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Thu
30
May

A Promise kept

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Apromise made sixty-nine years ago came to fruition on a Saturday afternoon in May 2019. The family of Private First Class Herschel Riggs have gathered to welcome their soldier home, fulfilling that promise to a loved one and inspiring hope in others.

It all began in 1950. Although World War II had already ended, it still remained a time of conflict. The Cold War was a time of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union with its satellite states and the United States with its allies, which then resulted in the separation of Korea. Korea, now two sovereign states, was divided by a dangerous border. With both leaders of the North and South claiming to be the sole, legitimate government of all Korea, their conflict escalated into war.

Lillie Lund was a mother of two, living in Rio Grande City during this period. Her son, Herschel Mearl Riggs, was one of thousands who served in the military during the Korean War (June 25, 1950- July 27, 1953).

 

 

Thu
30
May

Ledezma pleads guilty, faces 50 years behind bars

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By BREYANA SEGURA

Eight months after brutally stabbing his estranged wife’s boyfriend, John Ledezma was sentenced to 50 years behind bars on Wednesday, May 22.

According to court documents, 56-year-old, Ledezma appeared before 81st District Judge Russel Wilson and pleaded guilty to the felony murder of Ruben Esparza; and a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon of his estranged wife, Elsa Ledezma.

 

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Thu
23
May

City officers win canine competition

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Gutierrez and K9 Zena earn top honors...

The Pearsall Police Department won top honors last week as they competed in the fifth annual Uvalde Police Department Narcotics Competition.

Sergeant Jesse Gutierrez and his K9 partner, Zena, was accorded top honors on Friday afternoon as he placed first overall defeating 45 other canine teams from across South Texas.

Among the teams competing were handlers from the Laredo Police Department, US Border Patrol, Pharr Police Department, Webb County Sheriff, and the Victoria County Sheriff Department.

Also competing at Friday’s competition were Officer Abraham Cantu and his K9 parter, Kali, and Officer Thomas Morrow and his K9 partner, Blitz.

 

 

 

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Thu
23
May

Pilot escapes burning plane following crash

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Aircraft clips power line, crashes in cornfield...

A Pearsall agri-pilot narrowly escaped with his life after the cockpit of his plane became engulfed in flames following a crash on Tuesday, May 21.

The pilot, identified as 34-year-old Joshua Bell, was performing a routine spray of a cornfield when his plane struck a power line on the southeast side of the county.

According to a witness at the scene, the wheel of the plane Bell was operating clipped a nearby power line, became entangled and forced the aircraft to come down in the field. It subsequently caught fire.

 

 

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Thu
23
May

Father, son shot following fight

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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- 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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