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.
A family is devastated after a burglar took their most prized possession. Gus Prieto was the first to see the shattered glass by the back door when he and his wife returned to their Northwest Side home. Their female, 7-year-old miniature poodle Teddy Pooh Bear was not in the house, not in the backyard, and nowhere to be found. The splash of orca shows and the whales that made them will soon be a thing of the past at SeaWorld San Antonio. SeaWorld announced Thursday it would end breeding its orcas immediately and would begin phasing out the orca theatrical shows beginning with San Diego next year. San Antonio would follow in 2018 and Orlando would be the last in 2019. Jared Anderson, 28, a local high school English teacher and church group leader, is accused of hosting sex parties in his North Side home with teenage boys as his guests, San Antonio police said Thursday. Police said Anderson took part in sex acts with some of the teens. Anderson was arrested on several charges early Thursday including sexual performance of a child and indecency with a child.
A Florida woman is fighting to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator in her home. The 125-pound reptile named Rambo wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland. Thorn has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but the gator recently grew to 6 feet. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said an alligator of that size must have 2.5 acres of land. KSAT-12 spoke with a family member of a man shot and killed Wednesday morning by San Antonio police SWAT officers. The relative identified the man as Eric Hernandez, 33. The shooting happened around 10 a.m. in the 300 block of East Pyron Avenue on the South Side, Police Chief William McManus said.
San Antonio police are searching for a man who allegedly dragged a woman by the strap of her purse at Rolling Oaks Mall. Meanwhile, south of San Antonio, "It's going to give us an opportunity to attack the problem that we have," CEO Alfredo Zamora said. Zamora's organization is the recipient of a $352,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant allows Zamora to hire four new medical professionals and provide further training to his existing staff through a partnership with UT Health Science Center. The death of Father Virgilio Elizondo on Monday afternoon has been ruled a suicide by the Bexar County medical examiner. The 80-year-old former rector at San Fernando Cathedral died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
A second shooting on the city’s East Side in less than 24 hours ended with one man dying. Police said the victim was arguing with another man before the shooting at around 1:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of Rigsby Avenue. Officers found the victim lying on the side of the car wash with multiple gunshot wounds. Also, two signs with similar messages were left at two well-known Mexican restaurants, owned by different companies, claiming to refuse to serve Donald Trump supporters. Emergency medicine has gone retail. Freestanding emergency rooms are popping up in strip malls right next to the neighborhood pizzeria. Nearly six years after the state licensed the emergency departments, which are not attached to hospitals, the industry is seeing exponential growth. While there were 16 in 2010, there are now 180, with 16 in San Antonio.
Teachers are stoked. Parents are stressing. That must mean it is spring break week, well parents, no need to stress. We have some great resources to help you keep the little ones occupied. A website is offering folks plenty of deals on the big attractions in San Antonio. Meanwhile, the Texas Parks and Wildlife has a new app connecting people with the state parks closest to them. So go on, South Texas, enjoy the week.
The mystery continues
Is the sign real, is it fake? That is what people have been wondering since Saturday when a sign reportedly taken at a Mama Margie’s said it would no longer welcome Donald Trump supporters. The company has said the sign was not authorized by it, but the restaurant chain has now started a new social media campaign. As some say, all publicity is good publicity.
But does it help?
It is the million-dollar question women facing breast cancer have to answer. New research shows the number of women who have a double mastectomy for breast cancer has tripled in the last 10 years. But this aggressive surgery option has not been associated with a survival benefit. The researchers found that the number of women who had bilateral mastectomy increased from 3.9 percent in 2002 to 12.7percent in 2012, whereas the rate of unilateral mastectomy dropped from 35.8 percent to 28.9 percent. The rate of breast-conserving surgery held steady during that period of time at about 59 percent.
Shooting for wins, records
The Spurs can’t seem to lose at home, which is a good problem to have if you ask any Spurs fan. Saturday’s victory was the team’s 41st straight victory at the AT&T Center. The win streak is now the third-longest in NBA history. Only the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, 44 games and Golden State Warrior, currently at 48 have longer win streaks. Our digital team has just about every angle covered. We’ve got a great slideshow on our website, fans trying their best coach Gregg Poppovich impersonations and Project Spurs lead writer Paul Garcia helps KSAT digital journalist RJ Marquez break down the Kawhi Leonard-Kevin Durant matchup in this week's Race for Seis webcast.
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