Category Archive: News

Aug 30 2014

UPDATE: Deceptive trade practices, fraud alleged in City lawsuit against water plant’s engineers, manufacturers

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com Fraud, negligence, breach of contract and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act are among the allegations cited in a 13-page lawsuit that the City of San Benito filed against the engineers and manufactures involved in the design and construction of a problematic water treatment facility. The civil suit …

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Aug 30 2014

Constable: Suspect in standoff was unarmed

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com Authorities confirmed on Friday that the man accused of threatening to shoot police officers at a San Benito motel was not armed. The incident occurred around noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26, when deputies with the Precinct 5 Cameron County Constable’s Office – accompanied by Pct. 3 Constable’s deputies – …

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Aug 30 2014

‘Grenade’ found in home a dud

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com The hand grenade found inside a San Benito home on Tuesday was a dud after all, local police have confirmed. Operations Chief Martin Morales Jr. of the San Benito Police Department said on Friday that the device, which was confirmed to be a hand grenade, was “deactivated.” “It was …

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Aug 30 2014

Board takes no action on pay raises; sets budget

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com Expect no pay raises for San Benito school district employees…at least for now. The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees on Thursday, Aug. 28, took no action on approving market value salary adjustments as recommended in a Texas Association of School Boards salary survey – dubbed the SBCISD Compensation …

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Aug 30 2014

Elementary campuses’ enrollment in decline

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com Enrollment numbers at San Benito CISD campuses show a slight increase from the 2013-14 school year but one that also continues a noticeable decline identified at the elementary schools. Specifically, Landrum Elementary’s first day enrollment on Monday, Aug. 25, was 260 students – down from 266, which was already …

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Aug 30 2014

Local officials praise ruling on ‘inadequate’ school financing

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com Local and state officials have praised the decision of State District Judge John K. Dietz, of Travis County, to find the Texas school finance system unconstitutionally inadequate for school children in Texas. Such action comes after Dietz made a similar ruling on Feb. 4, 2013, that culminated a three-month …

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Aug 29 2014

BREAKING: San Benito files lawsuit against water plant’s engineers, manufacturers for ‘deficiencies’

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com The City of San Benito has filed a lawsuit against the engineers and companies involved in the construction of a $17 million water plant that has been rendered inoperable. Defendants named in the lawsuit are Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC; U.S. Filter Wastewater Group Inc.; Siemens Corporation; CSA Construction, Inc.; …

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Aug 26 2014

STANDOFF ENDS: SWAT storms barricaded hotel room, arrests man accused of threatening to shoot police

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies on Tuesday deployed officers, Special Weapons and Tactics units, armored vehicles and a helicopter to the scene of a standoff at a San Benito hotel, where a man reportedly barricaded himself and allegedly threatened to shoot police. An investigation conducted by the Precinct …

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Aug 26 2014

TASB identifies disparity in SBCISD teachers’ salaries

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com San Benito CISD officials identified overstaffing and a disparity in pay as chief among their concerns when considering the 2014-15 school district budget as well as proposed salary adjustments for employees. SBCISD Board President Arnold Padilla, who since taking office in May has raised concerns that the school district …

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Aug 26 2014

Police probe suspected grenade at home

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Managing Editor edi…@sbnewspaper.com The Brownsville Police Department Bomb Squad was called to assist local authorities who discovered what was initially believed to be a grenade inside a San Benito home. Operations Chief Martin Morales Jr. of the San Benito Police Department confirmed Tuesday evening that the suspected grenade was found after 5 …

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