of Cave No. 19 late Thursday on its Facebook page, which show stalagmites and stalactites on the floor and ceiling. The construction project, which has exceeded...

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Construction at McNeil High School has yielded the discovery of the biggest cave under the campus yet, Round Rock school district officials said. The district shared photos of Cave No. 19 late Thursday on its Facebook page, which show stalagmites and stalactites on the floor and ceiling. The construction project, which has exceeded...
SCAM ALERT: Credit card skimmer spotted at San Marcos gas station off I-35
 The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted last week at a gas station in San Marcos. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered July 6 on pump No. 12 at the Exxon on the corner of Wonder World Drive and the Interstate 35 North frontage road,...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Texas Department of Agriculture said an illegal credit card data skimmer was spotted last week at a gas station in San Marcos. The skimmer, which can steal a victim’s financial data from credit cards, was discovered July 6 on pump No. 12 at the Exxon on the corner of Wonder World Drive and the Interstate 35 North frontage road,...
Possible suspect in Cedar Park H-E-B carjacking in custody, police say
 Cedar Park police on Thursday said they have arrested a possible suspect in a carjacking that occurred last weekend in an H-E-B parking lot. Authorities had been looking for a man who forced a family out of their red 2015 Mazda CX5 in an H-E-B store parking lot at 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd. before driving away in the vehicle just after 10 p...

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Cedar Park police on Thursday said they have arrested a possible suspect in a carjacking that occurred last weekend in an H-E-B parking lot. Authorities had been looking for a man who forced a family out of their red 2015 Mazda CX5 in an H-E-B store parking lot at 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd. before driving away in the vehicle just after 10 p...
Man dies after being sucker-punched in Chili’s parking lot, Austin police say
 A man died Sunday from a deadly sucker punch thrown in an apparent fit of jealousy in the parking lot of a North Austin Chili’s restaurant, court documents say. Austin police have accused 43-year-old Jeffrey Robinson of manslaughter in connection with the death of Greg Hines. He was booked into the Travis County Jail early Monday. His...

Posted: 13 days ago

A man died Sunday from a deadly sucker punch thrown in an apparent fit of jealousy in the parking lot of a North Austin Chili’s restaurant, court documents say. Austin police have accused 43-year-old Jeffrey Robinson of manslaughter in connection with the death of Greg Hines. He was booked into the Travis County Jail early Monday. His...
UPDATE: Crews clearing wreck from westbound Texas 71 in South Austin
 8:35 a.m. update: Crews were clearing the fire-damaged wreck of a delivery truck from the far right westbound lane of Texas 71 in South Austin. Vehicles were being routed around the scene in the two left lanes, but traffic delays on Texas 71 still extended from Congress Avenue to Burleson Road. 7:30 a.m update: Two left westbound lanes on...

Posted: 17 days ago

8:35 a.m. update: Crews were clearing the fire-damaged wreck of a delivery truck from the far right westbound lane of Texas 71 in South Austin. Vehicles were being routed around the scene in the two left lanes, but traffic delays on Texas 71 still extended from Congress Avenue to Burleson Road. 7:30 a.m update: Two left westbound lanes on...
UPDATE: Man in his 40s dead in shooting near Lakeway, EMS officials say
 2:10 p.m. update: A man described as in his 40s was found dead by Lakeway police in the parking lot of a church Friday afternoon, police said. Police said officers responded at 12:13 p.m. to Emmaus Catholic Church in the 1700 block of Lohmans Crossing Road after receiving a report of “a distraught individual” in a pickup...

5:41 PM Friday, Jun. 15, 2018

2:10 p.m. update: A man described as in his 40s was found dead by Lakeway police in the parking lot of a church Friday afternoon, police said. Police said officers responded at 12:13 p.m. to Emmaus Catholic Church in the 1700 block of Lohmans Crossing Road after receiving a report of “a distraught individual” in a pickup...
Rollover crash in southbound lanes of North MoPac near U.S. 183, EMS officials say
 A rollover crash has occurred Thursday afternoon in the southbound lanes of North MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) just south of the U.S. 183 interchange, Austin-Travis County EMS officials reported. Medics were responding to the 8600 block of North Mopac at 3:35 p.m. after getting reports of a vehicle that rolled over multiple times. The vehicle...

8:54 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

A rollover crash has occurred Thursday afternoon in the southbound lanes of North MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) just south of the U.S. 183 interchange, Austin-Travis County EMS officials reported. Medics were responding to the 8600 block of North Mopac at 3:35 p.m. after getting reports of a vehicle that rolled over multiple times. The vehicle...
Family of Austin police officer killed in procession sues funeral home
 The family of Austin police officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, who was fatally injured in a crash while escorting a funeral procession in 2016, is suing the funeral home and the transportation company that hired the officer. The lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Mo Aziz on behalf of Abdul-Khaliq’s family claims the funeral home &mdash...

4:22 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

The family of Austin police officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, who was fatally injured in a crash while escorting a funeral procession in 2016, is suing the funeral home and the transportation company that hired the officer. The lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Mo Aziz on behalf of Abdul-Khaliq’s family claims the funeral home &mdash...