Texas county to investigate transportation of migrants to Martha's Vineyard
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said it had launched a probe into the operation, which it said transported migrants who had been housed at a shelter in San Antonio to Florida and subsequently to the Massachusetts island.cbsnews.com
Victims’ families call for state to remove Bexar County sheriff from Anaqua Springs case
Two families made strong accusations Monday against Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and his office for the handling of shooting deaths of two young girls and their mother in the Anaqua Springs neighborhood in Boerne in 2019.
Records: Less than a quarter of BCSO deputy COVID-19 benefits claims have been approved
Bexar County Sheriff’s detention officers and deputies who have applied for COVID-19 workers’ compensation benefits since the start of the pandemic have been denied more than 75 percent of the time, records obtained by KSAT Investigates confirm.
BCSO deputy suspended after inmate found with loaded gun
Deputy Victor Jimenez III on March 10 brought a prisoner into the Bexar County Jail’s south tower for processing. The prisoner was then searched by a deputy from the agency’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) who found the prisoner in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, according to Jimenez’s suspension report.
BCSO investigating threatening letters sent to Barrientes Vela ahead of public corruption trial
An attorney for the former Bexar County Precinct 2 constable provided evidence to Judge Velia Meza on July 21, including multiple rounds of live ammunition as well as letters in which someone threatened to kill Barrientes Vela.
Warrant: Arrested BCSO corporal used forearm to cover victim’s mouth and then squeeze her neck
A Bexar County sheriff’s corporal arrested last week on a felony family violence charge used his forearm to cover the mouth of his victim and then squeezed her neck to the point that she temporarily could not see or hear, an arrest warrant obtained Monday by KSAT Investigates shows.
Bexar County repeatedly honored deputy who died of COVID-19. Now they’re suing his widow.
More than two years after her husband became the first Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy to die of complications from COVID-19, Pauline Pezina De La Fuente continues a drawn out legal battle for his county death benefits.
BCSO admits to search warrant clerical error in West Side standoff where deputy was shot, suspect was killed
A search warrant for the property where a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and a suspect was killed last week included the information for the wrong person, BCSO officials admitted Monday.
BCSO deputy cleared of manslaughter charge speaks out after ‘stressful’ week under indictment
In his first public comments since being cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man in Elmendorf in 2020, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandin Moran said Thursday his brief indictment for manslaughter had a significant emotional impact on him and his family.
Feds charge 7 in SW Bexar County human smuggling bust
All seven suspects were drivers or passengers of vehicles stopped by Bexar County Sheriff’s investigators Thursday afternoon after they left a property in the 11200 block of Briggs Road, where a neighbor had reported seeing 50 people exit a tractor trailer.
Arbitrator sides with sheriff, upholds firing of BCSO lieutenant who was at deadly Capitol riot
An arbitrator has upheld the termination of a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, nearly a year after she posted multiple photographs on Facebook showing her near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as a protest erupted into a deadly riot, agency officials confirmed to the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Dishonorable discharge given to BCSO sergeant for alleged “improprieties” during sting operation
A veteran Bexar County Sheriff’s sergeant retired in lieu of being terminated this week, amid an investigation into whether he acted inappropriately during a covert law enforcement investigation, the KSAT 12 Defenders have confirmed.
‘It’s really a mess’: Bexar County DA hampered by SAPD, BCSO mishandling of evidence and communication issues
Public court proceedings, conversations with sources and case records reveal ongoing communication lapses and mishandling of evidence between the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and the area’s two largest law enforcement agencies: the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
‘I think that they just wanted something to kill’: Horse shot multiple times on far South Side
Patricia Scharmann says her mare, Stormy, was shot at least four times. A blood trail and trampled grass starting about 25 yards from the fence line show where the horse stumbled and collapsed, ultimately dying with gruesome wounds.
Nearly two weeks after fatal encounter, BCSO identifies deputy who shot and killed Nicholas Norris
A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man suffering from a mental health episode on the far West Side late last month was identified by agency officials Tuesday as 33-year-old Deputy Joseph Trevino.
Businesses’ issues with homeless spur BCSO patrols on San Antonio River Walk
Downtown businesses’ issues with people experiencing homelessness have spurred the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to send deputies on patrol along the River Walk -- though not in great numbers nor with the ability to enforce all the local laws.
Convicted thief under investigation again after accepting $6,800 for never-completed fence work
When Army veteran Tristan Seymour began searching online late last summer for a contractor to build a privacy fence, he went with the one who responded right away: a man who identified himself as Rene Elizondo.
San Antonio Zoo takes custody of confiscated tiger cub and bobcat
click to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio ZooThe zoo is providing a temporary home for a tiger cub snd bobcat confiscated by BCSO. The San Antonio Zoo has taken in a tiger cub and bobcat that were confiscated by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.The zoo estimates the tiger is roughly 14 weeks of age and the bobcat is around 5 years old. It will provide safe housing and veterinarian care for both animals until it receives further instructions from BCSO.According to a release, the zoo's animal care and veterinarian staff visually assessed both animals and found them to be in poor condition, which they said is likely due to malnutrition and poor general care. "Illegal animal trafficking is a global problem, and obviously San Antonio is not immune to this," President and CEO Tim Morrow said in a statement. "We're grateful to Sheriff [Javier] Salazar, his officers, Animal Care Services and San Antonio Police for their work on these cases and for aggressively prosecuting those committing animal cruelty in our community."sacurrent.com
Tiger rescued during San Antonio's freeze gets new home
BSCOAmid the calls the Bexar County Sheriff's Office responded to last week during the winter storm, one was for a young tiger in distress. This Tuesday, BCSO shared a video of the animal, named "Elsa" (as in the Frozen princess) who was found in frozen temperatures, being prepared for a roadtrip to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is about five hours north of San Antonio.mysanantonio.com
Sheriff's deputies rescue caged tiger amid freezing conditions in Bexar County
Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeBexar County Sheriff’s deputies and a local wildlife shelter rescued a tiger Saturday that was being held in a makeshift cage in Southwest Bexar County. Deputies found the tiger outside a home in the 18200 block of Primo Street around 5:41 p.m. after a neighbor reported that they were hearing what sounded like a crying tiger, Sheriff Javier Salazar said.mysanantonio.com
Bexar County Sheriff's Office investigating lieutenant who posted photos of herself in pro-Trump mob
click to enlarge Facebook / Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeBexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says he has asked the FBI and Washington DC law enforcement officials to look at the photos to determine if the employee broke laws. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether an eight-year department veteran broke the law as she participated in this week's pro-Trump rally that morphed into an armed insurrection, KSAT reports. Sheriff Javier Salazar told the station 46-year-old Roxanne Mathai, a jail lieutenant, posted Facebook photos of herself inside the armed, pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol complex Wednesday. “My intent is that she never set foot in this building again,” Salazar told KSAT. Among the photos Mathai posted was an image of rioters after they'd busted through a police line and clambered onto the Capitol's balcony, KSAT reports.sacurrent.com
BCSO investigating lieutenant who posted photos of herself among pro-Trump mob at U.S. Capitol
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether a jail lieutenant broke policy or any laws by attending a pro-Trump rally that turned into an angry mob storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Sheriff Javier Salazar said 46-year-old Roxanne Mathai, an eight-year veteran with the department, posted selfies and photos of the crowd in Washington, D.C. to her Facebook page, identifying herself as a BCSO employee. In one of the photos' caption, she wrote she did not want to do something illegal and "catch a case." Salazar said some of the photos show the lieutenant in the middle of the crowd that assaulted law enforcement agents. BCSO's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the allegations, and Salazar said he plans to open another investigation in connection with Mathai's photos from the Capitol.mysanantonio.com
Affidavit: Man arrested for soliciting teenage boy online before sexually assaulting him
Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeA 26-year-old San Antonio man is facing multiple charges after he was accused of soliciting a child online for sex, according to an arrest affidavit. Daniel Vidales was charged with online solicitation of a minor with intent for sexual contact, possession of child pornography, promotion of child pornography, sexual assault of a child and sexual performance by a child.mysanantonio.com
Officials ID suspect in connection with shooting that killed 14-year-old
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is searching for an 18-year-old man in connection with a double shooting that left two individuals dead on the Northeast Side. FIND OUT FIRST: Get San Antonio breaking news directly to your inboxSheriff Javier Salazar said the two died after a drug deal gone wrong. Miller, Smith and a third individual allegedly conspired to rob Carter during the drug deal, according to the sheriff. Salazar did not elaborate on what led to the shooting, but said Miller was involved in the ambush. READ ALSO: Officials ID teen killed during drug deal on Northeast Side“A 14-year-old lost his life over something as senseless as a couple grams of marijuana,” Salazar said during a news conference the night of the shooting.mysanantonio.com
Officials ID teen killed during drug deal on Northeast Side
Update:The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified the 14-year-old boy shot and killed on Dec. 17 as Bobby Lee Carter, Jr.Carter and Robert Smith, 20, died after the shooting on the 7300 block of Rubens Drive. Original Story:A 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were shot and killed Thursday night on the Northeast Side, officials said. Bexar County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 7300 block of Rubens Drive around 9:20 p.m. for a shooting. A group of people were conducting a marijuana transaction in a vehicle when at least two people approached and fired into the vehicle. Giovanna Barrera, 24, was shot and killed in her Tarrasa driveway after rollerskating on Dec. 9.mysanantonio.com
BCSO investigating home invasion robbery on East Side
Three armed men forced their way into a home on the East Side on Thursday morning demanding property from inside the residence, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said. At around 2 a.m., deputies were called to the 8000 block of Chestnut Blue after residents reported the men kicked in their front door and forced their way into the home.mysanantonio.com
Man killed in hit-and-run on the Northeast Side was left on the road
A man found unresponsive on the road died after a hit-and-run on the Northeast Side, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies responded to the area of Winsford and Oldham drives just before 9:30 p.m. after the body was discovered. BCSO said it believes someone hit the man and then fled the scene.mysanantonio.com
19-year-old male accused of stabbing, killing a man during a fight behind a Shell gas station
Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeA 19-year-old male was charged with murder after allegedly stabbing another man during a fight, according to an arrest affidavit. Richard Paul Luna was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Isaac Cantu Jr. on Nov. 21.mysanantonio.com
Deputies searching for individual after crashed car found with blood, but no driver
Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for the driver of a car after the vehicle crashed into a pole on the far North Side Monday morning. A witness told deputies they were driving by the 2500 block of Boerne Stage Road around 1:15 a.m., when they saw a Toyota Camry skid off of the road into a utility pole. But, when the passerby went to help all the found inside the car was "a lot of blood" and no driver, BCSO said.mysanantonio.com
Officials ID Bexar County Jail inmate who died following apparent medical episode
Update:The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has identified the inmate at the Bexar County jail who died Saturday. The cause and manner of his death are pending, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office. Original:A 45-year-old inmate charged with assault of a peace officer is dead after an apparent medical episode, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday morning. Around 4:37 a.m., a Bexar County Sheriff's Detention Deputy discovered the inmate unresponsive in their cell while performing face-to-face observation checks. The death is currently under investigation, and the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office will rule on the final cause.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: Man killed by train while walking on tracks on the far West Side
A man was killed by a train after walking too close to the tracks early Friday morning, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said. Officials said the man, who was in his 30s, was on the train tracks near Macdona Lacoste and Shepard roads with a woman just after midnight. When a train approached, the two attempted to get off the tracks, but the man was clipped by the train, a sergeant at the scene said.mysanantonio.com
BCSO identifies inmate at Bexar County jail who died after apparent suicide attempt
Update:The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has identified the inmate at the Bexar County jail who died Wednesday night. Original:An inmate at the Bexar County Jail died Wednesday night in a suicide, the department confirmed. Officials said just after 7 p.m., a deputy was conducting his observation checks and saw the 53-year-old inmate attempting suicide. Per procedure, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and the Public Integrity Unit are investigating the death. The inmate had been in the jail since Oct. 28 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and prostitution.mysanantonio.com
Former NISD teacher accused of making threats against superintendent
A former San Antonio teacher was arrested after allegedly making threats to the North ISD superintendent, an arrest affidavit said. Dalton Austin Brown, 28, a former teacher at John Jay High School, was charged with making terroristic threats against a public servant. According to the affidavit, Brown was terminated from the district in October for too many unexcused absences. After he was fired, a coworker reported to an NISD officer that Brown was posting "alarming social media posts" directed toward the superintendent, the affidavit said. Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story contained the wrong school district.mysanantonio.com
Human remains found on the side of the road in Southeast Bexar County, sheriff reports
click image Facebook / Bexar County Sherriff's OfficeSheriff Javier Salazar gives an update on the discovery of human remains in Southeast Bexar County. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of human remains in Southeast Bexar County, KSAT reports The body was discovered along the side of the road at the 9200 block of S. W.W. White Road in a rural portion of far Southeast Bexar County, according to BCSO officials.In a live-streamed press conference on Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Javier Salazar said a county work crew cleaning up trash in the area found "what they believed to just be a bundle" while picking up trash bags along the roadway. "They stopped, saw that it appeared to be a human body wrapped in a tarp, and then they called for us," Salazar said. "At this point, it's too early to tell if it is indeed a homicide," he added. As of press time, BCSO has yet to issue further updates on the matter.sacurrent.com
2 people dead after car swerves into oncoming traffic on Loop 1604
Two people are dead after a car crash Wednesday morning in southwest Bexar County, officials said. The crash occurred at Loop 1604 and Benton City Road, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. A vehicle was traveling westbound on Loop 1604 at a high rate of speed and began to run off the side of the road, officials said. When the vehicle tried to get back into its lane, the driver overcompensated and swerved into oncoming traffic, BCSO said. The east and westbound lanes of Loop 1604 were shut down between Somerset Road and Interstate 35 for several hours but reopened at 1 p.m.mysanantonio.com
Chaplain stationed at JBSA-Lackland was arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor
Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeAn Air Force chaplain at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been arrested after an investigation into online predators, San Antonio police confirmed Monday. Maj. Jesse McKee Howard, 41, was arrested Thursday near the 6200 block of Texas 151 and charged with online solicitation of a minor.mysanantonio.com