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SWAT standoff ends with apprehension of suspect at local hotel

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The Hays County-San Marcos SWAT team arrested a Canyon Lake man Tuesday after he barricaded himself in a room at the Comfort Suites hotel off Interstate Highway 35.

Reggie David Vine, 32, was charged with probation violation, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos. Vine was also charged with criminal mischief under $20,000 for damages to the hotel room in which he barricaded himself.

Police officers responded to a call from hotel management at about 8 a.m. requesting help with an unruly guest who had extensively damaged the room in which he was staying. Officers found Vine barricaded in his room upon arrival, according to the press release.

Commissioners vote to partially fund renovations to law enforcement center

Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve $10,000 in funding to put toward remodeling portions of the county jail.

According to the Hays County Commissioners Court agenda for April 22, Capt. Mark Cumberland requested a “required” remodeling of the Hays County Law Enforcement Center’s inmate holding area.

The design and construction of the remodel are estimated to cost less than $50,000, according to the agenda. The county-provided funding for the project was saved for “miscellaneous jail improvements” in the Tobacco Settlement Fund during fiscal year 2014. County staff will begin the process of securing construction services when an architect is chosen for the project and the design is finished, according to the agenda.

Visiting geography scholar outlines water resource issues facing state

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Zachary Sugg, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona and visiting scholar at Texas State’s Geography department, spoke in Evans yesterday about various water issues.

His speech, “Uncertainty, Equity and the Politics of the Pump: Groundwater Governance Challenges in the Lone Star State and Beyond,” dealt with current and future approaches to water.  He started off his discussion talking about groundwater and how it is used for many different purposes.

“As there’s more and more users, the amount of the resource gets less and less,” Sugg said.

PAWS Preview expanding to weeklong program format

Incoming freshmen will receive a different initiation to campus beginning this summer when the daylong Paws Preview program is expanded to a weeklong crash course of all things Texas State.

Previously, freshmen would arrive on campus and have three or four “unstructured” days before their Paws Preview session, said Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs. The week before classes will now be reserved for the new Bobcat Preview program to help students get to know each other and the campus.

“The goal of Paws Preview in the past has been to provide ‘just in time’ information for students to be successful,” said Lanita Legan, associate director of Paws Preview. “That is not going to change.”

Officers, academy personnel participate in school marshal training at Texas State

Police officers and academy personnel from across the state underwent training in San Marcos last month to prepare them to train private citizens to become licensed school marshals, a new type of Texas law enforcement officer.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) held the course at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response (ALERRT) facility at Texas State.

This was the first step in implementing the Protection of Texas Children Act, which went into effect Jan. 1 of this year. The act created a school marshal program that allows school board-appointed district employees to obtain a license to carry a handgun on school property, according to the bill.

Suspect arrested after standoff with SWAT team

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4:45 p.m. update:

San Marcos Police have identified the suspect arrested this afternoon by the Hays County-San Marcos SWAT team as Reggie David Vine, 32, of Canyon Lake.
 
Vine was charged with a probation violation on an original charge of felony evading arrest or detention out of Tarrant County, and criminal mischief under $20,000 for damage to the hotel rooms in San Marcos, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos.

2:30 p.m. update: 

A SWAT standoff at Comfort Suites has ended. 

Security updates may impact Texas State ID card carriers

Texas State ID cards may be utilizing new technology by fall 2015 due to a movement toward added security measures in the US credit card industry.

The transition from decades-old magnetic strip technology is in response to widespread data breaches at Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus, where customers’ data were “lifted” from their cards as they completed in-store transactions, according to a report by the Credit Union National Association.

At Texas State, students are given the option to link their ID cards to a Wells Fargo bank account through a school-sponsored partnership, said Stephen Nixon, vice president of campus and workplace banking programs for Wells Fargo.

Local nonprofits present requests for grant money

Representatives from Central Texas nonprofits are vying for federal grant money from the San Marcos City Council for their organizations.

The City of San Marcos receives funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) each year. These funds are to be distributed in part to organizations that assist low- to moderate-income members of the community, according to the San Marcos Department of Planning and Development services. The amount of CDBG funding awarded to the city this year totaled $491,929,000, which is about $22,000 less than the city was granted in 2013, said Janis Hendrix, community initiatives administrator for the City of San Marcos.

Archaeologists continue to study shipwrecks off Galveston coast

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Researchers at The Meadows Center for the Water and Environment will continue three remote shipwreck explorations found April 24 in the Gulf of Mexico.

A team began the guided exploration of three shipwrecks April 17 and 18 with an underwater remote-operated vehicle robot. The university’s Chief Underwater Archaeologist Fritz Hanselmann and State Marine Archeologist Amy Borgens commanded the robots from the Texas State campus as they watched it on multiple screens. The operation will continue Thursday and will be open for the public to attend in The Meadows Center Discovery Hall.

Study abroad receives record-high scholarship applications

The Study Abroad Office saw a record number of scholarship applications funded by the International Education Fee during summer 2014, according to university officials.

The Study Abroad Office is often able to award every student who applies for the International Education Fee Scholarship during the fall and spring semesters, said Isis De La O, assistant director of the Study Abroad Program. Generally, fewer students choose to study abroad during fall or spring semesters due to the longer length of the programs during these semesters. More than 500 applications were submitted.

The number of applicants has increased due to the addition of more study abroad programs, increased emphasis on programs as well as recruiting and more funding, De la O said.

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