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Farm to market road 481 temporarily closes due to live wires on road

At approximately 2 p.m. A call came into Uvalde County sheriff’s department Of A downed powerline and fire in southern Uvalde County. Upon arrival Uvalde County sheriff’s department discovered that a large home was being transported and had not over several power lines and caused a fire on the nearby shoulder.

The fire was quickly contained and electricity crews began to immediately cut power to those lines.

The the Uvalde County sheriff’s department reopened FM 481 once power has been cut off and traffic has been reduced to one lane.

The Texas department of public safety has taken over the investigation including the transportation of the home.

MVA involving 18-wheeler in North Maverick County ends tragically

A 27 -year-old Maverick County resident lost his life after he was struck over by an 18 wheeler in an area near the Radar Base on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that the accident occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Sheriff Schmerber stated the young man was struck by the commercial vehicle along U.S. Highway 277.

The male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident and officials are investigating the tragic occurrence.

At this point in time, one male individual has been detained after he was intercepted at the Port of entry.

Sheriff Schmerber stated that the individual arrived at the Port and notified authorities he had struck something along 277.

He was referred back to an area near the Radar Base where the tragic incident had occurred.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has taken over the scene and is investigating the tragic accident.

One injured in roll over at Maverick County line

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported a Motor vehicle accident at around 11:45 am on FM 2644 by the Maverick County line.

Sheriff Schmerber reported that a tractor trailer traveling eastbound caught gravel and lost control and rolled over.

The male driver identified as Dan Sabacthane Garcia (36 yoa) from Crystal Cit was transported by air evacuation to a San Antonio hospital

Del Rio – Acuña International Bridge has been closed

Photo: Del Rio News Herald

The Del Rio – Acuña International Bridge has been closed to all traffic as of 12pm. More information as it becomes available.

Update: Bridge closed due to security exercise due to an immigration threat yesterday.

No official report has been given as of this time.

As of 1:30 pm the bridge reopened for service.

MVA sends two to hospital

A motor vehicle accident was reported at 4:15 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2019 on Del Rio Blvd. The vehicle in question was overturned and resulted in female adult being injured and being transported to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center. Further information of those involved in the incident have not been released.

Update: as of 5:15pm it was reported that two individuals were transferred to Fort Duncan Medical Center

New State law to change the way city charges for building permits

The City of Eagle Pass approved changing the way they charge for residential building construction permits due to a change in state law which mandates such charges.

The Eagle Pass Council approved an ordinance amendment looking to adopt a new manner in which fees are determined and collected for residential construction permits within the city’s jurisdiction at their meeting held on Friday, July 5, 2019.

The new amendment would comply with new regulations set by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott which governs building permit fees.

The Texas Legislature passed legislation during its 86th session prohibiting the assessment of building permit fees for residential projects on a valuation of a residential structure.

“With the new law passed it has made that illegal,” said City Engineer Vanessa Rosales.

The City Council approved to update the city’s fees involving residential building permits based on the square footage of the proposed construction project and not on the valuation of the structure as recommended by engineer Rosales. The new law and city amendment does not apply to commercial projects,

The new city amendment schedule and costs are available through the City of Eagle Pass Planning Department.

The new proposed fee is to be at a $0.40 cents per square footage under the guide of the new amendment to Chapter 8, Article II, Section 8-19 of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas (“City”) Code of Ordinances.

The ordinance will be brought back to the City Council two more times are required by law.

CBP Border Patrol vehicle engulfed in flames

A United States Border Patrol vehicle was completely destroyed when it was engulfed in flames on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that the incident occurred in an area near the community of Quemado Texas at approximately 1:30 pm.

Sheriff Schmerber stated that a Border Patrol agent was out on patrol duty when the vehicle began emanating plumes of smoke from its engine compartment.

A fire was detected and quickly spread.

BP agents called in the fire and personnel from the Eagle Pass Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

The federal government vehicle, however, did sustain heavy damages and was rendered a complete loss.

Luckily, the Border Patrol Agent did not suffer any injuries in the incident.

Sheriff Schmerber does ask the community to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained for this summer heat.

Make sure to keep your engine cool. Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically. Make sure fluids are at appropriate levels. Most engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components.

You are also asked to consult with your mechanic and assure that your vehicle is ready for the upcoming high Texas temperatures