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Precint Recount Results in Cameron County to be Released on Tuesday

Cascos Expects to be Named Winner of Cameron Co. Judge's Race

BROWNSVILLE–The Cameron County vote recount will  be canvassed on Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Commisioners Court and Republicans are saying Judge Carlos Casco wil be named the winner.

Democrats believed the recount of Precinct 54 was going to push County Commissioner John Wood to victory by five votes. Those votes were recounted last week after they weren’t counted during the first recount. The Precint 54 recount numbers will be canvassed Tuesday.

Shortly before the recount of Precinct 54, Republicans said they found another 69 votes that election workers failed to recount. Those were straight partytickets, mostly from the Port Isabel area. With that, they contend Cascos will win by 64 votes.

Cameron County Elections Administator Roger Ortiz hasn’t said too much about the 69 votes other than to say they weren’t counted. He has said at a meeting with the Precinct 54 votes, Wood was the winner.

Both, Democrats and Republicans from Cameron County are inviting members to the meeting at the Dancy Commissioner’s Courtroom at 8 am to hear the results. You can expect there will be lots of security at the meeting in case things get out of hand.

In other notes, Cameron County Democratic leaders are saying a Republican tidal wave may have hit the nation, but not in their county as only two seats went GOP.

They also are defending the number of voters who hit the polls and are saying Cameron County won’t turn into another Corpus Christi after many of the countywide and state seats in Nueces County went Republican replacing many Democrat incumbents.

Cameron County Democrats will hold a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the recent election. Some are saying Democrats must change its philosophy and make some tactical changes to avoid the popularity Republicans are enjoying in Texas.

They may also discuss a possible lawsuit, if Commissioner Wood loses his judge’s race when the canvassing of the race is over. The Cameron County DA Armando Villalobos has said from the start this race was going to be settled in the courts in a very similar fashion to the 2000 Presidential Election.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Domestic Distubances and Drug Case Highlight Arrests in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE–There were two domestic disturbances that led to two arrests and a man got in trouble for trying to smuggle drugs across an international bridge in Brownsville.

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Police report Jorge Ernesto Tovar, 51, was involved with a family disturbance in a Southmost neighborhood on Sunday morning when he shot a gun in the air. Nobody was hurt from the flying bullet. 

Afterwards, witnesses said Tovar entered the home and received a bloody nose when he fell to the ground.

Tovar was arrested in the area when he was travelling as a passenger in a car. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm. A judge set his bond at $38,000.

Benjamin Ortega 10114480 Agg Assault

Just hours earlier, Benjamin Ortega, 48, was arrested for threatening a family member with a machete.

Family members said Ortega was drinking all night long and was highly intoxicated when he pulled out the weapon. They were able to grab it away from him without anybody getting injured.

Ortega was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A judge set his bond at #25,000.

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Authorities arrested Luis Arturo Garcia, 22, for trying to smuggle a small load of drugs while crossing the B & M International Bridge on Saturday night.

Agents found five pounds of marijuana inside the a dashboard of a 1995 Ford Escort around 10:30 pm.  Garcia was charged with possession of marijuana and his bond was set at $15,000.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail,com

Freshman Orientation for State Leaders

State Rep. Elect Raul Torres is attending Freshman Orientation for Texas House

COASTAL BEND–Three newly elected Republican State leaders are attending freshman orientation this week in Austin and learning the ropes of being a state reprentative.

Raul Torres, a CPA from Corpus Christi, who will take over District 33 after he defeated State Reprentative Solomon Ortiz Jr, earlier this month on Election Day., is attending the Freshman Orientation for recently elected leaders of the Texas State House of Representatives.

State Rep. Elect Connie Scott is also attending the Freshman Orientation

Connie Scott, a small businesswoman, who won the District 34 race over Abel Herrero, and Jose Aliseda, an attorney, who won the District 35 race, are also attending the  Freshman Orientation in Austin.

The three leaders were part of a GOP tidal wave who beat three well-known incumbents on Election Day.

The Republicans will be attending the Freshman Orientation this week to learn the do’s and don’t’s of being a state leaders.

They’ll also find out where their offices will be in the State Capitol in Austin and the location where they will seat once the Texas House of Representatives starts its session in January.

All three will be sworn in January when the session opens up for 140 days for the 82nd Legislative Session.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Brownsville Man Arrested for Breaking Into Businesses

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BROWNSVILLE–A Brownsville man gets arrested for breaking into several businesses after he leads police officers on a short pursuit.

Juan Enrique Ruiz Castaneda 27, was booked on a eight burglary of a biulding charges, unlawful possession of a criminal instrument, evading arrest and resisting arrest. A judge set his bond was set at $44,500.

Police report they had a report of a burglar alarm at two businesses on Central Blvd early on Wednesday morning. When they responded to the locati0n, they noticed Castaneda and tried to interview him, but he ran and was caught.

Afterwards, police discovered eight businesses were broken into in the area. They deteremined  he was breaking into the rear and front doors of the locations and then breaking into cash registers.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Media Notebook for Coastal Bend 4A Region Semi Games

Heading into the Region Semis, we have three Coastal Bend teams from the 4A Divison still in the playoffs. The top two finishers from District 30 4A, including Victoria East and Port Lavaca Calhoun and the District 31 4A Champ, Calallen. Victoria East is in the Division I playoffs, while Calhoun and Calallen in the Division II playoffs. Below are press clippings of what local newspapers are writing about the matchups and the teams victories last weekend.   

CALHOUN vs. BOERNE CHAMPION @ Alamodome Friday at Noon

In the Boerne they write about the last week’s victory over Marble Falls and moving on in the playoffs:

  Boerne Champion Linebacker Joseph Brennan said: “I can’t wait to be playing Thanksgiving weekend, I would be heart-broken if I was not playing. It was a big goal for us to be here and now that it’s here I’m excited.”

Champion scored on its opening drive and took a 7-0 lead just 2 ½ minutes into the contest. Cody Mallory caught a 23-yard pass that helped move the ball into Mustang territory before David Rogers scored on a seven-yard run to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive.

Blake Allemand then helped set up the next TD with an interception and 13-yard return to give the Chargers possession at the Mustang 46. Four plays later, John Free plunged in from the 1 to make it 14-0 after Kyle Bullard’s second extra point.

Free would have a hand in five of the team’s six touchdowns – two rushing and three throwing.

“The offensive line did a great job,” Free said.

CALALLEN @ ALAMO HEIGHTS Friday at 2:3o pm

In the San Antonio Express News, they wrote about qb’s performance vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge last week:

Alamo Heights dominated Cedar Park Vista Ridge, riding a near-perfect performance by quarterback Steven Elder to a 52-24 victory in the second round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.

Elder completed 28 of 31 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns, guiding the Mules to 42 second-half points Friday night before an estimated 3,000 at Shelton Stadium.

Caller Times writing about last week’s victory over Gregory-Portland and 1st Half performance and comparing two games these teams played:

Senior Buddy Wright was the workhorse for Calallen, leading all ballcarriers with 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Quarterback Tanner Sparks added two rushing scores and threw for another.

It was a dramatically different outcome than the 13-9 loss Calallen suffered two-plus months ago in Portland. Calallen was in command throughout, even more than the final score would indicate. It held the ball for 34 minutes, 38 seconds, running 70 plays and totaling 397 yards of offense. G-P had 192 yards on 34 plays from scrimmage.

VICTORIA EAST VS LAKE TRAVIS @ Alamodome Sat at Noon

Victoria Advocate writing about Victoria East season and preps for Lake Travis:

“It’s been a great experience,” (Jamie) Thomas said. “At Memorial the last few years, we never won anything, really. It’s finally all paying off.”

The senior was brimming with confidence about the Titans’ abilities, and also about the possible vulnerability of Lake Travis.

“This is probably the hardest weeks we’ve ever had to work,” Thomas said. “They’re proven winners, but they’re not as great as they think they are.”

The Cavaliers finished the regular season 8-2, the first time they have lost more than one game since 2006.

Titans coach Mickey Finley said all of the players are enjoying the success.

“It’s a great experience for everyone,” he said. “It’s something we talked about, making a long playoff run and a state title, and we’re still on track.”

Predictons from Capt. Fearless of the Caller Times:

CALALLEN AT ALAMO HEIGHTS

Great matchup between two longtime 4A powers, but the fact the game will be an Alamo Heights has to be an advantage. Calallen has played well when the Wildcats went to the time-tested power running game. If they can do it again, Calallen can win the game.

WINNER: Alamo Heights

VICTORIA EAST VS. LAKE TRAVIS

It has been a great first season for Victoria East, but the competition on the other side of the field has never been as talented and experienced as Lake Travis. Expect Victoria East to put up a good amount of points, but not enough to stay with the reigning state champs.

WINNER: Lake Travis

PORT LAVACA CALHOUN VS. BOERNE CHAMPION

Port Lavaca Calhoun has proven its system will guide them to the playoffs each year. This group is very young with a lot of juniors and sophomores in key positions. A win at this point would be a great accomplishment.

WINNER: Port Lavaca Calhoun

Holiday Traffic Starts Off With Tragedy in the Coastal Bend

REFUGIO–A tragic accident on Highway 77 in the Coastal Bend, killed one person and injured two others on the first day of the long Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

DPS reports it’s at the Victoria and Refugio County line and the person who died was from Corpus Christi. It involved two cars around Noon and shut down the northbound part of Highway 77, while the southbound lane was used for two way traffic.

Drivers are expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend and authoriteis expected it will be a busy weekend in the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley.

Because of that, they will have extra law enforcement officers from DPS to local police officers patrolling to make sure people aren’t driving drunk or breaking traffic laws.

They are encouraging people to find a desinated driver and use other means of transportation, if you have had too much to drink.

In Corpus Christi, police officers will be focusing on drunk drivers around the downtown areas. Through their Drive Sober Campaign. They will have more officers around town to look for the drunk drivers.

They also will be watching the shopping areas around the La Palmer Mall. They’ll be out there to encourage safety among drivers and looking to reduce crime. They plan to mann the mall with extra officers to stop thefts and auto burglaries, while people are Christmas shopping.

One other thing, while the weather may hit the 90’s on Thanksgiving Day, a cold front will start rolling in Thursday night. You might see some showers with it. On Friday night, meterologists are expect the first freeze of the year.

So with the rain and the possible icy conditions, officers warn travelers need to be careful and watch their speed with the change in tempature.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

South Texas Court/Crime Briefs

Five Arrested for Marijuana Smuggling Attempt on So. Padre Island

 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND–Five people were arrested near the town of South Padre Island fort trying to smuggle about 1,500 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

The agents caught the five, which included three from the Rio Grande Valley and two from Mexico, when they picked up the drugs on the beach near Beach Access No. 6.

According to officials, they were going to pick up the marijuna and transport it to a stash house in Brownsville.

A federal judge is holding the five men in a Rio Grande Valley federal facility without bail until a detention hearing on Monday. 

Hernandez Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison

AUSTIN–An Austin woman was sentenced to 60 years for kidnapping and murdering a woman last year when she got jealous her husband was flirting with her in their own car and they burned her body.

Martha Hernandez, 27, was convicted of murder and tampering with evidence late on Monday night by a Travis County Jury. She was sentenced to 60 years for the murder and 20 years for the tampering with evidence, which will run concurrently.

This case has grabbed headlines in Travis County for the last week. Hernandez was accused of murdering 21-year-old Christy Espinosa, an Austin woman, after a Fat Tuesday celebration along with her husband, who will go to trial in early December.

 According to testimony, Hernandez and Kenneth Hernandez met her on Sixth Street and wanted to have a threesome sex act. While traveling in the car, authorities said Espinosa was flirting with Kenneth Hernandez in the front seat with Martha Hernandez in the back seat.

 Authorities said Martha Hernandez got upset and tried to suffocated her to death before killing the woman . The couple then took her body to a location in South Austin and severely burned her body.

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BROWNSVILLE–An 81 year old has been arrested in Brownsville for indecency with a child after he touched a 9-year-old child inappropiately.

A complaint was filed against Martin Barraza when a victim claimed he fondled her from the chest area and kissed her, while visiting a relative’s home earlier this week.

Prosecutors filed a charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact and a judge set his bond at $15,000.

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Also in Brownsville, a man gets busted for shoplifting and police found a large number of date rape pills on him.

22-year-old Eric Ramirez was busted Monday for theft when workers said he walked out of the JC Penney with a bottle of perfume. When he was arreted, officers discovered 62 roche pills, which are commonly used as a date rape drug.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Recount for Precinct 54 in Cameron County Ongoing

Wood Hoping to Turn the Tables on Cameron County Judge's Race

BROWNSVILLE–A recount is finished for Precinct 54 in Cameron County that Democrats hope will turn the vote in favor of Democrat John Wood in the County Judge’s race.

After the first recount, Republic and current Judge Carlos Cascos was winning by 50 votes. On Monday, county leaders canvassed the election, naming Cascos the winner.

Elections Administrator Roger Ortiz spoke at the meeting, saying they accidentally missed a precinct in the recount. With those votes, Democrat John Wood would come out the winner, according to county officials.

So he announced voting officials would conduct the recount starting this afternoon at 3 pm. As of press time, the recount is done, but the results haven’t been released.

Cascos said late on Monday afternoon, a number of votes from the Port Isabel area were found and uncounted in the recount. If those votes were included in the tally, he would have enough votes to be declared the winner.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the process and what happened in this election fiasco. They interviewed people who filed affadavits due to this election problems.

 The Cameron County DA Armando Villalobos has already spoke to the voting officials and declared there was no criminal wrongdoing. He said a judge will have to determine the winner of this race i.e. the way the 2000 Presidential Election was decided in Florida.

For now, Cascos is the official winner with a recount results expected soon. After that, who knows what will happen in Cameron County.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Ortiz Concedes to Farenthold

Congressman Ortiz Finally Concedes to Farenthold

CORPUS CHRISTI–Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Congressman Solomon Ortiz finally conceded the District 27th U.S. Congress race in Texas to Republican Blake Farenthold.

After Election Day, Ortiz trailed by nearly 800 votes, but refused to concede until all the votes in the six counties were recounted.

Ortiz had to come up with a deposit of about $23,000 to get the rec0unt done in Cameron, Willacy, Kenedy, Kleberg, San Patricio and Nueces County.

During the recount process, the 14-term congressman picked up 146 votes, losing by 650 votes to Farenthold.

Farenthold received the call on Monday night from Ortiz and said he was gracious. 

I just accepted a phone call from Congressman Ortiz,” said Congressman-Elect Farenthold. “He called to congratulate me and promised to work with me for the good of everyone in South Texas.”

Meanwhile, Ortiz released a message to his constituents.

“As this process comes to an end, I am at ease and peace with myself, my family, my colleagues in Congress, my constituents, life and most importantly, I am at ease with God,” Ortiz said. “I truly believe that through our work and significant contributions during my years of service in Congress, we leave South Texas better than before.”

Farenthold has gone through a freshman orientation on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and will be sworn in on January 5th.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Skurka Takes Over as Nueces Co. DA

Skiurka Sworn In as Nueces County DA

CORPUS CHRISTI-Democrat Mark Skurka is in and Republican Anna Jimenez is out as Nueces County District Attorney.

Today, in a private ceremony, Skurka took the oath of office and replaced Jimenez who he beat in the county wide race for DA three weeks ago.

Ironically, Skurka was the only the Democrat to win a county wide race in Nueces County on Election Day. He replaces his former boss Carlos Valdez who left the DA’s office to become the Corpus Christi City Manager.

Skurka took the oath of office from Senior District Judge Joanquin Villarreal with his family and staff around him this morning.

A formal swearing in ceremony for Skurka will be held on December 9 at 5:15 pm at the Nueces County  Jury Room.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas News, southtexasnews@gmail.com