Cap­i­tal Metro re­duc­ing ser­vices for hol­i­day

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF bw­er­mund@states­man.com

Cap­i­tal Metro will re­duce its ser­vices next week in ob­ser­vance of the Christ­mas hol­i­day.

On Mon­day , Cap­i­tal Metro will op­er­ate us­ing its reg­u­lar bus sched­ule, with no UT Shut­tle or E-Bus ser­vices.

On Tues­day it will op­er­ate us­ing its Sun­day bus sched­ule, with no Metro­Rail, UT Shut­tle, Night Owl or E-Bus ser­vices. Nor­mal sched­ules re­sume Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

MetroAc­cess sub­scrip­tion trips are can­celed for Tues­day. Cus­tomers who need to make their trips Tues­day must call 478-9647.

The Texas De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety is in­creas­ing driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated pa­trols from Satur­day to Jan. 1, span­ning both the Christ­mas and New Year’s hol­i­days.

Dur­ing a sim­i­lar ef­fort last year, state troop­ers made more than 1,100 DWI ar­rests, with about 350 re­sult­ing from the in­creased pa­trols, a de­part­ment news re­lease said. State troop­ers will fo­cus on pa­trolling high risk ar­eas at times when al­co­hol re­lated crashes are most fre­quent, the re­lease said. The in­creased pa­trols are funded by a grant from the Texas De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

“The pub­lic must also do their part to help make sure all trav­el­ers on our roads have a safe and happy hol­i­day sea­son. Plan ahead. Des­ig­nate a non-drink­ing driver or find alternative trans­porta­tion if you plan to drink, and never get in a car with an in­tox­i­cated driver,” DPS Di­rec­tor Steven McCraw said in the re­lease.

The Austin An­i­mal Cen­ter is hold­ing spe­cial adop­tion events through­out Austin on Satur­day and Sun­day. Adop­tion fees at some of the shel­ter’s off­site lo­ca­tion have been waived and at the shel­ter adop­tion fees have been re­duced to $20.

The off-site lo­ca­tions of­fer­ing the adop­tion spe­cial in­clude Sun­set Val­ley Pets­mart, 5207 Brodie Lane, on Satur­day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lake­line Petco, 14010 U.S. 183, on Sun­day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tom­lin­son’s, 4211 South La­mar Blvd., on Sun­day from noon to 4 p.m.

The spe­cial ap­plies to all an­i­mals at the cen­ter’s over­flow fa­cil­ity, Town Lake An­i­mal Cen­ter, at 1156 West Ce­sar Chavez St.

All pets adopted from the cen­ter and at the off-site lo­ca­tions will be spayed or neutered, vac­ci­nated and will go home with a col­lar, tag and mi­crochip.

For a list of more lo­ca­tions, go to www.austi­nan­i­mal­cen­ter.org.

The city of Lake­way is warn­ing its res­i­dents to vac­ci­nate their dogs against dis­tem­per af­ter an in­crease in re­ports of rac­coons and foxes dis­play­ing dis­tem­per symp­toms within the city over the past month, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The virus is eas­ily spread be­tween rac­coons and dogs, but own­ers can pro­tect their pets with rou­tine dis­tem­per vac­ci­na­tions and by keep­ing them away from wild an­i­mals, the re­lease said.

In­fected rac­coons or foxes could ap­pear dis­ori­ented, have crusted eyes and runny noses and have short­ness of breath. An­i­mals with the virus could also be­come abruptly ag­gres­sive and dan­ger­ous. Res­i­dents that no­tice a wild an­i­mal that is dis­play­ing signs of dis­tem­per should call the Lake­way Po­lice De­part­ment at 314-7590.

By Ben­jam­inWer­mund

Austin Po­lice As­sis­tant Chief Sean Man­nix is headed north af­ter be­ing named chief of the Cedar Park Po­lice De­part­ment Fri­day. He will take over the top spot Jan. 22.

Man­nix said in a news re­lease that he is look­ing for­ward to his new role. “I am ex­cited and hon­ored by the op­por­tu­nity to lead the fine men and women of the Cedar Park Po­lice De­part­ment as we forge part­ner­ships with the city’s res­i­dents and busi­nesses to keep Cedar Park one of the safest cities in Texas through com­mu­nity en­gaged polic­ing.”

Man­nix be­gan his ca­reer with the Alameda (Calif.) Po­lice De­part­ment in 1983 as a po­lice of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Af­ter nine years

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