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.
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.
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.
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.