safety

SAPD Officer Shot
1:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Standoff Over With Man Who Shot Officer

A SWAT vehicle approches the Super 8 Motel (white building) to negotiate with the suspect.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

(Update 5:14) SAPD is now confirming that the suspect has surrendered and is in custody.

(Update 3:41 p.m.) SAPD has released the name of the officer who was shot in the head this morning as 34-year-old Aaron Terrazas and he is expected to make a full recovery. Police are still in a standoff with the suspect and streets around the area are still closed.

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Gun Violence In Schools
11:24 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Already A Major Snag In School Marshal Program

The Protection of Texas Children Act passed this legislative session requires the program be established by Jan. 1, 2014.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is creating the Texas School Marshal Program that passed during the past legislative session, but there is an issue with where the marshals will get their training.

The law takes effect in Sept. for the start of the school year, but TCLEOSE has until Jan. 1, 2014, to finalize the curriculum and find a series of locations willing to teach the course.

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Community Safety
5:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

State Insurance Department Says Texas Giant Was Up-To-Code

The Texas Giant
Flickr user Bradi Korte (ladybugbkt) cc

Insurance inspectors with the state said the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington passed the annual inspection before this weekend's deadly accident involving Rosy Esparza, who fell 14 stories while riding the Texas Giant.

According to the Texas Department of Insurance, roller coasters are inspected on an annual basis by a certified engineer.

Ben Gonzalez is with the Texas Department of Insurance and said that beyond the inspection, there are other requirements for amusement rides in Texas.

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Road Safety
3:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Crash Barrels Make A Difference Saving Lives On The Highway

Vehicle impact attenuators are located throughout the state to help cushion the blow to drivers who crash into barriers and the median on the highway.
Ryan Loyd TPR

With distracted and drunk driving plaguing San Antonio and Bexar County, officials are taking drastic measures to help reduce injury and death from highway accidents.

The Texas Department of Transportation is helping save lives with vehicle impact attenuators, or crash barrels, which look like sand-filled trash cans and are located in spots where there is an exit or where the highway divides into an upper and lower level.

The attenuators are meant to soften the blow if a driver is heading toward what would otherwise be a solid concrete wall.

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Bexar County Sheriff
9:22 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sheriff's Office Looking For Alternate Funding For Safety Equipment

In this photo taken by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marlon Sammy/Released, Thai and U.S. Marines train using combat tourniquets.
Flickr user III Marine Expeditionary Force/MCI Pacific

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a fund to help state and local entities prevent or reduce crime and violence and is administered through the Justice Department.

The sheriff hoped to get some of the local funds to purchase vests, helmets, AR15 rifles, and shields for deputies in case of a violent incident at the civil or criminal courthouse.

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Mahncke Park
5:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Traffic Causing Havoc, Trucks Ripping Apart Oak Trees In Mahncke Park

Mahncke Park residents are asking the city for help with traffic cutting through their neighborhood to avoid on-going construction on Broadway.

Residents are worried about the safety of their children and the integrity of the neighborhood.

For the second time in a month, a commercial truck driving down a Mahncke Park residential street has ripped off large branches of an old oak tree. Homeowner Kristina Aderhold, who lives on Thorman Place, said the neighbors heard the first loud bang when the truck hit the tree and the second bang when the branch hit the pavement.

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Community
11:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Faces Of Drunk Driving Campaign Reminds Texans Of Safety During July 4th Holiday

Edward Jimenez holds pictures of his son, Matthew (on the right) and neighbor, 14-year-old Ricky.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The July 4th holiday is one with pool parties, barbecues and time spent with family, but according to the Texas Department of Transportation, it is also one of the deadliest holidays on Texas roads.

"This story reaches across races, genders, male, female, children are even impacted by drunk drivers and we just want to remind people if you're going to celebrate, take the time to plan ahead," said Robbi Smith of TxDOT. "Think about yourselves, think about your family members."

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Independence Day
4:32 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Tips For Keeping Pets Safe During July 4 Fireworks Shows

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Although we like to take our pups along on outdoor outings, it's better to leave them at home for the fireworks shows. Pets don’t do well with fireworks – and many new pet owners may not realize just what a danger it is to them.

Pets don't like loud noises, and Animal Care Services advises pet owners 

  to not leave them outside, even if it is in a fenced yard.

Pets who have never been aggressive might become biters when they are frightened, and pets who stay in the yard normally might jump the fence and try to get away when they hear fireworks.

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Community
12:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Fireworks Restrictions Eased For July 4 Celebrations, Stay Safe!

Watch out for flying bottle rockets!
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

Fireworks sales began Monday for the July 4 holiday, and although fire officials would rather see people play it safe and go see a professional pyrotechnics show, they realize some people enjoy lighting their own -- especially in San Antonio.

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Community
4:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Texas Auto Theft Prevention Experts Meeting In San Antonio

Eileen Pace TPR

The state’s top auto theft detectives are meeting in San Antonio this week and have a list of tips for owners of certain vehicles.

Lt. Paul Heitzmann of the San Antonio Police Department said auto theft is a sophisticated operation these days. Thieves also are looking inside your vehicle for paperwork that can give them a chance to steal your identify.

"Auto crime is now an organized criminal activity. It is no longer just a crime of opportunity," he said. 

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