The University Star


Municipal court goes virtual in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Outside of the county jail

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 Marquez is sitting at a city council discussion.

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”

Police Lights, siren

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

Jones robbery suspect

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

Police Lights, siren

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 offers scuba to student veterans

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

San Marcos City Councilman Mark Rockeymoore discusses cite-and-release policy at a city council meeting, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at San Marcos City Hall. Council members discussed cite-and-release in San Marcos and discussed whether or not the policy should be implemented in resolution or ordinance form.

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

JCK Building.

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

Police Lights, siren

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

Police Lights, siren

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

UPD patrol car outside apartments.

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...

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