Tony Plohetski

Investigative reporter

Tony Plohetski has been a reporter for the American-Statesman since 2000 and focuses on Austin city government, law enforcement and criminal justice issues. He has chronicled the fallout of controversial police shootings and written about how police labor contracts have allowed officers to cash in thousands of hours in unused sick time upon retirement, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Most recently, he has exposed flaws in testing of firefighter job applicants and reported on a relatively high rate of DWI case dismissals in Travis County and a staff shortage at Austin's 911 center. He has been recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the American Society of Sunday and Feature Editors. 

Latest from Tony Plohetski

Stronger charges filed in death of Round Rock police officer
 A Williamson County grand jury has indicted a Kentucky man on two felony charges relating to the death of a Round Rock police officer. Raul Martinez, 65, initially was charged with intoxication assault. On Thursday, he was indicted for intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer and manslaughter, according to District Attorney Shawn Dick...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Williamson County grand jury has indicted a Kentucky man on two felony charges relating to the death of a Round Rock police officer. Raul Martinez, 65, initially was charged with intoxication assault. On Thursday, he was indicted for intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer and manslaughter, according to District Attorney Shawn Dick...
Texas State University police chief resigns, effective immediately
 Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...
Texas State police chief resigns, effective immediately
 Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...
Two indicted in shooting of Caldwell County deputy
 Two people suspected of shooting and injuring a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy in early February have been indicted on a charge of deadly conduct, but grand jurors declined to pursue a more serious charge against them. Edwardo Padilla, 33 and Kimberly Ashford Moore, 54, each face a charge of deadly conduct with a firearm in the shooting...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two people suspected of shooting and injuring a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy in early February have been indicted on a charge of deadly conduct, but grand jurors declined to pursue a more serious charge against them. Edwardo Padilla, 33 and Kimberly Ashford Moore, 54, each face a charge of deadly conduct with a firearm in the shooting...
Tentative settlement reached in Breaion King case
 Breaion King, whose violent arrest in 2015 sparked reforms within the Austin Police Department and received national scrutiny, has reached a tentative agreement with the city to settle an excessive force lawsuit. King’s lawyers and several Austin City Council members declined to provide the settlement amount on Tuesday. Money for...

Posted: 4 days ago

Breaion King, whose violent arrest in 2015 sparked reforms within the Austin Police Department and received national scrutiny, has reached a tentative agreement with the city to settle an excessive force lawsuit. King’s lawyers and several Austin City Council members declined to provide the settlement amount on Tuesday. Money for...
Inside the Austin bomber’s life: Questions of friends, faith, sexuality
 Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...

Posted: 9 days ago

Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...
Inside the Austin bomber’s life: Questions of friends, faith, sexuality
 Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...

Posted: 9 days ago

Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...
Memo: VP of Austin police union demoted after getting drunk at gala
 Andrew Romero, an Austin police officer and vice president of the Austin police union, resigned from his union post after he was demoted and suspended Friday for consuming “around 10 drinks” at a November police gala and acting out, according to a disciplinary memo. “Romero was unhappy with decisions made by the venue staff...

Posted: 15 days ago

Andrew Romero, an Austin police officer and vice president of the Austin police union, resigned from his union post after he was demoted and suspended Friday for consuming “around 10 drinks” at a November police gala and acting out, according to a disciplinary memo. “Romero was unhappy with decisions made by the venue staff...
Memo: Vice president of Austin police union suspended, demoted after consuming ‘around 10 drinks’ at gala
 Andrew Romero, an Austin police officer and vice president of the Austin police union, resigned from his union post after he was demoted and suspended for consuming “around 10 drinks” at a November police gala and acting out, according to a disciplinary memo.  “Romero was unhappy with decisions made by the venue staff...

Posted: 15 days ago

Andrew Romero, an Austin police officer and vice president of the Austin police union, resigned from his union post after he was demoted and suspended for consuming “around 10 drinks” at a November police gala and acting out, according to a disciplinary memo.  “Romero was unhappy with decisions made by the venue staff...
Manley lone finalist for police chief, but city solicits public input
 Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Monday that interim Police Chief Brian Manley is the lone finalist to be the city’s top cop permanently, but Cronk said the city still has the option of launching a national search if the community asks for it. Cronk said this is only the beginning of a community engagement process in which...

Posted: 19 days ago

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Monday that interim Police Chief Brian Manley is the lone finalist to be the city’s top cop permanently, but Cronk said the city still has the option of launching a national search if the community asks for it. Cronk said this is only the beginning of a community engagement process in which...
Cronk confirms Manley as lone finalist for Austin police chief search
 3:45 p.m. update: Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has confirmed that interim Police Chief Brian Manley will be the sole finalist in the city’s search for a permanent chief but added that he also is seeking feedback from the public about the selection process. Cronk said in a news conference Monday at City Hall that he wants the public&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

3:45 p.m. update: Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has confirmed that interim Police Chief Brian Manley will be the sole finalist in the city’s search for a permanent chief but added that he also is seeking feedback from the public about the selection process. Cronk said in a news conference Monday at City Hall that he wants the public&rsquo...