Two individuals tried to take advantage of a Wednesday night power outage – one that left more than 5,000 Uvalde households and businesses without power – when they forced their way into a convenience store. As law enforcement and local firefighters directedtraffic at the major intersections due to non-functioning traffic lights, would-be intruders were at work on South Getty Street. The incident occurred at the Minit-Mart at 638 S. Getty St. just after 11 p.m., approximately one hour after 5,200 utility customers in Uvalde lost electricity. According to store manager Liliana Silva, after the lights went out two individuals broke the glass on the front door and entered the business.
600 S. Evans St. home at approximately 2:07 a.m. Firefighters battled the lames for more than two hours, but despite their best efforts the home sustained significant damage. Sendejo’s mother, Lucy Guevara, owns the home. Guevara said Sendejo and Sendejo’s three children, ages 14, 12 and8, occupy the home and were all sleeping when the fire ignited
Former Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputy Armando Garcia is suing both Sheriff Charles Mendeke and Uvalde County based on claims that he was terminated for whistle-blowing activity related to allegations that Mendeke tried to suppress an investigation into another deputy who was reportedly both stealing and using illegal drugs.
The suit goes on to claim that Garcia, who first began working for the sheriff’s department on Jan. 1, 2009, was told by a citizen on Aug. 22, 2014, that “one of the sheriff’s deputies was snorting cocaine with gang members inside the restroom of a local bar in Uvalde.”
Uvalde City Council is looking into revamping the downtown plaza by restoring the water fountain while looking into the cost to build a replica of the original 1961 fountain. The proposal, which was up for discussion during a recent meeting, was brought to city staff by Councilman Chip King.
With the most recent round of resignations accepted this week, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District lost two prominent educators in Robb Elementary School Principal Christa Dillard and music director Mark Lyon. The spouses of both Dillard and Lyon – Flores Middle School assistant principal Ivory Dillard and Uvalde High School choir teacher Suvanna Lyon – have also resigned.
Although a contract with collections law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson was up for consideration Tuesday during a Uvalde City Council meeting, council members voted to table the agenda item because numbers regarding successful collections were not provided In 2010, the city of Uvalde contracted with the firm, which was tasked with collecting delinquent municipal court fines. As of April of 2015, 3,400 citations had been resolved. That number represented $262,000 collected and $588,000 in canceled citations.
Councilman Rogelio Muñoz requested updated figures, and Councilwoman Margaret Palermo seconded the request.
In just three days last week, Uvalde law enforcement arrested two men and one woman involved in the alleged production, use, or distribution of methamphetamine in Uvalde. On Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m., the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service and Uvalde Police Department, along with the United States Department of Homeland Security and a Del Rio Task Force agent conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Roach and Shook streets.
Uvalde resident and former road administrator for the Uvalde County Road Department Wayne Everett is the proud author of columns published in Texas County Progress Magazine. His work has appeared not just once, but twice. Everett served as Uvalde County road administrator for more than a decade, retiring in 2006. He was responsible for the construction and maintenance of all county roads and bridges.