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Thu
22
Feb

Candidates line up for city seats

By BREYANA SEGURA

The filing period for the May elections for the Pearsall City Council came to a close Friday night with all seats on the ballot being contested.

Patty Vinton, who was recently appointed to fill Place 1 after Mando Martinez’ resignation, is being challenged for the seat by Gaelen Fraizer and Richard Gandara.

 

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Thu
22
Feb

Carrizales makes plans for downtown improvements

By BREYANA SEGURA

Two months after Pearsall was named a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission, city councilors have hired native Leah Carrizales as director for the program.

The 2012 Pearsall High School graduate took over the office late last week and hit the ground running with a ‘Heart Bombing’ campaign aimed at “spreading love to neglected or abandoned historic buildings.”

 

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Thu
22
Feb

Police drug raid nets suspects, narcotics cache

By BREYANA SEGURA

A Pearsall couple was arrested on felony drug charges last week after law enforcement officers were alerted to an apparent high traffic flow in the suspects’ apartment complex.

A report on the case indicates local residents called police with complaints about the traffic that appeared consistent with the narcotic trade.

 

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Thu
15
Feb

Traffic stop reveals narcotics, stolen handgun

By BREYANA SEGURA

A habitual drug offender found himself behind bars again last week after a Pearsall police sergeant found him in possession of narcotics and a firearm during a routine traffic stop on Monday, February 12.

A report on the case indicates 32-year-old Mario Santos had been stopped by police for a traffic violation and was subsequently arrested.

 

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Thu
15
Feb

Police nab speeder after downtown chase

By BREYANA SEGURA

A midnight attempt to evade Pearsall police officers ended in arrest on Saturday, February 10, for a local man known only to his fellow travelers as “Fred” but later identified as Saul Vasquez.

The 34-year-old suspect had been at the wheel of a Mitsubishi sedan in the company of two adult passengers when police spotted him traveling above the posted 30-mph speed limit in a residential neighborhood on the east side of Pearsall, according to a report on the case. Officers attempting to effect a traffic stop were then led in a short pursuit when Vasquez circled the neighborhood before stopping the car and fleeing the scene on foot.

 

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Thu
15
Feb

CHARRED REMAINS

A Wednesday morning blaze that engulfed a mobile home on Wednesday, February 7, left a Bigfoot family homeless. It took firefighters an hour to contain the fire, according to Moore Fire Chief J.D. Earls. Earls responded to the early morning call, along with the Bigfoot and Devine Volunteer Fire Departments. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

 

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Thu
08
Feb

Nine alarm fire ravages Frio produce shed

By BREYANA SEGURA

Sixty-five volunteer firefighters battled a Sunday afternoon blaze that created a plume of smoke visible for thirty miles when a produce packing shed outside Pearsall was destroyed.

The fire lasted 26 hours some 15 miles west of Pearsall on FM 140 on a building between Frio Town and the Zavala County line. The shed was used to supply fresh foods to Jack’s Produce in Pearsall as well as a number of grocery stores.

 

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Thu
08
Feb

Maverick to Cowboy: Silva leaves PHS for Cotulla AD job

By MANUEL AZOCAR III

Pearsall ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva is stepping down at PISD this week, having accepted the same position at Cotulla ISD, ending a five-year run with the Mavericks following a 10-1 District Championship season.

CISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals confirmed that Cotulla school board trustees selected Silva from a field of over 75 candidates during a Thursday, February 1 meeting. Silva accepted the position on Monday, February 5.

 

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Thu
08
Feb

Driver escapes freighter fire unhurt

Did truck hit roadway debris?

By MARC ROBERTSON

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the possible causes of a truck fire that occurred in the southbound lanes of IH-35 at Cotulla Thursday evening, February 1, an event from which the driver escaped unharmed.

First at the scene of the fire at was La Salle County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Avila, who reported that he found truck driver Gabriel Salas, 53, of McAllen uninjured and indicating that he believed his vehicle had struck some heavy debris on the interstate a short time before the fire ignited.

 

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Thu
01
Feb

Locals benefit from fed surplus program

“Cold weather raised a red flag for us...”

By MARC ROBERTSON

Hundreds of elderly or needy La Salle County residents have been supplied with wool blankets, sheets and pillowcases this month to help overcome persistent cold weather, following a charitable donation from the Federal Surplus Property Program.

At least two hundred blankets were delivered Thursday, January 25, to the county’s Elderly Nutrition Center and distributed to the facility’s home-delivery clients as well as to those who visit the dining hall and activity building in downtown Cotulla each day. Director Rosie Sauceda said she believes all those who receive the donations will appreciate the additional warmth during some of the coldest nights of the year.

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