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‘A new level of theft’: Several cars broken into while parked at Zilker Park

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www.kxan.com – Erica Pauda – 2024-06-26 21:48:13

SUMMARY: Several cars were broken into at Zilker Park near Barton Springs Pool on Wednesday morning, leaving visitors with a nasty surprise. Vehicles had smashed windows and shattered glass was scattered on the ground. The alleged thieves stole some credit cards. Local resident Wyatt Rodgers, a former lifeguard at the pool, noted he had never seen break-ins escalate to this level before. He expressed shock at the boldness of the culprits breaking into multiple cars. More vehicles were reportedly broken into in another parking lot area. The Austin Police Department is being contacted for additional details.

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Woman arrested for arson, connected to fire at central Austin hospital

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www.kxan.com – Erica Pauda – 2024-07-24 03:18:51

SUMMARY: A woman, identified as 44-year-old Carmel Esther Norris, was arrested for arson related to a fire at Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Medical Center in central Austin, the Austin Fire Department (AFD) reported. The incident, which occurred around 5:44 a.m., involved a fire in a patient room that was extinguished before crews arrived. An employee suffered from smoke inhalation. Norris allegedly set the fire using a smuggled lighter, causing an estimated $50,000 in damages to the hospital and $1,000 to the room. She confessed during an interview with arson investigators and was booked into Travis County Jail.

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Abraham Choukair’s brothers angered over 14-year-old brother’s murder on Hammerly Boulevard in Spring Branch

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-07-23 22:28:08

SUMMARY: The Houston Police Department is searching for a suspect in the murder of 14-year-old Abraham Choukair at an apartment complex in Spring Branch. Surveillance photos of the suspect have been released. Abraham’s brothers expressed their frustration and grief, noting that while they had chosen careers that kept them out of trouble, Abraham fell victim to violence. The family is also angered by the rising trend of juvenile homicides in Harris County, which have increased by 76% from 2021 to 2023. They commented on the heartbreaking irony that another 14-year-old was shot there last year but survived.

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Houston mayor asks for pause on leases in new apartment complex in Second Ward until contaminated ash concerns addressed

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abc13.com – Rosie Nguyen – 2024-07-23 22:18:59

SUMMARY: The Houston Housing Authority has temporarily halted leasing at Pointe at Bayou Bend in Second Ward, Houston, at Mayor John Whitmire's request following concerns over high lead levels and ash contamination. This decision came after four violations were cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Residents nearby, like Shon Jones, reported respiratory issues after construction began, fearing potential cancer risks due to toxic ash from an old incinerator site. An environmental assessment is underway, with HHA committed to achieving full compliance and ensuring safety for future residents. Community members appreciate the pause to address these concerns.

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