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Thu
21
Sep

PISD Police investigating attempted kidnapping

By MANUEL AZOCAR III

 

Pearsall ISD Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping attempt of a female student late afternoon, on Thursday, September 14.

 

According to a report on the case, the student was walking home after being dropped off at a designated bus stop near the intersection of Comal Trevino Street when she was approached by an unknown male adult who attempted to grab her and put her in his vehicle.

 

The incident occurred approximately two blocks from the bus stop and the suspect was described as being between 5’5” and 5’7” in height, with a skinny body type, and a beard.

 

 

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Thu
21
Sep

Highway closed for hours after multi-vehicle pile-up

By MARC ROBERTSON Contributor

 

La Salle County sheriff’s deputies were among the first on the scene of a pre-dawn traffic pile-up south of Cotulla on Monday, September 18, involving five freight trucks, a car, and serious injuries to a Laredo-bound driver.

 

The southbound lanes of IH-35 between Cotulla and Artesia Wells were closed for several hours beginning at around 5 a.m. Monday and traffic was diverted to the eastside access road during an investigation by the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and subsequent crash-site cleanup.

 

Preliminary reports on the incident indicate that a southbound freight truck may have sideswiped a stationary freighter that was undergoing some emergency roadside repairs, then veered across both southbound lanes and tipped onto its right side, blocking traffic. The driver was later transported to hospital by ambulance.

 

 

Thu
21
Sep

Warm skies...

The sun glows a subtle yellow hue in a pink early morning sky late last week as warm and muggy temperatures returned to the forecast following a week of mild weather.

 

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Despite administrative cuts, city eyes tax hike to balance budget

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall property owners may face additional taxes if the city is to maintain a balanced budget for the next year, despite radical cuts to administrative services.

Although city councilors are close to approving their next fiscal budget, only two citizens attended a public hearing on the subject Monday, September 11.

The city is required to hold public hearings on a proposed budget; Monday’s discussion covered the city’s finances for 2017-18.

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Thu
14
Sep

Patrol reveals drug use on Gilliam Road

By BREYANA SEGURA

Checking on a car parked along Gilliam Road late Sunday, September 10, Pearsall police officers discovered a local man in possession of narcotics and arrested him.

A report on the case indicates that an officer on routine patrol along the unlit road spotted the vehicle parked without its lights on and stopped to question its three occupants. A female passenger in the car, according to the officer, said that the group had stopped to allow her to use the restroom, although there was none in the vicinity.

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Thu
14
Sep

City, County leaders gather for ‘historic’ brainstorming session

Collaboration to continue with October 26 meeting

By JANICE ODOM

In what was considered an unprecedented move, the leadership of the city of Pearsall and Frio County came together September 7 for a brainstorming session as both entities face serious budget issues for the coming fiscal year.

Organized by Pearsall Mayor Mary Moore and the city council, the session at the Pearsall Public Library focused on sharing concerns and looking for ways to collaborate.

“One of the goals of this meeting,” Moore said in her opening remarks, “is to bring awareness to both parties, and hopefully we will establish a working relationship that is very conducive to that.

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Thu
14
Sep

Pearsall responders honor 9/11 heroes in tower climb

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall Volunteer Firemen Raul Carrizales and Cody Perez were among hundreds of firefighters who participated in the 2017 ‘San Antonio 110’ 9/11 Memorial Climb.

The fifth annual climb began in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, when first responders from all over the United States gathered to climb the 952 steps of the Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio to honor those who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City.

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Thu
14
Sep

State launches probe into Encinal fuel price gouging

By MARC ROBERTSON

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has confirmed it will pursue an investigation with possible prosecution of anyone who may have practiced price gouging in the days after Hurricane Harvey swept across the state last month, including a gas station in Encinal where fuel was sold at $8.99 per gallon.

A complaint filed with the Encinal Police Department by a motorist from Laredo indicates that the Encinal Fuel Stop, a Chevron station beside IH-35, charged more than three times the average rate for unleaded fuel during the afternoon of Thursday, August 31. A customer receipt for the purchase shows 11.11 gallons of fuel costing $100, with prices at the pump pegged at a fraction under nine dollars per gallon.

Thu
07
Sep

Frio Commissioners dip into reserves to avoid tax increase

By JANICE ODOM

Though opinions first differed on what direction to go to develop a balanced budget for the approaching fiscal year, Frio County commissioners adjourned their Friday, September 1, budget workshop with one major agreement – not to propose a tax increase, at least at this point in the planning.

Much of the discussion Friday centered around what impact, financially and otherwise, a tax increase would mean for the county and its citizens.

While County Judge Arnulfo Luna, Pct. #1 Commissioner Vickie Camacho and Pct. #3 Commissioner Ruben Maldonado were leaning toward a three-cent tax increase to cover a $200,000 budget shortfall, Pct. #2 Commissioner Richard “Dickie” Graf favored pulling the necessary funds from the county’s reserve and not raising taxes.

 

Thu
07
Sep

Pumps run dry following social media fueled gas panic

By MANUEL AZOCAR III

Spurred by social media fears touting a national gasoline shortage, Texans statewide flocked to gas stations Thursday, August 31, creating hours-long waits and emptying stations of their tanks.

Locally, cars began lining up at stations in Pearsall early in the afternoon while reports out of Cotulla were of gas prices surpassing $3 a gallon.

Gasoline was reportedly advertised for $8.99 at a convenience store in Encinal and diesel fuel was marked at $4.99.

According to the Attorney General’s office price gouging, the selling or leasing of fuel, food, medicine or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price after a disaster has been declared by the governor is illegal.

 

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