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Early Voting begins

Early voting for the Emergency Special Election District 19 Senator position is set to begin on Monday, July 16.

Early voting for this election will be taking place at the Word of Life Church located at 2401 Royal Ridge St.

Registered voters are invited to come out and exercise your right and vote.

There are eight candidates vying for the Senatorial position which includes Carlos Raymond (Rep), 2. Peter Flores (Rep), 3. Roland Gutierrez (Dem), 4. Tomas Uresti (Dem), 5.Tony Valdivia (Lib), 6. Charlie Urbina Jones (Dem), 7. Pete Gallego (Dem) and, 8. Jesse Alaniz (Rep).

Election day will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at their respective voting places which have yet to be confirmed.

The District 19 Senator seat is up for grabs after longtime Official Carlos Uresti resigned his seat after being found guilty on Federal Criminal Charges.

Days after he resigned his Senate position, Uresti was sentenced to ten years confinement.

U.S. Border Patrol Disrupt Another Stash House

Another stash house with undocumented immigrants has been taken down by United States Customs and Border Protection agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and with the assistance of the Maverick County Sheriff Department.

A raid was conducted on a house located on Progreso St. in the Loma Bonita Sector of the community on Wednesday, July, 11 2018.

Preliminary Information state that officials from the federal agency descended upon the house looking for undocumented immigrants and anyone connected to their smuggling.

ICE Agents did make contact with a group of individuals that were determined to be undocumented. They were all processed and detained. No further information is available as to how many undocumented immigrants were there and if anyone connected to their smuggling was also apprehended.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber states that the Sheriff Department did assist Federal agents in the raid under a law enforcement role including securing the perimeter and other duties.

A major crackdown on human smuggling is taking place in Maverick County with at least 5 stash houses being taken down by Federal agents in recent months.

This type of crackdown shows that the Eagle Pass to San Antonio corridor is a highly used stretch of highway used for different type of illicit activities including human smuggling.

Tragedy once again strikes local family

Tragedy has struck a local family once again as a young 21-year-old committed suicide on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that Sheriff Deputies and Eagle Pass Fire Department personnel received an emergency call on Saturday, in the Chula Vista Sector of the community regarding a suicide.

Sheriff Schmerber reports that upon arrival to the scene, deputies and EMS personnel found an unresponsive male subject. They proceeded to attempt to revive the individual and immediately transported him to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center Emergency Room where he sadly was declared deceased.

Schmerber states that the individuals family members advised deputies that they had found him hanging and proceeded to take him down from where he was.

The deceased individual was later identified as 21-year-old Albino Garcia.

Although no one can determine what led Garcia to tragically take his own it’s reported that he could have been dealing with issues related to a tragedy that occurred nine months ago in 2017 when he lost his paternal grandparents Ernesto and Maria Ibarra in what law enforcement officials called a murder suicide in the North Side of the community.

Persons close to the family state that Garcia was very close to his grandparents and would struggle with their loss.

Sadly this is the second suicide by hanging in less then two weeks apart in Maverick County.

Two weeks ago a 62 -year -old male took his own life in the same manner and in the same area of the community.

Suicide and self/harm is a very serious problem that afflicts communities all across the world including Maverick County

Locally, in recent years the issue has been increasing at never before seen rates.

The Eagle Pass Fire Department responds to numerous self/harm emergency calls on a monthly basis.

This issue affects all ages as in the case of a 15 -year -old who attempted to commit suicide in the month of March by ingesting a large quantity of prescribed pills.

Luckily that child was saved by the Eagle Pass Fire Department Paramedics.

Suicide is a serious matter and Maverick County is not exempt from the tragic reality that many people become victims of their own demise. Tragically taking their own life by committing suicide.
From 1999 through 2017, Maverick County has had a total of 47 suicide deaths, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

A problem that becomes even greater when the actual amount of people who are attempting self -harm nears to almost one person per week who attempt to take their own life.

During 2014 through 2016 a total of 128 people from our community attempted to take their own life. This is a major crisis that cannot go ignored any longer. It can be stated that during those 24 months at least one person has tried to commit suicide per week in Maverick County.

Reports for EPFD emergency calls of self/harm for 2017 and 2018 are to be requested at the end of this fiscal year during the month of September.

HUD banning smoking in all public housing units

DPS responds to fatal rollover accident on HWY 57

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a rollover accident on Saturday, July 14, 2018 on Highway 57 in proximity to La Pryor Texas, Zavala County at around 8:00 AM.

Tragically the one vehicle rollover accident resulted in the death of three individuals including two young juveniles and another person being taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Preliminary accident reports state that the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban lost control of the vehicle running off the road for some reason and then overcorrected the vehicle causing it to rollover various times. The vehicle ended up back on the road.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the individuals who died in the accident. The deceased were the driver 56 -year-old- Prudenciana Estrada Campuzano, 16 -year-old Joe Edoardo Estrada and 17 year-old Martiza Allesanrda Estrada Gomez all from Marble Falls, Texas. The victims were all pronounce dead at the scene of the accident.

The individual taken to a Laredo hospital is a male adult.

Boom still baffles citizens

Thousands of people are still baffled by two alleged loud explosions that were heard and felt along the Texas/ Mexico border from Maverick County to Piedras Negras, Coahuila and as far as Dimmit County.

The sound of an explosion went off at around 10: AM on Friday, July, 13 which made the ground, house roofs and windows tremble for more than a 45 mile stretch of area.

There are reports of people jumping out of there vehicles alarmed by the loud boom and rattling of the incident.

Authorities up to now swear they have no idea what caused the thunderous boom and have not been able to identify where it came from.

Up to now, everyone is still wondering what the unexplained phenomenon was.

So many theories have been put out there but have come back fruitless to underline the root cause of the explosion/tremble.

Informate has been searching for an answer to this mysterious incident, have looked at every possible scenario and traveled to numerous locations, minutes after the explosion and have yet been able to begin to figure out where and what caused the unexplained explosions.

We have looked into all possible leads including dynamite blasting from an operating coal mine in Maverick County, Injection Well and Oil Rig Activity in the region, Seismic Activity and or movement of fault lines along the Maverick Basin and Comet and Meteorite activity as well.

Everything has come back negative.

One conclusion cannot be put to a rest as information is not readily available to inspect and could take months to hear about due to measures and research taking months to be put together by corresponding agencies.

A falling Meteorite ?

Such a theory could be plausible as seen back in 2014.

One will recall that on the night of November 4 , 2014 a fireball lit up the entire region above Maverick County and was seen as far as San Antonio, Texas. The fireball burned so brightly that it was picked up on a NASA meteor camera in the mountains of New Mexico over 500 miles away.

A loud Sonic boom did occur that night as the meteorite entered the earth’s atmosphere.

Back then the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department(MCSD) reported the incident to the National Weather Service in San Antonio. “The ground shook when a meteorite landed at around 8:45 p.m,” reported the MCSD.

The meteorite from back in 2014 was reported to have been approximately four feet wide and weighed up to 4,000 lbs and burned five times brighter than a full moon according to information from NASA.

The shaking of the ground reported in 2014 by the MCSD and felt by so many was explained by Dr. Bill Cooke NASA Meteoroid Environment Office Director.

“When a piece of a comet or asteroid hurtling through space enters the Earth’s atmosphere, pressure causes it to break apart violently in an explosion,” Cooke told CNN.

Cooke explained that the meteorite seen back then could have been from the North Taurid meteor shower which was occurring, around that time.

A search for any meteor shower activity shows that next expected occurrence is expected in the beginning of August and coming from the Perseus constellation ranging from 100 to 200 meteors per hour.

The American Meteor Society reports that thousands of meteorite fireballs occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day but that most of them happen over oceans or uninhabited areas — or are masked by daylight.

The two explosions heard could also have been an explosion and its resonating echo.

Up to now, every possible explanation is just that an explanation/theory of what the loud mysterious explosion that occurred on Friday, July 14 could have been.

Loud “Boom” reported

A loud “Boom” has shaken and been reported by many Maverick County residents around 10am on Friday, July 13, 2018. As of 11am no law enforcement agencies or Fire Department had reports of anything to account for the “Boom”. Houses shook and people heard as far away as Las Brisas. An investigation is under way as to the cause of the incident.