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Top Austin news: Police seek info about suspicious death; stranded duck boat returned to shore; more

Here’s the most recent top news you may have missed in Austin.

Trash pile fire sends smoke plume into the air in South Austin

A pile of trash caught fire Thursday afternoon in South Austin, leading a large smoke plume to rise into the air, according to the Austin Fire Department. 

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Austin police asking for information related to suspicious death

Austin police are investigating the suspicious death of one man who was found with injuries on July 23. 

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Duck boat stranded on Lake Austin with 39 passengers returned to shore

A duck boat with 39 passengers was stranded on Lake Austin Thursday.

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Austin police searching for stranger accused of putting woman in chokehold

Police said the man attacked the woman from behind as she was walking her dogs.

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Read more at: https://hoodline.com/2019/07/top-austin-news-police-seek-info-about-suspicious-death-stranded-duck-boat-returned-to-shore-more

Sandra Bland Day Proclaimed in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – Saturday, July 13 will mark four years since Sandra Bland’s suspicious death inside a jail cell in Waller County. As such, July 13 will be recognized as Sandra Bland Day in Austin, Texas. 

  • Pulled over for failing to signal
  • Died in jail 3 days later
  • Sparked outrage

She was pulled over by former state trooper Brian Encina on July 10, 2015, for failing to signal. Bland was put in jail and found dead three days later.

Her death sparked outrage over how black women are treated in the criminal justice system, and the Sandra Bland Act passed in 2017.

Dash cam video from the police patrol car shows Bland being pulled from her car during the arrest for a Class C misdemeanor.

Cell phone video that was released in May 2019 shows what led up to an arrest.

The Community Advocacy and Healing Project will hold a

Read more at: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/austin/news/2019/07/11/sandra-bland-day-proclaimed-in-austin

Man found dead after hotel shooting in North Austin, police say – Austin American

Austin police say a 28-year-old man was found dead at a North Austin hotel room Sunday night and authorities are investigating it as a homicide.

Police received at 8:05 p.m. a 911 report of shots fired in the Quality Inn and Suites Downtown North at 7928 Gessner Dr. Witnesses said they saw several individuals running through the hotel lobby around the time of the incident, Officer Marcos Johnson said.

Officers responding to the call saw a door open in one of the floors and found a man down with signs of trauma, Johnson said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not say how the victim died and have not identified him pending notification to next of kin. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death, officials said.

The shooting appears to

Read more at: https://www.statesman.com/news/20190506/man-found-dead-after-hotel-shooting-in-north-austin-police-say

Suspicious Death Reported at North Austin Quality Inn

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin police are working to determine how a man died in a North Austin hotel Sunday night.

  • Man found dead at hotel
  • 911 caller reported loud explosion
  • Investigating as a suspicious death

Police were called to the Quality Inn and Suites, at 7928 Gressner Dr., around 8 p.m. after a 911 caller reported a loud explosion on a floor of the hotel. The caller said he or she also saw several people running through the lobby.

Arriving officers went from room to room where they found a hotel room door open with a subject down. The victim is a 28-year-old black male, whom police said had obvious trauma to his body.

Officers said the man showed no signs of life and Austin/Travis County EMS pronounced him dead at the scene at 8:31 p.m.

Homicide detectives are investigating this as a suspicious death. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at

Read more at: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/austin/news/2019/05/06/suspicious-death-reported-at-north-austin-quality-inn

UPDATE: Death reported near I-35 bridge in South Austin no longer suspicious, police say – Austin American

11:45 a.m. Monday update: Austin police are no longer considering the death of a person who was found near the Interstate 35 bridge over Williamson Creek in South Austin to be suspicious.

Sunday: A person found dead Sunday afternoon near the Interstate 35 bridge over Williamson Creek in South Austin appeared to have signs of trauma and Austin police are investigating the case as a suspicious death, officials said.

Senior police officer Marcos Johnson said police received a 911 call at 12:06 p.m. reporting an unresponsive person at the 5500 block of south I-35 northbound service road, under the bridge and close to the creek.

Medics found the man and pronounced him dead at the scene, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

“There does appear to be trauma to the body. It does not appear to be flood or water related,” Johnson said.

Austin police homicide investigators were called into

Read more at: https://www.statesman.com/news/20190505/update-death-reported-near-i-35-bridge-in-south-austin-no-longer-suspicious-police-say

Police respond to suspicious death under South Austin bridge

AUSTIN, Texas — After police investigated a dead body found in South Austin on Sunday afternoon, on Monday officials said they are no longer treating it as suspicious.

Officers responded to the 5500 block of S. I-35 on the northbound service road, near Stassney Lane.

Austin-Travis County EMS said responders were called to the same area just after 12 p.m. on Sunday after reports of a person next to a creek under I-35.

A man was declared dead on the scene. The man is described as a white male.

Homicide detectives and the Medical Examiner’s Office were all on scene.

Senior Police Officer Marcos Johnson said there does appear to be trauma to the body, but it doesn’t appear to be water-related.

No other information is available at this time.

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Police investigating suspicious death in south Austin on I-35

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against an Austin Police officer claiming the officer used excessive force while breaking up a bar fight in 2017, according to documents filed in court. 

An Austin man, Elec Hill, who was born in 1998, named Austin Police officer Jaylon Ward and the City of Austin as defendants in the suit. 

Hill claims it all began just before 2 a.m. on May 7, 2017. Ward was patrolling Sixth Street when he was called to a fight at a bar at 302 East Sixth Street, which is listed as the address for Terminal 6.  

Read more at: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/police-investigating-suspicious-death-in-south-austin-on-i-35/1980914658

Police rule death not suspicious for man found near I-35 in south Austin

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department and Hays County Sheriff’s Office are asking women to come forward after they say they’ve learned a former deacon with the Hays Hills Baptist Church has been accused of sexually abusing multiple young girls under the age of 12 from 2002 through 2007.

Recently, a counselor alerted Hays County detectives that a woman said she’d been sexually abused by now 85-year-old Charles Sweet when she was a child. Sweet had also been named as a suspect in a suspended 2012 child abuse investigation by APD. That case was then reopened as a joint investigation between the two agencies.

In 2012, Austin police were alerted by a girl’s parents she’d told them Sweet had sexually assaulted her multiple times at his residence several years before. She said Sweet inappropriately touched her under her clothes. In a police interview, Sweet acknowledged touching the victim. The case was suspended after the victim’s parents

Read more at: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/police-investigating-suspicious-death-in-south-austin-on-i-35/1980914658