Sam Womack

Sam Womack covers weekend breaking news and general assignments.  A native of Southern California, Sam came to Austin by way of Omaha.

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Rabb House gets rebuilt
 The memories of hundreds of people were revived Saturday with the resurrection of a beloved Round Rock home. The gabled entryway and scalloped limestone walls mirror the old house, but instead of a family home inside, the space was rebuilt for entertaining and the backyard is a romantic, rustic amphitheater. Dozens of visitors in addition...

4:00 PM Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

The memories of hundreds of people were revived Saturday with the resurrection of a beloved Round Rock home. The gabled entryway and scalloped limestone walls mirror the old house, but instead of a family home inside, the space was rebuilt for entertaining and the backyard is a romantic, rustic amphitheater. Dozens of visitors in addition...
Team Rubicon vets lend a hand after Navajo Nation flooding
 After serving on the front lines of Afghanistan or Iraq, a band of military veterans put their disaster-response skills to work a little closer to home. Members of the nonprofit Team Rubicon recently returned from assisting residents in the Navajo Nation in northwest New Mexico, which had heavy rains and severe flooding last month. The organization...

7:27 PM Monday, Oct. 07, 2013

After serving on the front lines of Afghanistan or Iraq, a band of military veterans put their disaster-response skills to work a little closer to home. Members of the nonprofit Team Rubicon recently returned from assisting residents in the Navajo Nation in northwest New Mexico, which had heavy rains and severe flooding last month. The organization...
Austin Interfaith hosts immigration reform event
 About 200 people gathered at a Central Austin church to learn more about immigration reform at an event hosted by the nonprofit Austin Interfaith. The conference was the second in a series of events held by faith leaders who have joined in an education and mobilization strategy in support of compassionate immigration reform, according to...

9:36 PM Sunday, Oct. 06, 2013

About 200 people gathered at a Central Austin church to learn more about immigration reform at an event hosted by the nonprofit Austin Interfaith. The conference was the second in a series of events held by faith leaders who have joined in an education and mobilization strategy in support of compassionate immigration reform, according to...
Sunglasses and hat Sunday with sweater-weather evening

2:49 PM Sunday, Oct. 06, 2013

The third day of ACL Fest dawned a little soggy from overnight rains, but forecasters say Sunday should be sunny and dry. Storms rolled through Austin and dropped .76 inches at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and .43 inches at Camp Mabry before clearing out around 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows dipped...
Police investigate suspicious Northwest Austin death

2:22 PM Sunday, Oct. 06, 2013

Austin police say homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Northwest Austin that occurred early Sunday morning. A police official said officers were called about 3 a.m. to an apartment in the 10600 block of Morado Circle near Jollyville Road and West Braker Lane for an altercation between a man and a woman. The...
Police: Man’s death downtown ruled homicide

8:28 PM Friday, Oct. 04, 2013

Austin police say the Sunday death of a man found unconscious on a downtown Austin sidewalk two weeks ago has been ruled a homicide. Police say Brian Pentecost, 42, was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge about 11:50 p.m. Sept. 20 after he was found lying unresponsive in the 100 block of West Fifth Street. His condition worsened...
Sustainable farming program takes root at Austin Community College

11:03 PM Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

The hallway to the classroom is a two-lane farm road about 35 miles east of Austin. A swath of haze hovered between the pale green acres and clear blue sky. The midmorning fall sunshine melted the backs of a small group of Austin Community College students studiously bent over rows of garlic, spinach, zucchini and cucumbers. Their guest lecturer...
Birthday party turns to tragedy for South Austin family
 After a freak accident Saturday killed a South Austin father of five and injured another man and a child, family members who gathered Sunday at the house where he was fatally struck kept a watchful eye on the street. The home sits at the end of a T-intersection in a residential neighborhood off of South Congress Avenue south of Stassney Lane...

10:59 PM Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013

After a freak accident Saturday killed a South Austin father of five and injured another man and a child, family members who gathered Sunday at the house where he was fatally struck kept a watchful eye on the street. The home sits at the end of a T-intersection in a residential neighborhood off of South Congress Avenue south of Stassney Lane...
Overnight storms cause flooded roads, outages, water rescues

3:28 PM Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013

Heavy rains and storms kept first responders and emergency crews busy overnight. However, officials said no injuries were reported and most of the water issues began to dissipate by 10 a.m. Sunday. Scattered showers crisscrossed the Austin area for most of Saturday evening and into the overnight hours, but it was northern Travis County that...
Man dies after being pulled from creek

2:55 AM Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013

Police said a man died Saturday after he was pulled from a creek in Northeast Austin. It wasn’t known how the man came to be in the Buttermilk Branch of Little Walnut Creek, which was flowing quickly with Saturday’s rainfall, police said. An official said it wasn’t known if the death was suspicious and that homicide detectives...
Officials: Man dead after being pulled from creek

11:14 PM Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013

7 p.m. update: Austin police said homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man pulled from a creek in Northeast Austin on Saturday. It was not known how the man came to be in the creek, which was flowing quickly with Saturday’s rainfall, a police official said. He said it was not known if the death was suspicious. Police...