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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.

Eagle Pass Independent School District Superintendent Gilbert Gonzalez’ contract with the EPISD is set to expire before the year ends

Gonzalez who has been at the helm of the EPISD since March 2012 is set to be evaluated in the coming months and could be offered another contract to continue leading the district.

Gonzalez’s contract was extended another year back in 2015 after receiving a positive evaluation from the EPISD Board of Trustees. The original contract agreement was scheduled to end in 2018 and was extended to September of 2019.

During that evaluation process, the (EPISD) Board of Trustees approved a one-year contract extension and a $10,000 pay raise from $150,000 to $160,000.

In previous years, Superintendent Gonzalez has received favorable evaluations by School Board Trustees whom have expressed confidence in his leadership and the direction the EPISD has been on since his hiring.

Press Release – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the marine unit in Del Rio rescued seven Salvadoran nationals from the Rio Grande River

“The higher number of families attempting to illegally enter the United States exposes more vulnerable adults and children to the hazards and risks of crossing the Rio Grande River,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “If not for the quick response by our Border Patrol agents, this incident could have ended tragically with the loss of life of three small children and their parents.”

On March 19, while conducting maritime operations, the Del Rio Station Marine Unit rescued two families from El Salvador after they attempted to cross the Rio Grande River near the Del Rio Port of Entry. The two families, totaling seven individuals, including three children ages three, four, and 10, were struggling to stay afloat in the swift current. The agents heard them call out for help because they could no longer hold their children while trying to stay above water. The agents immediately recognized their distress and navigated their service vessel toward the individuals, deployed a rescue rope, and safely pulled the individuals aboard the vessel.

All seven individuals were determined to be nationals of El Salvador. All were in good health and were transported to the Del Rio Border Patrol Station for processing in accordance with CBP guidelines.

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.

*Driving Alert* Eagle Pass Bridge 1 traffic to be rerouted

Bridge 1 traffic to be re-routed to Bridge 2 as of 4:00pm today, Friday, March 22, 2019 due to the Annual Abrazo Ceremony. This stoppage will continue for approximately 3 hours until about 7:30pm when Bridge 1 will reopen.

The Eagle Pass Police Department reminds all drivers to heed all signals, barricades, warnings and officers directing traffic during this time for an orderly transition and quick reopening.

Man escapes death after vehicle catches fire

A Maverick County man was able to escape death after he crashed his vehicle and it caught on fire on Tuesday, March 18, 2019.

Maverick County Sheriff Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident against a fixed object on the 400 block of Chuck Wagon Road on Tuesday evening and arrived to find a Lincoln MKZ engulfed in flames.

The Sheriff Deputies quickly got off their vehicles to check to see if anyone was inside the burning vehicle.

Luckily they found a male adult later identified as Daniel Opakeah Flores Gonzalez laying on the ground about 50 feet away from the wrecked vehicle.

Gonzalez is reported to have displayed signs of intoxication and complained of pains on his sides.

Eagle Pass Fire Department Emergency Medical Service Personnel was summoned to the scene and Mr. Gonzalez was transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

This case is currently under investigation.

Sheriff’s Dept receives several sexual assault complaints

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department received three sexual assault complaints this weekend.

Up to now, there is limited information over the three allegations but that all the victims are underage.

It’s reported that the first case was reported on Friday, March 15.

The other two complaints originated from the victims’ visits to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center Emergency Room where law enforcement officials were notified.

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the allegations to determine what the next step in these matters will be.

It is unknown at this time if the three cases are related or not.

Press Release- CBP Officers Intercept 1,395.5 Pounds of Marijuana at the Eagle Pass, Texas Import Lot

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers kept sharp focus on border security efforts, seizing a total of 1,395.5 pounds of marijuana in a single enforcement action at the Eagle Pass, Texas Import Lot.

“Securing the cargo environment is a critical mission for CBP and this weekend’s significant marijuana seizure underscores the need for our officers to stay ever-vigilant and aware of the narcotics threat while facilitating lawful commerce,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred on Saturday, March, 9 when CBP officers utilizing canines and a non-intrusive imaging system discovered 100 packages containing a total of 1,395.5 pounds of marijuana within an International tractor hauling a shipment of super sacks of polypropylene. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $279,102.

CBP officers seized the narcotics. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.