bastrop county

Crime & Justice
8:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Bastrop Sheriff's Deputy Avoids Charges in High School Taser Case

Noe Nino de Rivera was placed in a medically induced coma for 52 days after he was tased by a Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy at Cedar Creek High School on Nov. 20, 2013. He is now recovering at a rehab center in the Hill Country.
Credit Adam Loewy

A Bastrop County Sheriff's deputy who Tased a 17-year-old in the hallway of Cedar Creek High School last year will not face any charges.

The teenager, Noe Niño De Rivera, spent almost two months in a medically induced coma and is now in a residential rehabilitation center in the Hill Country. He is believed to have suffered a permanent brain injury.

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Crime & Justice
3:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Bastrop Student in Coma Days After Being Tased by Sheriff's Deputies

Noe Nino de Rivera is in a coma after being tased by a Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy at Cedar Creek High School on Wednesday.
Adam Loewy

Some Cedar Creek High School students walked out of class today in protest of the tasing of a fellow student on Wednesday. That student, 17-year-old Noe Nino de Rivera, has been in a coma ever since the incident.

Officials and Rivera’s family members are far apart in their descriptions of the incident.

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputies Randy McMillan and Timothy Stalcup, who work as school resource officers for the Bastrop school district, were called Wednesday morning to a fight between two female students.

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Transportation
8:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Transportation Group Seeks Input on Changes to CAMPO 2035 Plan

The Capital Are Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is adjusting its 2035 plan.
CAMPO

Starting tomorrow, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – better known as CAMPO – begins asking for the public’s ideas on a series of projects.

Some projects are being dropped, while others are being picked up for consideration. 

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wildfires
11:54 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bastrop County Fire’s Growth Slows

An image of the fire just hours after it broke out on October 4. The blaze is now 25 percent contained.
Photo by Matt Largey, KUT News

Update at 12:45 p.m.: Bastrop County's Office of Emergency Management reports on their Facebook page that the Old Potato Road fire apparently hasn't burned as much land as earlier thought.

County officials quote the Texas Forest Service, saying the fire has only consumed 315 acres.  Earlier estimates had the fire consuming 1,000 acres.

The fire is now listed as 50 percent contained. 

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Austin
6:54 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Central Texas Wildfire Updates September 7, 2011

Two Bastrop residents survey a mapping showing the burn zone of the wildfire.
Photo by Reshma Kirpalani for KUT News and ReportingTexas.com

Update Thursday, September 8:

You can find the latest fire updates on today's post.

Update at 6:50 p.m.

Here's where we stand this evening:

Public safety officials have released the name of one of the victims of the Bastrop fire. His name was Michael Troy Farr and he was 48 years old. The identity of the second victim has not been released.

Farr was a City of Austin employee. Mayor Lee Leffingwell has issued is condolences.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a City of Austin employee. Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Troy Farr," Leffingwell said in a statement. "As a member of the City of Austin family since 2003, Troy will be greatly missed."

Some Bastrop residents learned whether their homes has been destroyed after the county released a partial list of addresses of burned out structures. 

“The list says our house has structural loss so, we don’t know what that means, but at least it’s better than not knowing I guess – hopefully we’ll be able to get up there soon and find out what’s still there," Jenna Munion told KUT News.

Fire officials have not provided any update on the degree to which the Bastrop Complex fire under control since this morning. At that point, they had said it was 30 percent contained.

Evacuated Spicewood residents are back home and evaluating the damage. Between 65 and 75 homes were touched by the flames. Some people lost everything. (Story)

President Obama called Governor Perry to talk about the Texas wildfires today. According to a statement from the White House, Obama extended his condolences and said the federal government was here to help. Governor Perry is scheduled to debate GOP presidential contenders tonight in Simi Valley, California. One of the core themes of Perry's campaign is that the size and scope of federal power needs to be reduced.

NPR's John Burnett reports on how Texas' historic drought and record-breaking wildfires have not affected Perry's skepticism of climate change, potentially an important issue if Perry seeks to win a general election. (Story)

Update at 4:54 p.m.

Texas is requesting a major disaster declaration from the United States government, which would allow access to federal disaster relief funds. (Story)

Do512.com is compiling a list of disaster relief benefits and asking people to submit any events not already on the list.

Update at 4:34 p.m.

Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said he expects the count of destroyed homes to "double" when people are allowed back into the burn zone.  Bastrop County officials currently count 576 structures destroyed. The Texas Forest Service says the number is closer to 800. 

McDonald said last night was the first night that no additional structures were lost. He says additional resources are helping firefighters get a handle on the blaze.

The superintendent of Bastrop ISD says schools are still tentatively scheduled to open Monday.

The Union Chapel fire, which started in the Cedar Creek area, is now 90 percent contained.

Meanwhile, Bluebonnet Electric has been surveying the damage to electrical lines and will begin restoration work Thursday morning. It aims to post estimated restoration times on its website. This is only for the top part of the disaster area. Bluebonnet crews are not allowed into the burn zone between highways 21 and 71.

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Austin
8:51 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Bastrop Residents Look for Hope Amid Flames

Austin Pastor Guillermo Alvarez leads a prayer on a sidewalk in Bastrop for family members whose Bastrop County home was in the crosshairs of the onrushing wildfire.
Photo by Reshma Kirpalani for KUT News

A lot of people in Bastrop County were looking for signs of hope Labor Day, in the face of a 25,000 acre wildfire that tore through brush, trees, homes and anything else in its way.

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WILDFIRE
2:43 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Steiner Ranch Evacuations Expected to Last Till Noon

Evacuees check in with Red Cross volunteers at a shelter set up at Bastrop Middle School. This was a familiar scene for people from Bastrop County and parts of Travis County, ordered out of their homes ahead of fast-moving wildfires Sunday.
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News

Austin city officials issued a statement early this morning, updating evacuation conditions around Steiner Ranch.

Travis County evacuees, including those from Steiner Ranch, can receive the latest evacuation information by calling (512) 974-6199.

Residents who have evacuated their homes in the Steiner Ranch area will not be allowed to return until notified. Officials estimate this will not occur until at least noon on Monday, Sept. 5.

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wildfire
12:44 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Evacuation Information for Bastrop, Steiner Ranch Fires

Bastrop Middle School became shelter from the firestorm for people living in the way of a massive wildfire that burned at least 14,000 acres of brush, wildlands and rural subdivisions. As of late Sunday night, there was no containment of the fire at all.
Photo by Lizzie Chen for KUT News

Several shelters have opened up throughout Central Texas for people forced to evacuate their homes becuase of the wildfires in Bastrop County and near Steiner Ranch, west of Austin.

The fire is burning between Smithville and the City of Bastrop,  in and around Tahitian Village, The Colony, Colavista, Pine Forest and Circle D subdivisions, K-C Estates, La Riata, Pine Valley Estates and Pine Loop subdivisions.

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