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Airport Evacuated After False Alarm

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AUSTIN, TX – Officials evacuated The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Monday morning. This just so happens to be one of the more popular traveling days due to the Labor Day holiday. According to officials, the evacuations proved unnecessary as there was a false alarm.

Unfortunately, the false alarm produced its share of chaos. Travelers expressed confusion at the out of nowhere announcement. Officials dispatched fire crews to the location. Once crews inspected the area they discovered a fire alarm had been pulled down accidentally.

Later, Austin Fire Department officials wrote on Twitter, “False alarm. Nothing found, system reset.”

Airport officials reaffirmed this positive outcome in a tweet issued prior to 10:30 a.m. “The alarm at the AUS that resulted in some evacuations has been canceled and all operations can resume as usual. Passengers who were evacuated are currently being re-screened through Checkpoint 1.”

Travelers reacted to the event in real time. One traveler basically described her travel mojo as cursed. Others demonstrated equal frustration.

Fire officials tweeted updates stating it was a false alarm. They also mentioned the system has been reset and their crews were clearing out from the scene.

The announcement was excellent news for travelers. Still, the reaction on social media was one of unhappiness about the evacuation. The holiday travelers mostly displayed frustration over the unfortunate and disruptive situation on social media.

Texas Trucker Dies While Helping Motorist

Texas Trucker Dies While Helping Motorist

AUSTIN, TX – A Texas trucker lost his life yesterday morning while helping another driver who was stranded on the road. According to Texas police officials, the man driving a semitruck pulled over to help another driver who needed help. While doing so, he was hit by a moving vehicle. As a result, he died.

Furthermore, as reported by authorities, the crash occurred in the afternoon, around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29. It happened on westbound Interstate 30 in Dallas, Texas.

The trucker who was struck and killed has been identified as 42-year-old Ryan Douglas-Jaques.

According to police, Douglas-Jaques approached a stranded white SUV. The vehicle was disabled in the left lane of the interstate and was unable to move. Therefore, Douglas-Jaques parked his semitruck in front of the disabled car as a shield of protection.

After sheltering the SUV with his truck, he then got out to help the stranded driver.

However, while stepping out of his truck, another motorist driving westbound on the same interstate hit the SUV. Consequently, striking Douglas-Jaques and his truck as well.

Furthermore, Douglas-Jaques was rushed to the hospital. But the injuries were too severe, and he was soon pronounced dead.

Additionally, the driver, and passenger in the third vehicle were also taken to the hospital. No additional details on their injuries. However, they are expected to make a full recovery.

Still, the accident remains under investigation.

While details continue to unfold, the driver who hit Douglas-Jaques will not be charged, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Austin Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

Austin Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

AUSTIN, TX – The Austin Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at a northeast Austin apartment. One of the men involved in the gunplay has passed away from the injuries he sustained.

Austin Police first got the call on Thursday, July 18, from the RARE apartments at around 11:16 in the evening. When local officials rushed to the scene, they discovered a 22-year-old Alexander Morgan Jr. with several gunshot wounds to his person.

Medical officials rushed the wounded man to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas in what they described as critical condition. However, on Sunday, July 21, the hospital informed Austin Police that the man had been described as brain dead by medical staff at 1:33 p.m. They have since asked for an autopsy.

According to Austin Police there’s not a threat to the public at this time. Police did say that they are continuing with the investigation. In fact, they’re requesting anybody with information to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. Or, you can text “Tip 103” plus the pertinent information to Crimes our you can utilize the new Crime Stoppers App.

Any helpful information related to the case can also be sent through email at As always, all information can be shared anonymously.

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!
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