Volente residents face uncertainty as roads surrounding city close, Beachside Billy’s/Volente Beach opens doors to feed locals caught up in flood preparations

Water is up to the top of the patio umbrellas and covers the patio at Beachside Billy’s in Volente. LESLEE BASSMAN

By LESLEE BASSMAN, Four Points News

Only a little over two years into owning Volente Beach Resort and Waterpark, 15107 FM 2769 Leander, Glenlake residents Kara and Adam Weedman are working to salvage as much as they can from their waterpark on Lake Travis. For now a portion of their rides, beach, patios, grounds and pavilions are under water due to recent flood conditions.

“It’s been a slow rise [of lake water] even when they had the Llano flood,” Kara Weedman said. “Last week, we moved our boat dock in. Then, it was two days ago, when (the water) was really coming downstream, when they had the major floods. That was just the first step and then, within two hours, you started to see the beach disappear.” Continue reading

Alleged burglar of four Steiner businesses is arrested

Frank Flores, courtesy Austin Police Department

Defendant has 27 prior burglary arrests,

APD, Travis Co. work together on case

By LESLEE BASSMAN, Four Points News

The Austin Police Department arrested Frank J. Flores Oct. 9 in conjunction with numerous alleged burglaries of buildings in Austin, said APD Senior Public Information Specialist Tara Long. A warrant signed by a detective in Travis County Sheriff’s Office may link Flores to the burglaries of Steiner Ranch businesses.

Flores had previously been arrested on municipal warrants Oct. 3 and bonded out quickly, TCSO Public Information Officer Kristen Dark said. He was arrested again on an APD warrant Oct. 9, she said.

According to the Oct. 11 arrest warrant filed by TCSO, Flores is believed to have committed the Aug. 22 burglary of the Gene Arant Team, Keller Williams Realty office, 4304 N. Quinlan Park, Austin, and may be linked to the Aug. 26 burglaries of Menchies Frozen Yogurt, 5145 N. RM 620, Austin, as well as Cups & Cones and Steiner Cleaners, both located in the Shops at Steiner Ranch, 2900 N. Quinlan Park, Austin. In these cases, Flores is alleged to have perpetrated burglaries of a non-residence, a state jail felony punishable by a term of 180 days to two years in the state jail, pursuant to the Texas Penal Code.

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Two local eateries broken into

Smash & grab cases

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

On Oct. 9, Lakeside Pizza & Grill in Steiner Ranch and Hunan Riverplace Restaurant in River Place were both broken into.

“It sucks,” said Chip Von Nostrand, general manager of Lakeside. “It’s an inconvenience more than anything,.”

Lakeside is located at 2900 N Quinlan Park Rd. between Cups & Cones and Steiner Cleaners, both which were broken into on Aug. 26 and the cleaners again on Sept. 3.

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Vipers beat McNeil, stays undefeated in District 13-6A

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

Photos by ERIN SEITZLER

Vandegrift Viper football continues to be undefeated with a decisive 42-14 win over McNeil on homecoming, Oct. 12. VHS goes 7-0 overall and 5-0 in District 13-6A.

“We’ve never been 7 and 0. It’s pretty cool,” said Drew Sanders, VHS head football coach.

The team had to settle into the game a bit before it started putting up points. Isaiah Smallwood ran the first two touchdowns in later in the first quarter and then into the second quarter. Smallwood rushed for 76 yards during the game.

“They (McNeil) just beat Westwood, they’re a quality team,” Sanders said. “They did some new things we hadn’t seen and we had to adjust to that.”

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