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SWAT officers involved in standoff; suspect hospitalized

SWAT officers involved in standoff; suspect hospitalized

AUSTIN, Texas – SWAT officers were involved in a standoff in Austin. Additionally, the incident occurred about 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Specifically, SWAT officers arrived to a house in the south part of Austin. Furthermore, the incident occurred on Plumpton Drive, near William Cannon Drive and S 1st street.

Austin police senior officer William Costello said officials arrived at a house in the 700 block of Plumpton Drive. There, a man screamed in his yard. Then, he went back in his house and barricaded himself inside.

Costello added that police officers tried to talk to the man. However, they weren’t able to talk to him. Furthermore, the man threatened self-harm. Police officers called SWAT because they believed the man had a firearm.

Eventually, officials contacted the man’s two roommates. The roommates helped authorities talk with the man.

Then, the man walked out of the house on his own. Police took the man into custody.

Officials cleared the area by 7:30 a.m. the same morning.

Currently, the man is in custody.

Officials have not released any more information about the incident. Furthermore, they are not clarifying how much longer he will be in custody, or where he will be taken next.

The Austin Police Department posted on Twitter about the incident. The tweet read: “SWAT Callout 6/25/19 – 700 Plumpton”.

Currently, investigators have not revealed if a firearm was found at the scene. Still, officials confirm that no one was harmed during the incident. Officials have cleared the area, and it is safe to be around at this time.

Winning Mega-Millions Ticket Sold at H-E-B

Winning Mega-Millions Ticket Sold at H-E-B

AUSTIN, TX – Looks like somebody in Austin is walking around with pockets a little fuller… Though they may not know it yet. Nevertheless, somebody has the winning ticket out there, and it was purchased at a Southwest Austin H-E-B. This is according to the Texas Lottery.

According to the Texas Lottery, the quick pick ticket winner who was able to match the five numbers in the Mega Millions game bought the ticket at the H-E-B on West Slaughter Lane and Escarpment Boulevard. Yep, right here in our own backyard.

What you ask were the triumphant numbers? The winning numbers for Tuesday night’s game were: 10-50-55-56-58 and a Mega Ball number of 15.

Just for a quick primer on how the game actually works. Players select five numbers from a field of up to 70 and a Mega number from a field all the way up to 25. Now, it should be noted, had the ticket mimicked all five numbers and the Mega Ball, the player could have been in line to have won $367 million.

As per the Texas Lottery game rules, the winning ticket is required to be claimed no later than 180 days after the draw date which happened Tuesday. Furthermore, the ticket must be presented for payment while also fulfilling the Texas Lottery Commission’s validation requirements.

Woman in Hospice Care Assaulted by Priest?!

Woman in Hospice Care Assaulted by Priest?!

AUSTIN, TX – A woman in hospice care was,according to documents recently filed in court, sexually assaulted by a seventy-five-year-old Catholic Austin priest. Now, the priest, Rev. Gerold Langsch, must face an assault by contact charge.

They believe the incident took place back in October of 2018 at the home of the woman, but he was just recently arrested. She was in hospice care at the time of the event, as she was suffering from different medical conditions. The affidavit states that she struggled from complications due to diabetes.

In the report, officials explained that the woman’s ex-husband reached out to the Knights of Columbus. The group offered to send a priest to the home, to give the woman her last rites. This is a religious ceremony including final prayers before someone passes away.

The woman reported to police that Langsch went to her home in the beginning of October. After anointing her with holy water, she claims that he touched her in an inappropriate way. And, according to the affidavit, he asked her if it “felt good.” According to the police report, the woman was very much in shock and uncomfortable.

As a result, the police investigated the suspect. The woman only knew the man as “Father Gerold” from the St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Finally, they identified him as Langsch and the victim identified him in a line-up of photos last week.

Therefore, police charged and arrested Langsch. In addition, they set his bond to $15,000, and he was bonded out of Travis County Jail, according to records. However, a condition of the bond was that he was not to make contact with the victim.

It is unclear now what will happen in regard to the charges against this Austin priest.

Private Companies Strive to Make Commuting Simpler for Workers

Private Companies Strive to Make Commuting Simpler for Workers

AUSTIN, TX – Traffic is something you can always count on. Like clockwork, every day the streets are packed with gridlock, congestion, and stop and go cars. This reality makes getting anywhere a frustrating slog.

Private companies realize this struggle. They know navigating crowded streets and highways can be stressful. As a result, they are now taking steps to provide commuting alternatives. This could ultimately benefit the average person too.

Central Texas Transportation Management Association, Movability, partners with employers across the region. They aid businesses in devising solutions like teleworking, flex hours, passes to services like Car2Go or B-Cycle and subsidized transit passes. They even help coordinate carpooling.

“More and more private employers are taking steps to provide their employees with commuter benefits, and for a variety of reasons,” Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel, executive director at Movability, offers. Furthermore, she states, “For many employers, the cost of parking is very high, and that’s an incentive to reduce the number of drive-alone cars coming into the office.”

Pfannensteil also notes that there’s a city-wide drive to get roughly 20 percent or more, or one in five commuters, to pivot their travel mode away from single person commute to alternative transportation methods. According to studies, traffic flows more efficiently in this model.

Companies Searching for Solutions

Movability works with many companies, almost 40 total. Tech company, Cirrus Logic, is among them. They moved to downtown in the late 1990s after leaving Silicon Valley. In 2012, the company researched transportation options for employees and settled on shuttle buses. Hence, they started their bus program later that year.

Shuttles are now available Monday through Friday. One bus travels from the north part of town. Another goes from the south. Finally, the third helps workers move around downtown. It also picks up employees who commute to the downtown MetroRail Station.

The services are now available to more than 800 employees. Bill Schnell, the company’s Public Relations Manager, said, “We found around 20 percent of our employees are getting to work on some form of alternative transportation.”

Cirrus Logic is 1 of 17 Austin businesses noted for its work in providing commuting alternatives for its employees. As a result, the company earned a spot on this year’s list for Best Workplaces for Commuters.

Shot Driver Rams into School Bus!

Shot Driver Rams into School Bus!

Houston, TX – On Tuesday morning, January 22, 2019, a driver agonizing from a gunshot wound blacked-out and crashed into a local school bus. This driver was shot in North Harris and consequently hit the County Spring Independent School District bus.

The crash occurred at the intersection FM Road 1960 and Rolling Creek Drive.

Fortunately, neither the bus driver nor the students received injuries from the impact. Only ten students were on the bus during the crash. After the crash occurred and the children were unscathed, officials moved students to another bus and taken to the Spring Early College Academy.

Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, recounted the events. Apparently, the driver of the white BMW sedan attempted to flee an apartment complex after someone shot him. The injuries were not life-threatening, but they were painful. Painful enough to faint, and ram into the front, left, side of the school bus. It is unclear whether the driver passed out from shock or blood loss.

The driver was in a new sedan with paper tags. Police suspect that there might be more to the driver’s story and the events that led up to that moment.

The driver’s wound was not fatal. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital and he is currently receiving medical care.

Therefore, the police and investigators, are currently investigating the events leading to the accident and what caused the fight to escalate to a gunshot wound.

Shortly after 8 AM the school bus and the BMW were moved from the intersection and the roads were reopened.

Mulch More to Do with your Christmas Tree

Mulch More to Do with your Christmas Tree

AUSTIN, TX – Christmas has now come and gone. If you went with a real, natural Christmas tree this year, you might be thinking about what you’re going to do with it once you take it down. The City of Austin has an idea in mind this year to recycle Christmas trees.

The City is giving people the chance to recycle their trees by turning them into mulch or compost. As a result, this would help out the environment as well as the city waste in general. The idea of this program is to keep trees out of landfills. This coincides with the City’s goal of zero waste by the year 2040.

City officials stated in a press release: “For City of Austin curbside customers, recycling Christmas trees is as easy as setting it on the curb. Beginning Dec. 26, Austin Resource Recovery will pick up all natural trees, along with yard trimmings, on regularly scheduled collection days.”

So, there’s not much that residents have to do in order to contribute to the program! Everyone who wants to recycle Christmas trees just needs to prepare their tree for discarding. This means: remove all decorations – the tree stand, lights, ornaments, and any other hangings or non-natural items.

Also, if your tree has been sprayed with any type of artificial snow or other chemical, it won’t be accepted for the program. Additionally, leave your tree bare – don’t put it in a tree bag or other type of holding product.

And, if your tree is over six feet in length, you’ll need to cut it in half before leaving it on the curb. Finally, trees must be set out on the curb by 6:30 in the morning.

But, if you want to bring your tree in person, you can do that as well. Trees will be collected for recycling at Zilker Park Polo Fields between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This will occur on December 29, December 30, January 5 and January 6. Officials stated: “Mulch from trees collected at the drop-off location will be available on a first-come, first served basis to Austin residents on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019,”

So, Austinites… give Mother Nature a gift this holiday season and recycle Christmas trees!

Credit Card Skimmers Found

Credit Card Skimmers Found

Two credit card skimmers were found at a local 7-Eleven on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, in north Austin.

Skimmers are machines that capture and store all information within the magnetic strip of a credit card. Often, many criminals will place skimmers over the card swiping device to store credit card data and forward the information.

As of Tuesday morning, the Department of Agriculture declared the discovery of two installed credit card readers. The people placed two separate skimmers at the 7- Eleven located at 14730 N. I-35 at Wells Branch Parkway.

Fortunately, the Department of Agriculture inspected the pumps after a customer made a complaint and found the mechanism.

Shortly after, the Austin Police arrived to remove the skimmers that were on pumps 11 and 12.

Since the beginning of the year, the Austin police have found over 113 cases of skimmers. With a population of 100,000 people, the amount of cases in this city alone has a high rate of skimmers.

Authorities advise that anyone who thinks or suspects skimming in one’s neighborhood should report it immediately to the Agriculture Department.

Although everyone enjoys the convenience of paying for gas with a credit or debit card, the simplest way to avoid skimming is by paying for one’s gas inside.

Therefore, if you don’t have time, here are some tips to avoid skimming:

  • Make sure to use pumps closer to the storefront.
  • Look for unusual Bluetooth signals before swiping your card.
  • Look at the bands of security tape strips. If they’re broken, there could be a skimmer.
  • Finally, save your receipts and track your money!

Austin Doesn’t Look Like to Have Amazon’s 2nd HQ Location: Why?

Austin Doesn’t Look Like to Have Amazon’s 2nd HQ Location: Why?

austin amazon newsAUSTIN, Texas — From new reports, it is becoming obvious the city is not in the list of being Amazon’s location for its 2nd company headquarters.

According to the Washington Post, Amazon is targeting an area just outside the nation’s capital, however, another report showed the opposite and that Austin is not just out of the running yet.

As a matter of fact, the company’s second headquarters is expected to bring 50,000 jobs overall.

The new location could be the Northern Virginia suburb of Crystal City. Amazon is reportedly in advanced talks with the city.

Meanwhile, those with Amazon are looking to figure out how quickly they could move current employees to the location and how long will it take to create the company from start.

Sources tell that Austin is not yet out of the running, it may be splitting the new headquarters between Crystal City and Austin.

At present, the Capital City doesn’t have the housing inventory to add 50,000 new workers.

According to Angelos Angelou, the founder, and an economist at Angelou Economics, they are already building a lot of new homes in the city, the number of which is near 18,000. According to him, building another 50,000 for new employees can be taxing for any city, especially for a small city like Austin.

Since now, Amazon executives toured nearly 20 cities, including Austin. Eventually, the decision may be fallen on J. Bezos and could come as early as this month, due to the Wall Street Journal.

A Multibillion-Dollar Company is Moving Its Offices to Austin

A Multibillion-Dollar Company is Moving Its Offices to Austin

AustinAustin, Texas – A multibillion-dollar company is moving its top offices to the Capital City.  While Amazon is still contemplating where to place its second headquarters, another multibillion-dollar company is already in Austin.

The brand-new spinoff of Honeywell International Inc., Resideo Technologies is looking for an office space in the Austin Metro Area to locate its headquarters.

Honeywell in New Jersey, a Fortune of 100 technology and manufacturing conglomerate with the revenue of $40.5 billion in 2017.

Resideo Technologies, located in the Minneapolis- St. Paul metro area, has the potential to become the largest publicly traded company in the area. It is expected to exceed even the current leader, chipmaker Cirrus Logic Inc.

In 2018 the budget of Cirrus Logic made up to $ 1.5 billion.  As for Resideo’s sales for 2018 is projected to be around $ 4.8 billion from 2017 $ 4.5 billion.

Resideo provides ‘’smart home’’ technologies, including smoke detectors, security alarms. There is no information available about the number of employees the company will have in Austin.

It’s clear that the leadership team along with soft engineers and designers will be based in Austin. Overall, the Resideo employs are about 14, 500 people.


Sears’ and Kmart’s Huge Debt Causing Massive Closures Nationwide

AUSTIN, Texas — A Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filed by Sears aiming to close down 142 stores including Austin location, at the same time, hoping that they can stay in business.

sears kmart closuresIn late 2012, the store had over 4,000 and now it is risking remaining with a little more than 500 closing the stores for incurred huge losses over the years.

The company has suffered from outdated stores and complaint cases for customer service even for its once crown jewels. The retailer operates Kmart and Sears stores said that there are more than 142 stores that had no profits in the last years, and operates most of those will be closed soon.

More than 77 Sears and 65 Kmart stores should be shut down at the end of the year. Liquidation sales are available shortly. The closures are additions to the 46 unprofitable stores that are already predicted to be closed.

The company’s largest shareholder, Edward S. Lampert, stepped down as CEO but will still be the chairman of the board.

According to the recent release of the company’s operations, it said that Monday it has secured over $300 million in financing from the banks to keep the operations going while the bankruptcy is taking place.

The liabilities can range from $10 billion to $50 billion.

Sears now joined the list of companies which filed a bankruptcy or liquidated in recent years. There is a company called Payless ShoeSource which successfully emerged from reorganization in bankruptcy court, but other companies which are Toys R Us or Bon-Ton Stores Inc. didn’t.

The store shelves have been left bare as many vendors have demanded more stringent payment terms, says Mark Cohen, a professor of retailing at Columbia University and a former Sears executive.

Sears said it intends to pay workers’ wages and benefits without any difficulties connected with the liquidation. On Tuesday, a meeting is expected to be held for Sears employees at the corporate headquarters and other locations.

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