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Maverick County Sheriff’s Dept investigate Sexual Assault complaints

Sexual Assaults are a serious matter and are highlighted even more during the month of April which is designated across the nation to bring awareness to the problem.

Sexual assaults are a serious criminal offense in both Maverick County and in the United States.

During the month of March, the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department received three sexual assault complaints and are currently investigating them.

Sheriff Tom Schmerber is a strong advocate against crimes against women and children and urges anyone who has been victimized or knows of anyone who has to report it immediately to the authorities.

In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. The City of Eagle Pass and Maverick County are in not immune to sexual assaults.

A majority of the assaults are often committed by people known to the victim.

“We will not tolerate such acts. We’re here to help those persons in any way we can and we will go after any perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law,” concluded Schmerber.

If you are a victim or know of anyone who has been sexually assaulted your are encouraged to report such a crime.

Immigration Policy being reimplemented due to influx of asylum seekers

Illegal immigration into the United States has been in existence since a border was set in 1845 with the annexation of Texas by President James K. Polk.

Recently, amid a surge of undocumented immigrants looking to cross into U.S. soil illegally in search of asylum and freedom the federal government has begun to catch and release thousands of individuals under their own recognizance something not done since 2014.

In Eagle Pass, hundreds of migrants are being dropped off by United States Border Patrol in the downtown area with a set of documents and a promise to appear before the Federal Courts once they are called upon.

This is occurring due to a saturation of the Federal Detention Centers that are filled beyond capacity.

We recently spoke to an adult female from Honduras who was detained along with her two children and husband on April 1, 2019, and released into the U.S. population the following day.

Yulissa stated that she had been released after being in custody for only a few hours and given orders under removal proceeding section 240 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to appear for a court date, although a court date was not established in the paperwork she possessed.

“ I understand that there is a process. We made the decision to run from our home because of the dangers we face each day. My husband was severely beaten by the Maras within an inch of his life. He lost his hearing from the beating he received. We cannot return to our country. I’m afraid for our lives,” said Yulissa.

Yullisa added that she hopes to seek asylum once they are brought in front of an immigration judge.“We can’t go back. They will kill us.”

“I understand we came into the country illegally, but we are doing this for our children and hope that the U.S. Government has mercy on us as many others that are running from the same or worse situations,” added Yullissa while fighting back tears.” I do want to thank the President for allowing us to stay here while our issue is resolved and hope that we are granted asylum. Our lives depend on it.”

Yullisa like many others who have come into the United States have been set free into the country with only a few pieces of legal documents that could ultimately determine their fate, of either being deported back to their country or allow them to seek asylum through establishing credible fear and go through the process which has been established since 1951.

U.S. Representative Will Hurd Invites TX-23 High School Students to Participate in Congressional Art Competition


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) issues an invitation to high school students who reside in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas to enter the annual Congressional Art Competition. Every year, Congress holds an art competition to spotlight talented young artists throughout the country. The winner from each Congressional district will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building for the following year.

“I’m more impressed year after year of the caliber of our talented students across South and West Texas,” said Hurd. “Each submission shows me a portrait of the communities that I love to represent and champion in Congress.”

Students who are interested in learning more about the contest can visit Rep. Hurd’s website or call his San Antonio District Office at 210-921-3130. Entries will be able to be submitted to his San Antonio office starting Monday, April 29 with a deadline of 11:59pm CT on Friday, May 3.

Last year’s winner was Eagle Pass High School senior Keanna Saucedo, for her drawing titled “Beyond the Riverside,” which depicts the natural landscape of the Rio Grande River between her hometown of Eagle Pass, and Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Press Release – USBP apprehends large group of undocumented immigrants

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station apprehended a large group of undocumented immigrants early Saturday morning near the Port of Entry in Eagle Pass.

At approximately 6:55 a.m., agents conducting routine patrol operations encountered a group of 56 people who had recently crossed the Rio Grande River. All of the people in the group were Honduran nationals, many of whom were women and children ranging from 4 months to 16 years of age. Agents transported the group to the Eagle Pass South Station for processing.

“Our agents are encountering larger groups of immigrants including women and children,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Until recently, groups of this size have been uncommon in the Del Rio area. Our highest priority will always be the safety of all people involved no matter the situation. However, it is a criminal offense to enter the United States at a place other than a designated port of entry. Those who choose to enter illegally will be arrested and handled accordingly.”

This group ranks among the largest that have recently crossed in Del Rio Sector. Agents have arrested several groups ranging in size from 25 to 35 people, with total sector arrests this weekend alone totaling more than 500. In February, a group of 90 including women and children, surrendered to Border Patrol agents in Quemado.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Major Accident on South Veterans Blvd

At least four people were hurt in a major three vehicle accident that occurred on S. Veterans Blvd at approximately 11:45 am on Monday, March 25.

The accident left some patients trapped after the wreck.

Eagle Pass Police and Fire Department Personnel responded to the scene.

Upon arriving EMS technicians triaged the patients and quickly transported them to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.

Press Release – Double Amputee among other special needs cases rescued from Rio Grande

In three different illegal immigration cases never before seen U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Eagle Pass Station encountered three subjects this week, each with unique special needs due to mental or physical limitations.

Agents rescued a double amputee from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande.

Agents rescued a double amputee from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande.

“The current humanitarian crisis on the border is stressing our immigration system,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Our stations and processing centers were never designed to handle the current demographics of families and medical cases that we are experiencing. Our agents treat each person with humanity and compassion while enforcing the immigration laws and protecting the country.”

On March 20, agents from the Eagle Pass Station marine unit observed a single male in a wheelchair stranded on an island in the center of the Rio Grande River. Agents responded and determined the subject was a 37-year-old male Guatemalan national. The man is a double amputee who claimed he crossed to the island on his own but was unable to continue the crossing. He was determined to be illegally present in the United States and was assisted to the U.S. shore.

On March 19, a 41-year-old Honduran male was apprehended crossing the Rio Grande. Agents quickly realized that he could neither hear nor speak, making communication a challenge.

On March 18, a 36-year-old Honduran female was arrested entering the United States illegally with her step-brother. She was found to have a mental impairment that causes her or to become agitated and inconsolable. The female was calmed by her step-brother, so processing could be completed.

All subjects were offered and received medical attention as appropriate and were processed in accordance with CBP Guidelines which includes suitable placement.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

The Mueller Report: a two year investigation concludes with report to Attorney General

A two-year-long investigation alleging that United States President Donald Trump and associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 election found no evidence of such action by the President but stopped short of exonerating him of obstruction of justice.

According to a key findings summary report from U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump nor any of his associates conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference.

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” states the Mueller report.

The Report did find evidence that there was interference in the 2016 election.

“The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities,” states the AG report. “The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

Attorney General Barr also wrote that the Mueller investigation drew no conclusions about whether President Trump obstructed justice with any of his actions during the time in question.

Both Barr and deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators lacked sufficient evidence to determine that President Trump committed such an offense.

Attorney General Barr did write that the Mueller Report did stop short of exonerating the President of Obstruction of Justice.

“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” stated the Mueller Report.

Eagle Pass resident files complaint of identity theft

A female resident filed a complaint with the Eagle Pass Police Department reporting Identity Theft on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

The complainant stated that she had been receiving multiple mail correspondence and phone calls from credit card companies, retail chains, and even banks regarding inquiries into obtaining credit and even opening bank accounts under her name.

The individual stated that she had not attempted to obtain any of the accounts with those companies and she felt her identity was being stolen to do so.

The attempt to steal her identity goes so far that a bank account in Florida and Mississippi were opened under her name.

The female resident filed a complaint with local law enforcement authorities and is worried that the actor(s) who are perpetrating this crime will continue doing so.

“I’m afraid that they are going to ruin my credit and defraud those companies,” said the resident.

She has not been able to find out how the scammers obtained her personal information to attempt such crimes.

The community is asked to be careful when using your personal information especially online or giving out such details to anyone over the telephone.

Clues that someone has stolen your information include; you see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain. You don’t get your bills or other mail. Merchants refuse your checks. Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.

You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report. Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use. Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit. A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have. The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for. You get a notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

Railroad Commission of Texas to hold public comment for renewal of Permit 42B of Eagle Pass Mine

The Railroad Commission of Texas to hold a public comment and public hearing Renewal/Revision of Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Permit No. 42B, Eagle Pass Mine beginning at 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2019 and ending at 10:00 p.m. at the City of Eagle Pass International Center for Trade located at 3295 Bob Rogers Drive.

The public hearing is also scheduled to resume on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The hearing will be held regarding the application by Dos Repúblicas Coal Partnership for renewal/revision of its surface coal mining and reclamation Permit No. 42B for the Eagle Pass Mine. A five-year permit term is proposed by this application. The permit area, consisting of approximately 6,348 acres, is located in Maverick County approximately 5 miles north-northeast of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas.

City of Eagle Pass nearing deal to purchase property

The City of Eagle Pass is possibly nearing a deal to buy a designated property in the downtown area.

This property is being considered to be turned into a cultural and economic hub which will create vast opportunities to bring life to the area.

The property being negotiated at this time is the old Riskind Building which is right next to the city’s art gallery project that is currently in the works.

Back in 2018, the Eagle Pass City Council through its Main Street Program began looking at the idea of establishing a Economic Incubator and Art and Culture Center in the heart of downtown.

This project will include a business/ visitors center, a museum, and center for events, 3 spaces for lease, art center.

The City of Eagle Pass continues exploring every possible opportunity to revive the downtown area to its yesteryear.