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Valero shootout suspect nets 10-year sentence


Victor Valdez at Valero station moments before shooting began in December 2013 incident. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Matt Ward —

Formal sentencing for a local veteran who attempted to end his life via “suicide by cop” during a shootout at the Valero gas station on Dec. 18, 2013 is expected tomorrow, Thursday, June 11.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 25, pled guilty in Boerne to 12 counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery on June 2, 18 months after a three-hour standoff ended with gunfire but no major injuries to law enforcement.

According to reports, Valdez was wounded in the buttock by one of the 177 bullets fired into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 — located at 516 South Adams Street — where Valdez had barricaded himself after ordering two employees off the premises with a 9 mm pistol.

A former lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, Valdez had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital prior to the incident, according to his attorney, Pat Pattillo.

Wed
10
Jun

Man who shot officer waives plea

A San Angelo man charged with shooting Fredericksburg police officer Bradley Durst in April 2014 has reportedly declined a plea deal, according to a KENS5 San Antonio television news report confirmed by Durst’s family.
 
Robert Rendon, 31, awaits trial in 216th District Court on attempted capital murder charges following the shooting of Durst, who stopped Rendon for traffic violations on East Main Street.
 
After shooting Durst in the abdomen and neck, Rendon fled the county, leading area law enforcement officials on a multi-county chase that ended when he crashed and was arrested by Bexar County police in San Antonio.
 
Durst has since recovered from his injuries and returned to active duty with the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Wed
10
Jun

County OKs land-for-services swap

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday agreed in principle to a land-for-paving swap with the City of Fredericksburg with final details to be hammered out in the coming month.

At their regular meeting, commissioners adjourned to executive session to go over final details in the Barons Creek property the city wishes to have for downtown redevelopment plans. In turn, the city will perform paving work on Nimitz Parkway and an adjacent parking lot during its regular paving cycles.

Commissioners also debated for over an hour on a lease agreement on a 12-foot-wide path of county owned land that stretches from Creek Street to the back of the old Gillespie County Jail, which faces San Antonio Street.

The easement was deeded to the county in the 1920s for rear access to the jail. Now the two adjacent property owners are requesting a perpetual lease agreement as required for bank notes.

Wed
10
Jun

Antique tractor show cranks up on Friday

The sights and sounds of farms will be at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds this weekend as the 30th Annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club Show will run Friday and Saturday, June 12-13.

Show times are from 2 p.m. to sunset on Friday and then from 8 a.m. to sunset on Saturday.

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds is on Texas 16 South, two miles south of Main Street.

Specific events those two days will be from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $6 for adults, while children 12 years old and under are free. Two-day passes for $10 will also be available. No pets will be allowed.

Parking is free, and vendors and exhibitors are welcome.

Among the events scheduled will be tractor and engine displays, blacksmithing, tractor pulls, agricultural machinery demonstrations such as threshing wheat and baling straw and several different corn processing demonstrations.

Wed
10
Jun

Daily Update for June 10

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      • Due to the construction at the Pacific Combat Zone, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation has announced the closing of the following streets to thru traffic effective today, June 10:  
      East Austin Street from Elk Street to Lee Street.
      Lee Street from East Austin Street to approximately 10 feet south of the private driveway for Schubert Street residents.

Wed
03
Jun

Appraisal district will consider new location

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Directors for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District will consider a new location for its upcoming tax collection services.

Representatives from the county’s taxing entities met Thursday morning at City Hall to consider an offer to lease soon-to-be-acquired land from the City of Fredericksburg, adjacent to its warehouse facility on Friendship Lane.

The GCAD called the meeting after public outcry when taxing entities chose to use the Law Enforcement Building (old county jail), built in 1974. Estimated renovation costs to make the jail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act rose significantly.

GCAD directors were presented with a scenario from the city where it leases enough land to hold a new, 6,000-square-foot building and roughly 30 spots for parking on a two-acre site on Friendship Lane (south of the Friendship Lane and South Adams Street intersection).

Wed
03
Jun

'It's been a great ride'

State District 24 Senator Troy Fraser, a Republican from Horseshoe Bay, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Texas Legislature after 27 years of public service, including 23 years in the state legislature.

“The end of session has provided me a meaningful opportunity to reflect not only upon the past 140 days, but also the past 27 years,” Fraser said in a letter to constituents.

“There comes a time when leaders must take a look back at the trail they have blazed and reflect on all they have done. There also comes a time when leaders must allow others the opportunity to leave their mark. Today marks that time for me.”

Fraser served as a committee chairman for 16 of his 18 years in the Texas Senate, overseeing economic development, water, oil and gas, the electric market, insurance, real estate, banking, air quality, telecommunications and the cable industry.

Wed
03
Jun

Fredericksburg will award 215 diplomas on Friday at FHS Stadium


Getting comfortable wearing their gowns were Fredericksburg High School salutatorian Dot Walch, left, and valedictorian Samuel Studebaker. The duo will be at the front of the pack at the Class of 2015 graduation ceremony Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m. held at the Fredericksburg High School Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Autumn Bernhard

This week marks the end of more than a decade of education for senior students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

Both Fredericksburg High School and the Gillespie County Learning Center will hold graduation ceremonies — the GCLC tonight and then, FHS on Friday.

For the students, once they receive their diplomas, some will join the work force while others will attend college and others will join the military.

FHS ceremony

The FHS graduation will be at 8 p.m., on Friday, June 5, at FHS Stadium.

If it rains, the event will be moved into the FHS Auditorium.

Seniors should arrive at 7:15 p.m. to line up for the procession.

The senior choir members and Varsity Choir will sing the national anthem. The Navy JROTC will present the colors.

Student Council president Brooke Rogan, will lead the class, and those attending, in the Pledge of Allegiance and in the Texas Pledge.

Wed
03
Jun

Harper will have 56 graduates


Jordan White, seated, has been named valedictorian of the Harper High School Class of 2015 while Brittany Sanders earned the title of salutatorian. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

Graduation ceremonies at Harper High School — slated for Friday, June 5 — will see 56 seniors receive their diplomas in commencement ceremonies set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Harper Independent School District Gymnasium.

Opening the program will be the processional, followed by the National Anthem, both performed by the Harper High School Band.

From there, Sydney Collins will give the invocation, with Taylor Baethge leading in the Pledge of Allegiance.

After Logan White gives welcoming remarks to the audience, Angela Pascarella will present a special reading to the parents.

Salutatorian Brittany Sanders and Valedictorian Jordan White will give addresses, respectively.

School principal Dean Eckert will lead in the presentation of awards and scholarships, followed by an introduction of the administration by Rachel Maner, followed by a response to the faculty by Dustin Wittkohl.

Wed
03
Jun

Pump station back online after F1 tornado damage


Roof and walls were torn off the city pump station on May 25. — Photo by Clinton Bailey

By Matt Ward —

Tornado damage to the Goehmann Lane pump station on Memorial Day, May 25, temporarily knocked one of Fredericksburg’s main water sources offline, but City of Fredericksburg officials have brought the facility back online.

“We’re fully operational, but we still have a little bit of work to do on reconstructing the building,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said. “We’ve run diagnostics on the electric motors and all the controls and we’ve had to make some repairs there, but we’ve now verified that it’s 100 percent operational at this point.”

The pump station’s roof and a structural wall were ripped off the building by the tornado, classified F1 by the National Weather Service. The tornado touched down for about two miles at speeds between 85-90 miles per hour.

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