Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman

Tony Plohetski

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent:
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • KVUE News
Past:
  • The Palm Beach Post
  • GoErie
  • KHOU
  • Hookem.com
  • WFAA TV
  • KYTX CBS19
  • Ocala Star-Banner
  • Gainesville.com
  • KIRO 7

Recent articles by Tony:

Austin police chief seeks protests that are ‘safe for all’

After a night of tense protests in Austin and with more expected today, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Saturday that the department will give → Read More

Cops worry if virus kills them, families won’t get death benefits

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar will always remember the cheerful deputy who went out of his way to greet him.Timothy De La Fuente had been a sheriff’s employee for 27 years, working most recently at the county jail, the site of a COVID-19 outbreak in April.“If I would walk through, he would stop what he would be doing and run over to me and shake my hand,” Salazar said. “Just a great… → Read More

State police union fears officers who die of coronavirus may not get benefits

A governor's spokesman said officers will be eligible for $500,000 if they die of COVID-19 in the line of duty. → Read More

Coronavirus was here before we knew it, Austin officials conclude

About 70 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus reported having symptoms nearly two weeks before Austin health authorities confirmed the → Read More

New information suggests coronavirus was in Austin before we thought

Sixty-eight people reported symptoms before March 13, when officials confirmed the first cases. → Read More

Austin police to release shooting videos sooner under new policy

Austin police officials will begin releasing video from officer-involved shootings within 60 days of each incident, a drastic change to internal policy → Read More

Family of health care worker who died of coronavirus sues nursing home

The family of an Austin nursing home worker who died of coronavirus last month sued the facility and its operator Wednesday, saying they did not take appropriate steps to prevent an outbreak that has killed at least 18 of their patients and infected dozens more.The nine-page lawsuit, filed by the mother of Maurice Dotson on behalf of his estate, said West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center… → Read More

Family of Austin nursing assistant sues facility, operators

Maurice Dotson, who worked for about 25 years at the West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Austin, died last month. → Read More

New Austin PD policy requires officer-involved shooting video be released within 60 days

Officials said the new policy is aimed at transparency. → Read More

Families grapple with fear, loss as virus spreads through West Oaks

At least 15 patients from the South Austin facility have died. → 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

Powerful photo from Central Texas hospital gives glimpse into toll of COVID-19

"Just going to hold his hand for a bit," he scrawled with a Sharpie. "I don't think he has long." → Read More

For 25 years he cared for Austin nursing home patients. On Friday, he died of coronavirus

Maurice Dotson updated his Facebook profile picture March 19 with what would become a haunting message: "I can’t stay home...I’m a health → Read More

Probe finds no proof of racist remarks from Austin police leader, but calls for change

An independent investigator who looked into allegations of racists texts involving a former Austin police assistant chief and how top officials handled → Read More

Austin, Travis County lawmakers drafting local plan on reopening businesses

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said officials will release more details about the plan next week. → Read More

AIDS crisis aftermath offers coronavirus roadmap forward

The slight, bespectacled doctor speaking at a White House briefing on TV revived bleak, 30-year-old memories for Gary Cooper. Dr. Anthony → Read More

AIDS crisis aftermath offers coronavirus roadmap forward

The slight, bespectacled doctor speaking at a White House briefing on TV revived bleak, 30-year-old memories for Gary Cooper. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reassuring voice guided Cooper and thousands of gay men worldwide through the terrifying AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Now, as Cooper watches and listens to Fauci issue stark but calm warnings about the threat of the coronavirus, the 74-year-old who has… → Read More

Commentary: Why local journalism matters during COVID-19 pandemic

KVUE senior reporter Tony Plohetski explains why community news is vital in a time of crisis. → Read More

New York company creates social distancing report card, gives Travis County an 'A-'

The "scoreboard" uses cell phone data to track their owners' movement. → Read More

Doctors thought Round Rock man had pneumonia. Days later, he died from COVID-19

The 65-year-old man's family said he only one called out from work sick. → Read More