Iden­tity of dead body not re­leased


Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - B Alberto martínez / Amer­i­can-states­man Con­tact Ben­jamin Wermund at 246-1150. Twit­ter: @Ben­jam­inew Con­tact Eric Dex­heimer at 445-1774.

Man­agers at the North Austin apart­ment com­plex said Fri­day that they were able to house sev­eral res­i­dents in other apart­ments.

“We’re still work­ing on it,” said Melissa Drewitt, who works in the man­age­ment of­fice at the com­plex. Drewitt did not know how many peo­ple had been housed but said most of the units de­stroyed were two- or three-bed­room apart­ments.

The Red Cross served more than 1,000 meals and snacks to first re­spon­ders and af­fected fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner at the shel­ter as well as snacks, water and hot meals to fire­fight­ers and other first re­spon­ders, the state­ment said. Case­work­ers as­sisted more than 25 fam­i­lies to re­place shoes, win­ter coats and other cloth­ing and ar­ranged health ser­vices as­sis­tance to re­place items such as lost med­i­ca­tions and eye­glasses, the state­ment said.

The fire was one of sev­eral fed by high winds from Thurs­day’s early morn­ing cold front. Fire­fight­ers in Austin alone had bat­tled 11 blazes by 5 p.m. Thurs­day, the worst of which was re­ported just af­ter 2 a.m. at a house on Kel­lie’s Farm Lane in far North Austin near MoPac Boule­vard (Loop 1) and Scofield Ridge Park­way. Fire De­part­ment of­fi­cials con­firmed that a body was found in the rub­ble of the home but said Fri­day that they would not re­lease the iden­tity of the per­son killed or the cause of the fire un­til af­ter Christ­mas Day. hear the mat­ter in midJan­uary. If she is found com­pe­tent, she would be re­turned to the Wil­liamson County Jail to await trial on the shoot­ing charges.

On Fri­day, Barnes’ client, Randy Gourley, learned that be­cause Barnes could con­tinue to act as his at­tor­ney — and be­cause she could not cur­rently at­tend court — his case would be post­poned in­def­i­nitely. In 2009, Wil­liamson County pros­e­cu­tors charged him with theft of prop­erty, say­ing he tried to sell stolen pre­scrip­tion pet med­i­ca­tion on the In­ter­net.

He says he didn’t know it was stolen.

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