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Officer Jaime L. Rodriguez recognized for 21 years of service

The City of Eagle Pass and administration from the Municipal Court recognized retired peace officer Jaime L. Rodriguez for dedicating 21 years of service to the police force and community.

The City of Eagle Pass presented officer Rodriguez with a plaque and gifts and thanked him for dedicating half of his life to community policing.

Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey E. Cantu addressed officer Rodriguez and thanked him for his service.

“21 years is not something that is easily accomplished in any career. I can tell you that working together with Officer Rodriguez over the course of my tenure with the city hall. I can tell you that there is an extensive amount of professionalism and love for the work he had. Mr. Rodriguez I just want to commend you for your service and the number of years you had with the City of Eagle Pass and wish you nothing but the very best,” said Cantu.

Judge Francisco Martinez also thanked Officer Rodriguez for working alongside him and municipal court for the past 9 years.

Chief of Police Albert Guajardo thanked Officer Rodriguez for his dedication to public service and wished him the best in his future endeavors.

Officer Rodriguez thanked the City Council and administration and his fellow officers for always having his SIX, on and off duty.

“I’m at a lost for words but I do want to say thank you to the City Police Department, City Council, Municipal Court, thank you,” said Rodriguez.

Elderly man drives down wrong side of highway police intervene

Luckily a tragedy was avoided and an Eagle Pass elderly man assisted after he was stopped while driving in the wrong direction in an area along N. Veterans Boulevard.

Eagle Pass Police Department reports state that officers received an anonymous emergency call reporting that a black pickup truck was driving on the wrong side of the road on Veterans Boulevard.

Officers quickly responded to the area in order to attempt to stop the vehicle before a tragedy would occur.

Police units were able to find the vehicle in the 2500 block of N. Veterans Boulevard and made contact with the driver who appeared to be disoriented.

Officers were able to make contact with the elderly man’s family who showed up and took the man home.

Inclement Weather responsible for outages

A large power outage due to weather has affected all of Maverick County.

At approximately 12:30am on Monday, June 10, 2019 about 2,617 customers were without power. Repairs are underway, however, the outage may continue for hours.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Flood Advisory for this area. Remember when near low lying areas, Turn Around Don’t Drown!

Fifteen years since the discovery of “Cristo de los indocumentados”

It has been 15 years since the faith was restored for many people in our community and travelers from Mexico and other Countries when a Relic of the Crucifixion was found by U.S Border Patrol agents floating in the Rio Grande River.

The relic was secured and later on named “El Cristo de los Indocumentados.”

Back in 2004 Border Patrol agents were summoned to an area along the Rio Grande river when what appeared to be the body of an individual ( undocumented immigrant) was spotted from a patrolling helicopter floating down the river.

Once agents arrived at the area they were stunned to find a five-foot statue of Jesus Christ that came from who knows where.

It was something unexplainable at the time and until today, remains a mystery of how it ended up in the river.

The Border Patrol turned the Relic over to the Eagle Pass Police Department where it remained for several months.

At that point, hundreds of people began to visit and pray to the Christ which was placed on the police department evidence room door.

And that is where the mystery beings and where it still remains. No one seems to know where the statue came from but it has restored the faith for thousands of people from all walks of life since it appeared, 15 years ago,

“ It crossed into the United States through Mexico looking to shine a light on people’s faith and spirit,” says a community member.

The relic was eventually donated to the Our Lady of Refuge Church and remains there as a symbol for so many who seek a better life and Refuge in our country often from religious persecution.

Undocumented Honduran Woman passes away after being taken into custody

Authorities are reporting the death of a 40-year-old Honduran woman who was detained by the United States border patrol on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The cause of death is unknown at this time. What is known is that the woman was part of a group of undocumented immigrants who crossed through the Rio Grande river.

Once in the United States, border patrol took her into custody, and she began having medical problems, fainting and convulsions.

The woman was then transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center’s emergency room for further evaluation and treatment.

Sadly she passed away.

Carrizo Springs Doctor facing Federal Charges

A Carrizo Springs doctor with multiple offices throughout the Southwest Texas border area and his office manager face federal charges in connection with alleged illegal drug distribution, Health Care Fraud, and aggravated identity theft scheme, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Houston Division; and, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

A 20-count federal grand jury indictment–returned on Wednesday in Del Rio and unsealed today by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses–charges Dr. Alfonso Luevano, age 50, with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, ten substantive counts of distribution of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud, five substantive counts of Health Care Fraud, and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Ofelia Martinez, a 50-year-old employee of Dr. Luevano and resident of Carrizo Springs, is charged in both conspiracy counts, the five Health Care Fraud counts, and the three aggravated identity theft counts.

As alleged in the indictment, Dr. Luevano regularly provided prescriptions for scheduled controlled substances – including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and fentanyl – to patients outside the bounds of accepted medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. Dr. Luevano is alleged to have provided these prescriptions after short or perfunctory office visits, and to have issued them without performing the examination necessary to justify the prescription of an opioid pain medication.

The indictment also alleges that Dr. Luevano allowed and instructed nurse practitioners and physician assistants in his employ to provide Schedule II controlled substance prescriptions by pre-signing triplicate prescription forms and leaving them at his various offices to be filled out by his staff. Ms. Moreno is alleged to have assisted in this practice by transporting the pre-signed prescriptions to the offices and instructing the staff on how to fill them out.

Dr. Luevano is also alleged to have committed Health Care Fraud by billing Texas Medicaid for the illegal office visits performed by his medical staff, and by listing himself as the providing practitioner for appointments where he never saw the patient whatsoever. It is also alleged that he defrauded Medicaid on multiple instances by misstating the length of time spent with a patient, as well as the nature of the patient’s diagnosis. Ms. Moreno is alleged to have personally entered and submitted the fraudulent bills for the entire practice, and instructed medical staff to close medical records files in a certain manner so as to conceal their involvement in an appointment.

Federal authorities arrested both defendants Thursday without incident. Both defendants had their initial appearances in federal court in Del Rio on Friday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Victor Garcia released the defendants on $50,000 unsecured bonds pending trial.

“A doctor who prescribes opioids without just cause is no different than a street corner drug dealer distributing narcotics,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Glaspy. “DEA will always pursue these ‘drug dealers in white coats’ who are fueling, our ongoing opioid crisis.”

Upon conviction, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison on the counts related to the distribution of controlled substances and aggravated identity theft, as well as up to ten years in federal prison on the Health Care Fraud counts.

This indictment resulted from a continuing joint investigation by the DEA Prescription Drug Diversion Task Force, DEA Del Rio, and the Texas Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Chung and Paul Harle are prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Former Constable arrested on Theft by public servant charges

Former Maverick County Constable for Precinct 4 and County Attorney’s Office Investigator Gerardo “Jerry” Chacon was arrested by the Texas Ranger Joe Sanchez on Theft by a Public Servant charges on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Mr. Chacon turned himself in at the Tom Bowels Detention Center at approximately 5:30 pm and was later magistrated by Justice of the Peace Tere Hernandez under a $ 3,000 bond.

Mr. Chacon was able to recuperate his freedom a few hours later.

The charges against Mr. Chacon stem from his time working at the Maverick County Attorney’s Office under Ricardo Ramos where the theft allegedly occurred.

It’s alleged that Chacon took money from an individual in the amount of approximately $ 2,000 and kept it for himself.

Mr. Chacon is now subject to be prosecuted under the Texas Penal Code Chapter 31.(1) the actor was a public servant at the time of the offense and the property appropriated came into the actor’s custody, possession, or control by virtue of his status as a public servant;

Individuals in the state of Texas who are convicted of theft by a public servant are subject to a third-degree State Jail felony, which can result between two to 10 years in state prison and a fine of not more than $10,000