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Charles Ramsay


Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Arsonist arrested in Virginia after allegedly skipping town

A man who pled guilty nearly two years ago to torching a Niederwald trailer house was arrested in Richmond, Va. today after skipping a November court hearing.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Judge nixes charge for local Mexican Mafia leader

Less than two weeks after the Hays County District Attorney agreed to drop a murder charge against accused local Mexican Mafia leader Nemesio Garcia Jr., a judge last week dismissed an organized crime charge against the San...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Audio: David Glickler versus Bruce Boyer, 22nd District Judge candidates

The race for district judge doesn't have the ideological charge of up-ballot contests but both candidates for 428th State District Judge say the bench they are running to occupy will impact more people, more directly than nearly...

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Accused ex-cop’s lawyer: Evidence ‘will tell a different story’ [PRO]

Lawyers representing a San Marcos cop couple facing criminal charges born during an alleged fit of 'road rage' are saying little publicly so far about accusations against their clients.

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Absent guru sentenced to 280 years

Prakashanand Saraswati, 82, received 14 years in prison per count and fines of $10,000 per count for a total of $200,000. It’s still unknown if the jail time will run concurrently, court officials say.

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Hindu guru found guilty on 20 counts of indecency with children

An influential Hindu guru was found guilty Friday evening by a Hays County jury on 20 counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Prakashanand Saraswati, 82, was convicted of all charges by the jury of...

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hindu guru’s sexual abuse trial enters second week

Almost three years following his indictment, Hindu guru Prakashanand Saraswati is now in court facing 20 counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact that allegedly took place at a Hays County ashram in the mid-1990s....

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...

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

San Antonio man gets 14 years after hitting DPS cruiser

Richard Shelby of San Antonio received a 14-year intoxication assault sentence after smashing into a Texas Department of Public Safety cruiser with his pick-up truck on Interstate-35 north of San Marcos.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

San Marcos coke dealer gets 30-year sentence

A San Marcos man with a litany of felony convictions was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week for dealing cocaine. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old James Miranda was an associate of Oscar Lopez, 56, who was...

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