‘I miss him’: Daughter of road-rage shooting victim shares his memory, arrest made in case
This week San Antonio police arrested 20-year-old Joe Longoria. He is responsible for taking the life of 49-year-old Ines Quiroga by shooting him out of road rage near Goliad and Interstate 410 earlier this month.
Free expungement program offers people opportunity to wipe records clean, deadline Feb. 1
Hundreds of people in Bexar County and surrounding areas may be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean as the Texas Legal Services Center of Austin and the San Antonio NAACP Branch offer free expungement services.
Family believes space heater played role in deadly house fire
SAN ANTONIO – Family members of a woman who was killed when a fire swept through her East Side home say they suspect a space heater may have played a role in the fire. The woman, who the Bexar County Medical Examiner identified as Maria Trevino, 68, had to be pulled from the home by San Antonio firefighters. Woman killed after fire sweeps through East Side homeRelatives say Trevino’s son had tried twice to enter the home to save her but was unsuccessful. AdThe family members say they believe a space heater being used in a different room played a role in the fire, which then trapped Trevino in her bedroom. They say the fire also caused damage to a home next door, displacing the family who lives there.
Couple woke up to fire in their West Side home, firefighters say
SAN ANTONIO – A fire in a West Side home early Monday morning gave a man and woman a close call with danger. San Antonio firefighters say the entire front side of the home, located in the 400 block of Brandywine Avenue, went up in flames shortly before 6:30 a.m.“The occupants stated that they just woke up to fire and smoke in the house,” said Capt. Landon Digby with the San Antonio Fire Department. (KSAT)With their front door blocked by flames, they told firefighters they had only one way out. AdIt ended with the home in shambles, and the couple out on the street.
Multiple problems plague San Antonio fire crews, keep them running 36 hours straight
SAN ANTONIO – An overnight fire in a duplex on the city’s Northwest side was only the latest call in a string of non-stop action for one set of San Antonio firefighters. When they got the call after 2 a.m. Thursday, they already had been running for about 36 hours straight on everything from fires to flooding caused by broken pipes. Fire crews, working for 36 hours straight, handled a number of house fires that started in a fireplace. “There (have) been a lot of these fires,” Philipp said. While there are widespread water outages in the city, firefighters were able to tap into a working fire hydrant on that street.
Dozens find shelter from the cold inside convention center in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – A place known for hosting meetings became the spot for heating and a shelter from the cold for dozens of San Antonio residents whose homes are without electricity due to the wintry weather. The city of San Antonio opened up the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Tuesday night to use it as a warming shelter. The convention center will remain open Wednesday, city officials said. Anthony Grey was one of the 220 people who showed up at the convention center, hoping to escape a harsh reality at home. Laura Mayes, a spokeswoman for the city, said the warming center will remain open throughout the day Wednesday.
Duplex fire forces 8 people, cat, out into cold weather
SAN ANTONIO – Members of two families are trying to recover from a fire that destroyed the duplex they called home. The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Friday, forcing eight people and a pet cat outdoors into frigid temperatures. Bexar County firefighters say one resident had called them after noticing smoke in a garage in the 6600 block of Montgomery Drive. “Shortly after we arrived, the flames broke through the roof,” said Chief Robert Hogan with Bexar County Emergency Services District, #10. However, because of the strong winds, Hogan says they were fighting a losing battled.
Have you seen this person? San Antonio police need your help finding this robbery suspect
San Antonio police need your help finding this robbery suspectSAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police need the public’s help to find a 21-year-old robbery suspect who pretended to buy a cellphone from the victim. Police say the victim met the female suspect to sell a cellphone on Dec. 14, 2020, at the Valero in the 1000 block of Castroville Road. While the suspect was looking at the phone, she jumped into her vehicle and drove off. The victim was injured trying to get the phone back during the exchange. Crime Stoppers may pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Bikers were racing before deadly Loop 410 crash involving 18-wheeler, SAPD says
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Two motorcyclists involved in a deadly crash that also caused an 18-wheeler to overturn were racing just before it happened, San Antonio police said. One of the bikers, a 30-year-old man, was killed in the crash on Loop 410 South between Interstate 37 and W.W. White Road late Monday night. It does not appear the big rig driver suffered serious injuries. According to one worker who was called to unload the big rig’s cargo, the truck was carrying a load of cacti. At one point, Loop 410 was shut down in both directions in that area.
Fire marshal suspects heater caused fire in East Bexar County storage facility
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Fire Marshal is blaming a heater for a fire that damaged several units at a commercial storage facility. It caused damage to as many as six units at the business, located on Highway 87 East near Stuart Road. Fire trucks lined the highway in front of the business as firefighters worked to put out the flames. Wednesday morning, some of the renters of the burned storage units returned to sort through the debris. However, a report from the fire marshal said there were six units as well as several vehicles that were damaged.
Arson investigators looking for cause of fire in suspected hoarder house
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Arson investigators are trying to figure out how a house packed tight with furniture and other items went up in flames just south of downtown San Antonio early Tuesday. Fire in suspected hoarder house presents challenge for firefightersThey told KSAT12 that they did not seen anyone inside or near the burning home at the time. “The house is supposed to be vacant and it’s got tons and tons of stuff in it. It’s like a hoarder house,” said Battalion Chief Russell Johnson with the San Antonio Fire Department. After a fire investigations team had a chance to assess the fire, they called for an arson team to find out what caused it.
San Antonians ready to say goodbye to 2020 and all its problems
SAN ANTONIO – This may be the season for gift-giving, but many people are fed up with what 2020 has had to offer. But I don’t want to be negative, there were a lot of good positive things that came out of it,” said Ann Newman. “It’s not been a good year but I’m afraid to say anything ‘cause 2021 can say, ‘Hold my beer,” said Dawn Rodarte, joking. We just bought a new truck.”Rodarte, meanwhile, had advice for anyone else who is hoping for good luck next year. ‘Make sure you eat all your black-eyed peas, whether you like them or not,” she said, laughing.
Firefighters dodge danger from live ammunition inside burning home in Olmos Park
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Flames and smoke were only part of the concern for firefighters as they battled a fire in a home in Olmos Park Wednesday morning. Soon after crews arrived in the 100 block of Paloma Drive around 8 a.m., it became clear they also had to worry about live ammunition inside the home. As you know it’s pretty popular and common for residents to have ammunition,” said Chief Michael Goodreau with the Olmos Park Fire Department. (KSAT 12 News)Alamo Heights firefighters assisted Olmos Park with the use of a ladder truck, and crews from Terrell Hills helped out on the ground. They arrived later and stood by watching helplessly as firefighters struggled with flames that, for about an hour, refused to die.
Early morning fire destroys minivan, damages mobile home
SAN ANTONIO – Fire swept through part of a crowded yard just northwest of downtown Tuesday morning, destroying a minivan and damaging a mobile home. Van fire damages vacant mobile home, trailer just northwest of downtownFirefighters continue battling hot spots after knocking down most of the flames. The new unit, which went online this past Saturday, was designed to take some of the workload off arson investigators. The ten member team will be looking into the causes of non-criminal fires, as well as working with other units within the San Antonio Fire Department. The investigators spent the majority of their time at this scene, carefully searching the area in and around the minivan.
San Antonio Fire Department set to unveil new investigative unit
SAN ANTONIO – A call crackles over a two-way radio with an announcement that normally would get multiple fire trucks rolling. Instead, the dispatch, about a house fire with victims trapped inside, is only a drill meant to get the attention of a brand new investigative team with the San Antonio Fire Department. The recent drill capped off weeks of training, that included the team members becoming state-certified fire investigators. Team members will have to document the scenes with photos. Preventing fires is the main goal, Arrington said, and with the new investigative team, that may be within reach.
San Antonio man arrested again on federal drug charges had prison sentence reduced by Obama
Hilario Nieto, 41, who once had his federal prison sentence commuted by President Barack Obama, was arrested, along with seven others, on federal drug trafficking charges, according to the Department of Justice. In 2004, Nieto was sentenced to 248 months in federal prison on drug charges in the Western District of Texas. Scheduled to be released in 2021, President Barack Obama commuted Nieto’s sentence in 2016. “It is truly appalling that a man whose sentence the President previously commuted chose to flout that generous gift after being released from federal prison by resuming gang-related drug dealing in the San Antonio community,” said U.S. Attorney Sofer. If convicted, the defendants are looking at anywhere between 10 years to a lifetime in prison, according to authorities.
San Antonio father and son arrested for defrauding investors, federal officials say
SAN ANTONIO – A father and son were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $800,000, according to U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the San Antonio division. Earl Roberts Sr., 76, and Larry Roberts, 50, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and two counts of mail fraud. According to court reports, the duo owned and operated a company “engaged in the business of ‘factoring’ invoices and receivables from other companies.”Their business ceased operations in December 2016 but continued to solicit investor funds until February 2018, according to authorities. Reports said that “investors were told that their money would only be used to factor receivables when in fact the defendants used investor funds to pay withdrawals and interest payments to previous investors.”The San Antonio residents were arrested Monday without incident, and they have both been released on bond, according to reports.
Coronavirus pandemic could leave some people out in the freezing cold
WATCH: Churches, organizations work together to shelter homeless as temperatures drop“It’s cold,” Balenger said. Homeless man tells story of forced eviction from downtown tent cityThe term, “at capacity” has a new meaning in these days of the coronavirus pandemic. Even in this cold weather emergency, some people could be out in the cold. KSAT 12 News also reach out to Haven for Hope about its cold weather emergency shelter plans. A spokesman was not able to offer details right away on how the pandemic might impact the shelter.
Teen battling cancer encouraging San Antonio to donate to pediatric patients
Teen battling cancer encouraging San Antonio to donate to pediatric patientsPublished: November 18, 2020, 10:31 pmA San Antonio teen battling cancer is putting his battle aside and working to bring a smile to pediatric patients by hosting a toy drive.
Homeless man tells story of forced eviction from downtown tent city
However, that is what Tomanique Grant says happened to him and several other people in a makeshift tent city near downtown. Within a few days after Steck granted that interview, though, the entire tent city and everyone living in it suddenly disappeared. He says he and his neighbors in the tent city were forced out during a surprise crackdown. KSAT 12 News reached out to various entities with the city about his allegations, including DHS and the office of City Councilman Robert Trevino. The office of District 1 Councilman Robert Trevino released the following statement regarding the homeless situation:“My office has been working with our homeless communities in our district.
How deported veterans fight their immigration cases to return to United States
How deported veterans fight their immigration cases to return to United StatesPublished: November 11, 2020, 6:25 pmVeterans for Peace is a global nonprofit organization that seeks justice for military veterans and pushes for peace, not war.
San Antonio man sentenced to 12 years in prison for role in fatal crash
San Antonio man sentenced to 12 years in prison for role in fatal crashPublished: November 9, 2020, 10:29 pmNorth Side residents are speaking against hatred after flyers supporting a white supremacist cause were found in their neighborhoods.
North Side residents reject hate after finding white supremacy flyers in neighborhoods
North Side residents reject hate after finding white supremacy flyers in neighborhoodsPublished: November 9, 2020, 10:28 pmNorth Side residents are speaking against hatred after flyers supporting a white supremacist cause were found in their neighborhoods.
Uvalde County reinstates mask order following spike in COVID-19 cases
Uvalde County reinstates mask order following spike in COVID-19 casesPublished: November 9, 2020, 10:23 pmUvalde County officials announced Monday that a mask mandate would once again be enforced following a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Troopers: Heavy fog may have played role in crash that killed 17-year-old Wilson County girl
SAN ANTONIO – Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigating a deadly crash on Highway 87 in Wilson County say it appears thick fog played a role in it. A 17-year-old girl was killed in the crash which happened shortly after 7 a.m. Friday. Investigators say she had just pulled out of a driveway and was turning left onto eastbound Highway 87 near Oak Park Road. 17-year-old girl killed in crash while heading to school in Wilson CountyA westbound compact car collided with her truck, causing the teen’s pickup to land on its side. Troopers say it appears the thick fog at the time was a factor in the crash.
New Bexar County Precinct 3 commissioner commits to helping small business owners once sworn in
New Bexar County Precinct 3 commissioner commits to helping small business owners once sworn inPublished: November 4, 2020, 10:16 pmBexar County Precinct 3 Commissioner-elect Trish DeBerry is gearing up to hit the ground running for small businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Spending meaningful time sitting down could actually benefit seniors cognitive function, study says
Spending meaningful time sitting down could actually benefit seniors cognitive function, study saysPublished: October 31, 2020, 9:44 ama new study published in consumer affairs exploring how spending meaningful time sitting down could actually benefit seniors cognitive function.
Central Catholic High student with rare bone cancer back home after undergoing surgery, re-learning how to walk
Central Catholic High student with rare bone cancer back home after undergoing surgery, re-learning how to walkPublished: October 27, 2020, 10:42 pmA Central Catholic High School student battling a rare form of bone cancer is back home after undergoing surgery and is re-learning how to walk.
Woodlawn Lake regular has built a special bond with birds there
“And she knew that I had treats for her.”Flores' snacks for the ducks usually consist of soda crackers and romaine lettuce. (KSAT 12 News)Flores regularly brings treats to all her feathered friends there, gifts of romaine lettuce and crackers for the ducks and geese. (KSAT 12 News)Some of them have gotten so used to her that they even eat out of her hands. Some of the ducks feast on the snacks Flores has brought them. (KSAT 12 News)Feeding the birds at first gave Flores a way to pass the time during the coronavirus quarantine.
Apartment residents in southeast San Antonio face health concerns due to power outages
Apartment residents in southeast San Antonio face health concerns due to power outagesPublished: October 20, 2020, 6:39 pmResidents who live at a Southeast Side apartment complex said recurring power outages have become more than an inconvenience -- they are causing health concerns.
Pandemic puts downtown homeless encampments in plain sight
Tomanique Grant is one of several people who recently took to living in a tent, right alongside a busy downtown street. (KSAT 12 News)He bunks down each night in a fenced off parking lot near N. Main, alongside people in more than a half dozen other tents. (KSAT 12 News)They not only live together, but share chores and any food they can find. Grant says the closures related to the coronavirus left him and many other homeless people without any assistance. On October 15, San Antonio police moved in and shut down the encampment, not long after KSAT 12 News spoke with the city’s Department of Human Services about it.
Door inside garage kept fire from spreading to home, firefighters say
SAN ANTONIO – A door inside the garage of a Northeast Side home made all the difference when fire broke out early Thursday morning, according to San Antonio firefighters. They say it stopped the flames from spreading into the home. Firefighters received the call that the attached garage was on fire around 4:30 a.m.Northeast Side family displaced after early morning garage fireFirefighters kept the flames from spreading but smoke poured into the home on Emden Hollow. Saw smoke coming out of the garage.”The smoke also spread into the home, itself. This truck is one of the two vehicles in the driveway that got scorched by the fire in the garage.
"Law enforcement isn't a political position, this is about competency," candidate for Bexar County Sheriff says
"Law enforcement isn't a political position, this is about competency," candidate for Bexar County Sheriff saysPublished: October 6, 2020, 6:16 pmGerry Rickhoff says he plans to use his experience in county government to bring about changes
Bexar Facts poll: Voters focused on crime, policing and coronavirus ahead of election
Bexar Facts poll: Voters focused on crime, policing and coronavirus ahead of electionPublished: September 29, 2020, 5:22 pmThree out of four Bexar County voters agree that the closure of local businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak is a serious problem, according to a newly released Bexar Facts-KSAT-San Antonio Report Poll.
Son barricaded in home after neighbor finds father dead in north Bexar County home, officials say
Son barricaded in home after neighbor finds father dead in north Bexar County home, officials sayPublished: September 28, 2020, 5:24 pmA person has barricaded himself in his home after his neighbor found the person’s 45-year-old father dead, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Human remains found in West Bexar County belong to missing 17-year-old, police say
Human remains found in West Bexar County belong to missing 17-year-old, police sayPublished: September 23, 2020, 5:26 pmSan Antonio police confirmed on Wednesday that the human remains found in a burnt car in West Bexar County on Sunday belong to a missing 17-year-old.
Face masks have gone from basic necessities to fashion accessories
The city of San Antonio had issued an order for all non-essential businesses, including her Maddie Mac Boutique, to shut down indefinitely due to the coronavirus. Maggie Ibarra-Jimenez sews together pieces of one of her hand-crafted face masks. (KSAT 12 News)“She told me, 'Maggie, you should make face masks,” Ibarra-Jimenez said. Masks at Maddie Mac Boutique are fashioned out of a variety of fabrics, including some with familiar logos. (KSAT 12 News)Estrada said she prefers fancy masks to the basic paper type worn by medical professionals.
Bexar County setting records on National Voter Registration Day
Bexar County setting records on National Voter Registration DayPublished: October 5, 2020, 9:48 amWith the presidential election just 42 days away, Bexar County residents are registering to vote in record numbers, according to Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen.
GOP Bexar County Precinct 3 candidate shares why she believes her skills are needed on the commissioners court
GOP Bexar County Precinct 3 candidate shares why she believes her skills are needed on the commissioners courtPublished: September 21, 2020, 6:20 pmGOP Bexar County Precinct 3 candidate shares why she believes her skills are needed on the commissioners court