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Vehicle found in flames by MC Sheriff’s Dept

Another vehicle was found by Maverick County Sheriff Deputies engulfed in flames.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported over the weekend that Sheriff Deputies responded to a service call in an area along Wipff Rd. regarding a possible brush fire on Saturday, July 21 at approximately 3:00 am.

Upon arrival to the scene in the Chula Vista Sector, deputies encountered a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

The vehicle a white Ford F-350 truck was parked in close proximity to a canal next to the roadway.

Fire Department personnel had responded to the emergency call and proceeded to extinguish the blaze.

No one was found at the scene and an investigation into the incident is currently being conducted to determine what happened and who the owner of the vehicle might be and if it was stolen.

A few months ago the Sheriff Deputies responded to an area in Seco Mines next to the railroad tracks where a Sport Utility Vehicle was found also fully engulfed in flames.

Last year another vehicle was found in the Thompson Road area next to the canal also in flames. That vehicle was reported stolen minutes after it was found by the Sheriff Department on fire.

Two vehicle accident results in three injured persons

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported a two vehicle accident between a 2007 Gray Cadillac and a Black 2014 BMW which resulted in the injury of three individuals on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Sheriff Schmerber reports that Sheriff Deputies received a 911 emergency call on Saturday reporting a Motor Vehicle Accident at the intersection of Hwy. 277 E. and Loop 480.

Upon arrival to the scene, Sheriff Deputies and Eagle Pass Emergency (EMS) crews came in contact with three individuals who were involved in the accident.

EMS personnel proceeded to medically attend the accident victims while Sheriff Deputies blocked of the road area and proceeded to conduct an investigation on the accident scene.

The three individuals required further medical treatment so they were immediately transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Emergency Room.

The individuals in the BMW were later identified as 23-year-old Issac Silva and his passenger 54-year-old maria Fuentes Silva both from Divine,Texas.

The third victim and driver of the 2007 Cadillac was identified as 29-year-old Norberto Rodriguez from Crystal City, Texas.

The accident is currently under investigation to determine the cause and fault.

Silent Heroism: The True Hero

Real heroism is silent. Does not ask for attention, or seek recognition. True heroism is all about waking up in the morning, and knowing that you do your job and someone else gets to live.

True heroism is quite unremarkable but oftentimes overlooked.

Within minutes of each other, there were two emergency calls reporting unresponsive persons. The calls came over the radio and seconds later personnel from the Eagle Pass Fire Department were on the way to provide medical attention and transport the individuals to the local emergency room.

Both victims survived their medical ordeal, we were told.

But often no matter what this fine men and women do, they cannot save a patients life. “Those you take home with you and wonder what else could I have done for them during their last moments,” says a local firefighter/EMT.

The EMS profession is a stressful career. EMS personnel experience recurring exposure to trauma, violence, and death. On a moments notice you may respond to a simple call of a cat up a tree and seconds later your driving towards a life and death decision-making call.

These calls are the ones that many EMS personnel carry with them for the rest of their lives. “Every one of those calls and patients you lose, you take home. Those calls you can never leave behind,” says a local Firefighter/EMT.

“What often shakes you to the core is emergency calls involving children. Seeing their pain and knowing that their lives are in your hands really brings out every emotion. You just want to give them your all. I often wish I could take their place to make their pain go away,”said another EMT

As soon as EMS responds to an emergency call they become the lifeline for their patients and the nearest hospital/ trauma center.

In 9 months reported for this fiscal year, 25 individuals have died either while being assisted or on the way to the hospital.

The job of a civil service employee is a demanding one and our men and woman always answer the call and go out there and give it their all.

Next time you see a Peace Officer or an EMT/ Fire Fighter thank them. It is because of them that we as a community can sleep safely.

Juan Francisco Treviño Chavez trial underway amid increased security

The trial against 38 -year-old Juan Francisco Trevino Chavez “Kiko” an alleged Zetas cartel member and leader began on Monday, July 16 and is on-going in Waco, Texas.

The trial was set to take place in the Del Rio Western District Court system but was moved to Waco, Texas on the request of Federal District Judge Alia Moses who is overseeing the trial. Security has been heightened and the federal courthouse in Waco has been on lockdown since day one of this trial.

Chavez is being charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, conspiracy to import with intent to distribute a controlled substance ( Marijuana) and also indicted on charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substances: extraterritorial, Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute ( cocaine) Conspiracy to import with intent to distribute a controlled substance ( cocaine), conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy.

The federal government alleges that Chavez trafficked different types of narcotics, as a weapons procurer, money launderer beginning from 2004 up until September 28, 2016, when he was arrested in Baytown, Tx.

The Federal indictment against Chavez alleges that the crimes were committed in the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Colombia and elsewhere.

Chávez is the nephew of former Zetas Leader Miguel Angel “Z-40” Treviño. Chavez is presumed to have moved into the premier leader position, after his uncles’ arrest.

Trevino is possibly facing up to life in prison for the crimes he is being accused of.

Chavez’s trial is expected to possibly go on for weeks.

An individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Maverick County Emergency Coordinator informs of Excessive Heat Advisory

High temperatures today are expected to range from 100 to near
107 degrees across South Central Texas. An Excessive Heat Warning
has been issued for Llano, Burnet, Williamson, and Travis counties
for this afternoon and early evening. A Heat Advisory is in
effect for a good portion of the rest of the central CWA.

Regardless of warnings and advisories, all of South Central Texas
will be hot today. Take extra precautions if you must work or
spend time outside. Wear light weight and loose fitting
clothing, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks,
preferably in an air conditioned area. When possible reschedule
strenuous activities during the morning or mid evening hours.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in
vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during
hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a
matter of minutes. Look before you lock!

Saturday through Thursday.

High temperatures are expected to continue gradually warming
through the weekend and into early next week, peaking Sunday and
Monday. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect
for portions of the Hill Country and the I-35 corridor through
Sunday and these will likely be extended into Monday. Additional
counties could be added to the Excessive Heat Warning for Sunday
and Monday.

During Hot Weather – What to Do to Prevent Heat Problems
Drink Plenty of Fluids. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. …
Replace Salt and Minerals. …
Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen. …
Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully. …
Pace Yourself. …
Stay Cool Indoors. …
Use a Buddy System. …

FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS DRIVER AND FOUR OTHERS INVOLVED IN DIMMIT COUNTY CRASH THAT RESULTED IN DEATHS OF FIVE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

Press Release-

In Del Rio today, a federal grand jury indicted five (5) individuals, including 20–year-old Jorge Luis Monsivais,
Jr., of Eagle Pass, TX, for their roles in a smuggling scheme that resulted in the deaths of five (5) illegal aliens,
announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio
Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez and Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd.
The six-count indictment charges Monsivais, 55-year-old Mexican citizen Marcial Gomez Santana; and
occupants, 45-year-old Mexican citizen Mariela Reyna; Marcial’s son, 21-year-old Rudy Gomez of Hockley,
TX; and, Marcial’s daughter, 19-year-old Johana Gomez of Houston, TX, with one count of conspiracy to
transport illegal aliens resulting in death, one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens resulting
in serious bodily injury, and one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens. The indictment also charges
Monsivais with one substantive count of transportation of illegal aliens resulting in death and one substantive
count of transportation of illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury. The indictment also charges Santana,
Reyna, Rudy and Johana Gomez with one count of harboring illegal aliens for private financial gain.
All five charged in the indictment remain in custody. Upon conviction, the defendants face up to life
imprisonment or death, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.
On June 17, 2018, U.S. Border Patrol agents initiated immigration inspections on three vehicles traveling in a
convoy on FM 2644 between El Indio, TX and Carrizo Springs, TX. Monsivais led Border Patrol agents and
Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase. While traveling east bound on Highway 85,
Monsivais crashed as he entered the town of Big Wells, TX. Of 13 illegal aliens traveling with Monsivais at the
time of the crash, four of them died at the scene and nine were transported to a hospital for medical care. One
died on the way to the hospital. U.S. Border Patrol agents detained a total of 23 illegal aliens involved in this
scheme–21 Mexican nationals and two (2) Honduran nationals.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is leading
this investigation together with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol—Del Rio Sector and
the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Paul Harle is prosecuting this case on
behalf of the Government.
An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are
considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Crystal Meth discovered on 18 year old woman

Illicit activities continue being discovered in Eagle Pass, Texas. On Sunday, July, 15 United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 57 immigration checkpoint in Maverick County arrested an 18-year-old woman from Eagle Pass after discovering methamphetamine’s and black tar heroin in a vehicle she was driving.

Border Patrol agents conducting checkpoint duties discovered 10 plastic bags containing crystal methamphetamine weighing 11.56 pounds and two plastic containers with black tar heroin weighing 5.12 pounds hidden in a 2008 silver “Kia” the woman was driving.

The woman and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

“Border Patrol agents are committed to keeping dangerous drugs from entering our communities,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Our agents continue doing a remarkable job everyday intercepting narcotic smuggling attempts.”

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.