Tragic Motor Vehicle Accident claims one life

The victims of the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Tuesday, November 12, have been identified.

The young 18-year old females are reported to be the late Isel Garza and her twin sister Yanel Garza.

A motor vehicle accident was registered on Tuesday at approximately 4:00 pm when a 2014 Chevrolet Envoy struck an 18 wheeler truck from behind at a high rate of speed.

Both sisters were severely injured in the accident and had to be transported to the hospital for emergency treatment.

Isel Garza tragically lost her life after she had arrived at the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Emergency Room.

Her sister Yanel was transported to a San Antonio TX hospital for treatment. She is reported to be in critical condition.

The accident is under investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety.

Two persons injured after crash with 18-Wheeler

Two individuals were seriously hurt after they crashed into the back end of a commercial vehicle (18 wheeler) on Tuesday, November 12.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:00 pm when a vehicle traveling S. Highway 277 about 5 miles out of Eagle Pass impacted itself into the back end of an 18 wheeler.

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department and Eagle Pass Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident and assisted two individuals.

Both needed medical assistance and transport due to the severity of their injuries.

One of the individuals was transported to a San Antonio TX hospital for treatment.

The road was closed down for several hours as officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Maverick County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident.

One of the individuals is reported to be 18 years old and in critical condition.

Local Attorney and Businessman Heriberto Morales, Jr. mulls State Rep bid

With less than 30 days to file registration for the March 2020 Texas elections, numerous possible candidates names have surfaced.

One of those individuals who has stated that he is strongly considering the opportunity to represent the largest State House District in the Nation is longtime Attorney Heriberto Morales.

Morales addressed the rumors going around that he would be throwing in his hat into the District 74 State Representative election.

Morales met with several local and International media outlets on Monday and answered their questions over the possibility that he would be stepping up into the political realm, and vie for the position held by another local attorney Poncho Nevarez.

“It is something I am strongly considering and will make that decision once I consult with my family,” said Morales. “ I want to make sure that our region is well represented and I believe that I can offer that representation.”

Attorney Heriberto Morales has been practicing law for19 years with the prestigious Langley & Banack, Inc. law firm and is someone who is very familiar with our border community needs.

Through a majority of his years in practice he has overseen years of governmental decisions that have spearheaded our city’s growth into a booming economic community in our region.

(Morales) has been City Attorney for more than 15 years and has worked closely with city officials in assuring our community’s overall well-being.
During this time he has provided general counsel legal advice and prosecuted municipal court cases.

During his career Mr. Morales has represented Fortune 500 companies and Texas corporations in civil matters and lawsuits in south Texas and has also represented individuals and families with serious or catastrophic injuries.

In addition to his impressive resume in the legal field, Eddie also owns a local and well known tortilla factory known for their mexican barbacoa and meat delicacies which has been family owned for 33 plus years.

His business acumen includes several real estate investment company holdings, that include commercial buildings downtown, residential construction work, and warehouse holdings. He currently owns the old “Dickies warehouse” by the Fort Duncan Park providing employment in many sectors in the community.

He is the proud father of two young ladies recently graduated from Texas State and a son currently at the University of Texas-Austin.

Poncho Nevarez announces retirement

Poncho Nevarez, a Democrat from Eagle Pass, who chairs the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, announced Friday, his intent to not run for re-election, statingthat it’s “time to come home.”

He stated that family and health come first and he was ready to dedicate time to them saying, “…my family needs me and I need them.”

Nevarez has been in his post as State Representative since 2013 and in a highly Democratic district, will likely stay Democrat.

Rumors of who will replace Nevarez circle abound the District as the registration period opens on November 9, 2019.

However, it has been reported that respected and long-time local Attorney Heriberto “Eddie” Morales may throw his hat in the ring.

Two Wintergarden Juveniles plead guilty to Murder of Carrizo Springs resident

Two male juveniles from the Winter Garden area have pleaded guilty of the murder of an 18-year-old Carrizo Springs resident identified as Elian Grimaldo.

The brutal murder occurred back in January in an area along a Farm Market Rd in Crystal City, TX.

Grimaldo was shot once in the head and left inside a truck where law enforcement officials found him after receiving a call from one of the defendants.

The juveniles of the ages 16 and 17 years old agreed to plea bargain their murder charges and have been sentenced by 293rd Judicial District Judge Maribel Flores and 365th Judicial District Judge Amado Abascal.

The 16 year old male juvenile was sentenced by Judge Abascal to 20 years imprisonment for his role in the Zavala County murder at the beginning of the year.

He will first serve up to three years in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department before he is transferred to a Texas State Corrections facility.

The 17-year-old juvenile has agreed to spend 30 years in State Prison for his role in the murder. He was remanded to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for at least two years before being transferred to a Texas State Corrections facility by Judge Maribel Flores.

293rd District Attorney Roberto Serna and his Assistant DA’s, and law enforcement officials including the Texas Rangers Office, Zavala County Sheriff’s Department, and other agencies have been working tirelessly on this case since January of this year.

“ Justice is now served,” stated Serna.

Gas prices higher in Maverick County than surrounding counties

Have you noticed that gasoline prices in Maverick County are higher than in other places?

The average price of a gallon of gasoline is around $2.35 (as of Sunday) in our community about $0.19 more per gallon than in Del Rio, TX which is averaging at $2.16 per gallon.

Other communities in the area Including Bracketville, Dimmit County, Zavala County, and Uvalde have lower gasoline prices than Eagle Pass.

Dimmit County is averaging at $2.25 per gallon. Uvalde is averaging $2.11 per gallon. Zavala County is at $2.28 per gallon. Bracketville is reporting gasoline prices at $2.19 per gallon.

Gasoline prices in San Antonio are reported to be at $1.98 per gallon.

Locally Convenience Stores follow each other in pricing their gas which is why the majority of local gas stations are at around the $2.36 per gallon average.

The price of gas in our community is only expected to Increase during the following months due to the holiday season.

How far are retailers willing to take it, is to be seen.

Multiple retail businesses shut down due to lack of economic growth

Forever 21, Walgreens, Dressbarn, GameStop, Gap, Ross Stores and other chains have announced nearly 9,000 store closings in 2019.

Locally, Forever 21 is one of the store’s earmarked for closure according to Information provided by the company, online.

Forever 21 plans to close 178 unprofitable stores including nine in Texas.

The company has yet to announce when the stores will be shut down.

Another company that announced clodures over the past weekend was Ross Stores. It is looking at closing approximately 200 locations in the U.S. Ross will be looking at closing down close to 350 store fronts around the globe.

Ross has 249 locations in the United States and 251 in other countries.

It is unknown at this time if the Eagle Pass location is one of the storefronts to be shut down.

Both locations are located at Mall de las Águilas which could suffer a financial setback if these two chains do, ultimately close their doors.