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Thu
12
Jul

Deputies arrest Molina after burglary

By MARC ROBERTSON

A Cotulla man has been remanded into custody on a second-degree felony charge of burglary after being found in possession of electronics that had been stolen from a residence over the weekend.

Identified as 32-year-old John Brian Molina, the suspect in the case is believed responsible for a break-in at a home in the 1300 block of Frio Street in Cotulla during daylight hours Sunday, July 8, and the theft of a 50-inch television and a game console.

 

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Thu
12
Jul

Bombs bursting...

Fireworks bath the night sky in a purple and green hue during the annual Pearsall July 4th Celebration at the Convention and Civic Center on Wednesday evening, July 4. The event featured musical artist Rick Trevino and local musicians JP Gonzales and the Last Minute Band as well as a comedic performance, carnival, food vendors and a fireworks display to cap the night.

 

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Thu
05
Jul

Traffic stop nets drugs, firearm, infant

By BREYANA SEGURA

Two Pearsall men were remanded into custody on drug and firearm charges as well as an active arrest warrant after a routine traffic stop yielded 135 grams of marijuana and a gun in their car on Friday, June 29.

The men were accompanied in the car by an infant boy.

 

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Thu
05
Jul

Encinal PD rocks internet with viral lip-synch hit

By BREYANA SEGURA

Encinal police officers have learned their recent lip-sync video has been ranked fifth overall in a South Texas poll.

Police Sgt. Oscar Silva Jr. and Patrolman Joseph Abrego were all smiles as they discussed their video that featured Tejano, pop, and country music. Recording humorous video clips with officers and staff miming the vocals of popular songs has trended recently, and agencies in several cities have participated by floating their own clips on the Internet.

 

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Wed
04
Jul

Our pride...

Members of the city of Encinal Royal Court enjoy displaying their patriotism on one of the floats in the annual Independence Day Parade hosted by the city of Cotulla and the Main Street Program through the middle of town on Saturday morning, June 30. The parade included elected officials, law enforcement and emergency responders, student groups and sports clubs, business representatives, and the La Salle County Fair ambassadors. The day’s festivities continued at Veterans Park downtown with food and game booths, live entertainment and a fireworks display over an evening concert and street dance.

 

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Thu
28
Jun

Indi-gone...

Frio County resident Ralph Morgan captured a rare site on Monday morning, June 25 as he photographed a Texas Indigo Snake capturing and devouring a rattlesnake on his farm outside of Moore. “The Indigo was about 6’5” long and I was able to see it capture and eat a rattlesnake about 30” long,” Morgan said. “If you live long enough, you get to see just about everything.” The Texas Indigo Snake is a large, nonvenomous, colubrid snake and found from southern Texas south into Mexico as far as Veracruz.

They are predominantly black in color, with a high sheen which gives their smooth scales an iridescent hue. They regularly attain lengths beyond 6 ft. and 8 ft. long specimens are not uncommon. Indigo snakes spend most of their time actively hiding and because of their aggressive attacks on rattlesnakes, many farmers consider it a useful ally. The Texas Indigo Snake is listed as a threatened species by the state of Texas. (Pho

 

 

Thu
28
Jun

Councilors accept kudos at Galveston conference

By BREYANA SEGURA Staff Writernal medal.

 

Three months after learning they had been named 2018 City Council of the Year by the Texas City Managers Association, Pearsall’s councilors officially accepted the accolade during a ceremony in Galveston on Friday, June 22. The honor came after City Manager Charles Jackson nominated the council for its efforts during Hurricane Harvey and an investigation into wrongdoing by Councilor James Leal, who was ultimately ejected from his seat at the council table. “This is a special occasion,” David Harris, president of the Texas City Managers Association, said in March when he notified councilors of their award.

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Thu
21
Jun

Workshops slated next week to discuss raises...

Councilors table talk on employee raises

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall city councilors took no action on an agenda item to increase hourly employee pay citing budget concerns during a meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

At the request of Mayor Mary Moore, Pearsall City Manager Charles Jackson looked at how employees were compensated and presented councilors with a proposal for an 80-percent increase for hourly employees.

“I looked at discrepancies [in pay],” Jackson said. “The analysis looks at the position, not the people.”

According to the City Manager, a number of employee salaries had been set on a ‘who knew who’ basis; creating a third of employees being paid below market area value.

 

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Thu
21
Jun

Punched...

Emergency responders were dispatched to the corner of Thornton and Lane streets on the east side of Cotulla at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, June 14, after an accident in which a vehicle had struck a building. La Salle Sheriff’s Deputy Juan Mirelez noted in his report that 18-year-old Christina Marie Aguilar was driving a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck on Lane Street and may have lost control of her steering while negotiating the Thornton intersection at an unsafe speed.

 

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Thu
21
Jun

Ready to serve...

Pearsall Municipal Judge Noemi Flores reads the oath of office to newly-elected City Councilors (Right Photos, L-R) Richard Gandara and Sonia Hernandez. Incumbents (Left Photos, L-R) Julian Hernandez and Brenda Trevino were also sworn into office during the meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

 

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