AM Update
7:55 am
Wed April 18, 2012

AM Update: APD's Cisco Statement, Houston Baby Abduction, Trader Joe's (Finally) Comes to Austin

APD's Official Statement on Cisco the Dog 

The Austin Police Department has issued a statement regarding the controversial shooting of Cisco the dog on Saturday.

The incident, which drew national press and inspired a Justice for Cisco Facebook page that currently holds over 60,000 likes, led both Cisco's owner Michael Paxton and APD Chief Art Acevedo to speak with KLBJ-FM yesterday. In the interview, Paxton says: "Obviously there's a breakdown of training here.  You don't approach an unarmed man in his driveway with weapons drawn." (In March, KUT News reported on ramped up weapons training at APD, set to start in April).

Acevedo said: "I'm sorry on behalf on all the members of the department.  We know the pain's real."

He also said: "The person that called 911 actually gave us that address."

Echoing APD's statement, Acevedo noted that the circumstances regarding Cisco's shooting are still being reviewed to determine the correct course of action.

Details Emerge on Yesterday's Amber Alert

An Amber Alert was issued, then canceled, yesterday for 3-day-old Keegan Schuchardt. He was was abducted outside of a hospital in Spring, Texas — northwest of Houston — but was found safe.

His mother, Kala Marie Golden was shot to death as they were leaving a checkup. According to the Associated Press, Golden was walking back to her car in the parking lot of Northwoods Pediatric Center, when a woman parked next to her began to argue, shot her repeatedly, took the baby and fled.

Officers do have a person of interest in custody but charges have not been filed.

Trader Joe's Coming to Austin

Trader Joe’s, the California-based grocery store, will find a home in Austin soon.

The store will be part of a series of renovations and developments set for the Seaholm Power Plant, the historic industrial zone on the edge of Austin’s downtown area, and just blocks away from the Whole Foods flagship store. From Austin-American Statesman:

In Central Texas, Trader Joe's will compete against Whole Foods, which is adding two local stores this summer; H-E-B's Central Market; and smaller organic grocers such as Sprouts Farmers Market.

The target demographic for Trader Joe's is an "urban high-income resident" who enjoys the company's house brands and specials like $2 bottles of wine, said David Livingston, an analyst at DJL Research, a grocery consulting firm based in Waukesha, Wis.

The stores, which typically have a Hawaiian motif and are "very competitive" on cost, typically have strong followings, he said. But Austin might be a different case because of entrenched chains like Whole Foods and H-E-B. "(Austin) is exactly the kind of market they like, but they're not going to impact the competition too much here," Livingston said. "I don't see anybody at Whole Foods or H-E-B losing any sleep over this."

Trader Joe's had six other Texas locations confirmed to open this year, including Fort Worth, Houston, Plano, Dallas, The Woodlands and San Antonio.