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Where’s the proof for Perry’s claims of border crime?
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 6 Aug 2014 01:48:00 UT
If the border is truly the warzone that Gov. Rick Perry suggests, if it's truly under siege by an opportunistic wave of undocumented criminals, if it is hard hit by record infiltrations of people from terrorist countries, if it is indeed in desperate need of another state trooper "surge," and a Texas National Guard deployment of 1,000 that will cost Texas taxpayers millions of dollars per week -- surely, then, there must be statistics to prove it. Perry has offered no statistical proof of his theory that crime has increased in historically safe border cities as law enforcement contends with the wave of child immigrants flowing in from Central America. Asked for proof, Perry's office sent me to the Texas Department of Public Safety – an agency that is far from a beacon of transparency. When two of my colleagues recently requested data on how DPS "surge" efforts along the border have affected drug seizures and other crime, DPS refused to disclose the information and diverted the request to the Texas Attorney General. [...] experts interviewed by Kriel and Collette say the decline is more likely the result of seasonal migration patterns and publicity over the humanitarian crisis. [...] the Texas governor, with two dark-rimmed eyes on the White House, is making the border photo ops and TV news circuits with the same cowboy swagger – albeit without the boots. In June, Perry tried to attribute the record number of non-Mexicans crossing the border to people "coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations." The first paragraph mentions how police officers were wounded recently in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. "The story is conflating domestic issues with border issues to make it look like it's worse than it is," said Larry Karson, a former U.S. customs agent who is now an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown.

Woman found dead at hotel
LMTonline.com / Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:03:38 -0500
An unidentified 42 year-old woman was found dead at the Bender Hotel, 1416 Matamoros St., Saturday at about noon.

4th Mexican cartel associate charged in Chicago
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:26:14 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal court documents show that an associate of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in Las Vegas in January and brought to Chicago. Prosecutors accused him of coordinating the delivery of large shipments of cocaine from Mexico to the U.S. He's also accused of collecting and laundering drug money.


Spotlight on Houston apartment fire shifts to construction worker’s daring escape
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:32:00 UT

While Houstonians were enraptured by the massive flames and smoke emanating from an unfinished apartment complex in Montrose, national media outlets turnd their attention toward this:


Smuggler leaves man to die, gets 12 years
LMTonline.com / Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:22:10 -0500
A human smuggler who left behind one immigrant who died was sentenced to prison in federal court in Laredo, authorities said Thursday.

Taking aim at tires
LMTonline.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:05:29 -0500
The City of Laredo will try to combat its tire problem tonight when council members vote on the amended tire ordinance.

Local sings on ‘Sabado Gigante’
LMTonline.com / Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:03:38 -0500
A local fifth grade elementary school student recently claimed the top prize in a singing competition on Univision’s “Sabado Gigante.”

Stealing an Aggie’s class ring and other Texas crimes that are worse than they sound
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:14:00 UT

Earlier this month, a Bryan man was arrested and charged with stealing the Texas A&M class ring of his employer.  While, if found guilty the man could face anywhere from 180 days to 2 years in jail for felony theft, somehow the punishment doesn't just doesn't sound severe enough for such a heinous Texas crime. Stealing an Aggie's ring? Who would do such a horrible thing?


Search is on for sensible people
LMTonline.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:05:29 -0500
When at an earlier City Council meeting, the audience heard a Council member observe, “It’s not a done deal,” Councilman Roque Vela was referring to a newspaper article on the subject by the name of TIRZ.

Prostitute accused of killing yacht-owning client with heroin
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:01:09 UT
Police arrested a prostitute on homicide charges Friday after they say she administered a lethal dose of heroin to a client and left him to die on a yacht in Santa Cruz last year. After obtaining e-mails and text messages between Tichleman and her clients, including the victim, police learned she had met with the man the night he died and provided him with heroin, police said. Rather than call police, investigators say Tichleman gathered her belongings, including drugs and paraphernalia - at one point stepping over the victim's body to finish a glass of wine - before leaving the boat and lowering the blinds to conceal the body, police said.

Needy students get backpacks
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:26:33 -0500
What gets 50 children pumped up and ready for school at Kennedy-Zapata Elementary?

Time to reflect
LMTonline.com / Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:58:32 -0500
A moment of silence was held early Thursday in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


Gulf team rescues baby dolphin netted while swimming with mother (Warning: Graphic photo)
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:05:00 UT

A young female dolphin ensnared in heavy fishing line in the Gulf of Mexico has been set free by combined human effort.


Heavy rains forecasted for Laredo
LMTonline.com / Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:06:06 -0500
With the city prone to unexpected bursts of rain, the Laredo Fire Department is always prepared to respond to any emergency, according to spokesman Victor Lopez.

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