Smoke alert: Prescribed burn scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday in Southwest Austin

From the city of Austin (Austin Water):

Austin Water’s Wildland Conservation will conduct prescribed burns on the Water Quality Protection Lands January 31 – February 1, 2017. This tract includes the Slaughter Creek Trail. To ensure public safety the Slaughter Creek Trail will be closed to the public.

Smoke may be visible south of Slaughter Lane, east of FM 1826, north of SH45 and west of MoPac from 10 a.m. to sunset.

Prescribed burns safely mimic the natural fire cycle and maintain fire-resilient landscapes for the benefit of people, water and wildlife. The burned area will be extensively patrolled for at least a week after the fire.

Conditions such as wind speed and direction are monitored closely and if conditions become unsuitable the prescribed burn will be rescheduled.

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For more information, please visit www.austintexas.gov/rxfire.

Decades-old New Hampshire homicide mystery has possible Texas ties

Bob Evans
Bob Evans

A man who may have spent time working in Texas and had acquaintances in Austin during the 1970s and 1980s is thought to be connected to a string of homicides in New Hampshire, authorities say.

Since 1985, New Hampshire law enforcement officials, working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, have been trying to solve the mystery surrounding the deaths of a woman and three children, whose bodies were found wrapped in plastic and placed in steel barrels in the woods outside Allenstown, N.H.

The victims remain unidentified, but authorities hope to find some answers if they can get more information about a man they think is their killer.

WATCH: Video recaps mysterious case of bodies found in barrels in New Hampshire

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, investigators say DNA has linked one of the victims found in the barrels to a man known as “Bob Evans,” who died in prison in 2010.

Authorities have said Evans “referenced the state of Texas on multiple occasions when speaking of places he spent time during the early 1980s. He told investigators he spent time in Travis, Nueces, Harris, Dallas and Matagorda counties

In Travis County, investigators say Evans might have known someone residing at an RV park in Austin during 1986. He called two RV parks – Austin Lone Star RV Resort and Pecan Grove RV Park, officials said.

Evans also claimed to have worked as an electrician with Brown and Root in Houston during the 1970s; as an installation mechanic at Big Three Industries during the 1970s and 1980s; and as an instrument repairman for Bay City Electric in Bay City during the 1970s.

The family of a missing woman, Denise Beaudin, believe she and Evans left New Hampshire and traveled to Texas to avoid financial difficulties.

More information about the case has been prepared by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the Manchester Police Department and New Hampshire State Police, and can be obtained by emailing the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at media@ncmec.org.

 

Unlucky Friday the 13th? Austin DJ Miguel Angel plays show hours after getting stabbed

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Austin DJ Miguel Angel, aka ulovei. Photo from Facebook

Austin DJ Miguel Angel, also known as “ulovei,” said he was the victim of a stabbing in East Austin on Friday night but he was still able to play a show just hours later.

Angel chronicled the night on social media, proving the old adage, the show must go on.

Austin police had responded to a stabbing around 9 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of East 14th Street, according a Statesman report. A person with a minor stab wound was taken to the hospital, and police had a suspect in custody after the stabbing, police said.

Angel said he was the victim in that report and has identified his attacker to police and plans to press charges. The Statesman reached out to Austin police, but they were unable to confirm details of the incident Saturday night.

Angel said the incident occurred at his East Austin apartment where he was waiting for a friend so they could go together to a show he was scheduled to play.

He said someone knocked on his door and, thinking it was his friend, he opened it to see a man in a mask with what looked like a samurai sword. “He just started swinging me and attacking,” he said.

Angel said he grabbed the blade with his hands to keep the man from stabbing and slashing him further, but then the attacker pulled out a dagger from behind and stabbed Angel in the back.

The DJ said when his friend, Kirkland Audain, got to his apartment the attacker began running after Audain.

Audain said he was able to get into his car, lock the door and call police. “It’s just surreal,” he said. “He was going to kill my friend if I hadn’t shown up.”

On Friday at 10:48 p.m., Angel posted video and photos of himself on social media at the hospital after he said he was stabbed.

Angel told the Statesman he suffered three stab wounds, including a large stab wound in the back, and multiple injuries to his hands, arms, face and neck. He said he suffered no internal damage from the incident.

 

The DJ also retweeted posts from his friends showing him being treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

 

Angel said doctors did not want him to leave the hospital and told him to rest, but he knew he wanted to make it to the show he was scheduled to play.

After getting treated, Angel said he left the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and was able to play the last part of the show.

Around 1:30 a.m., Angel posted a video showing him spinning at The Volestead bar on East 6th Street for a Friday the 13th show with DJ Luis Espada, also known as King Louie.

“I just didn’t want anybody to know that they can keep me down,” he said. “This guy wanted to hurt me (and) wanted to stop me, so I’m not going to let that happen.”

Angel said it was painful to spin at the show due to cuts and fresh wounds on his hands and fingers, but his friends were there to help carry bags and equipment.

Angel said seeing his friends at the gig and playing to the crowd was just what he needed after the traumatic incident.

“I didn’t just want to be at home crying in bed or something. That wouldn’t have helped me,” he said. “It feels good to know that so many people have my back here in Austin.”

Angel said he has received calls, social media messages and texts from friends, acquaintances and people he hasn’t spoken to in years wishing him well after the incident.

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He said he planned to DJ two shows Saturday night despite pain in his hands from the recent injuries.

 

 

 

U.S. officials: Fugitive in Victoria Co. vehicular homicide caught in Austin

 

From the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Hector Garcia, 49, of Austin was arrested yesterday evening by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force without incident in the 1400 block of Meander in Austin.  Garcia was sought by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to an arrest warrant issued from the Victoria County District Court charging Garcia with Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear.

 

Garcia was previously indicted in 2014 with negligent homicide where the victim, Natalie Luna, 22, mother of two (2) at the time of her death, was hit by a vehicle allegedly driven by Garcia.  Luna subsequently died as a result of her injuries.  Garcia was acquitted in 2015 of criminally negligent homicide in 2015.

 

The 13th Court of Appeals in 2016 reversed certain appellate claims resulting in a new indictment handed down Garcia scheduled for a trial.  Garcia failed to appear for court hearings resulting in his arrest warrants being issued.

 

Garcia will be remanded to the custody of the Travis County Sheriff pending his extradition to Victoria County, Texas.

 

 

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

Austin Police Department-Tactical Intelligence Unit

Buda, Cedar Park, Kyle, San Marcos Police Department

Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office

Texas Attorney General’s Office

Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG

Texas Department of Public Safety

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

U.S. DHS/Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. Marshals Service

Police say teen who shot self stole gun, a common crime in Austin, report shows

APD personnel investigate at the scene where a 19-year-old man shot himself in police custody in the 500 block of Lavaca Street in downtown Austin on Sunday. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
APD personnel investigate at the scene where a 19-year-old man shot himself in police custody in the 500 block of Lavaca Street in downtown Austin on Sunday. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin police Chief Brian Manley reported Tuesday that the gun that 19-year-old Zachary Anam had with him when he shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle on Sunday was reported stolen in an Austin vehicle burglary last year.

As it turns out, Austin ranks high among some of the cities with the most vehicle gun thefts, according to a recent analysis by the criminal justice website The Trace.

In total, 377 guns were reported stolen from vehicles in Austin in 2015, The Trace reported.

Austin has seen some fluctuations in these numbers year to year, but in general, the city has seen a steady increase in reported gun thefts from vehicles from 2006 to 2015, which mirrors a similar trend in other cities.

Of the 54 cities The Trace analyzed, Austin ranked fourth in total gun thefts from vehicles. Several cities larger than Austin did not respond to the website’s requests for information, including New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Antonio.

Many gun owners never report losses and thefts to police, and most stolen firearms are never recovered, The Trace reported. In some cases, owners couldn’t provide their gun’s serial number, which is crucial to helping investigators identify the stolen weapon.

Travis County Jail inmate dies after being hospitalized last week

From the Travis County sheriff’s office:

On December 28, 2016 an inmate notified Corrections Officers of her need to see Jail Medical Staff. The medical professional who examined her determined that she required transport to the hospital. She was immediately transported to the Emergency Room at UMC Brackenridge where she later underwent a medical procedure. On December 29, 2016 while recovering in ICU, the inmate died. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at 8:34 am. The inmate is identified as: JACQUELINE KEY, age 55, Transient

Key had been arrested by the Austin Police Department on November 11, 2016 and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and a City Ordinance Violation.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit are conducting an investigation as is standard practice in these cases. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office is also conducting an investigation into cause of death. That determination is pending toxicology results. Detectives do not have any evidence to suggest foul play at this point in the investigation.