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Thu
23
May

Father, son shot following fight

"These actions are unacceptable.."

A father is recovering after he and his son were shot following an altercation in Pearsall on Saturday morning, May 18.

According to a report on the case, officers were dispatched to North Moreno Street around 3 a.m. regarding gunshots being heard in the neighborhood and the discovery of two injured individuals.

Officers arrived on the scene to find emergency services personnel treating the father, who was critically injured, and his son.

Witnesses to the shooting told officers that their neighbors had been arguing, subsequently leading to a physical altercation.

It was while the two men were fighting that 26-year-old Rene Gutierrez fired several rounds, eventually striking the victim in the ankle.

 

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Thu
16
May

Castor sentenced: 30 years in prison

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

"Let this be a strong message..."

Two years after being convicted of molesting an underage girl, a Pearsall man was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Honorable Lynn Ellison, 81st District Judge, handed down the thirty year sentence to Jose Jesus Castor also known as Joe Bernal on Thursday, May 2.

Castor, who pled guilty to the crime, was first indicted by a Frio County grand jury on March 13, 2017 on a first degree felony for aggravated sexual assault of child.

 

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Thu
16
May

Work begins on $2.1 million Dilley facility

By MANUEL AZOCAR III

 

Breaking ground on Dilley facility...

Frio Regional Hospital officials officially broke ground on the Primary and Urgent Care Clinic in Dilley during a ceremony on Thursday, May 9.

“Today’s event is the culmination of two and a half years of planning and hard work by our Frio Hospital District Board and our Building Committee,” FRH Interim CEO and CFO Thomas Grimert said during the event. “Rural hospitals are struggling across our country and the state of Texas. What we are witnessing and participating in today sets us apart from those hospital districts.

“Our 5,600 square foot, $2.1 million clinic includes imaging, lab, and pharmacy services with walk-in convenience and extended hours.”

 

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Thu
16
May

PRIDE OF THE WOLVES

PRIDE OF THE WOLVES - Dilley Wolves track and field athlete Scottie Reyes poses with his coach Victor Flores after earning a gold medal in the shot put and claiming the Class 3A State Title in the event at the UIL State Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Austin. (See related photos and story, Page 11).

 

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Thu
09
May

THE VIBRANT ONES

- Law Enforcement members from La Salle County, Dilley and Pearsall participate in the Torch Run for Special Olympics in Pearsall on Wednesday, May 1, The run annually attracts participants of all ages and abilities, including Pearsall and Cotulla cross country runners. Funds raised at the event go to Special Olympics Texas, enabling those with physical and mental challenges to take part in the popular sports contests at Arlington each year. (Courtesy photo)

 

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Thu
09
May

Frio Jail: Awaiting re-inspection

Facility remains in non-compliance...

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards learned last week the Pearsall facility has corrected deficiencies and is awaiting re-inspection.

Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna, Sheriff Albert DeLeon, and Chief Deputy Danny Delgado traveled to Austin on Thursday, May 2 to provide the TCJS board an update on the status of the non-compliant facility.

“They stated they had corrected all the areas of deficiencies and were awaiting a reinspection,” TCJS Executive Director Brandon Wood said.

 

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Thu
09
May

Drunk driver becomes heated after smashing into local AC business

Not cool...

A Pearsall man who was allegedly intoxicated, slammed into a local air conditioning business and then fled the scene on Saturday, May 4. Police were dispatched to Maverick Heat and Cool shortly after 1 a.m. Friday morning, after a witness to the crime called 911. Patrolling officers were able to locate the Ford Expedition on Oak Street and observed the SUV traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a report on the case. The driver, later identified as 33 year-old, Jose Peralta, came to a stop at Interstate 35 and County Road 2014 on the north side of town. It was when the officer approached the vehicle that he noticed the front end of the SUV to have significant damage. During a roadside interview with Peralta, the man emitted a strong smell of alcohol, according to the officer’s report, and presented with slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. 

 

Thu
09
May

Fiesta fun...

The city of Pearsall's annual Cinco de Mayo Festival hosted a number of live bands during the two-day event on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the newly-renovated Pearsall Convention and Civic Center. Among the performers included Erick y Su Grupo Massore. (See related photos, Page 5). (Courtesy Photo)

 

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Thu
02
May

Waste disposal extension includes senior citizen discount

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall City Councilors unanimously approved a five-year extension with Republic Services, reducing the cost to senior citizens by nearly five dollars and also denied a $1,000 pay stipend for interim city manager Josie Carrizales.

“The community is helping with the water and sewer,” Republic Services representative Blake Caesar said during a meeting on Tuesday, April 23. “We need to help with the garbage.”

The current rate for solid waste collection is $19.43, senior citizens now will receive a 31-percent discount equating to $14.87 for the monthly service.

 

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Thu
02
May

Pearsall voter turnout slumps

In what was predicted to be a hotly contested municipal election, residents of Pearsall have not turned to the polls as only nine percent of eligible voters have cast ballots during early voting.

Records filed at City Hall indicate as of noon on Monday, of the registered 4,202 voters in Pearsall only 468 have cast ballots. 

 

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