Katie Hall, Austin American-Statesman

Katie Hall

Austin American-Statesman

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Recent articles by Katie:

Competency finding in case against shooting rampage suspect goes unchallenged

During a hearing Tuesday, no one disputed a doctor’s decision that a former Texas Capitol staffer accused of killing his neighbor and then going on a shooting rampage in 2018 was competent to stand trial.Charles Curry, 31, is charged with murder and aggravated assault.The competency finding will allow prosecutors to continue their case, which has been in limbo since Curry was previously deemed… → Read More

Austin protests against police brutality while grappling with own issues

As protesters and even fellow police condemn a Minneapolis officer’s kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed man who pleaded for air before he died, → Read More

EMS coronavirus hotline helps triage emergency calls amid pandemic

For two years, Austin-Travis County EMS had been discussing ways to best direct people who call 911.Not everyone who calls 911 needs to go to the hospital → Read More

UT student’s family sues Texas Cowboys, alleges role in deadly crash

The parents of a University of Texas student who died in a crash after a Texas Cowboys retreat say the collegiate spirit group and its hazing practices → Read More

Mother refiles lawsuit after bus driver convicted of indecency with child

After a bus driver was convicted of indecently touching a young girl on an Austin school bus, the mother has refiled her lawsuit against the school district that was recently dismissed.Cesar Maldonado was sentenced in January to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching the girl on several different occasions. In his arrest affidavit, police said Maldonado admitted… → Read More

Hays County: 238 known coronavirus cases tallied as recoveries rise

Hays County officials said Tuesday the number of known coronavirus cases in the county is now at 238, while recoveries rose to 154.Five of the people who → Read More

Austin rent strike protesters dispute necessity of arrests

About 20 people went to jail last week after they held a caravan protest on Interstate 35 in downtown Austin.The rent strike protesters say their arrests → Read More

Fired Austin police officers in stun gun case to be reinstated with back pay

An arbitration hearing has ruled that two officers — who were criminally charged, found not guilty and fired over a 2018 incident involving the use of a stun gun — should be reinstated to the Austin Police Department with back pay.Donald Petraitis and Robert Pfaff were not fired with just cause, arbiter LeRoy R. Bartman concluded.Pfaff used a stun gun in 2018 on Quentin Perkins, who later sued… → Read More

Air Force Thunderbirds to fly over Austin, salute Texas first responders

The U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor first responders and essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic with formation flights over San Antonio and Austin on Wednesday.“We are honored to extend our gratitude to Texans in San Antonio and Austin who have been working hard to keep their communities safe,” said Lt. Col. John Caldwell,… → Read More

BREAKING: Person hit by plane, killed on Austin airport runway, officials say

A person died Thursday night after being hit by a plane as it was landing on a runway at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, according to airport → Read More

Search continues for Central Austin jewelry store robbers; injured employee stable

Austin police on Friday said they are continuing to search for an unknown number of people involved in Thursday’s Central Austin jewelry store robbery that left one employee with potentially life-threatening injuries. Police said some suspects have been apprehended.Officers responded to 5011 Burnet Road just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Austin police said in a statement Friday.An employee was shot… → Read More

Person shot after Central Austin robbery; police searching for suspect, officials say

A person was shot and seriously injured Thursday afternoon after multiple people robbed a Central Austin business, police said.The robbery happened just → Read More

Hays County: 199 known coronavirus cases tallied as recoveries rise

Hays County officials said Thursday the number of known coronavirus cases in the county has increased from 167 last week to 199, while recoveries rose → Read More

Austin native arrested after failed attempt to capture Venezuelan president

A U.S. military veteran who was arrested Monday in what Venezuela officials have described as a failed plot to capture President Nicolás Maduro is an Austin native whose family members say they were stunned to see reports of his apprehension and are praying for his safe return.Venezuelan officials say Luke Denman, 34, was apprehended at gunpoint on a beach near the port city of La Guaira, where… → Read More

Hays County: 195 known coronavirus cases tallied as recoveries rise

Hays County officials said Wednesday the number of known coronavirus cases in the county has increased from 167 on Friday to 195, while recoveries rose → Read More

Officials ID man found dead after Lake Travis search

The Travis County sheriff’s office has identified the person that crews pulled from Lake Travis on Sunday.Micheal Ihekwoaba, 23, of Austin, was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m. Sunday.Deputies responded at 3:50 p.m. Sunday to a report of a distressed swimmer who had gone underwater and not resurfaced in Lake Travis, at the Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area on County Road 414.Several agencies — including… → Read More

Hays County: 176 known coronavirus cases tallied as recoveries rise

Hays County officials said Monday the number of known coronavirus cases in Hays County has increased from 167 on Friday to 176, while recoveries rose from → Read More

Officials still encourage masks, discourage gatherings after Abbott order

Austin and Travis County officials are encouraging residents continue to adhere to its current stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, → Read More

Hays County: 167 known coronavirus cases tallied, 67 remain active

The number of known coronavirus cases in Hays County remained fairly stable Friday, while recoveries continued to rise.Total known cases inched up from → Read More

Austin medic who had coronavirus donates plasma to help others

Saving lives is already part of the job for Vivian Mancias, who works as a paramedic in the city of Austin. But on Wednesday, she volunteered to give back → Read More