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Major road construction projects kick off next week in San Antonio region

SAN ANTONIO – The July 4 holiday weekend means a break for many road crews and drivers when it comes to construction, but major projects either kick off or resume work next week.

Work will begin on Tuesday on the next phase of the $ 100 million I-10 Kendall Extension Project. Crews are replacing the State Highway 46 bridge at I-10. That will mean some road closures in the area on SH 46 from Home Depot to the I-10 eastbound frontage road.

Here is the list, according to the Texas Department of Transportation:

• Closure of the right-turn lane in front of Whataburger on approach to the eastbound frontage road;

• Traffic shift onto the temporary pavement; and,

• Closure of the Whataburger driveway.

Drivers will still be able to approach and cross the bridge during the first six weeks of this phase of the project.

“The work that we’re starting next week is in preparation for drivers to be able to use those new lanes,” said Jennifer Serold, a TxDOT spokeswoman. “Once drivers are on the new lanes of the bridge, we will be able to demolish the old bridge and start constructing the rest of the new lanes for the bridge.”

The new bridge is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.

TxDOT is hoping to demolish the Main Street Bridge later this summer after snags caused by weather as well as the nestling of a flock of migratory birds.

Replacement of both bridges are part of the overall Kendall County project, which aims to increase traffic flow as Kendall County continues to grow. TxDOT estimates that 50,000 passengers pass through the corridor daily, with that number expected to increase to more than 80,000 in the next 20 years.

Loop 410 at I-10 East

TxDOT is set to begin work Monday on a major project to redesign the Loop 410 and I-10 interchange on San Antonio’s East Side. Crews will construct two new flyover ramps, eventually replacing the existing cloverleaf design.

“It will help to increase mobility and enhance safety for all the drivers in that area, over 83,000, as well the freight travelers,” Serold said. “That is a heavy freight corridor and a critical one for our region.”

Major closures aren’t expected just yet, as crews continue prep work. The work will also include frontage road, drainage, and lighting improvements. The project’s budget is $ 100 million, and it is expected to be completed in 2024. It is part of the Texas Clear Lanes initiative, aimed at easing congestion in the state’s major metropolitan areas.

A complete list of next week’s closures can be found on the TxDOT San Antonio district’s blog.

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Author: Samuel King
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Coronado to host first official road race in Southern California since pandemic began

CORONADO, Calif. — For the first time since the pandemic began, San Diego will hold its first official road race.

Coronado’s Crown City Classic is back on after being cancelled last year.

More than 2,000 people have signed up for the annual event, that, like many, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

“Yeah. Super stoked. I’m glad everything is opening back up,” said Travis Luckhurst.

“It’s good something is coming up and we’re able to be a part of it,” said Eric Hare.

The Crown City Classic is now in its 48th year.

In 2020, when California was still under color coded restrictions, large scale in-person races weren’t allowed.

That left vendors and charities that rely on race proceeds without work and critical funding.

“T-shirt companies, medals, there’s all kinds of down the road effects this pandemic has had and now we’re open and these people can get back to work,” said Jamie Monroe, the owner of Easy Day Sports, the company behind Saturday’s race.

He says not only are businesses benefitting from it, but this race is something runners have been waiting for.

The last official road race was the Los Angeles marathon back in March of 2020.

People from all over are taking part in the Crown City Classic, including elite athletes.

“And then you’ve got Olympic trials athletes more than most years because they’re all waiting to run the first race back,” said Monroe.

The Crown City Classic takes place Saturday, at 7 a.m., followed by Coronado’s annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m.

That’s not a mistake, this year the parade is on Saturday the 3rd, not the 4th.

As for the race, it’s comprised of both a kid race, a 5K and 12K run.

Why 12K? It’s 7.4 miles to represent Independence Day, a day Coronado’s mayor says this town is all about.

“Our kickoff to summer. This is our kickoff to normalcy. We have a lot of things scheduled. This is gonna be a normal Fourth of July weekend as far as we’re concerned,” said Richard Bailey.

There’s still time to sign up for the race up until the day of. There’s also a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person.

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Author: Shannon Handy (Reporter)
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The best road trip destination in Europe can be found in the UK

Scotland’s North Coast 500 was another popular choice that made it to the best 15 road trip spots in Europe.

When taking the Scottish roads, it is recommended to allow at least seven days to fully enjoy the beauty of the Northern Highlands.

Travellers experiencing Scotland’s North Coast 500 route will start and finish at Inverness Castle.

In Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way also featured in the top 15 list.

The spectacular route starts on the Inishowen Peninsula, on the West Coast, and ends in County Cork, in a small fishing town of Kinsale.

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
This post originally appeared on Daily Express

Olympic road races yield early drama for delayed Tokyo Games

There are five different cycling disciplines at the Olympics. Here’s what you can expect in each this summer.

The men’s and women’s road races kick off the cycling program at every Summer Olympics, yet the pair of races that will depart from Musashinonomori Park and finish at Fuji Speedway in late July could not be more different.

The men’s race should be a wide-open affair with dozens of potential winners, many of them coming off a grueling slog at the Tour de France. The women’s race will amount to the four-woman Dutch team taking on everyone else.

All eyes will be on the races, too. They offer two of the first gold medals for an Olympics that has been delayed an entire year by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that many in Japan still believe should not happen. And they come on the heels of the Tour, which Olympics partner NBC will have been broadcasting daily on its networks for much of the previous month.

“Everybody in the world is trying to figure out how to beat the Dutch girls,” said Jim Miller, the high performance director for USA Cycling. “The only way to deal with them is isolate and reduce their numbers, but they’re super strong. They have three world champions and their fourth rider will be at some point. All are super fast, capable of going long — any scenario.

“It’s the Dutch’s race to win or lose,” Miller added, “and every other nation is going to race off how they control the race.”

That doesn’t mean it’s a foregone conclusion that 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos, 2016 gold medalist Anna van der Breggen, world champ Annemiek van Vleuten or recent La Course by Le Tour de France winner Demi Vollering will continue an era of Dutch dominance. But the men’s road race and the other cycling disciplines — the time trial, mountain biking, BMX freestyle and racing and the track program — should prove a whole lot more difficult to handicap.

That includes the women’s time trial, where three-time Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong has retired. She now coaches Chloe Dygert, the American standout who is coming back from a catastrophic crash at last year’s world championships.

And the men’s time trial, where the form of riders coming off the Tour usually plays a big role in who captures gold. Geraint Thomas of Britain is example No. 1 — he dislocated his shoulder during a crash in Stage 3, and how the the Ineos-Grenadiers leader recovers on the roads of France will have a big impact on how he performs on the roads of Japan.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Organizers shuffled the Olympic program to insert mountain bike between the road races and time trials, effectively moving the event from one of the last of the entire Summer Games to the opening weekend of competition.

In the men’s race, defending champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland will go for his fourth consecutive Olympic medal. Swiss teammate Mathias Fluckiger, Britain’s Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel — who wore yellow during the Tour de France but will switch to the dirt for the Olympics — should contend for the podium.

Loana Lecomte has dominated the World Cup season, but French teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and the American team of Haley Batten, Kate Courtney and Chloe Woodruff promise to be in the mix at the course in the Shizuoka Prefecture.

BMX FREESTYLE

The new discipline for the Tokyo Games should be a medal bonanza for the U.S., which features two of the world’s top five men (Justin Dowell and Nick Bruce) and women (Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas). The X Games-style trick competition at Ariake Urban Sports Park, which has been added to the Olympic program in a bid to attract a new and younger audience, is the only cycling discipline in Tokyo that will be decided by judges.

BMX RACING

The U.S. also should factor into BMX racing, which debuted at the London Games in 2012. Gold medalist Connor Fields and silver medalist Alise Willoughby return five years after their success in Rio to lead a team that could sweep the top step.

Worth watching is whether the lack of competition over the past two years gives an off-the-radar rider a chance to snare a medal. More than any other discipline, the pandemic has wreaked havoc with BMX events around the world.

TRACK CYCLING

Britain has dominated events in the velodrome during the past two Olympic cycles, and despite a scandal that caused major changes to the team structure, Jason Kenny and Co. should be hard to beat at the track in the small city of Izu.

Kenny, who has come out of retirement, has six gold medals and a silver on his resume, and another gold would break a tie with Chris Hoy for most among British cyclists. Kenny’s wife, Laura, will try to add to her own four gold medals.

Returning to the program is the Madison, an event for two-rider teams that was dropped for the London Games because there was no equivalent event for women. Now, the men will be joined by the women in the Madison for the first time.

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Author: DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer
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Couple live, work and travel on ‘ultimate UK road trip’ after transforming van into camper

With the cost of UK staycation accommodation rising in line with a surge in demand, many Britons have begun to eye new ways of saving money while exploring the country. Such was the case for one London couple who made the decision to ditch urban life after completely transforming their Mercedes Vario 614D van.

Charlie and Josh, who met on Bumble, have taken the “van life” trend to the extreme.

Not only do the pair use their van for holidays, but they also now live and work from the Mercedes as they embark on “the ultimate UK road trip”.

“I remember on our first date talking about wanting to get a camper van and doing it up – not necessarily living in it – but we spoke about that kind of lifestyle,” said Charlie, an ex-menswear designer and now graphic designer.

After 2020 spun the world into chaos, Charlie and Josh decided there was no better time to combine their savings and plough it into buying and renovating a van.

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During the process, the duo recorded their journey via their blog, Wandering Home, as well as on YouTube and Instagram.

In one video titled “100 days of Vanbuild”, Charlie and Josh showed how they transformed the 16 seater minibus.

It began with ripping out the seating, removing the wheelchair lift and the back and adding in new flooring.

The couple then completely gutted the interior in order to create extra space.

The van was then kitted out with its own kitchen, including oven and fridge facilities, plus a lounge area and composting toilet.

There are also plenty of secret storage facilities dotted throughout the ban – including a pull-out table at the rear of the van to allow for alfresco dining on sunny days.

Charlie and Josh even took on the task of plumbing the van with a water tank tucked away underneath the bed and adding electric wiring and solar panels themselves.

This means the couple are able to benefit from electric lighting on the move and even a stand-up shower.

Now, the couple is embarking on the ultimate UK road trip – exploring all 15 of the UK’s national parks – from Dartmoor to the Cairngorms.

They are set to immerse themselves fully in “van life” until September.

“It was a big change, but as we moved into the van all our colleagues started working remotely,” said Josh.

According to Josh, his favourite moments are at dusk, cracking open a beer when the sun’s low in the sky, while Charlie relishes the stillness of the early morning as she gets out of bed and pops the coffee on.

“I feel more connected to the seasons and the weather,” she said.

Author: Aimee Robinson
This post originally appeared on Daily Express

Long-Haul COVID Brings Long Road to Recovery

Thoughts of getting sick were the furthest thing from Paul Garner’s mind when symptoms of COVID-19 upended his life. “It knocked me sideways,” says Garner, a public health doctor specializing in infectious diseases. He says he never dreamed he would become a high-profile COVID-19 case documenting his struggle for a medical journal and talking about it on television.

Garner assumed he would probably feel ill for a few weeks and then recover. But 8 weeks later, he still felt like he’d been hit with a bat, with aches and pains, twitching muscles, a racing heart, and diarrhea. “It was like being in hell,” he says.


 

He started chronicling his painful illness from COVID in a series of blog posts for the BMJ. In one of his posts, he shared how mortified he was that he might have infected the staff at his workplace of more than 20 years. “I imagined their vulnerable relatives dying and never forgiving myself. My mind was a mess,” he wrote.

Garner couldn’t do most of the things he used to enjoy, and he cut back his work hours at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. In the first 6 months of his illness, he wrestled with cycles of feeling better, doing too much, and then crashing again. He found the illness difficult to manage. He tried everything: Using his smartwatch to track his activities, measuring the time he slept, checking whether the foods he ate affected the sudden worsening of symptoms, but nothing worked.

The cyclical illness morphed into weeks of exhaustion when Garner couldn’t even read and had a hard time speaking. At 7 months, he wondered if he would ever recover. “I thought the virus had caused a biomedical change in my body and crippled my metabolism somehow,” he says. “I felt insecure and fearful of the future.”

The change came when someone in his professional network who had recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome offered help. “I learned about how the brain and the body’s stress response to infection can sometimes get disordered,” he explains, “and the symptoms I was experiencing were actually false fatigue alarms.

“These explanations that made sense, along with sensitive coaching to change my beliefs about my illness, really helped.”

He realized there was probably no physical damage to his tissues, so he needed to stop constantly monitoring his symptoms, find diversions when he felt unwell, and look forward to his recovery and getting his life back.

COVID took Garner to the brink and dangled him over a precipice of terrifying unknowns, but he’s found his equilibrium again. “There is life post-COVID. People find their own paths, but they get better. There is hope,” he says.

Life After COVID

Garner is not alone in his coronavirus journey. At least 33 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19, and some still have symptoms more than 4 weeks later, according to the CDC.

A preprint study of half a million people in the U.K., where Garner lives, reports that 1 in 20 people with COVID-19 are dealing with persistent symptoms. Roughly 6% of the people in the study — which has not yet been peer-reviewed — said their recovery was delayed by at least one symptom that persisted for 12 weeks or more.

Breathlessness and fatigue are among the most common issues reported after COVID-19. Even people who do not have any symptoms when they are first infected can feel unwell after the fact.

Congress is providing $ 1.15 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund research into symptoms that persist after COVID-19.

“Given the number of individuals of all ages who have been or will be infected, the public health impact could be profound,” NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, said in a statement when the funding was announced in February. “Our hearts go out to individuals and families who have not only gone through the difficult experience of acute COVID-19, but now find themselves still struggling with lingering and debilitating symptoms.”

A wide range of physical and mental health consequences are related to long-haul COVID-19, according to the CDC, and people are reporting different combinations of many symptoms.

Possible Symptoms After COVID Infection

• Tiredness or fatigue

• A hard time thinking or concentrating

• Headache

• Loss of smell or taste

• Dizziness on standing

• Fast-beating or pounding heart

• Chest pain

• A hard time breathing or shortness of breath

• Coughing

• Joint or muscle pain

• Depression or anxiety

• Fever

• Worsening of symptoms after physical or mental activities

Although most people infected with COVID-19 are never hospitalized, many have life-threatening symptoms and traumatic events without any health care support.

COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of color, and it stands to reason that will be the case for post-COVID conditions as well, says Sabrina Assoumou, MD, of the Boston University School of Medicine.

It will be crucial to address health care disparities as post-COVID cases mount. Diversification of the workforce will be vital, she explains, because diagnoses can depend on how well a doctor listens to patients describe their symptoms.

The persistent symptoms can be vague, Assoumou says, and some people who never received a diagnosis, for whatever reason, are now having post-COVID effects.

“Long COVID will force us to go back to the basics, like really listening,” she says. “We’re definitely going to need to be more empathetic.”

Why Is This Happening?

Scientists are studying the many people who continue to have symptoms or develop new ones after infection. They are looking for the cause of prolonged illness, trying to understand why some people are more vulnerable to long COVID than others, and assessing whether COVID-19 triggers changes in the body that increase the risk for other conditions, such as heart or brain disorders.

The best defense is to get vaccinated and not get COVID-19, according to the CDC. But when people report illness that persists, doctors are being asked to consider measures of well-being beyond objective lab findings and to focus treatment on specific symptoms.

COVID rehabilitation clinics are opening at medical centers across the United States. But will efforts to help be obstructed by the lack of a clear explanation for symptoms that won’t go away? And will people feel disbelieved by a health system that’s not ready to address something it cannot really measure?

Early indications suggest this is the case, according to Greg Vanichkachorn, MD, a family doctor and founder of the COVID-19 Activity Rehabilitation Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“If there’s one universal truth amongst all the patients I’ve interviewed, it’s that they’re often brushed aside, pigeonholed, or, frankly, abandoned,” he says.

Some experts believe doctors should screen patients for mental health symptoms after the initial phase of COVID and offer early and ongoing care.

Early mental health help with therapy could play “an important role,” says Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, MD, of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

“It’s important we acknowledge the symptoms are real, imagined, or the result of stress,” Garner says. “And too much rumination on the illness and constant searching for a biomedical cause can be detrimental.


 

“Fear that I would not recover was a huge barrier to dealing with the symptoms. Conversations with others about their symptoms also simply reminds you of them and can reinforce an identity as a sick person. Just let go. Find good things in life — positive thoughts really helped me — but it takes time, there can be setbacks. It is not easy.”

Garner says he found his way forward by listening to others who had recovered.

“I couldn’t do this alone,” he says. “I had lots of friends, people who had recovered from fatigue syndromes and viral infections and help from professional colleagues.”

Garner dusted off his bicycle and started cycling around his favorite parks in Liverpool. And now, he’s running again and is leaving COVID behind.

Author: Allison Shelley
This post originally appeared on Medscape Medical News

Drivers are converting road cars into mini caravans for staycation trips this summer

Some motorists have converted their own personal vehicles into hotel rooms equipped with everything you will need for a UK staycation trip. History teacher Laurie Alyce converted her small Fiat 500 into a caravan before sharing her experiences on social media site TokTok.

“Car camping also offers a more flexible itinerary for road trip holidays.

“Ahead of schedule or running late? No worries; find somewhere new to park up.”

However, Laurie has warned drivers are not allowed to just park anywhere when on their trip.

She said it was important road users checked the rules for car parks and avoided residential areas when stopping overnight.

Emma Stack, Digital Marketing Manager at Peter Vardy said car caravaning was a “remarkable solution”.

She said this was a ”versatile, cost-effective solution” for those desperate to get away on the cheap this summer.

She said: “Utilising your car as a camping utensil is a truly remarkable solution for seeing more of Britain this summer.

“In the current climate, we expect to see many more motorists take road trips as international travel remains so turbulent.

“Car camping is a versatile, cost-effective solution for rising staycation prices – and you get to see more of our beautiful country, too.”

There are a set of rules around converting cars to motorhomes set out by the DVLA.

The DVLA said it will only consider changing a car to a motorhome if three requirements are met.

The car’s body must be considered a genuine multi-purpose vehicle.

Car’s must also have external features such as two or more windows, a door and an awning bar.

Evidence such as a motor caravan conversion checklist and an updated V5C document must also be completed.

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3 shot in flea market parking lot in suspected road rage incident on Airline Drive in N. Harris Co.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Three people were shot in the parking lot of a flea market Sunday night in north Harris County in what authorities believe was a suspected road rage incident.

The sheriff’s office called it a “random act of violence.”

Deputies responded to the 8700 block of Airline Drive near Gulf Bank Road, where Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet that three people had been shot.

According to an update from officials early Monday morning, a man driving in the parking lot fired several rounds.

Two of the people who were struck were transported to the hospital. All three victims are expected to survive.

The shooter is on the run, and there’s no description of his vehicle.

Police told ABC13 they are reviewing surveillance video.

This latest shooting on Airline makes eight shootings on Houston-area roadways in the past six days.

If you do find yourself in a road rage incident or dealing with aggressive drivers, TxDOT says there are things you can do to try to get out of the situation safely.

“Just don’t make any eye contact, don’t even look at the person. Just continue to move on. Just back away. Just maybe take another exit. Definitely call law enforcement if you feel threatened,” said Danny Perez with TxDOT.

TxDOT also said doing the following can help:

  • Stay calm. Keep your emotions in check.
  • Plan ahead and anticipate delays.
  • Focus on your own driving. Be cautious and considerate.
  • Avoid creating a situation that may cause provocation.
  • Give angry drivers plenty of room.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Use the left lane only when passing.
  • Use your horn sparingly.
  • Don’t tailgate or flash your lights behind someone.
  • Don’t yell obscenities or make inappropriate hand gestures, and don’t respond to drivers who do.
  • If you’re concerned for your safety, call 911.

How to survive dangerous road rage encounters

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The Beatles: John Lennon denied 'garbage' Abbey Road song was about drugs

The Beatles spent a large portion of time in India in 1968 to write their ninth studio album, The White Album. The record included influences from a range of genres including folk, blues and ska. John Lennon was not entirely pleased with every song he wrote while out there, however.

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The band visited India from March to April of 1968, before returning to London in May and recording the album until October.

The record, which has been certified 24x platinum, included such iconic songs as While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Helter Skelter and Back in the USSR.

At the time the band also wrote and recorded a song which was later included on their 11th album, Abbey Road: Mean Mr Mustard. This track, however, is a song Lennon was not pleased with at all.

Speaking to Playboy’s David Sheff, Lennon said of the song: “That’s me, writing a piece of garbage.”

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Lennon recalled where he got the idea for the song in the interview.

He explained that he was not writing about drugs, despite the lyrics which indicated otherwise.

The song coos: “Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park / Shaves in the dark trying to save paper / Sleeps in a hole in the road / Saving up to buy some clothes / Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose /Such a mean old man, Such a mean old man.”

The singer told Sheff: “I’d read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid five-pound notes, not up his nose but somewhere else.”

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Lennon added: “They are only finished bits of cr*p that I wrote in India.”

These interviews were not the only instances of the star denying his songs were talking about drugs.

One of the band’s most famous songs with narcotic connotations is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which is often abbreviated to LSD.

However, Lennon once again claimed this was not the intention.

Lennon told Sheff: “I had no idea it spelt LSD. This is the truth: my son came home with a drawing and showed me this strange-looking woman flying around.

“I said: ‘What is it?’ and he said: ‘It’s Lucy in the sky with diamonds.’ I thought: ‘That’s beautiful.’ I immediately wrote a song about it.”

Bandmate Paul McCartney later backed up this story, saying in Anthology: “I showed up at John’s house and he had a drawing Julian had done at school with the title Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds above it.

“Then we went up to his music room and wrote the song, swapping psychedelic suggestions as we went.”

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Austin woman warning others, says man assaulted 3 women at Burnet Road store

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin woman is sharing her story to warn others after she says she and two other women were sexually assaulted Sunday afternoon at a store on Burnet Road, and now, police are asking for help with the case.

The woman, who we’ll call ‘Jane’ to protect her identity, says a man followed her through the Dollar Tree store on Burnet Road near North Loop Boulevard before assaulting her.

“I had a bag in my hand, and I took a half-step back and bumped into somebody,” Jane said. “And I thought, ‘Whoops, I’m sorry,’ and when I looked back, the person’s not back behind me. The person is bent over, and he’s got his face within inches of my butt. And so when I bumped into him, his face made contact with me.”

After what happened to her, Jane says two other women in the front of the store told her the same man also assaulted them. One of them was wearing a dress and told Jane the man had reached underneath it and grabbed her.

Jane told KXAN she filed a police report and is encouraging the other two women to come forward and work with police. She worries the suspect could attack others in the area.

On Tuesday, an APD sergeant told KXAN, “On 06/06/21 at about 1:15 p.m., a male subject was inside the Dollar Tree store at 5310 Burnet Rd. where it was reported a male subject made contact with unidentified persons in a manner that may have constituted a criminal offense.”

The sergeant continued, “If you were at the Dollar Tree store on 06/06/21 at about 1:15 p.m. and were touched/contacted by a male subject in a manner you would like to make a police report about please call 3-1-1 to make a report.”

Jane described the suspect as follows:

  • Black man with a slender build
  • Approximately 5’10” to 6′ tall
  • Oddly-shaped head, much rounder and wider at the top and small at the bottom
  • Very short hair, brown eyes and dark eyebrows
  • Wore a blue surgical mask
  • Dusty blue shirt with cutoff sleeves and gray shorts

Jane says she’s working to help police get any store security footage of what happened that may aid in their investigation.

A police spokesperson told KXAN Jane’s case is being investigated not as a felony sexual assault case but rather a misdemeanor charge.

Jane told KXAN the detective assigned to her case told her that’s because she backed into the man, so technically he could only be charged with incidental assault.

“His intentions were clear to anyone, and it’s absurd that it wouldn’t be clear to the law, too,” Jane said.

She added the detective told her if the other women who were assaulted came forward to press charges, it could push the case further.

Like police, Jane is urging the other women involved to call APD and report their stories in hopes that police may be able to pursue more serious charges.

“A person like that who is so manic about it, so compulsive about it and has no shame about it is a danger,” Jane said. “My concern with a person like this is that this may have emboldened him. He’s like, ‘Wow, I got caught, but I didn’t get caught, so I’m going to go do something else.’”

Author: Jacqulyn Powell
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin