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    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced 54,295 total COVID-19 cases and 1,074 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 100 new cases. One new death was reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 162, as of Friday. City officials also reported a slight uptick in hospitalization numbers. Health officials said there are currently 228 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 85 are in the intensive care unit and 30 are on ventilators. There are 15% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar County Track coronavirus cases by ZIP, age...
    SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: The U.S. Census deadline is now Oct. 31, 2020. (Original Story) The city, county and private groups have poured some $800,000 to advertise and do outreach in the community to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. But the pandemic has made it a difficult task, according to Berta Rodriguez, census administrator for the City of San Antonio. “We’re trying to be creative to ensure that the community understands the importance of it, that we can engage them where they are. And with the pandemic, where they are is in their home,” Rodriguez said. Census workers are going door-to-door in Bexar County, trying to reach those households that have not yet responded to the...
    SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County grand jury has indicted a 37-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a San Antonio bar that left eight people wounded in June. Jenelius Crew is charged in eight separate indictments with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Crew is also charged in seven separate indictments with deadly conduct with a firearm. According to San Antonio police, Crew walked across the street from a nearby bar in the 8000 block of Broadway on June 12 with a group of friends before the shooting. Crew and the group intended to enter REBAR, but were denied by staff multiple times because they were drunk, police said. Crew later opened fire near the main entrance of...
    SAN ANTONIO – There have been more than 200 COVID-19 cases total among students and staff reported in Bexar County public schools since the end of July, according to a report from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state health department and Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the first data for COVID-19 cases at the district level on Thursday. Private schools are not included in the data. The data includes new cases reported last week and cumulative cases reported from July 27 to Sept. 20. RELATED: San Antonio’s 3 largest school districts have reported more than 80 COVID-19 cases for students, staff The cumulative report showed 80 positive COVID-19 cases for students in the 19 public school districts...
    BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – San Antonio drivers in high-occupancy vehicles will soon be able to bypass traffic on a section of I-10. The first-ever HOV lane in Bexar County is set to open next week in the eastbound lanes of I-10 from Ralph Fair Road to La Cantera. A secondary westbound HOV lane in the same area is expected to open later this fall, according to officials with the Texas Department of Transportation. Officials also said an HOV lane is scheduled to open in 2021 on Highway 281 from Loop 1604 to north of Stone Oak Parkway. That HOV lane will be extended by 2023 from north of Stone Oak Parkway to Borgfeld Road, according to TXDOT. The stretch of...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 53,971 total COVID-19 cases and 1,073 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 177 new cases. Five new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 153. City officials also reported that 231 patients are hospitalized, 87 are in the intensive care unit and 36 are on ventilators. There are 12% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available. Bexar County will be distributing masks to business owners...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County plans to distribute 250,000 masks to local businesses on a first-come, first-served basis. Each business will receive 100 masks upon completing an online registration form. All commercial entities in Bexar County that provide goods or services directly to the public are eligible to participate. The masks will be distributed on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum Exhibitor Barns at the Gate E entrance off of AT&T Parkway. Business owners will need to bring their confirmation email to receive the masks. The mask distribution is an effort by county officials to ensure that the current trend of COVID-19 conditions continues to improve. Also on KSAT.com: San Antonio’s 3...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Wednesday night. Nirenberg reported 53,794 total COVID-19 cases and 1,068 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Wednesday, an increase of 155 new cases. No new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 148. City officials also reported that 228 patients are hospitalized, 87 are in the intensive care unit and 41 are on ventilators. There are 13% of staffed beds available and 70% of ventilators available. They...
    SAN ANTONIO – With more than three months left in 2020, more people have been shot and killed in Bexar County by law enforcement officers than 2019, according to state records and analysis by KSAT. As of Wednesday, Bexar County has recorded 19 instances of a peace officer shooting a civilian in 2020, 11 of which were fatal. In 16 of those instances, the person who was shot was armed with some type of weapon, according to data provided by the Texas Justice Initiative and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Last year, 18 people were shot in Bexar County by peace officers. Ten of those shootings were fatal, records showed. So far in 2020, two San Antonio Police Department officers...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police confirmed on Wednesday that the human remains found in a burnt car in West Bexar County on Sunday belong to a missing 17-year-old. Sebastian Eduardo Vasquez Carpio disappeared on Friday. His remains were found in a stolen car that was set on fire in the 6600 block of Calle Duarte. The Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed the remains as those of the 17-year-old. Police say no arrests have been made and are still investigating the cause of death. Related: Human remains found in stolen vehicle set ablaze on West Side, San Antonio police say Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – As Election Day nears, the candidates running in what is likely to be one of the most competitive races in Bexar County squared off in a forum hosted by KSAT 12 anchor Steve Spriester on Tuesday. Democrat Christine Hortick and Republican Trish DeBerry are vying to replace outgoing Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff, the lone Republican on the court. The North Side precinct stretches west to east from Bandera Road to Wetmore Road and from the northern perimeter of Loop 410 to the Bexar County line (see map below or find out which precinct you live in here). Hortick, a former congressional aide to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, is running for office for her first...
    SAN ANTONIO – With the presidential election just 42 days away, Bexar County residents are registering to vote in record numbers, according to Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen. “We’re 113,000 people ahead of where we were in 2016," Callanen said Tuesday. “That’s like the population of Comal County.” Statewide registration numbers are approaching 17 million voters, Callanen said. She said there’s still time to change your address for a new voter registration card. “They can go on Texas-on-line and you can change your address basically on the Secretary of State’s website,” Callanen said. “We get that information and input it into our system.” The deadline to register is Oct. 5. Election Day is Nov. 3. Also on KSAT.com: ...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Tuesday night. Nirenberg reported 53,639 total COVID-19 cases and 1,068 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Tuesday, an increase of 196 new cases. Six new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 148. City officials also reported that 233 patients are hospitalized, 86 are in the intensive care unit and 42 are on ventilators. There are 14% of staffed beds available and 70% of ventilators available. The...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County parks and the Bexar Heritage Center are set to reopen to the public on Monday, Sept. 28, according to the county. The county’s playscapes, basketball and tennis courts, and outdoor pavilions will reopen to the public, the county said in a statement. County outdoor pavilions will be available to rent for groups of 250 or less for events exempt from the local and state executive orders. Individuals reserving outdoor pavilions will be required to have their guests use facial coverings, maintain social distancing and provide hand sanitizer for their event, the county said. Betty Bueche, director of Bexar Heritage and Parks, said she was glad residents could once again utilize shared natural areas. “Throughout the...
    SAN ANTONIO – An 89-year-old inmate at the Bexar County Jail is dead. His death has been preliminarily ruled as related to pre-existing medical conditions, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday. A detention deputy was conducting face-to-face observation checks in the evening when he noticed the unresponsive male inmate, the Sheriff’s Office said. The inmate was breathing when the detention deputy initiated a medical emergency at the jail and called for additional medical staff assistance, the Sheriff’s Office said. The inmate was transported to the jail’s medical wing to be evaluated and then taken to an area hospital in an “alert” state. “While at the hospital, around 8:20 p.m., the inmate was pronounced deceased by hospital staff,” the...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night. Nirenberg reported 53,443 total COVID-19 cases and 1,062 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 102 new cases. One new death was reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 136. City officials also reported that 226 patients are hospitalized, 85 are in the intensive care unit and 45 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 72% of ventilators available. Nirenberg said...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Elections Department Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen will have an update on some important voter registration requirements for the upcoming November general election. Callanen is expected to address the following items: • The last day to register to vote in Bexar County is Oct. 5, 2020. • Requirements for registration: i.e.,18 or older • Voting requirements US Military members • Return of registration card with original signature • Extended hours to accept voter registration cards Vote 2020 Resources: Who is on the November 2020 election ballot for Bexar County How to register to vote in Texas for the Nov. 3 presidential election Access to the ballot box: County commissioner talks voting safety measures Copyright 2020...
    SAN ANTONIO – A 37-year-old man was arrested after San Antonio police said he punched a boy while he was watching a video game, an arrest affidavit said. According to the affidavit, the boy was watching a video of “Minecraft” on Saturday when Hervens Pierre got angry and punched the victim in the forehead, back and stomach. Moments later, the boy’s mother came to shield her son from Pierre when the suspect hit her too, the affidavit said. The woman was able to get her and the boy to safety and called police. An arrest warrant was issued for Pierre and he was arrested. He is charged with injury to a child. Also on KSAT.com: Man found dead in...
    A 43-year-old inmate at the Bexar County Jail was found dead on Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies discovered the inmate unresponsive around 10 a.m. while conducting face-to-face observation checks. Officials believe the man suffered a medical episode related to a pre-existing condition. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 10:39 a.m., according to a news release. The man, who has not yet been identified, was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Sunday on a criminal trespassing charge. His bond was set at $500. The man did not qualify for a person recognizance bond due to a violent criminal history, including convictions for assault and domestic violence, according to the sheriff’s office. On March 29, Texas Gov....
    SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man is no longer facing charges months after he was seen on camera slapping a business card out of the hands of Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. Terry Toller, had initially turned himself in on June 25 after reports of his face mask dispute with the county judge at Lowe’s. Toller was initially wanted for assault on a peace officer, but the charge was quickly downgraded to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. According to court documents, that charge was dismissed Friday “in the interest of justice." On June 24, Wolff was in a checkout line at a Lowe’s store on Interstate 10 and Callaghan when a cashier told Toller that wearing a mask was required...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials have reported an increase of 108 active COVID-19 cases Sunday and 2,473 backlogged cases. The additional infections bring the city’s total case count to 53,341, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. The backlogged cases are from various labs and and date ranges. The electronic lab reporting backlog is causing issues across the state, city officials said. Two new deaths within the last 14 days were confirmed on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll in Bexar County rose to 1,244. Hospitalizations increased from 214 on Saturday to 225 on Sunday. Of those patients, 92 are in the intensive care unit and 45 are on ventilators. The number of patients in the ICU decreased by...
    SAN ANTONIO – Human remains were found inside a stolen vehicle set on fire Sunday morning in Bexar County’s West Side. San Antonio police made the discovery while responding to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 6600 block of Calle Duarte in Bexar County, the vehicle was found completely burned. Police say that while inspecting the scene, they discovered skeletal remains inside. Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies and SAPD police officers were on the scene and are coordinating “follow up and report activities,” a SAPD spokesperson said in an email. Investigators were still on scene Sunday afternoon. The identification of the victim is pending The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s investigation, the spokesperson said. SAPD will not confirm at...
    San Antonio – The community gathered at the Bexar County Courthouse steps for a vigil honoring the justice warrior who Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was before her death. “Notorious RBG to me was a voice for the voiceless,” said Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, a judge in Bexar County. “She taught me that even though you are in the minority, it doesn’t make you wrong. She taught me that even if you have a smaller voice, you are not voiceless.” “She was a good and faithful servant,” said Stephanie Boyd, another judge for Bexar county. “A part of being a good and faithful servant is serving the public and leaving something behind for others to build upon.” Al Kauffman, professor...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials have reported an increase in 173 COVID-19 cases Saturday amid a decrease in hospitalizations due to the virus. The additional cases bring the city’s total case count to 50,760, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. No new deaths within the last 14 days were confirmed on Saturday. The COVID-19 death toll in Bexar County remains at 1,242. According to numbers on the city’s website, 214 patients are hospitalized, 89 are in the intensive care unit and 43 are on ventilators. The number of patients in the ICU decreased by 10 people from Friday. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 69% of ventilators available. Also on Saturday, the state health department...
    San Antonio – Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System firefighters have volunteered to help with the wildfires in California. Schertz Fire Chief Kade Long is coordinating crews at the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forrest. He said 17 firefighters are from the Bexar County area. In all, 240 Texan firefighters are taking part of the effort through the mutual aid system. A few crews have also been sent to the August Fire in northern California. The scene from the ground is just as devastating as the pictures show, Long said. “The whole area around us is just smoky. You can just see little particles of ash floating through the air and stuff. And so while the sun’s out, you...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: Get a breakdown of each daily briefing sent to your inbox each day by signing up for our coronavirus newsletter here. Watch past briefings here: March 27th; March 28th; March 29th; March 30th; March 31; April 1; April 2; April 3; April 4; April 5; April 6; April 7; April 8 ; April 9; April 10; April 11; April 12; April 13; April 14; April 15; April 16; April 17; April 18; April 19; April 20; April 21; April 22; April 23; April 24; April 25; April 26; April 27; April 28; April 29; April 30; May 1; May 2; May 3; May 4; May 5; May 6; May 7; May 8; May 9; May...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 50,425 total COVID-19 cases and 1,040 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 141 new cases. Two new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 128. City officials also reported that 214 patients are hospitalized, 100 are in the intensive care unit and 43 are on ventilators. There are 13% of staffed beds available and 69% of ventilators available. Nirenberg...
    SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy is no longer employed with the agency after he was accused of interfering with an emergency call, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Detention Deputy Andrew Phillip Winston, 25, resigned in lieu of termination and was dishonorably discharged Thursday. Winston’s criminal charge, interference with an emergency telephone call, stemmed from an off-duty incident on Sept. 25, 2018. Specific details about the case were not included in the news release. Supervisors discovered the charge while conducting an audit. Winston was placed on administrative leave shortly after the incident before he was reassigned to work in fleet maintenance, where he had no contact with inmates or the public, according to the...
    SAN ANTONIO – Diabetes and heart conditions are the most common underlying medical conditions for people who have died from and been hospitalized with COVID-19 in Bexar County. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced the new data from Metro Health during Wednesday evening’s briefing. The data showed that 37 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 have diabetes, and 15 percent have a heart condition. Lung disease or COPD, asthma and obesity were underlying conditions found in 7 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19. “It’s a reminder that many of these health conditions are common in San Antonio,” said Nirenberg. “You have to wear a mask and keep your physical distance and keep others safe if you’re interested in helping us...
    SAN ANTONIO – We now know what the Bexar County ballot will look like for the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3. Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old by Election Day and registered to vote in Texas by the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline can vote in the election, with a few exceptions prohibited by law. These are the candidates in contested races at the federal, state and Bexar County level. The candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. FEDERAL:PRESIDENT/VICE-PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump /Michael R. Pence REP Joseph R. Biden /Kamala D. Harris DEM Jo Jorgensen /Jeremy “Spike” Cohen LIB Howie Hawkins /Angela Walker GRN U. S. SENATOR John Cornyn REP Mary...
    BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has responded to a reported shooting in far West Bexar County early Thursday morning. Deputies were called just before 7:30 a.m. to the 12300 block of Carleson Valley, not far from Highway 90 after receiving reports of someone injured. At this time, not much is known about the shooting. It is unclear if anyone is hurt. KSAT12 has a crew at the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT12 both online and on-air for more information. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County is developing a new mental health program following Damian Daniel’s death. The combat veteran was shot and killed by a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Aug. 25. The call was dispatched as a mental health call. “Judge Wolff had approached our department, after the tragic death of Mr. Daniels on the circumstances of what could be done to give the deputies the ability to have a mental health person go out and respond rather than a deputy on some of these circumstances to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening,” said Mike Lozito, director for the Office of Criminal Justice Bexar County. The Office of Criminal Justice is partnering with STRAC, Center for Health...
    SAN ANTONIO – Stephon Tatum says he misses his mother’s smile, their conversations and her love. The partial remains of his 55-year old mother, Connie Tatum, were found on July 28, 2020, in the 1500 block of Losoya Drive in south Bexar County. “You only have one mother, and you want someone to help you,” Stephon Tatum said. He is trying to understand why someone would hurt his mother. In the past year, she had been having health issues, including two strokes. “I’m struggling day to day. You know, I still want to know more,” he said. “I want the person that was responsible for this to be brought to justice, you know, the right way.” The mother and son lived...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Wednesday night. Here are a few of the highlights: Nirenberg reported 50,284 total COVID-19 cases and 1,022 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Wednesday, an increase of 153 new cases. Three new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 117. City officials also reported that 210 patients are hospitalized, 100 are in the intensive care unit and 42 are on ventilators. There are 13% of staffed beds available...
    SAN ANTONIO – KSAT 12 announced Wednesday it will hold a political debate between the candidates vying for Bexar County Commissioner, Precinct 3 next week. On Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., Democrat Christine Hortick and Republican Trish DeBerry will face off on the issues during a livestreamed debate on KSAT.com, moderated by KSAT 12 anchor Steve Spriester. KSAT viewers can submit questions for the candidates in the prompt below. What you need to knowWith outgoing Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff, a Republican, leaving the seat vacant after three terms, the race is likely to be one of the most competitive in Bexar County. DeBerry is the founder of marketing agency The DeBerry Group, a former TV anchor and ran an...
    SAN ANTONIO – Weeks after Sheriff Javier Salazar pledged to be more transparent following a deputy’s fatal shooting of Damien Daniels, the sheriff’s office confirmed Wednesday it is seeking to withhold body camera footage of the combat veteran’s death. In the aftermath of Daniels' death at the hands of a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy, Salazar said he planned to release “at least some video” of the incident. Salazar explained his reasoning — saying he is a “big proponent of transparency” — in a press conference on Aug. 28, two days after he released still photos showing snippets of the struggle between Daniels and three deputies. I [released the photos] because I wanted to be more transparent. And the fact is,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Defenders' Dillion Collier joins GMSA@9 to discuss what the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is doing to reduce the number of deputy DWI arrests. “At some point, you just gotta say ‘stop,’ draw the line in the sand, and say ‘we’re not tolerating it anymore,’” said Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar. Salazar, who has repeatedly said he would “cut them out like a cancer” after deputies run afoul of the law, contends that 2018 was the tipping point of having to address drunk-driving issues within the agency’s rank and file. To view the video, click above. ARTICLE: Drink. Drive. Lose your job with BCSO: Sheriff says it’s that simple. Other Defender debriefs: Defenders Debrief: Woman invests,...
    EAST BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a woman killed in a rollover crash in far East Bexar County early Tuesday morning. Adriana Moore, 31, was killed in a crash that occurred just after midnight on southbound FM 1518, not far from Loop 1604. According to deputies, Moore was traveling at a high-rate of speed when she lost control of her truck and rolled it several times. Deputies said the truck took out some poles and rolled for roughly 75 yards before finally coming to a stop. She was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said. A witness driving behind the truck told deputies that they were coming...
    SAN ANTONIO – When Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Magana resigned in lieu of being terminated in July 2019, it had been nearly two years to the day since his arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Magana, who was captured on a dashboard and body-worn camera flashing his BCSO credentials and begging the San Antonio police officer conducting his field sobriety test to let him go, had to repeatedly be reminded he was being recorded while standing outside his truck in the 5700 block of Industry Park Drive.Deputy Michael Magana shows his BCSO credentials during his July 2017 arrest for DWI. (KSAT)“I’m not going to jeopardize my job for you. Turn around. OK. Turn around! This is your...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Tuesday night. Nirenberg reported 50,131 total COVID-19 cases and 1,019 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Tuesday, an increase of 115 new cases. Three new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 117, Nirenberg said. City officials also reported that 228 patients are hospitalized, 105 are in the intensive care unit and 47 are on ventilators. There are 12% of staffed beds available and 67% of ventilators...
    Need fast cash? If you’re a survivor of the novel coronavirus and live in one Texas county, you may be in luck — if you donate plasma, that is. Officials in Bexar County, which San Antonio is a part of, are willing to pay survivors of the novel coronavirus money to donate their plasma to COVID-19 patients in need. One official said only a small number of COVID-19 survivors in the area have donated plasma, which has been touted as a potentially lifesaving treatment for those with severe infections. SHOULD YOU GET A CORONAVIRUS TEST BEFORE SEEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY? “Only hundreds of the 40,000 [survivors]  have actually donated plasma,” Precinct 2 County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez told local news station...
    EAST BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A woman in her 20s is dead after she was ejected during a rollover vehicle crash in far East Bexar County early Tuesday morning, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. The crash occurred just after midnight on southbound FM 1518, not far from Loop 1604. According to deputies, the woman was traveling at a high-rate of speed when she lost control of her truck and rolled it several times. Deputies said the truck took out some polls and rolled for roughly 75 yards before finally coming to a stop. She was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said. A witness driving behind the woman told deputies that they were...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night. Nirenberg reported 50,016 total COVID-19 cases and 1,016 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 101 new cases. The 7-day moving average of cases is 128. No new deaths were reported today. City officials also reported that 248 patients are hospitalized, 105 are in the intensive care unit and 51 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 68% of ventilators available. Nirenberg...
    County officials in Texas are offering up to $100 to plasma donors in hopes of boosting the potentially life-saving treatment for coronavirus patients. Only a small fraction of COVID-19 survivors in Bexar County, which encompasses San Antonio, have donated plasma, Precinct 2 Commissioner Justin Rodriguez told KSAT. “Only hundreds of the 40,000 have actually donated plasma,” he said. Bexar County will offer between $50 to $100 stipends for plasma donations, made possible by a $150,000 federal grant. San Antonio, Texas’ second-largest city, marked its 1,000th death from COVID-19 on Sunday and reported 2,372 new cases over the past seven days, Texas Public Radio reported. That increases the total number of cases in Bexar County to 49,915 and 1,016...
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still declining in San Antonio and Bexar County, numbers indicate. San Antonio Metropolitan Health District officials reported 49,915 total COVID-19 cases and 1,016 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 142 new cases. The 7-day moving average of cases is 143, as of Friday. One new death was reported Sunday in addition to 23 deaths ranging from June 25 - August 27, according to Metro Health officials. A total of 193 deaths are from congregate settings. According to numbers on the city’s website, 246 patients are hospitalized, 108 are in the intensive care unit and 54 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available...
    SAN ANTONIO – If you’ve recovered from Covid-19, you could get paid to help others heal from the virus. A new initiative in Bexar County is underway, aimed at getting people who have Covid-19 antibodies to donate their plasma, which in turn could save lives of people suffering from severe cases. Survivor Angela Caporale is hoping the program helps inspire others to donate. She’s already done so five times. Since she was 3-years-old, Angela Caporale has worked to master the violin. Her skills landed her a spot in the San Antonio Symphony and she gained her credibility as a local violin teacher. But this summer, the music came to a screeching halt. Caporale was diagnosed with Covid-19. “All of the...
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related hospitalizations are still trending downward in San Antonio and Bexar County, numbers indicate. San Antonio Metropolitan Health District officials reported 48,198 total COVID-19 cases and 992 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 124 new cases. The 7-day moving average of cases is 143. One new death was reported today. According to numbers on the city’s website, 260 patients are hospitalized, 110 are in the intensive care unit and 55 are on ventilators. There are 15% of staffed beds available and 68% of ventilators available. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar County Track coronavirus cases by ZIP, age in San Antonio...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim of a South Side shooting. Jake Daniels Selph, 21, died from a gunshot wound to his back. He was pronounced deceased at the Brooke Army Medical Center. The shooting happened Friday evening in the 300 block of W. Mitchell Street. Two men gathered near a park by W. Mitchell and King Roger when the shooting broke out, officials said. The suspect fled the scene in a silver vehicle. After arriving on scene, officers found Selph in the eastbound lane of W. Mitchell with an apparent gunshot wound, police said. He was taken from the scene to BAMC where he later succumbed to his injury. The...
    SAN ANTONIO – The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all areas of life, including the upcoming November election. In Bexar County, commissioners are planning to discuss early voting locations next week that will be safe for residents and allow for social distancing. “We’re in talks with both our lady of the Lake and UTSA pushing to add those, even though we know on those campuses and campuses all over the country, student attendance and population is down because of because of COVID, but again, it’s still getting access to those folks,” said Justin Rodriguez, Pct. 2 county commissioner. William “Frankie” Trynoski graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has voted there before. “I voted there pretty much every...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 during their daily briefing Friday night. Nirenberg reported 48,074 total COVID-19 cases and 991 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Friday, an increase of 118 new cases. The 7-day moving average of cases is 143. One new death was reported today. City officials also reported that 278 patients are hospitalized, 113 are in the intensive care unit and 59 are on ventilators. There are 14% of staffed beds available and 68% of ventilators available. Nirenberg...
    SAN ANTONIO – Trimming the courthouse security staff was among the suggestions made during a Bexar County Commissioners budget workshop, a suggestion to which the sheriff took strong exception. The halls of the Bexar County Courthouse and Cadena-Reeves Justice Center are virtually empty since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. Bexar County constables unhappy with proposed county budget Bexar County Manager David Smith took note of the empty halls when he addressed Commissioners Court and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar during a budget workshop on Thursday as they discussed security staffing in both buildings. “We recommend nine vacant court security positions be deleted for, I think, obvious, reasons,” Smith said. “The problem is cutting those positions and leaving them temporarily...
    SAN ANTONIO – Noah Calderon, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died in a crash near Corpus Christi last month, will be laid to rest on Friday. The services for Calderon, who was the youngest deputy ever hired by BCSO, will begin with a public viewing at 9:30 a.m. at the Miracle Center. A livestream of the funeral service will be placed in this article. A prayer service at the Miracle Center will follow, and at 11 a.m., the procession will depart to Mission Park North Cemetery. There, honors will be rendered. The Mission Park North Cemetery is located at 20900 IH-10 West. Calderon died alongside his fiancee, Samantha Grace Handy, in a crash on Aug. 12 at Highway...
    BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – Bexar County commissioners approved a new program on Thursday to help respond better to mental health calls. The program’s announcement follows the killing of Damian Lamar Daniels last month, which Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has said should have never happened. Daniels, a combat veteran, was reportedly dealing with a family member’s death and was shot in a struggle with deputies who had responded to his home. Under the plan commissioners passed Thursday morning, mental health calls could be routed to a new, still unnamed mental health unit. The unit would generally respond with paramedics and mental health professionals or perhaps even handle the issue over the phone. Though mental health deputies would still go out...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 47,956 total COVID-19 cases and 990 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 69 new cases. The 7-day moving average of cases is 149. Nine new deaths were reported today. The deaths happened between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9, Nirenberg said. City officials also reported that 284 patients are hospitalized, 128 are in the intensive care unit and 80 are on ventilators. There are...
    SAN ANTONIO – The funeral and homegoing services for Damian Daniels, a combat veteran killed who was shot and killed by a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy in late August, will take place in Alabama. The Grassroots Law Project on Thursday announced the Rev. Al Sharpton will officiate Daniels' service at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala. at 10 a.m. Friday. Daniels is originally from Alabama, according to the organization. The organization said Daniels' home has turned into a phone banking site for veterans to call elected officials and urge them “to provide greater resources for veterans.” The family’s attorney Lee Merritt on Twitter called the site a veteran emergency response center. Merritt said Daniels was “the latest victim...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Wednesday night. Nirenberg reported 47,887 total COVID-19 cases and 981 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Wednesday, an increase of 151 new cases. Two new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 175. City officials also reported that 298 patients are hospitalized, 130 are in the intensive care unit and 84 are on ventilators. There are 14% of staffed beds available and 67% of ventilators available. The school...
    SAN ANTONIO – A 69-page report evaluating Bexar County’s Indigent Defense System was released Wednesday. The study, which was conducted by Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute last month, applauded the county’s rapid magistrate system and the creation of nearly a dozen specialty courts. “These are courts that will address the problem that brought you into the criminal justice system,” Chief Public Defender Michael Young said. But Young said the report shows that not everyone is treated fairly. “This report shows us that we’re not doing a good enough job, that we’re treating people differently," Young said. “That if you have money and can afford an attorney, you’re going to get better results." The report recommended the creation of...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Tuesday night. Here are a few of the highlights: Nirenberg reported 47,736 total COVID-19 cases and 979 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Tuesday, an increase of 193 new cases. One new death was reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 183. City officials also reported that 304 patients are hospitalized, 134 are in the intensive care unit and 81 are on ventilators. There are 18% of staffed beds...
    SAN ANTONIO – The family of Marquis Jones, who was shot and killed outside a restaurant in 2014 by an off-duty San Antonio police officer, hold a news conference after meeting with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. The meeting comes almost three months after District Attorney Joe Gonzales said he would not reopen the case and that of another Black man. “Nothing about the facts of these cases, nothing about what’s in the files, is going to change by us reopening these cases,” Gonzales said on June 9 to KSAT 12 News reporter Paul Venema. Jones, 23, was killed outside a Northeast Side Chacho’s in February 2014 by Officer Robert Encina who was working security at the restaurant. A...
    SAN ANTONIO – The fatal shooting of a combat veteran by a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a mental health call was apparently the last straw for Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff regarding the criminal justice system. The county judge on Tuesday released a letter critical of the system that he said is “flawed” and needs to be “fixed.” “Our criminal justice system is systematically flawed to the extent that it fails to administer justice to the poor, the homeless, minorities, and to the mentally ill and drug dependent citizens,” the letter stated. Wolff has been very critical of the Aug. 25 shooting of Damian Daniels, who family members said served two tours of duty in Afghanistan....
    SAN ANTONIO – The AT&T Center will have a different look this fall. Instead of being filled with cheering Spurs fans, it will host voters as it’s transformed this October and November into a mega voting site for the first time in its history. The NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed on Aug. 28 to allow teams to use their home arenas as polling places after a walkout by players in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. But Spurs Sports and Entertainment and Bexar County, which owns the AT&T Center, had already been discussing the use of the arena for election purposes for months. “We had conversations with the Spurs and their general counsel going...
    SAN ANTONIO – A 53-year-old Bexar County Jail inmate was hospitalized Monday night following a suicide attempt, sheriff’s officials said. A detention deputy around 7:20 p.m. was alerted that an inmate was trying to commit suicide, officials said. The deputy declared a medical emergency and began performing life-saving measures. Jail medical staff and first responders from the San Antonio Fire Department took over and transported the man to University Hospital in stable condition. The inmate has been held in the jail since Saturday on a charge of injury to the elderly -- bodily injury, officials said. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County officials are reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases and deaths on Sunday. Health officials announced 47,543 total COVID-19 cases and 978 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Sunday, an increase of 228 new cases. Eighty five new deaths were reported today, some of which are from a backlog. Six of the 85 deaths have occurred within the last 14 days and 49 deaths are ranging April 14-August 18, 2020, according to the city’s website. The 7-day moving average of cases is 157. According to COVID-19 numbers posted on the city’s website, a total of 306 patients are hospitalized, 141 are in the intensive care unit and 83 are on...
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related hospitalizations are continuing on a downward trend in San Antonio, according to numbers provided by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Health officials announced 47,315 total COVID-19 cases and 893 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 131 new cases. Twenty new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 157. According to COVID-19 numbers posted on the city’s website, a total of 317 patients are hospitalized, 145 are in the intensive care unit and 81 are on ventilators. There are 14% of staffed beds available and 67% of ventilators available. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar...
    San Antonio – Damian Lamar Daniels, a combat veteran who did two tours in Afghanistan, had big dreams when he moved to San Antonio after being accepted to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Those dreams died with him when he was shot and killed by a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Aug. 25 when deputies responded to a call for mental distress. His family said he was experiencing paranoia and had been struggling over the recent deaths of loved ones. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office releases names of deputies involved in Damian Daniels’ case Law enforcement departments respond to thousands of similar calls each year. In Eugene, Oregon, a team consisting of a medic and a crisis worker...
    SAN ANTONIO – An amendment to an executive order in Bexar County is implementing a temporary halt in residential evictions. The amended order was issued Friday, Sept. 4, by Bexar County officials. According to the order, a landlord, owner of residential property or other person with legal right to pursue eviction or possessory actions must comply with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and allow for a temporary halt on residential evictions. By following the order, the temporary halt is believed to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and still allows residents who may be struggling financially to continue residing in their homes. Those that do not abide by the amended...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday night. Nirenberg reported 47,184 total COVID-19 cases and 873 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Friday, an increase of 114 new cases. Twenty-two new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 157. Twenty deaths, which occurred between July 5 and Aug. 25, were verified from death certificates by Metro Health. City officials also reported that 323 patients are hospitalized, 145 are in the intensive care unit...
    SAN ANTONIO – With the final major holiday of the summer approaching, San Antonio officials are reminding citizens of potential COVID-19 dangers if residents let down their guard during Labor Day celebrations. An emergency alert was sent to all cell phones in Bexar County by the San Antonio-Bexar County Office of Emergency Management at 5 p.m., Friday, urging all residents to protect themselves and others from the virus.An emergency alert was sent to all cell phones in Bexar County by the San Antonio-Bexar County Office of Emergency Management at 5 p.m., Friday, urging all residents to protect themselves and others from the virus. (KSAT)The best way to protect yourself and mitigate the spread is by abiding by local health guidelines...
    SAN ANTONIO – As if a presidential election year needed any more drama, 2020 has delivered with a pandemic. COVID-19 has greatly increased the debates and legal battles over who should get to vote by mail in Texas. While the rules regarding who can vote by mail have not changed this year, Gov. Greg Abbott has expanded how and when the mail-in ballots can be turned in. Here’s what you need to know. Who can vote by mail?U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marines, their dependents and U.S. citizens who live abroad can vote early by mail. For more information, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. Mail/absentee ballot voting is also available to elderly voters and voters with physical disabilities....
    BRYAN, Texas – Last weekend, Brazos County Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Unit confirmed that mosquito samples from the area have tested positive for West Nile virus. That discovery put Brazos County on a list of 17 other counties in Texas that have reported a trace of the virus within livestock, humans or mosquitoes. State data shows Bexar County is also on the list of counties that have found the virus in mosquitos in 2020, though Metro Health has not answered KSAT’s requests for the local information. According to health experts, West Nile virus can be transmitted to animals and humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. So far, no human cases have been reported this year in Texas. “Most people...
    SAN ANTONIO – The city, county and private groups have poured some $800,000 to advertise and do outreach in the community to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. But the pandemic has made it a difficult task, according to Berta Rodriguez, census administrator for the City of San Antonio. “We’re trying to be creative to ensure that the community understands the importance of it, that we can engage them where they are. And with the pandemic, where they are is in their home,” Rodriguez said. Census workers are going door-to-door in Bexar County, trying to reach those households that have not yet responded to the government survey. Rodriguez said 4 out of 10 households in Bexar County...
    BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing 40-year-old woman last seen in far north Bexar County. Sandy Cisneros was last spotted at her home in the 4000 block of Bay Shore around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. Cisneros is 5 feet tall, weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She has a noticeable scar on her forehead, officials say. Cisneros was last seen wearing black leggings, white sandals and a pink long-sleeved T-shirt. Her vehicle is a silver Honda Pilot. Anyone with information is asked to call BCSO AT 210-335-6000 or email missingpersons@bexar.org. ⚠️MISSING PERSON-SANDY CISNEROS, 40⚠️ The Bexar County Sheriffs Office needs your help finding 40 year old Sandy...Posted...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 47,070 total COVID-19 cases and 851 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 157 new cases. Sixteen new deaths were reported today. The deaths occurred between July 14 and Sept. 2. The 7-day moving average of cases is 180. City officials also reported that 344 patients are hospitalized, 155 are in the intensive care unit and 87 are on ventilators. There are 13% of staffed...
    SAN ANTONIO – Last summer, Brandon Lee, 31, was arrested on drug charges, and on Wednesday, District Court Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl sentenced him to prison during a first-of-its-kind remote hearing. “Punishment is to be assessed at three years confinement at TDC, a $1,500 fine and no application for community supervision of deferred in this case”, Torres-Stahl said. Zoom court hearing hacking in Bexar County prompts close look at protocol The judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and Lee were all participating remotely. Lee was in a probation department conference room, flanked by a sheriff’s deputy, in a coordinated procedure involving the probation department, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the court. Following Lee’s punishment, Judge Torres-Stahl told him, “The deputy there is...
    SAN ANTONIO – There are outages in the area due to Thursday’s thunderstorms in Bexar County. For the latest updates on outages, click here or view the map below. Read more: CPS Energy offers power outage tips ------------------------------------------------------- For the latest weather updates: Rare front may trigger storms Friday, Saturday in San Antonio area LIVE: Doppler Radar Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – Following a recent Bexar County Court Commissioners meeting, the Bexar County Elections Department is preparing to send vote-by-mail application to all voters 65 or older. On Thursday, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen confirmed that the applications will be mailed by Sept. 15 ahead of the general election in November. The postage is pre-paid, allowing voters to apply without having to pay to send the form back. Applications for mail-in ballots must be received by the elections office by October 23, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. The Bexar County Commissioners Court directed officials to proactively mail the application to eligible voters during a meeting on Aug. 18. During the COVID-19 briefing later that day, Wolff said that...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the deputies involved in the case that led to the death of Damian Daniels, a combat veteran killed in a shooting during a two-minute struggle with deputies last week. The incident occurred at Daniels’ home in the 11200 block of Liberty Field on Aug. 25. Deputies had been called out to the home for a mental health check. The sheriff’s office says deputies spent the first 30 minutes of their response talking to Daniels to de-escalate the situation before the struggle that led to the deadly shooting by a deputy. Daniels’ family said he suffered from mental health issues, and that he had his “first mental episode”...
    SAN ANTONIO – Standing in front of his late brother’s west Bexar County home, Brendan Daniels said Wednesday that Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar should resign. “Because he was so careless with his own deputies, the family is asking him to step down from his office,” Daniels said. Damian Daniels, 30, a combat veteran, who his older brother said served two tours in Afghanistan, was shot and killed Aug. 25 during a two-minute struggle with Bexar County deputies. Brendan Daniels said family members had first spent 30 minutes talking with Damian. BCSO has said deputies initially arrived for a mental health check. Brendan Daniels said his brother had no criminal history, but he did have mental health issues,. However, what...
    SAN ANTONIO – Funeral services and a public viewing have been announced for Noah Calderon, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy killed in a crash near Corpus Christi. Calderon, who graduated top of his cadet class, set the record for being the youngest BCSO deputy ever hired in 2018 at 18 years old. Calderon and his fiance died Aug. 12 when an 18-wheeler on Highway 188 and FM 796 between Sinton and Mathis collided with his vehicle. A previous KSAT report states that the tanker truck may have failed to yield. A Facebook post from BCSO officials states that there will be a public viewing for Calderon at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10...
    SAN ANTONIO – **Editor’s note - “Unheard: Stories from the Alamo City” is a KSAT feature that gives our viewers the chance to tell their unique stories. The idea is to give a voice to the voiceless. Find more stories like this or share your powerful story on our Unheard page. The numbers continue to increase and hospital staff across the city are beginning to fear the worse. University Hospital hospitalist Dr. Kamyar Haghayeghi tells KSAT 12 that they are currently managing many more critically ill patients than they had four to five weeks ago. UTHealth hiring COVID-19 contract tracers in San Antonio with pay starting at $15 an hour “I’m taking care of the sickest patients I’ve ever seen,”...
    SAN ANTONIO – Navigating college can life be difficult for any student but more so for those who have aged out of the foster system and don’t have a support system like most. A report by Texas Higher Education Foster Care Liaisons showed that though 80% of foster youth want to go to college, only 2% to 9% of foster youth will actually graduate with a bachelor’s degree. That’s compared to 32 percent of Texans who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Those numbers — and the unique challenges faced by people who are in or age out of the foster system — are why Bexar County set up the Fostering Education Success Pilot Project. Life after foster care was...
    SAN ANTONIO – A jogger who was accused of assaulting two San Antonio police officers during a family violence investigation will speak publicly for the first time on Wednesday morning. Mathias Ometu is expected to speak at 10 a.m. outside the Bexar County Courthouse. A livestream of the news conference will be placed in this article, but delays are possible. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Ometu will speak a day after SAPD released body-worn camera footage of the nearly 2-hour encounter that happened on Aug. 25, and a day after the Bexar County District Attorney’s office agreed to drop charges against him. Ometu was initially charged with two felony counts of assaulting...
    SAN ANTONIO – A driver is in custody after leading deputies and state troopers on a high-speed vehicle chase in South Bexar County, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. The chase began around 9:30 p.m. when Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused. According to BCSO, both DPS troopers and deputies chased the vehicle with assistance from SAPD’s Eagle helicopter. Johnny Garcia, a BCSO spokesperson, said the vehicle struck a deputy’s cruiser before finally stopping near Interstate 35 and Southwest Military Drive. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and DPS handled the arrest, Garcia said. At this time, it is unclear as to why law enforcement originally wanted...
    SAN ANTONIO – Protests continued Tuesday following the death of a disabled U.S. Army veteran who was shot and killed by Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies during a mental health call. Protestors staged themselves outside of the Bexar County Courthouse and called for the end of police brutality. On Friday, more than 100 people showed up at the Bexar County Jail to speak out in wake of Damian Lamar Daniels’ death. RELATED: Protesters gather at the Bexar County Jail in wake of Damian Daniels’ death Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Tuesday night. Here are a few of the highlights: Nirenberg reported 46,663 total COVID-19 cases and 822 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Tuesday, an increase of 222 new cases. Thirteen new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 168. The deaths occurred between June 26 and Aug. 28. City officials also reported that 366 patients are hospitalized, 157 are in the intensive care unit and 93...
    SAN ANTONIO – Three people, including a man suspected of burglarizing a dozen storage units, were arrested Wednesday by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies. Jordan Keeton, 43, was wanted for a series of storage unit burglaries in Converse. Acting on a tip, Bexar County authorities along with Converse police tracked Keeton to a hotel near San Antonio International Airport. Authorities entered a guest room and located another wanted felon there who was arrested on-site, BCSO officials said. That person's name has not been released. Keeton was found in the vicinity of the hotel and taken into custody without incident. Converse police detectives interviewed Keeton, who confessed to the crime. Sheriff's officials said that along with narcotics, Keeton was in possession of methaphetamine...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County District Attorney’s office has agreed to drop charges against a jogger who refused to give police his information while he was detained in a family violence investigation, according to his attorney. Mathias Ometu’s attorney, Adam Kobs, confirmed that the charges were dropped Tuesday shortly after police released the body camera footage in Ometu’s arrest. Ometu was initially charged with two felony counts of assaulting a peace officer and spent two days in the Bexar County jail after SAPD officers detained him while investigating a family violence incident on the North Side. Officers said he matched a description of the suspect but Ometu refused to provide his name, leading them to handcuff him and force...
    SAN ANTONIO – Attorneys for the family of Damian Daniels will hold a press conference Tuesday after meeting with Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales. The press conference is scheduled to start at about 10 a.m. A livestream of the press conference will be in the video player of this article. National civil rights attorney Lee Merritt and associate attorney Blerim Elmazi are representing the family. Daniels, 31, was shot and killed one week ago by a Bexar County Sheriff deputy who responded to a call for a mental health check in the 11000 block of Liberty Field. Family members said Daniels, a combat veteran, was mentally unstable and suicidal after the loss of loved ones. His death has sparked...
    SAN ANTONIO – There is a pool of volunteer defense attorneys practicing law in Bexar County who are called court-appointed attorneys. The lawyers are selected randomly through a process called “The Wheel.” ”I give the same effort, whether it’s court-appointed or retained,” said defense attorney James Oltersdorf when he was asked how, as a court-appointed attorney, he treats clients. But Oltersdorf agreed with some court-appointed attorneys who said clients often question whether their lawyers are working hard enough on their case. ”I learned a long time ago that you don’t treat them any differently than you would somebody who came into your office and hired you,” said criminal defense attorney James Tocci. There is a considerable compensation difference in court-appointed...
    SAN ANTONIO – Three dozen residents and employees of the Applewhite Recovery Center recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bexar County officials. The cases were detected after a round of tests were conducted at the facility starting on Aug. 17, according to Jarvis Anderson, head of the county’s Community Supervision and Corrections Department. After testing 177 employees and residents, officials were notified of 21 positive cases. After an additional round of testing on Aug. 28, officials were notified of an additional 15 positive cases. Thirty of those who tested positive were residents at the facility, while six were employees. Anderson did not specify how many of the cases were symptomatic or asymptomatic, but so far, none have been hospitalized....
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s office has released the names and mugshots of three men arrested in connection with a rooster fighting operation bust over the weekend. Juan Perez-Gonzales, Robert Lee Sanford, Jesse Diaz were arrested Sunday in SE Bexar County by sheriff’s deputies. A total of 21 citations were issued, 52 roosters were seized and six others were found deceased around 3:45 p.m. in the 15500 block of Henze Road,, according to BCSO. Deputies were dispatched to the scene for a rooster fight and upon arrival several suspects fled to a nearby treeline, BCSO officials said. Several pieces of rooster fighting paraphernalia were also found, including trophies and other items, BCSO officials said. Crime scene investigators and...
    SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio is reporting 46,401 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 110 cases on Sunday. According to numbers posted on the city’s website, there are now 802 total COVID-19 related deaths in Bexar County, as of Sunday, which is an increase of nine new deaths. Hospitalizations in the area are still continuing in a downward trend, city numbers indicate. City officials reported that 366 patients are hospitalized, 162 are in the intensive care unit and 103 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 64% of ventilators available. Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar CountyMORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track coronavirus cases by ZIP, age...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County deputies are working the scene of a rooster fighting operation bust in the southeast part of the county. The incident happened around 3:45 p.m., Sunday, in the 15500 block of Henze Road. Deputies were first dispatched to the scene for a rooster fight. Upon arrival, deputies said several suspects fled to a nearby treeline. Officials found several pieces of rooster fighting paraphernalia as well, including trophies and other items, according to the BCSO. Crime scene investigators and animal control were also called to the scene to assist in the investigation. Details are limited as of yet but we’ll bring more information as it becomes available. RELATED: SAPD: Erratic driving ends in...
    SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio is reporting 46,291 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 208 cases on Saturday. According to numbers posted on the city’s website, there are now 793 total COVID-19 related deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, which is an increase of 13 new deaths. Hospitalizations in the area are continuing on a downward trend, city numbers indicate. City officials reported that 366 patients are hospitalized, 174 are in the intensive care unit and 111 are on ventilators. There are 13% of staffed beds available and 64% of ventilators available. Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar CountyMORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track coronavirus cases by ZIP, age in...
    SAN ANTONIO – Over 100 people showed up at the Bexar County Jail to speak out in wake of Damian Lamar Daniels’ death on Friday. The group demanded answers and called for change, holding signs that read, “Damian Deserves Justice.” One of the main goals, protesters say, is to decrease law enforcement funding and give funding to other programs. In this case, a program where mental health experts can respond to mental health calls. Watch more on the protesters in the video player above. RELATED: Bexar County Judge questions why deputies were called out to troubled combat veteran’s home Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – Two Bexar County commissioners are butting heads, but over what depends on which one you ask. Precinct 3 County Commissioner Kevin Wolff sent a memo to the entire Bexar County Commissioners Court on Aug. 24, blasting Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert. Calvert, he said, gives orders to various department heads managers, often “in direct opposition to the County Manager’s directives,” and has also tried to “force county purchases from his pick of vendors.” “For whatever reason, Commissioner Calvert has decided he knows better than us and wants to go around the existing structure that we have,” Wolff told KSAT on Friday. In his memo, Wolff claims Calvert ultimately wants to eliminate the County Manager organization of government....
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is directing his county manager to look into policy changes after Bexar County deputies fatally shot a mentally troubled combat veteran on Tuesday. The death of Damian Lamar Daniels, 31, sparked protests outside the Bexar County Jail earlier this week. Deputies were called to his home by the Red Cross to check on Daniels, who had been struggling since the death of his relatives. Daniels was aggressive, however, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said he initiated a physical struggle that lasted longer than two minutes. Toward the end of the struggle, deputies said Daniels reached for his weapon, so one deputy shot him twice. Salazar released body camera images of the encounter...
    SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County inmate who was found dead in July overdosed on methamphetamine, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The agency released the findings on the death of Eric McCuiston, 41, on Friday. The cause of death was determined to be methamphetamine toxicity, and the death has been ruled an accident. McCuiston was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. on July 5. According to a facility incident report obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders, a Bexar County detention officer was delayed in reporting the emergency when McCuiston was found unresponsive due to his radio dying. The report indicates that two inmates serving meals discovered that something was wrong with McCuiston around 1:15 a.m. “Hey boss, I think we...