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Thu
07
Jan

Primary elections set March 1

 

by Meghann Garcia, managing editor
The Democratic Party primary ballot features four contested races on the local level, with two or more candidates seeking to be the party’s nomination for sheriff, tax assessor/collector, and constables for precincts one and four.

Uvalde County candidates are otherwise unopposed for Republican and Democratic party races. The primary election will take place on March 1.

For the Democratic Party’s nomination for sheriff, incumbent Charles Mendeke is facing challengers Armando M. Garcia and Otto E. Arnim. All three candidates are Uvalde residents.

The Republican Party is not fielding a candidate for sheriff.

Incumbent tax assessor/collector Margarita “Maggie” Del Toro” is facing challenger Diana Uriegas Flores, both of Uvalde, for the Democratic Party’s nomination. On the Republican Party ticket, Knippa resident Rita Cordova Verstuyft is unopposed for the party’s nomination.

Thu
07
Jan

Mireles jailed for child sex crime

Former Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District employee Steven Mireles was arrested Jan. 3 on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.


On Jan. 2 at approximately 10:48 p.m., Uvalde Police were dispatched to Uvalde Memorial Hospital regarding a child, under the age of 13, who was allegedly sexually assaulted.

Hours later, Mireles, 41, of 831 E. Garden St., was arrested by Uvalde Police Department and transferred to Uvalde County Jail. Mireles' bond is set at $1 million. 


Thu
07
Jan

Boy is first baby of 2016 at UMH

 
 
 
 
Claudia and Marius Pistin of Uvalde welcome their son, Nehemiah Marius Pistin, born on Jan. 1, 2016, at 4:07 a.m. at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. That makes Nehemiah the first birth of 2016 and the official New Year’s baby for Uvalde County.
 
Nehemiah weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches in length.
 
The name Nehemiah, meaning comforted by God, has biblical roots. Claudia said both parents fell in love with it the second they considered it as a name for their son.
 
The couple had no idea about how the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce and UMH partner to give the first baby born each year a gift basket.
 
“We didn’t know about it until all of the nurses told us,” Claudia said.
 
Thu
07
Jan
Sun
03
Jan

Applebee’s is site of morning stabbing

 
 
A 26-year-old man was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio on Dec. 31, 2015, with stab wounds he received during an altercation in the parking lot of Applebee’s, 3060 E. Main St.
 
The incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. Multiple witnesses phoned police, but both the stabbing victim, David Gomez Jr., and his attacker fled the scene prior to their arrival.
 
Police say it is not yet clear why Gomez fled or what the altercation was over, but he was later found hiding behind his residence at 823 1/2 N. Getty St.
 
According to Uvalde Police Department, Gomez suffered four stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. Uvalde MedAir-1 landed at Flores Middle School, 901 N. Getty St., to transfer him to University Hospital in San Antonio.
 
According to police, Gomez said he ran from Applebee’s to his North Getty Street residence.
 
Sun
03
Jan

Juhasz steers talent competitions

By JESSICA BELMAN AND KARLYN VALDEZ
 
Sun
03
Jan
Sun
03
Jan

New laws in effect

By KIM EAGLE
 
Thu
31
Dec

Man dies avoiding dead deer

Camp Wood resident George Veloz, 23, died Dec. 26, 2015, after allegedly swerving to avoid striking a dead deer on Highway 55 and instead colliding head-on with a fuel truck.

The two-vehicle accident caused a section of the highway, about 20 miles north of Uvalde, to shut down for approximately 11 hours as a hazardous materials team worked to clean-up more than 7,600 gallons of spilled fuel.

The accident is under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A preliminary investigation showed that Veloz was traveling south, toward Uvalde, when he swerved and overcorrected.

The Toyota 4Runner he was driving entered a side-skid into the northbound lane and collided with an oncoming fuel truck, causing that 18-wheeler to roll on its side.

Veloz was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

Although Veloz resided in Camp Wood, he was employed with Bush's Chicken in Uvalde.

Thu
31
Dec

Middle school art students write to troops

While many children were preparing for the holidays by dreaming of sugarplums dancing, art students at Flores Middle School were busy creating Christmas cards for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

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