State - TX (Texas)



Governor Abbott Directs University Boards To Investigate Admission Policies

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:51
Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to all Texas public University Boards of Regents following the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into the widespread college admissions bribery scheme.

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to all Texas public University Boards of Regents following the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into the widespread college admissions bribery scheme. In his letter, the Governor directs the Boards to examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes.

"The Legislature has assigned important responsibilities to the governing boards of Texas’ institutions of higher education, including setting campus admissions standards,” writes Governor Abbott. “Every board must therefore closely examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes, quid pro quo arrangements, or improprieties of any sort. Those students, their parents and taxpayers must have confidence that the system is not rigged.”

The Governor concludes his letter by writing:

“The integrity of the admissions processes at Texas’ institutions of higher education depends upon the unbiased assessment of the merits of each applicant.  I expect that all universities will closely examine these issues and safeguard the integrity of the college admissions process.”

Read the Governor's full letter.

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APD Victim Services to provide free training to counselors

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:34

The Austin Police Department (APD) has $25,000 to train local counselors within the non-profit and private sectors to provide counseling to survivors of trauma.  The goal being to train said counselors in utilizing a psychotherapeutic treatment known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR). 
 
EMDR focuses on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from a traumatic event and assist the brain’s information processing system so that it can organically move toward natural healing and positive mental health. 
Fees for this training are in the range of $2,000-$4,000, plus textbooks and consultations.  However, if selected this project would allow interested parties to obtain this training free of charge in exchange for an agreement to partner with APD Victim Services and provide survivors of trauma 50 pro bono sessions within the next three years.  Also included as an added benefit for the selected counselors is lifelong access to the trainers and staff for EMDR consultation purposes.
 
Those interested should review the following information to begin the application process.
 
EMDR training consists of 2 weekends of in-person training and a series of consultations sessions after each weekend. Participants will be expected to participate in all of the required consultations.
 
TRAINING PROVIDED BY:
Rick Levinson, LCSW http://www.ricklevinson.com
Christie Sprowls, PsyD https://www.drchristiesprowls.com
 
TRAINING DATES:
May 17-19th & Aug 16-18th
July 12-14th & Sept 20-22nd 
 
REQUIREMENTS

  • Licensed as an LPC, LMFT, LCSW (or pursuing licensure)
  • 3 years’ experience working with survivors of trauma in some capacity is preferable
  • Letter of commitment to waive waitlists and session limits for clients referred by the project from your agency (if not in private practice)
  • Commitment of 50 sessions pro bono within the next 3 calendar years

PROCESS

  1. Submit the following to: APDemdr@gmail.com
  • Letter of interest detailing how you meet the requirements, which training you prefer to attend, and contact information
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your capacity to work with survivors of sexual trauma

If selected for the project, you’ll be contacted by someone from APD Victim Services.

Updated information from the Officer Involved Shooting in Downtown

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:19

Case:        19-0760357

Date:        March 17, 2019

Time:        Approximately 2:50 a.m.

Location:  717 E. 7th St.

Update: The dark Maseratti Levante has been located in the Mueller area with one deceased male inside the vehicle. He is believed to be an African American male in his 20’s and his clothing matches the description of one of the occupants of the vehicle from this mornings incident. The decedent has not been positively identified at this time. APD is still looking for the Monte Carlo and urges anyone who witnessed this incident to call the APD Homicide tip line at (512) 472-TIPS or 9-1-1. There is no further information and no additional interviews will be provided today.
 
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 at approximately 2:50 a.m., APD officers noticed a vehicle disturbance near the intersection of 7th and I-35 west frontage road. As the officers approached the disturbance, a suspect points a weapon at officers, officers return fire, the suspect/s fled the scene.
 
The description of the two vehicles involved and persons of interest are:
 
Maseratti Levante, dark in color, collision damage on the rear corner panel of the driver side
Persons of interest description from this vehicle:
1st person-
Black male
Light jeans
White hoodie
2nd person-
Dark jeans
White hoodie
White tennis shoes
3rd person-
Dark pants
Dark top
 
Chevy Monte Carlo SS, dark in color, with light colored racing stripes down the center, collision damage on its right front corner panel.

Statement from Chief Manley regarding the recent Mosque attack in New Zealand

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:18

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all victims, families and community involved in the horrific events that took place in New Zealand. Anytime a community is attacked, it affects our world as a whole. In response to this tragedy, the Austin Police Department will have an increased patrol presence around the mosques throughout our city. In addition, we will continue to monitor any potential threats. APD works closely with our public safety partners both locally and federally. It is important to report suspicious behavior or activity by calling 9-1-1."

Chief Brian Manley

REMINDER: Reward Increased to $7,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender From Wichita Falls

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Jorge Luis Santamaria, 37, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $7,000

Governor Abbott Statement On Terminal Fire In Deer Park

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:59
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement on the fire at the Intercontinental Terminal in Deer Park.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement on the fire at the Intercontinental Terminal in Deer Park.

“The State of Texas and the Texas Department of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the fire at the Intercontinental Terminal in Deer Park and are in close consultation with local officials,” said Governor Abbott. “The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, in coordination with Harris County, is monitoring the air quality. I have ordered that all state resources be made available to local and industry officials and urge residents to continue heeding the warnings of local officials.”

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Case# 97-0481307

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:45
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         February 17, 1997

Victim:      David Valdez Ortega, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 5-25-64

Suspect:   Juan Manuel Castillo, Hispanic male, 47 years of age

Charge:    murder, 1st degree felony

On February 17, 1997, officers responded to the 2500 block of Durwood St. for a report of a male who had been stabbed multiple times. The male was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Juan Manual Castillo is a Hispanic male weighing 190lbs with brown hair, brown eyes and a scar on his left cheek. He goes by the aliases Angel Castillo, Juan Antonio Castillo and "Chalado". His last known location was Atlanta, Georgia then Mexico.

Case# 96-2910417

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:39
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:        October 17, 1996

Victim:     Lena Mae Layton, White female, D.O.B. 1-11-64

Suspect:  Armando Magana Garcia, Hispanic male, 60 years of age

Charge:    murder, 1st degree felony

On October 17, 1996, officers responded to the area of the 7th St. bridge near the 3000 block of Gonzales St. for a report of a deceased female that was located by a passerby. The investigation determined that the female agreed to marry the suspect to help him get his U.S. citizenship in exchange for money. Family members stated that the relationship became abusive. The suspect strangled the victim to death. It is believed that he fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Armando Magana Garcia is a Hispanic male weighing 160lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5'7" tall. He also goes by the alias, Armando Magana. His last known location is Mexico, either Ciudad Miguel Aleman or Reynoso.

 

Case# 96-2220015

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:24
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:        August 9, 1996

Victim:     Helidorio Urrutia, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 11-1-61

Suspect:  Roberto Moreno Sanchez, Hispanic male, 42 years of age

Charge:   capital murder, 1st degree felony

On August 9, 1996, officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of East 7th St. for a reported shooting. The victim was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries. The investigation revealed that a husband and wife were using the pay phone at a gas station when two men drove up and robbed them. The wife ran to her nearby brother-in-law's house to get help. Once he showed up, the suspects demanded money from him as well. He refused and was shot.

Roberto Moreno Sanchez is a Hispanic male with a medium build, brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on his upper right arm. He is 5'8" tall.

 

Case# 96-1601450

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:16
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:       June 8, 1996

Victim:    Francisco Miranda, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 3-5-72)

Suspect: Leonel Calderon, Hispanic male, 49 years of age

Charge:   murder, 1st degree felony

On June 8, 1996, officers were dispatched to the 6200 block of Haney Dr. for a report of a deceased male who had been shot. Near the male's location, officers encountered a vehicle collision with two unconscious occupants in one of the two vehicles. The investigation revealed that the victim owed the suspect money for helping him illegally enter the U.S. An argument ensued while they were all in the vehicle resulting in the suspect shooting the victim and then pushing him out of the vehicle. Following the shooting, they were involved in a collision.

Leonel Calderon is a Hispanic male weighing 175lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5'7" tall. His last known location was Tacambaro de Codallos, Mexico. He also has family in California.

Case# 95-2390277

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 16:05
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         August 26, 1995

Victim:      Sergio Francisco Santana, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 4-13-70)

Suspect:   Claudio Piedra Perez, Hispanic male, 43 years of age

Charge:     murder, 1st degree felony and attempted murder, 2nd degree felony

On August 26, 1995, officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 1900 block of East 7th St. Two males were in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed that the suspect had been asked to leave the bar after having an argument inside with one of the victims. A short time later the victim and three other people were getting into their vehicle when the suspect drove up and started firing. One victim received a non-fatal gunshot wound to the mouth. The other unrelated victim was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head as he was sitting in his vehicle. It is believed the suspect fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Claudio Piedra Perez is a Hispanic male weighing 220lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5'10" tall.

Case# 95-1120450

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 15:41
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         April 22, 1995

Victim:     Jose A. Delamorena, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 3-13-72

Suspect:  Chih-Hung Pan, Asian male, 41 years of age

Charge:    murder, 1st degree felony

On April 22, 1995, officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of East Oltorf St. for a reported shooting that took place outside Coco's Restaurant. One individual was found suffering from a gunshot would to the leg. Another was found fatally wounded with a gunshot wound to his head. The investigation found that an altercation took place earlier in the restaurant between two groups. One group of individuals left and later returned with a gun and waited for the other group to walk out of the restaurant.

Chih-Hung Pan is an Asian male weighing 163lbs with black hair, brown eyes and is 5'11" tall. He is also known as Jason Pan and/or Huy Ahn Pham, possibly born in 1977.

Case# 94-(52)3670350

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 15:18
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:        March 18, 1994

Victim:    Jaime Ramirez Sanchez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 1-3-61)

Suspect: Salatiel Hernandez Martinez, Hispanic male, 45 years of age

Charge:   murder, 1st degree felony

On March 18, 1994, officers responded to Brackenridge Hospital for a report of a male who had been driven to the hospital and was suffering from stab wounds. The male died as a result of his injuries a few hours later. It was determined that the stabbing took place in the 1700 block of Montopolis Dr. where the suspect and victim were involved in an altercation. It is believed that the suspect fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Salatiel Hernandez Martinez is a Hispanic male with a slim build, black hair and brown eyes. He is 5'1" tall.

Case# 92-2981300

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 15:07
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         October 24, 1992

Victim:      Margarito Medrano, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 5-21-54)

Suspect:   Dionicio Alvarez, Hispanic male, 52 years of age

Charge:     murder, 1st degree felony

On October 24, 1992, officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Patton Ln. for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, the victim was found to be suffering from gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation determined that the victim was involved in an altercation with the suspect that resulted in him being shot. The suspect, Dionicio Alvarez, is believed to have fled to Mexido to avoid prosecution.

Dionicio Alvarez is a Hispanic male weighing 160lbs with brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'5" tall.

Case# 87-0183658

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 15:00
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         August 9, 1987

Victim:      Pedro Armando Machi, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 5-15-1965)

Suspect:   Martin Angel Gomez, Hispanic male, 55 years of age

Charge:     murder, 1st degree felony

On August 9, 1987, officers responded to the 2300 block of S. 2nd St. for a report of a shooting. The victim was found as the scene, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation revealed that the victim had been involved in a disturbance at a nearby park with the suspects. The victim fled the park on foot and was chased by the suspects who, after shooting the victim, struck him with their vehicle and dragged him a short distance. One of the suspects has been apprehended while the other is still at large.

Martin Angel Gomez is a Hispanic male weighing 160lbs with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his right cheek. He is 5'8" tall. His last known location is San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Case# 87-0111536

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:40
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         May 16, 1987

Victim:      Ramon Davila, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 4-29-63)

Suspect:   Antonio Martinez, Hispanic male, 54 years of age

Charge:    murder, 1st degree felony

On May 16, 1987, officers responded to the El Paso Bar located in the 1600 block of East 6th St. for a reported stabbing. Witnesses stated that a fight had broken out inside the bar and had moved to the parking lot. In the course of the fight the victim was stabbed by two males and died as a result. One of the suspects was later arrested while the other, Antonio Martinez, is believed to have fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Antonio Martinez is also known as "Chino" and goes by the alias, Antonio Chino Martinez. He is a Hispanic male weighing 154lbs with black hair and is 5'7" tall.

He is last known to have crossed from Laredo, Texas into Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Case# 86-0141476

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:25
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:        June 9, 1986

Victim:     Jose Franco Herrera, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 9-23-55)

Suspect:  Leonirez Yanez, Hispanic male, 65 years of age or possibly 63 years of age

Charge:   murder, 1st degree felony

On June 9, 1986, officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Wilson St. for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, the victim, Jose Franco Herrera, was found deceased with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The investigation revealed that the victim has just been involved in an altercation with the suspect's nephew. Yanez shot Herrera from behind, while he was sitting down, shortly after the altercation.

Leonirez Yanez is also known as "Leon". His last known location is Mexico.

 

Case# 85-0296240

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:07
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:          December 21, 1985

Victim:      Jorge Perez Castillo, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 3-22-66)

Suspect:   Alberto Carbajal, Hispanic male (84 years of age)

Charge:    murder, 1st degree felony

On December 21, 1985, officers responded to the 900 block of East 51st St. The victim, Jorge Perez Castillo has been transported to the hospital by friends after being shot. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The investigation revealed that the victim has been in an altercation with the suspect, Alberto Carbajal. After the altercation the victim was walking to his car in the parking lot and was shot by Carbajal.

Carbajal is a Hispanic male described as weighing 112lbs, with black hair, hazel eyes and is 5'6" tall.

Case# 85-0279945

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:01
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:           November 29, 1985

Victim:        Trinidad H. Delgado, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 6-5-21)

Suspect:     Alfredo Jaramillo, Hispanic male, possibly born in the 1960s

Arrested:     Rodolfo Cruz, Hispanic male

Charge:       murder, 1st degree felony

On November 29, 1985, Alfredo Jaramillo and Rodolfo Cruz robbed Trinidad Delgado at his apartment in the 2400 block of S. 2nd St. During the course of the robbery, the victim was stabbed, struck in the head with a hammer and died as a result. Crus was arrested and is still in custody. Alfredo Jaramillo is still at large. He is last known to be in either Toluca, Mexico, Chicago or Florida.

Case# 84-0117851

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 13:54
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         June 17, 1984

Victims:    Erlindo Jimenez, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 5-6-65), Roberto Jimenez, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 6-7-63), and Manuel Jimenez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. unknown)

Suspect:  Jose Hortencia Bautista, Hispanic male

Charge:    murder, 1st degree felony, murder, 1st degree felony and attempted murder, 1st degree felony

On June 17, 1984, officers responded to the 4600 block of South Congress Avenue for a reported shooting outside of the Top Hat nightclub. Three brothers were found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two of them were fatally wounded. The investigation determined that the victims were involved in an altercation resulting in the shooting. The suspect, Jose Hortencia Bautista, is believed to have fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

 

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