Mark and Charlie's Blog

David Michna, until a week ago an Uber driver, left the city’s “drivers fair” a frustrated man Tuesday. After waiting an hour in line at Austin Community College’s Highland campus so he could talk to representatives of GetMe, the still-tiny ride-hailing company that is trying to...
The Austin middle school principal charged with online solicitation of a minor sent inappropriate text messages to an 11-year-old girl, including asking to sleep in her bed, according to police records. The girl is an extended family member of Burnet Middle School Principal...
A Travis County grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict former Austin police officer Geoffrey Freeman, who fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old, David Joseph, in a Northeast Austin neighborhood in February. The shooting — the first of five police shootings in Austin so far this...
One neighborhood is paying the price for safety. More than $10,000. "People have a right to be safe and feel safe," said neighbor Mike Levy. The Highland Park West Balcones Area Neighborhood pays an off-duty Travis County Constable $60 per hour to protect their kids from...
An Austin Cab employee was terminated Monday after a rider claimed he tried to illegally kick him out of the car and then pulled him out by force. The rider, Chris Riccio, filmed part of the encounter on his cell phone and posted it to his Facebook Sunday. Within hours, the...
An Austin police officer has been suspended for 10 days after Chief Art Acevedo accused him of driving recklessly to catch a suspected drunk driver. Officer Nathaniel Stallings was suspended from May 7 to 18, according to an Austin Police Department memo. The Austin Police...
In the first weekend since Uber and Lyft packed up and left town after the defeat of Proposition 1, a proposal to repeal some of Austin’s ride-hailing regulations, the number of drunken driving arrests by Austin police appears to have been unaffected. Leading up to the May 7...
Burnet Middle School Principal David Dean was arrested Monday morning on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, according to Austin district officials. The Austin school district has placed him on administrative leave without pay. School district...
In an election year when Bill Clinton ’s policies and personal indiscretions have faced intense scrutiny, Hillary Clinton is beginning to shape the role her husband would play in her administration, zeroing in on economic growth and job creation as crucial missions for the...