ALERRT offers active shooter training video to public

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State released a video to inform civilians on what to do in a situation with an active shooter.

ALERRT officials released the video in collaboration with Wal-Mart officials. Wal-Mart co-funded the video so associates would know what to do during an active shooter situation.

‘Texas State Fondler’ still at large


The University Police Department (UPD) is investigating three potentially related incidents of indecent exposure near the Texas State campus.

UPD received three reports from March 23-26 of a white male fondling his genitals in public. Similarities between the three reports have led law enforcement officials to believe the same individual is involved in all of the incidents.

San Marcos to add two mental health officers after spike in cases


San Marcos to add two mental health officers after spike in cases.

The San Marcos Police Department may soon see two new faces on the force.

City council passed the first of two readings Jan. 20 for a $266,538 grant to be added to the 2014-2015 budget for two new mental health officers.

SMPD currently employs one mental health officer to serve the entire city. Chase Stapp, chief of police, and Howard Williams, who formerly held the position, noticed a rise in mental health cases and applied for a grant in 2013 to hire two more officers.  

Mental health officers assist in crises and ensure those in need get immediate help with medication, counseling and access to facilities, Stapp said.

Missing plane might be a drone, search ceases


A small plane was reported missing slightly before 9 p.m. Saturday, in northeast Hays County after a mayday call was received, according to Hays County Sheriff.

The missing plane is now believed to be a drone sending out a distress call in northeastern Hays County.

Double-shooting suspect found dead in Lockhart

Cyrus Louis Amaya, 21, the suspect wanted for a double-shooting killing one and leaving another injured last week, was found dead today in a Lockhart home.

Hays County SWAT, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD), the Hays County Crisis Negotiation Team and the Hays County Narcotics Task Force attempted to serve two outstanding arrest warrants on Amaya this morning at approximately 10 a.m., at a residence in 1000 block of Commerce Street in Lockhart.

Amaya’s arrest warrants were obtained on Wednesday for Amaya’s connection in the Jan. 12 shooting. The warrants were to charge Amaya with capital murder and attempted capital murder, according to SMPD.

Tram collision investigation ongoing, victim in "serious condition"

A 67-year-old local woman is in “serious condition” after being struck by a Texas State tram yesterday evening.

San Marcos resident Rosmary Suniga, 67, was hit just before 7 p.m. by a university tram heading southbound on Guadalupe Street as she crossed in front of the bus. San Marcos Police, Fire and EMS responded to a call. Representatives from the bus contractor, Transdev, were at the scene. 

Suspect arrested after standoff with SWAT team


4:45 p.m. update:

San Marcos Police have identified the suspect arrested this afternoon by the Hays County-San Marcos SWAT team as Reggie David Vine, 32, of Canyon Lake.
Vine was charged with a probation violation on an original charge of felony evading arrest or detention out of Tarrant County, and criminal mischief under $20,000 for damage to the hotel rooms in San Marcos, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos.

2:30 p.m. update: 

A SWAT standoff at Comfort Suites has ended. 

Updated: San Antonio man arrested for weekend shooting in downtown San Marcos

2:45 p.m. update:

Update: Details of Fort Hood shooting victims emerge


2:20 p.m. update:

 Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood Wednesday, killing three and injuring 16.

Army officials have only identified Lopez, but through media reports quoting relatives and friends, details about the deceased and wounded have come to light, the Austin American-Statesman reports.


Sgt. First Class Danny Ferguson, 39, of Mulberry, Fla.

Carlos Lazaney, 38, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37, of Illinois.


Maj. Patrick Miller, a 32-year-old Iraq War veteran from western New York.

Texas State students evacuated from College Inn following bomb threat

A bomb threat was made in the area of College Inn in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A source told The University Star the threat was called in by a Texas State student at 12:39 a.m. from the loading dock of the University Bookstore. Two nearby roads were closed off, Tomas Rivera Drive and Gaillardia Street.

College Inn residents were evacuated to the Student Recreation Center, said University Police Department guard Porter Dewar. Several residents tweeted that they were evacuated from the dormitory at about 2 a.m.

Update: Texas State has announced the bomb threat emergency is over and that all normal activity can be resumed.


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