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06
Jun

CHS Top Ten

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Cotulla High School Top Ten graduating students in the Class of 2019 are (Left Photo, L-R) Valedictorian Dylan Teneyuca, Salutatorian Elisa Gonzalez; (Upper Photo, Front Row, L-R) Mallory Garcia, Tyrese Perkins, Aleah Bustamante; (Top Row, L-R) Krystalynda Garza, Leah DeLaRosa, Haley Ramirez, Reagan Leone, Alexia Aguero. CHS commencement ceremonies are this Friday at 8 p.m.

 

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Thu
06
Jun

Frio County Jail in compliance

"A year later..."

Following a year of failed jail inspections, the Pearsall facility has passed an unannounced visit and has met the minimum standards of compliance.

According to a letter issued by Texas Commission on Jail Standards Executive Director Brandon Wood, the recent inspection conducted by Jennifer Shumake on May 23, shows the jail to meet minimum standards.

“Please be advised that technical assistance was provided in some areas,” Wood noted in his letter. “The requirements review has been attached for your review to ensure that you are fully aware of the issues. Failure to address the technical assistance areas in a timely manner may result in the issuance of a notice of non-compliance.”

A May 11, 2018 inspection

resulted in eight deficiencies requiring corrective measures be made within thirty days.

 

 

Thu
30
May

Pearsall to host Summer Movie Nights

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BY BREYANA SEGURA

On the cusp of summer vacation, the city of Pearsall Parks and Recreation department will begin its Movies in the Park nights beginning June 6.

The annual event takes place at the newly renovated Polo Patino Park on the city’s westside of town.

 

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Thu
30
May

Annex building on hold; ponce is top candidate

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall City Councilors appointed Juan Ponce to serve as the municipal judge for the next two years during a meeting on Tuesday, May 21.

The decision to appoint Ponce was made after Mayor Mary Moore broke a tie-vote among councilors during the Tuesday meeting.

Councilor Julian Hernandez made the motion to hire Ponce following two nights of candidate interviews, he garnered the support of Councilors Brenda Trevino and Robert Villarreal. Councilors Roland Segovia, Davina Rodriguez, and Sonia Hernandez voted against the appointment of Ponce. Councilman Richard Gandara was not in attendance.

“We had amazing candidates for the municipal judge position,” Moore said. “However, only one person can fill that position.”

 

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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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