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APD seeking the public's assistance in identifying suspect involved in bank robbery #15

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:56

Case:                17-3171042

Date:                Monday, November 13, 2017

Time:                Approximately 3:10 p.m.

Location:          Chase Bank – 100 block of W. Slaughter Lane

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate a bank robbery that occurred on November 13, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m., at the Chase Bank located in the 100 block of W. Slaughter Lane.

The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, passed a note to the teller demanding money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen walking northbound on Cullen Lane.

Suspect described as:
• Black Male
• 30-40 years of age
• 5’10” - 6’ tall, 190 lbs.
• Muscular build
• Goatee

Suspect was last seen wearing:
• Grey hooded t-shirt
• White cap
• Long black sleeve over right arm
• Gray sweatpants with black on the front (looks like shorts over sweatpants) and one black back pocket
• Dark sunglasses
• Black backpack
• Gray/Black tennis shoes

Photo of suspect:

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, 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.

 

APD to Honor Officers at Tonight’s 2017 Distinguished Awards Gala

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:50

The Austin Police Department, along with the Austin Police Association and Austin Cops for Charities, will honor several APD Officers for their heroic acts of service at the 2017 Distinguished Awards Gala tonight at 6 p.m. at ACL Live.

The Gala will honor the men and women who continuously put their lives in harm’s way to ensure a safer Austin. More than 700 police officers, their families and community leaders will come together to recognize officers who exhibited valor and bravery in times of peril. Awards to be presented include the Medal of Valor, Meritorious Service, Life Saving, Patrol Unit of the Year and Unit of the Year. A number of citizens will also be recognized with the Austin Cops for Charities 2017 Distinghished Leadership awards.

Retired APD Detective Jarrett Crippen will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening with special remarks from APD Chief of Police Brian Manley.

DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 1990 Starr County Murder

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public's help in solving the 1990 murder of Laura Guadalupe Guerra, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered

Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Teacher Retirement System Of Texas Board Of Trustees

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, James “Dick” Nance, and Nanette Sissney to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees for terms set to expire August 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, James “Dick” Nance, and Nanette Sissney to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees for terms set to expire August 31, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Hollingsworth chair of the board.  The board manages retirement and other benefits for teachers and employees of the state's public schools and institutions of higher education.
 
Jarvis V. Hollingsworth of Missouri City is a partner and member of the Management Committee of the law firm of Bracewell LLP. He is a former regent of the University of Houston System, where he served in many capacities, including chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a former trustee of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, where he served in many capacities, including as chairman of the Board. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas Foundation, and the State Bar of Texas and previously served on its Board of Directors. Additionally, he is former treasurer of the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the United Way of Greater Houston’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Hollingsworth received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served for several years on active and reserve duty in the United States Army. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston.
 
James “Dick” Nance of Hallettsville is retired from Pasadena ISD after 35 years of service. He is a former member of the Texas Athletic Directors Association, Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, and the Texas High School Coaches Association. Additionally, he is president of the District III Texas Retired Teachers Association and former president of Pasadena South Rotary Club and Lavaca County Retired Teachers Association. He is former secretary of the Hallettsville ISD Education Foundation and a former member of the Hallettsville Lions Club and the Hallettsville ISD Strategic Planning Committee. Nance received a Bachelor of Science in education, a mid-management certificate, and a Master of Education from the University of Houston.
 
Nanette Sissney is a school counselor and former high school teacher with Whitesboro ISD. She is former state president of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and former member of the National Council on Teacher Retirement. Additionally, she is a volunteer for Christmas Angel Tree and Ministerial Alliance and chair of Whitesboro Santa’s Breakfast. Sissney received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Four To Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:58
Governor Abbott has reappointed Brigettee Henderson and Ken Schaefer to the Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023 and January 31, 2019, respectively. In addition, the governor has appointed Karen Gantt and Tom Mason for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.

Governor Abbott has reappointed Brigettee Henderson and Ken Schaefer to the Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023 and January 31, 2019, respectively. In addition, the governor has appointed Karen Gantt and Tom Mason for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.
 
Brigettee Henderson of Lufkin is a self-employed interior designer and an administrative assistant with Carnes & Company Auctioneers. She is a board member of First United Methodist Church of Lufkin and Buckner Family Place. In addition, she is past president of the Junior League of Lufkin and past secretary and board member of the Angelina Arts Alliance and the Museum of East Texas. Henderson received a Bachelor of Science in interior design and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in communications from SFASU.
 
Ken Schaefer of Brownsville is the owner and president of Schaefer Stevedoring, Inc. Schaefer received a Bachelor of Science in economics from SFASU.
 
Karen Gantt of McKinney is an attorney and partner at McCraw Gantt, PLLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, North Texas Estate Planning Council, and the College of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, she is the immediate past president of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors, member of the SFA Alumni Foundation Board of Governors, and an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney. Gantt received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SFASU and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
 
Tom Mason of Dallas is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hillwood Development Co, LLC. He is a board member of Caruth Village Homeowners’ Association and an officer of the Land-Hyland Scholarship Fund Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1966. He is a former member of the Urban Land Institute, The Real Estate Council, and the Real Estate Financial Executives Association. Mason received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserves and received a Bachelor of Science in math and general business from SFASU.

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Texas A&M Forest Service celebrates successful year

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30
Over 500 Texas A&M Forest Service employees came together at the agency’s annual personnel meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Wildland firefighters from around the country to attend wildfire academy in Bastrop

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30
Over 315 students from 13 states are expected to attend the 20th annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy that will be held from Oct. 13-25 at the Camp Swift National Guard Facility located north of Bastrop.

$397,294.00 in grant funds available for prescribed burning

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Some Texas landowners may be eligible to be reimbursed for their cost of prescribed burning. Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications from private property owners who use strategically-planned prescribed fires to help reduce wildfire risk and restore natural ecosystems.

Grimes County Completes Community Wildfire Protection Plan

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Grimes County has developed a plan that will better prepare the community for wildfires. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is the 19th countywide CWPP in Texas. The plan is intended to help improve the safety of residents and emergency personnel and minimize

Over $6 million in grants awarded to Texas volunteer fire departments

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30
Texas fire departments received more than $6 million in grants Wednesday through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

Texas A&M Forest Service urges vigilance with outdoor activities

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

June 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As Texans from around the state make plans for the Nation’s Independence Day holiday, Texas A&M Forest Service urges vigilance with outdoor activities such as grilling, campfires and fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July 4th has the m

George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum honored with Bronze Smokey Bear Award

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, was honored with a national Bronze Smokey Bear Award today during the Southern Group of State Foresters annual meeting in Rogers, Arkansas. Throughout 2015, the Bush Library and Museum hos

Texas A&M Forest Service to host Wildfire Preparedness workshop

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Texas Panhandle landowners are invited to attend a workshop designed to better prepare them for wildfires. The one-day Wildfire Preparedness workshop, hosted by Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will focus

Counting on Houston’s trees

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

The largest city in the largest continental state in America has an urban forest to match. And now, for the first time, information about Houston’s trees is available online. The My City’s Trees web application is a free tool that makes community tree data easily accessible to the public.

Attention Rio Grande Valley Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?

Texas A&M Forest Service leads the restoration of the Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Texas A&M Forest Service is helping restore the threatened, iconic Ponderosa Pine forests of West Texas. After a myriad of environmental stresses destroyed nearly 75 percent of the majestic Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine population in the Davis Mountains it became evident that reforestation efforts were needed. 

 

2017 Texas Arbor Day host city announced

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

April 28, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — In Texas, the official state Arbor Day celebration is held in a different host city each year on the first Friday in November. Today, on National Arbor Day, Texas A&M Forest Service revealed that this year’s state celebration will be hosted in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

Attention Central Texas Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together? 

Western Gulf Forest Health Conference to focus on forest and tree issues

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Landowners, homeowners and forestry professionals are invited to attend the first Western Gulf Forest Health Conference. This two-day conference will focus on issues affecting both rural forestlands and individual trees within urban and suburban areas. These forests and tr

Critical fire weather conditions present over Western Texas

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Critical fire weather conditions will be present over portions of Western Texas and the Panhandle beginning today and continuing through Friday. 

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