Subscribe: The Blotter
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/index.xml
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
austin police  austin  city  county  department  fireworks  july  police department  police  public  san marcos  san  texas 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (1)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: The Blotter

The Blotter



What's on The Blotter? Police press releases, public safety updates, traffic updates and general breaking news.



Published: 2013-07-12T17:12:31-06:00

 



The Blotter has moved!

2013-07-12T17:12:31-06:00

The Blotter blog has moved to a new location. You can find all the latest entries here. Be sure to also update your RSS feeds.




DPS most-wanted fugitive thought to be in Austin area

2013-07-11T11:18:05-06:00

From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

(image)

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Robert Allen Kotlar, 54, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Kotlar has a violent criminal past, and is wanted for parole violation. All tips can be offered anonymously.

Kotlar is believed to be in the Austin area and possibly homeless; although his last known address was in Houston. He has family in the Texas cities of Denton, Bay City, Louise, and in Tucson, Ariz. Kotlar has a lengthy criminal history that includes arrests for assault, burglary, larceny, theft of property, vehicle theft and forgery.

Kotlar is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 195 pounds. He is also known to go by the names Paul Wayne Conners and Murdock. He has numerous tattoos on his hands, arms, legs and stomach. For more information, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=203.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.

There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips:
• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477);
• Text the letters DPS - followed by your tip - to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone;
• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture;
• Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists - with photos - on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.




Missing Williamson County teenager sought

2013-07-10T18:14:07-06:00

From the Williamson County sheriff’s office:

The Williamson County SO is seeking the public’s assistance in attempting to locate JAYLEN RAY COOK, HM, DOB/11-04-1993.

JAYLEN was last seen at his residence in Hutto, Texas on Saturday, July 6, 2013 and has not had any contact with his family or employer since the prior week.

(image)

JAYLEN is believed to be driving a 2012 Nissan Altima, white in color, displaying Texas License Plate BHX6348.

Anyone having information as to the possible location of JAYLEN or his vehicle is requested to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 512/943-1389.




Austin parks ban grilling, smoking due fire hazard

2013-07-10T08:54:36-06:00

From the Austin Parks and Recreation Department:

Due to the dangerous fire hazard conditions that currently exist in the Central Texas area, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily prohibiting smoking, open fires and grilling in all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and preserves pursuant to Ordinance No. 20111102-025, effective immediately. This includes the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grilles/smokers. Propane grills and propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only.

The Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Austin Police Department’s Park Police and Parks and Recreation Park Rangers in the enforcement of the Parks Burning Restriction Order and smoking ban in the City’s parks and greenbelts in order to provide for the public’s safety. Violations of this burn ban may result in a fine between $300 and $500.

The temporary ban is necessary to ensure the safety of park patrons, surrounding communities and in an effort to minimize the risk of a wildfire in the department’s parks and greenbelts. The department will continue to evaluate the fire hazard conditions and will lift the ban as soon as conditions will allow. A media advisory will be distributed when a date to end the burn ban in the Austin Parks and Recreation Department system is determined.




FBI seeks suspect possibly headed to Dallas

2013-07-09T16:38:48-06:00

From the San Antonio FBI:

Darryl Rashad Stoglin, 29 years of age, a resident of Waco, Texas, is wanted by the FBI for the July 8, 2013 robbery of the CT Waco Federal Credit Union in Waco, Texas.

Stoglin was charged by federal complaint today and investigation to date indicates he is armed and may be en route to the Dallas, Texas area.

The FBI requests any information regarding Stoglin’s whereabouts.

CAUTION STATEMENT: Stoglin should be considered armed and dangerous. If Stoglin is located, it is requested that the public contact the nearest law enforcement agency and the FBI immediately.




APD seeks help in identifying aggravated robbery suspects

2013-07-09T15:56:56-06:00

From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects wanted for targeting victims walking to their vehicles after bars close in the downtown area. The suspect(s) follows the victims to their vehicles and robs them at gunpoint, taking personal items.

There are believed to be 1-3 suspects, all black males in their 20s or 30s. The suspect in surveillance video and in the attached sketch is described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 6’ to 6’4” tall, weighing 180-190 lbs. He has a gold right front tooth and has long dread locks. The suspect(s) is believed to be driving a dark 4-door mid/compact car, mid to late 2000s model.

These cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Detective Carlos Vallejo at 512-974-6657 or the Robbery Unit at 512-974-5270.




San Marcos police ID man killed in wreck

2013-07-08T11:52:32-06:00

From the City of San Marcos:

A man killed in a wreck on I-35 Saturday morning has been identified as Valdemar Mungia, Jr. age 47, of Blanco.

Mungia was traveling northbound on I-35 around 7 a.m. Saturday when his Chevrolet pickup drifted onto the outside shoulder and struck a parked, unattended vehicle near the 209 mile marker, according to Police Sgt. Christopher Tureaud.

The pickup rolled over and the driver was killed. The crash is under investigation by the San Marcos Police Collision Investigation Team.




Georgetown police officer involved in shooting

2013-07-07T13:22:28-06:00

From the Georgetown Police Department:

On 7/6/13, at approximately 10:55 pm, Georgetown Police Department had an officer involved shooting in the 600 block of Country Club Rd. Officers received information that Howard Ray Kirk, w/m, DOB: 5/22/75, was possibly en route to his ex-wife’s residence in Georgetown and was armed with a knife and a gun. Additional information received was that Mr. Kirk had possibly been drinking and expressed a desire to have a confrontation with police officers.

A Georgetown police officer observed the vehicle matching the description of Mr. Kirk’s traveling on Country Club Rd in the 1500 block. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop, and a short pursuit ensued. Mr. Kirk continued on Country Club Rd, brought his vehicle to an abrupt stop in the 600 block, opened the driver’s door, and pointed a black pistol at the officer.

The officer exited his patrol unit and fired his service weapon at Mr. Kirk. Mr. Kirk was not struck, dropped his weapons, but did not obey further commands. Mr. Kirk was taken into custody with the assistance of an electronic control device and other officers. The weapons found in Mr. Kirk’s possession were a large fixed bladed knife and what was subsequently determined to be a semi-automatic, Beretta style replica weapon.

Mr. Kirk was taken into custody for Evading Arrest/Detention With a Vehicle (State Jail Felony) and Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant (1st Degree Felony).

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with Departmental policy, while the incident is under administrative review by the Department, Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers and the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office.




APD detectives seek public's assistance in identifying deceased female

2013-07-05T16:07:13-06:00

Case: 13-1760468

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Town Lake (Shoreline near the Mexican American Culture Center)

Narrative: Austin Police Department Homicide Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a deceased white adult female. The female’s body was discovered on June 25, 2013 along the shoreline near Town Lake in Austin, TX. The incident is being investigated as a suicide.

The deceased female had two distinct tattoos, one on each shoulder. A reconstructive picture of the deceased female is attached along with the pictures of her tattoos.

The investigation into this case continues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.

The female is described as: • White female • 5’1”, 120 lbs • Shoulder Length Light Brown Hair

She was wearing: • A light blue jacket with a hood and a zipper • Blue Jeans • Low quarter Doc Martin style black boots.

(image) (image)

Second picture of left shoulder tattoo displays “Semper-Fi.” Third picture of right shoulder tattoo displays “Fideli Certa Merces”,




Westlake Fire Department urges residents to refrain from using fireworks

2013-07-03T13:22:53-06:00

From the Westlake Fire Department

July 3, 2013 - The Westlake Fire Department (Travis County ESD#9) urges residents to refrain from using fireworks due to the ongoing drought we have experienced over the last two years.

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 to ban outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county due to dry conditions and an increasing number of grass fires. The burn ban expires on July 31st, 2013, unless further actions are taken prior to that date. The previous burn ban was lifted on April 3rd, 2013.

The ketch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) measures moisture in the top eight inches of the soil and ranges from 0, indicating the wettest conditions, to 800, for the driest conditions. The county is currently at 512 on the KBDI with daily increases in dryness. Residents can attend professionally-run fireworks displays instead of personally using fireworks, which can easily start fires.

Even though the current burn ban does not restrict the use of fireworks, any injuries and / or property damage resulting from their use could lead to criminal charges.

Use of fireworks is prohibited in the following locations:

  • within the city limits of Austin, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood
  • within 5,000 feet of the city limits of Austin
  • on public lands and roadways
  • 600 feet from schools or 100 feet from any place where fireworks are sold or stored



City: Barton Springs Pool will be open July 4

2013-07-03T11:41:39-06:00

From the City of Austin:

Barton Springs Pool will be open to the public all day Thursday, July 4th. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department Aquatic Division will be deferring the cleaning of Barton Springs Pool to Thursday, July 11. The pool is normally closed on Thursdays for cleaning between 8 am and 7 pm. Enclosed is the schedule for the 4th of July holiday:

5 a.m. - 8 a.m.: Swim at your own risk
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.:Guarded Swim - Main Gate open & charging
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.:Guarded Swim - South Gate charging
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Guarded Swim - free swim

For more information call 512 974-9331.




APD: Driver who struck laundromat employee inside store charged with manslaughter

2013-07-03T10:27:37-06:00

From the Austin Police Department:

Case: 13-1631964
Date: June 12, 2013
Time: 10:55 p.m.
Location: 1931 East Oltorf Street
Arrested: Magan Garcia, Hispanic female, D.O.B. 4-22-1992
Deceased: Adan Recendez-Guevara, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 12-19-1959

Narrative:

A 2003 Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on East Oltorf Street. For unknown reasons, the vehicle veered to the left, crossing over three lanes of traffic, over a curb and through a parking lot. The vehicle struck another curb, then crashed into and through the doors of a laundromat, striking an employee, Adan Recendez-Guevara, and pinning him up against machinery. The suspect driver, Magan Garcia, then tried to flee the scene, but was apprehended by officers that were close by.

Police Officers who were across the street on another call were able to administer first aid to the victim and kept him alive until he could be treated by EMS. Recendez-Guevara survived devastating injuries for 19 days, before succumbing to his injuries on July 2, 2013.

Garcia has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter, 2nd Degree Felony, $100,000 bond and Fail to Stop and Render Aid, 3rd Degree Felony, $20,000 bond

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. This is Austin’s 42nd fatal traffic crash and the 43rd traffic fatality of 2013. At this time in 2012, there were 42 traffic fatalities.




APD seeks help locating burglary suspect

2013-07-03T09:47:40-06:00

From the Austin Police Department:

Case: 2013-1650377
Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Location: 300 Block of W. 11th St

APD Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for burglarizing a building in the 300 Block of W. 11th Street on Friday, June 14, 2013. The suspect entered the building from the alleyway by breaking a window. Additionally, he destroyed a doorbell/intercom on the exterior wall of the alley.

Once inside the building, the suspect took a tool from a closet and used it to break a window leading into the library. He removed a wall hanging and placed it outside in the alley, but left it behind. Nothing else is known to have been taken.

The suspect is described as:
White male
Early 20s
Driving a newer model black Audi Q5

The investigation into this case continues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Burglary Unit at 512-974-6941. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached below.




Bertram woman charged in husband's death

2013-07-02T11:47:12-06:00

From the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 10:26 p.m., on Monday, July 1, 2013, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a report of a shooting at 1400 County Road 320, Bertram, Texas. The female caller, Karra Trichele Allen, advised the dispatcher that she had shot her husband. Subsequent to an investigation at the scene Karra Trichele Allen was arrested and transported to the Burnet County Jail where she was charged and booked for the offense of Murder.

Bond for this charge has been set at $500,000.00.

The victim has been identified as Brian Dean Allen, W/M, 38 years of age.

The victim’s body was transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed as ordered by Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon.

Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Texas Rangers Service, and the District Attorney’s Office provided assistance at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.




City: Private fireworks prohibited in San Marcos

2013-07-02T11:38:06-06:00

From the City of San Marcos:

As San Marcos residents prepare for the annual public SummerFest fireworks show, they are reminded that private fireworks are prohibited in and around San Marcos.

The City Fire Code prohibits “the sale, possession, storage, discharge or offer for sale of fireworks” in the city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits.

The penalty for violating the ordinance, part of the fire safety code, includes fines of up to $2,000.

City Marshal Ken Bell and the San Marcos Police Department will be on the lookout for violations this weekend and will enforce the code. To report illegal fireworks in San Marcos, call the police non-emergency number at 512.753.2108.

“Marshals will be assisting with extra patrols focusing on complaints,” Bell said. “Every year, we get unnecessary burn injuries and fires due to these seemingly innocent noise makers. A professional display will be made available to everyone near the Plaza Park.”

The 33rd annual SummerFest Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at San Marcos Plaza Park. This kid-friendly, free event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s costume competition and parade.

David Ybarra will headline the live music at 7:30 p.m. A variety of food vendors will be open for business at 6 p.m. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. and the festival grounds will close at 10 p.m.

A patriotic costume contest and parade will start promptly at 7 p.m. Children’s Parade registration and line-up will begin at 6:30 p.m. Costumed kids will be judged in “most patriotic” and “cutest” divisions with prizes awarded in each category and a “best overall” named. The costume competition has been growing steadily over the last several years.




Personal watercraft ban for Lake Austin on July 4

2013-07-02T10:41:15-06:00

From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department Parks and Lake Patrol Unit will prohibit the use and operation of personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices on Lake Austin beginning at sunset on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 and ending on Friday, July 5, 2013 at sunrise. Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards can still be used.

The annual ban of personal watercraft is necessary to ensure the safety of the large number of people that make use of the lake and parks while celebrating 4th of July.

Police will be patrolling Lake Austin this weekend and urge people using waterways to follow the Texas Water Safety Act and City of Austin boating laws and ordinances. Police urge all boaters to practice safe boating and to call 911 for all reckless operation of boats or emergencies.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department want the public to enjoy the parks and lakes but urge people to make this a safe holiday. For more information, contact the APD Lake Patrol Unit at 512-329-8841.

City Ordinance: 8-5-81 WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN.

(A) A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:
(1) from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day;
(2) from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or
(3) from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.

(B) A person operating a motorboat on Lake Austin shall stay on the right side of the lake, except when assisting a downed water skier.

(C) A person may not operate a watercraft on Lake Austin at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent under the existing circumstances.




DPS to boost DWI patrols for July 4th holiday

2013-07-02T10:38:37-06:00

From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From June 28 - July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“The Fourth of July is a time of celebration in our country, and we encourage Texans to enjoy and mark this holiday responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Impaired driving can quickly turn a time of celebration into a tragedy, so Texans should designate a sober driver or secure another form of transportation if they plan to drink alcohol. Our troopers will also be doing their part during the holiday by increasing their patrols to keep our roadways safe.”

The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). During the 2012 July 4th enforcement effort, DPS troopers made 1,294 DWI arrests, and 361 of those arrests were the direct result of the increased patrols. DPS enforcement also resulted in nearly 13,700 speeding citation, more than 2,200 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 750 fugitive arrests and 518 felony arrests during this period.

According to TxDOT, Independence Day traditionally ranks among the deadliest holiday periods on Texas highways as a result of alcohol-related crashes.




APD announces 'no-refusal' initiative for July 4th

2013-07-02T10:31:46-06:00

From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department will enforce a “No-Refusal” initiative starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, and ending on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 5 a.m.

The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law. A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year.

The 82nd Legislature passed HB1199 which implemented a higher class of offense for those whose blood alcohol concentration is at or above .15. Those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year confinement in jail and a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders. This law went into effect on September 1, 2011.

APD is focused on saving lives on the streets and highways of Austin and making Austin roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.




Accident knocks out 911 service in parts of Cedar Park

2013-07-02T10:27:19-06:00

From the City of Cedar Park:

Due to a traffic accident this morning in the 15700 block of Anderson Mill Road, some AT&T cable, fiber and phone lines are down. Phone, internet, and 911 service is interrupted in the west and northwest parts of town, and is expected to be down for several hours. AT&T is on the scene and is working rapidly to fix the problem.

Mobile phone service is not affected.

If you have an emergency, please use a mobile phone to dial 911.




Inmate dies at Travis County Correctional Complex

2013-07-01T14:34:46-06:00

From the Travis County sheriff’s office:

On June 28, 2013, at 2:20pm, an inmate reported that another inmate was hanging in his cell. The Corrections Officer notified Jail Medical Staff and started life saving measures. They also called Austin/Travis County EMS to the scene. Despite their efforts the inmate was pronounced deceased at 3:02pm.

The inmate was identified as Jhane Frye, Date of Birth 11-4-1985, from Austin. He had been in the custody of the jail since his arrest by the Austin Police Department on January 22, 2013, when he was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (2nd Degree Felony) and a misdemeanor warrant from Williamson County.

Major Crimes Detectives as well as Internal Affairs Detectives were called to the scene to begin an investigation, which is the procedure in these cases. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office was also called to the scene to start their investigation.

Following the initial examination by the ME’s Office, Sheriff’s Detectives believe that evidence shows that the cause of death will be suicide. However the Medical Examiner’s Office will not issue a ruling form their office until toxicology reports have returned and the autopsy is complete.




Austin Fire Department: Fireworks illegal in city limits

2013-07-01T10:12:53-06:00

From the Austin Fire Department:

With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, the Austin Fire Department (AFD) is issuing a reminder today to all citizens that fireworks are illegal within the Austin city limits. Each year, there are hundreds of brush, grass, and structure fires across the state started by fireworks, doing millions of dollars in damage and risking the lives of innocent bystanders. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2010, an estimated 15,500 reported fires were started by fireworks and 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms; 38 percent of those were due to sparklers and novelties. The NFPA also states there are more fires on a typical Fourth of July than any other day of the year, and that fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. Additionally, the risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-14.

“Even though we are not in as severe a state as two years ago when we had to cancel even the professional fireworks displays due to the extreme drought, we are still urging people to exercise caution this Fourth of July holiday,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr. “That means leaving the fireworks to the professionals, properly disposing of cigarette butts and charcoal, and not parking on dry grass. We need all citizens to do their part so that everyone enjoys a fun, safe holiday.”

It is illegal to possess fireworks within the City of Austin. It is illegal to use or sell fireworks within the City of Austin and within 5,000 feet outside the city limits. The fine is $568.00; that may not seem like much, but if your fireworks cause bodily harm and/or property damage, AFD can charge you with assault and/or arson, both felony crimes. The Austin Police Department will be responding to fireworks complaint calls made to the 311 system. Please remind citizens not to call 911 for fireworks complaints; they should call 311.

The U.S. Department of Transportation does not classify the following items listed as common fireworks, and their use is allowed within the City of Austin:

• Wooden Stick (not Wire Stick) Sparklers
• Smoke Bombs
• Glow Worms and Snakes
• Poppers, Trick Noisemakers, Snappers

However, sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,800 degrees and smoke bombs shoot a flame of 2 to 3 inches when ignited; even though these items are legal, they can still be very dangerous.




Austin residents will have trash collection on July 4

2013-07-01T09:54:38-06:00

From the City of Austin:

City of Austin administrative offices and other municipal facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Normal business hours will resume Friday, July 5.

Closures include City Council offices, all recreation and senior centers, clinics, cultural centers, and museums. The Zilker Botanical Garden and the Old Bakery and Emporium will also be closed.

Austin Public Library facilities will be closed Thursday and will reopen for normal hours Friday, July 5.

Both the City’s Small Business Solutions Center at One Texas Center and the Entrepreneur Center at Brodie Oaks will be closed.

Trash, recycling and yard trimmings collection for Austin Resource Recovery residential collection customers will remain on regular schedule. The Resource Recovery Center at 3810 Todd Ln. will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

City of Austin aquatic facilities, golf courses and tennis centers will be open regularly scheduled hours on July 4. To view pool hours, go to http://www.austintexas.gov/page/pools-splash-pads.

The Austin Animal Center will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Several streets will be closed at different times on Thursday for the Austin Symphony’s 37th Annual July 4 Concert and Firework event at Auditorium Shores. Closures will be concentrated around the Cesar Chavez and the South First Street Bridge area and more details can be found at http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Transportation/SpecialEvents/MAPASO4thofJuly_v2.pdf




San Marcos starts Stage 2 drought restrictions July 1

2013-06-28T12:38:02-06:00

From the City of San Marcos:

San Marcos will return to Stage 2 drought response rules on Monday, July 1 at noon as the Edwards Aquifer continues a steep decline, dropping one to two feet a day in the past week.

The City will publish the Stage 2 order on Sunday. Stage 2 restricts lawn sprinklers to once a week and limits the hours for sprinklers, soaker hoses and hand-held watering.

The daily reading on Friday, June 28 of the index well in San Antonio was 644.7 feet above mean sea level, with a 10-day average of 649.6 feet. The Stage 2 trigger level is below 650 feet for the 10 day average. Daily temperatures have reached 100 degrees and above this week, with 105-degree temperatures possible over the weekend.

The Edwards Aquifer Authority and San Marcos been under Stage 1 restrictions since early June after aquifer levels briefly rose after sporadic rains. The ongoing drought has kept the region under moderate to severe restrictions for most of the past several years.

“The extreme temperatures and lack of rain are causing aquifer levels to fall dramatically,” said Tom Taggart, Executive Director of Public Services. “We urge our residents to be mindful of the drought conditions and to follow the rules, use water carefully and adhere to the watering schedules.”

Stage 2 rules in San Marcos restrict use of sprinklers and automatic sprinkler irrigation systems to one day per week on a designated weekday determined by address between midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. Using soaker hoses, drip irrigation and hand watering is allowed on any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

The rules also limit at-home car washing to one day per week, prohibit filling new swimming pools, prohibit using outdoor decorative water features, and prohibit washing paved surfaces.

San Marcos has a four-stage drought response ordinance, with increasing restrictions as aquifer levels decline. The City also has year-round water conservation measures that prohibit wasting water and encourage water conservation. Full text of the Stage 2 rules can be found on the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/drought.

For more information please contact Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, at 512.393.8310. To report watering violations, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at 393.8360.

The Edwards Aquifer Authority requires permit holders in the San Antonio pool of the aquifer to reduce pumping by 30% in Stage 2. For the past two years, San Marcos and the Edwards region have been under almost continuous drought restrictions.




Austin police: North Austin shooting was self-defense

2013-06-27T21:47:14-06:00

From the Austin Police Department: Update and Reclassification of Murder #9

Date: June 26, 2013

Time: 2:59 a.m.

Location: 602 W. Grady Drive

Deceased: Zachary Samuel Joseph Martel, White male (09/15/1986)

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at approximately 2:59 a.m., Austin Police Officers responded to a shots fired call at 602 W. Grady Drive.

Officers arrived on scene and were told by witnesses that a male had been shot at the residence. Officers located a male that had been shot and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. A male suspect, Lee Andre Buquet, White male, was arrested at the scene.

At this time formal charges are not being filed on Buquet. Through the investigation it was discovered that the deceased, Zachary Samuel Joseph Martel went to Buquet’s residence armed with a firearm. At this time detectives believe that Buquet acted in self-defense.

Lee Andre Buquet has been released from the Travis County Jail.

The reclassification of Murder #9 has brought down the City of Austin’s official Murder count to eight.

The investigation into this case continues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed.




APD seeks help in identifying robbery by assault suspect

2013-06-27T13:56:17-06:00

From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for assaulting a victim and stealing his wallet.

Case: 13-1660519

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time: 2:30 a.m.

Location: St. David’s parking garage at 301 8th Street

(image)

Narrative: APD’s preliminary investigation shows that the victim was hailing a cab on West 6th Street when the suspect offered him a ride. The suspect led the victim to the St. David’s Parking Garage at 301 8th Street, where he assaulted him and stole his wallet.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s with short hair and was last seen wearing black pants, a blue t-shirt and white tennis shoes. The suspect may live in Round Rock and was seen with another black male before walking to the garage with the victim. APD is also looking for that individual, who is described as a black make in his 20s with shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a red baseball cap backwards.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Robbery Tip Line at 512-974-5092 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-8477. You can also text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed.