Sabrina Vielma, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the December 2011 death of her 4-year-old son, is once again behind bars. She was picked up Wednesday night on a warrant for violating the terms of her pre-trial release program. Since being indicted in August of 2013 and turning herself in to law enforcement, Vielma has remained free after posting a $400,000 bond.
For some, video images of 25-year-old Uvalde resident Joshua David Luna sexually assaulting his then 8-year-old cousin were too graphic to watch. At least three individuals exited the courtroom, where on Friday 38th Judicial District Court Judge Camile DuBose sentenced Luna, who pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography, to 20 years in prison plus a $5,000 fine. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state of Texas dismissed one count of committing two or more acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 14 years old.
On the first day of Texas’ 85th legislative session, which was Tuesday, State Rep. Tracy O. King, a Uvalde Democrat, was sworn in to continue serving the people of Texas House District 80. “I am humbled to be given the opportunity to represent House District 80 in the Texas House of Representatives,” King said. “The trust and responsibility given to me by my constituents is one I take extremely seriously and I am honored to get to work on their behalf.”
During the county budget workshops and ensuing budget approval, commissioners allocated $250,000 for the Uvalde County Appraisal District, which collects taxes on the county’s behalf. Through a second-issued budget, compiled because the first was rejected, UCAD is instead requesting $329,082 from the county. During their regularlyscheduled meeting held Monday, Uvalde County Commissioners Court considered the funding increase request, which was presented as a quarterly bill to the county.
Uvalde City Council approved the purchase of a combination sewer truck for $345,000 and nine hand-held police radios for $36,000 during a regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall. The sewer truck will not replace the city’s current 1998 model but will instead serve as a backup vehicle.
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer The Dallas Cowboys are 13-3 and two wins away from the opportunity to play in Super Bowl LI. While most football fans find that surprising, at least one Uvaldean exactly predicted their 2016-17 season record.
During a pre-season football prediction show hosted by the Uvalde Leader-News at The Huddle, special guest and Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin predicted Dallas would win 13 games and lose three in the season that was then still to come. He also said the Cowboys would play the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl LI – set Feb. 5, 2017, at the Houston Texans’ home stadium.
“I lost Oakland because the Texans beat them the other day, but I still think Dallas has a real, real strong chance. They’ve got two games to win to go the Super Bowl,” McLaughlin said.
Sierra Industries, the aircraft modification business that transformed Uvalde’s Garner Field Airport into an international destination for the repair, painting and refurbishment of airplanes, is officially closed. According to assistant city manager Joe Cardenas, the city has taken possession of the five Sierra Industries hangars located on the airport that were being o
Former Uvalde Memorial Hospital chief executive officer Jim Buckner died Monday after he was struck by a passing vehicle while attempting to change a tire on the side of the road in Corpus Christi. He was 62 years old. Buckner was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. As of Wednesday, no charges had been filed against the driver, who stopped to render aid following the incident, which reportedly occurred at about 5 a.m.
The possible creation of a public improvement district near Concan was on the agenda Monday morning when Uvalde County Commissioners met for their first regularly-scheduled meeting of 2017. The topic was the subject of a public hearing, while people attached to the project, including attorneys and developers, spoke about its scope. Well over a dozen visitors were present for the meeting, but the public hearing drew only one comment.