Blog Posts in 2012

  • State Employers Charged with Medicaid Fraud

    || 23-Dec-2012

    In July of 2011, half dozen former state employees were arrested by the FBI at gunpoint. They were charged with defrauding the Medicaid program. They used their positions in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to use funds to their own benefit to the tune of at least $200,000. FBI Spokesperson Eric Vasys said, “This group of employees was able to identify a flaw in the system. ...
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  • Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for DWI Wants New Trial

    || 17-Dec-2012

    Cornelio Garcia-Mata, 45, who was recently sentenced to life in prison for his eighth DWI conviction, now wants a new trial. His defense argued that valid defense objections and motions were improperly denied during his court proceedings. District Attorney Jennifer Tharp did not agree, however. In her opinion, Garcia-Mata’s harsh penalty was a sign of community intolerance for drunken ...
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  • Thanksgiving Day Murder Shocks Small Town

    || 12-Dec-2012

    A Thanksgiving Day double murder shocked the small San Antonio suburb of Utopia, in which 80-year-old Juana Tweedy and her friend, 79-year-old Muriel Teed were murdered by Tweedy’s son-in-law, according to Kens5 News. The Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke told Kens5, that Tweedy “had filed an eviction notice on her son-in-law and her daughter who had been living in a house on her ...
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  • Suspects Nabbed in String of Olmos Park Burglaries

    || 7-Dec-2012

    Residents in Olmos Park “say they feel a sense of relief after police arrested three suspects in connection with a rash of home burglaries,” according to Kens5 News. All three arrested are facing felony burglary charges after being caught in the middle of burglarizing a home while one suspect waited in a Jeep outside. The Jeep matched the description of the vehicle used in other recent ...
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  • College Students Makes Bomb Threats via Email

    || 23-Nov-2012

    Two kids from Texas are suspected of being the masterminds behind a rash of bomb threats to colleges in Texas. Perhaps a modern “Bonnie and Clyde” situation, Dereon Jayronne Kelly and his girlfriend or ex,Brittany Henderson terrorized the campus’ of Texas A&M as well as Texas State University. Over the course of the last month, the two have sent emails that led to the ...
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  • Brother Says Man Did Not Know The Pastor He Killed

    || 12-Nov-2012

    After a week of conversations that kept getting more and more obscure, Glen Birdow drove to Forth Worth to check up on his brother. His brother, Derrick, was acting paranoid, but refused to go to a hospital. Derrick Birdow ended up leaving his house in Forth Worth, driving past of a number of churches, and eventually crashing his car into the side of Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, ...
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  • Mothers finally get their Day in Court

    || 12-Nov-2012

    According to My Fox DFW, the mothers of several children that died or were seriously injured finally got their day in court. The case of Jessica Tata and the February 2011 home daycare fire that led to her being indicted of 9 felony charges. Four of the nine charges are for murder. She is facing up to a life sentence if she is found guilty. The words of the mothers that spoke before the court were ...
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  • San Antonio Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

    || 31-Oct-2012

    A 25-year-old San Antonio man was accused of lying about his age and sexually assaulting a teenager, according to Kens5 News Radio. According to the report, in mid-September, “the pair allegedly met at a local department store. At the time, the suspect claimed he was in high school.” The man, Rafael Vera, then allegedly enticed the 14-year-old “into meeting him at a local park ...
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  • No Probation for Drunken Motorists

    || 21-Oct-2012

    Two admitted drunken drivers were convicted of intoxication manslaughter in separate jury trials on October 11, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Rene Moreno, 27, was ordered to serve 20 years in prison, and Janeth Herrera, also 27, ended up in prison, but for nine years. They both had pleaded guilty and asked for probation; however, their requests were rejected by the jurors. ...
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  • Police Chase Ends With Death of 3-Year-Old

    || 15-Oct-2012

    A San Antonio family is “clinging to life” at University Hospital after what started as an undercover drug bust “ended in a deadly crash along I-35” in mid-September,according to Channel 5 News. Walter Maspero, a 3-year-old, was killed in the crash, and his mother, father, and two younger siblings were in critical condition. The family’s other child, who was also in ...
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  • Argument Over Pot Prices Lead To A Shooting

    || 11-Oct-2012

    A man was shot on September 18 in the parking lot of an elementary school, because he started arguing with a drug dealer about prices. Fortunately, the man survived the situation with a grazed leg. Mysanantonio.com reported a story about the incident. Erick Velasquez, 21, had arranged to meet with the dealer to buy a pound of marijuana, he told the police. He was walking to the dealer’s home ...
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  • Man Convinces Girlfriend to Embezzle Bank Funds

    || 29-Sep-2012

    According to the San Antonio News-Express, Anthony Regalado, 29, pleaded guilty to bank fraud on Thursday, September 13th. Regalado had deceived his ex-girlfriend Angela Salinas into embezzling nearly $100,000 for him. Salinas, 20, pleaded guilty to bank fraud earlier this year. Salinas was a bank teller for BBVA Compass Bank in Alamo from July 2009 to August 2010, the plea documents state. ...
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  • Teen Accused of Stabbing Elderly Woman to Death

    || 25-Sep-2012

    A 16-year-old teenager has been charged with the murder of a 63-year-old woman with whom he was living with. The accused, Isaac Rodriguez, appeared confused and sat quietly when the judge read the charges on Thursday, September 13th. Rodriguez merely said, “What are you talking about?” and denied the murder allegations. The judge ordered Rodriguez held for 10 days in a juvenile ...
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  • Texas Architect's Dead Ruled Homicide, Suspect Still At Large

    || 16-Sep-2012

    Matthew Casey, a 35-year-old Austin architect, died on September 3 under circumstances that have been unclear, but according to police, Casey died as a result of an aggravated assault. KVUE.com reported a story about the case, saying the autopsy report suggests blunt force trauma to be the cause of Casey’s death. Police officers arrived to a call about a person being injured at the ...
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  • Texas State Professor Accused of Money Laundering

    || 10-Sep-2012

    Sindy Chapa, 37, is an assistant professor at Texas State University’s in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also an associate director at the Center for the Study of Latino Media. Yet on Thursday, September 6 th, she did not make it to class. There is an ongoing federal probe into Sindy’s finances and assets because of allegations of money laundering. At this ...
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