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One injured in roll over at Maverick County line

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported a Motor vehicle accident at around 11:45 am on FM 2644 by the Maverick County line.

Sheriff Schmerber reported that a tractor trailer traveling eastbound caught gravel and lost control and rolled over.

The male driver identified as Dan Sabacthane Garcia (36 yoa) from Crystal Cit was transported by air evacuation to a San Antonio hospital

Del Rio – Acuña International Bridge has been closed

Photo: Del Rio News Herald

The Del Rio – Acuña International Bridge has been closed to all traffic as of 12pm. More information as it becomes available.

Update: Bridge closed due to security exercise due to an immigration threat yesterday.

No official report has been given as of this time.

As of 1:30 pm the bridge reopened for service.

MVA sends two to hospital

A motor vehicle accident was reported at 4:15 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2019 on Del Rio Blvd. The vehicle in question was overturned and resulted in female adult being injured and being transported to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center. Further information of those involved in the incident have not been released.

Update: as of 5:15pm it was reported that two individuals were transferred to Fort Duncan Medical Center

New State law to change the way city charges for building permits

The City of Eagle Pass approved changing the way they charge for residential building construction permits due to a change in state law which mandates such charges.

The Eagle Pass Council approved an ordinance amendment looking to adopt a new manner in which fees are determined and collected for residential construction permits within the city’s jurisdiction at their meeting held on Friday, July 5, 2019.

The new amendment would comply with new regulations set by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott which governs building permit fees.

The Texas Legislature passed legislation during its 86th session prohibiting the assessment of building permit fees for residential projects on a valuation of a residential structure.

“With the new law passed it has made that illegal,” said City Engineer Vanessa Rosales.

The City Council approved to update the city’s fees involving residential building permits based on the square footage of the proposed construction project and not on the valuation of the structure as recommended by engineer Rosales. The new law and city amendment does not apply to commercial projects,

The new city amendment schedule and costs are available through the City of Eagle Pass Planning Department.

The new proposed fee is to be at a $0.40 cents per square footage under the guide of the new amendment to Chapter 8, Article II, Section 8-19 of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas (“City”) Code of Ordinances.

The ordinance will be brought back to the City Council two more times are required by law.

CBP Border Patrol vehicle engulfed in flames

A United States Border Patrol vehicle was completely destroyed when it was engulfed in flames on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that the incident occurred in an area near the community of Quemado Texas at approximately 1:30 pm.

Sheriff Schmerber stated that a Border Patrol agent was out on patrol duty when the vehicle began emanating plumes of smoke from its engine compartment.

A fire was detected and quickly spread.

BP agents called in the fire and personnel from the Eagle Pass Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

The federal government vehicle, however, did sustain heavy damages and was rendered a complete loss.

Luckily, the Border Patrol Agent did not suffer any injuries in the incident.

Sheriff Schmerber does ask the community to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained for this summer heat.

Make sure to keep your engine cool. Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically. Make sure fluids are at appropriate levels. Most engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components.

You are also asked to consult with your mechanic and assure that your vehicle is ready for the upcoming high Texas temperatures

Former Eagle Pass ISD employee sentenced to Federal Prison

A former Eagle Pass Independent School District Teacher identified as Teresa Hiarmes was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison in a Del Rio Federal Courtroom on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Hiarmes along with another subject had been accused and arrested in February 2018 for attempting to introduce a firearm into Mexico through the Eagle Pass Bridge System.

Jose Hiarmes the other subject was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for his role in the illegal activity.

Hiarmes must turn herself in to Federal Authorities by October to begin serving her sentence.

Border Patrol Agents Recover Body from Rio Grande

*News Release*

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station marine unit recovered the body of a deceased man from the Rio Grande River.

“The recovery of a dead body is one of the grimmest tasks performed by Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agencies,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “My condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased individual.”

On June 25, Border Patrol agents conducting marine operations encountered a deceased person approximately two miles northeast of the Eagle Pass Port of Entry on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande River. The body was recovered by personnel from the Eagle Pass Fire Department with the assistance of Border Patrol marine agents, and subsequently turned over to the custody of a Maverick County Justice of the Peace.

Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019, there have been 21 deaths encountered by Border Patrol agents within Del Rio Sector.