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Pride flags vandalized during weekend celebration

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A man allegedly vandalized Stonewall Warehouse last Friday night as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual (LGBTQIA) bar kicked off its weekend celebration.

The bar was celebrating the historic June 26 Supreme Court decision and the anniversary of the  Stonewall Riots, the establishment’s namesake when a white male around 10:30 p.m. ripped down pride flags hung from the roof of the bar around 10:30 p.m., said Chris Rue, Stonewall Warehouse general manager.

Walmart closed while police investigate bomb threat

Walmart is closed until further notice after police were called to the store this morning after a man implied he had a bomb in his backpack.

San Marcos Police received a call at 5:20 a.m. when a man was discovered naked and unconscious in the Walmart bathroom. The man indicated he had a bomb in his backpack after police arrived. Everyone in the store was told to leave around 5:30 a.m., as the backpack was still inside the shopping center.

The man was taken into custody and police are investigating the incident with the Austin Bomb Squad. Walmart remains closed at this time.

University Police investigating body found at Sewell Park

University Police are investigating after the body of a 29-year-old man was found in the San Marcos River around 8:00 a.m. this morning. 

The man's friends reported him missing around midnight after swimming at the river. Dive teams searched overnight but were unable to locate him.

A swimmer spotted the man's body tangled in the Texas wild rice in the river at Sewell Park and alerted police. Access to the river in Sewell Park from Aquarena Springs Drive to the pedestrian bridge was closed to the public until 11:00 a.m. 

Unmanned aircraft participates in flood rescue, recovery

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A Wimberley pilot is working with local fire departments to supply an unmanned aircraft and training for use in emergency situations.

Gene Robinson has for more than a decade perfected the designs of unmanned aircraft at his Wimberley-based company, RPFlight Systems. Robinson has recently entered into negotiations with an Austin Fire Department (AFD) emergency robotics team.

Robinson pilots an unmanned aircraft for the Wimberley Fire Department and participated in rescue and recovery efforts following the historic Memorial Day weekend floods, he said. Robinson made more than 10 flights with his latest unmanned aircraft design, the Spectra flying wing, to search over seven miles of the Blanco River and Wimberley Valley.

Hays County now issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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JUNE 29 UPDATE: Same-sex couples can now be issued a marriage license from the Hays County Clerk's Office. Gender neutral forms are still not available.

JUNE 26: Same-sex couples can now finally have their "I do's" recognized by law, after love won in a Supreme Court decision yesterday.

The Hays County Clerk’s Office is not yet issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite the landmark June 26 Supreme Court’s decision to overturn state bans on gay marriage.

Illegal moving services on the rise in Texas

Illegal-moving services have become a prevalent problem for citizens and future residents of Texas.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), May and June are the hotspot times of the year for movers searching for a home in a new location. Texas is one of the busiest of these states, as it holds an annual rating of 1,600 new residents daily.

As a country, the United States has over 35 million residents moving to new locations annually, according to a BBB press release involving mover safety in the summer. Of the 7,000 registered moving companies in the nation, Texas holds 800 of those businesses.

Seven suspects arrested, charged with murder after fatal shooting

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Seven suspects have been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with Monday’s deadly River Road shooting.

San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officers located and stopped the suspects’ vehicle Monday and took four into custody. The suspects are currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

Suspects Daniel Francisco Castillo, Joe Angel Smith-Saucedo, Joe Michael Magana, Joey Vargas and Jeremy Tobias were arrested Monday afternoon. Reynaldo Lerma was arrested Monday night, and Xavier Luis Magana was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Six of the suspects are teenagers. Only Smith-Saucedo, 21, is not.

Police investigations continue regarding San Marcos hospital shooting

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Police say there have not been any new developments in the investigation concerning a shooting that left an elderly couple dead at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC).

Joyce Chamness, 85, and Ben Chamness, 87, were found deceased June 9 in a private patient room at CTMC. Joyce was being treated there for a serious illness, police said. The couple’s daughter discovered her parents in the room after the shooting.

“We don’t know why the shots weren’t heard elsewhere in the hospital,” said Trey Hatt, communications specialist for the City of San Marcos.

Police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide but have not released any new information.

Local farmers feel impact post Memorial Day weekend disaster

The Memorial Day weekend floods are continuing to affect the lives of many people throughout the state—especially the individuals that grow and supply food.

Local farmers in the San Marcos area are dealing with damages and loss of production.

According to a May 30 University Star article, farmers and ranchers can potentially receive as much as $500,000 in loans through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The aid is intended to cover any production damage and any property losses with the exception of primary residency.

Jonas Jones, farm manager for Gray Gardens, said the rain hit them hard after planting twice as many potatoes and tomatoes this season.

Public housing tenants struggle to find homes after historic floods

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Many public housing residents are struggling for a foothold as flood damage has prompted the San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) to evacuate at least 96 homes for repairs and safety concerns. SMHA officials have ordered all residents of the 96 units at the CM Allen Homes public housing facility to vacate. Many former residents say they are facing difficulties in finding and paying for new homes despite government assistance. Aniceto “Cowboy” Samaro, age 85, said he has lived in the CM Allen Homes facility for 33 years. He remembers when the 30-foot tree in his front yard was a tiny sprout. He shares his home with a 15-year-old Chihuahua, Thomas.

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