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Two subjects involved the murder of Sergio Lerma arrested

Alejandro Chavez
Adrian Rodríguez

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Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber announced the arrest of
two male subjects involved in the murder of Sergio Lerma, which took place in the South Elm Creek Subdivision on December 19, 2019

Investigations led by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations unit led to the arrest of 24 year old Alejandro Chavez who was placed under arrest by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department on December 30, 2020 for the offense of Failure to report a felony.

On January 04, 2021, 35 year old Adrian Rodriguez was placed under arrest by deputies and sheriff’s department investigators at his home on Marco Drive for also failing to report a felony.

Both Chavez and Rodriguez were confined to the Tom Bowles Detention Center pending magistration.

This case will be referred to the Maverick County District Attorney’s Office.

Seven arrested after vehicle chase in Southern Maverick County

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department arrested 7 people after being led on a vehicle chase in the Southern part of Maverick County on Monday evening.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle in an area near the Rosita Valley Sector of the community and attempted to stop the Ford F 150 pickup.

The driver did not heed the deputies attempt and led the Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase.

At some point during the chase, the truck stopped and dropped off 5 individuals.

Those individuals were captured and turned over to the United States Border Patrol.

The truck continued to ellude the deputies and ended up crashing into a canal.

Deputies and other agencies continued looking for two subjects.

Layer on a resident in an area on Wagon Wheel road called to notify the Sheriff’s Department that two individuals had gone into her property and were possibly hiding in a tool shed.

Deputies arrived at the scene and were able to find the two subjects.

They were both arrested and now face multiple criminal charges.

The subjects have been identified as
23-year-old Manuel Alejandro Macías and 28-year-old Fredy Lamas Macías.

Facing a complex problem is often best left at the rivers edge

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For many leaving their Country of Origin is not on the top of their lists of things to do. They often do so in search of what in their native land has failed them, opportunity.

Often times their trek leads them towards the land of opportunity. Although tarnished by what has been occurring in the past decade or so it’s still a dream, the American Dream for many.

On a daily basis, hundreds if not thousands of individuals attempt to make their way into the country, Illegally, risking it all to find a piece of that dream they have spent their entire lives hearing about.

On Wednesday, December 30th, Del Rio Sector Special Operation Detachment operators and law enforcement officials apprehended 21 individuals attempting to make that fateful trek.

For now, those individuals will be processed and eventually returned back, only to attempt again and again to gain access to a Country that was made on the premise that we’re supposed to be a melting pot.

The topic of immigration is one that has many components. Finding a balance is the tricky part or maybe one that figureheads don’t feel needs to be fixed since it’s a big lucrative business.

December on record as 2nd month with most positive Covid Cases in Maverick County

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The month of December is now on record as being the second month with the most infections since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic back in March.

As of Tuesday, December 29, there have been 1,483 new positive Covid-19 cases in our community.

Only the month of July has had more positive cases with 1,549.

It’s highly probable that with 2 days left in the counting process, December will become the most infectious month, surpassing the month of July.

Officials are gravely concerned that the month of January could see an increase in positive cases due to the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.

Currently, Officials have tested 35,392 people or about 60.7 percent of the entire Maverick County population. Of those, 28,885 have come back negative.

There have been 6,393 people infected with 5,414 recovered.

There are 818 active cases.

37 people are hospitalized with 8 on ventilators.

Primera vacuna del COVID-19 administrada en el condado de Maverick

El Dr. Lon Walder recibió la primera vacuna COVID-19 en el distrito hospitalario del condado de Maverick

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El Distrito Hospitalario del Condado de Maverick recibió 300 vacunas que son para trabajadores de primera línea y personas en la lista de Nivel 1.

Otras ubicaciones en el condado de Maverick han recibido 100 vacunas y están pendientes de recibir más en las próximas semanas.

First COVID-19 Vaccine given in Maverick County

Dr. Lon Walder received the first COVID-19 Vaccine at the Maverick County Hospital District

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Maverick County Hospital District received 300 vaccines which are for Frontline workers and persons on the Tier 1 list

Other locations in Maverick County have received 100 vaccines and are pending to receive more in the following weeks.

President Trump signals Vetoing Stimulus to increase direct payment, Congressional Democrats agree, GOP silent.

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President Trump posted a video on Twitter, calling the COVID Stimulus deal that was passed earlier this week after months of gridlock, “a disgrace” and says he’s asking Congress to amend the amount of stimulus money Americans receive from $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple, as well as modify the language of the bill to remove superfluous language.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated on Twitter that, “We spent months trying to secure $2000 checks but Republicans blocked it.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also Tweeted, “Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”

The House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have not made statements or stated support.

If President Trump vetoes the bill Congress will need to return to Washington DC from their recess to get this done before Christmas break and in order to send first round of checks the week of December 27.

Congress passes nearly 1 Trillion dollar COVID Stimulus bill

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Nine months after passing the CARES Act, The US House and Senate passed a second stimulus package aimed at helping Americans with the fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The House had passed several stimulus bills over the Spring and Summer months but were never taken up by the Senate. It was not until mid-December when talk of a stimulus began to swirl and now has passed.

The second stimulus bill contains:
• $600 for each adult. This will be dispersed to individuals earning up to $75,000 and married couples earning up to $150,000. The overall amount dispersed reduces for all incomes over the thresholds.
• $600 for each dependent child (18 and under) in the household.
• “Mixed–Status” Households will not be denied the stimulus check as they were in the first round. Where wording stipulated that both persons had to be American Citizens, had a Social Security and if they did not meet the stipulations all members of that household and filers would be denied their stimulus check.
• $300 extra in unemployment aid, as well as extended PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) and PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits until March 14, 2021.
• PPP loan extension and expansion to include and expand funding for local newspapers, local TV stations, and radio broadcasters.
• $20 Million in EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loans) for small businesses in low-income communities

The stimulus bill was fraught with contention since early last week as each side fought for special interests and particular bullet points. On December 21, 2020, at approximately 7:45pm the House passed the bill and at 10:40pm the Senate passed its bill. The final bill goes to President Trump to sign or veto as he deems.

Sheriff department Investigating drive by shooting

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a drive by shooting that is reported to have occurred at a residence in the Rosita Valley Sector of the community on Sunday.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber stated that deputies were summoned to a residence located on Winchester St. where it’s owner claimed two individuals passed by his gone and fired a weapon on multiple occasions.

Sheriff deputies did find at least three impacts including one that hit a vehicle outside the house.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the Incident.

Subject arrested with Meth alledgedly held a female by force inside a home

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department arrested a male individual for possession of Methamphetamine after responding to a disturbance in progress.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that patrolling units responded to a residence on FM2030 on Sunday in reference to a disturbance in progress.

Upon arrival, contact was made with individuals who reported a male subject had a female in a room against her will.

Contact was made with the male subject who was seen dropping a clear plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance, which would later test positive for methamphetamine. The subject was transported to the Tom Bowles Detention Center for processing.