Gandara resigns, files for election as sheriff

BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer With six months left in his term, Pearsall City Councilor Richard Gandara has submitted his resignation to place his name on the ballot for Frio County sheriff in the 2020 primary elections. Several candidates have already announced bids for the top law enforcement job, and the race is expected to…

La Salle pursuit ends in crash, local man’s arrest

Investigators puzzle over driver’s motives… MARC ROBERTSON Editor Law enforcement investigators are examining all possible motives that a Cotulla man may have had last week for fleeing a routine border checkpoint inspection and attempting to evade capture by driving through town after his tires had been spiked. Identified as 42-year-old Joel Thomas Montemayor, the suspect…

Alarcon is city’s new finance director

“I want to be a resource…” BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer The city of Pearsall has hired Santos Alarcon as its new fiance director, replacing Josie Carrizales, who resigned last month. Alarcon’s appointment took effect Monday, November 25. He joins the staff with a rake of credentials, many of which he earned through contract work…

Candidates gather for local primaries

2020 ELECTIONS Filing deadline approaches… With less than a week left until the filing deadline, local government election candidates in Frio County have begun stacking the ballot with their bids. Several candidates have filed for places on the Democratic Party primary ballot in Frio, vying for key leadership positions. There is currently one Republican Party…

Locking property, staying watchful help prevent crimes of opportunity, sheriff’s office says

MARC ROBERTSON Editor The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies in reminding seasonal shoppers and travelers to help protect themselves from crime and to take measures reducing opportunities for thieves. In addition to last week’s caution by the Texas Department of Public Safety related to a spike in auto thefts…

Cotulla Master Plan revamps public spaces

Goals include attracting tourists, reviving economy in historic district MARC ROBERTSON Editor Residents and city officials have been given a glimpse of how Cotulla may look in the near future if various aspects of a master plan for downtown improvement are realized, including parks and pedestrian zones. The plan presented Thursday afternoon, November 21, by…

Letters to Santa

The Frio-Nueces Current will publish its annual ‘Letters to Santa Claus’ edition on Thursday, December 19, featuring Christmas wishes from young students in Pearsall, Dilley, Cotulla, Encinal, and private schools. All letters must be submitted through school offices or in groups by teachers, by email only to mazocar@fncnow.com, before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 for…

Correa wins game parlor case, faces money laundering charges

Your Lucky Day gaming machines returned… BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer Three years after Pearsall police executed a search warrant seizing nearly 50 gambling machines, a district judge has ordered the city return all items confiscated from Your Lucky Day parlor. The judgement, handed down by 81st Judicial District Judge Russell Wilson, found no merit…

Three charged with nursing home ransack

Sinks, toilets, wires ripped from building… BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer A five-day crime spree in Pearsall ended Tuesday, November 19, when thieves were interrupted by a city employee who notified police of a break-in at a former nursing home. A police report on the case indicates a city worker was inspecting water meters near…

Holiday closure

The offices of the Frio-Nueces Current will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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