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Surge in voting for Special City Elections surpasses previous years

The Second week of early voting for the Special City Election is set to begin on Tuesday with extended hours.

City Voters are urged to come out and vote.

The Polling site will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the City of Eagle Pass Multi-Purpose Center located at 480 S Adams St.

Voting started on Wednesday, January 15 and had 402 votes cast.

Inclement weather the following two days did not stop voters from exercising their freedom to vote.

On Thursday, January 16 there were 254 votes cast. The following day, Friday there were 256 people who came out to vote.

In that three day span there were 912 votes recorded, on pace to surpass previous election totals.

The 2020 City Special Election vote count for the first three days of early voting represents 48.2% of the entire votes cast in the entire 2017 election process which only had 1,891 votes cast.

A rising interest in voter participation can clearly be seen and is surely attributed to the fact that there are 5 new candidates running in this race.

First day of Municipal Election sees rise in turnout

The first day of early voting for the City of Eagle Pass Special Election has come and gone.

During the first day there were approximately 402 votes cast.

Wednesday’s 402 votes represent 22% of the entire vote count in the 2017 election which ended with 1,891 votes cast.

If this type of voter interest continues, it’s expected that the vote totals for this Special Election will be one of the most participated city run elections in recent history.

Shooting in San Antonio claims live of two Eagle Pass individuals

A tragic shooting in San Antonio Texas has left two male individuals from Eagle Pass, Texas dead.

The tragic Incident occurred on Tuesday at approximately 11:00 am at an at JTM transport when a 56-year-old man identified as Valdemar Martínez shot and killed his 47-year-old male brother identified as Jaime Martinez.

Law Enforcement officials state that Jaime Martinez received numerous gun shot wounds and later died at a San Antonio hospital.

It’s reported that Valdemar Martínez was found dead from a gun shot wound at a nearby Family Dollar Store.

The San Antonio Texas Police Department continues Investigating the Murder Suicide.

Maverick County Sheriff’s Dept respond to fatal shooting of individual

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department has reported that a male Individual identified as Jose Armando Ramirez was murdered on Sunday, January 12.

Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that on Sunday, January 12. 2020 at approximately 10:03 pm Maverick County patrol units responded to Rosita Valley Road regarding a possible shooting.

Sheriff Schmerber reported that on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at approximately 10:03 pm Maverick County Sheriff deputies responded to Rosita Valley Road and FM
1021 in reference to a male subject who shot another male subject.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies observed two pick-up trucks
and a male subject on the ground and another using a cell phone.

A deputy quickly detained the male subject who was using a cell
phone, and he was placed in a patrol unit for safety purposes.

The Male subject identified as Luis Ramon Miranda Jr. (suspect) was later transported to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department for investigation purposes.

Deputies secured the scene where Criminal Investigation Divisionn, Emergency Medical Services,
Justice of the Peace and Memorial Funeral Services were summoned to the scene.

EMS arrived at scene where Deputies were advised that the male subject (victim) identified as Jose Armando Ramirez was
deceased.

Justice of the Peace from Precinct 3 arrived at scene and pronounced the male individual deceased at 10:50 pm.

The Maverick County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Division arrived by location and processed the scene.

Memorial Funeral Services later took possession of the deceased body.

Balde’s Wrecker Service was also summoned on scene where a 2017, Dodge, Ram, 1500 and a 2003, GMS, Sierra was inventoried and impounded to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office for investigation purposes.

The case remains under investigation.

Male Individual Fatally Shot in Rosita Valley

Maverick County Sheriff’s Dept is reporting that a male individual was fatally wounded near the Shell Gas Station in the Rosita Sector of Maverick County at approximately 10:10pm. More information as it is released by law enforcement and investigators.

Ramsey E. Cantu granted right to run for Texas State Representative

A Federal Court has ruled and granted Ramsey E. Cantu the right to run for Texas State Representative.

The ruling came down on Friday, January 10 after Cantu appeared in a San Antonio TX. Federal Courtroom to present his argument over a decision by the State Democratic Party to deem him ineligible.

Cantu will now join the race to become the Democratic nominee for the House District 74 State Representative in the month of March.

The winner of that race will then get ready to take on the Republican Party nominee in November.

CBP initiates Pilot program of DNA collection

On January 6, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiated a limited, small- scale pilot program to assess the operational impact of proposed regulatory changes that would require the collection of DNA samples from certain individuals in CBP custody.

The pilot program will be limited to the following locations; Detroit Sector and the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

During the 90-day pilot program, CBP will collect DNA samples from certain individuals held at both locations.

For the U.S. Border Patrol, this will include individuals between the ages of 14-79 who are apprehended and processed within the Detroit Sector.

For the Office of Field Operations, this will include individuals who present at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry for consideration of admissibility and are subject to further detention or proceedings.

The pilot will assess the operational impact of a Department of Justice proposed amendment to the regulation that requires the collection of DNA samples from certain individuals and the submission of those samples to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, also known as CODIS.

The regulations apply to any individuals who are arrested, face charges or are convicted (including U.S. citizens and lawfully permanent residents), as well as to non-United States persons who are detained under the authority of the United States, including certain aliens in CBP custody.

The amendment proposed by the Department of Justice would remove a provision that authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to exempt from the DNA collection requirement certain aliens from whom the collection of DNA samples was previously not feasible because of operational exigencies and resource limitations.

The amendment restores the Attorney General’s plenary legal authority to authorize and direct all relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, to collect DNA samples from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non- United States person who are detained under the authority of the United States.

This pilot program is being performed in accordance with 34 U.S.C. §40702 and 28 C.F.R. §28.12 More information about the program can be found here. The Department of Justice’s proposal to amend existing DNA collection regulations can be found here.