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112 Texas Burn Bans - 1/30/2018 4:27:04 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 17:30
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
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APD seeking assistance in Murder #28 from 2017

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 16:24

APD is seeking the public’s assistance in Murder #28 from 2017. Charges against the original suspect, Mario Guajardo-Garcia, were dropped on January 23, 2018. The second living victim has decided not to cooperate with this continuing investigation and has recanted on his statement identifying Guajardo-Garcia as the shooter, to include saying he picked the wrong person out of the photo lineup he was given. Furthermore, several other witnesses on scene have come forward and stated that Guajardo-Garcia was not the shooter and have described the suspect as a younger Hispanic male. We are currently investigating different leads at this time. Guajardo-Garcia is still a person of interest in this case, however, based on the information provided, APD can’t justify keeping him in jail under the two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

At this time, there are no suspects identified. APD PIO will provide video of the suspected SUV entering and leaving the parking lot at 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. It has been described as a blue Chevrolet Suburban or Tahoe. 

APD is requesting anyone with information to contact the Homicide tip at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading our mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Initial release from December 7, 2017:

Case:     17-3271283

Date:    Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time:    11:40 p.m.

Location:  9616 N. Lamar Blvd

Deceased:     Samuel Charlez, a Hispanic male, born 11-22-1994

Arrested:       Hector Guajardo-Garcia, a Hispanic male, 32 years of age

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, Austin Police officers were dispatched to a shooting call in the 9700 block of N. Lamar Blvd. Upon further investigation, officers learned that the actual location was 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. There, officers located a crime scene and secured it. Officers were then notified that there were two shooting victims that had been transported to hospitals by private vehicles. The victims were transported to North Austin Medical Center. Samuel Charlez was later transported to Round Rock Hospital by Starflight where he immediately underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

Violent Crime detectives began working the case that evening and through investigation identified Hector Guajardo-Garcia as the shooter. He was arrested on November 30, 2017 by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

On December 6, 2017 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Samuel Charlez succumbed to his wounds and died. The Homicide unit was notified and assigned to investigate the remainder of the case.

On December 7, 2017, the Travis County Medical Examiner conducted on autopsy on Charlez. The cause of death was gunshot trauma to the body. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES 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.

Murder #2

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 16:22

Case:          18-0271130
 
Date:           Saturday, January 27, 2018
 
Time:           5:04 p.m.
 
Location:     1070 Mearns Meadow Blvd.
           
Deceased:   Darwin Jimenez, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 03-22-96)
 
On Saturday, January 27, Austin 911 received calls of shots fired in the parking lot of 1070 Mearns Meadow Blvd. The Austin Fire Department and Austin/Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located Darwin Jimenez with a gunshot wound.  They immediately began resuscitation efforts, however, Jimenez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:20 p.m. 
 
Homicide investigators arrived and began conducting an investigation. Currently, it appears that a verbal altercation began when a male pulled into the parking lot.  Jimenez and a group of men were sitting inside a car in the parking lot. They began yelling at the male. The male ignored them and pulled into a parking slot. As the male exited his vehicle, Jimenez and the men drove up just past the male and stopped their car. Jimenez and another man exited their vehicle. Jimenez produced a handgun and began firing at the male. The male retreated to his vehicle retrieving his own handgun and returned fire-striking Jimenez. The male was a concealed handgun license holder. Neither of the men knew each other. 
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined Jimenez’s cause of death to be the result of a gunshot wound.  The manner of death homicide.
 
The case is under review by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, as this incident appears to be self-defense. The male and others involved are cooperating with police.  
 
There is no public safety concern in regards to this incident.    
           
Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES 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 Orders Texas Rangers Investigation Into Troubling Allegations At Karolyi Ranch

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:31
Governor Greg Abbott today requested that the Texas Rangers launch an investigation into the recent and shocking allegations of sexual assault of athletes at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County.

Governor Greg Abbott today requested that the Texas Rangers launch an investigation into the recent and shocking allegations of sexual assault of athletes at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County. Karolyi Ranch previously served as the National Training Center for U.S.A. Gymnastics. In the last few weeks and months, multiple athletes have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse while training at the facility.

"The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gut-wrenching," writes Governor Abbott. "Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the allegations are thoroughly vetted and the perpetrators and enablers of any such misconduct are brought to justice. The people of Texas demand, and the victims deserve, nothing less."

In his letter, Governor Abbott commends the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for its diligence in their ongoing investigation. He stated that because criminal action has been implicated across multiple jurisdictions and states, it is essential that the Texas Rangers work with the Walker County Sheriff Office to comprehensively investigate all potential criminal conduct.

Read Governor Abbott’s full letter calling for an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

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106 Texas Burn Bans - 1/30/2018 8:01:44 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 08:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BELL, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEE, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, 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
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Governor Abbott Names Ritchey Chair of Texas Juvenile Justice Board

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 16:11
Governor Greg Abbott has named Judge Wes Ritchey presiding officer of the Texas Juvenile Justice Board. Ritchey was appointed to the board in January of 2017.

Governor Greg Abbott has named Judge Wes Ritchey presiding officer of the Texas Juvenile Justice Board. Ritchey was appointed to the board in January of 2017. He currently serves as the chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and is a member of the Safety and Security Committee for the board. The board is charged with developing and implementing rules to govern the department, executive director and staff, and to establish the mission and set goals for the department to emphasize keeping youth in home communities while balancing rehabilitative needs with public safety.

Wes Ritchey of Dalhart is the county judge of Dallam County, which among other duties includes hearing juvenile cases for the county and serving as part of the Dallam-Hartley-Sherman County Juvenile Probation Board. He is president of the Dalhart Area Child Care Center Board of Directors, and previously served as Dallam County treasurer which additionally serves as the fiscal officer for the juvenile probation board, president of Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees, and as a certified juvenile probation officer. He is a member of the Texas Association of Counties and the Panhandle County Judge & Commissioners Association and volunteers for the Dallam County 4-H. Ritchey received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Joins Second Lady Karen Pence For Arts And Military Conference At Fort Hood

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:47
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott welcomed Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, to Texas today for the Texas Creative Forces Arts and Military Conference, hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott welcomed Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, to Texas today for the Texas Creative Forces Arts and Military Conference, hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Mrs. Pence and Mrs. Abbott addressed conference attendees and attended a roundtable discussion on the Art Therapy program at Fort Hood.

“I am so thankful for the commitment of the doctors, therapists and other specialists I met today at Fort Hood who are ensuring that our service members are getting the range of care they need to not only survive, but to thrive,” Mrs. Abbott said. “We must continue to do all that we can to make certain our service members are able to properly heal, and Mrs. Pence’s leadership and efforts to increase awareness of art therapy and its effectiveness is invaluable.”

Mrs. Pence’s signature initiative as Second Lady of the United States is “Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART,” which focuses on promoting art therapy as an innovative and effective therapy for those with mental, emotional and physical wounds.

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, plus state and local arts agencies, including the Texas Commission on the Arts. The network places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 military medical facilities across the country, including Fort Hood. Creative Forces is creating a community-based military and family support network to provide increased opportunities for arts programs in and around Fort Hood.

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104 Texas Burn Bans - 1/29/2018 1:51:45 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, 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
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104 Texas Burn Bans - 1/29/2018 12:55:20 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, 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
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Report To The People Of Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:49
Governor Greg Abbott today released his second “Report to the People of Texas,” which highlights the legislative, economic, educational, and public safety achievements over the past year.

Governor Abbott Releases Second Report To The People Of Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today released his second “Report to the People of Texas,” which highlights the legislative, economic, educational, and public safety achievements over the past year. The year in review offers a look back at the triumphs and challenges of 2017, and provides Texans greater insight into important programs and policies being implemented across the state, in addition to other actions Governor Abbott has taken to move Texas forward.   

"Though tested this year by Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, Texas remains the envy of the nation," Governor Abbott wrote. "That is why I have focused on making the Lone Star State freer, stronger, safer and smarter, and why I will continue to work with my partners in the Texas Legislature to build a brighter path to opportunity for all Texans.”     

The Report notes that:

  • More than 306,000 jobs were created statewide in 2017
  • Texas set a new record-low unemployment rate
  • Texas has more public high schools ranked in the top 100 than any other state
  • Over $18 million awarded from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to aid in anti-trafficking efforts

Governor Abbott concludes the report with a look ahead, focusing on opportunities for continued success for Texans in the coming year.

“Businesses are growing here, families are growing here, innovation is growing here. And our economy is booming,” Governor Abbott concludes. “Yet, we have more left to do to expand economic opportunity, advance education, preserve safety and security, and protect life and liberty.”

In addition to the report, Governor Abbott released a message to Texans inviting them to look back at the year’s successes, and thanking them for helping build an even stronger Texas for tomorrow.   

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101 Texas Burn Bans - 1/29/2018 8:03:59 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 08:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, 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
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Governor Abbott Speaks At The Texas Rally For Life

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 16:53
Governor Greg Abbott today spoke at the annual Texas Rally for Life at the State Capitol where thousands in attendance joined in their commitment to protecting the rights of the unborn and advocating for pro-life policies in Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today spoke at the annual Texas Rally for Life at the State Capitol where thousands in attendance joined in their commitment to protecting the rights of the unborn and advocating for pro-life policies in Texas. In his remarks, Governor Abbott celebrated recent legislative actions that further protect life, and he thanked pro-life leaders for their work in promoting and creating a culture of life in Texas. 

"It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and since then Texas has become the national leader in defending life," said Governor Abbott. "As Governor I will fight for every child to have a chance at life. I thank our legislative leaders who work to pass laws that protect life, and so many Texans who continue to give a voice to the voiceless and fortify the culture of life in this state."

As Governor and during his tenure as Texas Attorney General, Governor Abbott has advocated for and signed laws to further protect life. In the most recent legislative session, the Governor signed laws to ban partial-birth abortions, end the practice of selling baby body parts for profit, and renew funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program. 

Earlier this week, Governor Abbott proclaimed January 22nd Sanctity of Life Day in Texas.

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100 Texas Burn Bans - 1/26/2018 11:33:40 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FLOYD, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, 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
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Governor Abbott Speaks At Department Of Texas Veterans Of Foreign Wars Convention

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:58
Governor Greg Abbott today attended the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mid-Winter Conference in Austin, Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today attended the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mid-Winter Conference in Austin, Texas. With more than 74,000 members, the Texas VFW serves as a legislative advocacy organization for Texas veterans, in addition to providing valuable community services and financial aid to military members and their families. Governor Abbott spoke at the convention’s opening session, offering gratitude for their service at home and abroad, in addition to reaffirming his commitment to give Texas veterans greater access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities across the state.

"We’ve made great strides to better serve our veterans in Texas," said Governor Abbott.

But there is still more we must do to make sure every veteran returning home receives the support they need to re-enter civilian life and enjoy the freedoms they have fought so hard to secure. Our veterans deserve much more than our gratitude, and as Governor, I am committed to ensuring that Texas veterans receive our respect and opportunities to succeed.

Texas is home to more than two million veteran active and reserve-duty military members. Governor Abbott spoke in detail about policies he has successfully championed for Texas veterans, as well as policies that he will continue to pursue to expand healthcare options, help veterans enter the workforce, and start their own business.

Learn more about the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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99 Texas Burn Bans - 1/26/2018 11:10:59 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BASTROP, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ERATH, FLOYD, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KENDALL, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LEON, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, SAN SABA, SHERMAN, 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 - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:19

The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal Weekend DWI Initiative will resume today, Friday, January 26, 2018 and will last through Sunday, January 28, 2018. The initiative will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

 

The next initiative will begin Friday, February 2 and last through Sunday, February 4, 2018 and will be operational 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. 

Traffic Fatality #3

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 06:42

Case:            18-0241249
 
Date:            Wednesday, January 24, 2018
 
Time:            6:31 p.m.
 
Location:      508 E. Howard Lane

Deceased:     White male, 54 years of age
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a red, 1998 Ford F-150 was traveling westbound on Howard Lane in the left lane. A black, 2011 Harley Davidson Motorcycle came out of a private drive located at 508 E. Howard lane. There is an intersection at this location and a stop sign. As the motorcycle exited the private driveway, it pulled directly in front of the F-150. The F-150 tried to avoid hitting the motorcycle by slamming on the brakes, but was not successful. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Round Rock Hospital but was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving. 
 
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 third fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in four 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 #4

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 06:38

Case:                18-0250538

 
Date:                Thursday, January 25, 2018
 
Time:                Approximately 10:30 a.m.
 
Location:          Chase Bank — 3317 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 today, January 25, 2018, at approximately 10:30 a.m., at the Chase Bank in the 3300 block of Northland Dr.
 
The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, displayed a note and demanded cash. The suspect left the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

Suspect described as:

  • Black male
  • 40-50 years old
  • 5’ 10” tall
  • Medium Build

 Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Dark hooded jacket
  • Tan “boonie” style hat
  • Light colored pants
  • Black/gray tennis shoes 

Photos 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.

 

 

Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Suspect in Bryan Double Homicide Arrested

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Frankie Lee Bell Jr., 30, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured Thursday in Caldwell, Texas (Burleson County)

98 Texas Burn Bans - 1/25/2018 4:32:28 PM

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