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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

San Marcos police mark ‘changing of the guard’

New San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp presided over a badge-pinning ceremony this month commemorating the installation of a new top-level command staff as well as other recent promotions.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Brad Rollins’ Blog: Stapp to get city council’s stamp of approval tonight

The city council is scheduled to vote today on San Marcos police veteran Chase Stapp’s promotion to lead the agency he joined 22 years ago as an officer working the street beat.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Audio: Target of downtown shooting tells about his near-death experience

As close calls come, they don’t get much closer than it did for an 18-year-old San Marcos resident this weekend.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Man arrested in weekend shooting downtown

A San Antonio man faces attempted capital murder and attempted murder charges after allegedly trying to run down a police officer while escaping the the scene of a shooting Saturday night in downtown San Marcos.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

SMPD chief Howard Williams to retire Aug. 1

Police Chief Howard E. Williams will retire at the end of July after 36 years in law enforcement and 11 years at the helm of the San Marcos Police Department.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Police offer more details on kidnapping suspects, vehicle

The San Marcos Police Department is pouring every resource at its disposal to find three men who kidnapped a woman and her 4-year-old daughter on Wednesday in a daytime caper that has galvanized residents, police chief Howard...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Update: Scorned ex-boyfriend killed couple, then self

After killing his ex-girlfriend and her current lover, Daniel Stillwell killed himself by driving off the Devil’s Backbone, a winding, ridgetop ranch road in Comal County.

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, July 19th, 2013

Video: No ‘systemic problem,’ at SMPD, chief says

On July 19, San Marcos Police Chief Howard E. Williams took media questions about the arrest of Cpl. James Palermo for causing injuries to a 22-year-old Texas State University student during the course of what his supervisor...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Police make arrest in fatal stabbing at raucous party

San Marcos police have arrested a 20-year-old Austin man they say stabbed and killed another man of the same age at a party on Allen Street early Sunday.

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