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While taking on his new role during a global pandemic and a nationwide push for criminal justice reform, new San Marcos Chief of Police Stan Standridge is sharing his plans to tackle COVID-19 safety protocols and adjust local police use-of-force methods.

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The San Marcos Police Department asks the public to assist with two ongoing investigations into deadly conduct incidents after apprehending a suspect in a third incident.

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UPDATE: Sept. 17 A suspect identified in a homicide at the Redpoint Apartments May 30 turned himself in Sept. 17 to the Hays County Jail. Steven Deshawn Crawford, 20, was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of 21-year-old Ivoryana Chante Ballard at the Redpoint Apartments. There is…

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Hays County deputies are investigating the deaths of a man and two children Aug. 27 after they were found dead at a San Marcos residence. At approximately 9:35 a.m., the deputies responded to a child custody call at the 900 block of Boulder Bluff. The complainant at the location advised the …

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The San Marcos Police Department is looking for help identifying a suspect who robbed Remco Insurance, located at 651 E. Hopkins Street, on June 27. At approximately 12:22 p.m. June 27, the suspect entered Remco Insurance, brandished a handgun and demanded money from an employee. The SMPD de…

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The San Marcos Police Department identified the suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian June 1. Police suspect Brenda Vasquez Hurtado, 41, as the driver of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac that killed Dwight Garrett Thomas, 41, at the 1600 block of Post Road. Thomas died…

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The San Marcos Police Department is searching for the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a pedestrian June 1. At around 10 p.m. June 1, Dwight Garrett Thomas, 41-year-old San Marcos resident, was hit in the 1600 block of Post Road by what was believed to be a maroon 2002-2005 Ford Explo…

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UPDATE, Thursday, May 28 The San Marcos Police Department has identified three suspects in the shooting incident that occurred at Sadler House Apartments on May 27. On Wednesday at approximately 5:12 p.m., SMPD officers were dispatched to Sadler House Apartments, 1271 Sadler Drive, in respon…

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The suspect in a Feb. 29 hit-and-run in San Marcos that left a man dead turned himself in to authorities over the weekend. Antonio Rene Alonzo, 23, turned himself in after the San Marcos Police Department issued a warrant for Accident Involving Death. Alonzo has since been magistrated and re…

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The Texas Rangers positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz, 46, as the shooter in an incident that left San Marcos Police Department officer Justin Putnam dead and officers Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller wounded. The three officers responded to a domestic disturbance call April 1…

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The San Marcos Police Department released an alert searching for information about a man armed with a pistol going door-to-door at the Village on Telluride. Witnesses described the suspect as an approximately 5’10 African American male with a shaved head, black shirt, khaki pants and a black…

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In a historic final vote, the San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release, making San Marcos the first city in Texas to pass an ordinance of this kind. The ordinance proposed by local advocacy group Mano Amiga seeks to guide the San Marcos Police Depar…

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On the evening of April 18, Kiara Echevarría heard initial reports of a shooting involving San Marcos police officers at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments and hoped they were not true. “When they said officers were shot, I was kind of like, ‘I hope it’s none of the officers I know because I kn…

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The City of San Marcos held a press conference this morning to address an April 18 incident on Hunter Road that left one officer dead, two wounded and the gunman dead after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. San Marcos police identified Justin Putnam, 31, as the officer shot and kille…

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UPDATE: Shooting confirmed at 9:32 p.m. A man shot and killed a San Marcos Police Department officer, wounded two others and died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this evening at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments. Police received a call about an assault/domestic disturbance at 6:0…

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San Marcos Police was dispatched 4:26 p.m. April 14 in response to a major traffic collision on the west access of Interstate Highway 35 at the Posey Road Exit (Exit 199). The collision involved a single vehicle that rolled and ejected the passenger. Multiple witnesses reported seeing a blue…

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The Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Office of Court Administration approved a new law allowing for the virtual coordination of court operations, promoting the City of San Marcos Municipal Court to begin incorporating these new tools and procedures starting April …

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The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter o…

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San Marcos police arrested a convicted felon and “documented gang member ” with help of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Hays County Crisis Negotiations team Tuesday night, March 31. The San Marcos Police Department responded to a call at approximately 9 p.m. for an uncons…

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The University Police Department issued a timely warning after receiving a report of five males stealing purses in Jones Dining Hall on the San Marcos Campus. According to the timely warning, UPD responded and four out of the five suspects are in custody. A fifth suspect is still at large, a…

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San Marcos Police Department arrested two individuals on drug-related charges. At approximately 2:14 a.m. on Friday, March 6, Wayland James Hurst, 21, and Rodjohon Deanmar Dorsey, 22, were arrested by SMPD officers after the two were found parked in a reported stolen vehicle at the Raceway o…

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At 10:53 a.m. on March 10 University Police Department and San Marcos Police Department responded to an incident at the Meadows Center and placed the building on lockdown. According to a tweet by UPD, a group of visitors was placed on lockdown as a precaution due to a police incident. At 11:…

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San Marcos City Council met during their regularly scheduled meeting March 3 to discuss a proposed ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release and approved the annexation of an additional 57 acres of land. The ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers’ discretion, …

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Students and faculty on college campuses nationwide who have been affected by sexual discrimination and assault have university protections under what is referred to as Title IX. Title IX is part of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of s…

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A hit and run over the weekend resulted in the death of a San Antonio man. San Marcos Police are still searching for the driver. At 1:27 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, a 911 caller reported seeing a man lying on the edge of the roadway in the 200 block S. Guadalupe St. An initial investigation…

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San Marcos police engaged in two vehicle pursuits in the same area of town overnight resulting in the arrest of two individuals on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The first pursuit began just after midnight in the 1400 block of Craddock Ave. when a patrol unit stopped a vehicle driven by Aubrianna A…

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The University Police Department’s new safety initiatives published December 2019 as the department’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, which includes new crime initiatives and an accreditation program. Highlighted in the plan are the department’s goals and initiatives into 2023. Main focuses of the…

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The Vice President for University Administration Dr. Lisa Lloyd announced the appointment of Kristina E. Morales as the Clery Act Compliance Specialist, effective Feb 17, 2020. The primary responsibilities of this role include: serving as the University’s designated Campus Safety Survey Admi…

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Surrounding residents at Copper Beech Townhomes at 1701 Mill St. reported gunshots at approximately 8:40 p.m. Monday night, February 10. No injuries were reported and involved parties have not been identified by authorities. According to San Marcos police, two vehicles reportedly exchanged g…

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A proposed ordinance incentivizing the use of cite-and-release will be considered by City Council March 3. Pushed by local grassroots organization Mano Amiga, the ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers’ discretion, allowing them to issue citations for class C misdemea…

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Hays County is in the midst of completing works on its county jail expansion and new public safety building after receiving a $106.4 million public safety bond package from the county in 2016. Known as Proposition 1 on the 2016 ballot, the bond passed with 51.1% of the votes. The total budge…

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Two men are facing charges from San Marcos and New Braunfels Police Departments after stealing two vehicles and evading officers. At approximately 7:44 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, NBPD notified SMPD that their officers were following two stolen Dodge Durangos northbound on Interstate Highway 35. …

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The University Police Department issued an alert to all students, faculty and staff describing reports of suspects burglarizing unlocked rooms in residences halls on campus Jan. 20, at 6:15 p.m. At this time, UPD has not disclosed the residence halls or students that have been affected. Incl…

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Editor’s note: The following article was last updated Jan. 17 2020 in order to reflect accurate information related to Hays county’s use of video-only visitation systems.  The Hays County Commissioners Court voted to renew its $250,000 deal with tech company Securus, to broaden the video vis…

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Six people are facing charges in San Marcos after reportedly stealing purses from customers at Walmart, stealing a car from the parking lot and running from police. According to a city press release, at approximately 2:19 p.m. Sunday afternoon, San Marcos police officers were dispatched to W…