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Man hospitalized after bee attack

A Uvalde man was hospitalized Saturday after receiving dozens of bee stings at his Birch Circle home. His condition was not known yesterday when the newspaper was printed. Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members were dispatched to the 
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26
Jun

Fire victim seeks aid for clothes, other losses

 
 
Following a fire that tore through her mobile home on June 21, a single mother and her three children are seeking help to replace clothing and other belongings.
 
Patrice Garcia said she was outside when the fire ignited in her mobile home, located at Lot 189, Uvalde Estates Drive.
 
“I was outside. My son told me, ‘Mommy, there is fire,’” she said. Garcia’s first thought was that her daughter was asleep inside.
 
Garcia said she rushed into the home to retrieve her 11-year-old daughter.
 
Once the family was safely outside, Garcia phoned 911. Within minutes, the area was teeming with Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
 
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but the homeowner believes it was electrical.
 
Sun
26
Jun

One death penalty case on docket

 
Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
Uvalde’s first capital murder case since 1983 is expected to begin Sept. 12 in the 38th Judicial District Courtroom, with Sabrina Vielma standing trial for the 2011 death of her 4-year-old son Davaughn Rodriguez.
 
District Judge Camile DuBose will oversee the case, for which the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
 
A second defendant, Cel’ves Cook, has also been indicted on capital murder charges for the young boy’s death; the prosecution has opted to try Vielma and Cook separately.
 
If found guilty, Cook also faces the death penalty. That proceeding is expected to begin following the conclusion of Vielma’s trial.
 
Sun
26
Jun

Wounded veterans stop in Uvalde

By CHEYENNE MUELLER
 
Sun
26
Jun

Sabinal residents arrested on drug possession charges

Uvalde Police Department Officer Felipe Ramon (right) directs Hacienda Wrecker Service employees (not pictured) to a damaged vehicle following a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of East Main and Fourth streets. Also pictured is UPD Officer Rudy Astran. The accident occurred Thursday morning.
 
Thu
23
Jun

DiPiazza upholds termination

 
 
 
Uvalde city manager Vince DiPiazza is upholding the recent termination of former Uvalde Police Department lieutenant John Meyer.
 
DiPiazza and city attorney Paul Tarski met with Meyer and his legal representative on June 13. Max Westbrook, who served as interim chief of police from August 2013 until December 2013, was also present, per Meyer’s request.
 
The city manager said Meyer was notified of the decision through a formal letter.
 
“After careful consideration, I decided to uphold the termination,” DiPiazza said on Monday. “A formal letter to that effect was mailed to John on Friday.”
 
Meyer’s employment with the Uvalde Police Department ended May 26. He was most recently a supervisor for patrol sergeants, corporals and patrol officers.
 
Thu
23
Jun

UVFD seeks fans for elderly, others

 
 
In an effort to help beat the heat, the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department is holding a summer fan drive and is asking residents to donate electric fans to be distributed to those in need.
 
While new, 20-inch box fans are preferred, the department will take any donated devices. Fans can be dropped off at the fire station, 123. S. Getty St., anytime, day or night.
 
Those who are interested in obtaining a fan should contact city hall at 830-278-3315.
 

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