San Antonio’s new greenway trails offer a view of the city we otherwise might zoom past
click to enlarge Bill BairdThe Howard Peak Greenway system offers a way for San Antonians to experience their city on foot. Or perhaps just crazy.“You’re doing what?” people responded to my plan, as if I’d announced an intention to eat my shoes. Walking forces you to consider the areas we normally zoom past in our cars.My journey began by hiking the entirety of Leon Creek. Despite its origins, Pearsall Park proved to be a cool experience that offered a great view of downtown. Despite the city’s bold claims of a connected series of trails, there is a huge gap in Southwest San Antonio.sacurrent.com
'It was unbelievable': Local pet owner finds dog with coral snake in mouth again near Leon Valley
For the second time in four months, a local pet owner found her dog playing with a venomous coral snake in her backyard on the Northwest Side near Leon Valley. In July, Gloria St. Mary found her pit bull terrier King Kong playing with an 18-inch coral snake in his mouth. On Monday, St. Mary said she and her husband discovered King Kong playing with a coral snake again. Recently, St. Mary said King Kong has been "looking for something" in their backyard deck more than usual. According to TPWD, the Leon Valley area has a cluster of coral snakes that hide along trails and creeks near Cathedral Rock Park.mysanantonio.com
LVPD officer run over, other officers shoot suspect during traffic stop, police chief says
A Leon Valley police officer was hospitalized Monday after being run over at a traffic stop and other officer shot the suspect, said Chief Joe Salvaggio. The officer was conducting a traffic stop just before 3 a.m., near Huebner Road and Peach Tree Street for a possible DWI driver. Salvaggio said the suspect wasn't cooperating and refused to roll down his window to speak with the officer.mysanantonio.com
Leon Valley small businesses receive COVID-19 essential items to help reopen
LEON VALLEY, Texas Several small businesses in Leon Valley on Tuesday received COVID-19 essential items bags that will help them be better equipped when they reopen. Bexar County supplied 150 bags that contain a one-week supply of personal protective equipment masks and gloves, touch-less thermometers, tape to mark social distance and plexi-glass barriers for the businesses that need them. Officers from Leon Valley PD get their first haircut in monthsSmall business owners in San Antonio are urged to register for the bags on the citys website or by calling 311. The bag giveaway in the Alamo City is scheduled for Wednesday. Small businesses in other suburban cities in Bexar County are scheduled to receive an email about their bag pickup opportunity Thursday.
Converse hires Saucedo as new police chief
Converse hires Saucedo as new police chiefRuben Saucedo, currently an assistant police chief in Leon Valley, will become the new Converse police chief on May 18. Ruben Saucedo, currently an assistant police chief in Leon Valley, will become the new Converse police chief on May 18. Photo: Courtesy Photo Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Converse hires Saucedo as new police chief 1 / 1 Back to GalleryConverse Police Chief Ruben Saucedo officially starts his term Monday, according to city officials who announced his hire last week. Saucedo, currently the assistant police chief in Leon Valley, was selected from a field of 25 applicants, according to City Manager Le Ann Piatt. Assistant Chief Pam Hunt has served as acting police chief in the interim.mysanantonio.com
Police close San Antonio Aquarium twice on Saturday for violating emergency declaration
Police close San Antonio Aquarium twice on Saturday for violating emergency declarationSan Antonio Aquarium was forced to close twice on Saturday, March 21, 2020, by Leon Valley police for violating Texas, Bexar County and Leon Valley emergency declarations, police said. San Antonio Aquarium was forced to close twice on Saturday, March 21, 2020, by Leon Valley police for violating Texas, Bexar County and Leon Valley emergency declarations, police said. Photo: San Antonio Aquarium Photo: San Antonio Aquarium Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Police close San Antonio Aquarium twice on Saturday for violating emergency declaration 1 / 1 Back to GallerySan Antonio Aquarium was ordered shut twice on Saturday by the Leon Valley Police Department after officers found the business open to the public despite an emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic, police said. Police were first called to the aquarium early Saturday to find the aquatic-theme business open to the public with multiple patrons inside violating Texas, Bexar County and Leon Valley emergency declarations. The owner of the San Antonio Aquarium put the citizens, and now my officers in danger with his reckless actions, Salvaggio said.mysanantonio.com
Cities, TxDOT Seek Feedback on Bandera Road Plan
He relies on Bandera Road to get to his classes at the University of Texas at San Antonios downtown campus. The State Highway 16 Bandera Road Corridor Plan, launched earlier this year, is the first corridor plan developed under the guidance of the SA Tomorrow comprehensive plan. TxDOT staffers and consultants with TxDOT and the City gathered Tuesday night at Brandeis High School for the first of two open houses to explain the Bandera Road study and to get public feedback. Pelaez told the Rivard Report on Tuesday that road safety is worrisome to him and many of his constituents. Neighborhoods need connections to Bandera Road that are safe and pleasant with sidewalks, crosswalks, trees, and bike lanes, he added.therivardreport.com
Leon Valley garage fire likely caused by space heater, firefighters say
A garage fire overnight in Leon Valley was likely caused by faulty space heater, the Leon Valley Fire Department said Thursday. The fire was called in around 3:45 a.m. in the 7600 block of Linkmeadow Street, not far from Eckhert Road and Bandera Road. Firefighters said two dogs inside the garage woke the residents of the home by scratching at the door. The residents, along with their dogs and a cat, all managed to get out safely, authorities said. The Leon Valley Fire Department, the Leon Valley Police Department and the Balcones Heights Fire Department all answered the call.
'While You Were Sleeping': Sleep comes when it can for firefighters in Leon Valley
There's no need for an alarm clock inside Leon Valley's fire station. Bed time comes when it can, and it can end at any moment. "I understand there are nights where I'm going to be up all night,"... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
'While You Were Sleeping': Sleep comes when it can for firefighters in Leon Valley
"I understand there are nights where I'm going to be up all night," said Assistant Fire Chief Eric Burnside. He has crews of dedicated firefighters, many of whom also are trained as EMS providers, to help him get the job done. Leon Valley, which is about three-and-a-half square miles in size, is surrounded by the San Antonio city limits. On one recent night, the only thing firefighters were able to focus on was catching up on their rest. While it is a tough job with a tough schedule, Clapper said many of his crew members wouldn't have it any other way.
Gabriels Liquor and Dons & Bens Files to Shutter Some San Antonio Stores as Part of Bankruptcy Filing
Instagram / gabrielsliquor5222 De Zavala Road in San Antonio3138 S.E. Military Dr. in San Antonio1734 Pat Booker Road in Universal City10235 Ironside Dr. in San Antonio6915 Bandera Road in Leon Valley8336 Marbach Road in San AntonioAfter filing for chapter 11 reorganization last month, the owner of Gabriels Liquor and Dons & Bens Liquor has asked a court to let it close six local stores and reject leases for three others, the Express-News reports Citing court papers, the daily reports that Gabriel Investment Group Inc. has identified the following stores for closure:The company also wants to reject leases for these three:Currently, Dons & Bens operates 30 stores and Gabriels another 15.sacurrent.com
Ethics complaint filed against Leon Valley mayor
LEON VALLEY - A Leon Valley council member has filed an ethics complaint against the mayor. Councilwoman Donna Charles told KSAT 12 that she filed the complaint against Mayor Chris Riley. On Monday, during a special council meeting, it was revealed that the complaint was leaked and posted on a website. Council members voted 4-1 to appoint an outside attorney to review the complaint along with the Ethics Review Board. Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Leon Valley Police Arrest Man Who Reportedly Threatened to Shoot Up Church
click image Facebook / Leon Valley Police Department"Sunday gunday!!! Bout to shoot up a church during the prayer service!!! Leon Valley police have arrested a man for making a terroristic threat after he posted on Facebook that he was going to "shoot up a church during the prayer service. "On Sunday, Leon Valley officers took Terray Davon Myles into custody in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lives. The suspect was described as being "angry and abusive" while speaking to officers, however, reportedly telling them to shoot and kill him.Myles has been charged with making a terroristic threat and is being held on a $2,500 bond.sacurrent.com
Leon Valley residents divided on allegations against councilman
A special hearing to determine if Leon Valley Councilman Benny Martinez, who faces several allegations, should be recused or keep his seat on the council is now on day four, with more than 20 hours of... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
E. Coli found in Leon Valley water well
E. Coli was discovered in a secondary water well in Leon Valley. Leon Valley, Texas - A Leon Valley water well tested positive for E. Coli, city officials announced in a news release Thursday. The sample was taken on raw, untreated water, meaning Leon Valley's drinking water supply is unaffected by the bacteria, according to the news release. Drinking water tainted with E. Coli may result in short-term health problems like diarrhea, nausea and headaches. For more information on the risks of E. Coli, residents can call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
BCSO: Man wanted on felony warrant leads deputies on vehicle chase
SAN ANTONIO - A local man was arrested after leading Bexar County Sheriff's deputies and Leon Valley police on a vehicle chase across town overnight, the BCSO said Monday. The chase began just after 2 a.m. near White Fawn Drive and Loop 1604 when deputies attempted to pull over a sport utility vehicle that was driving recklessly. The SUV, however, sped off, leading deputies eastbound on Bandera Road to Loop 410 to Highway 151 all the way to Hunt Lane on the city's West Side. The man then ditched his vehicle and ran on foot but was eventually caught with the assistance of the Leon Valley Police Department, deputies said. The unidentified man now faces a felony warrant charge and a charge of evading arrest.