City requesting cell phone donations for hurricane survivors
The city of Pflugerville is asking the public to donate old cell phones following a high demand from areas devastated by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Old cell phones can be dropped off at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane. Through a partnership with SecuretheCall.org, the phones will be given to people considered a high risk for needing emergency services.
By law, cell phones in the United States must be capable of accessing 9-1-1 regardless of if they are linked to a phone carrier, so as long as an old unused phone is charged, it can still call 9-1-1.
The city is asking for 3,000 cell phones to help reach increasing demand in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. A drop-off stand is located in the after-hours entrance on the east side of the Justice Center.
Pflugerville Lions golf tourney raises $13,881
The Pflugerville Lions Club 25th Annual Eyeglass Open Golf Tournament at Star Ranch Golf Club raised $13,881 to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to local students in need.
The tournament on Sept. 21 brought out a field of 144 players for a day of golf. The team of Bob Lovett, Wally Erickson, Adam Erickson and B.J. Cole won the tournament with a score of -18.
Over the past 25 years, sponsors, players and friends of the Lions Club have raised more than $1 million for school supplies and groceries for low-income families, and have helped support Blue Santa, Lion vision and handicap programs, and provided scholarships to local graduating seniors, among other community efforts.
Police: Man robbed spa with AK-47
A man is accused of robbing a spa in Round Rock last month with an assault rifle, according to an arrest affidavit.
Cruz Soliz, 27, of Austin, was charged Monday with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
An employee at the Seven Day Spa at 1510 Sam Bass Road told police a man kicked in the back door of the business Sept. 21 and that he had a gun that looked like a machine gun, the affidavit said.
An employee told police the man, later identified as Soliz, stole her purse and cellphone. Another employee said Soliz pointed a “big, long gun” at her. She ran out a side door and hid, the affidavit said.
A detective later watched video from the business that showed Soliz kicking in the back door while holding a gun that looked like an AK-47, the document said. The video showed Soliz and an unidentified woman arrived in a VW Passat.
The affidavit said police used the license plate of the car shown in the video to track down the car’s owner — who was not Soliz — to the 5300 block of George Street in South Austin and discovered Soliz also lived at the same address.
Soliz was being held at the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $250,000.
— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman