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2 inmates escape from prison in Dilley

Dilley, TEXAS – Two inmates from the Criminal Justice Briscoe Unit in Dilley, Texas, escaped early Tuesday, apparently cutting through a perimeter fence.


The two Mexican nationals were identified as Octavio Ramos Lopez, 27, and Jose Bustos-Diaz, 21.


Ramos López is serving 20 years for 2 counts of aggravated kidnapping and 12 years for possession of cocaine and possesion with intent to deliver cocaine all out of Hidalgo County.

Bustos-Díaz is serving 35 years for murder out of Harris County.

Authorities are asking citizens to exercise caution and to contact local law enforcement officials if they encounter any of the two criminals.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 23:38
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents seize $2.3M worth of pot



EAGLE PASS, Texas - Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents seized 2,877 pounds of marijuana worth more than $2.3 million in seven separate incidents, over the past weekend.


The most notable seizure occurred on Friday, Nov. 6, when agents from the Eagle Pass South Station encountered more than 1,000 pounds that appeared to have been staged for later pickup by smugglers. Agents following a trail near the Rio Grande noticed footprints and signs of attempts to brush out tracks. The agents followed the trail to an abandoned shed, where they also found footprints identical to those encountered earlier. Closer inspection of the tracks indicated two-way foot traffic on the trail, indicating someone had likely walked the trail from the Rio Grande and then returned to Mexico by the same route. Inside the shed agents found 16 large bundles, containing a total of 528 bricks of marijuana, weighing 1,093.5 pounds, with an estimated value of $874,000. The contraband was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Eagle Pass South Station also reported the seizure of 476.56 pounds on Sunday, Nov. 8. Other weekend seizures included: three by Eagle Pass North Station, for a combined weight of 476 pounds, valued at $380,800; and two by Comstock Station, totaling 833 pounds, worth an estimated $666,400.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 November 2009 20:45
Texas continues to order its full allocation of H1N1 vaccine, but the national supply still isn't adequate to meet the public demand

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – “We know that the best way for people to protect themselves from the flu is to get the vaccine, but the national supply is still very low,” said Dr. David Lakey, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner.

Texas had expected to receive 3.4 million doses of the vaccine by mid-October, according to the initial projections from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the state has received less than 1 million doses so far.

The CDC allocates the vaccine to states based on population and tells states each week how much vaccine is available for them to order. As of today, the state has ordered about one million doses allocated to the state and provided the CDC with information on where to ship those doses. The vaccine is still in the process of being shipped out.

Given the limited national supply at this point, we want to make sure we use our first shipments to protect those at highest risk of complications from the flu – pregnant women and children,” Dr. Lakey said.

About 12,000 doctors and other health care providers have signed up to provide the vaccine in Texas. The state directed the first shipments to 5,000 providers who serve primarily pregnant women, children and health care workers who provide patient care.

Dr. Lakey said the state hopes to receive 15 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine by mid-January, assuming that production meets initial projections.

Vaccine will be available to the general public as soon as production catches up with the demand,” he said. “The process is driven by the manufacturers' capacity.”


Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 19:28
Some Texas convicts might get H1N1 vaccines

EAGLE PASS – Texas has not allocated any H1N1 vaccine to prisons at this time. Prisoners are not a priority group to receive the vaccine and will not be vaccinated ahead of the general public.

Given the limited national supply, Texas is initially targeting priority groups most at risk. Pregnant women are one of those groups. There are pregnant women who are incarcerated who need the vaccine to help protect their unborn children.

Health care providers who serve pregnant women in prisons have requested vaccine from the Texas Department of State Health Services. It is unclear when the state will be able to fill those orders given the limited national supply of the vaccine.

Texas has been providing vaccine since the state first received allocations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month. A limited supply will be going to the prison system to vaccinate those most at risk.

Texas continues to order its full allocation of H1N1 vaccine, but the national supply still isn’t adequate to meet demand. Texas plans to allocate more vaccine to other groups as it becomes more widely available.

Texas had expected to receive 3.4 million doses of the vaccine by mid-October, according to the initial projections from the CDC. However, the state has been allocated less than 1.7 million doses so far.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 18:57
Eagle Pass Woman Dies in Car Crash Near Willcox Arizona

WILLCOX, ARIZONA – A 19-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle rollover early Saturday on Interstate 10 near Willcox, authorities said.


Marisa Delosantos, of Eagle Pass, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle she was riding in rolled on eastbound I-10, about 20 miles east of Willcox, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.


The vehicle was traveling on I-10 at 6:44 a.m. when the driver, Julieta Soto, 40, began feeling tired and lost control, the DPS said. Delosantos was ejected from the vehicle.


Soto was taken to University Medical Center, where she was still being evaluated Saturday afternoon.


--Arizona Daily Star--


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 23:56
Motivational Speaker Harry Wong Hosts Teacher Conference at the ICT Center

Eagle Pass, Texas – Teachers of the Eagle Pass Independent School District attended the first of two meetings held by classroom management expert Dr. Harry Wong at the International Center for Trade (ICT) Friday.


The theme of the day was about becoming a master teacher who motivates students and improves class achievement.


Wong shared his commonsense, research-based approach to classroom management, and tips of building relationships to motivate and engage students in learning.


More than 1,500 Elementary, Junior High, and High school teachers attended the meeting that was held from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


The second event is set to take place next Friday at the CC Winn auditorium.


Dr. Harry Wong is a popular motivational and dynamic speaker on classroom management and student achievement today. He is affectionately known as "The Rock Star of Education."


Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2009 11:38
CBP Officers at Eagle Pass Port of Entry Seize Marijuana Valued at $84,000; San Antonio Woman Arrested

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry this week seized $84,000 in marijuana and arrested a San Antonio woman in connection with the seizure.

The seizure occurred on Oct. 12 at Bridge II. A CBP officer referred a 2001 Dodge Dakota driven by Lorena Hernandez, 24, a U.S. citizen from San Antonio, Texas for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies in the gas tank area. CBP Canine “Outlaw” alerted to the odor of narcotics emanating from the vehicle. A non intrusive imaging system scan indicated anomalies in the gas tank area.  CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the gas tank and discovered 21 packages containing a total of 84 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $84,000. CBP officers arrested Hernandez and turned her over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents who investigated the seizure and processed her on federal drug charges.

CBP officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry maintained their vigilance and applied an effective combination of inspectional skills and technology to take down this load of narcotics,” said Severiano Solis, Acting CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. “Every single seizure our officers make helps to keep our border secure.”



Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2009 21:23
Texas WIC Switching to Healthier Foods‏

Eagle Pass, Texas - Texas will begin offering new, healthier food choices to WIC participants starting Oct. 1.

Changes are being made nationally to the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to give participants healthier options, reduce obesity and encourage breastfeeding.

For the first time, participants will be able to receive a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grain products and baby foods.

The purpose is to provide healthier, more diverse food choices,” said Dr. David Lakey, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner.

The new foods give participants more nutritional variety and value, less fat and more fiber.” Other changes include an emphasis on lower fat milk rather than whole milk for children 2 and older and decreased amounts of juice, cheese and eggs for women and children.

There will be increased food benefits for breastfeeding women. Soy milk and tofu will be available for those who have a diagnosed allergy or intolerance to cow’s milk or a dietary preference for soy products.

Since April, Texas has been working to inform participants about the upcoming changes through classes, shopping guides and in-store signs.

The changes will be implemented gradually throughout the state. All Texas participants will be transitioned to the new food choices by January 2010.

The WIC Program provides food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals for other services to low- to moderate-income women, and children up to the age of 5.

WIC benefits in Texas are administered by DSHS. Some 1 million women, infants and young children participate in the program statewide.

WIC participants can get more information about the changes by calling (800) 942-3678 or visiting



Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 19:21