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Austin-area police find, arrest man accused of shooting Bastrop County sheriff's deputy

The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office has found Michael Stark, who is accused of shooting a Bastrop County sheriff's deputy Sunday night. (Bastrop County Sheriff's Office)

Police have arrested a man who was accused of shooting a Bastrop County sheriff's deputy at a gas station Sunday night.

The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office reported that it had taken the suspect, who was identified as a 33-year-old man named Michael Stark, into custody just after noon Monday.

Stark was arrested after allegedly shooting Deputy Sawyer Wilson three times—twice in the chest and once in the forearm—at a gas station on State Highway 95 Sunday night.

Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said Wilson remains in the hospital but is in stable condition thanks to his protective vest, although his forearm was shattered in the altercation.

Police said two units responded to the LBA Market station at around 10:30 p.m. on the grounds of a criminal mischief disturbance involving a dark-colored pickup with a mattress in the truck bed.

Wilson pulled behind a pickup matching the description and talked to Stark, who is wanted on a Bastrop County parole violation for a burglary conviction. That's when Stark fired three times at Wilson, according to the sheriff's office. Wilson returned fire, but it is unclear whether Stark was injured.

Stark, who Cook says has been arrested more than 25 times, was found after an active search involving the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Austin Police Department.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.