Brianna Hollis, KXAN News

Brianna Hollis


Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Brianna:

Round Rock, Pflugerville fire departments offer in-house training, certification process

New recruitment efforts by the Round Rock Fire Department and Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 are widening the applicant pool. → Read More

City of Austin considers paid parking on South Congress

Staff with the Austin Transportation Department gave a presentation to the Mobility Committee this week regarding a parking overhaul plan that includes paid parking on South Congress Avenue. → Read More

6th Street shooting victim’s family in town for hearing, addresses downtown safety

The family of Douglas Kantor, the 25-year-old Michigan man killed in the June 2021 mass shooting on Sixth Street, flew in from out of town to attend a hearing for the accused gunman. → Read More

Former DPS sergeant recounts Uvalde massacre

Juan Maldonado, a former DPS sergeant, responded to the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24. → Read More

Pflugerville petition aims to transfer funds from ESD 2 to City with ultimate goal of city-run ambulance service

The argument over tax dollar allocation for emergency services in Pflugerville went before the City Council this week. → Read More

Law enforcement statewide revamps recruitment following 2022 turnover

One of the department’s biggest pushes at the moment is recruiting from out of state. Lieutenant Swann said APD so far has had the most success in New York City. → Read More

ATCEMS: 6% of med calls are life-threatening emergencies. How the agency adapted

“Our industry has changed a lot,” said Division Chief Stephen White. He added that since the pandemic, people have started to call 911 more not just for emergencies like heart attacks, strokes or trauma — but also when they can’t get in to see a doctor. → Read More

APD, bouncers and TABC talk NYE safety preps

The Austin Police Department will patrol with typical weekend staffing numbers for New Year’s Eve, but many officers will have newly graduated cadets with them. → Read More

Beer, wine available at Austin’s NYE celebration, fireworks at midnight instead of 10 p.m.

Some changes are coming to the City of Austin’s official New Year’s Eve celebration at Auditorium Shores this year. → Read More

Family of high school band marching at Rose Parade charters bus after Southwest cancelation

Students in the Vista Ridge Ranger Band have the chance to perform at one of the world’s most famous parades – and their families won’t let a Southwest cancelation keep them from seeing the event in person. → Read More

Smash-and-grab thefts increase during holiday season, police say

Doing some last-minute holiday shopping? Police want to send a reminder about the spike in smash-and-grab robberies seen this time of year. → Read More

‘That’s a life,’ Watch out for roadside crews during holiday travel

More cars on the road full of people heading across the state for holiday plans – means a higher chance for accidents, and a busy weekend for tow truck operators. → Read More

APA-backed petition gets 34k signatures, submitted to city for review

The Voters for Oversight and Police Accountability (VOPA), a group supported by the Austin Police Association (APA), has submitted a petition with 34,000 signatures to the city clerk for review. → Read More

APD: More pedestrians killed in crashes than drivers, passengers in 2022

Cassandra Coffey and Nelson Anderson were pedestrians killed in crashes within one week of each other. → Read More

Williamson Co. DA: Murder suspect receives reduced bond because of ‘missed deadline’

Joshua Gilbreath, who’s accused of killing a 70-year-old woman near Florence in August, bonded out of jail on Dec. 13. → Read More

Property tax checks worth thousands stolen from Travis County mailboxes

Law enforcement and tax officials in Travis County are trying to get to the bottom of a string of property tax check thefts. → Read More

Father killed in hit-and-run by passing semi while pulled over for unrelated crash, still no leads

The Austin Police Department said it was still looking for the driver who hit Ian Lewis on I-35 in August and drove off. → Read More

Who’s the group behind the ‘other’ Austin Police Oversight Act?

Both measures have to do with police oversight, but map out different ways to do so. → Read More

Another deadly 6th Street shooting, what’s next for the safety initiative meant to curb crime?

“We saw another tragic death this week, and it’s just another reminder there’s still a significant amount of work to do,” said Council Member Kathie Tovo. → Read More

Lost Creek neighborhood eyeing alternative patrol options following string of break-ins

Neighborhood leaders in Lost Creek have increased private security patrols to ward off suspects neighbors said have broken into dozens of cars in the neighborhood. → Read More