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822 voters take to the polls on First day of early voting

822 voters came out to exercise their freedom to vote during the first day of early voting in the Texas Primary Election.

845 voters exercised their voting rights on the first day of Early Voting in the 2018 Primary. Whether this year is on track to mirror 2018 turn out or surpass it remains to be seen.

Voters are urged to vote during this important primary.

Early Voting is being held at the
Eagle Pass Multi-Purpose Center located at 480 S Adams St. from Tuesday, February 18 – Friday, February 28 (8 am — 5 pm).

Voting hours will be from 7am — 7pm on Saturday, February 22.

CARRIZO SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO 200 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SETTING UP HIDDEN CAMERA TO VIDEOTAPE MINOR FEMALES

In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced a Carrizo Springs man to 200 months in federal prison for setting up a hidden camera in his bathroom to video minor females over a four year period beginning in August 2012, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ordered that 44–year-old Ruben Gallegos Loera pay a $10,000 assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) and be placed on supervised release for a period of five years after completing his prison term.
On October 28, 2019, Loera pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. According to court records, on April 6, 2019, Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from someone at the defendant’s residence concerning images of child pornography discovered on the defendant’s computer. A subsequent forensics review of the seized computer revealed the presence of approximately 200 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.
“The reprehensible conduct in this case is yet another example of the child exploitation and abuse occurring all over this country. We will keep fighting for children. But this issue must be a priority for leaders everywhere,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.
Loera has remained in federal custody since his arrest on April 18, 2019.
The FBI’s San Antonio Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Texas Rangers, with the assistance of the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.

US Customs and Border Protection involved in High Speed Chase

The United States Border Patrol were involved in a high speed pursuit that ended in a rollover accident which killed an undocumented immigrant and seriously hurt three others.

The incident occurred on Monday evening at approximately 7:40 pm in an FM road in the Quemado Tx area.

The United States Border patrol attempted to stop a 1993 Corvette they believed was transporting undocumented immigrants.

The vehicle then led BP agents on a high speed chase.

Tragically, the vehicle suffered a rollover accident.

The accident resulted in the death of one individual from Ecuador and three others hurt Including the driver identified as 51 year old Raymundo Flores.

Primary Season in full force, Illegal to destroy Campaign Signs

With the Texas Primary Elections less than 10 days away, things are becoming heated.

Recently, like in other election times, candidates are reporting that some of their political signs have been defaced, and or stolen.

We must remind, anyone who is responsible for such actions that it is crime to deface/ destroy or steal a political campaign sign.

The removing or destroying of campaign signs is punishable by a fine and jail time.

Remember that the state statute says it is illegal to “steal, willfully deface, mutilate or destroy any campaign yard sign on private property.” The crime is punishable by a fine up to $2,500, up to a year in jail or a combination of both.

Regardless of how someone feels about a candidate, the election process or the signs themselves, removing them for any purpose without permission is still against the law unless they are on that person’s property.

Eagle Pass ISD dealing with Social Media threats

Law enforcement officials for the Eagle Pass Independent School District will strengthen surveillance on Friday following a threat of shooting allegedly made by a student through a social media outlet.

Eagle Pass Superintendent Samuel Mijares, confirmed that the District became aware of the threat and the police are already investigating who made it.

He commented that these types of comments through social networks are taken very seriously, so surveillance will be reinforced.

An Eagle Pass Junior High School page on the internet posted out this statement.

We want our EPJH community to be aware of our continued commitment to safety which includes multiple, proactive approaches to fortifying the security throughout our school.

We are aware of several unsubstantiated threats on various social media outlets that have been circulating regarding the safety of our school.

Let me reassure you that everyone in our school is safe. Please have a conversation with your child about using social media responsibly. Sometimes social media posts are untrue and can cause unnecessary disruptions and anxiety among students and staff.

This is a reminder to all student that it is prohibited to send/post electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, or damaging to our educational environment.

The Telecommunication Devices Policy forbids the use of electronic devices during school hours.

If you have any questions please contact EPJH school office at (830) 758-7039.

In the past few years the Eagle Pass Independent School District has dealt with several threats made from student’s. Thankfully they were handled appropriately at the time.

Waking up the Political Sleeping Giant

Voting is of great importance as it gives you an opportunity to exercise one of your freedoms as a United States Citizen.

During the Eagle Pass City Special Election a fresh group of new candidates to the political spectrum have been urging young voters to exercise that very freedom.

Local Attorney and Candidate for City Council Place 4 Rolando Salinas has been promoting throughout the early voting period for young city residents to vote.

“ We highly encourage our young community members to come out and vote. It’s of great importance to do so,” said Salinas.

Salinas has been able to meet with many young and first time voters who are eager to be part of the Democratic election process.

The reality has been, not only in Maverick County but across the nation that young voters notoriously neglect the importance of voting.

“ We want to change that. And we challenge our community’s young people to exercise their freedom at the election polls,” added Salinas.

The young individual in our community and across the nation are very important on both sides of the aisle.

Key issues within our governing bodies are closely related to the young demographic and their futures.

This very fact, makes it imperative for them to educate themselves on political issues and take to the polls.

This election is literally about waking up the sleeping giant (young voter) to come out and participate in the Democratic process.

For years, the majority of voters have been of the ages of 35 years and older. With only a paltry amount of voters between the ages of 18 to 29 deciding to participate. That has to change in order to reflect the powerful political force that they can be.

28 Year Old added to Texas 10 Most Wanted List

28 year old Romeo Torres Jr. who has ties to the Maverick County area has been added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list by the Texas Department of Public Safety. A $7,500 cash reward is being offered for information leading to his capture.

The Texas Department of Public Safety state that Torres is affiliated with the Partido Revolucionario Mexicano (PRM) gang and is wanted for assault on a public servant; aggravated assault; and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle in Maverick County.

Torres has been wanted since December 2016, when he fled from his last known address in Eagle Pass.

Mexico. On December 5, 2016, the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department issued warrants for Torres’ arrest for Assault on a Public Servant, Aggravated Assault, and Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle.

TXDPS has issued out a description of Torres who is reported to be 6 feet, 1 inch tall, and weighs approximately 230 lbs and has tattoos on his right leg and both arms.

Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters are required to provide information to authorities using one of the following methods:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-252-8477;

Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, then clicking on the link under the photo;

Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All tips are anonymous, regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS’s investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists, with photos, on the DPS website.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives as they are considered armed and dangerous.