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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.

Maverick County Sheriff’s Dept arrest two individuals for failure to report a felony

The Maverick County Sheriff Department arrested two individuals for not reporting a felony. The arrests are in connection to the murder of Sergio Jesus Lerma Jr.

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department has identified the subjects as Jonathon Romero and Margarita Isabel Chavez as the two detained.

Chavez and Romero are being charged for not reporting a felony.

Under Section 38.171 of the Texas Penal Code, you can be charged with failing to report a felony if you witness the commission of a felony, and the circumstances are such that a reasonable person would have believed that an offense had been committed that would result in serious bodily harm or death, and you fail to report the crime. The statute requires that you immediately report the offense to a peace officer or law enforcement agency. As a Class A misdemeanor, the charge can carry a penalty of not more than one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber will be holding a conference on Monday to disclose as much information possible regarding the arrests in relation to the murder which occurred on December 19.

A male suspect in the murder was captured in San Antonio TX and is identified as 44 year old Mark Ivy.

The Maverick County Sheriff Department continues investigating the tragic incident.

Man arrested for murder in 1990

The United States Customs and Border Protection arrested a 63-year-old subject who was wanted for murder in Zavala County back in 1990.

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the international port of entry 2 shortly after 11:00 pm on Thursday, January 2 where agents at the port detained a male subject wanted on murder charges out of Crystal City, Texas.

The subject, sixty-three year old Cesar Dominguez Chavez, was placed under arrest and transported to the Tom Bowles Detention Center for processing after the warrant was confirmed.

It’s reported that Dominguez murdered two individuals at a Crystal City residence back then.

Early morning motor vehicle accident reported by Sheriff’s Dept

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that in the early morning hours of January 1st deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex in the Rosita Valley sector in regard to a motor vehicle accident.

Upon arriving at the scene, contact was made with the property owner who stated that an unknown driver had struck his apartment complex.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2018 Chrysler 300 driven by an unknown subject was traveling on Rosita Valley and made right turn onto Rosita Garden at a high rate of speed causing it to lose control, sideswiping a light pole and striking an apartment complex.

The driver fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.

The vehicle was towed away by Baldes Wrecker Service. No injuries were reported at that time. The case is under investigation.

Undocumented Immigrants captured by CBP near local convenience store

The United States Border Patrol detained two undocumented immigrants from Guatemala at the Stripes Convenience Store located on Del Rio Blvd. on Tuesday, December 31,2019.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 pm. when Border Patrol Agents were alerted that two individuals, possible undocumented immigrants were seen in the area.

The U.S. Border Patrol began a search of the area and eventually found the two male Individuals at the convenience store.

The subjects were detained and transported to the U.S. Border Patrol Station for processing.

Christmas came early to local School

The gift of giving is such a heart filled
gesture especially during the holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 18, employees of the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers visited over 300 students from Robert E. Elementary with a Christmas surprise.

Earlier during the month school personnel including Principal Blanca Musquiz asked the kids to write out a letter to Santa with three wishes.

Employees at the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers got together and decided to try to make all those wishes a reality.

Christmas for over 300 kids would come early as Santa Claus and FDRMC employees would show up with plenty of gifts on Wednesday.

Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Marketing Director Lourdes M. Perez and Staff, Principal Musquiz and Robert E. Lee Elementary personnel would surprise all the students with an amazing kind gesture that they will never forget.

Mrs. Perez addressed the kids and told them that FDRMC employees had heard of their wish list and that they were there to make a majority of them a reality.

The kids were ecstatic with joy as FDRMC and Robert E Elementary staff called out the kids names one by one to give them their gifts.

The majority of the kids received up to three gifts, one for every wish they had written out to Santa.

Some children even received I Phone, electronics, clothing and most importantly what their heart desired for Christmas.

“The employees of FDRMC were proud to be Christmas Angels to all the students at Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Our employees donated almost 900 gifts to these students. We are so proud of our employees for their generosity and for brightening their lives during the holidays,” posted FDRMC.

Principal Musquiz would like to thank everyone at Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers for making her kids wishes a reality.