Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:07:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Blazing Hot Week Top Story Sun, 27 Jul 2014 3:03:17 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, Blazing Hot Week

CORPUS CHRISTI- Overnight mostly clear with a less wind. Low: 76. Wind: SE 5-10mph.

Sunny, hot, and breezy Monday. High: 98. Heat Index: 110. Wind: SE 10-20mph.

Upper level high pressure has built back into the Texas and takes over our weather for several days.

Tuesday through Thursday looks hot here as another front makes it into Central Texas.

That front may make it here at the end of the week and gives us some isolated thunderstorms.

The tropics are quiet.


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CCISD, Del Mar Scale Back Bond Packages Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 8:35:29 PM Bart Bedsole - CCISD, Del Mar Scale Back Bond Packages

CORPUS CHRISTI - Penny-pinching taxpayers can breathe a bit easier tonight.

It appears two large bond elections expected on the November ballot won't require a big tax hike, if any hike, at all.

Two months ago, CCISD intended to ask voters for $250 million to repair or replace a lengthy list of aging campuses.

But the idea of three pricey bonds on the same ballot compelled the school board to scale it back.

Other entities in the process of finalizing their own bond elections include Del Mar College and the City of Corpus Christi.

Luckily, there is a nearly seven percent increase in CCISD's overall property value, thanks to new homes and new businesses in the area.

That will help allow the district to afford $100 million worth of improvements, with no tax increase for the public.

Here are the projects still on the list:
-Windsor Park Elementary (replacement)
-Los Encinos Elementary (replacement)
-Calk Elementary and Wilson Elementary (consolidation)
-Oak Park Elementary (new rooms added)

Here are the projects that were cut from the list:
-Baker Middle School (replacement)
-Gibson Elementary (replacement)
-Cunningham Middle School and South Park Middle School (consolidation)

Replacing the middle schools would have cost $50 million each.

Along with being more affordable, the other reason for keeping those elementaries on the list is because they are the oldest campuses and have separate "wings", which is considered far less secure by today's standards where safety is a top priority.

Meanwhile, Del Mar College has scaled back it's bond from $289 million to $157 million, which would cost taxpayers about $25 extra per year.

The $157 million will still pay for improvements to the east and west campus.

It will also cover the cost of planning for the new southside campus, but it will not fund any of the construction cost at the southside campus.


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Hit and Run Victim's Family Can't Afford Funeral Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 4:19:29 PM Jennifer Lira - Hit and Run Victim's Family Can't Afford Funeral

CORPUS CHRISTI - The family of a man who was fatally struck by a hit and run driver is struggling to come up with enough money to pay for a funeral.

On July 20, Ernest Stephens, 61, was walking to a store near his home on Weber Road when he was struck by an SUV. The driver fled and has not been tracked down.

The victim's grandkids say he didn't have insurance and they're left to pay for his funeral. The family plans to have Mr. Stephens buried in his hometown of Temple, Texas but must first come up with the $6,000-$7,000 needed to cover the funeral and burial expenses.

In an effort to offset funeral costs, the family sold hamburgers Friday afternoon.

The victim's granddaughters pleaded for the suspect to come forward.

"We have no answers. We have lots of questions. We just want answers and we just want justice," said Renee Hargrove. "They just left him on the side of the road. They just left him, they hit him and that was it. Who does that? Who in their right mind does that?," asked the victim's granddaughter, Denise Johnson.

CCPD investigators believe Stephens was struck by a silver Lincoln Navigator. They're putting together a list of every Lincoln Navigator registered in Nueces County and plan to track down the owners. The public is encouraged to be on the lookout for Lincoln Navigators with front end damage and report them to CrimeStoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

If you're interested in helping the victim's family, contact Denise Johnson at 361-461-7863.


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Death Penalty Sought for Tim's Market Killing Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:41:26 AM Death Penalty Sought for Tim's Market Killing

CORPUS CHRISTI - The trio of suspects charged with the murder of a local convenience store owner are now facing death themselves.

27-year-old Del Victoria Cavazos, 26-year-old Arturo Navarro and 26-year-old Daniel Garcia learned during a hearing this morning in Judge Jose Longoria's court, that prosecutors will seek the death penalty against them.

They are all charged with capital murder for their roles in the April 14th attempted robbery and shooting-death of 59-year-old Ben Mustafa, the popular owner of the Tim's Market on Ayers at Brownlee.

Daniel Garcia initially admitted killing Mustafa with an assault rifle. Now, his attorney has asked that he be given a mental health evaluation.

An August 18th trial date has been set. The three remain in the Nueces County jail.

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Airport Threat Investigation Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 8:15:19 AM Amanda Jackson Airport Threat Investigation

CORPUS CHRISTI - Access to a portion of the Corpus Christi International Airport is being restricted due to a threat.

According to airport officials, the threat is at a facility located on the airport property, not the terminal.

The threat does not affect the airport terminal.


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Union Grievance Forces City To Decline Grant Program Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 9:29:06 PM Bart Bedsole - Union Grievance Forces City To Decline Grant Program

CORPUS CHRISTI - A grant program intended to help reduce the number of unnecessary calls for EMS service won't happen after all.

The local firefighters union filed a grievance with the City over the program, claiming it would violate its agreement with the City.

The 3-year $860,000 grant would have funded the hiring of four people, made up of two nurses and two paramedics, but the paramedics were not going to be Corpus Christi Fire Department paramedics, and the Corpus Christi Firefighters Association believe using non-association paramedics violates its agreement with the City.

The fire department estimates that 80 percent of all calls to 911 for EMS service don't actually need to go to the emergency room, and a high percentage of those calls come from the same small group of people.

As part of a concept known as "Community Paramedicine", the fire department would have identified individuals who fall into that category, and a team of two nurses and two paramedics would have helped them get primary care earlier, reduce the strain on ambulances and hospitals.

"The goal was to help with case management and resource management for those people that are calling 911 that are not in an emergency life threatening situation," says City Spokesperson Kim Womack.

But this week, the Association filed a grievance.

The Association says it supports the concept of Community Paramedicine, but believes only fire department paramedics should be used in the program, not paramedics under the umbrella of the Health Department.

"That way, we'll be in compliance with not only civil service rules and regulations, our collective bargaining agreement, and state statutes that affect firefighters here in Corpus Christi, Texas," says Association President Carlos Torres.

Torres says the association will be happy to talk about the program as part of its ongoing contract negotiations with the city, but not separately.

"We feel that if the city and the association are going to enter into a Community Paramedicine program, that's where it needs to be talked about, at the negotiations table, and since talks are not ongoing right now, we're at a standstill."

The City believes citizens of Nueces County will miss out on a very beneficial program because of union technicalities.

"Because of this, the citizens are going to lose out," says Womack, "The citizens are going to lose out on the care, and it's unfortunate that it comes down to where a paramedic resides, whether it's the health department or the fire department."

Womack says the city believes if this grievance went to court, it would win, but dealing with the grievance forced the city to give up the grant.

There's no immediate hope of reviving that program.


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Street Maintenance Fee Results Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 3:24:44 PM Caroline Flores Street Maintenance Fee Results

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's been seven months since the Street Maintenance Fee was tacked onto folks utility bills. Now that the money has been put to use, we found one business owner who is pleased with the results.

Baldwin Boulevard is one of 58 streets that has benefited from the street maintenance fee.

Jerry Dalton owns the Hi-Ho Convenience Store and Drive Inn on Baldwin. He says before the street maintenance fee was created, Baldwin was dangerous and full of potholes.

"It was kind of rough. It needed repairs. It was sinking in some areas," said Dalton.

But now that it's been fixed with money collected from the street maintenance fee, Dalton says "it's really really nice. It feels like you're on the Southside now."

On top of the road looking nice, Dalton says he has also noticed some positive changes with his businesses.

"You know a lot of us are... Are starting to do more signs on our buildings to... And it... And I can see it's attracting more business. You know, hopefully it will bring... Keep on bringing the business," said Dalton.

Dalton also believes the changes will help keep him and his customers more safe.

"I think it cleans the area up. It kinda detracts, maybe, crime... Or you know... Cus people see it's a nicer street and they're less likely to think we're just poor businesses or poor people and they might, you know.... It's just good all the way around," said Dalton.

Dalton says he wasn't sure about the street fee at first. But after seeing the results, he says the extra money out of his pocket is worth it.

From January 1st to June 30th the city has collected $5,167,370.41 from the Street Maintenance Fee. If you would like to see the full list of streets that have been fixed and the ones that are next, we have a full list for you - here in PDF form.


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Pipeline Windfall No Boon for Taxpayers Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 2:07:18 PM Pipeline Windfall No Boon for Taxpayers

CORPUS CHRISTI - A financial windfall for the county won't mean one for the taxpayers.

KRIS-6 told you last week about a lucrative deal on a pipeline right-of-way that's paying off for the county: about $500,000 so far and counting.

But Nueces County Commissioner Mike Pusley says don't expect a check in the mail, anytime soon.

The money is already spoken for.

"The way that deed is structured it goes directly to the school districts," Pusley says. "And that's the way it was set up and we respect that."

Instead, the money - the deal is expected to bring about $ 1 million in the coming weeks- will be divided among the 12 independent school districts within Nueces County.

The calculation is based on average daily attendance in the 2012-2013 school year.

This is the projected breakdown, rounded to the nearest $100:

*Agua Dulce: $3,100
*Corpus Christi:$316,800
*Port A:$4,300
*Flour Bluff:$45,800
*West Oso$16,400


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Boxers Giving Back Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 7:53:05 AM Edna Cortinas Boxers Giving Back

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS-Brothers, Gregory "Bad Boy" Gutierrez and Robert "Boom Boom" Vela, are Pro-Boxers. Gregory is 10-2 with 3 knockouts while Robert is 9-0 with 6 knockouts.

However, this duo has more than winning fights on their minds. They are trying to make a difference in the lives of those who live in Robstown.

Growing up was tough for Gregory, he was bullied and really didn't know how to protect himself when experiencing hard times.

Then at nine years old, his father taught him about boxing, now he and his brother are giving back to their community.

Jennifer Hernandez initially came to the gym to lose weight, but now her daily visits are more like being with family...something she says is all because of TGBoxing.

"These guys are amazing. When I first walked through the doors I was greeted friendly. It felt like I was meant to be here. It felt good to be here. I like was meant to be here the entire time," Hernandez said.

In this small gym, these brothers teach self defense skills, how to be healthy, and serve as personal trainers. Plus, they offer kids a safe environment to be themselves.

Gregory "Bad Boy" Gutierrez said, "Kids come to me and they don't speak up, they're not outspoken. You bring them here and it just gives them a little spark. It gives them a little authority in their voice. It gives them a little heart."

For kids like Ryan Cantu, who used to be bullied, Greg and Robert inspire and motivate him to be more outgoing.

"It helped me become more confident. I'm not shy or as shy as I used to be. If I hadn't done any of this right now I wouldn't even be close to the camera I'd be just shy but not no more," Cantu said.

Which is exactly what Gregory and Robert say is a life long dream come true...and more good things are happening at TGBoxing soon the gym will move into a larger facility with new equipment.


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Smoke Shops Burglarized Overnight Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 7:44:34 AM Smoke Shops Burglarized Overnight

CORPUS CHRISTI - A string of smoke shops were targeted by vandals in the Calallen and Annaville areas earlier this morning.

The first one hit was American Smoke Shop off of Leopard and McKenzie. Even though the shop had protective bars on the inside, thieves managed to smash one of the windows with a hammer and break into the cash register.

Later the thieves broke in to S & G's Escape off 5 Points Road. The suspect plowed through the front door, kicking it in to steal ecigarretes, each priced at around $100.

However he was unable to make a clean get away, leaving blood spots on the door.

Curtis Volling, a Corpus Christi Police Officer, said, "They're smash and grabs. Like this one they kicked in the front door, they broke probably looking at around $600 in damage."

Police are currently reviewing the surveillance footage for more details on the robberies.

As of right now the suspects appear to be young males between 17 and 22 years old.

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Family Urges Jury Not To Give Sanchez Life Sentence Top Story Wed, 23 Jul 2014 9:15:36 PM Bart Bedsole - Family Urges Jury Not To Give Sanchez Life Sentence

CORPUS CHRISTI - A jury found Victor Sanchez guilty of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child on Wednesday, but remains deadlocked on a punishment.

It's a certainty that Sanchez will receive at least 25 years in prison.

that's the minimum sentence allowed by law for molesting a child under 6.

During the punishment phase, Sanchez's family urged the jury not to give him any more than that.

Erica Zamora, Sanchez's girlfriend and the mother of his two year old son, says his whole family is in shock over the guilty verdict.

None of them can believe he molested a girl inside the Family Dollar at Weber and Holly in November, despite DNA evidence found on the young victim's panties.

Sanchez's mom believes he's a good son and a good father.

Jesusa Sanchez testified, "Yeah, he plays with him (his son). When he's not working, he's with him, playing or trying to watch TV with him."

His father, Antonio Sanchez, said in court, "He's always told me 'Dad, I want to better myself' more than me, and that's what I encourage them all the time."

Other relatives told the jury that Sanchez was never a threat to them or their children.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Eric Perkins said Sanchez has no criminal history and deserves a chance to eventually get out of prison.

"I'm asking you, I'm pleading with you, to consider that Victor Sanchez has some rehabilitative capacity," he said.

But prosecutors urged the jury to consider putting him away for good, as a way protecting other potential victims.

Prosecutor Kim Gonzalez said, "There's no other way to keep a child safe, if her mother looks away, or if her father gets distracted, unless he's in a place where we know there are no children."

No one from the victim's family testified in the punishment phase.

It's not just the jury who will have a hand in punishing Sanchez.

Judge Jose Longoria will decide if the two punishments for the two guilty counts will be served one after another or at the same time.

With a 25 year minimum for each count, that will be a big factor.

Deliberations continue Thursday morning.


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