The University Star


Texas State hires new Clery Act Compliance Specialist

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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

Officers investigating crime scene.

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...

Criminal justice reform discussion postponed to March

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Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 11, 2020

A proposed ordinance incentivizing the use of cite-and-release will be considered by City Council March 3. Pushed by local grassroots organization Mano Amiga, the ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers' discretion, allowing them to issue citations for class C misdemeanors and...

County jail expansion to be completed mid-2020

Vehicales outside of construction site.

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 28, 2020

Hays County is in the midst of completing works on its county jail expansion and new public safety building after receiving a $106.4 million public safety bond package from the county in 2016. Known as Proposition 1 on the 2016 ballot, the bond passed with 51.1% of the votes. The total budget of the...

Two arrested after weekend chase ends in San Marcos

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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

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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

Securus system in the Hays County Jail.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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