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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Smoke shop shooting suspect re-arrested this morning following grand jury indictment

Steven Carlos Hernandez, the 20-year-old local accused in a high-profile robbery that ended with the shooting of a San Marcos store clerk, was arrested in court this morning after State District Judge Bill Henry revoked a personal recognizance bond and restored bail previously set at $75,000.

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

San Marcos smoke shop shooting suspect released from Hays County jail (for now)

UPDATED | The man accused in the bloody botched robbery of a North Campus area smoke shop was released from police custody this month as prosecutors work to assemble enough evidence to secure an indictment.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The List: Candidates for Hays County public offices 2014

Most Hays County incumbents will waltz unopposed next year, including three district judges, two county commissioners and four justices of the peace. County Judge Bert Cobb and County Clerk Liz Q. Gonzalez will face Democratic Party challengers...

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: A case study in DWI and the citizen accused

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS On Aug. 30, San Marcos attorney Kyle Maysel was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after a minor traffic accident in which he backed into a stopped...

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Live Feed: Jury deliberates public corruption charges against former ESD commissioner

After a two-week trial, a Hays County jury is deliberating felony public corruption charges against Kyle resident Phillip Ferraz, a former president of the Caldwell-Hays Emergency Services District No. 1.

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Live Feed (Update 5): Mark David Simmons murder trial

Austin American-Statesman reporter CIARA O'ROURKE has been following the Hays County murder trial of Mark David Simmons, now in its second week. Prosecutors say Simmons is a white supremacist and militant extremist who killed his friend, Buda...

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Jurors watch white supremacist murder suspect confess to killing

A Hays County jury on Monday watched the confession of a Buda murder suspect who has claimed that he accidentally shot his longtime friend in the head during a time of heightened paranoia.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

United Way’s ‘Boot Scootin’ Foodie’ event this weekend

The 2nd Annual Taste of Hays County: Boot Scootin’ Foodie will feature food prepared by restaurants and businesses from all over the county and live music on Sept. 25.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Commissioners greenlight felony drug court

The Hays County Commissioners Court officialyl sanctioned the county’s first felony drug court this month. the program has reduced recidivism since being implemented last year by 428th State District Judge Bill Henry.

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Former SMHS teacher pleads guilty to improper relationship

William Shawn Harris, the former San Marcos High School teacher charged with six felony counts of improper relationship with a student, recently pled guilty to one count. A court will decide whether to accept the agreement this...

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