Know this now: Aug. 17
SAN ANTONIO – Get in the know, San Antonio. Here are the stories that impact you and some you’ll be talking about at the water cooler this week.
Police have arrested two more men on federal charges who may be connected to the investigation of a deadly drive-by shooting. De-Earlvion Whitley, 4, was killed last month in that shooting. Tramone Anderson and John Chatman have both been arrested for felony possession of a firearm -- though neither man was arrested specifically for the shooting. || The San Antonio City Council on Thursday voted to approve a state grant which would provide rifle-resistant body armor to the San Antonio Police Department. || A man who was shot and wounded by San Antonio police after allegedly threatening them with a knife will face criminal charges. Adrian Talamantez, 18, was rushed to a hospital early Thursday with a gunshot wound in his side.
Like the pipeline’s path across the Texas terrain, the Vista Ridge Pipeline project has seen twists and turns. It is unique, largely because of distance. The pipeline will cover 142 miles, delivering water to San Antonio from Burleson County. Now, after years of planning, the ambitious project is taking shape. || The term hate group has been brought to the forefront after the violence in Virginia, where White nationalists and neo-Nazi protestors clashed with counter protestors. Here’s what to know about hate groups and how they are defined in the United States.
Two families in far West Bexar County are not able to go back into their homes after a fire ripped through both of their houses. The fire happened Tuesday morning on Luckey Vista Road off Highway 90. || A thread posted last year on the Facebook page of a Bexar County Sheriff's Office corporal shows several current and former members of the agency joking about past hazing incidents. The post surfaced Monday, hours after Sheriff Javier Salazar placed seven members of his SERT team on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into possible hazing at the home of one of the officers Friday. || Neighbors in one community are concerned it's dangerous for young kids to cross a busy highway to get to school in the South San Independent School District. Currently, some students will have to cross the six-lane Highway 16 and the Interstate 35 access roads to get to Benavidez Elementary School.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced Monday that at least seven deputies have been suspended for at least 10 days following a hazing event that occurred on Friday night. Salazar also told the deputies they cannot return to duty or "wear the uniform" until the investigation is complete. || A man found Sunday morning inside his home, south of downtown, with his throat slashed may have been attacked in retaliation for a crime he allegedly committed, according to San Antonio police. Gerardo Lopez, 39, now is facing a charge of indecency with a child. || Hours after a deadly clash between white nationalists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, a political activist announced plans to hold a White Lives Matter rally at Texas A&M University on September 11. On Monday, officials at Texas A&M announced the event would be cancelled due to safety concerns.
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One person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups had been scheduled to take place. The events began to unfurl Friday night, when a group of white supremacists rallied on the campus of the University of Virginia. The victim of Saturday’s attack was Heather Heyer, 32. Her father said he didn't always agree with his daughter's viewpoints, but he always admired that she stood up for what she believed in.
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A similar movement came to South Texas this weekend. The Alamo City confronted a controversy over a Confederate monument at Travis Park. Those opposed to and in favor of getting rid of the statue filled the park to protest on Saturday. Hundreds of people, including some with guns, filled the park. Authorities separated the two groups to minimize clashes, however, both sides partook in organized chants.
Less than a month after dozens of people were found trapped inside a tractor-trailer, and 10 were killed, officials made a similar discovery Sunday. Police in the Rio Grande Valley said they were alerted by a family member to the location of 17 people trapped in the back of an 18-wheeler. Luckily, everyone made it out alive.
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