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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Alleged intruder shot in the back, autopsy shows

A 19-year-old San Marcos man described by his family as mentally retarded and by police as an intruder was shot four times, one of those in the back, according to an autopsy report.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Snow, ice, cause car wrecks, shut down city

Snow and ice covered the roads in and around San Marcos late Thursday night and Friday morning, forcing schools and government offices to close while many private concerns either opened late or stay closed. More cold temperatures...

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Officer, Samaritan save man from car wreckage

A San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officer and two good Samaritans pulled a crash victim from a burning vehicle following a wreck last week on Interstate-35.

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Mother of slain teenager still seeking answers

The mother of Elijah Espinoza still wants to know what happened on the morning when he was shot at a home on Belmont Drive last month. San Marcos police say they are putting the finishing touches on...

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

DNA advances break murder case after 35 years of false starts

After more than 34 years of trying to solve the 1975 murder of Sheryl Ann Norris in San Marcos, a national DNA database gave local law enforcement a glimmer of hope this April. By September, law enforcement...

Friday, August 6th, 2010

District attorney says reinstated cop can’t testify

Though he has his badge back, San Marcos Police Officer Paul Stephens will be confined to a desk job after issues about his credibility and use of force were raised by the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Chief in bind after DA rules cop out of court

San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Chief Howard Williams has a staffing problem on his hands now that District Attorney Sherri Tibbe has declared that SMPD Officer Paul Stephens' history of "dishonesty" makes him useless as a witness...

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

San Marcos sees climb in suicides for May, June

Five people in San Marcos took their own lives in May and June, four other people were known by San Marcos police to have tried it in the last two months and another case of a man...

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

House subcommittee approves $400K for SMPD

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has approved a $400,000 expenditure to provide the San Marcos Police Department with a state-of-the-art regional tactical operations command center.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Suspended San Marcos police officer back on duty

A San Marcos police officer, indefinitely suspended by the police chief in October when he shoved a woman to the ground and allegedly obstructed an internal investigation into the incident, has recently been reinstated.

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