Austin, TXconchovalleyhomepage.com

‘Paid $10 for his death.’ A Cedar Park family’s warning about fentanyl

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Becky Stewart was looking forward to a Saturday with her son Cameron in mid-March. The two planned to drive down from Williamson County, stroll around Zilker Park in Austin, maybe visit a food truck. Cameron, at 19, was Becky’s youngest son. He was bright, charismatic, entrepreneurial. He...
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New Caney, TXmontgomerycountypolicereporter.com

MOTORCYCLE THIEF ON THE LOOSE IN NEW CANEY

Jag Michael Ray Stephens, 27, of Pflugerville, Texas is on the run in New Caney tonight. After stealing a motorcycle in Williamson County he met a young lady who needed a ride to Conroe where she lived. They first made a stop in Porter before heading to Conroe. Just after 9 pm a Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy attempted to stop the pair on FM 1485 at Vick Drive near the fire station. The driver sped up and refused to pull over. He maintained speeds close to 70 miles per hour. As they passed North Rayburn and approached SH 242 he ran the bike into the ditch dumping the female off in the ditch. He fled into the woods toward Oak Drive and the North Rayburn area. Precinct 4 Deputies. Montgomery County Deputies and Splendora Officers set a perimeter. A Precinct 4 K-9 was deployed and within minutes found a jacket the suspect had been wearing and one of his Timberland boots. A DPS helicopter and after about 11 pm the search was called off once they identified the suspect. Jag Michael Ray Stephens. He identified himself to the female with a false name giving the last name as Nall. However, after record checks, it was found Stephens has a lengthy record. Everything from failing to identify, evading arrest, theft of property, possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Stephens is identified as a white male, 6 feet and 200 pounds. He has “CALEB” tattooed across his eyebrow and has CA tattooed on each eyelid. He will be wearing no shirt and probably one shoe. He may try to get a ride back to Austin or the motel he was registered at in Porter. If anyone spots him call 911 immediately.
Austin, TXKXAN

2 APD officers injured after patrol car hits tree Friday morning

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Austin Police Department officers suffered minor injuries after they hit a tree early Friday morning in north Austin. Officials said the officers were responding to an assistance call when the officer driving took “evasive action” to avoid hitting a car in front of them, and then the car hit the tree in the 1000 block of E. Anderson Ln. The crash happened shortly after 1:30 a.m., APD said.
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Montgomery County, TXmontgomerycountypolicereporter.com

SUSPECT OF THURSDAY NIGHT MANHUNT IN CUSTODY

Jag Michael Ray Stephens, 30, of Pflugerville, Texas is on the run in New Caney tonight. After stealing a motorcycle in Williamson County he made the trip to Porter. Just before 9 pm a Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy attempted to stop Stephens and a female rider on FM 1485 at Vick Drive near the fire station. The driver sped up and refused to pull over. He maintained speeds close to 70 miles per hour. As they passed North Rayburn and approached SH 242 he ran the bike into the ditch dumping the female off in the ditch. He fled into the woods toward Oak Drive and the North Rayburn area. Precinct 4 Deputies. Montgomery County Deputies and Splendora Officers set a perimeter. A Precinct 4 K-9 was deployed and within minutes found a jacket the suspect had been wearing and one of his Timberland boots. A DPS helicopter and after about 11 pm the search was called off once they identified the suspect. Jag Michael Ray Stephens. He identified himself to the female with a false name giving the last name as Nall. However, after record checks, it was found Stephens has a lengthy record. Everything from failing to identify, evading arrest, theft of property, possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Stephens is identified as a white male, 6 feet and 200 pounds. He has “CALEB” tattooed across his eyebrow and has CA tattooed on each eyelid. He will be wearing no shirt and probably one shoe. He may try to get a ride back to Austin or the motel he was registered at in Porter. About 2 am a Precinct 4 Deputy again spotted Stephens at the bridge on SH 242 and FM 1485. Once again Stephens fled into the woods, this time no shirt or shoes. After searching and using a K-9 from Splendora he was able to evade capture again. Then Friday morning after receiving a tip Stephens was spotted at a business near the FM 1485 and SH 242 intersection. Deputies observed him get into a small pickup and pull away from the scene. Precinct 4 Deputies along with several Montgomery County SWAT Officers were able to stop the truck. They detained all four occupants including Stephens and Darian Nicole Raymond who had been the female on the motorcycle the night before and told deputies she had just met him and knew little about him. Stephens was found to be in possession of a pistol. He was arrested for felony evading, felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a felony charge of felon in possession of a firearm. He is also wanted out of Williamson County and the State of Hawaii. Darian Nicole Raymond, 27, of Conroe was also arrested for felony hindering apprehension of a known felon.
Manor, TXfox7austin.com

Travis County Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious death in Manor

MANOR, Texas - The Travis County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death in Manor. According to the sheriff's office, deputies were called to a structure fire in the 8800 block of Roadrunner View Road shortly after 12 30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. When deputies arrived, they discovered the structure had burned to the ground but was no longer on fire.
Austin, TXfox7austin.com

Two suspects arrested in connection to Swallow Court homicide

AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Police Department says it has arrested two suspects in connection to a July 7 homicide on Swallow Court. 22-year-old Dedreuain Reese and 32-year-old Milo Douglas have been both charged with murder in the death of 48-year-old Lauren Gums. Officials say that on July 7 at...
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The Austin Bulldog

Do Austin police investigate property crimes?

Crime victims are frustrated with difficulties reporting their cases and a seeming lack of follow-up. When Imani Williams got home at 2am May 29th, she was exhausted from a long shift delivering UberEats meals on her electric cargo bike. She locked the 75-pound bike, brought the battery inside to charge, and went to bed.
Austin, TXfox7austin.com

Austin police arrest suspect for fatal shooting in Northwest Austin

AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Police Department (APD) has made an arrest in a fatal shooting in Northwest Austin earlier this month. Aaron David Garza, 18, has been arrested for the July 12 homicide of Joshua Cooper on Missel Thrush Drive. Garza was arrested and has been booked into the...
Lexington, TXfayettecountyrecord.com

Lexington Murder Suspect Declared Incompetent to Stand Trail

Giddings Times & News • Jennifer Redden Kramer of Lexington, who was indicted for murder in connection with the death of Christopher Michael Gonzales, has been declared incompetent to stand trial. Kramer, 41, is accused of the March 27 murder of Gonzales, 32, at the home they shared in the Blue area. The two of them were roommates before she allegedly took a knife and stabbed him numerous…
Austin, TXnewsradioklbj.com

Activists rake Austin 2021-22 budget over the coals

Austin’s activist community, along with criminal justice reform groups blast the city’s proposed budget for the amount of funding being dedicated to the Austin Police Department. The City of Austin officials say Public Safety still takes up the bulk of budget dollars. As it comes to APD, officials say they...