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Judge cracks down on juror no-shows

August 3rd, 2017

FAR WEST TEXAS – Judge Roy Ferguson of the 394th State Judicial District Court in Far West Texas is putting residents who don’t appear when they are summoned to court on notice: face a fine or jail.

“Earlier this month, I empaneled new grand juries in all five counties of the 394th Judicial District,” the judge …

Homicide suspect apprehended at Sierra Blanca checkpoint

August 3rd, 2017

SIERRA BLANCA – U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Sierra Blanca immigration checkpoint apprehended a subject wanted for “First Degree Murder” and “Aggravated Burglary” for crimes committed in Louisiana, according to an agency news release.

Agents identified the man after he and three other people pulled into the checkpoint for routine immigration inspection. Agents learned that …

State sales tax revenue totaled $2.6 billion in July

August 3rd, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.56 billion in July, 7.9 percent more than in July 2016.

“Sales tax receipts from all major economic sectors were up compared to last year,” Hegar said. “The most notable increases were from oil- and gas-related industries, as spending on well development continues …

7 Texas constitutional amendments on November 7 ballot

August 3rd, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos this week drew the ballot order for seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 7 ballot. In order to appear on the ballot, the proposed amendments must be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of both the Texas Senate …

Homicide investigation under way in Jeff Davis County

August 3rd, 2017

By BOB DILLARD

The Jeff Davis County

Mountain-Dispatch

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – Responding to a vehicle on fire call July 19, volunteer firefighters and lawmen found the body of a 29-year-old Florida man in the barrow ditch near the Toyota car that was fully engulfed in flames.

Although an autopsy report has not yet confirmed the cause of death, the …

CBP officers locate meth load at El Paso port

August 3rd, 2017

(CBP photo)CBP agents at the El Paso Port of Entry uncovered 57 bundles of crystal methamphetamine weighing a total of 58 lbs.

EL PASO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 58 pounds of crystal methamphetamine last Wednesday, according to a CBP …

Rangers investigating $50k missing from Alpine Chamber of Commerce

August 3rd, 2017

ALPINE — The Texas Rangers are investigating the Chamber of Commerce in Alpine after roughly $50,000 was found to be unaccounted for, according to media partners CBS 7.

Alpine City Manager Erik Zimmer said the city gave the chamber the duty to run the Visitor Center using funds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax.

More than a year …

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke holds Thursday fundraiser at El Cosmico, Alpine appearance is Friday

July 31st, 2017

MARFA – U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate challenging current Republican Senator Ted Cruz, will be holding a fundraising event at 6pm Thursday at El Cosmico.

At 7pm, O’Rourke will hold a meet-and-greet for VIP ticketholders (tickets may be purchased at https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-624873348786028544) in an Army tent.

The event will be open …

Meet Dr. John Sherrill, Marfa High School’s new principal

Meet Dr. John Sherrill, Marfa High School’s new principal

July 27th, 2017

(Marfa ISD photo)Dr. John Sherrill

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — “In education you get to leave a legacy, and I’m just excited about getting involved with the community, helping the kids as much as I can, and setting forth the opportunity for them to be successful tomorrow,” says Dr. John Sherrill, Marfa ISD’s new principal.

When the …

Update: Police chief, settlement offer with county/sheriff’s office on the table at city meeting

July 27th, 2017

 

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

This story has been updated to include the list of candidates for the City of Marfa Chief of Police position.

MARFA –Marfa City Council members are set to meet at 6pm this evening at the Casner Room at City Hall, with expectations to announce the hiring of the city’s new police chief.

The council …

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