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Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Video: Stephen’s use of force in downtown altercation

An independent examiner ordered San Marcos police officer Paul Stephens reinstated to the force after finding that he did not use excessive force and attempt to impede an investigation of a melee at a downtown bar last August. This is dashboard camera video of the incident from Stephen's patrol car.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Williams stands behind suspension of Stephens

San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Chief Howard Williams said he stands behind his decision to indefinitely suspend Officer Paul Stephens, even after a hearing officer overturned the suspension. We have the dashboard camera video of the Aug....

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Paper Trail: Investigation of Officer Paul Stephens

An independent examiner ordered San Marcos police officer Paul Stephens reinstated to the force after finding that he did not use excessive force and attempt to impede an investigation of a melee at a downtown bar last...

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Hearing officer clears Stephens of wrong doing

An independent hearing officer in Houston recently cleared San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Officer Paul Stephens of wrong doing eight months after SMPD Chief Howard Williams placed Stephens on an indefinite suspension.

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Council approves tight sex oriented business law

The San Marcos City Council approved an ordinance permitting sexually oriented businesses last week after a year of debate. The ordinance would allow neither topless nor bottomless dancing and would prohibit entertainers from coming within three feet...

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

City proclaims Crime Vicitims Week

National Crime Victims Week, which is April 18-24 this year, was first proclaimed during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. It was recently recognized by the City of San Marcos with a proclamation.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

SMPD says many crimes have increased in city

San Marcos police say the city is safe, though many types of crime increased in the first quarter of 2010, compared with the same time a year earlier. However, San Marcos Police Department Chief Howard Williams said...

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

San Marcos council sets maximum taxicab fares

A five-mile ride in a San Marcos taxicab will cost $15 under new legislation updating the city's cab ordinance. The San Marcos City Council gave the measure first reading approval last week.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Mugging sheds light on city street lamp initiative

As of last week, San Marcos city crews have replaced 87 non-functioning street lights in the last month. But none of the lights were replaced east of Interstate-35, or in the city's highest concentrations of low-income residents....

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

San Marcos council again extends SOB moratorium

San Marcos City Councilmembers have called for another two-month extension of a moratorium against sexually oriented businesses. By the time the latest extension expires on June 30, the council will have kept the "emergency" moratorium alive for...

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