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Grandmother Arrested for Leaving Grandson in Van

Grandmother Arrested for Leaving Grandson in Van KXAN-TV reported on September 6 that a 54-year-old woman was arrested in Georgetown for allegedly abandoning her grandchild in a hot car. According to KXAN, the woman went into the Ross department store on West University Avenue in Georgetown, but left her grandson strapped in a car seat for more than 20 minutes. The woman was charged with abandoning a child with intent to return.  “The fact is outside… Read more

Six-Car Wreck Leaves Two Dead in Williamson County

Six-Car Wreck Leaves Two Dead in Williamson County Two people were killed in a six-vehicle crash in Williamson County on August 31. The Austin American-Statesman reported that authorities said a 2006 Ford F-150 pulled out of a convenience store and slammed into two vehicles at the intersection of Texas State Highway 29 and County Road 200 before taking off on the wrong side of Texas 29 after the crash and crashing into two other vehicles.  KXAN-TV… Read more

Greg Kelley Released Three Years After Sexual Assault Conviction

Greg Kelley Released Three Years After Sexual Assault Conviction Greg Kelley, the 22-year-old former Leander High School football player convicted of super aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2014, was released from the Williamson County Jail on $50,000 bond on August 22. The Austin American-Statesman reported that state District Judge Donna King said in a 10-page order that she was granting bond to Kelley after finding that his due process rights were violated… Read more

Bill to End Driver Responsibility Program Fails to Pass Texas Legislature

Bill to End Driver Responsibility Program Fails to Pass Texas Legislature The Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) was enacted in 2003 with the passage of House Bill (HB) 3588 during the 78th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. The program required the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to apply surcharges to individuals with certain traffic convictions, but the Driver Responsibility Program has been criticized for largely affecting the poor.  “What it really… Read more

Box of Cash Gets Two Charged with Money Laundering

Box of Cash Gets Two Charged with Money Laundering On June 14, KXAN-TV reported that Williamson County Sheriff's Office deputies found $184,520 in a cardboard box in the back seat of a vehicle during a routine traffic stop. A 26-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were in a Jeep stopped on Texas State Highway 130 for not passing in the left lane and having no center brake light, but deputies said the two individuals "showed numerous indicators of criminal… Read more

Round Rock Starts Cite and Release Program

Round Rock Starts Cite and Release Program The Round Rock Police Department volunteered to be the first in Williamson County to implement the "cite and release" program created by the Texas Legislature through the passage of House Bill 2391 in 2007. On May 23, the Austin American-Statesman reported that since May 1, Round Rock police officers have had the option of issuing a citation rather than arresting someone or taking them to jail for… Read more

Texas Finally Gives Drunk Drivers 'Second Chances'

Texas Finally Gives Drunk Drivers 'Second Chances' September 1 marked the date that House Bill 3016, the legislation more commonly known as the "second chances" bill signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, went into effect. HB 3016 amended the Texas Government Code such that allows certain first-time, low-level offenders to seal their criminal records.  It is important to note that HB 3016 is retroactive, meaning that it applies to offenses… Read more

Two Face Federal Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

Two Face Federal Drug Charges After Traffic Stop KXAN-TV reported on July 5 that a woman was arrested in Round Rock after officers found 10 ounces of methamphetamine in her car during a traffic stop along Interstate 35 (I-35). According to KXAN, an ensuing investigation by detectives led to officers—with the help of the FBI, Austin and Pflugerville police, Texas DPS, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—raiding an apartment in the Tech Ridge… Read more

Austin Police Officer who Faked Death was Arrested at DFW Airport

Coleman Martin's Mugshot Image from Dallas News Austin police officer Coleman Martin, age 29, was arrested after faking his death and fleeing to Mexico. He was arrested at DFW International Airport after being flagged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as he tried re-entering the country. Martin has had a warrant out on the misdemeanor charge of filing a false alarm. Martin was planning to return… Read more

Authorities Warn About New 'Grey Drug' that can Kill in a Single Dose

Authorities Warn About New 'Grey Drug' that can Kill in a Single Dose Gray Death DrugPhoto by Geaorgia Bureau of Investigation   There is a new drug that authorities named "gray death" that can kill users with even a single dose. It is dangerous to touch even while wearing gloves. It is made from heroin, carfentanil (elephant tranquilizer) and a synthetic opioid called U-47700. Over 50 Overdose Cases Involving Gray Death in the Past Three Months Users can swallow,… Read more