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Major Accident on South Veterans Blvd

At least four people were hurt in a major three vehicle accident that occurred on S. Veterans Blvd at approximately 11:45 am on Monday, March 25.

The accident left some patients trapped after the wreck.

Eagle Pass Police and Fire Department Personnel responded to the scene.

Upon arriving EMS technicians triaged the patients and quickly transported them to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.

Press Release – Double Amputee among other special needs cases rescued from Rio Grande

In three different illegal immigration cases never before seen U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Eagle Pass Station encountered three subjects this week, each with unique special needs due to mental or physical limitations.

Agents rescued a double amputee from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande.

Agents rescued a double amputee from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande.

“The current humanitarian crisis on the border is stressing our immigration system,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Our stations and processing centers were never designed to handle the current demographics of families and medical cases that we are experiencing. Our agents treat each person with humanity and compassion while enforcing the immigration laws and protecting the country.”

On March 20, agents from the Eagle Pass Station marine unit observed a single male in a wheelchair stranded on an island in the center of the Rio Grande River. Agents responded and determined the subject was a 37-year-old male Guatemalan national. The man is a double amputee who claimed he crossed to the island on his own but was unable to continue the crossing. He was determined to be illegally present in the United States and was assisted to the U.S. shore.

On March 19, a 41-year-old Honduran male was apprehended crossing the Rio Grande. Agents quickly realized that he could neither hear nor speak, making communication a challenge.

On March 18, a 36-year-old Honduran female was arrested entering the United States illegally with her step-brother. She was found to have a mental impairment that causes her or to become agitated and inconsolable. The female was calmed by her step-brother, so processing could be completed.

All subjects were offered and received medical attention as appropriate and were processed in accordance with CBP Guidelines which includes suitable placement.

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.

The Mueller Report: a two year investigation concludes with report to Attorney General

A two-year-long investigation alleging that United States President Donald Trump and associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 election found no evidence of such action by the President but stopped short of exonerating him of obstruction of justice.

According to a key findings summary report from U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump nor any of his associates conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference.

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” states the Mueller report.

The Report did find evidence that there was interference in the 2016 election.

“The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities,” states the AG report. “The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

Attorney General Barr also wrote that the Mueller investigation drew no conclusions about whether President Trump obstructed justice with any of his actions during the time in question.

Both Barr and deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators lacked sufficient evidence to determine that President Trump committed such an offense.

Attorney General Barr did write that the Mueller Report did stop short of exonerating the President of Obstruction of Justice.

“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” stated the Mueller Report.

Eagle Pass resident files complaint of identity theft

A female resident filed a complaint with the Eagle Pass Police Department reporting Identity Theft on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

The complainant stated that she had been receiving multiple mail correspondence and phone calls from credit card companies, retail chains, and even banks regarding inquiries into obtaining credit and even opening bank accounts under her name.

The individual stated that she had not attempted to obtain any of the accounts with those companies and she felt her identity was being stolen to do so.

The attempt to steal her identity goes so far that a bank account in Florida and Mississippi were opened under her name.

The female resident filed a complaint with local law enforcement authorities and is worried that the actor(s) who are perpetrating this crime will continue doing so.

“I’m afraid that they are going to ruin my credit and defraud those companies,” said the resident.

She has not been able to find out how the scammers obtained her personal information to attempt such crimes.

The community is asked to be careful when using your personal information especially online or giving out such details to anyone over the telephone.

Clues that someone has stolen your information include; you see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain. You don’t get your bills or other mail. Merchants refuse your checks. Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.

You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report. Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use. Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit. A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have. The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for. You get a notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

Railroad Commission of Texas to hold public comment for renewal of Permit 42B of Eagle Pass Mine

The Railroad Commission of Texas to hold a public comment and public hearing Renewal/Revision of Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Permit No. 42B, Eagle Pass Mine beginning at 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2019 and ending at 10:00 p.m. at the City of Eagle Pass International Center for Trade located at 3295 Bob Rogers Drive.

The public hearing is also scheduled to resume on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The hearing will be held regarding the application by Dos Repúblicas Coal Partnership for renewal/revision of its surface coal mining and reclamation Permit No. 42B for the Eagle Pass Mine. A five-year permit term is proposed by this application. The permit area, consisting of approximately 6,348 acres, is located in Maverick County approximately 5 miles north-northeast of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas.

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.