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Aggravated Robbery suspect still at large

An unknown assailant took off with an unspecified amount of cash after he held up a local establishment this past weekend.

The Eagle Pass Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that was reported to have occurred on Sunday November, 25, 2018 at around 10:16 pm.

Reports show that Eagle Pass Police Department officers responded to a business within the 2300 block of El Indio Highway in regards to a report of an aggravated robbery.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers spoke with a female employee who informed them that she had just been robbed at gunpoint. The female employee informed investigating officers that two male subjects had entered the business as she was closing. She advised officers that one of the male subjects brandished a firearm and instructed her to give him the money from the cash register. Fearing for her life she complied. The two male subjects then fled the business in a vehicle.

The crime is currently under investigation by the Eagle Pass Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

Plant Explosion in Pecos County

PECOS COUNTY, Texas — There has been a plant explosion in Coyanosa, Texas. It happened around 10 a.m. Friday (Nov. 23).

Reports are that two contract workers were hurt. One was airlifted to Lubbock. The other was taken to the Ward County Hospital in a private vehicle. No word yet on how badly they were hurt.

Jessie Dominguez, Emergency Manager and Coordinator for Pecos County, says a 24-inch pipe exploded just outside the Waha Gas Plant there.

Dominguez said they’re allowing itself to burn out.

The Imperial Fire Department, Fort Stockton Fire Department and Pecos County EMS responded to the scene.

A statement from Energy Transfer:

“The area has been isolated and contained so the fire can safely burn itself out which is standard operating procedure. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”

Story originally appears in KFSM/KXNW

Will Hurd wins re-election bid after challenger Gina Ortiz Jones concedes

Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones conceded Monday in her challenge to unseat U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, (R), ensuring a third term for Hurd in his battleground district.

“While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud,” Jones said in a statement. “I remain committed to serving my community and country, and I wish Will Hurd the courage to fight for TX-23 in the way in which our district deserves.”

In an election straight out of the 2000 presidential race, there were questions as to the validity of the election due to a late night change in the number of the votes cast in Medina County. That along with a large number of provisional ballots out forced the media to withdraw their call which was made a bit premature.

In the end, the margin narrowed by a little over 1000 votes, however, the margin needed to win was still too large.

Congressman Will Hurd will begin his third term on January 3, 2019.

Union Pacific eyes increasing number of rail lines in city limits to alleviate traffic

On a daily basis, you see hundreds of railroad freight cars pass through the middle of town. These cars are carrying goods in and out of Mexico.

For a few years now, the number of rail cars that cross our border has been steadily increasing.

The company behind the increased freight crossing is Union Pacific who serves the area’s international rail bridge and all six major gateways along the border.

Union Pacific Railroad Public Affairs Director Ivan Jaime has stated in the past that UP’s intention is to triple the number of rail cars crossing through Eagle Pass in the near future.

Jaime has stated that UP intends to expand their single railroad line into two lines coming into the City limits of Eagle Pass sometime during early 2018. This will allow for the volume of rail cars being handled through Eagle Pass grow immensely.

Since 2008 to today Union Pacific’s business has increased by 500% through Eagle Pass going from 500 railroad cars crossings per day to more than 2,000 railroad cars per day.

The Eagle Pass Port of Entry has become the No. 1 rail port for Union Pacific.

Up to now, Union Pacific has invested heavily into the Eagle Pass Market. Jaime has stated that over $100 Million since 2009 to their facilities between Eagle Pass and Spofford, Texas.

One of Union Pacific’s investments has been the expansion of its South Lot with two railroad lines up to the U.S. Highway 277 Overpass on Veterans Blvd.

Union Pacific continues increasing its business presence in our area and is scheduled to continue growing into the future.

Border Patrol conducting reshuffle to reinforce border in other states

Close to 600 United States Customs and Border Protection Agents currently assigned to Texas have been deployed to California and Arizona to assist in protecting the nation’s border from a mass group of immigrants that are making their way to the U.S. / Mexico Border.

Included in the group of Border Patrol agents sent to California and Arizona are approximately 5 local BP agents.

The five agents are part of the large deployment who will wait for the caravan of immigrants and provide border reinforcement as requested by United States President Donald Trump.

The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency provided a statement regarding the deployment of CBP personnel to the states of California and Arizona.

“CBP continues to monitor the large caravan of about 4,000 as they make their way to Tijuana. We are also monitoring several additional caravans moving north toward the U.S. border.

CBP is prepared, with DOD support, to ensure border security as they approach our ports of entry. We are moving hundreds of additional CBP personnel into place to ensure our ability to safely address multiple potential contingencies, at and between the Southern California ports of entry.”

Official Statement on stabbing by EPPD

Two perish in collision on Hwy 57 near Batesville

The two people that died in a head-on collision on Tuesday night, around 8:30 pm, on Highway 57, near the town of Batesville, Texas have been identified.

Sources have identified the victims as Ramiro Ochoa and Emilia Hernandez, who are reported to residing in San Antonio, Texas, and traveling from Piedras Negras at the time of the tragic accident that took their lives.

Law enforcement officials reported that a motor vehicle accident between a blue 4×4 Chevy pick-up truck and a Honda SUV occurred and that there had been two casualties in the gruesome accident that left the two vehicles completely destroyed.

Reports state that two other people were seriously injured in the accident.

Frio County Sheriff deputies and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers were dispatched to the accident scene and closed down Highway 57 for more than five hours as an investigation was conducted.