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Thu
30
Jul

Sheriff: Lawsuit claims are false

by Meghann Garcia, managing editor

One week after the filing of a civil lawsuit against himself as well as the county of Uvalde, Sheriff Charles Mendeke said on Tuesday that the claims made by former investigator Armando Garcia are slanderous.

“These remarks are totally false,” Mendeke said of the lawsuit that claims he fired Garcia for investigating another deputy for alleged drug use and other inappropriate activities. The sheriff issued a written statement following a request for comment made by this newspaper.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Del Rio, also calls out, by name, other deputies in the sheriff’s employ. In it, Garcia says he was fired after involving the 38th Judicial District Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mendeke refutes that claim.

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Wed
29
Jul

‘Hotter than Hell’ sale event kicks off tomorrow

The three-day Hotterthan Hell 100-mile yard sale starts tomorrow. This is the third year this one-of-a-kind event will be held. It is organized by the Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau, where
staff has plans to hold the event annually on the first weekend of August.
 
Wed
29
Jul

UCISD stands to lose $1.9 million

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees were dealt a budget blow Monday evening when they learned of $91.3 million in property appraisal discrepancies that could cost the district
nearly $1.9 million in funding.
 
Fri
24
Jul

Thousands lose power Wednesday

Two individuals tried to take advantage of a Wednesday night power outage – one that left more than 5,000 Uvalde households and businesses without power – when they forced their way into a convenience store. As law enforcement and local firefighters directedtraffic at the major intersections due to non-functioning traffic lights, would-be intruders were at work on South Getty Street. The incident occurred at the Minit-Mart at 638 S. Getty St. just after 11 p.m., approximately one hour after 5,200 utility customers in Uvalde lost electricity. According to store manager Liliana Silva, after the lights went out two individuals broke the glass on the front door and entered the business.

Fri
24
Jul

Fire engulfs home, family’s belongings

600 S. Evans St. home at approximately 2:07 a.m. Firefighters battled the lames for more than two hours, but despite their best efforts the home sustained significant damage. Sendejo’s mother, Lucy Guevara, owns the home. Guevara said Sendejo and Sendejo’s three children, ages 14, 12 and8, occupy the home and were all sleeping when the fire ignited  

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Wed
22
Jul

Former deputy claims corruption

 

 

 

by Logan Garnett, general manager

 
Former Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputy Armando Garcia is suing both Sheriff Charles Mendeke and Uvalde County based on claims that he was terminated for whistle-blowing activity related to allegations that Mendeke tried to suppress an investigation into another deputy who was reportedly both stealing and using illegal drugs.
 
The suit goes on to claim that Garcia, who first began working for the sheriff’s department on Jan. 1, 2009, was told by a citizen on Aug. 22, 2014, that “one of the sheriff’s deputies was snorting cocaine with gang members inside the restroom of a local bar in Uvalde.”

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Wed
22
Jul

Sahawe Indian Dancers

Sahawe Indian Dancers perform during the 55th-annual Sahawe Indian Dancers’ summer ceremonials, which began Monday and will continue through Saturday.

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Wed
22
Jul

Forgotten fountain may flow again

by KIMBERLY RUBIO

STAFF WRITER
Uvalde City Council is looking into revamping the downtown plaza by restoring the water fountain while looking into the cost to build a replica of the original 1961 fountain. The proposal, which was up for discussion during a recent meeting, was brought to city staff by Councilman Chip King.

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Wed
22
Jul

Robb principal, music director resign from UCISD

With the most recent round of resignations accepted this week, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District lost two prominent educators in Robb Elementary School Principal Christa Dillard and music director Mark Lyon. The spouses of both Dillard and Lyon – Flores Middle School assistant principal Ivory Dillard and Uvalde High School choir teacher Suvanna Lyon – have also resigned.

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Fri
17
Jul

Absence of numbers halts contract renewal

BY KIMBERLY RUBIO
Although a contract with collections law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson was up for consideration Tuesday during a Uvalde City Council meeting, council members voted to table the agenda item because numbers regarding successful collections were not provided In 2010, the city of Uvalde contracted with  the firm, which was tasked with collecting delinquent municipal court fines. As of April of 2015, 3,400 citations had been resolved. That number represented $262,000 collected  and $588,000 in canceled citations.
Councilman Rogelio Muñoz requested updated figures, and Councilwoman Margaret Palermo seconded the request.

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