Ryan Autullo

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Judicial candidate Eldridge was accused of having sex with student, 16
 A state district judicial candidate in Travis County was accused by a 16-year-old foreign exchange student of having sex with him while he stayed in her home — an accusation that the candidate, Chantal Eldridge, denies. Eldridge, a criminal defense lawyer who is running to be judge of the 331st Criminal District Court, was investigated...

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A state district judicial candidate in Travis County was accused by a 16-year-old foreign exchange student of having sex with him while he stayed in her home — an accusation that the candidate, Chantal Eldridge, denies. Eldridge, a criminal defense lawyer who is running to be judge of the 331st Criminal District Court, was investigated...
Smithville woman gets 20 years for violating probation in child’s death
 A Smithville woman with three DWI arrests was sentenced to 20 years in prison for violating the conditions of her probation in connection to her young daughter’s traffic death. A September 2015 crash report shows Jennifer Lynn Zapalac’s blood-alcohol level was 0.211 — more than twice the legal limit — at the time her...

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A Smithville woman with three DWI arrests was sentenced to 20 years in prison for violating the conditions of her probation in connection to her young daughter’s traffic death. A September 2015 crash report shows Jennifer Lynn Zapalac’s blood-alcohol level was 0.211 — more than twice the legal limit — at the time her...
Denton man won’t register as sex offender after attack on Austin trip
 A Denton man accused of trying to sexually assault his adult niece at an Austin vacation home pleaded guilty in Travis County district court on Thursday. Charles Wayne Beverly, Jr., 46, accepted a third-degree felony unlawful restraint conviction in exchange for a deal that will likely send him to jail for 30 days when he is sentenced on...

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A Denton man accused of trying to sexually assault his adult niece at an Austin vacation home pleaded guilty in Travis County district court on Thursday. Charles Wayne Beverly, Jr., 46, accepted a third-degree felony unlawful restraint conviction in exchange for a deal that will likely send him to jail for 30 days when he is sentenced on...
Man charged with shooting Judge Julie Kocurek takes witness stand
 In a stunning development in federal court, the man accused of trying to kill Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek testified Wednesday as he seeks to have some evidence against him thrown out of his trial. The prosecutors and the judge expressed disbelief when the defense announced Chimene Onyeri would take the witness stand and address...

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In a stunning development in federal court, the man accused of trying to kill Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek testified Wednesday as he seeks to have some evidence against him thrown out of his trial. The prosecutors and the judge expressed disbelief when the defense announced Chimene Onyeri would take the witness stand and address...
Voters Guide: 331st Criminal District Court, Travis County
 State district judges preside over felony criminal cases, such as murder, aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation. They serve four-year terms and make $158,000 a year. CANDIDATES FOR 331st CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT DAVID CRAIN
            , 65, has presided over felony criminal cases as the judge of Texas’ 331st District Court...

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State district judges preside over felony criminal cases, such as murder, aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation. They serve four-year terms and make $158,000 a year. CANDIDATES FOR 331st CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT DAVID CRAIN , 65, has presided over felony criminal cases as the judge of Texas’ 331st District Court...
Austin gang members plead guilty in killing of 16-year-old
 Three members of the street gang Dove Spring Gangsters have pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection to the 2015 killing of a teenager whose body was found along Onion Creek, according to court documents. Richard Ortega, Orlando Arroyo and Brian Aguayo were scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in Austin for the death of 16-year-old Darian...

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Three members of the street gang Dove Spring Gangsters have pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection to the 2015 killing of a teenager whose body was found along Onion Creek, according to court documents. Richard Ortega, Orlando Arroyo and Brian Aguayo were scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in Austin for the death of 16-year-old Darian...
Contentious 331st District race pits longtime judge against attorney
 The only contested judicial race in Travis County’s criminal district courts has gotten contentious, with challenger Chantal Eldridge saying taxpayers have been underserved by the incumbent while Eldridge faces questions of her own about the registered sex offender she employs in her law firm and intends to bring on as a judicial aide...

Posted: 3 days ago

The only contested judicial race in Travis County’s criminal district courts has gotten contentious, with challenger Chantal Eldridge saying taxpayers have been underserved by the incumbent while Eldridge faces questions of her own about the registered sex offender she employs in her law firm and intends to bring on as a judicial aide...
Contentious 331st District race pits longtime judge against attorney
 The only contested judicial race in Travis County’s criminal district courts has gotten contentious, with challenger Chantal Eldridge saying taxpayers have been underserved by the incumbent while Eldridge faces questions of her own about the registered sex offender she employs in her law firm and intends to bring on as a judicial aide...

Posted: 3 days ago

The only contested judicial race in Travis County’s criminal district courts has gotten contentious, with challenger Chantal Eldridge saying taxpayers have been underserved by the incumbent while Eldridge faces questions of her own about the registered sex offender she employs in her law firm and intends to bring on as a judicial aide...
Texas House of Representatives, District 46
 Texas lawmakers meet at least once every two years to approve the state budget and vote on a range of state policies. House District 46 includes parts of East Austin, Pflugerville and Manor. The job pays $600 per month, or $7,200 per year, plus a per diem of $190 for each day the Legislature is in session, including special sessions. CANDIDATES...

Posted: 6 days ago

Texas lawmakers meet at least once every two years to approve the state budget and vote on a range of state policies. House District 46 includes parts of East Austin, Pflugerville and Manor. The job pays $600 per month, or $7,200 per year, plus a per diem of $190 for each day the Legislature is in session, including special sessions. CANDIDATES...
Dawnna Dukes says desk fell on her the night of Democratic forum

Posted: 7 days ago

In a Facebook post Tuesday night, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes said an adjustable standing desk fell on her the night she was supposed to be at a forum for Travis County Democratic candidates. “PAIN is indeed a 4 letter word; & full body sprains do hurt more than breaks,” Dukes, D-Austin, said in the post. “A varidesk hurts real...
Man key to ruling in Judge Kocurek shooting case doesn’t show in court
 A witness in the attempted murder of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek failed to show up to testify in an Austin federal courtroom for the second time Wednesday about a traffic stop connected to the arrest of defendant Chimene Onyeri. With the hearing set to start, the defense informed the court they had lost contact with Onyeri...

Posted: 7 days ago

A witness in the attempted murder of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek failed to show up to testify in an Austin federal courtroom for the second time Wednesday about a traffic stop connected to the arrest of defendant Chimene Onyeri. With the hearing set to start, the defense informed the court they had lost contact with Onyeri...