Mexican Authorities have reported that 14 people were killed in a shootout in the city of Villa Union Coahuila about an hour’s drive away from Eagle Pass on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Media reports out of Mexico state that the gun battle between Mexican Federal security forces and a group of cartel gunmen took place in the small town of close to 6,000 people.
Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme has reported that four Police officers were killed in the gun fight.
Riquelme stated that the tragic incident began when a group of armed men traveled into the small community and began attacking local government offices, prompting state and federal forces to intervene.
Reports further state that at least 10 suspected cartel members belonging to El Cartel del Noreste were killed in the gun battle.
Eagle Pass Police Chief Albert Guajardo reported that a male subject was arrested for stealing delivery packages from a home on Tuesday, November 26.
“ This morning our officers arrested an Individual who was caught stealing delivery packages, “ said Chief Guajardo.
Guajardo stated that officers will be Increasing vigilance during the holidays to continue monitoring this type of crimes.
“ I do want to warn the community to be careful with this type of packages that are being delivered to your home from different purchases that you have done either online or other manners,” said Chief Guajardo.
Chief Guajardo heeds warning to anyone who is thinking of committing this type of crime to not do so because it is considered a state felony that is punishable with jail time and a fine.
On September 1, the State of Texas Increased the penalty for stealing packages from porches.
The new law has made it a felony to steal, mail which includes letters, postcards, packages and other sealed items.
Locally, in the past, law enforcement authorities have dealt with incidents Involving the stealing of mail and packages such as in the case that occurred on Tuesday.
This crime will now be considered a first-degree felony if you steal from more than 50 people, a second-degree felony if you steal from 20-50 people and a state felony if you steal from less than 10 people.
The 2020 Maverick County elections have taken a back seat as the City of Eagle Pass announced that they would be holding a special election in the month of February.
The resignation of Mayor Ramsey E. Cantu to run for the House District 74 State Representative seat, sent waves throughout the community and sparked vast interest in the seat he is living and opened up two city council positions as well.
All eyes then turned to the city elections as several Individuals began to show Interest in running for a city council seat.
In the meanwhile, county political signs are springing up throughout all 4 precincts as elected officials and aspiring candidates are campaigning towards the March uniform elections.
The State elections will be led by important positions up for grabs including the Texas Senator District 19 seat currently held by Pete Flores and the District 74 State Representative position being sought by Mayor Ramsey E. Cantu and Attorney Heriberto “Eddie” Morales.
Locally, there are several races that are already being contested as the candidates are already out knocking on doors.
One race that is the talk of the town at local coffee shops and eateries is the 293rd District Attorney race between long time DA Roberto Serna and Attorney Albert Rodriguez.
Rodriguez and Serna are already making the rounds as they get ready for the upcoming election.
In another county race, appointed Maverick County Attorney Gloria Hernandez will be going up against
Attorney Jaime Iracheta who is looking to get elected to the position he was one appointed to but then replaced by another appointee, Hernandez.
Pct. 3 Maverick County Commissioner Pete Venegas, Jr. is seeking re-election to the seat he has held since 2015.
Venegas will have an opponent, as longtime resident Olga Ramos is seeking to contend for the Commissioner seat.
Pct. 1 Maverick County Commissioner Gerardo “Jerry” Morales
Maverick County Constable Pct 3 AB Mario Hernandez is seeking re-election and could have an opponent. Pct. 3 resident Tony Silva
is looking to register for a run at the Constable position.
All other Constable positions are also up for election.
In Pct. 2 it’s unknown at this time if longtime Maverick County Constable Jaime S. Rios is going to seek re-election. It’s been rumored that he could be seeking to challenge Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber for his seat.
There are two candidates that have already registered to run for the Pct. 2 Constable spot. Denise Cantu who is seeking to be the first ever elected female Maverick County Constable.
Pct. 4 Constable Jose Regalado is seeking re-election and is facing another peace officer during this electoral process.
Hector “Big Rod” Rodriguez is looking to be elected to the position Regalado has held since 2012.
Pct. 1 Constable Rudy Valdez is expected to seek re-election and is looking at facing two other candidates.
Oscar Ramos has announced he is seeking the position.
Longtime peace officer Jose “ Coche” Duran is also vieing to take the position Valdez has held since 2012.
Yanel Garza who was involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident where her twin sister lost her life is out of the hospital.
Yanel was transported to a San Antonio hospital on Tuesday, November 12 after she and her sister crashed into the back of an 18 wheeler truck in an area along S. 277 Highway in Maverick County.
Yanel is expected to have a full recovery from her injuries but now has to deal with her sister’s death.
18 year old Isel Garza died from her injuries after she was taken to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Emergency Room for treatment.
“ She was a beautiful soul and had an amazing laugh and I miss her every minute of the day,” said Yanel.
Yanel and her sister Isel both 18 years old and twins were driving a 2014 Chevrolet Envoy when they struck an 18 wheeler truck from behind at a high rate of speed.
The victims of the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Tuesday, November 12, have been identified.
The young 18-year old females are reported to be the late Isel Garza and her twin sister Yanel Garza.
A motor vehicle accident was registered on Tuesday at approximately 4:00 pm when a 2014 Chevrolet Envoy struck an 18 wheeler truck from behind at a high rate of speed.
Both sisters were severely injured in the accident and had to be transported to the hospital for emergency treatment.
Isel Garza tragically lost her life after she had arrived at the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Emergency Room.
Her sister Yanel was transported to a San Antonio TX hospital for treatment. She is reported to be in critical condition.
The accident is under investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety.
Two individuals were seriously hurt after they crashed into the back end of a commercial vehicle (18 wheeler) on Tuesday, November 12.
The accident occurred at approximately 4:00 pm when a vehicle traveling S. Highway 277 about 5 miles out of Eagle Pass impacted itself into the back end of an 18 wheeler.
The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department and Eagle Pass Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident and assisted two individuals.
Both needed medical assistance and transport due to the severity of their injuries.
One of the individuals was transported to a San Antonio TX hospital for treatment.
The road was closed down for several hours as officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Maverick County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident.
One of the individuals is reported to be 18 years old and in critical condition.
With less than 30 days to file registration for the March 2020 Texas elections, numerous possible candidates names have surfaced.
One of those individuals who has stated that he is strongly considering the opportunity to represent the largest State House District in the Nation is longtime Attorney Heriberto Morales.
Morales addressed the rumors going around that he would be throwing in his hat into the District 74 State Representative election.
Morales met with several local and International media outlets on Monday and answered their questions over the possibility that he would be stepping up into the political realm, and vie for the position held by another local attorney Poncho Nevarez.
“It is something I am strongly considering and will make that decision once I consult with my family,” said Morales. “ I want to make sure that our region is well represented and I believe that I can offer that representation.”
Attorney Heriberto Morales has been practicing law for19 years with the prestigious Langley & Banack, Inc. law firm and is someone who is very familiar with our border community needs.
Through a majority of his years in practice he has overseen years of governmental decisions that have spearheaded our city’s growth into a booming economic community in our region.
(Morales) has been City Attorney for more than 15 years and has worked closely with city officials in assuring our community’s overall well-being.
During this time he has provided general counsel legal advice and prosecuted municipal court cases.
During his career Mr. Morales has represented Fortune 500 companies and Texas corporations in civil matters and lawsuits in south Texas and has also represented individuals and families with serious or catastrophic injuries.
In addition to his impressive resume in the legal field, Eddie also owns a local and well known tortilla factory known for their mexican barbacoa and meat delicacies which has been family owned for 33 plus years.
His business acumen includes several real estate investment company holdings, that include commercial buildings downtown, residential construction work, and warehouse holdings. He currently owns the old “Dickies warehouse” by the Fort Duncan Park providing employment in many sectors in the community.
He is the proud father of two young ladies recently graduated from Texas State and a son currently at the University of Texas-Austin.