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Tampering charge added in OD case

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

The same person who already faces two state jail-felony charges in last year’s synthetic drug overdose of a local teen has been handed a third indictment.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg was indicted June 9 by the Gillespie County Grand Jury on third-degree felony charges of “Tampering with Physical Evidence.”

Fredericksburg Police Department Detective Javier Sanchez, lead investigator on the case, said Jeffrey attempted to dispose of synthetic drug material when he learned the two teens who ingested it required medical help.

Jeffrey was the first to be formally charged and arrested in relation to the April 20, 2013, overdose death of Fredericksburg High School (FHS) sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Herrera died when he and another teen ingested a designer hallucinogenic drug supplied to them by another student who bought it online.

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09
Jul

Durst receives Purple Heart after return from shooting


Officer Bradley Durst, right, back on duty after an April 19 shooting, receives a Purple Heart medal from Fredericksburg Police Chief Police Steve Wetz. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

One of Fredericksburg’s “boys in blue” — Patrolman Bradley Durst — remains modest, even after receiving a Purple Heart on Monday.

“I feel extremely blessed to be alive and to be here to receive this award,” said Durst, who is still recovering from being shot twice while making a routine traffic stop on April 19.

The American Police Hall of Fame Award was presented to Durst by Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz Monday night before the Fredericksburg City Council. Durst’s family was there as were more than a dozen fellow officers who turned out in full uniform to show their support.

Recognized as “life savers” for aiding the downed officer were Hilario Villa, a deputy with the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Frank Stead, secretary of the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department and an EMT with Fredericksburg EMS.

Wed
09
Jul

'AND THEY'RE OFF!'


4,653 attend -- A new season of live pari-mutuel horse racing opened at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the July Fourth Racing Festival drew 4,653 fans who wagered $335,975 on 23 races over the two days. The total payout to bettors was $263,405. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
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09
Jul

Heritage center bell tower already drawing eyes easterly


Workers from Dean Mitchell Masonry of Kerrville work against gusts of wind Monday morning, July 7, to create a large bell tower at the future home of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. Standing over 50 feet high, the campanile will be the landmark for the future museum site and was designed to attract the attention of passing motorists from its location along U.S. 290 on the eastern edge of Fredericksburg. The tower, as well as other key elements in Phase I, should be complete by Nov. 1, after which Phase II (which includes the main museum building) will begin an approximately year-long construction schedule. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Already, the bell tower at the future home of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center is doing its job as an eye-catcher.

Anyone traveling into Fredericksburg on U.S. 290 can’t miss the skyline-piercing, stories-high “campanile.”

The 50-foot-tall tower, which is almost totally encased in construction scaffolding this week, will eventually “serve as the centerpiece for the future Texas Rangers Heritage Center,” said Joe B. Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.

The recognizable landmark will draw attention to the museum’s main entrance, as well as to the Texas Rangers “Ring of Honor” outdoor memorial area on the ground level, said Davis, a retired Texas Ranger.

Wed
09
Jul

Youngsters show 'Red, White & Blue' spirit


Brazos Worrell, complete with leather helmet and goggles, is ready for take-off in his battery-operated plane, The Brazos Belle, on Friday morning at the Children’s Parade on the Fourth of July at the Kinder Halle. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
09
Jul

Crowds raise thousands to 18th Scholarship Fest


Duchesses Kasie Vestal, center, and Mason DeLong share a laugh with emcee Tim Weinheimer while drawing names on Saturday night at the 18th Annual Scholarship Fest. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

“Pleased” is what organizers are saying following the 18th Annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, July 5, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

“We are very pleased with how we did,” said Larry Burrow, chairman of the event for the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. The final numbers are still being tabulated.

This year’s prize drawing featured over $33,000 in prizes, including 34 guns, jewelry, hunting and fishing equipment, gift certificates and more.

For the first time, prize drawing tickets were sold in advance and winners did not need to be present for those drawings.

This year’s event, which was moved from April, featured a German dinner. Along with the live auction was a silent auction, special drawings and more.

“A lot of people came up and said they had a good time,” Burrow said. “And, everyone seemed to enjoy the food.”

Wed
09
Jul

Craft beer topic for next HCFF, theater screening

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote the art of independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series” in Fredericksburg.

The latest film in this collaborative series — which will be screened tonight, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. — will be the documentary “Brewed In Austin: The Zymergence Of Craft Beer In Central Texas” in conjunction with Fritztown Cinema’s announcement that beer and wine is available for purchase at the theater.

Fritztown Cinema will begin with a smaller, local selection of beverages and expand over time, owner Sloan Ruth said.

Wed
09
Jul

Blood drive on Monday to offer Spurs opportunity

A community blood drive, which also gives donors a chance to win San Antonio Spurs packages, is planned Monday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 726 South Washington Street.

The drive is hosted by the United Methodist Church Women and is conducted by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC,) which will offer everyone who donates twice between June 1 and Sept. 30 this year, a chance to win one of four offered San Antonio Spurs packages.

The packages include a pair of plaza-level tickets (for the donor and a guest,) as well as a parking pass for 10 home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Also offered are a ball cap and a movie pass.

The next blood drives after July 14 will be on Sept. 15 and Nov. 17.

Wed
09
Jul

'Hey, hay growers...it's okay to be square! (or even round)'

With the Gillespie County Hay Show just around the corner, rules and regulations have been announced.

Deadline for entering this year’s show is Friday, Aug. 1.

Square bales may be entered in Fredericksburg at Beyer Feed and Fertilizer, 3446 N. State Highway 16, and Lochte Feed and General Store, 509 Longhorn Street.

Also, entries can be left at Allied Ag in Stonewall and Behrends Feed and Fertilizer in Luckenbach.

There is no charge for the first bale but there is a $10 fee for each additional bale.

Round bales must be delivered to Beyer’s Feed and Fertilizer.

Round bales need to be close to full sized bales so Beyer can utilize standard hay equipment to transport bales, it was announced. 

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02
Jul

FISD students make grade on STAAR, TAKS results

By Richard Zowie —

Preliminary test results for Texas public school students’ educational proficiency are in, and local students overall received passing grades.

Official results won’t be released until later this year, possibly by August, Fredericksburg Independent School District officials said. Preliminary results don’t reflect accountability standards.

FISD trustees received the preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills for local students during the assistant superintendents’ reports at a recent meeting.

According to the preliminary results:

Local third graders for 2014 scored a 78 on reading, compared to the state average of 76. Third graders also scored 79 overall in math, nine points higher than the state average of 70.

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