Cel’ves Nel Cook has requested a bond reduction. He has been incarcerated at the Uvalde County Jail since January, after he was arrested on capital murder charges in connection with the 2011 murder of 4-year-old Davaughn Rodriguez. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 9. In documents filed in the 38th Judicial District clerk’s office in the Uvalde County Courthouse, public defender Keri Mallon claims that Cook is being illegally confined by the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
Cecilia Ortiz (right) and her mother sign up Thursday morning to donate money to El Progreso Memorial Library. Library supporters are trying to raise up to $50,000 to supplement the agency’s operating budget which was cut by Uvalde City Council.
While many teenagers are still trying to decide on a career, a group of young men and women in Uvalde know what they want and are already on the path toward achieving their goals. Explorer programs advised by the Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office offer students who are interested in a career in law enforcement handson experiences.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees were presented Wednesday with three budget options, all of which called for more expenditures than revenue, for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget workshop was held at 6 p.m. in the Uvalde High School library. The final budget was approved unanimously, with Maria Martinez absent, during a special meeting that followed the workshop.
Nine policemen were present Tuesday night when Uvalde City Council took a second look at proposed changes to an employee handbook that would have implemented fees for off-duty employees who take home unmarked vehicles. Ultimately, council approved the employee handbook with two modifications. Changes include removing an item that would have prohibited city employees from seeking elected office and opting against charging fees for off-duty employees who take home vehicles.
Pending execution of a negotiated contract, Uvalde City Council approved using a management-replacement service to install an interim city manager and start the process to find a permanent city manager. Texas First Group, owned by Don Davis and Kerry Sweatt, is in the business of streamlining city management hiring. Council acted Tuesday night after reconvening from closed session at City Hall.
Tonight there will be a special sneak peek into the carnival at the Uvalde County Fairplex, where tomorrow the three-day Palomino Fest and Pro Rodeo officially starts. Please see Page 4 for more information about musical entertainment scheduled tomorrow through Sunday.
Local police are proving that they not only back each other up while patrolling the streets of Uvalde but also in all aspects of life as they rally together to support a detective who is battling cancer. Det. Donald Page, an eight-year veteran of the Uvalde Police Department, thought he had the flu when he was admitted to Uvalde Memorial Hospital on Aug. 14.