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APD Robbery Unit Requesting Assistance Identifying Suspects

Austin (TX) Police - 3 hours 22 min ago

Case:          19-2091628

Date:           Sunday, July 28, 2019

Time:          9:41 p.m.

Location:    1197 Hargrave Street
 
On July 28, 2019 at approximately 9:41 p.m., Austin Police Department officers responded to a robbery urgent call at the Quick Stop Grocery located at 1197 Hargrave Street. Upon arrival, the victim told police that two suspects entered the store and threatened her with a weapon while demanding money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Suspect #1 description

  • Black male
  • Approximately 5’11” tall and 200 pounds
  • Estimated to be about 30 years of age
  • Last seen wearing prescription glasses, black baseball cap with white writing, black t-shirt with white undershirt and maroon pants

Suspect #2 description

  • Black male
  • Approximately 5’9” tall with medium build
  • Estimated to be about 20 years of age
  • Last seen wearing a dark blue or black hoodie and grey sweat pants

Video of suspects

The APD Robbery Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the suspects seen in this video. If you have information, please contact the APD Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.   

135 Texas Burn Bans - 8/21/2019 3:59:23 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 16:30
ARANSAS, ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BEE, BELL, BEXAR, BLANCO, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLORADO, COMAL, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FALLS, FAYETTE, FISHER, FOARD, FORT BEND, FREESTONE, FRIO, GALVESTON, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GOLIAD, GONZALES, GRIMES, GUADALUPE, HAYS, HENDERSON, HOOD, HOWARD, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JIM WELLS, JONES, KARNES, KAUFMAN, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIMESTONE, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MADISON, MARTIN, MASON, MAVERICK, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MEDINA, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REAL, REEVES, REFUGIO, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, RUSK, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SHACKELFORD, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WALKER, WALLER, WARD, WHARTON, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing Establishing College Of Medicine At University Of Houston

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:47
Governor Greg Abbott today ceremonially signed into law House Bill 826 (Zerwas/Huffman), establishing the College of Medicine at the University of Houston.

Governor Greg Abbott today ceremonially signed into law House Bill 826 (Zerwas/Huffman), establishing the College of Medicine at the University of Houston. The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, President and Chancellor of the UH System Dr. Renu Khator, and Chairman of the UH System Board of Regents Tillman Fertitta, for the ceremony at the university's flagship campus in Houston.

"Today is a momentous day for the University of Houston as it continues its evolution of excellence," said Governor Abbott. "Throughout the years, the University of Houston has continued to elevate its status as a premier institution of higher education. With the establishment of the College of Medicine, the University of Houston has gone from Cougar High to conquering the next frontier of medical research and health care. I am proud to support the University of Houston's College of Medicine in its efforts to better serve Texans with pressing health care needs and train the next generation of Texas doctors."

The University of Houston’s College of Medicine, which expects its inaugural class next fall, will be the 13th medical school in Texas.

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134 Texas Burn Bans - 8/21/2019 12:11:46 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:30
ARANSAS, ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BEE, BELL, BLANCO, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLORADO, COMAL, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FALLS, FAYETTE, FISHER, FOARD, FORT BEND, FREESTONE, FRIO, GALVESTON, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GOLIAD, GONZALES, GRIMES, GUADALUPE, HAYS, HENDERSON, HOOD, HOWARD, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JIM WELLS, JONES, KARNES, KAUFMAN, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIMESTONE, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MADISON, MARTIN, MASON, MAVERICK, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MEDINA, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REAL, REEVES, REFUGIO, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, RUSK, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SHACKELFORD, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WALKER, WALLER, WARD, WHARTON, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Traffic Fatality #51

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:52

Case:          19-2311712

Date:          Monday, August 19, 2019

Time:          7:58 p.m.

Location:    515 E. Slaughter Lane

Deceased:  Anthony Ukadibia | Black male | 2/14/1972

The preliminary investigation indicates that Anthony Ukadibia was leaving the apartment complex located at 515 E. Slaughter Lane in a silver, 2007 Honda Odyssey. As he approached the roadway to make a left, he honked at the vehicle waiting in front of him. When the vehicle didn’t move, Mr. Ukadibia drove around and attempted to cross eastbound Slaughter Lane. He failed to yield right of way and was struck on the driver’s side by an eastbound white, 2000 Mercury 4-door. Anthony Ukadibia, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently struck by a 2011 Ford F-150. He was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center by Austin-Travis County EMS where he succumbed to his injuries.
 
The drivers of the Mercury and the Ford remained on scene. No charges are expected to be filed.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 51st fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 53 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 41 fatal traffic crashes and 42 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

132 Texas Burn Bans - 8/21/2019 10:06:08 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:30
ARANSAS, ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BEE, BELL, BLANCO, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLORADO, COMAL, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FALLS, FAYETTE, FISHER, FOARD, FORT BEND, FREESTONE, FRIO, GALVESTON, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GOLIAD, GONZALES, GRIMES, GUADALUPE, HAYS, HENDERSON, HOOD, HOWARD, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JIM WELLS, JONES, KARNES, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIMESTONE, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MADISON, MARTIN, MASON, MAVERICK, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MEDINA, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REAL, REEVES, REFUGIO, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, RUSK, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SHACKELFORD, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WALKER, WALLER, WARD, WHARTON, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Names Daniel Chair And Appoints Demerson To Texas Workforce Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:15
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Aaron Demerson to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor named Bryan Daniel chair.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Aaron Demerson to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor named Bryan Daniel chair. The Commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas.

Aaron Demerson of Austin has served as the director of the Office of Employer Initiatives for the Texas Workforce Commission since 2014. Previously, he served as a senior advisor to Governor Rick Perry and was the executive director of the Economic Development and Tourism Division. He is a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators - Central Texas Chapter, Texas Economic Development Council, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is chair of the Capitol Credit Union Nominating Committee and a member of the 100 Black Men of Austin. Additionally, he is a founder and former president of Texas Organized Professional and former board member of the Austin Lyric Opera Board. Demerson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M University – Kingsville and a general banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking.

Bryan Daniel of Georgetown was recently appointed to the Commission and previously served as the executive director of the Office of the Governor Economic Development Division and as the chief administrator for the Texas Department of Agriculture Trade and Business Development Division. Daniel received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications and a Master of Science in agricultural education from Texas Tech University.

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Governor Abbott Announces New Uber Hub in Dallas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:44
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. will establish a new U.S. General and Administrative Hub that will house various corporate functions in Dallas, Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. will establish a new U.S. General and Administrative Hub that will house various corporate functions in Dallas, Texas. Uber is a multinational company that offers ride hailing services, food delivery, and other forms of transportation worldwide. The project will create 3,000 new jobs and more than $75 million in capital investment. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $24,000,000 has been extended to Uber Technologies, Inc.  

“I am proud to welcome Uber’s investment in the great state of Texas, along with the 3,000 jobs the company will bring to its new Dallas office,” said Governor Abbott. “This investment will bolster Texas’ continued economic success and reputation as the best state for business. Our unrivaled workforce and business-friendly environment makes Texas the perfect home for innovative companies like Uber.”

“Dallas became the first city in Texas where the Uber app was available in 2012, and since then Texas has been a hub of innovation for our platform,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber. “Uber is excited to bring this major investment to Texas and to increase our commitment to the City of Dallas. We are grateful for our partnership with Governor Abbott, Mayor Johnson and Judge Jenkins and their leadership in making this a reality.”

“This decision speaks to the depth of innovation and technology talent that is moving to the Dallas region. We’ve seen the fourth-highest high-tech job growth of any U.S. metro area over the past four years. Uber recognizes that we are committed to recruiting elite tech talent from around the globe, and also preparing our home-grown workforce through expanded focus on rigorous STEM instruction in our high schools and colleges,” said Dallas Regional Chamber President and CEO Dale Petroskey.

“Uber’s selection of Dallas County spotlights our position as a premier talent market for companies looking to expand. This move will create a $400 million annual payroll in Deep Ellum that will provide a huge boost to our urban core with a positive wave that will spread across our entire county and region,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins.

“The numbers that make up this investment package add up to a win for Uber Technologies and for the City of Dallas. But beyond the math, Dallas and Uber are just a great match. Dallas is a vibrant, diverse, welcoming, and innovative city, and I’m certain Uber and its employees will flourish here," said Eric Johnson, Mayor of the City of Dallas.

“Dallas has the infrastructure, diverse workforce, and global access to ensure Uber is successful in our great city. I am confident that Uber will be an asset to our city and elated that Uber has decided to expand their operations in Dallas. We are continuing to invest in economic development to attract and retain companies like Uber so that Dallas remains an ideal location for businesses and working professionals,” said T.C. Broadnax, City Manager of the City of Dallas.

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Drivers Urged to be Extra Cautious, Alert as New School Year Begins

State - TX - DPS - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - As we begin a new school year, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all Texans to slow down in school zones, be careful around school buses

Governor Abbott Sets Special Election For Texas House District 148

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:39
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, November 5, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District 148 seat recently vacated by former Representative Jessica Farrar.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, November 5, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District 148 seat recently vacated by former Representative Jessica Farrar.

Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00PM on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Early voting will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Read the Governor's full special election proclamation.

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125 Texas Burn Bans - 8/19/2019 12:35:02 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:30
ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BEE, BLANCO, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, BROWN, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLORADO, COMAL, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FAYETTE, FISHER, FOARD, FORT BEND, FREESTONE, FRIO, GALVESTON, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GOLIAD, GONZALES, GRIMES, GUADALUPE, HAYS, HOOD, HOWARD, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JIM WELLS, JONES, KARNES, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIMESTONE, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MADISON, MARTIN, MASON, MAVERICK, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MEDINA, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, POTTER, PRESIDIO, REAGAN, REAL, REEVES, REFUGIO, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SHACKELFORD, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WALKER, WALLER, WARD, WHARTON, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Announces Texas Safety Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:17
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Domestic Terrorism Task Force to combat hateful acts of extremism in Texas following the recent shooting in El Paso. Today, Governor Abbott announced the Texas Safety Commission, which will develop an immediate action plan for the State of Texas.

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Domestic Terrorism Task Force to combat hateful acts of extremism in Texas following the recent shooting in El Paso. Today, Governor Abbott announced the Texas Safety Commission, which will develop an immediate action plan for the State of Texas. This plan will include strategies to provide community healing, combat the rise of extremist groups and hateful ideologies, keep guns out of the hands of deranged individuals, and combat domestic terrorism, including cybersecurity threats. The commission will also produce legislative solutions the State of Texas can adopt to prevent mass shootings and domestic terror attacks.  

“The State of Texas will not relent in its effort to help the El Paso community heal and keep all Texans safe,” said Governor Abbott. “The Texas Safety Commission will bring together experts and community leaders to develop an action plan to combat threats of domestic terrorism, root out extremist ideologies, and address the link between mental health challenges and gun violence in our communities. By working together, we will we ensure a safe and secure future for all Texans."

The first Texas Safety Commission meeting will be held on August 22nd in Austin at the Texas Capitol at 10:30 a.m., with the second occurring in El Paso on August 29th. Portions of these commission meetings will be open to the press and additional logistical details will be forthcoming.

The following individuals will attend the first commission meeting on August 22nd in Austin:

  • Governor Greg Abbott
  • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
  • Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen
  • Senator Jose Rodriguez
  • Representative Mary Gonzales
  • Representative Cesar Blanco
  • Representative Joe Moody
  • Representative Art Fierro
  • Senator Joan Huffman, Chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs Committee
  • Representative Phil King, former police officer, member of the Texas State Guard
  • Colonel Steven McCraw, Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Major David Cabrera, DPS Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, Texas Fusion Centers
  • Major Manuel Espinosa, DPS Criminal Investigation Division, Texas Anti-Gang Centers
  • Matthew DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge, Dallas Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Dr. Courtney Phillips, Executive Director, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Ed Scruggs, Texas Gun Sense
  • Dr. Juan Martinez, Superintendent, Clint Independent School District
  • Jeff Murray, Protective Security Advisor, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Lina Alathari, Chief, United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
  • Dr. Susan Fletcher, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Robert Chesney, Director and James Baker Chair, University of Texas at Austin
  • Neil Potts, Content Policy Team, Facebook
  • Tory Mayo, Lead Pastor, The Well Austin
  • A Representative From Google
  • Tom Tarantino, Head of US State Public Policy, Twitter
  • Lonzo Anderson, Assistant Chief, Dallas Police Department
  • Karie Gibson, Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Additional information on logistics and a list of attendees for the August 29th meeting will be released in the coming days.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Hughs As Texas Secretary Of State

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:33
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs as the Texas Secretary of State. The Secretary serves as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs as the Texas Secretary of State. The Secretary serves as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas. The Office of the Secretary of State also provides a repository for official and business and commercial records required to be filed with the Office. The Secretary publishes government rules and regulations and commissions notaries public. The Secretary also serves as keeper of the state seal and attestor to the Governor's signature on official documents.

In addition, the Secretary serves as senior advisor and liaison to the Governor for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs, and serves as Chief International Protocol Officer for Texas.

“Ruth is a proven leader who has done a tremendous job as both a commissioner and the Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission,” said Governor Abbott. “She has built strong relationships with the business community throughout Texas and has helped lead the way in developing the best workforce in the nation. I am proud to appoint Ruth as Secretary of State and I am confident that her experience at the Texas Workforce Commission will translate into success in this new role. Under Ruth’s leadership, we will continue to build the Texas brand on the international stage and uphold the integrity of our elections.”

Ruth Ruggero Hughs of Austin has served as Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission since August 2018, she was first appointed in July 2015. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the New Jersey State Bar and chair of the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs. Hughs received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Camden School of Law, and she earned a certificate in Leader Development at the U.S. Army War College’s National Security Seminar in 2018.

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Traffic Fatality #50

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:30

Case:          19-2291933

Date:           Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time:          10:20 p.m.

Location:    4500 FM 2222/Mount Bonnell Road   

Deceased 1:  Cedric Benson | Black male | 12/28/1982

Deceased 2:  Aamna Najam | Asian female | 01/26/1992

The preliminary investigation yielded testimony from witnesses who reported seeing the BMW motorcycle driven by Cedric Benson traveling at a high rate of speed westbound in the left lane of FM 2222. A white, 2014 Dodge van was stopped at the T-intersection of Mount Bonnell Road and FM 2222. After checking for oncoming traffic, the van attempted to turn left on to FM 2222 when it was struck by the oncoming motorcycle.
 
The driver of the van was evaluated by EMS on scene and refused transport. The passenger of the van and a bystander at the scene attempted to render aid to Mr. Benson and his passenger Aamna Najam. Cedric Benson and Aamna Najam were both pronounced on scene.
 
The van driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
 
The family of Cedric Benson respectfully requests privacy during this difficult time and asks that media refrain from contacting them.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 50th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 52 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 41 fatal traffic crashes and 42 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #49

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:29

Case:         19-2280292

Date:          Friday, August 16, 2019

Time:          5:25 a.m.

Location:     3505 Montopolis Drive   

Deceased:   Josephine Guerra, Hispanic female (D.O.B. 1-13-92)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2010, red Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2014, silver Chevrolet Malibu were driving northbound in the 3500 block of Montopolis at a very high rate of speed. The Tahoe hit the back of the Impala and lost control, leaving the roadway. The Tahoe spun and hit bushes on the LCRA property located at 3505 Montopolis Drive. It continued across the parking lot, striking a tree and coming to rest by the loading dock of the building. The back seat passenger, Josephine Guerra, was ejected during the crash and pronounced deceased at the scene at 5:26 a.m. The driver of the Tahoe and two other passengers fled the scene on foot.
 
The driver of the Malibu is cooperating with this open and ongoing investigation.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 49th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 50 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 40 fatal traffic crashes and 41 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

REMINDER: Increased Reward of $8,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Houston

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Leonard Dee Taylor, 48, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $8,000

Traffic Fatality #48

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:40

Case:          19-2241378

Date:          Monday, August 12, 2019

Time:          5:09 p.m.

Location:    1800 W. Parmer Lane   

Deceased:  Derril Glen Lovelace | White male | 09/27/1964

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a black, 2014 Jeep Patriot was traveling eastbound in the inside lane of the 1800 block of W. Parmer Lane when he attempted to take evasive action to stop from striking a Hyundai Veloster that was stopped at the red light at Metric Boulevard. The Jeep clipped the back of the Veloster before jumping the curb of the inside median that divides east and westbound Parmer Lane, striking Derril Glen Lovelace who was standing on the narrow concrete strip. The driver of the Jeep also collided with a silver, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and a grey, 2015 Subaru Forester that were traveling westbound on W. Parmer Lane.
 
Derril Glen Lovelace was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Subaru Forester was transported to the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-4424. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 48th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 49 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 40 fatal traffic crashes and 41 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Homicide #25

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:32

Case:          19-2231085

Date:           Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time:          1:50 a.m.

Location:    10205 N. Lamar Blvd.

Deceased:   Julio Cesar Gamez-Contreras, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 7-28-93)

On Sunday, August 11, 2019, at approximately 1:50 a.m., Austin 911 received a shots fired call in the parking lot of La Preferida Bar at 10205 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin Police and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived and located three Hispanic male victims who had sustained gunshot wounds. One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and two other victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Austin Homicide detectives and crime scene units arrived to begin processing the scene. They are speaking with witnesses who advised that a fight had broken out inside the bar between the victims and several Hispanic male suspects. The fight continued in the parking lot where the shooting occurred. The suspects in the shooting left the scene in a white Cadillac Escalade truck or white Chevrolet Avalanche (similar to the one shown below) with chrome wheels.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy and ruled the death a Homicide. 

Detectives are investigating this incident and are asking anyone with video or information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov. You may remain anonymous.You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

  

APD conducts Move Over operation, continues over coming months

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:08

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the Austin Police Department’s Highway Enforcement Command ran a traffic initiative in the 4800 block of E. Ben White Blvd. focusing on Texas Transportation Code 545.157, also known as the “Move-Over” law. The law states that vehicles must either move over a lane or slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit if they pass an emergency vehicle with its emergency lights activated.
 
The operation focused on vehicles not moving over for tow trucks which are classified as emergency vehicles. Research from AAA shows that a tow truck operator is killed once every six days, making it one of the most dangerous jobs.
 
The operation ran from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and utilized a highway enforcement detective along with eight officers working overtime. APD partnered with Southside Towing who donated a tow truck and an out-of-service vehicle for the operation. The goal of the operation was to bring awareness to the law and encourage compliance in the future. This was the third operation using tow trucks and only warnings were issued to driver’s violating this law. Other citations were issued for other infractions. During the initiative, officers noticed that almost all of the drivers disregarded the tow truck on the side of the road and maintained their current speed without moving over.
 
Results of the initiative are as follows:
 
Passing Authorized Emergency Vehicles – 191 warnings
Speeding Violations – 5 citations & 12 warnings
Non Hazardous Violations – 12 citations & 8 warnings
 
Over the next six weeks, the APD Highway Enforcement Command will run these “Move Over” tow truck initiatives every two weeks. The next initiative on August 28, 2019.
 
 

Arrest made in aggravated assault case

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:05

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the APD Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Marcus Edward Bellard Jr., at his residence, for the incident that occurred on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in the 4600 block of Monterey Oaks Blvd. He was identified via witnesses and surveillance video. He is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail. He is charged with aggravated assault a 2nd degree felony. His booking photo is below.

 
 
Initial Release from Saturday, August 10, 2019

Case:                 19-2220929
 
Date:                 August 10, 2019
 
Time:                 Approximately 1:02 p.m.
 
Location:           4600 block of Monterey Oaks
 
The Austin Police Department responded to an Aggravated Assault call that occurred Saturday, August 10, 2019 at approximately 1:02 p.m. A female victim was alone on a trail in a secluded area of a park and attacked from behind. The suspect acted alone. The female victim was able to fight the suspect off at which point he ran away.
 
The suspect is described as:
Black male
5’7” medium build
25-30 years of age
Dark complexion
Nigerian accent
Last seen wearing: sweat pants with grey or black t-shirt
 
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where she is in stable condition.
 
APD asks the community to remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call APD Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-5245. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

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