Families of Robb families left feeling swindled; KSAT investigates Balling for Uvalde World Weekend
The families of the 21 victims are trying to get through each day, and now some are feeling a renewed sense of pain and anger because of Nathan Kouamou, who they say swindled them and capitalized on their tragedy.
UCISD hopes to contain police review
Gary Paterson The Texas Police Chiefs Association’s third-party review of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department is complete and in the hands of the board of trustees. UCISD interim superintendent Gary Patterson said during the school board meeting held Feb. 13 the report may not be released to the public due to pendinguvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde’s state lawmakers face an uphill battle raising the age limit for semi-automatic guns. They’re trying anyway.
Many relatives of Uvalde victims back bills that state Rep. Tracy King and Sen. Roland Gutierrez are pushing in the Legislature. But limits on gun access don’t fare well at the Capitol.
Uvalde officials promised a 60-90 day timeline for police review. Now there is no timeline for completion.
After Uvalde city officials told residents this summer a review of its police department’s actions during the Robb Elementary School shooting would take 60 to 90 days, they conceded Thursday there is no longer a timeline for when it will be completed.
Uvalde mayor says interim police chief will be gone ‘by the end of the week’ following release of CNN report
The mayor of Uvalde says the interim police chief who reportedly knew about victims at Robb Elementary School while responding to the massacre will be gone “by the end of the week,” if not earlier.
Frequent lockdowns may have led to slow Uvalde response
UVALDE (AP) — Teachers and students at Robb Elementary School knew the safety protocols when an 18-year-old with an AR-15 style rifle entered the building in May.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde Police Department’s acting police chief placed on leave after report outlines failed response
The mayor of Uvalde announced Sunday that the city’s acting police chief on the day of the Robb Elementary School massacre has been placed on leave after a new report found wide failures by law enforcement, according to the Associated Press.
Uvalde's new anguish: Video shows police waiting in school
Surveillance footage captured the gunman in the Uvalde school shooting enter the building with an AR-15 style rifle and later shows officers in body armor milling in the hallway outside the fourth-grade classrooms where 19 children and two teachers were killed.
Uvalde mayor: Police didn't get early chance to end massacre
AUSTIN (AP) — The mayor of Uvalde on Friday disputed a new report that alleges authorities missed chances to quickly end the massacre at a Texas elementary school, again reflecting the lack of definit[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
“Nobody’s giving us any answers”: Uvalde families demand details of shooting investigation at City Council meeting
Uvalde’s mayor said city officials could be prosecuted for releasing details of the investigation. Pete Arredondo, the City Council member and school district police chief, was absent for the second straight meeting.
Uvalde mayor accuses state of leaking records to make local police look bad
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin on Tuesday accused state authorities of selectively releasing information about last month’s school shooting to scapegoat local law enforcement and intentionally leaving ou[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde mayor denies coverup as body cam footage requests
This also includes requests for body cam footage from officers inside the building, which he said is restricted from release by the Texas Occupations Code. "Anyone who suggests the city of Uvalde is withholding information without legitimate and legal reasons is wrong and is spreading misinformation. There are specific legal reasons the city cannot release information at this time." Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-NewsMcLaughlin does not cite which specific section of the code the city or Uvalde District Attorney Christina Busbee are using to deny requests to release body cam footage. McLaughlin's statement does not give a timeline for when the body came footage or other records will be released.mysanantonio.com
Letters: How will you vote?
Would you consider agreeing that no individual citizen needs an arsenal of assault weapons, which have been used almost exclusively for the murder of school children and other innocent people? Would you be willing to vote against any political office holder or candidate who wants unlimited access to assault weaponry, without regard to age or mental competence? These are three questions I hope you’ll ask yourself before you vote later this year. McLaughlin called Beto a “sick SOB,” and Beto was removed. Members of a society who have no problem killing children in the womb have no problem killing children in the classroom.myrgv.com
School police chief a no-show at Uvalde City Council meeting
UVALDE (AP) — The school district police chief criticized for waiting too long before ordering law enforcement to confront and kill the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school did n[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde mayor says Robb Elementary teachers wouldn’t leave classrooms until all their students were evacuated
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said Tuesday that teachers at Robb Elementary need to be commended for helping evacuate hundreds of students despite a gunman going on the deadly rampage two weeks ago at the school.
School police chief a no-show at Uvalde City Council meeting
The school district police chief criticized for waiting too long before ordering law enforcement to confront and kill the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school did not appear at a Uvalde City Council meeting, despite being newly elected to the panel.
Uvalde mayor says he never heard 911 call, describes attempts to call shooter
After an 18-year-old man walked into Robb Elementary School and opened fire inside a fourth-grade classroom, a negotiator at a funeral home across the street desperately dialed any telephone number available to contact him, according to the mayor.
Uvalde school police chief says he’s talking with authorities despite claims that he’s stopped cooperating
The school district police chief who served as on-site commander during last week’s deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, says he’s talking daily with investigators, contradicting claims from state law enforcement that he has stopped cooperating.
U.S. Justice Department will review Uvalde response as furor mounts over law enforcement actions
The Texas Department of Public Safety previously said local police made key errors. A specialized team of federal officers didn’t enter the school until more than an hour after the shooter arrived at the school.
Beto O’Rourke disrupts news conference on shooting
A news conference about the shooting at a Texas elementary school broke into shouting Wednesday as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke blamed Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for inaction ahead of the latest in a long string of mass shootings in the state.myrgv.com
Abbott pledges help with immigration
Courtesy photoUvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. (seated, just right of the United States flag) listens as Texas Governor Greg Abbott (center, wearing a white shirt, between United States and Texas flags) talks about illegal immigration. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott on Wednesday told a gathering of border-area mayors and officials at the Event Center at theuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde records first COVID-19-related death
UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde has recorded its first COVID-19-related death. “It’s a sad day for our county today ... so sad for the family that this has happened,” Mayor Don McLaughlin said on Facebook live Wednesday. The mayor blamed an increase in cases in Uvalde to “younger people going to San Antonio and going out and visiting friends that may be sick, whatever. They’re coming back to Uvalde and infecting their family.”San Antonio ranks third for major cities with fastest growing COVID-19 cases, report findsMcLaughlin said as of Tuesday, there are 44 cases of COVID-19 in Uvalde with 33 recoveries. COVID-19 death toll passes grim milestone in San Antonio, Bexar CountyHe said the city will post a statement on its Facebook page later Wednesday about the death, the increase in cases and urged what he called common-sense protection from the virus.
Letter to the editor
The following is a shortened letter distributed to Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, and Uvalde city manager Vince DiPiazza. The original letter exceeded 1,000 words and was reduced to fit the 500-word limit for letters to the editor. In the United States, there are 956,375 confirmed cases: 800,107 are active cases, 102,340 are recovered cases and 53,928 are fatal cases. In Texas there are 23,773 confirmed cases: 13,164 are active, 9,986 recovered and 623 are fatal cases. I also believe there is one power who handled the coronavirus: God.uvaldeleadernews.com
Mayor wins shot at four more years
Bingo is a go in countyFuture terms for Uvalde mayors will extend four years, the same length of time as Uvalde City Council representatives serve, and bingo is now legal across Uvalde County. Those measures, as well as nine of the proposed 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution received support from Uvalde County voters, in Tuesdays off-year election that saw a turnout rate of 11.2 percent percent. In Uvalde County, 1,891 of 16,878 registered voters cast ballots in the two-week early voting period, election day, or absentee balloting. Voters also supported allowing incumbent city of Uvalde mayor Don McLaughlin to seek another term, this one under the new four-year plan. McLaughlin was first elected in May of 2014 and has been elected to three two-year terms.uvaldeleadernews.com
Hurd to bring flag for Garners grave
HBO set to film here on SaturdayThe public is invited to a ceremony where U.S. Rep. Will Hurd will present a flag flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to Mayor Don McLaughlin, representing the city of Uvalde. The flag is being offered to be flown at the grave of John Nance Garner. The ceremony will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Uvalde Cemetery, 1301 W. Main St.John Nance Cactus Jack Garner III died on Nov. 7, 1967. He was the 32nd vice president of the United States, serving from 19331941 in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Councilman Everardo Lalo Zamora will welcome guests, Boy Scout Troop 479 will lead the pledge of allegiance, and Alonzo Sanchez will play Taps.A documentary film crew from HBO will be in attendance as they film Hurd for a project in the works.uvaldeleadernews.com
Capt believes city is missing out on water management funding
Julye KeebleStaff writerUvalde businessman Jared Capt on Tuesday presented a proposed water management plan to city council that could save the city $145,000 this year, but entails close management of the city water supply. The Edwards Aquifer Authority allows water to be classified in one of two ways, municipal water, the public water supply including drinking water provided by city utilities, and water used for irrigation. Mayor Don McLaughlin said he and assistant city manager Joe Cardenas had met with Capt, who suggested the city be more strategic with water allocation, as unused water earmarked for irrigation incurs no fee, while water classified for city municipal use incurs an aquifer management fee of $84 per acre-foot whether or not it is used. Capt presented figures from 2009-2018 showing that, on a five-year average, the city has 3,272 acre-feet of unused municipal water per year. If the water is later required for municipal use, it may be reclassified with no penalty.uvaldeleadernews.com
City scrutinizing park upkeep
Council debates Memorial Park condition, stenchJulye KeebleStaff writerA spirited discussion regarding park maintenance and how to combat the stench of the Leona River was initiated by Councilman Stephen Balke at the Tuesday meeting of the Uvalde City Council. The meeting began at 6 p.m. at city hall. Balke requested the discussion after an area resident contacted him about playground equipment and walking areas not being maintained at Uvalde Memorial Park, including safety hazards such as a large taped-off hole and an unpleasant odor wafting off the dammed up Leona River. We have to take care of what weve got before we add to it.Mayor Don McLaughlin asked about problems with city pumps intended to aerate the Leona River area of Uvalde Memorial Park. City manager Vince DiPiazza said current pumps had never worked in any sustained manner, and lack of rain had contributed to an odor and algae/moss issue.uvaldeleadernews.com
Park meeting takeaway: Golf course spending more than all other parks combined
Kimberly RubioAssistant editorConsidering residents on fixed incomes, opening the Uvalde Sports Complex to the public around the clock, maintenance issues and questions regarding the $688,000 allocated each year to the golf course were points brought up by residents who attended the first of two public hearings on the citys parks survey. The meeting was held Tuesday at the American Legion Post 479 with nearly 20 people in attendance. According to city planner Susan Anderson, the city oversees 11 parks that cover nearly 400 acres of land. A lot of people have no idea how many parks we have, Anderson said. Before allowing public comment, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said fee income would be used to repair existing park equipment and help the city provide additions including a splash pad or lights at the Uvalde Sports Complex.uvaldeleadernews.com