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Two arrested after weekend chase ends in San Marcos

Two arrested after weekend chase ends in San Marcos

Chase Rogers, News Editor

January 27, 2020

Two men are facing charges from San Marcos and New Braunfels Police Departments after stealing two vehicles and evading officers. At approximately 7:44 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, NBPD notified SMPD that their officers were following two stolen Dodge Durangos northbound on Interstate Highway 35. Donte...

UPD issues warning to keep dorm rooms locked, cities three burglaries

UPD issues warning to keep dorm rooms locked, cities three burglaries

Chase Rogers, News Editor

January 20, 2020

The University Police Department issued an alert to all students, faculty and staff describing reports of suspects burglarizing unlocked rooms in residences halls on campus Jan. 20, at 6:15 p.m. At this time, UPD has not disclosed the residence halls or students that have been affected. Included...

Commissioners renew deal with tech company despite negative claims

Commissioners renew deal with tech company despite negative claims

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 17, 2020

Editor's note: The following article was last updated Jan. 17 2020 in order to reflect accurate information related to Hays county's use of video-only visitation systems.  The Hays County Commissioners Court voted to renew its $250,000 deal with tech company Securus, to broaden the video visitation system...

Six arrested after foot and vehicle pursuit

Six arrested after foot and vehicle pursuit

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

January 13, 2020

Six people are facing charges in San Marcos after reportedly stealing purses from customers at Walmart, stealing a car from the parking lot and running from police. According to a city press release, at approximately 2:19 p.m. Sunday afternoon, San Marcos police officers were dispatched to Walmart Superc...

Arrest made in connection to December square shooting

Arrest made in connection to December square shooting

Chase Rogers, News Editor

January 13, 2020

At approximately 4:51 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, the San Marcos Police Department arrested Vincent Favat, age 44, in connection with a shooting in downtown San Marcos on Dec. 17, 2019. The shooting injured two people standing outside of Harper’s bar located at 139 East Hopkins St. Both victims have since be...

Sights and Sounds takes safety precautions this year

Sights and Sounds takes safety precautions this year

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

December 13, 2019

Adorned with twinkling lights and holiday cheer, the Sights and Sounds Festival in San Marcos has been a Christmas tradition for the city since 1987. In an attempt to keep those attending the festival safe, new crime prevention policies were put in place for this year’s festival including increased...

Arrest made for indecent exposure

Arrest made for indecent exposure

Sonia Garcia, News Editor

October 15, 2019

The University Police Department arrested a current student for indecent exposure that took place in McCoy Hall Oct. 10. The suspect has been booked into Hays County Jail on two counts of indecent exposure. He is being referred to student justice for review  ...

Police search for hit and run suspect

Police search for hit and run suspect

Sonia Garcia, News Editor

October 14, 2019

San Marcos Police are searching for a 23-year-old man in a white sedan involved in a hit and run on Oct. 13. The victim is expected to make a full recovery. At approximately 2:14 a.m. at the 100 block of West San Antonio Street, police responded to an auto-pedestrian crash. Police found the victim...

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

Chase Rogers, News Reporter

September 29, 2019

Hays County released data showing the San Marcos Police Department's low use of cite-and-release in 2018, spurring protests from local organizations advocating for criminal justice reform. Under state law, cite-and-release allows peace officers to issue citations for class C misdemeanors—including...

Mill Street shooter apprehended in Louisiana after chase

Mill Street shooter apprehended in Louisiana after chase

Chase Rogers, News Reporter

September 26, 2019

The suspect alleged to have shot an 18-year-old female the night of Sept. 24 at 600 block of Mill Street was apprehended in Crowley, Louisiana at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Davonte Miller attempted to evade local law enforcement with his 2010 Hyundai Genesis but was apprehended...

San Marcos law enforcement stresses community safety

San Marcos law enforcement stresses community safety

Ziek Sanchez

September 24, 2019

New safety initiatives have been implemented following a series of violent crimes that surpass last years numbers in San Marcos. The San Marcos Police Department launched the “Your Safety Starts With You” campaign in an effort to spread safety awareness in a city with a growing crime r...

University officials attempt to fill gaps in Clery reporting

University officials attempt to fill gaps in Clery reporting

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

September 17, 2019

Editor's note: The 2019 Annual Security Report will come out on Oct. 1 and will contain crime statistics for 2018 with updated numbers for 2016 and 2017.  Following the underreporting of years of campus crime data, university officials are struggling to fill in the gaps of Clery reportable offenses...

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