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Suspect in hit-and-run turns himself in, released on bond

A mugshot of Antonio Renee Alonzo, a man with a beard and mustache, and mid-length hair.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

The suspect in a Feb. 29 hit-and-run in San Marcos that left a man dead turned himself in to authorities over the weekend. Antonio Rene Alonzo, 23, turned himself in after the San Marcos Police Department issued a warrant for Accident Involving Death. Alonzo has since been magistrated and released...

Texas Rangers identify shooter of fallen SMPD officer

Police Lights, siren

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

The Texas Rangers positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz, 46, as the shooter in an incident that left San Marcos Police Department officer Justin Putnam dead and officers Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller wounded. The three officers responded to a domestic disturbance call April 18 at the Twin Lake ...

San Marcos Police Department searches for information on armed man

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 12, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department released an alert searching for information about a man armed with a pistol going door-to-door at the Village on Telluride. Witnesses described the suspect as an approximately 5'10 African American male with a shaved head, black shirt, khaki pants and a black bandanna...

City council passes cite-and-release ordinance in final vote

Two people hold signs up advocating for cite-and-release in San Marcos.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 22, 2020

In a historic final vote, the San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release, making San Marcos the first city in Texas to pass an ordinance of this kind. The ordinance proposed by local advocacy group Mano Amiga seeks to guide the San Marcos Police Department officers’ ...

Community ‘devastated’ following tragic death of police officer

A married couple sits near a police vehicle memorial.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 22, 2020

On the evening of April 18, Kiara Echevarría heard initial reports of a shooting involving San Marcos police officers at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments and hoped they were not true. "When they said officers were shot, I was kind of like, 'I hope it's none of the officers I know because I know quite...

City of San Marcos holds press conference for officer killed in line of duty

A man stares into space while holding back tears.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 19, 2020

The City of San Marcos held a press conference this morning to address an April 18 incident on Hunter Road that left one officer dead, two wounded and the gunman dead after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. San Marcos police identified Justin Putnam, 31, as the officer shot and killed and officers Fra...

Officer killed, two others wounded in shooting on Hunter Road

Police lights flash on a Texas State University Police Department vehicle.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 18, 2020

UPDATE: Shooting confirmed at 9:32 p.m. A man shot and killed a San Marcos Police Department officer, wounded two others and died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this evening at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments. Police received a call about an assault/domestic disturbance at 6:05 p.m., and off...

IH-35 racing leads to major collision, passenger in critical condition

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Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 16, 2020

San Marcos Police was dispatched 4:26 p.m. April 14 in response to a major traffic collision on the west access of Interstate Highway 35 at the Posey Road Exit (Exit 199). The collision involved a single vehicle that rolled and ejected the passenger. Multiple witnesses reported seeing a blue 2014...

Municipal court goes virtual in response to COVID-19 outbreak

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

April 9, 2020

The Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Office of Court Administration approved a new law allowing for the virtual coordination of court operations, promoting the City of San Marcos Municipal Court to begin incorporating these new tools and procedures starting April 14. The...

City council passes cite-and-release ordinance during first reading, now pending second vote

San Marcos citizens stand outside the Council Chamber with signs advocating for a new cite and release ordinance Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and the City Council meeting at City Hall.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release during its first reading on Tuesday, April 7, with four members voting in favor and three opposing it. The reform will need to be voted on twice in two separate city council meetings. If passed during its second...

Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

Dr. Jocabed

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter of...

SWAT, San Marcos police arrest “documented gang member”

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Daniella Carrera, Reporter

April 1, 2020

San Marcos police arrested a convicted felon and "documented gang member " with help of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Hays County Crisis Negotiations team Tuesday night, March 31. The San Marcos Police Department responded to a call at approximately 9 p.m. for an unconsc...

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