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State Representative Elect Eddie Morales Ready to Fight for District 74 Residents

State Representative-Elect Heriberto Morales

State Representative Elect Eddie Morales is over thirty days away from taking his seat at the state capital and begin working for the people of District 74 during the 87th Legislative Session.

Although the 87th Texas Legislature won’t gavel in until January, Morales like so many other representatives are already working on filing bills to be considered.

Once, Representative Morales takes his oath he will join the other 149 officials in a 140-day session which is expected to be quite a conundrum of legislation due to budget shortfalls stemming from the Covid-19 Pandemic and a redrawing of the state’s political maps.

For now, Representative Morales is working on bill filing and other items to make sure that the people of District 74 are heard this coming legislative biennium.

Subject Arrested for Family Violence attempts to kill himself during Incident

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 22-year-old male subject on Assault/Family Violence, and Possession of Marijuana under 2oz over the weekend.

The individual Identified as Antonio Casares is reported to also have tried to hang himself during the course of the incident.

Sherif Tom Schmerber stated that Deputies responded to the 200 block of La Loma in regards to a male subject attempting to commit suicide.

Upon arrival at the location, deputies were able to detain an aggressive male subject, later identified as twenty-two-year-old Antonio Casares, who displayed bloodshot eyes and appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

Contact was then made with Mr. Casares’s spouse who reported they had been involved in a verbal argument which led to a physical altercation.

She further stated Casares then wrapped a wire around his neck and attempted to hang himself from a mount.

EMS crews were at the scene, however, further medical attention was refused. Casares was placed under arrest and a pat down found him in possession of a small clear plastic baggie containing marijuana. He was then transported to the Tom Bowles Detention Center for processing.

Sheriff Dept Investigating Revenge Porn Post Online

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a complaint related to nonconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit images and or videos.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that deputies were summoned to a residence on Jacaranda Dr. in the Loma Bonita Sector of the community where a female adult filed a formal complaint for her juvenile daughter.

The Female stated that unbeknownst to them a known female had posted inappropriate pictures of her 17-year-old daughter online.

A formal complaint was filed and the sheriff department is further investigating this alleged crime.

In 2015 Texas passed a law against “Revenge Porn”, making it a crime to distribute sexually-explicit images of a person without their consent. In Texas, it’s a misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, plus damages and court costs for the victim.

Public officials announced that free Covid-19 testing will begin on Monday, November 30.

Maverick County Judge David Saucedo stated that the four testing sites will be located at the Seco Mines Community Center, Maverick County Lake, Nick Carr Sports Complex in Loma Bonita, and Casino Grocery in Pueblo Nuevo.

Judge Saucedo added that the testing is part of the State of Texas Covid-19 Pandemic response.

Test results have a 24-hour turnaround and individuals will be notified of their results.

Testing will begin on Monday, November 30, County Judge David Saucedo reported.

The four testing sites will be operating from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

You are asked to bring an identification and abstain from drinking and eating anything at least 30 minutes before going to the testing site.

You can register to get tested at either the County website or City of Eagle Pass site as well.

City to Implement Medical Workforce Program through Covid 19 Relief Funds

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Through adversity city and county officials have been finding out a lot of what our community is made of.

It has also opened up, allowing officials to focus on weaknesses that can be worked on, post Pandemic.

Eagle Pass Economic Development Department presented Information during a meeting held last week regarding a medical workforce program funded through Coronavirus Relief Funds.

The training program will give up to 50 people in the community an opportunity to study to go into the medical field.

In combined efforts with AHEC, Community College, Texas Workforce Commission, and City of Eagle Pass Individuals who want to pursue a career in the medical field can apply to be assisted through this funding.

Some of the training that could be available includes, (Nurse Aide Clinical Medical Assistant Phlebotomy Technician, Dialysis Technician (with Phlebotomy training), Dialysis Technician, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant (with Phlebotomy, Electronic Health Records, and Community Health Worker.

City Councilman Attorney Rolando Salinas alongside the City Council have approved to move forward with this great program that is made possible under Coronavirus Relief Funds.

“This will be of great benefit for our community. It will help us add workers to the medical care workforce,” said Salinas.

Councilman Salinas is wholeheartedly behind advancing opportunities for community growth in every aspect.

“During these trying times we have found that we do lack in certain areas. One of those areas is in the Medical Care workforce. This is something that has been brought up to the forefront during the Covid-19 Pandemic,” stated Salinas.

At this point, the city is working on a medical care workforce program that will allow for Individuals to study and become part of that workforce.

Local Commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

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Pct. 2 Maverick County Commissioner Rosy Cantu and her husband Martin Cantu tested positive for Covid-19.

Commissioner Cantu does ask the community for prayers for her husband, Martin who will be transported to Methodist hospital in San Antonio to receive further evaluation and treatments.

“I do thank everyone who has called and has prayed for us,” said Cantu.

Commissioner Cantu does ask for the community to continue praying for her husband, Martin.

She also urges the community to take all the necessary safety measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Del Rio Border Sector sees significant decrease in apprehensions

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According to Information provided by the United States Border Patrol illegal immigration has seen a significant decrease along the Del Rio Border Sector in 2020.

There are many factors that could be attributed to the decrease Including the danger of infections from COVID-19 for those people looking to traverse from their Country of origin into the U.S. which is among the Countries with more infections. Another factor that could be driving the decrease is that Customs and Border Protection now has full authority to now deport without hearings or processing.

According to statistics for fiscal year 2020, the Del Rio Border Sector had a total of 40,342 apprehensions. While the report also stated that in 2019 there were 57,269 apprehensions, a marked decrease of — 42% in apprehensions from one year to the next.

During the 2020 fiscal year there were 2,199 unaccompanied alien children apprehensions while in 2019 there were 3,621 a difference of 1,422 or -39%.

There was also a decrease in Family Unit apprehensions going from 32,835 in 2019 to 7,703 in 2020 or a -77% decrease.

Del Rio Sector Border Apprehension Statistics does show an increase in single adult captures.

In 2020 there have been 30,440 while in 2019 there were 20,813 an increase of about +46%.

The Del Rio Border Sector which includes Maverick County.

Male Individual stabbed multiple times

Maverick County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Roberto De Leon reported that a male Individual was stabbed multiple times in an altercation.

Chief De Leon stated that deputies were summoned to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Emergency Room in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 17 in which contact was made with a twenty-seven-year-old subject who reported he had been stabbed in the back multiple times during a physical altercation with a known male.

Documentation was taken and this case has since been turned over to the Criminal Investigations division.

Suspect held for multiple active warrants

Maverick County Chief Deputy Roberto De Leon reported that deputies were dispatched to a location in the Rosita Valley Sector of the community in reference to a suspicious red Chevrolet Tahoe by location.

Contact was then made with a male complainant (property owner) who stated that said vehicle was trespassing in his property.

Contact was then made with an 18-year-old male driver identified as Felipe Miranda and a 17-year-old female passenger.

An NCIC/TCIC system check was conducted on both subjects to which communications advised, that Felipe Miranda had multiple active warrant out of the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office, for Murder and Human Trafficking.

Miranda was then placed under arrested for the active warrants and transported to the Tom Bowles Detention Center for further processing.

Back in 2019, Miranda a Maverick County resident was arrested by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department under an arrest warrant out of Kinney County for multiple charges including murder.

The subjects arrest stems from a high speed chase through Kinney County in the month of June 2019 which resulted in the death of an undocumented immigrant and injuries to others.

Miranda’s bond was set at around $350,000 for several charges which includes a $100,000 bond for murder, evading arrest $ 5,000, smuggling of persons child under 18 years of age one charge bond $ 50,000, engaging in organized criminal activity $ 100,000 bond, smuggling of persons resulting in death of smuggled individual bond $ 100,000.

Miranda allegedly was involved in a smuggling incident that resulted in a high speed chase which ended tragically after the vehicle the subjects were in crashed.

Kinney County officials were able to detain six individuals on charges related to the pursuit and accident which occurred on June 21, 2019.

Subject Arrested for Injuring a Disabled Child

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that a Deputy while patrolling Main Street on Sunday saw a male subject identified as Josue Rocha on a bicycle. The subject was approached and after further investigation, A TCIC/NCIC check was conducted in which he had an active felony warrant (Injury to a disabled child, 3rd Degree Felony).

Rocha was transported to the Tom Bowels Detention Center for processing.