Local News Local News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:10:41 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana Seized in Drug Raid Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 7:10:57 PM Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana Seized in Drug Raid

SAN DIEGO - Officers found methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana during a raid in San Diego.

A combined effort between the Duval County Task Force, the Duval County Sheriff's Office, and the Alice Police Department led to the seizure of a variety of drugs at a home in the 300 block of South Benavides.

Officers seized several grams of meth, cocaine, and marijuana.

Cynthia Martinez and Elsa Perez were arrested for the drugs.


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Warrant Issued for Port Aransas Hit and Run Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:06:46 PM Priscilla Torres Warrant Issued for Port Aransas Hit and Run

CORPUS CHRISTI - Port Aransas Police have just issued a warrant of arrest for a suspect wanted in connection with the fatal hit and run, killing Dustin Willis back on October 12 as Willis walked along Highway 361.

Port Aransas PD are looking for 35-year-old John Pope, IV. He is said to be a resident of Corpus Christi. The department has not released a photo of Pope.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, you can call the Port Aransas Police Department at (361)749-6241.


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Local Leaders Call Ebola News Conference to Address Concerns Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:01:03 PM Priscilla Torres Local Leaders Call Ebola News Conference to Address Concerns

CORPUS CHRISTI - Our local leaders came together today focusing on one goal, to keep the community safe if Ebola enters into our area.

Although the State Health Official, Dr. Brian Smith says Corpus Christi is at low risk for Ebola, Nueces County leaders want you to know they'll be prepared for any situation.

Currently, they're working on refining the plans already in place by doing things like purchasing new equipment for isolation rooms and keeping up to date with CDC's latest protocols.

Those local agencies want to reassure residents in the Coastal Bend, that they've been preparing since the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the United States, three weeks ago.

And emergency services like CCPD are working on their role in this process as well. Capt. Denny Asbury with the CCPD says the police department would be part of that operation and would provide security for the transportation and for the incident at the hospital.

The representatives were all in agreement on one critical point, to keep all players including the community informed on how to deal with the disease should it enter the Coastal Bend.

Dr. Brian Smith with the State Health Department added, "It's a difficult disease but it's only spread by close contact and it's not airborne, that really is the most important message."


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Woman Blames Bugs in Housing Authority for Bites Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:51:21 PM Woman Blames Bugs in Housing Authority for Bites

CORPUS CHRISTI - A bad bug problem has left a disabled resident at a local housing complex in bad shape.

It's a heartbreaking story because she has a health condition that confines her to a wheelchair, and as if that doesn't present enough challenges for her, she is battling bugs at her La Armada apartment on Ayers.

A look at her arms and legs reveals bug bites all over. She went to her doctor today and he believes that roaches are responsible for this, not fleas or bed bugs.

The inside of her apartment isn't dirty either, because she has a home health provider that comes in every day to take care of her daily needs, including cleaning up.

The Corpus Christi Housing Authority provides preventative pest control service every other month and special treatments when requested.

The woman, who requested we not use her name because of her vulnerable condition, says she notified the complex management of the bug problem months ago, but has yet to receive it.

CC Housing Authoritiy Senior Vice President Marisa Smithwick says they first heard from the woman in late September and immediately called the pest control company for a special treatment.

Unfortunately, the extra treatment involves harsher chemicals, and tenants are required to make special preparations to protect dishes and other property inside.

When the technician arrived for the additional treatment, those preparations had not been made, so he was unable to treat the unit.

Smithwick says the woman didn't contact the management to reschedule the treatment until several weeks later, but as of Friday evening, a pest control technician was expected to be at the complext next week.

Smithwich added that if the woman or any other tenant requires assistance to make those "spcial preparations" for the stronger chemicals, the Housing Authority would be happy to provide it.

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Teenager Run Over by Mother at County Fair Event Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:45:38 PM Teenager Run Over by Mother at County Fair Event

ALICE - A 15-year-old Alice girl is recovering in a Corpus Christi hospital after she was accidentally run over by her mother.

The girl was at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds Thursday evening when the mom came to get her.
Somehow the girl got out of the car at the time the mother put the car in reverse, running over the girl.

She was taken by Halo-Flight with serious injuries.

No one was cited and the incident remains under investigation.


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Coffee Can Full of Cash Found During Traffic Stop Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:42:14 PM Coffee Can Full of Cash Found During Traffic Stop

JIM WELLS COUNTY- Jim Wells Sheriff's deputies find an expensive can of coffee during a traffic stop.

Deputies pulled over a car Thursday north of Alice for a routine violation.

As they were talking to the driver, the driver allows officers to look in the car.
That's where they find over $35,000 dollars in a Folgers coffee can, mixed into the coffee.

A K-9 dog sniffed the money and determined that drugs were found on the bills.

30 year old Roberto Aurioles, a Mexican national, was arrested on drug charges.


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Hospital District Explains Ebola Preparedness Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:20:03 PM Caroline Flores Hospital District Explains Ebola Preparedness

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's a reason local hospitals haven't revealed what they'll do if there's a local Ebola case. Simply put, they're not ready yet.

A news conference was held Friday to discuss the preparedness of our local agencies and the Health District.

The City-County Health department said the hospitals don't have enough equipment to have a full-scale training exercise. The equipment they do have, they need to hold in-case an actual Ebola patient were to arrive.

Sometime next week, people from the Regional Advisory Council are supposed to make a trip to our local hospitals.

The RAC is part of the Department of State Health Services. They're the ones that will develop and help monitor emergency medical plans.

During the visit, they will help train doctors and nurses on the best practices when it comes to caring for an Ebola patient. They will also be looking at our hospital's equipment and bringing in some of their own.

Because this hasn't happened yet, the Hospital District said it didn't want to jump the gun and show the public how it prepared before it was ready.

"What we didn't want to do was we didn't want to take any short cuts when we show this to the community," said Health District director Annette Rodriguez. "Because we didn't want anybody to think, that oh we skipped steps. So it is kind of a lengthy process."

Rodriguez said she hopes to share some of the upcoming training exercises with the public.

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Police: Man Stabs Neighbor With Machete Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:44:52 AM Kirsten Schaffer Police: Man Stabs Neighbor With Machete

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police said a man stabbed his neighbor with a machete early Friday morning.

It happened a little after midnight in the 5800 block of Bonner Drive.

Police said a 46-year-old male victim told officers he was drinking with his neighbor, Trevor Hicks, when he threw a beer bottle and it broke in Hicks' driveway.

Hicks asked the man to clean up the mess, and when the man refused, the two began to fight.

Once the fight ended, that's when the victim says Hicks went back into his home and retrieved a machete. The victim claims Hicks threatened him by placing the tip of the machete against his chest. Police said that's when Hicks hit the victim in the back of his legs with the blade.

Officers arrested Hicks and charged him with aggravated assault. 

The victim was treated at the scene.


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Fire Displaces Some Residents at the Paradise Bay Apartments Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:54:25 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman Fire Displaces Some Residents at the Paradise Bay Apartments

A fire broke out at the Paradise Bay Apartments early Friday morning.

The blaze, contained to a second floor apartment, ignited just after midnight.

Two CCFD units were called to the fire, which took about 45 minutes to control; however, in the process, fire fighters had to cut power to one of the buildings.

Some of the tenants had to be displaced from their residence, which caused them to search for a place to sleep for the night.

Firefighters contacted the local Red Cross to offer beds to those in need.


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Free Housing Event For Veterans Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:09:16 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Free Housing Event For Veterans

CORPUS CHRISTI - Buying a house is an exciting yet, scary ordeal, especially if it's your first home. That's why a group of organizations are holding an event to make it a bit easier.

"Providing Keys To Home Ownership" is a free housing event to help teach people about the process of buying a home.

This weekend's event is specifically geared towards assisting veterans, but anyone can attend.

"The more information you can provide yourself with," said Housing Opportunity Committee Member Monique Espinosa. "The better prepared you're going to become a homeowner."

The event is Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors.


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Regional Ebola Meeting To Be Held Friday Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 8:44:34 PM Bart Bedsole - Regional Ebola Meeting To Be Held Friday

CORPUS CHRISTI - Getting local agencies on the same page when dealing with Ebola is the goal of a gathering Friday morning at the City County Health Department.

Some in Nueces County, including County Judge Loyd Neal, are concerned that there's not enough regional coordination among them right now.

Two weeks ago, a member of the Coast Guard in Port Aransas thought he might have caught the Ebola virus after inspecting a ship from an area of concern, but it turns out he was just sick.

Neal says there was a second similar case that turned out to be a false alarm, involving a ship heading into the Port of Corpus Christi that had visited an area of concern overseas.

Neal says there was some confusion about how to handle it and who was in charge.

He believes area agencies are all prepared individually, but may not have a plan for communicating with other agencies around them.

"Every particular player in this big puzzle has a protocol," he says, "What I've been really concerned about, and it may just all work out tomorrow, is that everybody seems to want to do what they know what to do, but then we need to have a core of responsible people, and in Texas, that's the City County Health Department, because they have the infectious disease department."

That meeting involving the health department, hospitals, port, airport, coast guard, and others gets underway on Friday at 10am.

A news conference to brief the public on the discussion will follow.


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CCISD State of the District 2014 Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 6:06:56 PM Priscilla Torres CCISD State of the District 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today was the annual 'State of the District' event, aimed at improving the future for our students. It's the biggest fundraising event for CCISD.

Educators and business leaders gathered at the American Bank Center as Dr. Roland Hernandez gave the CCISD 'State of the District' presentation, for the first time as the newly appointed Superintendent.

He said the district's focus is to continue to grow and improve, "It's about going above and beyond not becoming complacent, but continue to have new ideas and bring new programs."

Today's crowd is said to be the biggest they've ever had.
Last year, more than 80 thousand dollars were raised. No word yet on how much was raised today.


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Police Working To Track Down Ninja Thief Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:13:38 PM Kirsten Schaffer Police Working To Track Down Ninja Thief

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police released new surveillance video Thursday of a man they have nicknamed the "ninja thief," after what appeared to be a multi-part theft at an H-E-B Plus store.

Police said the male suspect walked into the store on Saratoga Boulevard Saturday around 5 a.m. 

In the video, it shows the man walking to a cabinet with a sliding door, where he nabbed cologne and an electric razor. He apparently placed the cologne in his pocket and the razor in his boot.

The man then spoke with the store manager, asking if the store sold bolt cutters. After being shown where they were, the man used them in an attempt to cut the lock off the security gate where electronics are stored.

Police said the man broke the bolt cutters and the gate alarm was activated. 

The man then climbed the shelving in the aisle, walking on top of shelves until he reached the entertainment section and jumped down.

He was able to take a wireless audio speaker, which he then stuffed in his pants.

The man appears to be wearing a dark Fedora hat, a dark tie and a white button down shirt, with dark dress shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit information online at 


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Secret Service Looking into Counterfeit Money Case at Nuevo Cafe Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:54:10 PM Jennifer Lira - Secret Service Looking into Counterfeit Money Case at Nuevo Cafe

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Secret Service will look into a counterfeit money case after a man was arrested for allegedly using fake money at a local restaurant.

It happened Thursday afternoon at the Nuevo Cafe restaurant at Six Points.

CCPD says a man used counterfeit money to pay for food. The restaurant workers became suspicious and the man took off. But he didn't make it far.

Ricky Galvan, 34, was found walking along Ayers street near the restaurant. He was arrested for the counterfeit money, theft, and possession of a controlled substance.

CCPD says the Secret Service will work to track the origin of the counterfeit bills.


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Agreement Signed to Bring More Chinese Firms to Coastal Bend Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:37:34 PM Caroline Flores Agreement Signed to Bring More Chinese Firms to Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today Nueces and San Patricio Counties along with the Cities of Gregory, Portland, and Corpus Christi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tianjin Commission of Commerce this afternoon.

"Seven years ago when we started working with the Chinese to bring their developments to the state of Texas, and to this region, that is all starting to blossom," said San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson.

The purpose of this MOU is to promote cooperation and continue to bring different companies from Tianjin to the Coastal Bend. The Chinese based company, TPCO, is currently building a new pipe plant, TPCO America, near Gregory.

"It's great. This is great for South Texas. It's great for San Patricio and Nueces County. We'd love to see some related industries to... Them come this way too," said Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal.

Now that the MOU is signed and gifts have been exchanged between the parties, more growth is expected to follow.

"I believe, in future, more and more company from Tianjin will investment this area," said Tianjin Pipe Group Corp Vice President Zhang Wenfeng.

More Chinese businesses in the area, means more jobs in the Coastal Bend.

"That means that their children are assured good jobs for the future. And for their children's children," said County Judge Simpson.


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Local Dance Competition Held this Weekend to Benefit Homeless Families Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:29:22 PM Local Dance Competition Held this Weekend to Benefit Homeless Families

CORPUS CHRISTI - Do you like to boogie? This Saturday, locals like our own Stephania Jimenez will compete in a fundraiser called "Dancing with the Corpus Christi Stars"; the event will benefit the Wesley Community Center.

Board President Bonnie Berry said the center is expanding to house families most in need.

"It'll be the only current housing in Nueces County for moms and children experiencing homelessness," said Berry.

It's not just housing; the Wesley Community Center helps mothers find work and provide a stable environment for their kids.

However, the center needs money for operational expenses. That's why they're holding a fundraiser. Organizers enlisted Ed Salazar, of Shiny Shoes Dance Productions, to help train locals to compete in the event.

"We're going to have jive, cha-cha, waltz, bolero," explained Salazar.

Jim Kunau of Hurricane Alley is one of the dancers.

"It's been a lot of fun, a lot of work," said Kunau.


The "Dancing with the Corpus Christi Stars" fundraiser is this Saturday evening at the Omni Hotel. For tickets, call 361-880-8300. Here's more information:


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Valero Refineries Corpus Christi Donates $345,000 To Local Children's Charities Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 1:56:41 PM Kirsten Schaffer Valero Refineries Corpus Christi Donates $345,000 To Local Children's Charities

CORPUS CHRISTI - Valero Refineries Corpus Christi donated $345,000 to more than three dozen local children's charities and organizations Thursday.

The money will be spread across 38 local critical need organizations that serve a variety of causes and community needs.

"Through meeting with these organizations and visiting with them, you clearly see the need," said Lillian Riojas, the director of public affairs for Valero. "So we're really excited today that this $345,000 is going to go into the community and address a lot of needs."

The money was raised from the 2014 Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children.

Valero Refineries said it has given more than $3.5 million to children charities across the Coastal Bend.


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Mailboxes Installed at Chapman Ranch Substation Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:46:12 PM Mailboxes Installed at Chapman Ranch Substation

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Chapman Ranch Post Office substation remains closed but customers can now pick up their mail there.

As of Thursday, the postal service has installed temporary cluster mailboxes outside the substation for people who get their mail delivered there.

Customers will still have to make a trip to the Port Ayers substation to pick up a key for their temporary mailbox.

The substation was closed last week after a recent inspection uncovered some structural hazards.

One problem is the ceiling which is in danger of collapsing.

There is still no word on when the Chapman Ranch substation will reopen.


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Former Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Appears in Court Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:34:35 AM Former Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Appears in Court

CORPUS CHRISTI - A former King High school teacher accused of having sex with a student was in court this morning.

Tanya Ramirez pleaded not guilty to the charge of Having an Improper Relationship with a Student.

Ramirez has been out on bond since her arrest on that charge in late July.

Her attorney asked the judge to remove Ramirez's ankle monitor while she awaits trial and looks for a job. The judge said that would be okay.

After the hearing, we asked Ramirez about the allegations against her but she wouldn't comment.

Her trial is now set for December 15th.


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Texas Ebola Task Force Holds First Meeting About Outbreak Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:30:39 AM Sara Donchey Texas Ebola Task Force Holds First Meeting About Outbreak

AUSTIN - The infectious disease task force created by Gov. Rick Perry to deal with the Ebola crisis met Thursday morning in the state senate.

The group hosted a panel of medical doctors, researchers, professors and others in the health care field to discuss the Ebola outbreak in Texas.

The panel debated how to best deal with the arrival of another Ebola case in Texas, in light of the October 8 death of a Liberian man infected with Ebola in Dallas.

The task force designated two specialized hospitals extensively equipped to handle an Ebola patient; they also discussed designating "regionalized" hospitals to deal with Ebola patients on a smaller scale.


There was some criticism in regards to the Centers for Disease Control's response to the Ebola outbreak.

Dr. William L. Sutker of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas noted that CDC's guidelines on appropriate protective gear have been "slow."

He also raised concerns about shortages of personal protective gear.

The task force also discussed hospital preparedness, how to effectively communicate with the media, and even how to handle pets potentially exposed to the Ebola virus.

The task force will submit a draft of their recommendations to the governor's office by Dec. 1.

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