State - TX (Texas)



Homicide #4

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:52

Case:          19-0661604
 
Date:           Thursday, March 7, 2019
 
Time:           7:50 p.m.
 
Location:    40 N. IH-35 Svrd SB (Towers of Town Lake)
 
Deceased:   Nadir Abdeladmin | Middle Eastern male | DOB 12/2/1952
 
Arrested:     Hakim Abdeladim | Middle Eastern male | 30 years of age
 
On Thursday, March 7, 2019 at approximately 7:50 p.m., Austin 911 received a call of shots fired at the Towers of Town Lake (40 N. IH-35 Svrd SB). Austin police officers arrived within two minutes and found Nadir Abdeladim with multiple gunshot wounds inside a residence. Upon their arrival, Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS began working to revive the victim. Despite their efforts, Nadir Abdeladim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.
 
Several witnesses told officers that the victim’s son, Hakim Abdeladim, 30, was with the victim minutes prior to the shooting and had been seen fleeing the building. A search perimeter was established and officers located the suspect, Hakim Abdeladim, in the parking lot of the hotel located adjacent to the Towers of Town Lake. Abdeladim was taken into custody and officers noted blood on his clothing.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy this morning.
 
Hakim Abdeladim is being held in the Travis County Jail pending formal charges.

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

Hakim Abdeladim

DPS Offers Safety Tips for Spring Break

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to make safety a top priority this spring break

DPS Reminds Texans of Free Tool to Keep Communities and Schools Safe

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all Texans to do their part to keep our communities and schools safe by reporting suspicious activity or behaviors that may indicate ongoing or future criminal or terrorist activity through the iWatchTexas mobile app

Governor Abbott Statement On Passing Of Former U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 14:25
Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall:

“Cecilia and I ask that all Texans join us in praying for the family of Ralph Hall as they mourn his passing. Congressman Hall heroically served his country in World War II and went on to a career in politics where he distinguished himself as a fiercely independent voice who put the needs of his constituents above all else. He represented the best of the Lone Star State and will be forever remembered as one of the finest Texans to ever serve our great nation.”

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Auto Theft, Moped Theft, Burglary of Vehicle, and Bicycle Safety Tips for 2019 March events

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:54

Thousands of people will be in Austin this month attending events such as SXSW, Rodeo Austin and Texas Relays.
 
APD’s Auto Theft Interdiction Project would like to remind our community to remain vigilant, as thieves will be scouting parked vehicles, bicycles and mopeds during these events. It only takes five minutes for a thief to steal your vehicle and two and a half minutes to burglarize your vehicle. Thieves are targeting public streets, shopping malls, hotels, apartment complexes, hike and bike trails, hospitals, large parking facilities and residential driveways.
 
Here are some precautions that will make your vehicle less of a target:

  • Lock your car and take your keys. Don’t make it easier for a thief to enter your vehicle. Half of all vehicles stolen in Texas are the result of drivers leaving their keys behind (in what they believe are hidden locations).
  • Park in well-lit areas or attended lots. Over half of all vehicle thefts occur at night. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended parking lots.
  • Hide or take valuables. Secure your valuables in the trunk prior to arrival at your designation.
  • Install protection devices. Some of these devices include visible steering wheel locks, ignition kill switches, fuel kill switches, alarms and vehicle tracking devices.
  • Write down where you parked. Take a picture or text yourself where you have left your vehicle to avoid confusion later on.

If you’re using a bicycle or moped for transportation, please make sure to take extra precautions:

  • Lock it up. The following types of locking devices are preferred:
  • A heavy duty U-Lock
  • A heavy duty bicycle chain lock with combination
  • Using a combination of both devices will further help in prevention of bicycle theft
  • Proper lighting. Equip your bike with a front white light and red rear light.
  • Visibility. Wear bright clothes for added visibility at night
  • Protection. Wear protective gear when riding such as a helmet and kneepads/ elbow pads.
  • Use signals. Use hand signals when riding, especially through congested areas.
  • Register your bike. Citizens can register bicycles here: http://austintexas.gov/page/bike-registration

APD Auto Theft Interdiction Project programs are funded through the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority to reduce auto and burglary theft in the State of Texas.

APD tips for parking, traveling during 2019 SXSW events

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:52

The Austin Police Department wants Austin residents and visitors to use caution when navigating around the City of Austin and parking during SXSW events.
 
For information about getting around Austin visit: https://austintexas.gov/department/getting-around-austin   
 
See street closures for SXSW here: http://www.austintexas.gov/event/spring-festival-season-including-sxsw-mar-8-mar-17
 
There will be parking zones designated specifically for the SXSW event. If you park on private property, be aware of towing signs placed at the entrances and exits of the properties. State law requires signs at the entrance and exit points, but not necessarily in front of the parking area. If these signs are up and you violate the warning on the sign, your vehicle could be towed.
 
Vehicle Immobilization Devices (Booting) are used on many downtown parking lots/parking garages. Immobilization companies must be licensed by the City of Austin Transportation Services and Austin Police Wrecker Unit. Appropriate signs must be posted at the designed entrances/exits of the lot/garage informing the public of such action to be taken. Immobilization services personnel must conspicuously wear or display the operator’s permit while performing a vehicle immobilization.

Immobilization personnel must remove the boot from a vehicle, in exchange for the vehicle immobilization fee, not later than one hour after the time the owner or operator of the vehicle contacts the licensee responsible for installation of the boot to request the remove of the boot; waive the amount of the fee for removal of a boot, excluding any associated parking fees, if the licensee fails to have the boot removed within the time prescribed.

Vehicle immobilization services must remove a boot without charge to the vehicle owner if the removal of the boot is requested before the boot is completely installed and a conspicuous notice has been adhered to the front windshield or driver’s side window of the vehicle at the time of immobilization.

In addition to the vehicle immobilization fee, of $100.00, the immobilization operator may also collect any outstanding parking lot fees, not to include any fine or penalty, from the vehicle owner/operator on behalf of the parking lot owner.
 
APD wants to remind residents that parking is limited in some areas of the city during SXSW. In addition, residents should be mindful of designated loading and unloading zones and other tow-away zones. 
 
APD will be enforcing all laws applicable to towing during SXSW. If your vehicle is in the process of being towed and is fully prepared for transport, but has not yet left the property from where it is being towed, the tow truck operator must offer and accept a drop fee of $50.00. 
 
If your vehicle is towed, the amount that a towing company can charge is $150.00 plus $25 administrative fee for every dispatched tow call that is generated.  In rare instances, there may be other labor fees added. Once the vehicle reaches the Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF), there’s an extra $20.00 impound fee and a $20.00 storage fee (both of which are authorized by state law) — bringing the total to $190.00 plus tax. After the first 24 hours, the tow company can charge an additional $50.00 for a notification fee, also authorized by state law. This would bring the total to $240.00 plus tax.
 
PRIVATE PROPERTY TOWING INFORMATION

  1. If you wish to contest the impoundment of your vehicle, you must request a tow hearing. The tow hearing must be scheduled within 14 days of the vehicle being towed. Tow hearings may be conducted in any Justice of the Peace Court in the county in which the tow occurred  For additional details on tow hearings please contact any of the Justice of the Peace offices listed below:
  2.  
    1. PRECINT 1: Northeast       512-854-7700
    2. PRECINT 2: Northwest       512-854-4545
    3. PRECINT 3: Southwest      512-854-6763
    4. PRECINT 4: Southeast       512-854-9479
    5. PRECINT 5: Central            512-854-9049

 

  1. If you think your vehicle has been towed illegally within the City of Austin please call 3-1-1 to file a Wrecker Ordinance Violation and then email APD’s Wrecker Enforcement Unit at Wrecker.Enforcement@austintexas.gov with the case number provided by 3-1-1 in addition to details about what occurred.

 

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOWING Fees: The City of Austin only regulates non-consent towing fees:
    1. Regular non-consent tow for vehicles under 10,001 lbs:          $150
    2. Regular non-consent tow for vehicles 10,001 – 25,999:           $400
    3. Regular non-consent tow for vehicles 26,000+:                         $800
    4. There is no longer a private property on site fee. (Example: tow truck is backed up to vehicle but has not started prepping to impound vehicle).   $0
    5. The private property tow truck is fully prepared for transport and still on site $50

**There is a $25 administrative fee for every dispatched tow call that is generated.
 
For more information about towing visit APD’s Wrecker Enforcement website:
http://austintexas.gov/department/wrecker-enforcement
 

APD reminds SXSW attendees to use Austin PD, SXSW GO Smartphone Apps

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:51

The Austin Police Department (APD) is reminding SXSW attendees to download the FREE Austin PD and SXSW Go smartphone apps to stay up-to-date during this year’s event.
 
Stay informed and have direct access to important APD services such as station locations, crime prevention information, news updates and the ability to file certain police reports directly from the app.
 
Users can also send us tips anonymously. Tipsters can use their GPS location, text, photos and have a secure two-way chat with officers. Additionally, APD sends out important messages and alerts to users via the app.
 
Download the Austin PD mobile app here:

Austin PD For iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/austin-police-department-mobile/id1030971413

Austin PD For Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ezaxess.icampus.android.austintexaspd
 
To get the most out of your experience download the SXSW GO app here:
For iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sxsw-go-official-2017-mobile/id418450665?mt=8
For Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xomodigital.sxswgo
 

Governor Abbott Appoints Four To University Of Texas System Board Of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Nolan Perez, M.D. to the University of Texas System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Christina Melton Crain, Jodie Lee Jiles, and Kelcy Warren for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Nolan Perez, M.D. to the University of Texas System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Christina Melton Crain, Jodie Lee Jiles, and Kelcy Warren for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Nolan Perez, M.D. of Harlingen is CEO of Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterologic Association, and a is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. He has served as a member of the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents since 2015, and as board chair since 2017. He is a Trustee for Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, having first been elected in 2010. He also serves on the University of Texas Foundation, UT Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, UT Austin Development Board, UT Rio Grande Valley Development Board Executive Committee, Holdsworth Center Governing Board, Humanities of Texas Board, Texas Lyceum Board of Directors, and Educate Texas Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities, Lone Star National Bank Board, Senator John Cornyn’s Service Academy Nominations Board, and FIRST in Texas Foundation. Perez received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Medical Doctorate from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. After medical school he served in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Corps Officer.

Christina Melton Crain of Dallas is an attorney and the founder and president/CEO of Unlocking DOORS. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Texas Corrections Association. She is president of the Trinity River Authority of Texas Board of Directors, a public member of the Texas Public Transportation Advisory Council, a former chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and serves as the prisoner representative on The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Institutional Review Board. She is a past director of the State Bar of Texas and past president the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She is a life member of The University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, a former board member of the Center for Missing/Exploited Children-Texas Region, and a former trustee of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Crain received a Bachelor of Arts in government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.  

Jodie Lee Jiles of Houston is director of business development for Transwestern. He is a member of The University of Texas at Austin Development Board, the UT Health Development Board and former board member of the Texas Southern University Foundation. He served as chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council and is currently on the Executive Committee. He is former chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and a lifetime director. Additionally, he is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and a former director of The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch. He is a trustee of the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine where he serves on both Executive Committees. Currently, he is chairman of Loving Kids and a former board member of KIPP Academy. Jiles received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas Southern University and a Master of Professional Accountancy from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kelcy Warren of Dallas is chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding career achievements and contributions toward the advancement of the midstream industry. He is a member of the Parks and Wildlife Commission, and is also active in organizations outside the energy business—he serves on the board of directors of The Klyde Warren Park, The Lamplighter School, and The University of Texas at Arlington. He also supports a number of children’s charities around the country through Cherokee Crossroads, Inc. Warren received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Arlington.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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APD seeks assistance with combating human trafficking during SXSW

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:09

The Austin Police Department welcomes festival goers to this year’s Spring Fest ATX, with the primary focus on March 8 through March 17, 2019. As many know, SXSW brings thousands of visitors to Austin from around the world and our goal is to keep you, your family and our community safe while striving to be one of the safest cities in America. With this in mind, the Austin Police Department, our peer agencies and Austin’s diverse Anti-Human Trafficking groups would like your help combating Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is a hidden crime that includes Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking, both of which occur every day in communities around the county and in Austin.    
 
Our goal is put a stop to human trafficking, and the first step in combating it is to identify victims so they can be rescued and help bring their perpetrators to justice. Being aware and educating yourself on the indicators of human trafficking will help us achieve this goal together.  

  • Sex Trafficking is mostly conducted through social media, so please report to APD any social media posts that offer sex for money in Austin 
  • Be aware that Traffickers also look to recruit new victims during large events. Stay aware of what information you share on social media
  • Call 9-1-1 if you feel you are being trafficked or being recruited into trafficking or the Nation Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 if you have any information related to possible human Trafficking. 

Together we can help stop Human Trafficking for good!

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Tech University System Board Of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:55
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ginger Kerrick, Mark Griffin, and Dusty Womble to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ginger Kerrick, Mark Griffin, and Dusty Womble to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025.

Ginger Kerrick of Webster is the Flight Integration Division Chief for NASA, Johnson Space Center, and has served in other various roles and capacities in human space flight training and operations over 27 years. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, volunteer coordinator for Triumphant Tails, Inc. and is the annual emcee for the Galveston Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics. Kerrick received a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master of Science in physics from Texas Tech University. 

Mark Griffin of Lubbock is general counsel of Rip Griffin Truck Service Center, Inc., and serves as president of Pro Petroleum, Inc. He is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas and the Lubbock County Bar Association, director of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, and former director Plains Capital Bank. He is a former board member of Covenant Health System and the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, and a former trustee of Lubbock Independent School District. Griffin received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Dusty Womble of Lubbock manages multiple private businesses and real estate holdings, and is a board member and former Executive Vice President of Tyler Technologies. He is a member of the Rawls Business School Advisory Board, and the Texas Tech Foundation Board and its Executive Board. He currently serves on the boards of TRUNO, Inc. and Lubbock Christian School. Womble received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from Texas Tech University.

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Governor Abbott Statement On Texas’ Continued Export Dominance

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 12:57
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the release of international trade data by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis highlighting Texas’ continued export dominance.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the release of international trade data by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis highlighting Texas’ continued export dominance.

“The Lone Star State continues to lead the nation in exports because of our greatest natural resource — innovative and hardworking Texans,” said Governor Abbott. “When given the freedom to grow, businesses flourish, jobs are created, and opportunity expands for all Texans. As Governor, I will continue to make strategic investments in education and workforce development to position Texas as the global hub for commerce and trade — and the undisputed center for innovation and intellectual capital.”

  • Texas is again the top state for exports, for the 17th year in a row.
  • Texas is again the top state for tech exports, now for six consecutive years.
  • Texas exports account for nearly 20 percent of all U.S. exports.
  • Texas exports in 2018 totaled more than $315 billion — a record breaker for the Lone Star State, and up nearly 20 percent from the prior year.
  • Total Texas exports are nearly double that of California.

And according to U.S. Small Business Administration data, more than 9 in 10 Texas exporting companies are small businesses.

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

State - TX - DPS - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The reward for Jorge Luis Santamaria, 37, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this months featured fugitive, has been increased to $7,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of March

Nominations Now Open For The 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:02
Nominations are now open for the 2019 Governor's Volunteer Awards.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Governor's Volunteer Awards. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will again serve as the Honorary Chair of the award committee. The Governor's Volunteer Awards are administered by the OneStar Foundation, and are an opportunity for the state of Texas to honor those who exhibit excellence in serving their communities.

Nominations are open in nine categories:

  •      Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award
  •      First Lady’s Rising Star Award
  •      Partners in Education Award
  •      Service to Veterans Award
  •      Higher Education Community Impact Award – University     
  •      Higher Education Community Impact Award – Community College
  •      Corporate Community Impact Award
  •      Community Leadership Award
  •      National Service “Make a Difference” Award

To nominate an individual or organization for the award, go to:

https://gvas.secure-platform.com/a

To see the descriptions and criteria for each award, visit:
http://onestarfoundation.org/governors-volunteer-awards/

Nominations will close on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and awardees will be honored in the fall at an evening reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

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APD Seeking Public Assistance in Officer Involved Shooting

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 14:48

The Austin Police Department Special Investigations Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle and its occupants that were involved in an Officer Involved Shooting that took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1:32 a.m. in the 600 block of Neches Street. 
 
The vehicle is believed to be a dark, metallic blue, 2014 – 2019, Cadillac CTS, 4 door sedan, with tinted windows. The vehicle appeared to not have a front license plate. It is believed that the vehicle had 3 – 4 occupants. The driver appeared to be a White or Hispanic male, with short dark hair, last seen wearing a light colored t-shirt. One passenger appeared to be a White or Hispanic male, with dark hair, last seen wearing a dark shirt with white lettering, with a dark colored long sleeve shirt or jacket worn over the t-shirt. This passenger was wearing light colored pants.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Homicide Tip Line at (512) 477-3588. Capital Area Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the identification or arrest of this individual. You can call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the mobile app or website. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

Traffic Fatality #10

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 14:45

Case:          19-0581824

Date:           February 27, 2019

Time:          10:25 p.m.

Location:     East 7th Street and Springdale Road

Deceased:   Javier Emanuel Niño Esparza, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 1/20/2000)

The preliminary investigation shows a white, 2000 Lexus RX300 was traveling eastbound on East 7th Street when the driver ran a red light and struck a grey, 2004 Volkswagen Golf moving northbound on Springdale Road. The force of the impact caused both the Lexus and Volkswagen to also strike a white, 2019 Jeep Cherokee that was stopped at the red light.
 
The driver of the Volkswagen Golf, Javier Emanuel Niño Esparza, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The driver of the Lexus, Duane Harris, 29, was transported to a local hospital for treatment following the crash as were two other occupants from the vehicle. Harris has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Duane Harris

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s tenth fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in ten fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were ten fatal traffic crashes and eleven traffic fatalities.

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

APD Seeking Information on Aggravated Assault that Critically Injured 10-Month Old Baby

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 14:04

Case:        19-0551790

Date:        February 24, 2019

Time:        Approximately 11:11 p.m. 

Location:  1820 Wooten Park Dr.

Media: Chief Manley provided sound regarding this incident last week. The footage from that press conference is available at: https://youtu.be/zQaKxgzvG7U
 
Update: The baby remains in the hospital and is showing signs of improvement, but still has a long recovery ahead.  
 
On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at approximately 11:11 p.m., APD responded to a shoot/stab call at 1820 Wooten Park Dr. Once on scene, officers located an adult male with non-life threatening gunshot wounds and a 10-month old baby who was in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. The two victims were both immediately transported for medical attention.

The initial investigation revealed that the victims heard a knock at their door quickly followed by gun shots being fired through the door into the residence. A man and woman who are considered persons of interest are being sought in conjunction with this crime.

 

The female person of interest is described as:

  • Hispanic or White
  • Between 17 and 25 years of age
  • Approximately 5’ 2” and 120 pounds
  • Blonde hair (possibly dyed)
  • Last seen wearing a blue hoodie with pink flowers

It is unknown what age or race the male person of interest is.

Detectives are also seeking information about a vehicle of interest. It is described as a light colored, possibly silver or tan, SUV with a large body style similar to a Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator. The photos below are the actual vehicle.

 


Investigators are asking anyone that may have information to contact the APD Gang Hotline at 512-974-8600. 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 also submit tips by downloading APD's mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone or Android.

Bank Robbery #6

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 14:02

Case:       19-0630494

Date:        Monday, March 4, 2019

Time:        9:21 a.m.

Location:  Bank of America – 7900 Shoal Creek Blvd.
 
The Austin Police Department (APD) Robbery Unit is working in conjunction with the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force to investigate a bank robbery that occurred Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. The robbery suspect entered the Bank of America brandishing a weapon and demanded money from a teller. He fled on a small, blue BMX bicycle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Suspect described as:

  • Black male
  • 6’ 0” tall, medium build and short black hair
  • Approximately 30 years of age
  • Last seen wearing a green hoodie, black pants and carrying a black bag 

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.

 

Governor Abbott Statement On House Bill 3

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 13:00
Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on the filing of House Bill 3, which addresses school finance reform in Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on the filing of House Bill 3, which addresses school finance reform in Texas:

“We have an obligation to students, parents, and teachers to reform our school finance system and elevate education in Texas. We promised Texans that this session would be transformative and address big issues like school finance and property tax reform, and today’s announcement by Chairman Huberty is a big step in honoring that pledge. I look forward to working with Chairman Huberty, as well as Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Senator Taylor and all members to better fund our schools, increase teacher pay, and put our students on a pathway to greater academic success.”

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At Texas Oil & Gas Association’s Annual Ad Valorem Tax Conference

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 11:22
Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the Texas Oil & Gas Association's (TXOGA) annual ad valorem tax conference in Austin.

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the Texas Oil & Gas Association's (TXOGA) annual ad valorem tax conference in Austin. The Governor spoke about property tax reform, the important role that the oil and gas industry plays in growing Texas’ economy, and expanding the nation's international exports.

"Because of the contributions of oil and gas producers, the Lone Star State continues its dominance as the national leader in oil and gas production," said Governor Abbott. "The benefits of Texas' oil and gas industry extend far beyond our borders, and increased shipments of LNG have expanded our international export reach. By working together to rein in property taxes, we will ensure that our oil and gas industry continues to grow and prosper, and we will create an even brighter future for Texas."

Texas Oil & Gas Association is a statewide trade association with approximately 5,000 members representing every facet of the Texas oil and gas industry including small independents and major producers. Collectively, TXOGA members account for over 90 percent of all oil and natural gas produced in Texas, they operate a vast majority of the state’s pipeline mileage and gas processing capacity, and they are responsible for a preponderance of the state’s refining capacity.

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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To The Texas Holocaust And Genocide Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:07
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Lynne Aronoff and appointed Jeffrey Beck and Rabbi Ilan Emanuel to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Aronoff chair of the commission.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Lynne Aronoff and appointed Jeffrey Beck and Rabbi Ilan Emanuel to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Aronoff chair of the commission. The commission was established to ensure that resources are available to students, educators and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides.

Lynne Aronoff of Houston is the former president of StoneNet, Inc., and a former teacher at the Hebrew Academy in Houston. She is a board member for the Jewish Family Foundation and Citizenship Month of Houston, vice president of the Consular Women’s Club of Houston, and a board member and former officer for the Jewish Family Service. Additionally, she is an honorary host committee member for the Aga Khan Foundation and previously served as a board member for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Aronoff received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jeffrey Beck of Dallas is Chairman of the Board of United Texas Bank. He is national board member for the Secure Community Network National Board, Jewish Federation, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum and previously served as the National Board chair for the American Senior Housing Association. Beck received a Bachelor in business administration from the University of Miami.

Ilan Emanuel of Corpus Christi is Rabbi of the Congregation Beth Israel. He is a board member of the South West Association of Reform Rabbis and a former board member of the Lincoln Jewish Community School Board and the Lincoln Jewish Federation. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Corpus Christi Clergy Alliance. Rabbi Emanuel received a degree in law from the University of Manchester and the University of Westminster and his Rabbinic Ordination form the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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