Crime http://kut.org en 15-Year-Old Found Safe After Search (Update) http://kut.org/post/15-year-old-found-safe-after-search-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>An Amber Alert for a 15-year-old Blanco girl has been canceled. Blanco Police say Sianna Gholson was found safe.</p><p>Gholson was believed abducted Tuesday morning from Blanco High School.</p><p>But, again, she’s now been found and is safe.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(April 1, 5:53 p.m.): Authorities&nbsp;issued an Amber Alert Tuesday for a 15-year-old girl believed abducted from Blanco High School in Blanco, Texas at about 7:45 Tuesday morning.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:34:20 +0000 Trey Shaar & Laura Rice 10081 at http://kut.org 15-Year-Old Found Safe After Search (Update) How Bands Recover From Having Their Gear Stolen http://kut.org/post/how-bands-recover-having-their-gear-stolen <p><strong>Update</strong>: Looks like Driver Friendly finally caught a break: the Austin-based band had their trailer full of missing gear returned to them this morning.&nbsp;</p><div><p>"At 8:30 this morning an Austin Police Officer knocked on Jeremi's door notifying him that they had found our trailer WITH EVERYTHING IN IT!!!" the band <a href="https://www.facebook.com/driverfriendly">says on Facebook</a>. "We cannot believe this turn of events, and feel so blessed to not only have everything back, but to have been supported by, you, our fans, through all of this."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All the funds Driver Friendly raised online to cover their missing gear will be returned to fans. &nbsp;</span></p></div><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 19): A band that calls Austin home can’t seem to catch a break.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:24:57 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9997 at http://kut.org How Bands Recover From Having Their Gear Stolen Questions Still Surround Decades-Old Murders at Lake Waco http://kut.org/post/questions-still-surround-decades-old-murders-lake-waco <p>In 1982, a grisly triple homicide in Waco shook residents faith in their community. Three teenagers were killed, and local police struggled with the investigation. The murders were just the beginning of a story that spans decades and involves dozens of characters, many of which became obsessed with both the murders and how the case was prosecuted. Now a<a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/investigating-the-lake-waco-murders"> new story</a> in&nbsp;<em>Texas Monthly</em> by Michael Hall raises troubling questions about how the state handles justice.</p><p>"If there's one thing for certain, it's that the Lake Waco murder case does stand on its own," Hall writes in the story, '<a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/investigating-the-lake-waco-murders">Murders at the Lake</a>,' in the April issue of <em>Texas Monthly</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140425407&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Terrence Henry 10002 at http://kut.org Questions Still Surround Decades-Old Murders at Lake Waco Report: Law Officers May Violate U.S. Constitution When They Don't Knock http://kut.org/post/report-law-officers-may-violate-us-constitution-when-they-dont-knock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Civil Rights Project</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says law enforcement officers may be violating the U.S. Constitution when they execute warrants without knocking. The organization released a report Tuesday that says 70% of surveyed jurisdictions do not have written “no-knock” policies and that many other counties and cities may have inadequate policies or do not effectively implement those they have. Jim Harrington, </span>TCRP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;director, says that is putting citizens and officers at risk.</span></p><p>“It’s dangerous both ways. We have to get away from this idea, well, we just don’t [knock]. You know any time we say it’s a narcotics warrant, we just don’t do it,” Harrington says.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:35:38 +0000 Lynn Romero 9803 at http://kut.org Report: Law Officers May Violate U.S. Constitution When They Don't Knock Report: Texas Led Nation in Exonerations Last Year http://kut.org/post/report-texas-led-nation-exonerations-last-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas exonerated more prisoners – 13 – than any other state last year.</span></p><p>A report out today shows a nationwide push by prosecutors to re-examine possible wrongful convictions contributed to a record number of exonerations in 2013. <a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/about.aspx">The National Registry of Exonerations</a> says 87 people were exonerated last year.</p><p>The Texas Tribune <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/02/04/report-texas-leads-nation-2013-exonerations/">has more</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Thirteen Texans were officially absolved of wrongdoing last year for crimes ranging from murder to drug possession. Some had spent more than a decade in prison, and others a few months. The state with the second-most exonerations was Illinois, with nine, followed by New York, with eight.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:14:04 +0000 KUT Staff 9715 at http://kut.org Report: Texas Led Nation in Exonerations Last Year Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal http://kut.org/post/mexican-national-executed-texas-after-supreme-court-denies-appeal Wednesday's execution of a Mexican national in Texas revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and its southern neighbor.<p><strong>Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET: Execution Carried Out</strong><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=9403410" target="_blank">reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:56:01 +0000 9617 at http://kut.org Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal First Floods, Now This: Onion Creek Residents Face Break-Ins, Thefts http://kut.org/post/first-floods-now-onion-creek-residents-face-break-ins-thefts <p>The holidays can be prime for home break-ins – after all, that’s when people go out of town for a few days and leave their homes unattended.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But imagine what happens when an entire neighborhood is forced out of their homes – and the vast majority of houses remain uninhabited for almost three months. That’s the situation in flood-stricken Onion Creek in southwest Austin.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F130699201&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 9608 at http://kut.org First Floods, Now This: Onion Creek Residents Face Break-Ins, Thefts Amber Alert Discontinued for 16-Year-Old North Texas Girl (Update) http://kut.org/post/amber-alert-discontinued-16-year-old-north-texas-girl-update <p><strong><em>The Ellis County Sheriff's Department has discontinued this Amber Alert.</em></strong></p><p>Law enforcement authorities across Texas are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl. Inez Ramirez was last seen in Red Oaks, Texas – south of Dallas.</p><p>Ramirez is 5'2" and weighs about 130 pounds. She has brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green shirt and black shorts.</p><p>Police believe she may be with 23-year-old Edger Barron. He’s 5'9", weighs about 145 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:17:19 +0000 Laura Rice 9538 at http://kut.org Amber Alert Discontinued for 16-Year-Old North Texas Girl (Update) How Would You React In A Shooting? Have A Plan, Experts Say http://kut.org/post/how-would-you-react-shooting-have-plan-experts-say The annual number of mass murders and attempted mass murders in the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:56:29 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9508 at http://kut.org How Would You React In A Shooting? Have A Plan, Experts Say Montopolis Residents Battle Alleged Housing Scam http://kut.org/post/montopolis-residents-battle-alleged-housing-scam <p>The <a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org">Texas Civil Rights Project </a>is calling on local authorities to investigate a string of suspicious housing deals that could cause seniors to lose their homes.</p><p>A company called Castro has been approaching&nbsp;Montopolis residents to see if they qualify for free home repairs paid for by the government. According to homeowners, the solicitors urged them to sign contracts granting Castro full legal rights over their homes.</p><p>Texas Civil Rights Project attorney <a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org/brian-mcgiverin/">Brian McGiverin </a>says the Travis County District Attorney and the Texas Attorney General must investigate immediately.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:51:09 +0000 Syeda Hasan 9418 at http://kut.org Montopolis Residents Battle Alleged Housing Scam Amber Alert: Police Seek Woman Driving Lexus Who They Say Took 5 Year-Old Boy http://kut.org/post/amber-alert-police-seek-woman-driving-lexus-who-they-say-took-5-year-old-boy <p>Police across the state are looking for a missing five year-old boy and the woman who they believe took him. She was last seen in North Richland Hills – near Fort Worth.</p><p>Five-year-old Jagger Curry is white. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, grey-and-white striped pajama pants and cowboy boots.</p><p>Police believe he’s with 30-year-old Jennifer Lynne Echeverria. She’s also white with brown hair and brown eyes. She’s about 5-foot-9 and weighs around 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black short-sleeved t-shirt and jeans. She has a tattoo of angel wings with eyes on the inside of both arms. The back of her head is shaved. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:05:57 +0000 Laura Rice 9416 at http://kut.org Amber Alert: Police Seek Woman Driving Lexus Who They Say Took 5 Year-Old Boy Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes http://kut.org/post/study-shows-texans-support-changing-how-state-punishes-drug-crimes <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses.</span> The <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/" target="_blank">Texas Public Policy Foundation</a>’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.&#160;&#160;<p>Marc Levin, the director for the Center for Effective Justice, said their study shows 84 percent of Texans support sending this group of people to drug rehab vs. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:19:06 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9340 at http://kut.org Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes Jailed For 'Satanic Abuse' Few Believe Happened, Fran & Dan Keller Free After 21 Years http://kut.org/post/jailed-satanic-abuse-few-believe-happened-fran-dan-keller-free-after-21-years <p><strong>Update</strong>: Dan Keller walked out of the Travis County Jail this afternoon after 21 years in prison. He was greeted with an embrace from his wife Fran, released from her own imprisonment last week.</p><p>As the two left the jail, Dan Keller denied any bitterness over his two­-plus decades in prison.&nbsp;</p><p>“I forgave everybody,” Keller said. “It’s no use to hate somebody … man ain’t supposed to do that. Lord didn’t hate anybody when they put him on the cross. He said ‘I forgive you,’ and I forgave them. It’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (Nov. 27):&nbsp;</span>A Central Texas woman is now free after spending more than 20 years behind bars.</p><p>Fran Keller and her husband Dan were both <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-couple-appeals-sentence-satanic-ritual-abuse">sentenced to 48 years</a> for so-called “satanic ritual abuse” at their Austin-area day care.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:02:43 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9282 at http://kut.org Jailed For 'Satanic Abuse' Few Believe Happened, Fran & Dan Keller Free After 21 Years In Austin, Less Than 10 Percent of Property Crimes Get Solved http://kut.org/post/austin-less-10-percent-property-crimes-get-solved <p>If you live in Austin, chances are you or someone you know has been the victim of a property crime.&nbsp;</p><p>That’s because Austin is one of the worst cities nationwide when it comes to property crime.</p><p>FBI numbers show Austin’s property crime rates are worse than New York, Chicago or even Los Angeles.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Property crimes are so prevalent that a couple of years ago, the Austin Police Department created its very first Burglary Unit.</span></p><p>Every month almost <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/page/chiefs-monthly-reports">4,000&nbsp;</a>property crimes happen in Austin.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F123056231&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:14:12 +0000 Joy Diaz 9304 at http://kut.org In Austin, Less Than 10 Percent of Property Crimes Get Solved Video: Dove Springs Students Find Discipline Inside the Boxing Ring http://kut.org/post/video-dove-springs-students-find-discipline-inside-boxing-ring <p><object height="25" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116922891&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=tiny" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="25" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116922891&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=tiny" width="100%" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee & Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 9015 at http://kut.org Video: Dove Springs Students Find Discipline Inside the Boxing Ring