Abbott to renew truck inspections along border following tragedy near San Antonio
Checkpoints manned by the Texas Department of Public Safety will soon be added across Texas to target tractor-trailers after more than 50 people died trapped inside one of them during a botched smuggling attempt near San Antonio on Monday.myrgv.com
Gov. Abbott orders new checkpoints for trucks coming in from Mexico in wake of migrant smuggling deaths
The Texas Department of Public Safety will create and monitor new checkpoints for trucks entering from Mexico after dozens of migrants died in an abandoned trailer in San Antonio, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.
Mayor lambasts DPS, others
Visibly frustrated, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. said on Tuesday that Texas Department of Public Safety has not briefed local authorities on ongoing investigations into the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting, and he feels that DPS director Col. Steven McCraw is manipulating information. Asked what he felt McCraw’s agenda might be, McLaughlin replied, “That’suvaldeleadernews.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
Texas DPS director calls police response to Uvalde massacre 'an abject failure'
In a rebuke of the law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Tuesday there was compelling evidence that it was "an abject failure." In scathing remarks at a state Senate committee hearing, McCraw said the on-scene commander "decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children."news.yahoo.com
Texas cops could have stopped the Uvalde gunman within minutes, but the school police chief placed the 'lives of officers before the lives of children': DPS director
The top police official said there was a hallway full of officers ready to confront the shooter, but the district police chief waited for backup.news.yahoo.com
WATCH LIVE: DPS director testifies about Uvalde shooting before Texas Senate committee
UPDATE: Law enforcement authorities had enough officers on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to stop the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, the Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw testified on Tuesday.
Governor visits to provide border updates, explain focus on caravans
Flanked by members of the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Gov. Yet, the latest intelligence provided by DPS and Texas National Guard suggested there is “some evidence” the caravans disbanded to some extent, Abbott said. It’s just that they may be coming in ones or twos as opposed to large caravans,” Abbott said. Members of the Texas National Guard are also preparing for mass migration events which can be mobile and accommodate different locations, the governor said. A command-and-control post was established by the Texas National Guard at the Anzalduas International Bridge in preparation for a mass-migration response, according to the governor’s office.myrgv.com
Group of Latino lawmakers demand DPS to provide Spanish-language information on Uvalde school shooting
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio and four other Latino members of Congress sent a letter Friday to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw requesting all information regarding the Uvalde school shooting be provided in Spanish as well as English.
Senator: Chief had no radio during Uvalde school shooting
UVALDE (AP) — The state agency investigating the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde has determined that the commander facing criticism for the slow police response was not carrying a radio as the massacre unfolded, a Texas state senator said Friday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Weslaco woman dies from injuries in fatal auto-pedestrian crash
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian crash that occurred around 5:30 a.m. in Progresso. Weslaco resident Minerva Hinojosa, 37, was struck by a vehicle while walking northbound on Farm-to-Market Road 1015 and died at the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that Hinojosa was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado on FM 1015 just south of Rancho Toluca Road. The driver stopped to render aid but Hinojosa died from her injuries.myrgv.com
Uvalde picks up pieces as shifting accounts of attack trouble officials
Muñoz criticized the Texas Department of Public Safety for its shifting accounts of what occurred at the school on Tuesday, but he cautioned against making too many conclusions. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents Uvalde, said, “We’re all angry. He confirmed that officers waited for nearly an hour in a hallway outside the locked classroom, where authorities say Salvador Rolando Ramos was shooting children and killing their teachers. The president heads to Uvalde on Sunday to meet the families of the victims. AdvertisementHere in Uvalde, a seemingly endless schedule of funerals has been released, beginning Tuesday and stretching for nearly two weeks.washingtonpost.com
‘Kids Be Scared’: Texas School Gunman Bought Two Rifles on His 18th Birthday
Texas DPS/InstagramThe 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a Texas elementary school, killing 18 kids and at least two adults, bought two assault rifles on his 18th birthday and appeared to send some ominous Instagram messages just hours before the massacre.Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother then crashed his car near Robb Elementary School in Ulvade at about 11:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday. Police pursued him as he ran into the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle, Texas officials saidnews.yahoo.com
San Benito man killed in Brownsville crash Saturday
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a one-vehicle crash involving a San Benito resident who died at the scene Saturday afternoon, according to a news release. Jose Gustavo Cuestas, 45, of San Benito died at the scene after being pinned between his vehicle and a tree, the release said. DPS say the crash involving a blue 2014 Toyota Camry occurred at around 2:52 p.m. on FM 1421 north of FM 1732 in Brownsville. According to authorities, Cuestas was traveling northbound on FM 1421 when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the roadway and into a residential property where he struck a tree. Brownsville fire and emergency services managed to extract Cuestas from the vehicle but the driver died at the scene, the release said.myrgv.com
Reward upped to $50K for escaped murderer from Hidalgo County
Efforts and a reward to find an escapee increased over the weekend after a Hidalgo County convicted murderer managed to break free last week. A combined $50,000 reward is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, 46. According to TDCJ, Lopez assaulted a corrections officer on the transport bus and fled from the vehicle. Lopez was convicted of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping in Hidalgo County in 2006 and sentenced to life in prison. The Texas Department of Public Safety contributed $35,000, and the U.S.myrgv.com
Brownsville man killed in crash Friday
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a two-vehicle crash that left one person dead and another hospitalized Friday. Troopers said the crash occurred at about 3:20 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of State Highway 48 in Cameron County. A black Chevrolet Camaro was traveling westbound on the highway when a Ford F-150 driving on the improved shoulder changed lanes. Flores died of his injuries at the scene, according to the release. The driver of the Ford was taken to the nearest hospital.myrgv.com
Texas National Guard soldier drowns during attempted migrant rescue
A Texas National Guard soldier drowned early Friday as he attempted to rescue migrants caught in the swift currents of the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Tex. The Guard member was deployed as part of Gov. Greg Abbott's border security initiative, Operation Lone Star.washingtonpost.com
Seized vehicles, money at center of investigation of Real County Sheriff
The Texas Rangers targeted vehicle and currency seizure logs late last year in connection to an investigation of Real County Sheriff Nathan Johnson, search warrants released this week by the Texas Department of Public Safety confirm.
Congressional Democrats ask feds to investigate whether Texas migrant arrests violate constitutional rights
Under a Gov. Greg Abbott initiative, more than 1,600 migrants have been arrested for allegedly trespassing on private property after crossing the Texas-Mexico border. The arrests and subsequent imprisonment of the migrants have led to state law violations and constitutional concerns.
US sues Texas to block state troopers from stopping migrants
The Biden administration sued Texas to prevent state troopers from stopping vehicles carrying migrants on grounds that they may spread COVID-19, warning that the practice would exacerbate problems amid high levels of crossings on the state’s border with Mexico.