Wife of Sutherland Spring’s church shooter takes stand as trial begins in lawsuit against the U.S. government
The families allege that failure by the U.S. Air Force to properly flag shooter Devin Kelley in a national background check database allowed Kelley to lawfully obtain the weapon used in the slayings.
Texas Farm Bureau, others assessing winter storm damage
POTH, Texas – As the president of the Texas Farm Bureau, Russell Boening experienced much of what the rest of the state’s agriculture industry endured during last month’s record cold. Boening said he agrees with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s prediction that the financial impact of the winter storm could be a billion dollars, if not more. AdWith the fragrant orange blossoms already on the trees, Murden said next year’s crop is gone. He said it’s been estimated the citrus industry has an economic impact of $468 million. The Texas Farm Bureau has been assessing the winter storm damage, but its spokesman said the figures, when complete, will come from the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
How one small South Texas energy company kept power on to customers through historic winter storm
SAN ANTONIO – Floresville Electric Light and Power System or FELPS serve about 17,000 customers in Wilson County. So how was a small electric company that is fed energy from CPS in San Antonio able to stay on? “Our customers so far have been doing what they need to be doing,” Low said. “Our guys are sitting here looking at where the load is and we’re moving stuff around to keep us from having outages,” Low said. As of publishing, just under 7,000 customers in San Antonio were still without power, it was previously more than 300,000 customers.
These San Antonio-area stores were the luckiest for Texas Lottery payouts in 2020
SAN ANTONIO – The chance to win the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot has passed, but lottery fans have recently struck gold at several San Antonio-area stores. The data analyzed and visualized by KSAT below includes stores in Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Bandera, Medina, Atascosa, Wilson and Guadalupe counties that sold winning Texas Lottery tickets worth $600 or more last year. Records showed that three $5 million scratch-off tickets were sold in the last eight months. In June 2020 alone, NYS Food Mart at 4927 Rigsby Ave. and Roadster #18 at 8630 W. U.S. Highway 90 each sold scratch-off tickets worth that amount. It appears the NYS Food Mart is among the luckier stores in San Antonio, too: the store sold 17 winning scratch-off tickets total last year.
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.
17-year-old girl killed in crash while heading to school in Wilson County
ADKINS, Texas – A 17-year-old girl pulling her truck out of the driveway was hit and killed by an oncoming car early Friday morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of US Highway 87 near Oak Park Road. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the teen was trying to turn left onto eastbound Hwy 87 and was heading to La Vernia High School when she was hit by the westbound car. The eastbound lanes of Highway 87 were closed as emergency crews worked at the scene. The westbound lanes, however, remained open.
Remembering the Sutherland Springs tragedy 3 years later
Three years ago, the nation wasn’t focused on the next race for the White House. And possibly no one could have understood that a global health crisis would have killed more than 230,000 Americans, including more than 18,300 Texans. On Nov. 5, 2017, the nation was gripped by an unspeakable tragedy at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. There, 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at the church, located in the city just southeast of Bexar County. Eighteen months after the tragedy, a new First Baptist Church building opened to members of the community.
New La Vernia ISD superintendent promises transparency and communication
LA VERNIA – La Vernia ISD sits off U.S. Highway 87, east of San Antonio, in Wilson County. Both La Vernia ISD or the La Vernia police refused to comment on the allegations. La Vernia ISD opened to in-person learning on the first day of school with roughly 75 percent of the enrolled students face to face. Integrity, transparency and communication are the foundations to be successful at La Vernia, Cone said. “La Vernia is a great place they have great kids a great staff and community, and good things are happening," he said.
Floresville set to break ground on first Starbucks in Wilson County
Floresville, Texas – For most of us we can drive up to a Starbucks at any time, but in Wilson County that wasn’t an option until now. The Floresville City Manager has announced that a Starbucks is being developed. In an announcement on Facebook, city manager Henrietta Turner said that the project will create local jobs and support economic development. “This is one of the many projects that are in the works, as we continue the partnership with the City of Floresville," Economic Development Executive Director Benjamin T. Reed said. “With the addition of Starbucks to the area, this allows us to better compete with a different type of retailer.”The Starbucks will be located off Highway 181.
‘She knew she had a job to do': Social worker dies from COVID-19, remembered as dedicated
FLORESVILLE, Texas – A Floresville social worker is being remembered for her passion for helping nursing home residents after dying from COVID-19 complications. Peeler had been a social worker for more than 25 years, and she spent most of that time caring for residents at different nursing homes. Felan hopes to carry on her mother’s legacy as a social worker. “I wish I could be half the social worker that she was, and I strive to do that. Felan said she chooses to remember her mother as a woman who dedicated her life to others.
NWS: Tornado touched down near La Vernia on Sunday
After a survey, The National Weather Service in New Braunfels has determined that damage in Wilson County was the result of a tornado. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado touched down along Highway 87 around 5:10 Sunday morning, 2 miles northwest of Sutherland Springs. Damage patterns revealed the tornado to be a weak EF0, with winds up to 70 mph. Wilson County tornado trackThe tornado developed within an outer band of Hurricane Hanna. Two other confirmed tornadoes were reported after Hurricane Hanna made landfall on Saturday in South Texas.
Week in 2:10: SA Methodist Hospital overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients; Mural dedicated to child abuse case vandalized
SAN ANTONIO Every Saturday, we recap some of the weeks top stories. See what stories made the headlines in The Week in 2:10. WEEKLY HEADLINES:San Antonio businesses now requires to post a list of COVID-19 symptomsInside look: San Antonio Methodist Hospital overwhelmed with COVID-19 patientsMural dedicated to high profile child abuse case vandalizedWilson County trio released on bond following arrest in connection to donkey theft
Wilson County trio released on bond following arrest in connection to donkey theft
Wilson County, Texas Three women, including a board member of the Floresville Independent School District, have been released on bond following their arrests Wednesday on charges related to the theft of a donkey from a pasture in rural Wilson County. Alena Berlanga, Nickol Sullivan-Santos and Pamela Johnson all face charges of theft $100-$750 and criminal trespassing, Wilson County Sheriffs officials confirmed this week. The donkey was taken to a ranch in Wilson County but the foal had not survived the birth, the investigator said. Ms. Berlanga is a certified animal control officer as well as the President and Founder of the Wilson County No Kill Animal Shelter. An official with the Wilson County District Clerks Office confirmed the lawsuit was dismissed in February.
Arrest warrants issued for Floresville ISD board member accused of donkey theft
WILSON COUNTY, Texas A board member of the Floresville Independent School District is wanted on multiple misdemeanor charges in Wilson County after investigators said she and two other people stole a donkey from a pasture west of Floresville. Alena Berlanga, 49, will face charges of theft $100-$750 and criminal trespassing after she turns herself in or is taken into custody. A Wilson County Sheriffs investigator told KSAT 12 Wednesday that two other suspects wanted in connection to the case, Nicole Sullivan and Pamela Johnson, were working on arrangements to turn themselves in. The donkey was taken to a ranch in Wilson County but the foal did not survive the birth, the investigator said. A Floresville ISD spokesperson and Berlanga did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday morning.
Grandmother arrested in Wilson County child starvation case
FLORESVILLE, Texas – The grandmother and legal guardian of three children who law enforcement officials found severely malnourished and neglected has been arrested, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. Samantha Foster is being held in the Wilson County Jail on three counts of endangerment to a child, Tackitt said. Records show Child Protective Services placed the 1-, 2- and 4-year-old children in Foster’s custody in April 2019. One of three kids at center of child abuse case in Wilson County released from hospitalThe children were found in the house last week severely malnourished and covered in feces, and were taken to the Children’s Hospital ICU in critical condition. A Wilson County sheriff’s investigator said last week it appears the man was no longer living there when they began investigating earlier this week.
One of three kids at center of child abuse case in Wilson County released from hospital
STOCKDALE, Texas – One of three children who was hospitalized after being found severely malnourished and covered in feces early last week has been released from the hospital. 3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County homeA Wilson County Sheriff’s Office investigator said an older child in the home reported the abuse Tuesday by sending a text message to 911. A Wilson County sheriff’s investigator said Friday it appears the man was no longer living there when they began investigating earlier this week. The 16-month-old, who was described as severely malnourished and weighs 12 pounds, had sunken eyes, pale skin and was unable to stand on her own, records show. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating and have yet to make any arrests.
3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County home
3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County homePublished: May 8, 2020, 5:38 pmAn investigation is underway in Wilson County after three children were found in horrible conditions inside a home in Stockdale, court records obtained by KSAT 12 confirm.
3 children in critical condition, found severely malnourished in Wilson County home
STOCKDALE, Texas – An investigation is underway in Wilson County after three children were found in horrible conditions inside a home in Stockdale, court records obtained by KSAT 12 confirm. Three children, ages 4, 2, and 1-years-old, were found severely malnourished and covered in feces earlier this week and have since been taken to a hospital. A Wilson County Sheriff’s Office investigator said an older child in the home reported the abuse Tuesday by sending a text message to 911. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a criminal case is underway and that charges could be filed as early as Monday. A Wilson County sheriff’s investigator said Friday it appears the man was no longer living there when they began investigating earlier this week.
Mobile testing site opening in Wilson County for one day only
Floresville, TEXAS – The Texas Department of Health and Human Services is opening another mobile testing site in Wilson County. For one day only, the site will be open on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Floresville High School. The site will test those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Third death confirmed at Floresville veteran’s homeYou must make an appointment by registering at txcovidtest.org or calling 512-883-2400. This is the second time a mobile testing site has opened up.
About 30 Wilson County residents tested at COVID-19 mobile testing site
FLORESVILLE – Gillespie County and Wilson County were named as sites to be visited by the Texas National Guard for setting up mobile COVID-19 testing. So far in Wilson County, Floresville’s Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home has seen several cases of the virus. At least 10 residents, 5 staff have COVID-19 at Floresville veteran’s home; 159 tests still pendingFloresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel said about 30 other Wilson County residents have been tested for the coronavirus so far. According to the governor’s office, the Texas National Guard mobile testing team has the capacity to test 150 people per day. Texas National Guard to deploy mobile testing sites across state, starting in Floresville, Fredericksburg
Third death confirmed at Floresville veteran’s home with more than 20 postive COVID-19 cases
UPDATE, April 21, 2020:A second resident of the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veteran’s Home has died due to complications from COVID-19, according to the Floresville mayor. At least 12 residents and five staff members have tested positive for the virus as of Tuesday afternoon, said Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel. As of Monday morning, five staff members tested positive for the virus and 153 other employees are awaiting results. RELATED: 17 COVID-19 cases reported in Wilson CountyUPDATE: April 15, 2020: On Wednesday, four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at the Frank M. Tejeda Veteran’s Home, bringing the total number of cases among residents to six, according to Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel. At this time, we have two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home.
One COVID-19 case confirmed at Frank Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home, Councilwoman Ximenez says
FLORESVILLE, Texas – A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the Frank M. Tejada Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville, Councilwoman Marissa Ximenez and Commissioner Albert Gamez said over the weekend. On Saturday, councilwoman Ximenez on Facebook, saying the case is still under investigation. Other information about the case was limited, but councilwoman Ximenez is reminding residents to continue practicing social distancing and take the necessary precautions when out in public to keep yourself safe. We have... Posted by Marissa Ximenez on Saturday, April 11, 2020With this confirmed COVID-19 case at the veterans home, there are now 11 cases in Wilson County, according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Wilson County reports its 11th case of COVID-19.
Wilson County reports second case of COVID-19, warns of exposure at H-E-B
Wilson County reports second case of COVID-19, warns of exposure at H-E-B Kendall and Medina counties also reported new cases FridayWilson County officials confirmed the county's second case of COVID-19 on Friday. Wilson County officials confirmed the county's second case of COVID-19 on Friday. Photo: HANDOUT / National Institutes Of Health / AFP Via Getty Images Photo: HANDOUT / National Institutes Of Health / AFP Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Wilson County reports second case of COVID-19, warns of exposure at H-E-B 1 / 1 Back to GalleryWilson County officials confirmed the county's second case of COVID-19 on Friday. State health services determined that the risk of contracting the virus from exposure at the H-E-B is low. Kendall County and the city of Boerne confirmed three additional cases Friday, bringing the county's total to six.mysanantonio.com
Wilson County reports first case of COVID-19
Wilson County reports first case of COVID-19Wilson County officials reported the first case of COVID-19 in the area Monday. Wilson County officials reported the first case of COVID-19 in the area Monday. Photo: HANDOUT / National Institutes Of Health / AFP Via Getty Images Photo: HANDOUT / National Institutes Of Health / AFP Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Wilson County reports first case of COVID-19 1 / 1 Back to GalleryWilson County officials reported the first case of COVID-19 in the area Monday. The resident that contracted the virus is currently hospitalized, officials from the county southeast of San Antonio said. Wilson County Judge Richard Jackson had issued a declaration of public health emergency.mysanantonio.com
31 total confirmed cases in Wilson County
WILSON COUNTY, Texas – Updated April 29 @ 6:30 a.m. Updated April 7 @ 11:00 a.m.Wilson County now has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to county officials. Updated April 4 @ 10:00 a.m.:Wilson County has reported one more confirmed case of coronavirus, the Wilson County News reported Friday. There are now six confirmed cases in the county and two of those cases have recovered. Track cases county by county in this map.
Man shoots, kills wife after smoking meth while children were present, per Wilson County officials
WILSON COUNTY, Texas – A 35-year-old man shot and killed his wife after smoking meth in a truck before the couple was supposed to be headed to a store, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s office said the couple’s children were in the yard during the time of the shooting. Anthony Davis told authorities he and his wife were smoking meth in their truck before heading out to the store. They followed him back to the house, where EMS personnel administered CPR after finding Davis’ wife lying in the yard. He was booked into the Wilson County Jail.
Daughter appointed to fill father’s City Council seat in Floresville
FLORESVILLE, Texas – The daughter of a Floresville councilman who was killed last week in a two-vehicle accident in Wilson County will fill her father’s seat. Jade Jimenez will take over the Place 4 seat for Gerard Jimenez. Councilwoman Marissa Ximenez said the appointment was made after a unanimous vote. Ximenez released the following Facebook post after the appointment:
Floresville city councilman killed in crash
FLORESVILLE, Texas – A Floresville city councilman was killed Monday in a two-vehicle crash, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. The councilman was identified as Gerard Jimenez, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. Floresville City Councilman Gerard Jimenez was killed Monday in a two-vehicle crash in Wilson County on January 6, 2020. Courtesy: Wilson County News (Wilson County News)Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle while trying to cross Blanco RoadThe crash happened around 12:55 p.m. on Highway 97 and FM 1344 in Wilson County, DPS officials said. A regular city council meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled, the Wilson County News reported.
‘I should’ve stayed where I was at’: Adkins man loses home to fire on his birthday
‘I should’ve stayed where I was at’: Adkins man loses home to fire on his birthdayPublished: January 4, 2020, 10:06 pmFire crews from surrounding counties arrived just before 2 p.m. Saturday to the 100 block of Encino Corona Drive. The home was fully engulfed in flames and now considered a total loss.
‘I should’ve stayed where I was at’: Adkins man loses home to fire on his birthday
WILSON COUNTY – Joe Mauricio and his wife were having lunch to celebrate his birthday. Families of inmates ask for internal investigation of Bexar County Detention CenterThe cause of the fire remains under investigation. American Red Cross stepped in to help the couple, but Mauricio said he and his wife lost everything in the fire. “All my clothes burnt down, all her clothes," Mauricio said. He said despite loosing his home, he still has something to be grateful for on his birthday.
‘Giving a criminal an opportunity to take your belongings’: Floresville police warn residents after 17 car break-ins in one night
FLORESVILLE, Texas – A recent increase in car break-ins has Floresville police concerned. “To me, it was shocking because it doesn’t happen in this community,” said Detective George Ortiz, with the Floresville Police Department. Ortiz said crooks broke into 17 cars on Dec. 11 at the Northcrest Hills subdivision. “You’re giving a criminal an opportunity to take your belongings," Ortiz said. Clicker and his wife had left their cars unlocked and woke up to find several of their belongings gone.
Crews battle large brush fire in Wilson County
WILSON COUNTY, Texas – Crews in Wilson County battled a large brush fire Wednesday in northern Wilson County near La Vernia. The fire broke out around 1 p.m. along County Road 539. No burn ban in Bexar County this New Year’s EveNo homes appear to be in immediate danger of the blaze. There was no immediate word what caused the fire.
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2 years later: KSAT journalist remembers deadly Sutherland Springs shooting
Erich Schlegel/Getty ImagesSAN ANTONIO - Editor's note: KSAT 12 digital journalist Erica Hernandez remembers the day of the deadly shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Before Nov. 5, 2017, Sutherland Springs was a place many didn't know about, but I did. 2 years later: Sutherland Springs leaders looking for changeThat morning is one I will never forget. I was producing a one-month special and had to go back to Sutherland Springs. Sutherland Springs One Month LaterIt was the first time I had been back.
2 years later: Sutherland Springs leaders looking for change
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - Before Nov. 5, 2017, not many people knew about or had even heard of Sutherland Springs. The small community in Wilson County, southeast of San Antonio, is now a part of a growing list of sites of mass shootings. Two years later much has changed, including two key individuals of the community running for office in 2020. RELATED: Pastor of Sutherland Springs Church files to run for Texas State SenateAfter the deadly shooting two years ago, both men were thrown into the mainstream spotlight. After the El Paso shooting this year, Pomeroy said teaching morality to young people is key to preventing mass shootings.
Everything you need to know about the Floresville Peanut Festival
FLORESVILLE, Texas - Ove the past 75 years the Floresville Peanut Festival has become a go-to event in Wilson County. It was in 1938 that the first festival was planned to celebrate the farming and harvesting of the peanut crop. RELATED: From the peanut farm to the peanut festivalIt was first called the "Floresville Peanut Pow Wow" and in 1938 it was changed to the Floresville Peanut Festival. Here's a list of key events taking place:This year it kicks off Tuesday with the Goober Games at the Floresville Event Center. It all ends with a free street dance that evening as well.
Crude Oil Pipeline Averted Over Recharge Zone Points to Lack of State Oversight
The now-defunct plan by Houston-based Enterprise Products Company to build a crude oil pipeline from Midland County to Wilson County crossing the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone was a really bad idea. Enterprise is a midstream natural gas and crude oil pipeline company listed as 89 on the Fortune 500 list. Even officials at the Edwards Aquifer Authority were unaware of the Enterprise pipeline project prior to Gibbons article. Enterprise never publicly disclosed plans to route the crude oil pipeline over some of the states most sensitive recharge features and unspoiled landscape. A crude oil pipeline along such a scenic and undeveloped Hill Country corridor would have caused property values to plummet.therivardreport.com
Alleged murderer awaiting trial in death of wife 10 years ago
In the summer of 2009, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office was tasked with solving the murder of 50-year-old Sylvia Clark. Clark was found dead in her La Vernia home by her husband Gary Clark on July 19, 2009. An autopsy later revealed that Sylvia Clark had been strangled and had bruises all over her body. Gary Clark has since posted bond and is awaiting trial. According to the Wilson County News, the trial was set to begin this year but has since been rescheduled for February 2020.
Pipeline talk stirs aquifer worry
Julye KeebleStaff writerTwo proposed pipelines one for water and the other for oil could impact Uvalde County residents if plans come to fruition. The first item is a proposed 83-mile pipeline intended to transport water for sale out of Del Rio to the Bexar County area. The second is a 30-inch crude oil pipeline proposed by a Houston company intended to stretch approximately 350 miles across the aquifer recharge zone. The Edwards Aquifer Authority is a regional water management agency created by the state of Texas to protect and regulate the use of that aquifer. Oil PipelineHouston-based oil pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is making plans for a pipeline spanning from Midland County to Wilson County, which would possibly pipe crude oil through recharge zones for the Edwards Aquifer.uvaldeleadernews.com
More 'severely emaciated' dogs found at house of woman with history of animal mistreatment
WILSON COUNTY – A Wilson County woman who last year surrendered more than 70 dogs to a shelter was arrested Saturday on an animal cruelty charge after police found more malnourished animals at her residence. Glori Penshorn was booked into the Wilson County jail on the misdemeanor charge after investigators discovered 11 dogs at her home. The dogs are now at the Wilson County No Kill Animal Shelter, according to Facebook posts. A post from the shelter said the dogs were "severely emaciated, covered in fleas, have mange, hair loss, and hookworms. Seventy-four were removed from her home after the Wilson County Sheriff's Office received complaints from neighborhood residents.
More 'severely emaciated' dogs found at house of woman with...
Glori Penshorn was booked into the Wilson County jail on the misdemeanor charge after investigators discovered 11 dogs at her home. Authorities were notified by a passerby who noticed an emaciated dog by the gate of Penshorn's house in La Vernia. The dogs are now at the Wilson County No Kill Animal Shelter, according to Facebook posts. A post from the shelter said the dogs were "severely emaciated, covered in fleas, have mange, hair loss, and hookworms. Seventy-four were removed from her home after the Wilson County Sheriff's Office received complaints from neighborhood residents.