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Senate candidate booked for DWI

Texas Senate District 27 Republican candidate Vanessa Tijerina, 42, was arrested last Wednesday night in Raymondville on multiple charges, after finding "crack pipes" in her car, Raymondville police officials said.

Tijerina recorded the incident on her personal Facebook page, which took place at a Star's Drive-In in Raymondville at about 8:30 p.m.

Raymondville Police Department officials said Tijerina is being charged with two felony counts of DWI with a child passenger under the age of 15, interfering with public duties, a Class B misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

She was released from jail the following day.

Tijerina remains on the ballot and is set to challenge the Democratic candidate in the General Election on Nov. 3.


Protest rally draws over 200
Remembering George Floyd

Over 225 marchers and protesters attended a Black Lives Matter and George Floyd Memorial rally on Tuesday, June 2 in downtown Kingsville. The march was in reaction to Minneapolis Police officers allegedly killing former TAMUK student George Floyd. Floyd died after suffocating while being forcefully detained by four officers of the department. People all over the country were outraged by the incident, which was seen on a cell phone video that went viral.

Organized by recent graduates and students at Texas A&M University— Kingsville, the peaceful protest in Kingsville began at 1 p.m. at the Gazebo located on the west side of the historic railroad depot. After prayers and speeches, the gathering carried signs and chanted slogans as they marched east on Kleberg Street to the Kleberg County Courthouse. There the group heard more comments and prayers before peacefully disbanding around 2:30 p.m.

"I hope one day all of this hatred and distrust will come to a stop once and for all," former TAMUK Chief of Police Sandra Jefferson said. "We (black people) have seen this over and over now for decades and centuries, and it's time for it to end. I have been a law enforcement officer and there are times to show restraint and understanding and a time when more extreme measures are necessary. Unfortunately, we have seen too many of these incidences of overuse of force involving black people and enough is enough."

Jefferson's remarks came after a number of speeches and prayers were offered. After a prayer of peace by Pastor Idotha Battle to open the protest rally, the gathering was exhorted to sing the civil rights an-them and religious spiritual, We Shall Overcome.

Following prayers for peace and unity, protest and march organizer Sarahi Vasquez demanded justice and equal treatment for blacks and all people of color. Vasquez was followed to the stage by TAMUK Black Student Union representative De'Stini Henderson, Reverend Jesse M. Battle, Black Student Union Representative Troi Coleman and Pastor Jan Dantone.

Local law enforcement was present to ensure the rally remained peaceful, but many of the officers, including Sheriff

Richard Kirkpatrick and Kingsville Chief of Police Ricardo Torres, walked in the march. Many officers prayed alongside the protesters. The event was peaceful, and no arrests were made during the rally.


Shooting suspect arrested

The Kingsville Police Department arrested Kingsville resident Eli De La Garza after allegedly shooting another man early Saturday morning in a Kingsville neighborhood. Police have charged De La Garza with aggravated family assault with a deadly weapon, a first degree felony.

According to a press release by KPD officials, officers responded to a call of shots fired at a corner house at the intersection of Caesar Avenue and Seventh Street at about 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 6.

Police began a search for De La Garza, who allegedly had shot a man.

The release states officers arrived in the area and found the gunshot victim just east of the residence on Caesar with a gun shot wound to his upper leg.

An officer applied a tourniquet just above the

wound to stop the bleeding as they awaited Kingsville Fire Department EMS personnel. First responders then transported the man to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg.

According to the release, the man told officers De La Garza was in the house at the 300 block of E. Caesar.

KPD personnel attempted to make contact with De La Garza and others who may have been inside the residence.

Contact was made with individuals in the residence and they were asked to bring De La Garza out from the residence, officials said.

A woman who had received the phone calls was allegedly "so intoxicated that she was unaware of the shooting that had taken place."

After several hours of negotiations, and the breaching of three doors to the residence, a 19-year-old woman, 45-yearold woman, a male juvenile and De La Garza all came out of the residence, where De La Garza was arrested without incident.

The man who had been shot was stabilized and transported to Christus Spohn Shoreline in Corpus Christi and is being treated for his injuries.


Bulls cross the stage

Nearly 200 graduates crossed the stage inside the domes on the campus of H.M. King High School this past weekend, as the social distant graduation ceremony created an environment for all students to celebrate their accomplishments.

Four groups of nearly 50 students in each, beginning with the top 10-percent of graduates and continuing alphabetically, entered the gym doors and lined up six feet apart along with their parents or guardians.

The entire ceremony was recorded and broadcast live online on the Kingsville Independent School District's YouTube channel.

All attendees were required to wear masks while at the ceremony, and many of the administrators and school staff also sported gloves for the duration of the event.

As each student had their name and accomplishments read aloud, they removed their facemasks to cross the stage and received their diplomas from H.M. King Principal Greg Mihleder.

Each student was welcomed to the stage with a round of applause before having their picture taken, and then exited the building with family members.