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4/17/2014
Concerns growing over proposal from Dripping Springs to discharge wastewater
Some water experts believe Hill Country clear-running creeks and streams may soon be a thing of the past if cities are permitted to discharge treated wastewater directly into creeks such as Onion Creek. Water wells may also become contaminated. The sprawling Belterra subdivision was the first entity to be permitted for wastewater discharges into a contributing zone of the Barton Springs part of the Edwards Aquifer. Almost a decade ago, Belterra received a permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to discharge treated wastewater into Bear Creek. Now Dripping Springs is requesting a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Onion Creek as part of the $28.6 million expansion of their sewage treatment plant. According to John Dupnik, general manager of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the affected area would be the sensitive, Hill Country stream environments downstream and as it crosses the recharge zone.  That water quickly enters the aquifer and then well owners, those that rely on public supply wells for their drinking water could be affected and also, ultimately Barton Springs could be affected.” Dupnik says it's primarily Hays County residents who rely on the aquifer for their drinking water, but any discharge would also ...
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4/17/2014
Tip to Arson Hotline leads to arrest of teens suspected of setting March fire at South Austin home
Two 14 year old boys have been placed in Austin’s Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center after a Texas Arson Hotline tip led to their arrest on charges of first degree felony arson.  Both juveniles have admitted to starting the fire which destroyed a south Austin home. Austin firefighters were called to 3338 Paisano Trail on March 11, where a two-story home was fully involved.  The loss was valued at $90,000.  Austin fire investigators say they were about to suspend their investigation into the case until information came from the Hotline. “We add little to go on and would have made no arrests without the aid of the Texas Arson Hotline call,” said Captain Andy Reardon with Austin Fire/Arson Investigations.  “The call nailed them.” Captain Reardon said fires were started in a downstairs microwave and upstairs.  The juveniles face charges that carry penalties of 5 to 99 years of incarceration.  The individual who contacted the Texas Arson Hotline has been rewarded.            Persons who place phone calls to the Arson Hotline can be rewarded up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest or conviction.  Callers can anonymously contact the Arson Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ...
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4/17/2014
DPS releases Texas Gang Threat Assessment
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which was developed to provide a broad overview of gang activity in the state of Texas.   “Gang violence and crime are a chief threat to public safety in Texas, and protecting our communities from these criminals remains a top priority,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “This assessment provides detailed information about the gangs operating in our state, which will enhance the ability of law enforcement to combat these dangerous organizations and their associates.”  The Texas Gang Threat Assessment was developed according to statute, which requires an annual report to be submitted to the governor and Texas Legislature assessing the threat posed by statewide criminal gangs. DPS Director Steven McGraw (2013)   The report is based on the collaboration between multiple law enforcement and criminal justice agencies across the state and nation, whose contributions were essential in creating this comprehensive overview of gang activity in Texas. “Gangs represent one of the top organized-crime threats to public safety,” said Sen. Craig Estes, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security. “The Texas Gang Threat Assessment will serve as a critical tool to assist ...
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4/17/2014
VIDEO: Homeless Man's Death at Parmer, Mopac Ruled Homicide
Austin Police are interviewing more witnesses today after the discovery earlier this week of a man's body in a drainage ditch at Parmer and Mopac in northwest Austin. The man's death was originally not believed suspicious, but police changed their tune three or four hours after Bart Hollis' body was discovered, and investigators stayed on the scene for several more hours. Police say they'll be canvassing the area, checking on the many homeless camps in that area, and searching for more clues. "Our job as investigators, right now, is to basically reach out to almost everybody we can talk to in there and see if anybody has information," Austin Police Homicide Sgt. Brian Miller says. Police say Hollis was well-known in that area and was well-liked.
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4/17/2014
AFD wants to look into 'Smoke Sensor Wildfire-Early Detection Systems'
The Austin Fire Department will ask the Austin City Council to approve a proposal that will allow them to move forward with investigating a fire prevention system.  Assistant Fire Chief Harry Evans tells the council he wants to partner with the city of Westlake and Travis County to research the program. He says it could cost up to 200 thousand dollars, "That particular estimate was based on whether we staffed it with (Full Time Employees) or if we staffed it with overtime.  I think there's lots of things that we're working on, there's other models we want to look at, but in the interest of giving you full disclosure, that would probably be the higher end of it."  Evans says they have been mainly studying the program Westlake is using when another vender came up.  The A-F-D wants to help  partner evaluate the systems as a pilot program.  
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4/17/2014
Woman sentenced for role in teen's beating death
An Austin woman has pleaded guilty to murder in the beating death of a 16-year-old boy that was the result of a feud between families over money. Thirty-seven-year-old Christina Reynero accepted a plea deal Wednesday and was sentenced to five years in prison. An arrest warrant indicates Reynero participated in the November 2012 beating of Jorge Medina Jr., who died days after being struck by metal poles and sticks. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Reynero's son, 18-year-old Juan Jose Reynero, accepted a plea deal last month and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Another man has been sentenced to a dozen years. Charges are pending against another of Christina Reynero's sons. The warrant shows Medina continued to be stomped and beaten after he'd fallen unconscious.
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4/17/2014
State awards $4.8M to West recovery efforts
State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15. The office of Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money. It will be used for work on water treatment and storage facilities, infrastructure repairs and other needs. The state now has given West about $8 million in total recovery aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year gave $20 million to help rebuild two schools destroyed in the April 17, 2013, blast. The explosion that was so intense it registered as a small earthquake and left a 93-foot crater.
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4/17/2014
Eanes Parents: Stop allowing out of district kids to transfer into our schools
Some past presidents of the Eanes school board are calling on the district to stop student transfers. Calling themselves 'Citizens for Excellence in Eanes', PAC founding member Al Cowan says Eanes ISD wouldn't need its current bond package if they would just stop the influx of students getting a free ride on the backs of Eanes taxpayers who now make up five percent of the student population, "People are unaware that transfer students come into our district and don't pay any tuition or anything to attend our schools.  So, they attend our school free.  They squeeze some of our residents out of opportunities, whether it be athletics, or band or graduating in the top ten percent." Cowan says they wouldn't need new schools if they didn't keep adding student transfers.
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4/17/2014
The Austin City Council expected to approve new rules on housing discrimination
The Austin City Council is expected to approve an ordinance that will forbid landlords from turning down potential tenants who want to pay a portion of their rent with a federal housing voucher.  The ordinance would establish a menu of financial penalties if a rental owner violates it.  A landlord will still be able to conduct background, credit and criminal checks on a tenant, but will not be allowed to deny housing to someone only because they want to use a voucher to pay.  Landlords say the proposed rules will be a paperwork nightmare, creating a lot more work for them.  A final ordinance should go before the council by the end of the summer.
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4/17/2014
Austin businessman pleads guilty to possessing hundreds of images of child porn
An Austin business executive is faces up to a decade in federal prison after getting caught with child pornography.  67 year old Daniel J. Sullivan pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography after agents discovered 600 images and 90 videos depicting child pornography.  Forensics agents examined computers that were seized from his home and from his business.  Sentencing for Sullivan has yet to be scheduled and he remains out on bond. 
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