State - TX (Texas)



Commission To Rebuild Texas After Hurricane Harvey Update: Issue 16

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:05
Governor Greg Abbott gives top-line information on progress being made by the Commission to Rebuild Texas.

The National Hurricane Center now reports that Hurricane Harvey was "the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event in U.S. history, both in scope and peak rainfall amounts, since reliable rainfall records began around the 1880s." The highest total rainfalls from Hurricane Harvey in Texas were 60.58 inches near Nederland and 60.54 inches near Groves. The previous record in the continental U.S. of 48.00 inches was also broken in communities throughout the Coastal Bend region and in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.

Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas

  • Governor Abbott, in partnership with Texas House and Senate leadership, approved $38.6 million in state funding for critical direct housing programs: "A top priority as we continue to rebuild is ensuring that families affected by Hurricane Harvey can return to permanent housing. This funding gives the General Land Office the necessary resources to continue that important work."
  • Governor Abbott joined representatives from Goldman Sachs, LiftFund and the Rebuild Texas Fund to announce a new $7 million microloan program providing zero-interest loans of up to $25,000 to small businesses working to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. They were joined by local elected officials in Houston and by one of the first recipients of a loan under the new program, Yolonda Henry, owner of Nuksy’s Fine Catering. Visit liftfund.com/hurricane-relief-resources, call LiftFund at 888-215-2373 or inquire by email at harveyrelief@liftfund.com.
  • Governor Abbott released his second "Report to the People of Texas," with a look back at the triumphs and challenges of 2017, including Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, and insight into important programs being implemented across the state to move Texas forward.
  • Governor Abbott joined the governors of California, Puerto Rico and Florida in a joint letter urging the U.S. Senate to approve and expeditiously pass supplemental disaster funding, and for Congress to send the bill to the President.
  • Commissioner John Sharp and the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas on Jan. 25 hosted a gathering of leading philanthropies involved in the Hurricane Harvey recovery process to identify opportunities for coordination between state, federal and private organizations to maximize the effectiveness of philanthropic contributions.
  • As of Feb. 2, approximately 5,733 reports have been submitted from the field to the Assistance Center at Texas A&M. From those reports, the Assistance Center identified 693 issues needing follow-up or resolution, and all have been resolved.More than $598 million in Public Assistance funding from FEMA for state and local governments has been obligated, and 1,164 Requests for Public Assistance have been received from jurisdictions, as of Feb. 1.
  • The U.S. Economic Development Association, in partnership with the International Economic Development Council, is working with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service to provide assistance to communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey through a network of volunteers with experience and expertise in economic development. Communities can apply for assistance.
  • TDEM estimates over 11.6 million cubic yards of debris have been collected, about 68 percent of the anticipated total.

Individual Assistance

  • More than $12.8 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans, including FEMA grants to households, National Flood Insurance Program claims payments and SBA disaster loans, as of Jan 31.
  • 255,360 individuals have visited Disaster Recovery Centers for assistance, as of Jan. 31; for current locations and mobile units visit fema.gov/DRC or download the FEMA app fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • FEMA has completed 599,737 inspections, as of Jan. 31.
  • A determination letter from FEMA indicating ineligibility can be appealed within 60 days of the date of the letter. For more information: Fact Sheet: Questions about Your Determination Letter.
  • 9,505 households are taking advantage of FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance, as of Jan. 31.
  • The TSA program providing short-term hotel stays to displaced survivors while they look for longer-term housing is extended to March 12, 2018. All Harvey survivors staying in hotels under the TSA program have received a phone call, email or text message advising them of their length-of-stay eligibility. If survivors are unsure of their eligibility status, they can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY); log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov; visit a Disaster Recover Center; or ask the front desk clerk to look in the CLC Lodging web portal.
  • The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has received an $11.1 million FEMA grant for the Texans Recovering Together program, which provides free, confidential crisis counseling and referral services for survivors of Hurricane Harvey, now expanded to 31 counties.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers trained professionals who can help callers cope with anxiety or stress, and guide them to available resources. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-985-5990, 800-846-8517 (TTY) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746.

Housing

  • Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush traveled throughout Southeast Texas this week updating local leaders on recovery efforts and meeting with survivors receiving housing assistance.
  • Commissioner Bush visited residents of Nome and Sour Lake who are receiving repairs to their homes through the housing recovery program. In Nome, Commissioner Bush visited with Ms. Ruby, who was originally deemed ineligible due to an error on the application. Commissioner Bush asked the GLO team to help her identify the issue and appeal for reinstatement. Ms. Ruby has now received repairs and is back in her home.
  • In Kountze, Commissioner Bush held a briefing and heard from local leaders about recovery efforts. Judge Wayne McDaniel hosted the briefing in the Hardin County Courthouse attended by state, county and local leaders from across Southeast Texas.
  • While in Beaumont, Commissioner Bush visited a training meeting for local case managers from Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) and South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) who are working in conjunction with the Texas General Land Office and FEMA to help Hurricane Harvey survivors find long-term housing solutions. During the visit, Shaun Davis, the SETRPC Executive Director, took time to talk about how the Texas GLO partnering with FEMA has helped the state more effectively advocate on behalf of local communities and improved communications.
  • The GLO reports that repairs have been completed on 1,755 homes through the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS) program and 7,158 homes are in the process of receiving repairs. The GLO has called, emailed and/or texted all 85,000 applicants potentially eligible for PREPS and continues to work with those who are still considering participating. More than 1,100 applicants who are potentially eligible for FEMA’s Direct Assistance for Limited Home Repair, or DALHR, program have been contacted; 284 inspections have been completed; and 80 applicants have signed contracts and have repairs underway. The majority of applicants report they sustained more damage than can be repaired under the DALHR Program, including foundation or structural damage, or alternately they decline to participate because they to complete the repairs using their own contractors.1,587 families have been housed through the Direct Housing Program, receiving a manufactured housing unit, a travel trailer or other resources, as of Jan. 18; additional housing units are being prepped for occupancy.
  • To access the most up-to-date FEMA dashboards for Hurricane Harvey impacted counties, visit http://www.glo.texas.gov/recovery/files/41-counties-jan-12.pdf
  • The Texas Department of Insurance’s Help After Harvey page explains consumer options to challenge an insurer’s estimate of damages or a claims denial. TDI can help with insurance questions and complaints through the Consumer Help Line at 800-252-3439, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. to Fri.
  • Flood insurance must be maintained to qualify for federal assistance in the future. NFIP policyholders with questions may call 800-621-3362, Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, visit www.FloodSmart.gov.
    • The Federal Housing Administration offers mortgage relief options to Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas at 800-CALL-FHA.
  • TexasRebuilds.com is the housing information source for individuals and communities.
  • For pictures of move-in days and updates on the housing recovery progress, follow Twitter.com/TXGLO.

Jobs

Texans Helping Texans

  • More than 3.4 million volunteer service hours have been recorded; these can be applied to a community’s cost-share offset if eligibility requirements are met as determined by FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

 

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Traffic Fatality #5

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:16

Case:          18-0301394

Date:          Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time:          10:49 p.m.

Location:    1650 E. Anderson Lane

Deceased:  Alma Rosa Hernandez-Jaimes, Hispanic female (D.O.B. 8-30-89)

The preliminary investigation shows that a gray, 2000 Lexus stopped for unknown reasons on the US Hwy 290 E. Toll entrance ramp with no vehicle lights illuminated. The driver of the Lexus was seen standing on the passenger side of her vehicle near the opened passenger door. A red, 2013 Nissan Altima struck the Lexus, which forced the driver of the Lexus into the stopped vehicle.

The driver of the Lexus sustained serious bodily injuries requiring emergency medical transport. The driver of the Altima and their passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Lexus who has been identified as, Alma Rosa Hernandez-Jaimes, succumbed to her injuries on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s fifth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in six fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were five fatal traffic crashes and five traffic fatalities.

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

Traffic Fatality #4

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:21

Case:            18-0280382

Date:            Sunday, January 28, 2018

Time:            5:00 a.m.

Location:      3600 S. Mopac Frontage Rd Sb

Deceased:    Charles Kagai, Black male (D.O.B. 11-25-75)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2011 Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on the frontage road of Mopac in the 3600 block when it left the roadway. The 4Runner continued southbound in the grass median until it hit several trees that eventually stopped the vehicle. The vehicle caught fire as a result of the crash killing the driver who was the only occupant.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s fourth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in five fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were five fatal traffic crashes and five traffic fatalities.

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

Bank Robbery #6

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:12

Case:               18-0320833

Date:               Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time:               Approximately 1:15 p.m.

Location:         Prosperity Bank – 3400 block Northland Dr.

Narrative:
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 February 1, 2018, at approximately 1:15 p.m. at the Prosperity Bank in the 3400 block of Northland Dr.

The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, displayed a weapon and left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Suspect described as:
• White male
• 40’s
• 6’ tall
• Medium build
• Clean shaven

Suspect was last seen wearing:
• Dark colored hooded sweatshirt
• Baseball cap with curved bill
• Reflective sunglasses
• Black pants
• Dark colored 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.

 

Governor Greg Abbott Declares February 2nd “Texas Military Heroes Day”

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:59
Honoring those who have secured our freedom throughout the generations and those who are defending it still.

Texas has a long history of brave men and women who have taken a stand against tyranny and selflessly fought for our freedom and liberty.  From the days of the Texas Revolution and our Republic to the current struggles the United States faces at home and abroad, Texans have answered the call to duty and made a name for themselves as the utmost defenders of liberty.

Generations have learned the names of famous men that have sacrificed much on behalf of Texas:  Travis, Bowie, Crockett and the brave defenders of the Alamo; Fannin and his massacred men at Goliad; Houston and the victors at San Jacinto.  In modern times, Texans have again proven to be invaluable on the battlefield.  During World War II, Audie Murphy displayed a rare and magnificent feat of heroism as he solely took on a squad of Germans, sustaining serious injuries while allowing time for his men to retreat.  For his actions, he earned the Medal of Honor.  In more recent memory, we celebrated Chris Kyle Day.  Widely known as the U.S. military’s most prolific sniper, Chief Petty Officer Kyle’s legacy is so much more than marksmanship.  He was called on every day to make life-and-death decisions on too many battlefields to count, sacrificing comfort and safety to fight for our country and save lives at home and abroad.  From his Texas roots to the front lines on which he served, his loyalty to our flag and commitment to liberty and justice for all stands as a shining beacon to this generation and the next.

However, for all those mentioned, there are scores whose names are unrecognized and have quietly done their duty, serving Texas and the United States faithfully.  Today, and from every February 2 hereafter, we will honor all who have sacrificed and served on behalf of the Lone Star State.  No matter the battle, no matter the job, they deserve our thanks.  At this time, I encourage all Texans to recognize and honor those who have secured our freedom throughout the generations and those who are defending it still.

Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim February 2, 2018, to be

Texas Military Heroes Day

 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

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Reward Increased to $8,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The reward for Mark Timothy McBride, 60, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $8,000

Governor Abbott Statement On Arrests Made In TJJD Investigation

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:59
Governor Abbott today released a statement following the announcement by the Texas Department of Public Safety that the Texas Rangers made four arrests earlier today in relation to their ongoing investigation into misconduct at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Governor Abbott today released a statement following the announcement by the Texas Department of Public Safety that the Texas Rangers made four arrests earlier today in relation to their ongoing investigation into misconduct at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

“Misconduct on the part of employees entrusted with the responsibility of protecting our youth will not be tolerated,” said Governor Abbott. “Today’s announcement is one of many steps being taken to ensure that employees at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department are held accountable for their actions, and I am pleased with the progress being made. While there is still much more that needs to be done, and these investigations are ongoing, I am confident that justice will be served. I thank the Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety for their swift action.”

The arrests made today come after Governor Abbott directed the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships at TJJD facilities on December 13, 2017. 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To Dental Review Committee

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:57
Governor Abbott has appointed Andy Chang, D.D.S. and Joana Allaire to the Dental Review Committee for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019. He also appointed Reena Kuba, D.D.S., Shahrooz Seifikar, D.D.S., and Brenda Olivarez for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021, and appointed Nancy Evans, (Ret.), D.D.S., Jesse Teng, D.D.S., and Amanda Richardson for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023.

Governor Abbott has appointed Andy Chang, D.D.S. and Joana Allaire to the Dental Review Committee for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019. He also appointed Reena Kuba, D.D.S., Shahrooz Seifikar, D.D.S., and Brenda Olivarez for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021, and appointed Nancy Evans, (Ret.), D.D.S., Jesse Teng, D.D.S., and Amanda Richardson for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The committee serves on informal settlement conference panels to determine whether an informal disposition of a contested case against a license holder is appropriate, and to make recommendations for the disposition of the complaint or allegation.

Andy Chang, D.D.S. of Dallas is a prosthodontist and owner at Elite Dental Associates. He is a member of the Dallas County Dental Society, Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Society of Osseointegration, American College of Prosthodontics, American College of Implantologist, and the International Congress Oral Implantologists. Additionally, he is a regional board member for the Make a Wish Foundation. Chang received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from The University of Texas at Austin, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry, and a Master of Science in oral biology from Baylor College of Dentistry with a specialty certificate in prosthodontics.

Joanna Allaire of The Woodlands is a licensed dental hygienist and the director of the dental hygiene program at Lone Star College. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, Texas Dental Hygienists Association, and the American Dental Education Association and a member and past president of the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists Association. Allaire received a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from The University of Texas at Houston, and a Master in dental hygiene from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Reena Kuba, D.D.S. of The Colony is a pediatric dentist in private practice in Irving, TX. She is a consultant for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, of which she is also a diplomate, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. In addition, she is an active member of the Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society, Dallas County Dental Society, and the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Kuba received a Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Doctor of Dental Surgery, a certificate in pediatric dentistry, and a Master of Science in Oral Biology from Baylor College of Dentistry.

Shahrooz Seifikar, D.D.S. of Dallas is a dentist anesthesiologist and president of Dental Anesthesia Specialists. He is a member of Texas Academy of General Dentistry, Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia, and the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists. He is diplomate with the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Seifikar received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry. Additionally, he completed a three year postdoctoral residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburg School of Dental Medicine.

Brenda Olivarez of Rockport is a licensed dental assistant at David J. Mills, D.D.S. She is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association and a member and president of the Coastal Bend Dental Assistants Association and the Texas Dental Assistants Association. Olivarez received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

Jesse Teng, D.D.S. of El Paso is an orthodontist and owner of JT Orthodontics. He is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists and their House of Delegates. Additionally, he is a member and immediate past president of the Texas Association of Orthodontists and a board member of the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists. Teng received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from The John Hopkins University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery, with a concentration in orthodontics from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and a certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics from the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center.

Nancy Evans, (Ret.), D.D.S. of Wichita Falls is a dentist and clinical director at the J Allred Unit, administered through Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is a member of the Association of the U.S. Navy, and the Marine Memorial Association. Evans is a retired U.S. Navy Captain from the Dental Corps Reserve and has been in private practice in Texas since 1983. Evans received a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery with honors from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry.

Amanda Richardson of Tyler is a registered dental hygienist, professor and clinical coordinator at Tyler Junior College. She is a member of the American Dental Education Association, East Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association, Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and a member and president of the Texas Dental Hygiene Clinical Coordinators’ Association. Richardson received an Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene from Tyler Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master of Science in human resource development from The University of Texas at Tyler.

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120 Texas Burn Bans - 2/1/2018 2:11:49 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FANNIN, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PANOLA, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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APD Weekend: No Refusal DWI Enforcement Initiative

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:50

The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal Weekend DWI Initiative will resume on Friday, February 2, 2018, and will last through Sunday, February 4, 2018. The initiative will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

The next initiative will begin Friday, February 9 and last through Sunday, February 11, 2018 and will be operational from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
 
During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.

“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”

Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement.
 

119 Texas Burn Bans - 2/1/2018 9:09:28 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FANNIN, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PANOLA, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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117 Texas Burn Bans - 2/1/2018 8:17:07 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FANNIN, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PANOLA, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Texas Rangers, TJJD Make Arrests in Investigation

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that as the result of an investigation directed by Governor Greg Abbott, arrest warrants have been issued for five current or former employees

115 Texas Burn Bans - 1/31/2018 5:40:45 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FANNIN, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PANOLA, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Bank Robbery #5

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:19

Case:               18-0300769
 
Date:               Tuesday, January 30, 2018
 
Time:               Approximately 1:05 p.m.
 
Location:         Wells Fargo Bank – 11212 N. IH35 Svrd Sb
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate an attempted bank robbery that occurred on January 30, 2018, at approximately 1:05 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 11200 block of N. IH 35 Srvd Sb.
 
The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, presented a note to the teller demanding money but no money was taken. The suspect fled the scene on foot before the robbery was complete.
 
Suspect described as:

  • Black male
  • 40’s
  • 5’ 9” tall
  • Medium build
  • Short goatee

Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Gray hooded sweatshirt
  • Purple knit cap
  • Black sweatpants with design on right leg
  • Gray/blue tennis shoes
  • Silver framed sunglasses

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 files over 50 charges in an Organized Burglary ring

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:18

Austin Police Residential Burglary Detectives have filed multiple felony charges against an organized residential burglary ring with cases dating back to November 2017. A total of five suspects burglarized residences and vehicles all over Austin and then committed financial crimes including identity theft, forgery, credit card abuse, and altering identifications obtained from the burglaries.

Two suspects have been arrested and are currently in the Travis County Jail.

  • Michael Allen Conchola, Hispanic male, 54 years of age
  • Elias Joseph Perales, Hispanic male, 28 years of age

Detectives are still looking for the following suspects:

  • Dawn Nichole Mendez (Horton), Hispanic female, 36 years of age
  • Consuelo Denise Orta, Hispanic female, 30 years of age
  • Pablo Segura, Hispanic male, 30 years of age

Booking photos will be sent separately. 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the three outstanding suspects are asked to call the Burglary Unit at 512-974-6941 or 911 if you see them. 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 or you can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Burglary Detectives believe there are possibly more victims. Below are photos of some of the recovered items from these burglaries. Some of these items have not been claimed yet. If you believe that you are a victim or that any of these items may be yours, please call the Burglary Unit at 512-974-6941.
 
  
  
  
  

Governor Abbott Appoints Robertson As The Independent Ombudsman For The Texas Juvenile Justice Department

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:09
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed JD Robertson to the Office of Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed JD Robertson to the Office of Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The Independent Ombudsman is a state agency established for the purpose of investigating, evaluating, and securing the rights of the children committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

JD Robertson of Wimberley is a retired Major with the Texas Rangers with more than 27 years of service to the Texas Department of Public Safety. As a former Commander of the Texas Rangers Special Operations Group, he managed the special weapons and tactics team, bomb squad, reconnaissance team, special response teams, crisis negotiations unit, and border security operations. He is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and a former member of the National Tactical Officers Association and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. Robertson was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after six years of service. He is also a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the United States Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leadership Program. Robertson received an Associates of Applied Science with a focus on Industrial Security from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Maryland University College, and a Master of Science in applied criminology from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Categories: State - TX (Texas)

114 Texas Burn Bans - 1/31/2018 12:31:14 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FANNIN, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PANOLA, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
Categories: State - TX (Texas)

112 Texas Burn Bans - 1/31/2018 9:18:26 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BRAZOS, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FANNIN, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILAM, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
Categories: State - TX (Texas)

DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement

State - TX - DPS - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state's Move Over/Slow Down law

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