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Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

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”

SWAT, San Marcos police arrest “documented gang member”

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...

Fifth suspect still at large in Jones Dinning Hall robbery

Fifth suspect still at large in Jones Dinning Hall robbery

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 11, 2020

The University Police Department issued a timely warning after receiving a report of five males stealing purses in Jones Dining Hall on the San Marcos Campus. According to the timely warning, UPD responded and four out of the five suspects are in custody. A fifth suspect is still at large, armed with...

Two arrested on drug-related charges

Two arrested on drug-related charges

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

March 10, 2020

San Marcos Police Department arrested two individuals on drug-related charges. At approximately 2:14 a.m. on Friday, March 6, Wayland James Hurst, 21, and Rodjohon Deanmar Dorsey, 22, were arrested by SMPD officers after the two were found parked in a reported stolen vehicle at the Raceway ...

Meadows Center placed on lockdown

Meadows Center placed on lockdown

Sierra Martin, Senior News Reporter

March 10, 2020

At 10:53 a.m. on March 10 University Police Department and San Marcos Police Department responded to an incident at the Meadows Center and placed the building on lockdown. According to a tweet by UPD, a group of visitors was placed on lockdown as a precaution due to a police incident. At 11:08 a.m. the...

City Council discusses criminal justice reform

City Council discusses criminal justice reform

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 5, 2020

San Marcos City Council met during their regularly scheduled meeting March 3 to discuss a proposed ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release and approved the annexation of an additional 57 acres of land. The ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers’ discretion, allowing...

Title IX explained

Title IX explained

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 4, 2020

Students and faculty on college campuses nationwide who have been affected by sexual discrimination and assault have university protections under what is referred to as Title IX. Title IX is part of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, gender...

One dead in hit and run, police searching for driver

One dead in hit and run, police searching for driver

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 2, 2020

A hit and run over the weekend resulted in the death of a San Antonio man. San Marcos Police are still searching for the driver. At 1:27 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, a 911 caller reported seeing a man lying on the edge of the roadway in the 200 block S. Guadalupe St. An initial investigation by the San...

Two overnight police pursuits result in arrests

Two overnight police pursuits result in arrests

Chase Rogers, News Editor

February 25, 2020

San Marcos police engaged in two vehicle pursuits in the same area of town overnight resulting in the arrest of two individuals on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The first pursuit began just after midnight in the 1400 block of Craddock Ave. when a patrol unit stopped a vehicle driven by Aubrianna Alvar...

New campus safety initiatives added to five-year strategic plan

New campus safety initiatives added to five-year strategic plan

Sierra Martin, Senior News Reporter

February 18, 2020

The University Police Department's new safety initiatives published December 2019 as the department's Five-Year Strategic Plan, which includes new crime initiatives and an accreditation program. Highlighted in the plan are the department's goals and initiatives into 2023. Main focuses of the strat...

Texas State hires new Clery Act Compliance Specialist

Texas State hires new Clery Act Compliance Specialist

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 17, 2020

The Vice President for University Administration Dr. Lisa Lloyd announced the appointment of Kristina E. Morales as the Clery Act Compliance Specialist, effective Feb 17, 2020. The primary responsibilities of this role include: serving as the University’s designated Campus Safety Survey Administrator...

No suspects identified for Copper Beach shooting, investigation ongoing

No suspects identified for Copper Beach shooting, investigation ongoing

Chase Rogers, News Editor

February 12, 2020

Surrounding residents at Copper Beech Townhomes at 1701 Mill St. reported gunshots at approximately 8:40 p.m. Monday night, February 10. No injuries were reported and involved parties have not been identified by authorities. According to San Marcos police, two vehicles reportedly exchanged gunfire in the pa...

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