Kelsey Bradshaw

San Marcos man arrested after drug lab explosion

A San Marcos man was arrested Wednesday after causing an explosion while trying to make drugs, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Hunter Grant Eckhart, 20, was charged with arson after Hays County Fire Marshals said he caused an explosion and fire while trying to produce the drugs, according to the Statesman. The explosion happened around 11:45 p.m. July 11 at an apartment in the 2900 block of Hunter Road.

Eckhart was injured and his apartment was damaged, but no one else was hurt and no other apartments were damaged, according to the Statesman. The type of drug Eckhart was trying to make has not been specified.

Eckhart was booked into the Hays County Jail and released on a $25,000 bail.

County commissioners sign resolution opposing weakening of state water rights

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a resolution that opposes newly proposed rules expanding the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The new rules state that previously unregulated waters like ditches, farm ponds, dry waterways and isolated wetlands will fall under the power of the CWA, according to a Hays County Commissioners Court press release.

The resolution states,  “Hays County strongly opposes the proposed new rule to define ‘waters of the United States’ in that it increases the need for burdensome and costly permitting requirements, infringes on private property rights and circumvents the legislative process.”

Journalist, alumnus dies at 81

Billy Porterfield, Texas journalist and award-winning author, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Porterfield was born Oct. 16, 1932 in Henderson, to Tice Covey Porterfield and Janavee Elizabeth Harrell Porterfield. He died on June 29 at Seton Hospital in Kyle.

Porterfield’s career at national newspapers lasted more than 50 years. He covered influential events of the 20th Century with “distinctive style” and a “keen ear” for the spoken and written word, according to his obituary.

In 1952, Porterfield and his brother Bobby attended what was then Southwest Texas Teachers College, now Texas State University. His career in journalism began with a staff writer position at the College Star, now The University Star.

Wendy Davis holds rally on filibuster anniversary

It has been one year since Senator Wendy Davis stood for nearly 13 hours to delay a controversial vote on abortion legislation.

June 25, 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of the filibuster heard around the world.  Shortly after the filibuster, Davis announced her candidacy for governor of Texas running alongside candidate for Lt. Governor, Leticia Van de Putte. The two came together for a one-year anniversary rally and celebration of the filibuster that launched Davis into the spotlight.

Over 1,000 Davis supporters filled the Palmer Events Center Wednesday creating a sea of orange- many attendees sported the color as a sign of support. Dozens donned pink tennis shoes, much like the shoes Davis wore at her filibuster, as the rally began.

San Marcos High School stadium to open fall 2014

San Marcos High School Rattlers fans will now have a stadium of their own to call home.

A new multi-purpose athletic stadium for SMHS is scheduled for completion this fall. Seating 8,000 fans, the stadium has been “a long time coming,” said Mark Soto, athletic director of SMCISD.

According to the project’s website, the home side will seat 5,000 fans and the visitor side will seat the remaining 3,000. Restrooms, and concession stands will be located on both ends of the stadium. The north end zone will include locker rooms for the home and visitor teams, a central training room and an officials’ locker room, according to the website. A synthetic turf will be used for the field, emblazoned with the SMHS logo.

Chase Stapp named San Marcos Police Chief

Chase Stapp has been appointed chief of police and is taking over for retiring Chief Howard Williams.

Confirmation of the appointment will be considered at a July 1 city council meeting. Williams is set to retire August 1.

Stapp has worked in law enforcement for 25 years and recently served as San Marcos Assistant Police Chief.

“Chief Stapp possesses a wealth of experience, leadership skills and a deep knowledge and connection with the San Marcos community,” said City Manager Jared Miller in a city press release.

Police searching for suspect in attempted sexual assault of minor

San Marcos Police are currently searching for a suspect who allegedly attempted to sexually assault a child Thursday.

The incident occurred in the 900 block of Sycamore Street in San Marcos. A 12-year-old girl was outside of her house walking a dog when she was approached by a male described as being between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches. He was described as having a “thin but fit” build and no facial hair. He is suspected to have a crew cut style haircut with a middle part, colored brown on one side and blonde on the other. He was wearing light colored shorts, a dark shirt and a black leather jacket.

City councilmembers approve partial closure of Sessom Drive to hasten construction

The San Marcos City Council approved the closure of a portion of Sessom Drive from North LBJ to Loquat Street at its June 3 meeting to speed up intersection improvements.

Traffic will be detoured onto Academy and Holland Streets around the construction for two and a half months, said Shaun Condor, project manager. Partial closure of North LBJ will move the end date of the project from spring 2015 to August. The university is on board with the closure, which is expected to “expedite” the construction, Condor said.

A constant question asked was if the city should take advantage of the reduced summer traffic to speed up the construction time, Condor said.

Man accused of murder at former softball player’s residence acquitted

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Brelyn Sorrells, who was charged with first-degree murder for a stabbing at a former Texas State softball player’s home, was acquitted May 21 after video evidence was revealed that proved he acted in self-defense.

At a Super Bowl party of about 300 people in February 2013, Sorrells stabbed 20-year-old Arthur Martinez repeatedly, and Martinez died later that night from his injuries, according to a Feb. 26, 2013 University Star article. A video taken at the party, previously thought to having been taken hours after the incident, proved that Sorrells acted in self-defense when he stabbed Martinez, according to a May 23 Austin American-Statesman article.

SMPD investigating reported sexual assault

The San Marcos Police Department is currently investigating a reported sexual assault that took place May 21 between 1-1:30 a.m. near Charles Austin and Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos.

According to a University News Service timely warning, the suspect is described as a “dark-skinned Hispanic or black male."

The suspect fled the scene after sexually assaulting the victim. Currently, there is no other description of the suspect.

SMPD is asking residents to contact the department at (512) 753-2108 with any information regarding the incident.

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