Heather Osbourne, Austin American-Statesman

Heather Osbourne

Austin American-Statesman

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Past articles by Heather:

Four detained in connection with a threat made against high school students, Manor police say

Of the four people detained, two of those individuals were said to be a suspect in a recent threat against Manor students. → Read More

Austin police investigate 2 suspicious shooting deaths

Authorities are investigating two suspicious deaths that occurred in East Austin and Southeast Austin on Wednesday. → Read More

More than five dozen guns seized, 130 arrests made during SXSW, Austin police say

Of those arrested during the initiative — March 11 through March 19 — five were charged with solicitation of prostitution, according to Austin police. → Read More

Austin traffic deaths: 8 killed on city roads in February, year's toll up to at least 14

Four of the eight who died were motorcyclists, two were pedestrians, according to preliminary data from Austin police. → Read More

Austin ends February with fewer homicides than January, but year on pace with 2021 record

Authorities on Tuesday confirmed that at least three people died in homicides last month, with all of the victims being men. → Read More

Austin-area COVID patient count still falling, fewest Texans in hospital for virus since December

According to state data, Travis County vaccination rates continue to improve but the area has been seeing a shortage in available staffed ICU beds. → Read More

2 killed in separate crashes Sunday: Motorcyclist dies in Del Valle, pedestrian in Northeast Austin

Austin police said the city has had more than 10 traffic deaths so far in 2022. Last year police tallied 120 deaths, the most traffic deaths recorded. → Read More

Person killed in Southeast Austin crash on U.S. 183 involving multiple vehicles

Medics did not have much detail on the crash, but did say one adult died and another was taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries. → Read More

Weekend of crashes, fires turns deadly with person killed in fiery car wreck Sunday in Manor

One person was trapped inside the vehicle that was on fire, a statement from Austin-Travis County EMS medics said. Two cars had collided earlier. → Read More

Austin's key indicators, Texas hospital data show omicron-driven COVID cases declining

But based on the data and hospital trends recorded Monday, the community COVID threat level remained at Stage 5 of Austin Public Health's guidelines. → Read More

We're tracking power outages in Austin and Central Texas, plus ERCOT grid updates

The Austin area is under a winter storm warning. See the latest updates regarding power outages and the condition of ERCOT's power grid. → Read More

Omicron surge shows signs of decline in Austin area, but new 'stealth' variant may pose risk

With the original strain of omicron still the dominant variant in Austin, it's still unclear what threat the new so-called stealth omicron could pose. → Read More

Pedestrian killed in North Austin raises city's traffic death toll to 5 in 2022

Before Monday, authorities said at least four people have been killed this year in Austin traffic. → Read More

Austin area records six-day streak of pandemic hospitalization records

New records were set each day this week, far surpassing the previous record of 94 set on Jan. 9, 2021 before vaccines were widely available. → Read More

Man who brandished AK-47 pistol at Northwest Austin car dealership still at large, police say

The man caused employees and customers to hide from who they believed was an active shooter, police said. → Read More

What we know about likely Stage 5 COVID restrictions for Austin area as omicron surges

Austin Public Health is preparing a shift back into Stage 5 of its risk-based pandemic guidelines this week as omicron cases soar. → Read More

Austin and Travis County data at Stage 5 levels. What does that mean for the new year?

The seven-day average of new daily hospital admissions rose from 45 last week to 66, which is well within Stage 5 territory. → Read More

One dead after three-vehicle collision on RM 2222 in Northwest Austin, EMS medics say

Two more people were immediately taken to Dell Seton Medical Center. One person had minor injuries, while the other had potentially serious injuries. → Read More

On cusp of new year, omicron prompts Austin to adopt stricter Stage 4 pandemic guidelines

Under Stage 4, Austin Public Health is again urging residents who are not fully vaccinated to avoid gatherings with anyone outside their household. → Read More

Number of Texans in hospital for COVID rises to 4,331, the most in more than two months

Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID released Tuesday, Austin health officials are keeping the community threat level at Stage 3. → Read More