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Two inmates at the Travis County Jail, in separate unrelated incidents, were found dead in their cells Saturday, authorities said Monday. A preliminary investigation has found that 50-year-old Donald Coor and 24-year-old Eric Taylor, both of Austin, likely died of natural causes, the Travis County ...
Saying they lack a voice in policy decisions, all but one of Travis County's 11 fire departments operated by emergency services districts will split from the medical director they share with the city of Austin by October. The medical director is the physician who oversees the clinical side of an EMS program ...

Officials who want to build a new women's facility at the Travis County jail have a "more therapeutic, more normalized environment" in mind. Consider the difference between the common areas in the current Travis County jail and the common areas in this San Diego jail, which has cushioned seats, soothing colors and ...
In this file photo, Bennett Pierce cooks beef stew at the Travis County Correctional Complex. Travis County commissioners Tuesday approved a budget transfer that will use inmate food and grocery money to buy 574 rifle-resistant vests for deputies and other county officers, relying on a more than ...
Earlier: More testimony is expected Wednesday in the trial of the man accused of attempting to assassinate Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek outside of her West Austin home in 2015. The federal government hopes to prove Chimene Onyeri tried to kill Kocurek because he was concerned she ...
Assassination attempt of Travis County judge prompts statewide security changes. A shooter attempted to kill Travis County Judge Julie Kocurek in 2015. Her case has ... TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas -- Chimene Onyeri is accused of trying to kill State District Judge Julie Kocurek to avoid going to prison in 2015.

At least 115 low water crossings throughout Central Texas were closed, including several in the Kyle area in western Hays County, about a dozen throughout eastern Bastrop County and more than 20 in Travis County, mostly near Pflugerville, Manor and Cele. In Williamson County, Round Rock has ...
Sheriff Sally Hernandez and county staff worked to find money elsewhere and Tuesday they announced they found $287,000 for 574 vests. "Officers felt vulnerable out in the community. For years, we've always felt that way," said Travis County Precinct 5 Constable Carlos Lopez. "It could happen to a park ...
AUSTIN -- The jury assigned to the trial for Chimene Onyeri learned Tuesday that he allegedly bragged about his attempt to shoot and kill a Travis County judge after she was hospitalized, according to testimony from an Austin police officer who was assigned to work on the case from 2015 to 2017.
The Travis County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of rifle resistant vests for all its deputies as well as for Constable Precincts One through Five, TNR park rangers, and Travis County fire marshals. In her presentation to commissioners, Sheriff Sally Hernandez stressed the importance of ...
TRAVIS COUNTY -- After a unanimous vote of approval from the Travis County Commissioners Court, the Travis County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing rifle-resistant vests for all of its deputies as well as for Constable Precincts One through Five, TNR Park Rangers, and Travis County Fire Marshals.
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Deputies and other first responders in Travis County will be getting rifle-resistant vests after the county raised $200,000 by selling on-hand food inventory to meal services company Aramark. The Travis County Commissioners Court gave unanimous approval for the purchase of vests for ...
Flu activity remains high and widespread in Travis County. - The percentage of specimens testing positive by rapid antigen tests for influenza in Travis County is 39.4 percent. - Statewide, the number of patient visits due to influenza-like illness is around 14 percent. - The dominant strain in Texas is A(H3N2), ...
“Nelda was loved by tax office employees throughout her 20 years of service to Travis County,” said Bruce Elfant, Travis County's current tax assessor‐collector who succeeded her. “She was dedicated to her staff, committed to hiring quality people and was passionate about giving county residents ...
Participants in a four-day Native American religious ceremony have accused Travis County sheriff's deputies of violating their civil rights in a December raid in which the officers "sprung from the dark, shined their lights on the sacred ceremony, pointed their guns at the participants and began ... rights
Holly Kirby, criminal justice programs director at nonprofit Grassroots Leadership, leads a news conference urging county commissioners not to expand the Travis County women s jail and instead spend resources on diversion and support programs. The Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to ...
The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in San Diego County, California, features common areas with cushioned chairs, calming colors and large windows. Travis County officials pointed to this jail as an example of the design they envision for a new women's facility at the county jail. Photo ...

Nick Wagner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Property owners wait in line to submit their protest forms at the Travis County Appraisal District office in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. More than 90,000 people have challenged their appraised home values so far, and Wednesday was the last day ...
The security scare at the DoubleTree prompted Austin Community College to issue an alert for its Rio Grande campus, which is a few blocks away from the hotel. Price, who is from Alabama, faces a deadly conduct charge and was taken to the Travis County Jail. His bond is set at $50,000, he must stay ...
When Travis County commissioners approved the 2018 budget in September that included about $6.6 million to design a new women's facility in the Del Valle jail, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt insisted, over the cries of criminal justice reform advocates, that it would not mean more beds overall but that ...
Travis County prosecutors Sunday were seeking to add conditions to the release on bond of a former Akins High School student who is charged with threatening the South Austin campus. Amid concerns from parents, school leaders and law enforcement, officials questioned the decision by a magistrate ...
The Austin American-Statesman reports that each day about a dozen Travis County inmates have their misdemeanor cases heard. The inmates previously had their bond denied and couldn't come up with the money to bail out. So their only options to get released are to wait months for trial or to plead guilty ...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the first six days of early voting in the Texas Primary Election, only 4 percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast their ballots. Data from the Travis County Clerk's Office shows 30,845 people have voted thus far since early voting started on Tuesday, Feb. 20. At that rate ...
Two Austin defense lawyers are demanding Travis County discontinue a misdemeanor court docket they say pressures indigent defendants to accept bad plea deals — and even plead guilty to crimes they did not commit — in exchange for their release from jail. The Jail Reduction Docket is unconstitutional ...
Travis County's criminal courts are housed at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. State district judges preside over felony criminal cases, such as murder, aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation. They serve four-year terms and make ...
Judge Eric Shepperd in February 2013 talks with an employee at the Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse in a room hidden by stacks of boxes and supplies in a room where thousands of court records are kept. The county voted Friday to put out a request for proposals for a land owner and developer team to ...
This year's flu season has been particularly deadly, with the most deaths reported in Travis County in more than 10 years, Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said. So far this season, no children have died from the flu, and the majority of deaths have been people 80 and older, she said.
TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas - Travis county is suing the manufacturers, distributors and marketers of pharmaceutical opioids for damages and penalties. County leaders said the action is necessary to stop the harvesting of profits from human suffering. County Attorney David Escamilla said he and the district ...
Michael Cargill, a Second Amendment activist and gun shop owner shown speaking last November, is one of at least three Log Cabin Republican members who were initially rejected for precinct chair seats with the Travis County GOP. The party approved Cargill for a post in January. NICK WAGNER ...
AURORA MARTINEZ JONES, 34, has been a Travis County civil associate judge since her 2014 appointment by the Commissioners Court. She primarily assists ... Civic participation: Board member of Travis County Women Lawyers Association and Girls Empowerment Network. Past president of Austin ...
Travis County has filed its lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry over prescription drug opioids, joining hundreds of other cities and counties seeking ... it is our responsibility to protect constituents from those who wish to take advantage of their pain to make a quick dollar,” Travis County Judge Sarah ...
AUSTIN (KXAN) – In the last month, Austin doctors saw a distribution shortage of the drug that eases flu symptoms. Now, health workers nationwide are running out of rapid flu tests. This comes as the Austin-Travis County Health Authority released new numbers for flu-related deaths in the area. So far, 28 ...
TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) –The Travis County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who was stabbed to death in a home on Sojourner Street early Saturday as 36-year-old Emily Martinez Villarreal. According to an arrest affidavit, deputies were dispatched to the home at the 4600 block of ...
AUSTIN, TX — Community leaders on Friday urged top Travis County officials to halt plans on building a new women's jail and instead focus on ... the need to upgrade aging facilities and improve conditions for women in the Travis County Jail system as the primary reason for building a new women's jail.
Travis County Officials Release Wells Branch Crime Statistics. Sheriff's office conducted six-week operation to ascertain the community's level of crime in order to compile the data. By Tony Cantu, Patch Staff | Jan 18, 2018 10:14 pm ET ...
BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Police in Buda say 69-year-old David Paul Dvorchak, who was last seen at his home on Monday, Jan. 15, was found dead in Travis County Wednesday. Police say he was last seen leaving his home in the 1300 block of Cabela's Drive and was headed to an appointment at 2500 W.
A missing Buda man with “severe medical issues” was found dead Wednesday in Travis County, Buda police said. Before his body was ... The Travis County sheriff's office said deputies responded at 6:37 p.m. to a 911 call about a dead person in a vehicle parked in the 11900 block of Manchaca Road.
The Austin Travis County Emergency Operations Center has been working around the clock to coordinate safety efforts. Jenni Lee, KVUE 7:58 PM. ... AUSTIN - The area's severe and icy weather conditions activated the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday. Several public safety ...
But as a warming trend develops, roadways have been deemed to be safer for travel by Wednesday. As a result, many places that closed on Tuesday will be re-opened on Wednesday. But not everything will resume on Wednesday. The Travis County Commissioners Court will re-convene on Thursday, Jan ...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Travis County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Austin in an effort to decrease the number of inmates with mental illness incarcerated in the jail. NAMI will offer its second in a series of classes for family members and friends of inmates ...
TRAVIS COUNTY – Sounds of sniffling and coughing can be heard across Texas with what could be the worst flu season in the past few years. Texas has ranked number one with the most flu activity nationwide. In Travis County, at least seven people have died from the flu since the fall of 2017, according ...
The show barn at the Travis County Expo Center was buzzing with activity Friday. The annual youth livestock show and fair was underway. Among those competing for a Blue Ribbon was Bella Kirk and her one-year-old steer, Biscuit. "If you give it good time and a good effort you can make really good ...
The Austin Health Department said Thursday that so far this flu season, 11 people have died from the illness in Travis County alone. The department had previously reported only seven deaths, but learned Thursday from the registrar at the city's Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance division about four ...
Update: A top county health official told Patch on Thursday that the number of Travis County deaths blamed on the flu this season has reached 11. "FYI, late this afternoon we identified an additional 4 deaths so we are now up to 11 in Travis County," Dr. Philip Huang, medical director at the Austin/Travis ...
Jasmine Bernal of Kyle gets injected with a flu shot at the Seton Medical Mission at Seton Medical Center on Saturday January 28, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this flu season, according to updated numbers released Thursday.
The Travis County Sheriff's Office said it investigated 11 homicide cases last year that resulted in 12 deaths — the most the agency has recorded. The last homicide of 2017 in Travis County was the case on Doss Road near Lake Travis on New Year's Eve. Charity Sunshine Ellis, 48, is accused of shooting ...
Seven people in Travis County have died from the flu since the fall, already more than each of the past two flu seasons. Seventeen people died in Travis County from the illness in 2014-15. With at least two more months of the season to go, state officials are seeing a spike in cases because of a particularly ...
With no eyewitnesses or murder weapon to work with, authorities relied heavily on video surveillance from multiple stores to arrest Dedric Dixon, who is charged with murder and is facing a jury trial this week in Travis County. Dixon, 46, who has previous convictions for drug possession, pleaded not guilty ...
The Travis County Commioners Court decided last month to stop trapping them. ... Travis County is changing the way it responds to coyote problems. ... But in December, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted 3 to 2 to switch wildlife services over to the city of Austin Animal Services Office, which ...
TRAVIS COUNTY, TX — The Travis County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday its deputies made 16 DWI arrests in the recent holiday period among other citations. The bolstered period of enforcement took place from Dec. 15-31. The enforcement was made possible via an Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) ...


 

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