The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has re-opened Barton Creek Greenbelt.
After continually monitoring the safety of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has made the decision to re-open it for public use today, Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Patrons using the Barton Creek Greenbelt are asked to use caution and avoid any areas of standing water or debris on the trail.
The trail was closed due to flooding and debris from heavy rains on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
A mosquito sample collected in northern Williamson County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Lab results from the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the sample on Tuesday, August 16. The sample was collected by Williamson County and Cities Health District in the 76511 zip code, which includes the City of Bartlett. The species of mosquito that tested positive was a Culex quinquefasciatus, (Southern House Mosquito) which carries the West Nile Virus.
Additional trapping and testing will be conducted in the area in cooperation with the City of Bartlett and Bell County Health District. Enhanced mosquito control efforts will also begin, including the treatment of standing water with larvacide, and truck-mounted spraying, weather permitting.
Mosquitoes breed in standing or stagnant water. Eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed, and reducing the chance of getting bitten by mosquitoes are the most effective ways to minimize exposure to West Nile Virus. WCCHD recommends the 3Ds of mosquito safety:
• Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed and treat water that can’t be drained,
• Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent, and
• Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
There have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Williamson County since 2014; however, Bell County has reported one human case of West Nile Virus illness in June 2016. West Nile Virus should not be confused with other mosquito-borne illnesses. For more information about West Nile Virus visit www.wcchd.org or www.txwestnile.org.
For more information on the Williamson County and Cities Health District mosquito management program, visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District website at www.wcchd.org.
The Austin Police Department will be conducting an Extended Labor Day weekend DWI initiative in the Austin metropolitan area. This initiative will be a No Refusal DWI initiative, in which officers will apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from operators suspected to be impaired, who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.
This initiative will consist of the following dates and operational hours:
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 9 p.m. – Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5 a.m. The operational period is not 24 hours per day. It is 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law.
Labor Day weekend is often associated with parties and gatherings in which alcohol is present. This announcement is to remind everyone that their area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. The Austin Police Department is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.
The northbound, outside travel lane of Lamar Blvd. between 38th and 45th streets is closed until further notice due to washed out pavement. Recently, Public Works crews were performing milling and overlay work in this area. Yesterday’s heavy rains washed away much of the recently applied overlay and severely damaged the driving surface. The lane will be closed indefinitely until the rain stops and work crews can repair the damaged area. Drivers should anticipate delays and plan accordingly.
Beginning Saturday, August 13, East Riverside will be reduced to two east and westbound lanes between Shore District Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard.
The left turn lane on Lakeshore Boulevard onto eastbound Riverside Drive will be closed and traffic will be detoured via Town Creek Drive and Tinnin Ford Road. Temporary traffic signs will be in place to direct drivers.
This traffic pattern is expected to remain in place for approximately five weeks during Phase 2 construction of the East Riverside Corridor Improvements Project at Lakeshore Boulevard.
APD is seeking the public’s assistance in an Aggravated Robbery that occurred on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in the 9400 block of Parkfield Drive around 3:45 a.m. The victim accepted a ride from the suspect to get some cigarettes at the store. After leaving the store the suspect took the victim to another location where he parkedhis vehicle and began to take the victim’s property. The suspect and victim struggled over the items and then the suspect stabbed the victim. The victim was able to get away from the scene.
The suspect can be seen in surveillance photos below. Case number 16-1791225.
The APD Robbery Unit is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Robbery Unit Tip Line at 512-974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
Noon update: The identity of the deceased female from this crash has been identified as 45-year old Lisa Ann Durocher of New Braunfels. Next of kin has been notified.
Earlier: On August 7, 2016 at approximately 10:52 PM the New Braunfels Police Department and the New Braunfels Fire Department responded to the 1300 block of FM 306 at the intersection of Hunter Road, for a crash involving a motorcycle and a car.
A 2001 Dodge Neon driven by a 16 year old New Braunfels male was turning right (east) into FM 306 from Hunter Road into the right lane. A 2008 Harley Davison motorcycle driven by a 54 year old New Braunfels man with a 45 year old New Braunfels woman passenger was traveling east on FM 306 in the left lane approaching Hunter Road. The driver of the Neon then attempted to turn left to travel west on FM 306 and entered the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the left side of the Neon (t-boned) ejecting the male and female from the motorcycle.
The male driver of the motorcycle was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center by Airlife in critical condition. The female passenger was transported by ambulance to the Resolute Hospital in New Braunfels were she was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.
No charges are expected to be filed at this time. This incident is still under investigation by the New Braunfels Police Department.