Election results for New Braunfels, Boerne, Alamo Heights, Kerrville and other area cities for May 6, 2023
Several cities and towns outside of San Antonio have local elections on May 6, including Alamo Heights, Balcones Heights, Boerne, Bulverde, Castle Hills, China Grove, Cibolo, Fair Oaks Ranch, Floresville, Garden Ridge, Grey Forest, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Kerrville, Kirby, Leon Valley, Live Oak, New Braunfels, St. Hedwig, Universal City and Von Ormy.
Bills filed to bring red light cameras to a full stop in Texas
Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio) and Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) have filed identical bills in the Texas House and Senate to void any remaining contracts that violate the 2019 ban on red light cameras. Balcones Heights and Leon Valley are two of only three remaining cities that have them in Texas.
‘Worried for the safety of the public’: Judge says autistic man facing arson charges must keep GPS monitor
A judge ruled Wednesday that a man who is facing arson charges for allegedly setting fire to his home and a neighbor’s vehicle in April must continue to wear a GPS ankle monitor while awaiting trial.
Leon Valley City leaders move forward with efforts to get rid of red light cameras program
After receiving legal council, Leon Valley city leaders voted to write a letter in support of HB 1209, the bill looks to void any existing contract that goes against a law passed in 2019 that outlaws the use of red light camera programs in Texas.
Leon Valley police chief unsuccessfully sought six-figure payout before he was fired, records show
Joseph Salvaggio is no longer the police chief of the Leon Valley Police Department. As the Leon Valley City Council works to move forward after a tumultuous period for its public officials, records obtained by KSAT 12 further revealed the rift between former Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio and council members before he was fired. KSAT 12 News has also requested Salvaggio’s personnel file, but Leon Valley officials are seeking a ruling from the attorney general’s office to withhold the records. Rocky history with Leon Valley city councilSalvaggio’s exit from the city was the latest chapter in his strenuous relationship with current Leon Valley city council members. Ad“We will continue to do the job we were elected to do, including weeding out the corruption,” Stevens wrote.
Lexus, Mercedes-Benz among vehicles up for grabs at Leon Valley police auction
These vehicles will be up for auction by the Leon Valley Police Department. SAN ANTONIO – A variety of vehicles will be up for auction this week in Leon Valley. The Leon Valley Police Department will hold an online auction starting on Monday and ending on April 5. All vehicles must be paid for by 5 p.m. by April 5 at the City of Leon Valley, 6400 El Verde Road. The following vehicles will be up for auction:
Bexar County businesses make up for lost time this spring after governor lifts pandemic restrictions
SAN ANTONIO – For a year, businesses that are dependent on people gathering have been struggling to stay afloat. Texas mask mandate is ending, but businesses in San Antonio can still require themThe grants and loans he’s applied for have gotten him through the challenging year. Richard Sifuentes, director of the UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC), said the reality of what business owners are dealing with is truly sad. The SBDC staff of 10 helps advise, train and guide small business owners in 11 counties at no cost. The UTSA Small Business Development Center helps business owners in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties.
Mystery surrounds departure of Leon Valley police chief
Chief Joseph Salvaggio is no longer with the Leon Valley Police Department. LEON VALLEY – After serving as the police chief of the Leon Valley Police Department for more than four years, Joseph Salvaggio has parted ways with the department. “I just wanted to inform the council Chief Salvaggio is no longer with the city of Leon Valley, I have appointed David Gonzalez as police chief,” she said. Salvaggio’s exit comes a month after Leon Valley Councilman Joshua Stevens was charged with assaulting Salvaggio. Caldera was recently appointed as acting city manger after Hank Brummentt resigned as acting city manager on Feb. 26.
Leon Valley councilman booked, indicted on charge of assault on a peace officer
Leon Valley – Newly elected Leon Valley Councilman Joshua Stevens was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Tuesday on a count of assault on a peace officer, a second-degree felony. According to court documents, a grand jury indicted Stevens for knowingly and recklessly causing bodily injury to Leon Valley Police Chief Joe Salvaggio. A Leon Valley Police report obtained by KSAT through an open records request states the incident happened on Jan. 7, 2020. The report states Salvaggio told Stevens, “Mr. The report states Salvaggio’s chest was hurting when he spoke with the officer, but the chief refused medical attention.
Medical Examiner identifies man found dead on Loop 410 access road on Northwest Side
Police said a body was found just before 4:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in the 5600 block of Kenwick Street at the access road of Northwest Loop 410. SAN ANTONIO – A 26-year-old man’s body that was found on a Loop 410 access road on the Northwest Side has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner. Gonzalo Conde-Santiago died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the ME’s Office. He was found around 4:30 a.m., Monday, in the 5600 block of Kenwick Street at the access road of Northwest Loop 410, not far from Bandera Road. RELATED: SAPD investigating after body found on Loop 410 access road on Northwest Side
San Antonio attorney arrested at restaurant on felony gun charge
Johnathan R. Perez, 30, has been booked for unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to the Bexar County Jail. LEON VALLEY – A San Antonio attorney was arrested on a felony charge Thursday for the second time in 10 months, according to a Leon Valley police report. Jonathan R. Perez, 30, was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a charge of carrying a firearm into a location that serves alcohol. He faces misdemeanor charges of burglary of vehicles, unlawful carrying of a weapon and criminal mischief, court records show. Jonathan Richard Perez (KSAT)RELATED: SA attorney faces weapon, burglary charges after incidents outside ex’s work and home
SAPD investigating after body found on Loop 410 access road on Northwest Side
Police said a body was found just before 4:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in the 5600 block of Kenwick Street at the access road of Northwest Loop 410. SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department is investigating the scene where a body was found on a Loop 410 access road on the Northwest Side. Police said the body was found just before 4:30 a.m. Monday in the 5600 block of Kenwick Street at the access road of Northwest Loop 410, not far from Bandera Road. The access road remains closed as several investigators process the scene. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
Police: Motorcyclist in critical condition after crashing on Northwest Side street
A man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a curb around 12:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, on the 5400 block of Grissom Road. SAN ANTONIO – A motorcyclist is in critical condition following a crash on a Northwest Side street overnight. The man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a curb around 12:15 a.m. Monday on the 5400 block of Grissom Road, not far from Timberhill. He was transported to University Hospital in critical condition. SAPD, the San Antonio Fire Department and emergency medical services were the first to arrive on the scene.
Dump truck, other impounded vehicles up for online auction via Leon Valley PD
LEON VALLEY, Texas – The Leon Valley Police Department is auctioning off impounded vehicles on November 9 in an online auction. LVPD officials will auction off the vehicles online here and the auction will be conducted by Auctioneer B. Among the vehicles up for auction are an Infiniti G35, Chevy Impala, Lexus ES3 and a 1998 GMC 7000 dump truck. Leon Valley Police Department auto auction vehicle. (LVPD)View a list of the vehicles available below:Leon Valley Police Department auto auction vehicle.
Corporal dragged by DWI suspect expected to return to work soon, Leon Valley police say
LEON VALLEY, Texas – Leon Valley Police Cpl. Louis Farias was the responding supervisor at the scene of a suspected DWI traffic stop Monday morning near Huebner Road and Peach Tree Street. Ozuniga refused to get out of the vehicle or open the window more than six inches. Police say they were forced to break a window to open the car the door open and get him out. Farias was stuck between the door and car, when he says the suspect reversed, full throttle.
Suspect shot by Leon Valley police after running over officer charged
LEON VALLEY, Texas – A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with a police-involved shooting early Monday morning that left him critically wounded after he ran over a police officer with his vehicle, Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said. Salvaggio said the officers suspected that Travis Ozuniga was driving drunk when they tried to stop him around 2:45 a.m. on Peachtree Street near Huebner Road. One of the officers asked Ozuniga to step out of the car more than 30 times to test him for suspected intoxication but he repeatedly refused, Salvaggio said. The injured officer was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. Ozuniga is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer by deadly weapon, but more charges are pending, Salvaggio said.
Leon Valley city officials sued by councilor days before hearing on alleged misconduct
San Antonio – A federal judge has temporarily stopped a hearing set before Leon Valley City Council on Monday, October 5th, to hear allegations of misconduct and disciplinary action against Councilor Will Bradshaw. “There have been two city councilors who have sued the city, former Councilor Benny Martinez and current Councilor William Bradshaw. Both are highly political and staff should not be involved in the Leon Valley political arena. "Pursuant to United State District Judge Biery’s Temporary Restraining Order, the City Council for the City of Leon Valley is cancelling the Special Meeting for October 5, 2020. Counsel for the City of Leon Valley will respond to the Court on behalf of the City asserting its Right to Proceed with the Special Meeting under Section 3.12."
Violent clash in Leon Valley ends with police officer, driver hospitalized
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – A Leon Valley police officer and a driver both remain hospitalized after a violent clash early Monday. Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said the officers believed the man was driving while intoxicated but he refused to cooperate with them. Investigators search the car that the suspect was driving when he allegedly ran over a Leon Valley police officer. He was run over by the vehicle and the other officer is the one who actually shot the individual,” Salvaggio said. KSAT 12 News placed several calls to the Leon Valley Police Department for updated information.
Leon Valley police shoot driver after he allegedly ran over officer
LEON VALLEY, Texas – Leon Valley police say an officer shot and wounded a driver who intentionally ran over another officer with his car early Monday morning. According to Leon Valley’s Chief of Police Joseph Salvaggio, the officers believe the man was driving while intoxicated and pulled over his car. He says soon after the driver refused to cooperate and it wasn’t long before things turned especially violent. The door came open and then he intentionally reversed it and ran over the officer.”A second officer fired the shots that hit the man, Salvaggio said. As of early Monday morning, police had not released the names of the officer or the suspect.
Leon Valley police say woman accused of fatally hitting man on sidewalk was his relative
SAN ANTONIO – Leon Valley police say the criminal charge against a woman accused of fatally striking a man with her car will be upgraded to murder. Shortly after, police found the car nearby that matched the description provided by the witness, according to the report. Police say another relative of Deleon came outside and asked why Deleon and her cousin were being arrested. The responding officer asked the relative whether Deleon and Sifuentes were related and the relative said “yes, they’re blood cousins,” according to the document. RELATED: LVPD: Woman charged with intoxication manslaughter after fatally striking man on sidewalk
Man fatally struck on sidewalk by suspected drunken driver ID’d by authorities
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a man who was fatally struck late Saturday night while walking on a sidewalk in Leon Valley. Carlos Javier Sifuentes, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred around 11:55 p.m. in the 5400 block of Wurzbach Road, officials said. Following the incident, Leon Valley police arrested Rebecca Deleon on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter. Police said Deleon was traveling northbound on Wurzbach Road when she lost control of her vehicle, drove to the sidewalk and struck Sifuentes. Her vehicle also slammed into a tree in the parking lot of Wells Fargo.
SAPD: Woman stabbed while walking with boyfriend at the River Walk, suspect still at large
SAN ANTONIO – An 18-year-old woman was hospitalized after San Antonio police say she was stabbed by a man while walking at the San Antonio River Walk. The incident happened at 12:32 a.m. Sunday near the 1500 block of North River Walk, when the woman and her boyfriend were walking in the area. The suspect and the woman’s boyfriend got into a physical altercation, but the suspect soon fled the scene, according to officials. The woman was taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, which were deemed non-life threatening. KSAT reporter Japhanie Gray spoke with visitors of the River Walk late Sunday to see just how safe they feel when strolling the area at night.
LVPD: Woman charged with intoxication manslaughter after fatally striking man on sidewalk
SAN ANTONIO – A woman is charged with intoxication manslaughter after she fatally struck a man on the sidewalk with her vehicle overnight, according to Leon Valley police. Police said the woman, Rebecca Deleon, was traveling northbound on Wurzbach Road when she lost control of her vehicle. Deleon’s vehicle went over the sidewalk, hit the pedestrian, and slammed into a tree in the parking lot of Wells Fargo, according to police. Deleon was arrested and is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter. RELATED: Man killed in head-on crash with VIA bus on far East Side, police say
Man killed in head-on crash with VIA bus on far East Side, police say
SAN ANTONIO – Update:The man killed in a head-on crash with a VIA bus early Sunday morning has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Jasper Richardson, 29, was killed after his vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane of a VIA bus and crashed head-on, according to police. Original:A man is dead after a head-on crash with a VIA bus on the city’s far East Side, according to San Antonio police. Witnesses say the man’s vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane of a VIA bus, going the opposite direction, when it struck the bus head-on. The driver of the VIA bus and the two to three passengers that were on the bus during the crash were uninjured.
Two arrested after police chase with stolen U-Haul vehicle, Leon Valley officials say
SAN ANTONIO A police chase with a stolen U-Haul vehicle resulted in two arrests, according to Leon Valley police. The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. Sunday and the chase ended on Wurzbach Road. Police said the driver of the U-Haul led LVPD and San Antonio police on a chase before crashing into another vehicle. Soon after the crash, the driver of the U-Haul and another individual were arrested at the scene. RELATED: Man fatally struck by vehicle near West Side identified by MEs office
I dont think I could survive another month: Pandemic hurting business at Leon Valley restaurant
Neptor Gudiel has been working hard with his staff to keep orders rolling out, but the COVID-19 pandemic has really left the restaurant struggling. "It's a little tough for us, I was thinking about closing the restaurant up three weeks ago," Gudiel said. "I don't think we could survive another month if we don't get business inside," Gudiel said. Machu Picchu Peruvian Grill is open Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 7007 Bandera Rd. Related Content:We dont know what lies ahead': West side Mexican restaurant struggles amid COVID-19 pandemicPapas Burgers opens new locationGet your barbecue fix at Leon Valley restaurant
Defenders: Some San Antonio area municipalities charging drivers clean up fee for car crashes
In June 2018, Ana Gutierrez was hit near the intersection of Bandera Road and Eckhert in Leon Valley. She was being billed for the hour and 25 minutes the Leon Valley Fire Department spent at the scene cleaning up chemicals that spilled from her car. Not everybody who receives this service is a Leon Valley resident and pays taxes to Leon Valley. Leon Valley isnt alone in charging the response fee. Shes reached out to state lawmakers, urging them to look into the use of accident response fees in Texas.
CPS Energy bucket truck stolen from a gas station found
LEON VALLEY, Texas – A CPS Energy bucket truck that was stolen from a Leon Valley gas station on Bandera Road Friday morning has been recovered, CPS officials said. CPS Energy officials said the company is working closely with the San Antonio Police Department on the investigation.
Man accused of grabbing Leon Valley city councilwoman arrested 13 months after incident
Man accused of grabbing Leon Valley city councilwoman arrested 13 months after incidentPublished: June 9, 2020, 10:37 pmA man accused of grabbing a Leon Valley city councilwoman last year has now been criminally charged for the incident, Bexar County court records confirmed Tuesday.
Man accused of grabbing Leon Valley city councilwoman arrested 13 months after incident
LEON VALLEY, Texas A man accused of grabbing a Leon Valley city councilwoman last year has now been criminally charged for the incident, Bexar County court records confirmed Tuesday. He was taken into custody Friday and later released after posting a $1,000 bond, jail records show. Ethics board finds Leon Valley mayor violated city charterYarnell is accused of telling Alcocer after he grabbed her, I need to talk to you about being nice.A Leon Valley Police Department report filed shortly after the incident states that Alcocer was shaking physically after the confrontation. The complaint was originally filed as assault causing bodily injury of a public servant. Leon Valley police chief appointed as interim city managerOfficials have not said why it took more than two months for him to be taken into custody.
COVID-19 stay home orders impacting police agencies in different ways
SAN ANTONIO – Police agencies in and around San Antonio are reporting different types of crime trends that have been noticed since the start of the year and the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order took effect. “Our residents are not getting cabin fever and having those issues at home like we see elsewhere,” he said. But he said vehicle burglaries are up 21%, criminal mischief is up 50%, while cases of forgery and fraud are up 89%. The police said there were stolen tools for ground maintenance, a 2002 Ford F-150 white truck with the school’s decal on the side and a utility trailer. An online look at the reports taken between March to April 2020 and compared to the same time in 2019 shows an increase in motor vehicle thefts, commercial burglaries, and robberies.
Some Leon Valley businesses having issues complying with disaster declarations
LEON VALLEY, Texas – There is some apparent push back by some businesses in Leon Valley regarding disaster declarations issued due to the coronavirus. The Leon Valley Police Department said it's trying to work with some businesses that want to remain open despite the declarations. The city of Leon Valley approved a local disaster declaration that restricts certain activities in businesses to mirror declarations issue by the city of San Antonio, Bexar County and the state of Texas. Leon Valley Police Chief Joe Salvaggio said his officers have issued warnings to some businesses and are working with others that can continue to remain open but still comply with the restrictions. The penalties for businesses not complying with the declarations go into effect Saturday.
Ethics board finds Leon Valley mayor violated city charter
LEON VALLEY, Texas – The Leon Valley Ethics Review Board has found that Mayor Chris Riley violated the city charter when she disclosed privileged information that she obtained because of her status as mayor. I dispute that there was any privileged information in the fee bills. Attorney fee bills must be disclosed to the requesting public under the express terms of the Public Information Act. Chris Riley, Leon Valley MayorRiley is running for reelection in May as an unopposed candidate. Leon Valley recall election set for May 2The city manager said Riley could be declared ineligible for office by the city secretary if the city secretary receives an official written opinion by the review board.
Leon Valley recall election set for May 2
LEON VALLEY, Texas – The Leon Valley City Council voted Tuesday to approve a recall election to take place on May 2, the same day as the general election. Leon Valley police chief appointed as interim city managerThe recall election targets Councilwoman Donna Charles, who represents Place 1, and Councilwoman Monica Alcocer, who represents Place 3. Last month, the city secretary said residents obtained the amount of signatures needed to recall Charles and Alcocer. Deadline approaches for Leon Valley councilwomen to respond to recall petitionThe recall efforts started last year after a 3.12 hearing that looked into allegations of sexual harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment against Martinez, who was eventually removed from office. Leon Valley City Council appoints new council member after voting to oust councilman last weekAlcocer and Charles voted to remove Martinez, who has denied the allegations since they surfaced.
Deadline approaches for Leon Valley councilwomen to respond to recall petition
LEON VALLEY, Texas – The clock is ticking for two city council leaders in Leon Valley, who now have five days to respond to a recall petition signed and certified by the city secretary. A group of citizens gathered more than 1,500 signatures, asking to replace councilwomen Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles. During a Tuesday city council meeting, the city secretary said the group of citizens requesting the recall met the minimum of 500 signatures required for a recall to take place. Leon Valley residents have spent more than $122,000 on legal fees for the city’s recent legal troubles. His seat was vacated, but the legal complaints and recall elections have followed since.
Man wanted for questioning after violent road altercation in Leon Valley
LEON VALLEY, TEXAS – A violent altercation between two men continues to be investigated by Leon Valley police. One man was shot twice at the intersection of Grissom and Shadow Mist roads on Dec. 7. “At what point do they flip from being a victim to a suspect or a suspect to a victim,” said Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio. The man originally believed to be the victim was shot twice. Contact Leon Valley police at 210-684-1391 if you have any information.
You’re invited: 2 public meetings set to discuss what’s next for Bandera Road
SAN ANTONIO – Have you ever wondered about the congestion or mobility on Bandera Road? At these meetings, you’ll have the chance to discuss where things stand on Bandera Road from I-410 to Loop 1604. You can even listen to a presentation on transportation and land-use existing conditions on Bandera Road. “Anyone who has tried to drive on Bandera Road during rush hour will understand the urgency of this effort,” Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval said. Want to learn more about the Bandera Road Corridor Plan?
Leon Valley group pushes forward to recall two city council members
LEON VALLEY, Texas – A group of Leon Valley residents have formally turned in more than 1,500 signatures seeking the removal of Council members Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles from office. Some of the members involved in the recall include former council members Benny Martinez and David Edwards and active members of current city boards, such as the Home Rule Charter committee. Did Leon Valley city leaders violate the law? Leon Valley City Council appoints new council member after voting to oust councilman"I do not condone nor will I ever agree with the way Councilor Martinez treated his colleagues or the staff members of the city of Leon Valley," Alcocer said in a statement. Leon Valley councilman denies harassment allegationsMartinez, who was present when the signatures were turned in, has filed a lawsuit against the city.
Leon Valley group pushes forward to recall two City Council members
Leon Valley group pushes forward to recall two City Council membersPublished: November 18, 2019, 10:49 pmA group of Leon Valley residents have formally turned in more than 1,500 signatures seeking the removal of Council members Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles from office.
Records: Pct. 2 deputies proposed cavity search on teen, ordered warrantless blood draw
The smell was later determined to be from the airbags of Huizar's vehicle being deployed, according to Leon Valley records. Leon Valley police also provided the Defenders photos taken inside Huizar's vehicle after it was towed from the scene. My Office handles all complaints against Deputies within my Office (Bexar County Constable Office Pct. The initial request remains pending, according to the county's open records portal, but Precinct 2 has not provided any additional records from the crash. Court records show Huizar was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in March 2018 and remains out on bond in that unrelated case.
Does the ghost of Joseph Huebner haunt the Huebner-Onion Homestead?
Located right off Bandera Road in Leon Valley, the Huebner-Onion Homestead and Stagecoach Stop is a historical landmark that is reportedly haunted. KSAT’s Erica Hernandez, Adrian Garcia and members of San Antonio Paranormal Investigations toured the property to see if they could find the ghost of Joseph Huebner, a prominent jeweler in the 1800s.