Three officers with the Uvalde Police Department’s SWAT team approach a residence Thursday evening at 316 W. Benson Road with guns drawn. A man inside of the residence was reportedly armed and suicidal.
Skeet Lindsey (back row, center) reads the Uvalde Leader-News with his Afghan Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 13-01 at the Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. Lindsey is an instructor pilot working with the team building the Afghan Air Force. Shindand is an airbase in far west Afghanistan, about 50 miles from the Iran border.
A hive of bees was not happy when the vacant home they occupied caught fire on Tuesday afternoon, and the insects tried to take their distress out on firefighters. Local firefighters were dispatched at 4:40 p.m. to assist Crystal City and La Pryor fire departments when the vacant Martinez Street home caught fire.
With the exception of Poteet, which hosts an annual strawberry festival, Texas is known more for produce like cantaloupe, spinach and pecans than strawberries. However, researchers in Uvalde and around the state are trying to change that by carrying out a study to determine exactly which varieties of the fruit will grow most favorably here.
Two people are dead and another narrowly missed tragedy Friday night after a near head-on collision just outside Knippa. The driver who caused the accident was suspected to have fled from the scene of another crash in Medina County before the fatal wreck that took his life. The collision occurred one mile west of Knippa, on U.S Highway 90 East, at approximately 8:37 p.m. According to information provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Manuel Martinez, driving a 2005 Honda Civic, was traveling west on the wrong side of the road.
Uvalde Volunteer Firefighters help with traffic control and cleanup on East Hacienda Street after a commercial tractor-trailer, carrying pipes, flipped over on Friday afternoon. The driver was not injured.
Burglaries in Uvalde have doubled over the past 30 days compared to previous months, and police say over half of the crimes are related. A total of 50 burglaries were reported to the department between Feb. 14 and March 14. That number includes burglaries of 24 motor vehicles, 20 businesses and six homes.
Over the last week, Uvalde Police have received multiple reports of telephone scams in the area, resulting in the loss of $3,266. Lt. Mariano Pargas said the department has investigated five reports of telephone scams over the past seven days. “Scammers are hitting the Uvalde area, and I want to let the public know to be careful,” Pargas said.
Two children were airlifted Thursday morning to University Hospital in San Antonio following a one-vehicle rollover. The accident occurred on Farm-to-Market Road 481, approximately 10 miles southwest of Uvalde.