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Alumni carry on river jump tradition, take plunge post-graduation

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Jumping into the San Marcos River after commencement ceremonies is a long-held Texas State tradition.

Alumni celebrated May 15 by jumping into the river at Sewell Park after receiving their diplomas.

Seven commencement ceremonies were held this weekend at Strahan Coliseum with around 4,800 candidates for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

After each ceremony, recent graduates lined up along the banks of the river. Donning black graduation gowns, graduates jumped to signify the end of their time at the university. Many took the leap with friends and family.

Man struck, killed on railroad tracks

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April 19 UPDATE:

Mottet accepts Provost postion at Northwest Missouri State

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The Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication has accepted the Provost position at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

Dr. Timothy Mottet will assume his new responsibilty Aug. 1 at Northwest Missouri State.

San Marcos to see construction of six new hotels

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Six new hotels will open in San Marcos beginning this month to accommodate the U.S. Census Bureau-named “fastest-growing city in the United States.”

Two of the six hotels will be opening within the next two months. Comfort Inn will open in May on Clovis R. Barker Road and will feature 170 rooms. The Marriott Courtyard is scheduled to open in June and will be located across from the Tanger and Premium Outlets on Gregson’s Bend Road. While it is known that a Holiday Inn is among the remaining four, the names of the other three hotels have not been revealed.

Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, executive director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, said the construction will have an immediate impact on San Marcos.

Fire damages Bikinis in San Marcos

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Officials are investigating the cause of a fire that engulfed Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill on North IH-35 late Friday evening.

Trey Hatt, city spokesperson, said the San Marcos Fire Department received the report at 7:33 p.m. and firefighters arrived on the scene at 7:37 p.m. Hatt said flames were visible on the north side of the restaurant's roof. Fighting the fire quickly became a "defensive operation" as SMFD worked to save the structures around Bikinis. Hatt said there were no more visible flames by 8:15 p.m. EMS say there were no injuries.

Hatt said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Parts of Aquarena Springs Drive and IH-35 are closed as a result of the incident.

SWAT standoff ends with apprehension of suspect at local hotel

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The Hays County-San Marcos SWAT team arrested a Canyon Lake man Tuesday after he barricaded himself in a room at the Comfort Suites hotel off Interstate Highway 35.

Reggie David Vine, 32, was charged with probation violation, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos. Vine was also charged with criminal mischief under $20,000 for damages to the hotel room in which he barricaded himself.

Police officers responded to a call from hotel management at about 8 a.m. requesting help with an unruly guest who had extensively damaged the room in which he was staying. Officers found Vine barricaded in his room upon arrival, according to the press release.

Suspect arrested after standoff with SWAT team

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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. 

Explosive found near Fort Hood, detonated by bomb squad

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An improvised explosive device was found adjacent to Fort Hood Thursday morning, prompting evacuation of the area.

A suspicious device was found taped to a red truck at Hoover and Gray Streets in Killeen. The owner of the vehicle reported the device to police at around 9 a.m. after his friend saw it, took a photo and sent it to him, a Killeen police official told the Austin American-Statesman. Residents of the neighborhood were evacuated to the Killeen Community Center as a bomb squad investigated the situation and detonated the device.

There is no known connection to Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood and the explosive device, according to police.

 

 

Update: Details of Fort Hood shooting victims emerge

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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.

Deceased

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

Carlos Lazaney, 38, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37, of Illinois.

Wounded

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

Owners of San Marcos restaurant linked to human trafficking

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Federal authorities say the owners of San Marcos' Asian Garden Chinese Restaurant were a part of a massive ring that exploited undocumented workers, forcing them to work long hours for less than minimum wage, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Wei Ji Zheng, 38, and Wen Juan Zhang, 34, both of San Marcos, were among 32 people arrested Thursday in Texas and Louisiana on federal conspiracy charges under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act. They were also arrested on charges of conspiring to transport, harbor, encourage and induce undocumented workers to live in the United States, the Statesman reports.

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