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Abbott, Davis both use attack ads ahead of Friday debate

<p>The latest television advertisements being run in the Texas governor’s race show both candidates attacking each other ahead of Friday’s debate in the Rio Grande Valley.</p> <p>Attorney General Greg Abbott has not been hard-hitting in his television advertising up until now.</p> <p>In a recent spot, he brought out his mother-in-law to sing his praises. In another, he showed how he worked out in a parking garage to rebuild his body after an accident left him unable to walk.</p> <p>But his latest ad goes for the jugular.</p> <p>"Wendy Davis is embroiled in scandal, yet again,” the announcer said in the ad. “As a state senator, Davis used her influence to win lucrative taxpayer-funded contracts."</p> <p>The ad accused Democrat Wendy Davis of personally profiting from her job as a senator.</p> <p>Davis has always been on the attack. Her latest ad accuses Abbott of protecting a hospital with a bad surgeon.</p> <p>"Using his office to go to court, against the victims,” the announcer said. “Greg Abbott. Another insider. Not working for you."</p> <p>Attack ads are traditionally used by the underdog in races, but not solely the underdog.</p> <p>The latest polls show Abbott leading Davis by just eight points after an earlier double digit lead.</p> <p>Issues, rather than attacks, may be more prominent in Friday's debate in the Rio Grande Valley.</p> <p>Dr. Sharon Navarro, a UTSA political science professor, said people in the Rio Grande Valley have issues similar to Texans elsewhere.</p> <p>"Issues such as immigration, education and jobs and access to health care are primarily important, as with any group," Navarro said.</p> <p>The debate will be the first of two scheduled debates between the candidates before November’s election.</p> <p>While it will occur in an area that has a large Hispanic population that votes mostly Democratic, Navarro said Texas as a whole may not be even half Democratic anytime soon.</p> <p>"Maybe 15 or 20 years, it's hard to say," Navarro said.</p> <p>The Abbott-Davis debate is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Edinburg.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:07:52 GMT

Body pulled from river ID'd

<p>A suspect who led police on an overnight chase Tuesday and drowned in the San Antonio River at Espada Park has been identified.</p> <p>The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office said the man has been identified as 25-year-old Juan Jose Deltoro.</p> <p>San Antonio Police Department officials said Deltoro was involved in an accident with another vehicle around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on SW Military Drive near Presa.</p> <p>Deltoro fled, police said, and attempted to swim across the river. He began to struggle, and officers lost sight of him and called for assistance.</p> <p>Authorities searched Espada Park with dive crews, but he was not located after several hours and authorities called off the search.</p> <p>Divers from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMART) resumed dive recovery operations around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The dive team recovered Deltoro's body around 11 a.m. on Wednesday.</p> <p>The mugshot pictured above is from a 2012 DWI arrest. </p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:17:48 GMT

Home Depot says malware affected 56M payment cards

<p>The Home Depot estimates that a cyberattack earlier this year affected 56 million unique payment cards.</p> <p>The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer said Thursday it has eliminated the malware behind the attacks that took place between April and September.</p> <p>It said it has also completed a "major" payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of customers' payment data in the company's U.S. stores.</p> <p>Home Depot also is confirming its sales-growth estimates for the fiscal year and expects to earn $4.54 per share in fiscal 2014, up 2 cents from its prior guidance.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:54:30 GMT

Contempt case reopened against Perry prosecutor

<p>The special prosecutor handling the felony indictment against Gov. Rick Perry is himself facing legal trouble after a court ruling cleared the way for a criminal case to be filed against him.</p> <p>In January, prosecutors in Bexar County filed a contempt-of-court motion against Michael McCrum, but the case was halted because it was filed after deadline. An opinion this week by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals renewed the case.</p> <ul> <li><a adhocenable="false" href="" target="_blank"><b>To read the appeals court ruling, click here.</b></a></li> </ul> <p>McCrum is accused of telling a witness in a manslaughter trial to "get lost for a while" to hinder her being called to testify.</p> <p>If convicted, McCrum faces a maximum six months in jail.</p> <p>The special prosecutor is leading the case that saw an Austin grand jury last month indict Perry on two counts related to abuse of official power.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:27:58 GMT

Man charged in drunken driving crash could face long prison term

<p>Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, Gerard Kaylor, 55, was arrested on drunken driving charges after he allegedly crashed into a police officer who was responding to a call.</p> <p>The arrest was nothing new to Kaylor. It was his seventh DWI arrest in Bexar County since 1991 and he was arrested in 2010 for drunken driving charges in Pecos County.</p> <p>As a result of those arrests Kaylor has been to prison twice, on probation and had an ignition interlock device placed on his vehicle.</p> <p>“This is one of those DWIs that just continue to drive even though he’s been warned,” said First Assistant Bexar County District Attorney Cliff Herberg. “He’s been sent to prison and placed on probation. He knows he is not supposed to do it but he continues to drink and drive."<br> </p> <p>He said that the DA’s office is waiting for the latest case to be sent over from SAPD.</p> <p>“It depend on the strength of the case but if we have a solid case we’re going to seek a long prison sentence,” Herberg said.</p> <p>Since Kaylor is considered a repeat offender he could be facing a lengthy sentence he said.</p> <p>“It can go all the way up to a first-degree felony under the right circumstances and that could lead up to the  possibility of life in prison,” Herberg said.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:50:28 GMT

New Braunfels police seek fugitive

<p>New Braunfels police are asking for your help in finding a fugitive.</p> <p>According to investigators, Jeffrey Raymond Degroote is wanted for felony theft in connection with the burglary of a local construction company's trailer in late August.</p> <p>It happened in the 1300 block of Azalea Lane in New Braunfels.</p> <p>Police said more than $14,000 worth of construction tools and equipment were stolen. A large majority of the tools and equipment have since been recovered.</p> <p>Degroote has reportedly been seen at local pawn shops and is known to stay at area hotels.</p> <p>If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS or 800-640-8422.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:43:58 GMT

SA Council approves budget, lowers contribution

<p>The San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved the 2015 fiscal year budget.</p> <p>The $2.4 billion budget includes lowering the city's contribution to health coverage for police officers and firefighters.</p> <p>“We respect the work that they do, and we also know that their pay and benefits have to be affordable to the tax-payers. That's really the balance we are trying to strike," said City Manager Sheryl Sculley.</p> <p>While the annual contribution change from $13,000 to $10,000 per uniformed employee annually doesn't take effect until Jan. 1, city officials decided not to impose the change in order to allow collective bargaining negotiations to continue, or, in the case of the firefighters’ union, start.</p> <p>If negotiations break down again, the City Council could vote to impose the benefit changes. Or they could leave benefits untouched, which would mean making cuts in other portions of the budget.</p> <p>A negotiating session between the city and the police union is scheduled for Sept. 23. San Antonio Police Officers Association President Michael Helle said the union is willing to talk about paying premiums, which police officers are not currently paying.</p> <p>“We need to do what's best for the city and that's at the table -- that’s working those issues out,” said Helle. “I think we need to be responsible about doing that.”</p> <p>As the police union prepares to return to negotiations, the firefighters’ union dug in Thursday. President Chris Steele delivered a scathing, applause-filled address in which he singled out District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg and Sculley.</p> <p>While Steele spoke, Nirenberg leaned over to speak with Councilman Joe Krier. Steele cut off his speech and told the councilman to pay attention.</p> <p>Steele saved his harshest remarks for the city manager.</p> <p>“I'm tired of hearing, and I think everybody else is tired of hearing, (that) you love the firefighters, you support them, you’ve done a great job. Actions speak louder than words,” said Steele. “For a whole year -- one year -- it’s been nothing but, ‘These guys are greedy. These guys just take money.’ She berates us in the public. How would anybody feel about that if their boss did that? All we’re asking for is that proper respect for the job we do. You talk to anyone out here, they do not feel the love.”</p> <p>Despite the rhetoric, the apparent breakthrough in negotiations has at least one councilmember optimistic.</p> <p>"I'm glad to know that today's budget reflects the fact that you are all receiving compensation and benefits at a higher level than a civilian because we appreciate and respect the risk associated with the job," District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana said. "However, that number or that position will likely change depending on the ability of the leadership from both police and fire to come forward."</p> <p><b>Hundreds pack council chambers</b></p> <p>Hundreds of firefighters and police officers packed council chambers for the vote. Many held signs that said, “Negotiate fairly," “We have your back. Do you have ours?” and “I don’t mess with your house. Don’t mess with mine.”</p> <p>Patricia Garcia is married to a police officer and has a son who is a police officer. She was one of hundreds of union backers who attended the city council meeting.</p> <p>“(Families of police officers) make sacrifices every day. We kiss (and) hug our loved ones, never knowing if they're going to walk back through that door again,” Garcia said.  “Let’s all sit down, let’s all have a voice in it, and let’s all make sure that it’s all fair and equitable to all parties involved.”</p> <p>Firefighters’ union members said they want a deal struck, but not one that is balanced on their backs.</p> <p>“We have given up our raises and have given up a lot to get to this point to keep (healthcare benefits),” said firefighter Dana Cornwell. “It’s not that we haven’t given, because we have. We expect fairness back to us.”</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:28:08 GMT

SA priest charged with indecent exposure

<p>San Antonio police said the Rev. Alberto Torres Trevino, 63, is being held in the Bexar County Jail on indecent exposure charges.</p> <p>Trevino was arrested just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Olmos Park.</p> <p>Investigators said undercover officers with the San Antonio Parks Police noticed Trevino sitting on a park bench touching his genitals.</p> <p>The undercover officer said he spoke with Trevino and Trevino began to pleasure himself.</p> <p>Officers arrested him on the spot.</p> <p>KSAT has confirmed Trevino is a priest at the local chapter of Missionaries of the Holy Family (MHF).</p> <p>Higher priests from the MHF organization say Trevino is a Formation Director -- the person who helps prepare anyone who want to become a priest or brother.</p> <p>Thursday afternoon, the MHF released a statement that reads in part: "We want the faithful of the San Antonio Archdiocese to know that we continue to do everything possible to ensure a safe environment and that the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the Missionaries of the Holy Family are in full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."</p> <ul> <li><a adhocenable="false" href="" target="_blank"><b>To read the full statement, click here.</b></a><br> </li> </ul> <p>Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor charge.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:12:10 GMT

Man tells police he shot fake cop

<p>A driver told San Antonio police he shot and killed a man who was posing as a police officer.</p> <p>The shooting happened just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Fredericksburg and Babcock near a motorcycle shop on the city's Northwest Side.</p> <p>The 22-year-old driver told police he's in town from Wisconsin.</p> <p>"He was in town to pick up a motorcycle at the at shop to transport it to another state," said San Antonio Police sergeant Javier Salazar.</p> <p>He said he was about to pick up a motorcycle from the shop and had just parked his truck and trailer a few buildings away from the store when a man walked up and told him to get out of his truck.</p> <p>"The victim says that the suspect claimed to be a police officer, so he complied. He stepped out of the vehicle and immediately asked the suspect for identification which the suspect did not produce," said Salazar.</p> <p>Investigators said the man then told the driver he was going to steal his truck. </p> <p>The driver had a pistol and shot the fake officer several times, investigators said, then he called the real police.</p> <p>"There was some sort of a threat made that placed the victim in fear for his life. The victim drew his own pistol, shot the suspect several times," said Salazar.</p> <p>The suspected would-be robber was taken to University Hospital, where he later died.</p> <p>The man who shot him was taken in for questioning. He was not expected to face charges, police said.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:57:37 GMT

Police: New Braunfels man touched young girl inappropriately

<p>A 68-year-old New Braunfels man has been arrested after police there said he inappropriately touched a young girl.</p> <p>Daniel Gutierrez was arrested Sept. 17 after New Braunfels police investigators said he "repeatedly touched" the girl on June 22.</p> <p>Gutierrez was taken to the Comal County Jail on a charge of indecency with a child -- a second-degree felony -- and is being held on a $50,000 bond.</p>

Published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:37:43 GMT