Bexar County

Bexar County
11:03 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Long-Time Tax Assessor-Collector Honored By Bexar County Commissioners

Bexar County

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners honored the late Rudy A. Garza for his years of service as the county tax assessor-collector.

Before he was Bexar County’s tax assessor-collector, Garza was chief of investigation for the district attorney’s office in the 1970s, which is when Tommy Adkisson, now a county commissioner, knew him.

Adkisson looked up to Garza as a mentor, and described him as skilled at everything he did.

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Bexar County Jail
2:59 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New Bexar County Jail Administrator Makes His Introduction

New Bexar County Jail Administrator Raul Banasco with Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau finally introduced new jail administrator Raul Banasco today, who said one of his first goals is to get jail staffing up to 100 percent and to make the command staff more visible.

"I am not an individual that micromanages, but it's important that the staff sees a presence and they feel comfortable enough with you to share some concerns," Banasco said. 

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Bexar County
9:08 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Three Truckloads Of Government Property Found At County Employee Home

Bexar County

A warrant has been issued for a former Bexar County employee who allegedly stole truckloads of county property to sell on Craigslist.

The former employee was caught after the buyer of a laptop reportedly found documents from the Bexar County Fire Marshall’s office on the computer’s memory.

Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed’s office issued a statement late Thursday that said the buyer turned in the computer to the police department, who handed the investigation over to the county.

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The Source - June 5, 2013
10:24 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Source: Death At The Bexar County Jail | Westside Creek Development

The Bexar County Jail.
Eileen Pace TPR

In the first segment:

San Antonio Current writer Michael Barajas documented the events that led to the death of Thomas Taylor while he was in custody at the Bexar County Jail on August 21, 2012.  

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City Council Elections - Runoff
4:45 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Election Official Says Lesson To Be Learned From Voter Card Confusion

David Medina's campaign signs line the street at the Las Palmas Library, a voting location in Distirct 5 for the runoff between himself and challenger Shirley Gonzles.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Try as they might, voters and elections officials aren’t always on the same page when it comes to information needed to vote.

That played out in real life Monday at the start of early voting when District 5 David Medina’s campaign said a voter who went to the Las Palmas Library to cast a vote couldn’t do so, which is because she’s not a resident of District 5.

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Flood Control
7:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Turning Northwest Plaza Lot Into City Park/Flood Control Plain

An artists rendering of the two detention ponds that will take the place of the former shopping center.
Bexar County

As the flood waters recede and evaporate from Saturday’s rains, Bexar County is breaking ground on a flood control project on Fredericksburg Road.

The Northwest Plaza Shopping Center at Fredericksburg and Gardania was condemned and torn down a few years ago and is now a concrete slab.  The 26-acre plot of land just a few blocks south of loop 410 and Wonderland Mall will now become two large detention ponds about 8 feet deep to alleviate flooding.  

The $28 million Laddie Place flood control project is part of the county’s 10-year $500 million flood plan.

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Public Servants
10:36 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fallen Deputies To Be Honored At Public Ceremony

Eileen Pace TPR

As part of National Police Week, San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Department are honoring their slain officers and deputies.

SAPD held a ceremony earlier this week and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau will hold a special candlelight vigil Thursday evening for members of her department - the first time Bexar County has held such a private event.

On Friday deputies will gather for the annual public ceremony, where Sgt. Yvonne Vann, wife of Sgt. Kenneth Vann, who was shot and killed while on duty in May 2011, will speak.

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Flood Control
11:02 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Bexar County Meeting With Residents On Flood Control Project For VFW Blvd.

Bexar County

Bexar County is beginning a new project in its 10-year, $500 million flood control plan, and the public is invited to ask questions about the project at tonight’s information session.

The meeting is to inform residents, business people and other members of the public what will be affected by the $8.5 million project on VFW Blvd. near Roosevelt Avenue.

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Bexar County Sheriff
11:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Bexar County Sheriff Responds To Recent Deputy Arrests

Susan Pamerleau addresses media about the recent incidents involving her deputies.
Eileen Pace TPR

Following the arrest of several deputies in the past week, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau told reporters she has implemented programs to address disciplinary problems among deputies and detention guards.

In three separate incidents, two deputies were arrested at their homes in connection with domestic violence issues.

Paul Berry, a sheriff's department spokesman, said that in another incident two jail guards got into a fight Sunday evening.

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Mental Health
11:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Mental Health Court Celebrates Five Years Of Changing Lives

Bexar County Courthouse
Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the Mental Health Court.

In 2008, the program began diverting non-violent, mentally ill offenders from jail, and instead entered them into a structured treatment program and case management to stop the cycle of arrest-release-arrest that many offenders get caught in.

Judge Michael Mery, who founded the court, said people who are  now recovering from drug abuse or mental illness often tell him how the court changed their lives:

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