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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...

Posted: 10 hours ago

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...
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...

Posted: 10 hours ago

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...
Suspect in police chase, officer-involved shooting died at scene, Austin chief says 
 11:30 p.m. update: A man who led officers on a police chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting was pronounced dead at the scene, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday night.  Manley said the incident started at about 5:30 p.m. and took place across three different locations in Southeast Austin.  According to...

Posted: 3 days ago

11:30 p.m. update: A man who led officers on a police chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting was pronounced dead at the scene, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday night.  Manley said the incident started at about 5:30 p.m. and took place across three different locations in Southeast Austin.  According to...
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: 4 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...
Autopsy shows blood alcohol content of 0.38 in Texas State pledge who died
 A Texas State University fraternity pledge found dead in November at an off-campus apartment after a fraternity event had a blood alcohol content of 0.38, according to an autopsy report obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, had a level that was more than four times the legal limit to drive in Texas. He...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Texas State University fraternity pledge found dead in November at an off-campus apartment after a fraternity event had a blood alcohol content of 0.38, according to an autopsy report obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, had a level that was more than four times the legal limit to drive in Texas. He...
TEXAS STATE PLEDGE’S DEATH: Autopsy shows blood alcohol content of 0.38
 A Texas State University fraternity pledge found dead in November at an off-campus apartment following a fraternity event had a blood alcohol content of 0.38, according to an autopsy report obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, had a level that was more than four times the legal limit to drive in Texas...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Texas State University fraternity pledge found dead in November at an off-campus apartment following a fraternity event had a blood alcohol content of 0.38, according to an autopsy report obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV. Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, had a level that was more than four times the legal limit to drive in Texas...
Second suspect charged in Cedar Park crash that killed two children
 A second man has been arrested and charged in a crash that killed two children and critically injured a woman in Cedar Park, according to court records and the man’s attorney. Blake Ayres Kirkpatrick of Cedar Park, 21, and a second suspect are accused of drag racing in the moments before the crash. Kirkpatrick’s attorney, Bob...

Posted: 15 days ago

A second man has been arrested and charged in a crash that killed two children and critically injured a woman in Cedar Park, according to court records and the man’s attorney. Blake Ayres Kirkpatrick of Cedar Park, 21, and a second suspect are accused of drag racing in the moments before the crash. Kirkpatrick’s attorney, Bob...
Austin’s first female Fire Chief, Rhoda Mae Kerr, takes job in Florida
 Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, the first woman to lead the department, announced Wednesday that she is leaving and will take the helm of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where her career began in South Florida 30 years ago. Kerr will remain in her job for the next four months, allowing her to complete several projects before transitioning...

Posted: 15 days ago

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, the first woman to lead the department, announced Wednesday that she is leaving and will take the helm of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where her career began in South Florida 30 years ago. Kerr will remain in her job for the next four months, allowing her to complete several projects before transitioning...
Austin’s first female fire chief, Rhoda Mae Kerr, takes job in Florida
 Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, the first woman to lead the Fire Department, announced Wednesday that she is leaving and will take the helm of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where her career began in South Florida 30 years ago. Kerr will remain in her Austin post for the next four months, allowing her to complete several projects before transitioning...

Posted: 15 days ago

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, the first woman to lead the Fire Department, announced Wednesday that she is leaving and will take the helm of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, where her career began in South Florida 30 years ago. Kerr will remain in her Austin post for the next four months, allowing her to complete several projects before transitioning...
APD officer cleared in Burnet County roadside shooting
 A Burnet County grand jury declined Tuesday to take action against an Austin police officer whose actions officials say likely saved a family of three from harm following a road rage incident in late November. District Attorney Sonny McAfee said that based on his review, Officer Jason Jewett’s actions were “lawful and justified...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Burnet County grand jury declined Tuesday to take action against an Austin police officer whose actions officials say likely saved a family of three from harm following a road rage incident in late November. District Attorney Sonny McAfee said that based on his review, Officer Jason Jewett’s actions were “lawful and justified...
In 5 weeks, she lost her son and husband. Here’s what keeps her going.
 Lori Brown peers from the window of the elementary school where she has taught for 15 years. She tries to smile as she points out a tree in the distance. Her students raised money and planted the evergreen last May. They stood dozens deep that day with their parents to dedicate it, and over the summer, Lori watered it every Monday without...

Posted: 19 days ago

Lori Brown peers from the window of the elementary school where she has taught for 15 years. She tries to smile as she points out a tree in the distance. Her students raised money and planted the evergreen last May. They stood dozens deep that day with their parents to dedicate it, and over the summer, Lori watered it every Monday without...
In 5 weeks, she lost her son and husband. Here’s what keeps her going.
 Nine months ago, Lori Brown was in her classroom at an elementary school when she got a call that her 19-year-old son had been stabbed at the University of Texas and was bleeding badly. Harrison Brown was one of four victims in what police say was a random attack on May 1. The other three survived. For Lori, his death came at a time when...

Posted: 20 days ago

Nine months ago, Lori Brown was in her classroom at an elementary school when she got a call that her 19-year-old son had been stabbed at the University of Texas and was bleeding badly. Harrison Brown was one of four victims in what police say was a random attack on May 1. The other three survived. For Lori, his death came at a time when...
Austin officer in Breaion King case files appeal after firing
 Two Austin police officers are on a quest to get their jobs back. Officers Bryan Richter and Steven McCurley were fired last week for excessive force and dishonesty. Now, they’ve formally filed appeals with the city — beginning what likely will become a months-long process. During an arrest of a man at Barton Creek Square Mall...

Posted: 22 days ago

Two Austin police officers are on a quest to get their jobs back. Officers Bryan Richter and Steven McCurley were fired last week for excessive force and dishonesty. Now, they’ve formally filed appeals with the city — beginning what likely will become a months-long process. During an arrest of a man at Barton Creek Square Mall...
Officer in Breaion King case fired amid new force complaint
 An Austin police officer who received a reprimand for his violent arrest of a teacher in 2015 was fired Monday after officials said he used excessive force on a suspect. Officer Bryan Richter was one of two officers to lose his job — they were both “indefinitely suspended” — because of a July incident in which Richter...

12:26 AM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

An Austin police officer who received a reprimand for his violent arrest of a teacher in 2015 was fired Monday after officials said he used excessive force on a suspect. Officer Bryan Richter was one of two officers to lose his job — they were both “indefinitely suspended” — because of a July incident in which Richter...
Officer in Breaion King case fired amid new force complaint
 An Austin police officer who received a reprimand for his violent arrest of a teacher in 2015 was fired Monday after officials said he used excessive force on a suspect. Officer Bryan Richter lost his job stemming from an incident in which Richter and other officers were serving a warrant as part of a special team in the department&rsquo...

9:54 PM Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

An Austin police officer who received a reprimand for his violent arrest of a teacher in 2015 was fired Monday after officials said he used excessive force on a suspect. Officer Bryan Richter lost his job stemming from an incident in which Richter and other officers were serving a warrant as part of a special team in the department&rsquo...
Officer in Breaion King arrest facing discipline over new force case
 An Austin police officer whose violent 2015 arrest of an elementary teacher received national attention and sparked reforms within the department is facing punishment that could include termination amid a new allegation involving excessive force. Officials are expected early this week to complete the disciplinary process for Officer...

11:14 PM Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

An Austin police officer whose violent 2015 arrest of an elementary teacher received national attention and sparked reforms within the department is facing punishment that could include termination amid a new allegation involving excessive force. Officials are expected early this week to complete the disciplinary process for Officer...
Officer in Breaion King arrest facing discipline over new force case
 An Austin police officer whose violent 2015 arrest of an elementary teacher received national attention and sparked reforms within the department is facing punishment that could include termination amid a new allegation involving excessive force. Officials are expected early this week to complete the disciplinary process for Officer...

11:11 PM Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

An Austin police officer whose violent 2015 arrest of an elementary teacher received national attention and sparked reforms within the department is facing punishment that could include termination amid a new allegation involving excessive force. Officials are expected early this week to complete the disciplinary process for Officer...
New APD policy emphasizes defusion, alternatives to using force
 Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons and Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a...

9:38 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons and Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a...
New Austin police policy emphasizes alternatives to using force
 Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons or Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a new...

9:16 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Austin police have enacted a new policy that requires officers to first try to tamp down a volatile situation before turning to more aggressive means, including using their guns, batons or Tasers. The move comes amid a national effort among law enforcement aimed at curtailing violent clashes between officers and suspects. According to a new...
Austin police monitor named, with watchdog agency’s future in doubt
 Austin interim City Manager Elaine Hart has appointed a new police monitor who will oversee the watchdog agency for the foreseeable future. Attorney Farah Muscadin, a Chicago-area native with a law degree from the University of Iowa, has worked in various government jobs in the Chicago area for more than 15 years. She will begin serving as...

10:46 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Austin interim City Manager Elaine Hart has appointed a new police monitor who will oversee the watchdog agency for the foreseeable future. Attorney Farah Muscadin, a Chicago-area native with a law degree from the University of Iowa, has worked in various government jobs in the Chicago area for more than 15 years. She will begin serving as...
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