A 64-year-old man required hospital care for smoke inhalation and minor burn injuries he suffered in a house fire that occurred Sunday night in Uvalde. Exactly 21 Uvalde volunteer firefighters responded to the 527 W. Garden St. fire, which was reported just after 10 p.m
Their stay was much, much shorter than that of the average inmate’s, but Uvalde County Commissioners on Monday spent the better part of an hour touring the county’s jail. The visit came after the commissioners’ regular morning meeting and was facilitated by Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke, who began by explaining that the jail has taken in approximately $3.9 million over the last three years from temporarily housing federal inmates. “We currently have 68 federal prisoners right now, and we can house up to a maximum of 96,” Mendeke said.
Not all charitable causes are as squeaky clean as they purport themselves to be, especially when a charity’s donations begin to be hijacked.
And so it appears to be the case with Children Charities, an organization whose collection containers still appear on the counters of local businesses despite its founder’s assertions that all fundraising efforts were shut down more than one year ago.
“We’ve been disbanded for a while now,” said Ricardo Gracia, former coordinator of Children Charities. “There was just too much theft going on, and we weren’t getting any help on a local level.”
Gracia said that all Children Charities donation containers should have since been recalled. He was surprised to hear on Wednesday that regular collections were still being made in the name of the organization.
“To be able to offer bigcity medicine in a small town hospital means so much to me,” said Dr Andrzej Stypko. The doctor’s comment came just after an antibiotic called Orbactiv was given to Uvalde Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center patient Gloria Iruegas. This antibiotic and wound care treatment stands out – compared to the countless other wounds Dr. Stypko and his team are a part of healing on a daily basis – because it’s new.
Despite the efforts of policy experts around the state, only 8 percent of Texas farmers and producers have updated the necessary information in the Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool. Farmers have until Friday to update crop yield history and/or reallocate base acres under The Agricultural Act of 2014, according to Joe Outlaw, Ag policy specialist with Farm Service Agency.
It wasn’t Friday the Thirteenth, however local and area law enforcement officials responded to a number of bizarre calls on Thursday, including a report of someone dismembering body parts. That incident was reported to Sabinal Police Department and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 4 p.m.
District clerk Christina Ovalle updated Uvalde County Commissioners on efforts to digitize old civil and criminal files during a meeting held Monday morning. Her office has 10 books scanned so far and will try to preserve four more before the end of the year. “We have them stored on a CD and on our server,” said Ovalle. “It’s also saved off-site.”
The quick response by Uvalde volunteer firefighters likely saved a home in the 500 block of West Main Street after it caught fire late Friday night. Twenty-four firefighters responded to the call at around 11:02 p.m. for a report of smoke in the area.
If Thomas Ray Nelson, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother-in-law and her friend, is found competent on Monday, the capital murder case against him will go to trial on Tuesday. The competency decision is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Uvalde County Justice Center.