The city of Uvalde has hired Mario A. Morales as conservation coordinator. Morales, who joined the city staff last week, is responsible for increasing water-conservation awareness among city residents.
So far this year, local law enforcement officials have made 96 misdemeanor and felony arrests for drunken driving.
According to the Texas Penal Code, a person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. The offense is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a minimum term of 72 hours in confinement.
If a drunk driver is found in possession of an open container of alcohol, the misdemeanor is punishable by up to six days in jail.
If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration level is 0.15 or more at the time an analysis of a breath or blood specimen is taken, the offense increases to a Class A misdemeanor.
If the suspect has two or more prior offenses, has a child under the age of 15 traveling with them or commits intoxicated assault or intoxicated manslaughter, the offense increases to a state jail felony.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United States’ victory over Japan in World War II in 1945, a special reception was held at the Uvalde County Courthouse on Wednesday.
All Uvalde County WWII veterans were invited to attend the event, where they had the chance to catch up with old friends and exchange stories from their time in the service.
About two dozen WWII veterans attended the reception.
“We’re here today to honor, thank, and pay tribute to those of you from Uvalde County that were in the service 70 years ago today,” said Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell. “It seems like a long time ago, but I know that to most of you it was just a flash.”
He went on to thank them for their service.
“Each and every one of you has a story,” Mitchell said. “Each and every one of you are vitally important to our country and the successes we have endured throughout the years.
Uvalde Police Department Officer Greg Villa drew his weapon the night of Sept. 1, during a traffic stop, after a woman exited her vehicle wielding a starter pistol.
The incident began in the 500 block of West Main Street where Luis Sambrano, driving a Chevrolet Silverado, failed to signal before switching lanes.
According to the police report, Villa turned on his cruiser’s lights but Sambrano continued to drive. He stopped in the 600 block of Boone Street.
Villa approached the vehicle where he spotted a 24-ounce can of beer in a cup holder.
Villa asked Sambrano and his passenger, Galinda Romo, 31, to step out of the vehicle.
According to police, Romo exited the vehicle holding a silver pistol at her side. Villa immediately drew his duty weapon and called for backup. Romo was asked to set the weapon down, but she did not oblige.
Two men are recovering at a San Antonio hospital after Uvalde Border Patrol Agents pulled them from a burning vehicle.
The pair was involved in a near-fatal one-vehicle rollover early on Aug. 29. The accident occurred on U.S Highway 90, 10 miles west of Uvalde, near the United States Border Patrol checkpoint.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of the Ford E-350 fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the roadway and rolled the vehicle.
A traveling motorist notified agents.
According to a press release from U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio sector, two agents responded to the scene, where a passenger van was turned over on its side with flames coming from the bottom of the vehicle. Two more agents arrived soon after.