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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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Thu
01
Feb

Ya'll ready for tip off?...

La Salle County joined with the city of Cotulla in hosting a grand opening ceremony for the new covered basketball court at the Martinez Park Sports Complex on Sunday, January 21. The ceremony included a ribbon-cutting with County Judge Joel Rodriguez and Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia, joined by the former county judge, Leodoro Martinez; county commissioners, law enforcement and judiciary, and county government elected officials.

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Thu
01
Feb

Tink’s first two years end with new contract

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall City Manager Charles “Tink” Jackson has been asked by councilors to draft a new employment contract at the end of his first two years in office.

Jackson has become the longest-serving city manager since 2011, a period that saw nine administrators come and go at Pearsall City Hall.

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Thu
01
Feb

One killed, two hospitalized following Hwy 85 crash

By MANUEL AZOCAR III

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is continuing its investigation into a fatal, two-vehicle crash on Hwy 85, just outside of Big Wells, that claimed the life of a Dilley man on Sunday
morning, January 28.

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