Local law enforcement officials made nearly 50 arrests during this year’s state-wide warrant round-up, which ended this week. The amount of fines, fees and court costs still owed totals $3,647,420.
That figure represents all outstanding money owed to the court for years as far back as 1998, according to Andrew Hagen, municipal judge. Uvalde Municipal Court – in conjunction with the Uvalde Police Department – participated in the annual event to clear longstanding warrants from the city court’s books. One hundred and twenty-eight warrants were issued.
The round-up focused on city residents who have past due fines levied by the municipal court or who have failed to appear in municipal court for tickets. It also targeted of-age students or parents of underage students who have excessive absences from school.
Garner State Park, best known for its iconic dances and access to cool, clear waters of the Frio River, is also home to dozens of walking, biking and hiking trails.
“We have a vast trail system with vista views that are awe inspiring,” said Steve Killian, Garner State Park superintendent. “It is a great place to spend time with family and get in shape.”
The park has revamped its trail map to highlight 10 of the most talked about hikes in the park, promising something for people of all ages and physical ability. While a couple of the trails are still under construction, they should be completed in May.
Killian said the trails range from easy half-mile trails that are flat to those that are several miles long and take hikers up to the top of mountains.
Federal agents took custody of a fugitive while the suspect’s mother and three friends were hauled to the county jail Monday night after they allegedly assaulted two deputies and aided in the fugitive’s escape from custody. A three-hour manhunt led to the appreh
City residents are invited to meet city manager Vince DiPiazza on April 9 at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 324 E. Main St., from 5-7 p.m.
DiPiazza was hired as city manager in December 2014 and began working in February.
He was previously employed as the city manager of Dumas.
His other work experience includes being assistant city manager in Garden City, Kansas, from October 1996 to November 2001. There, according to his resume, he served as a troubleshooter for the city manager, organized and oversaw an IT department, developed a groundwater protection plan and program, served as acting airport manager and worked with advisory boards and commissions.
From January 1991 to October 1996, DiPiazza was city manager of Sante Fe, Texas; June 1986 to December 1990, administrative assistant to the city manager in Kerrville; and November 1984 to June 1986, administrative intern in the city manager’s office in Hurst.
The Uvalde County Fairplex was not on the agenda as an official topic when Uvalde County Commissioners met Monday, but rental success stories kept the conversation going as director Wendy Speer noted that the event center is completely booked each Saturday throughout 2015.
While Speer is looking to book events on other days of the week, she said rentals of the event center and arena are booming.
The arena is booked for 16 consecutive Saturdays beginning this week. After that, as it stands now, Saturday bookings total two or three per month.
Speer said she is looking for a variety of activities to take place in the various facilities at the Fairplex, which includes an event center, rodeo arena, and pavilion.
She pointed to recent events like a monster truck show, midget wrestling entertainment, hunting and outdoor event, and car show as draws for multiple demographics.
Three men were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio after a distraught customer shot a local bar owner and patron early Friday morning. The gunman was also shot. Uvalde Police were dispatched to Big Al’s Sports Bar, which is located at 1104 W. Main St., at approximately 12:49 a.m. Friday for a report of shots fired. Witnesses say the gunman was Juan Alvarez, 70, who had allegedly been kicked out of the bar late Thursday night. Alvarez returned with a gun and shot Alonzo Garcia, 50, who owns the bar, and Pedro Treviño, 58. Neither police nor witnesses said who shot Alvarez.
Every other Thursday, one of Congressman Will Hurd’s staff members does a rain dance for the 23rd district of Texas. It is a fun way for his team to blow off steam and at the same time show support for the counties they represent.
The anecdote came during a speech Thursday at Southwest Livestock Exchange, as Hurd makes his way around south and west Texas, visiting the counties he represents.
Hurd represents the largest congressional district in Texas. It encompasses 29 counties, two time zones, and 825 miles of the Texas/Mexico border.
Hurd was born and raised in San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in computer science.