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Sexual assault investigation continues as man is released on bond

Sexual assault investigation continues as man is released on bond

Camelia Juarez

March 6, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

San Marcos police arrested John Tate McFarland, 35, Feb. 28 on a second-degree felony sexual assault charge. McFarland was released March 1 on a $50,000 bond and the investigation is ongoing. The victim called her mother early Feb. 21 from an unknown number and asked for help. Her mother contacted...

Student government addresses Wells Fargo controversy, diversity issues

Student government addresses Wells Fargo controversy, diversity issues

Samantha Guerrero

March 5, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, Student Government

Student Government passed legislation March 5 encouraging hiring faculty more representative of the student body and subpoenaing evidence from the Gonzales-Castillo campaign. Sen. James Tichy read the letters exchanged between University President Denise Trauth and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wells...

Collision involving TXST bus leaves three injured

Collision involving TXST bus leaves three injured

Sierra Martin

March 4, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos, University

There was a collision Monday afternoon, March 4 between a Texas State shuttle and a recycling truck on the Blanco River route. The bus was rear-ended while completing a scheduled stop in front of the CastleRock apartment complex according to Director of Media Relations, Jayme Blaschke. Blaschke...

Hays County Commissioners Court opposes pipeline

Hays County Commissioners Court opposes pipeline

Christopher Green

February 27, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

During a Feb. 26 meeting Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to oppose the Permian Highway Pipeline. The natural gas pipeline will run 430 miles from West Texas through the Texas Hill Country into the Houston area. The court is opposing the pipeline citing that the development, Kinder...

Four Square businesses hit in burglary

Four Square businesses hit in burglary

Joyana Richer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Breaking, Business, In Brief, News, San Marcos

Four San Marcos businesses were broken into early Monday morning, with investigators saying they could all be related. The Vault, Green Parrot, Zelick's and Sunset Bowling Lanes were targeted and SMPD is still investigating. According to Bomersbach's statement, the suspect was "seen leaving in the...

Faculty of color legislation introduced, chief of staff keeps position

Faculty of color legislation introduced, chief of staff keeps position

Geoff Sloan

February 26, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, Student Government, University

For the third meeting of the semester, public calls for Student Government to end internal conflicts and focus on updating its website and creating legislation were made, this week by Sam Houston State University Student Government President David Eller. Student Government introduced legislation to...

SMCISD teacher arrested for alleged inappropriate relationship with student

SMCISD teacher arrested for alleged inappropriate relationship with student

Sonia Garcia

February 23, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

San Marcos High School teacher Ian Michael Madden (09/09/1991) turned himself in to Travis County authorities Feb. 22 for having an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. Two students notified the athletic director and assistant principal of an alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationship,...

Two injured in hit-and-run, SMPD asks for help identifying vehicle

Two injured in hit-and-run, SMPD asks for help identifying vehicle

Samantha Guerrero

February 23, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

The San Marcos Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle responsible for a Feb. 9 hit and run that happened at the intersection of Hutchinson St. and N. LBJ Drive. Pedro Ybarra and daughter Larissa Ybarra were crossing Hutchinson St. when they were both hit by a car...

Full Senate discusses policies, committees

Full Senate discusses policies, committees

Malarie Ohrabka

February 21, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, University

Full Senate met Wednesday, Feb. 20 to address committee assignments and senate liaison duties. Faculty Senate chair Alex White began the meeting by suggesting a change to both the name and the role of Senate Liaison. In changing the name and role, Faculty Senate hopes to increase participation of...

City Council takes steps toward S.M.A.R.T Terminal development

City Council takes steps toward S.M.A.R.T Terminal development

Christopher Green

February 21, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

San Marcos City Council is discussing a development agreement with S.M.A.R.T terminal developer Mike Schroeder to eliminate certain production uses on the new site. The council will post an agenda when they plan to vote on the development agreement. According to Councilmember Ed Mihalkanin, city...

Second armed robbery in a week occurs near campus

Second armed robbery in a week occurs near campus

Camelia Juarez

February 20, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, University

University police alerted students Feb. 20 to an armed robbery a Bobcat Village parking lot. The police alert said four suspects in a blue SUV showed the victim a silver automatic pistol near building four. No one was injured in the incident. Police described two of the four suspects. The driver of ...

San Marcos Police to investigate murder-suicide

San Marcos Police to investigate murder-suicide

Sandra Sadek

February 18, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News

San Marcos Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide that occurred on the 1200 block of Hilltop Dr. on Feb. 17 at 11:23 a.m. The victim, 24-year-old Brihana Landrum was shot in the head by her ex-boyfriend, 28-year-old Adrian Diaz. According to witnesses, Landrum and Diaz had been in an...

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