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Case# 81-0138296

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 13:47
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         August 15, 1081

Victim:      Vicente Barrientos Castro, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 7-19-49)

Suspect:   Leonardo Callero, Hispanic male, 64 years of age

Charge:     murder, 1st degree felony

On August 15, 1991, officers responded to the 1200 block of East 6th St. for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, the victim, Vicente Barrientos, was found deceased outside of a nightclub with a gunshot wound. The investigation revealed that the victim and suspect, Leonardo Callero had just been involved in a physical fight ending with Callero shooting Castro. It is believed that Callero fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Callero has is also known as "Shorty" and has two alias names, Ramon Calero and Leonardo Ladinos.

Case# 83-00511005

Austin (TX) Police - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 13:38
Release Date: March 15, 2019

Date:         March 21, 1983

Victim:      Pete Torres, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 2-12-35)

Suspect:   Diogenes Jaimes, Hispanic male, 63 yoa

Charge:     murder, 1st degree felony

On March 21, 1983 officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of East 7th Street for a reported shooting. The victim, Pete Torres was found at the scene suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation determined the victim had been involved in an altercation with the suspect, Diogenes Jaimes, resulting in him getting shot.

Jaime is a Hispanic male described as weighing 150lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers 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, for free on iPhone and Android.

 

 

 

 

Governor Greg Abbott Extended The State Disaster Declaration In March 2019 For Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:57
Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, and in each subsequent month effective through today, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 15th day of March, 2019.

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the proclamation

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Wagner To Texas Facilities Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:07
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed C. Price Wagner to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire January 31, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed C. Price Wagner to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire January 31, 2025. The commission controls state buildings, grounds, or property and responsibility for maintenance, repair and construction of state buildings for the state.

Price Wagner of Dallas is a senior vice president of Lincoln Property Company. He is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Wagner received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Texas State University System Board Of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 13:52
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Duke Austin and Nicki Harle to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor appointed Dionicio “Don” Flores and reappointed Charles Amato and Bill Scott for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Duke Austin and Nicki Harle to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor appointed Dionicio “Don” Flores and reappointed Charles Amato and Bill Scott for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Duke Austin of Houston is president and CEO of Quanta Services. He is a member of the CEO Round Table and a governor of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Additionally, he is a board member of the Junior Achievement and the Greater Houston Partnership and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Austin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and accounting from Sam Houston State University.

Nicki Harle of Baird is co-founder of Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) for which she served 20 years as executive director. She is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) and currently conducts orientations for EDC boards in rural areas. She is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau Callahan-Shackelford County Board of Directors and a lifetime member and past president of the Texas State University Alumni Association. She is treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Baird, president-elect of the 48 Study Club, and member of the Baird Chamber of Commerce. Additionally she is a former board member of the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau and Frontier Texas! and a former member of the Abilene Regional Airport Citizen Advisory Committee. Harle received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Texas State University.

Dionicio “Don” Flores of El Paso is president and owner of Flores Media Consulting. He is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, former vice chairman of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, former board member of the National Association of Minority Media Executives, former member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and a former Pulitzer Prize Jurist. He previously served as vice chairman of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents and as chairman of the Texas State University System. Flores received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas State University.

Charlie Amato of San Antonio is co-founder and chairman of Southwest Business Corporation (SWBC). He is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-San Antonio Branch, Lone Star Capital Bank, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation Board of Directors, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation, Silver & Black Give Back, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and a Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity national director.  Charlie is also chairman of the Texas State University System Foundation and vice chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council. Additionally, he is past chairman of the University of the Incarnate Word Board of Trustees, past chairman of the Sam Houston State University College of Business Advisory Council, and past chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Amato received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University.

Bill Scott of Nederland is chairman and CEO of Trans-Global Solutions, Inc. He is chairman of the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents and the TSUS Planning and Construction Committee, board member of the Lamar University Foundation Board, and a member of the Lamar University College of Business Board of Advisors. He is a president of the Gay D. and William F. Scott Family Foundation, past president of the Three Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the West Gulf Ports Association, International Bulk Terminals Association, South East Texas Waterways Advisory Committee, and the American Shoreline Railroad Association. Additionally, he is a former chairman and member of the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners, a former board member of the Texas Energy Museum, Foundation for Southeast Texas, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and a former member of the Lamar University Campaign Cabinet. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in government from Lamar University.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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APD seeking assistance in locating wanted sex offender

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:28

Case:               19-5009293
 
Date:               February 22, 2019
 
Suspect:          Cory Harris, White male, 42 years of age
 
APD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Cory Harris, a wanted sex offender from Austin, Texas. He registers as a sex offender based on a sexual assault conviction from 2009. Harris reported to the Sex offender Apprehension and Registration (SOAR) Unit that he was moving from his home in south Austin to Dallas on February 15, 2019, but he yet to register with Dallas PD.
 
Cory Harris is known to frequent social media accounts to arrange “dates” with women. He often becomes violent and aggressive upon meeting up with women. He currently has a warrant for his arrest for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
 
The APD SOAR UNIT (Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration) unit is asking anyone who may have information about Cory Harris to contact the SOAR Unit at 512-974-6280 or the Sex Crimes tip line at 512-974-5095.  You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You may remain anonymous.You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Photo of Cory Harris below:

60 Texas Burn Bans - 3/14/2019 9:59:47 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:32
ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, EL PASO, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALL, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LIPSCOMB, LYNN, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, OLDHAM, PARMER, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SHACKELFORD, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WHEELER, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Congratulates BMI On Opening Of First Texas Office

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:01
Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference to formally welcome Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to the state of Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference to formally welcome Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to the state of Texas. BMI recently announced the opening of their new creative office in Austin, marking their first office in Texas and their first company expansion in over twenty years.  

The Governor was joined at the press conference by Brendon Anthony, Director of the Texas Music Office, Mike Steinberg, Executive Vice President of BMI, and Nick Shuley, President of the non-profit Austin Music Movement. The Texas Music Office and Austin Music Movement played integral roles in BMI's decision to expand its presence in Texas.

"With the opening of this new creative office, BMI’s support of musicians and music publishers in the Lone Star State will become even more Texas-focused," said Governor Abbott. "This investment will help bolster Texas’ status as a cultural and economic center for the rest of the nation. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to working with BMI to grow their presence here in Texas while continuing to develop and attract great musical talent here in Austin and throughout the state."

The new creative office will allow BMI to work directly with songwriters, composers, and other music professionals in the Austin music community to help enhance their ability to earn a living in the industry. The office will be led by Texas native Mitch Ballard, Senior Director, BMI, Austin under the direction of Jody Williams, VP, Creative, Nashville and Mason Hunter, AVP, Creative, Nashville.

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Governor Greg Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Real Estate Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:38
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed R. Scott Kesner, Barbara Russell, and Jason Hartgraves to the Texas Real Estate Commission for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed R. Scott Kesner, Barbara Russell, and Jason Hartgraves to the Texas Real Estate Commission for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025. The commission's primary purpose is to protect the public in its dealings with real estate brokers and salespersons.

Scott Kesner of El Paso is President and Broker of Century 21 The Edge. He is a past president of Texas Association of Realtors and of Greater El Paso Association of Realtors. Additionally, he is a member of National Association of Realtors and El Paso Del Norte Women’s Council of Realtors. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Sul Ross State University.

Barbara Russell of Denton is Broker and Owner of Barbara Russell, Realtors, Inc. She is a member of Texas Association of Realtors and Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors. Additionally, she is a member of the Denton County Master Gardener Association.  Russell completed real estate courses at the University of North Texas and has received several real estate certifications.

Jason Hartgraves of Frisco is Chief Deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. He is a member of the FBI National Academy Associated and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Association. He is a former member of the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority and of the One Call Board of Texas. Hartgraves is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Science in management from Texas A&M University Commerce.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Polk To Texas State Soil And Water Conservation Board

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:53
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Carl Ray Polk, Jr. to the Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Carl Ray Polk, Jr. to the Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. The board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law, and coordinates conservation and pollution abatement programs throughout the state.

Carl Ray Polk, Jr. of Lufkin is a partner at Corner Capitol Advisors, LLC. In addition, he is an owner and operator of Polk Land & Cattle Co. in Angelina and Houston Counties. He is a board member of Texas Food and Fuel Association and chairman of the board of CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital Lufkin. He is a board member and serves on the executive committee of Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Wildlife Association. Additionally, he is the board chairman of Angelina County Expo Center, board member of Angelina County Fair and a committee member of the Private Landowners Advisory Committee at Texas Parks and Wildlife. Polk attended Kilgore College and The University of Texas at Austin and completed the Mergers and Acquisition Program from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.

This appointment is subject to Senate Confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Meets With Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Of Denmark

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 15:01
Governor Abbott today met with The Crown Princess of Denmark at the Governor's Mansion. A readout of the meeting can be found below.

Governor Abbott today met with The Crown Princess of Denmark at the Governor's Mansion. A readout of the meeting can be found below.

The Crown Princess and the Governor discussed energy, technology, and business relations between Denmark and Texas. Education and STEM initiatives were also topics of conversation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Hewlett To 18th Judicial District Court

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sydney B. Hewlett as Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court in Johnson and Somervell Counties for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sydney B. Hewlett as Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court in Johnson and Somervell Counties for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Sydney B. Hewlett of Cleburne is the sole member and partner of Hewlett Law, PLLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Johnson County Bar Association and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is the chairman of the Cleburne Business & Standards Commission, a founder and former chair of the Polly Guthrie Memorial Scholarship and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Terry R. Means (retired), Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth, Division. Hewlett received a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School, with a concentration in civil litigation and criminal practice.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Sinclair As District Attorney For 355th Judicial District

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ryan Sinclair as District Attorney for the 355th Judicial District in Hood County for a term set to expire December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ryan Sinclair as District Attorney for the 355th Judicial District in Hood County for a term set to expire December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Ryan Sinclair of Granbury is the first assistant district attorney for the 355th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Hood County and is an adjutant professor at Southwestern Adventist University. He is president and former vice president of the Hood County Bar Association and a member of the State Bar of Texas, National District Attorneys Association, Texas District & County Attorneys Association, and the American Bar Association. He is board treasurer of the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center, board member of the Hood County Children’s Charity Fund, and a member of Leadership Granbury. Additionally, he is a former board member of Preserve Granbury and the Waco Historic Landmark Preservation Commission. Sinclair received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Southwestern Adventist University and a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School.

This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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60 Texas Burn Bans - 3/11/2019 9:46:42 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:33
ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, EL PASO, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALL, HEMPHILL, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LIPSCOMB, LYNN, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, OLDHAM, PARMER, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SHACKELFORD, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WHEELER, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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ICYMI: Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Captured in Kansas

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Billy Don Urango, 27, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, was captured on Feb. 26 in Wichita, Kansas. Now in custody, Urango was wanted for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender

Governor Abbott Statement On Senate School Finance Bill

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 19:57
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the filing of SB4, the Senate school finance reform bill by Senator Larry Taylor.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the filing of SB4, the Senate school finance reform bill by Senator Larry Taylor:

This session, we will solve one of Texas’ most pressing challenges by reforming our broken school finance system and developing a model that creates a brighter and more promising future for our children. With two pivotal school finance bills filed, we have an opportunity over the next several months to achieve meaningful school finance reform in Texas. I thank Senator Taylor for his leadership in filing this bill, as well as his tireless work on the school finance commission. I look forward to working with him, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Chairman Huberty, and the entire legislature to reform the education system in Texas.

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Governor Abbott Statement On Federal Judicial Nominees

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 15:34
Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on President Donald Trump's intent to nominate Jeff Brown to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and Brantley Starr to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas:

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on President Donald Trump's intent to nominate Jeff Brown to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and Brantley Starr to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas:

“I applaud President Trump for nominating Jeff Brown and Brantley Starr to serve as U.S. District Judges,” said Governor Abbott. “I have had the privilege to work with both Jeff and Brantley and have witnessed firsthand their sharp legal minds and commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law. I look forward to the Senate confirming their nominations.”

Jeff Brown, who has served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas since 2013, began his career as a law clerk for then-Justice Abbott and Justice Jack Hightower upon graduating from the University of Houston Law Center. 

Brantley Starr, the Deputy First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, worked for then-Attorney General Abbott and then-Solicitor General Ted Cruz after graduating from the University Texas School of Law.

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APD seeking assistance in identifying Robbery suspect

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:35

Case:                19-0240943
 
Date:                Thursday, January 24, 2019
 
Time:                2:30 pm
 
Location:         Sunglass Hut, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy NB
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit is requesting public assistance with identifying two suspects involved in a robbery that occurred at the Sunglass Hut, located at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy NB at approximately 2:30 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
 
The suspects, whose description and photo are included below, assaulted a store employee and left on foot with property from the store. 
 
Suspect #1 described as:

  • Black Male
  • 30’s
  • at least 6’0
  • Taller than suspect #2
  • “Top knot” on head with blonde ends

Suspect #2 described as:

  • Black male
  • 30’s
  • At least 6’0, but shorter than suspect #1
  • Gucci baseball cap

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5270, 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.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas A&M University System Board Of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:02
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jay Graham, Mike Hernandez, and Michael J. Plank to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jay Graham, Mike Hernandez, and Michael J. Plank to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Jay Graham of Houston is chairman and CEO of Spur Energy Partners. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and has served SPE in various capacities including, member of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Board of Directors, Community Services chair, inaugural board member of the Emerging Leadership Program, and as Scholarship chair. Additionally, he is a member of the Texas A&M School of Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board, College of Engineering Advisory Council, 12th Man Foundation Board of Directors, and the Chancellor's Century Council, board member of Spring Spirit Baseball, former chairman of the American Heart Association Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, and former director of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association. Graham received a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mike Hernandez of Fort Worth is owner and CEO of D&M Leasing, and owner and dealer principal of Four Stars Ford, Four Stars Chevrolet Buick, Four Stars Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, and Four Stars Toyota. He is a member of National Automobile Dealers Association and the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to Chancellor Sharp for the McAllen Campus of Texas A&M University and the Advisory Committee to Lt. Governor Patrick on workforce training. Additionally, he is founder and president of the Hernandez Foundation and a member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. He has served on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Fort Worth, The Family Shelter of Arlington, and the River Legacy Foundation of Arlington and founded the Brownsville Scholars Program. Hernandez received a Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University.

Michael J. Plank of Houston is Chairman and CEO of The Plank Companies, Inc. and three affiliated companies; National Property Holdings, Rail Logix and Speed Shore Corporation. He is a member and past chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, past president of the Trench Shoring & Shielding Association of America and the Houston Equipment Distributors. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Governor's University Research Initiative Board. Additionally, he is a board member and past president of the Children’s Museum of Houston and is a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, YMCA of Greater Houston, Houston Methodist Hospitals President’s Leadership Council, and Texas A&M’s Engineering Advisory Board. Plank received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he was named a Distinguished Graduate of the Mechanical Engineering department in 2000.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Missing child found safe

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:59

Missing Child Ashley Lopez has been located and is safe.

 
Initial Release:

Case:        19-0661800
 
Date:         Thursday, March 7, 2019
 
Time:        3:00 p.m.  
 
Location:  7201 Colony Loop Dr, Overton Elementary School
 
Missing:    Ashley Lopez, Hispanic Female, (10 years of age)

Austin Police Department Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ashley Lopez. Ashley was last seen at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th, at 7201 Colony Loop Dr, Austin Texas 78724, Overton Elementary School.

Ashley is described as:

  • Hispanic Female
  • 4'05" Feet tall
  • 70 lbs
  • Brown Hair / Brown Eyes

Last seen wearing:

  • Long sleeve green army pattern shirt with exposed shoulders
  • Long gray pants
  • Black tennis shoes
  • Wearing a backpack decorated with "Emoji" pictures.

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