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State Health: Pfizer COVID vaccine shipments delayed
(St. David's Healthcare)

Due to shipping delays, allocations of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled to be distributed in Texas on Monday will now arrive on Tuesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the delay in a statement shared with Austonia, explaining that "based on federal shipping schedules, vaccine ordered on Friday and expected to arrive today is now expected to arrive tomorrow, Jan. 19, based on the most current information from Pfizer and our federal partners." The delay impacted 55 of the 263 providers slated to receive vaccine doses this week.

Eight providers in Travis County were allocated vaccines this week, but only one—UT Health Austin, the clinical arm of Dell Medical School—is impacted by the delayed Pfizer shipments. This is because the remaining seven providers, including Austin Public Health, will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine.

The city of San Antonio first reported the delays on Sunday, when it tweeted that all appointments planned for Monday would need to be rescheduled for Wednesday due to the delays. Bell County, which is north of Williamson County, encountered similar delays.

DSHS will allocate 333,650 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to 260 providers across Texas this week, with the bulk assigned to hub providers focused on widespread community distribution.

Austin Public Health, which was allocated 12,000 doses, and UT Health Austin, which was allocated 1,950, are the two hub providers in Travis County. An additional six providers were also included in this week's allocation, receiving between 100 and 200 doses apiece. A full list of recipients can be found here.

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Part Two: Kaitlin Armstrong sought and captured, charged with murder of cyclist Moriah Wilson.
Austin's Kaitlin Armstrong after capture in Costa Rica.

Dateline NBC

(Editor's note: this is part two of a two part Austonia series tracking the Dateline NBC investigation of Moriah Wilson's murder. Read part one here.)

After pro gravel biker Moriah "Mo" Wilson is gunned down in South Austin on May 11, police investigators develop a "person of interest," Austin's Kaitlin Armstrong, 34, a real estate agent, yoga teacher, amateur cyclist, and longtime girlfriend of Austin cyclist Colin Strickland.

Originally from Michigan, where a childhood friend described her as "fun loving" and "smart," Armstrong finished college and traveled the world studying yoga, in places like Iceland, Bali, and Mexico. She ended up in Austin where she met Colin Strickland. The two were business partners in a vintage trailer business, along with her own venture flipping houses. "Business partners and life partners," NBC said.

According to NBC's evaluation of a police report, a friend of Wilson's, who remains anonymous, said that despite Strickland's relationship with Kaitlin Armstrong, Mo Wilson and Strickland had been seeing each other since their "fling" in Austin months before. NBC reports this friend told police that before she died, Wilson had received a number of calls from Kaitlin Armstrong warning her to stay away from Armstrong's boyfriend, Colin Strickland.

A second tipster claimed to have been present when Armstrong first learned that Wilson and Strickland had been seeing each other. The tipster said Armstrong became "enraged" and threatened to kill Moriah Wilson.

Police found an outstanding warrant for Armstrong for an unpaid botox bill, and brought her in for questioning. She was largely unresponsive to their inquiries. Then police discovered a typo in the warrant and were forced to release her.

Six days after Wilson's death, a police ballistics analysis pointed toward a 9mm weapon owned by Kaitlin Armstrong. In his police interview, Strickland had told police he had previously purchased two 9mm handguns, one for him and one for Armstrong.

Police obtained a warrant to arrest Kaitlin Armstrong for first degree murder, but when they went to arrest her, she was gone.

(Dateline NBC)


Austin police asked the U.S. Marshals to find her. The Marshals believed Armstrong was hiding in Austin, until 14 days after the murder when they discovered video from ABIA showing Armstrong, masked and carrying a yoga mat, about to board a plane 3 days after the murder. From Austin, Armstrong had flown to Houston and on to New York's LaGuardia, where the trail went cold.

The Marshals posted a reward, $5,000, asking the public for help. Help came with a tip that Armstrong had been seen in upstate New York a few days after arriving at LaGuardia. Investigators knew that Kaitlin's sister lived there, and went to investigate, but did not find any trace of Armstrong.

Another tip came that Kaitlin had been seen next at Newark International Airport on May 18. But, as before, there was no trail to follow.

But how could she travel without using her identification documents? And how could she survive without using her credit cards and bank account?

Back in Austin, police found her Jeep at a CarMax dealership, where she had sold it weeks before for $12,200.

Costa Rica

Meanwhile, in the small, end-of-the-road surfing town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Kaitlin Armstrong had quietly arrived in town and was working for a local hostel, Don Jon's, checking in guests and teaching yoga.

Dateline NBC

(Dateline NBC)

She befriended a local man who described Santa Teresa to NBC as "a really good place to hide's the land of the unwanted, and the 'wanted.'"

At night, Armstrong became a regular at the town's one bar. She called herself "Ari," but didn't say much about past.

She dyed her hair dark and cut it shorter. She traveled to the capital, San Jose, where she may have had plastic surgery to change the appearance of her nose. Armstrong was later identified by an employee of the surgical center, but if that was her, she used a different name to register for the procedure.

Armstrong told people in Santa Teresa that she had had a surfing accident and needed treatment.


Summing it all up, Austin American-Statesman reporter Ryan Autullo said she "lacked the discipline, frankly, to not get caught." She did some things to conceal herself, but she also wanted to "have fun and live it up at the beach."

Around this time, working off the yoga mat clue, U.S. investigators were contacting police in "yoga destinations" around the world and circulating Armstrong's description. An officer in Costa Rica made inquiries, and was told about a "new yogi" in Santa Teresa.

43 days after Armstrong disappeared, police walked into Don Jon's and arrested her.

In the aftermath, a customer discovered Armstrong's documents, which he photographed before turning over to police. They included her sister's passport, and Armstrong's own passport, American Express Platinum Card, and her social security card.

Armstrong was extradited to the United States, returned to Austin, indicted for murder, and placed in jail with a $3.5 million dollar bail.

She pleaded not guilty, hiring Austin criminal attorney Rick Cofer to defend her.

(Dateline NBC)

Cofer, a former prosecutor, was interviewed by NBC. He explained away every point of Armstrong's disappearance and apparent flight to a skeptical interviewer.

He identifies what he says are some weak points in the prosecution's case. Then he perhaps implies that he knows something prosecutors don't. "Kaitlin Armstrong is not guilty, Cofer said. "Evidence will come out that Kaitlin Armstrong was nowhere near the scene of Miss Wilson's murder."

A trial date was set for October 19, but a Travis County judge said in a ruling that an October trial is "highly unlikely."

Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
Camp Fimfo Waco

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