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Rise in San Marcos Sexual Assault Reports May Be Linked to Greater Awareness

By Andrea MauWeb Content Assistant Manager According to the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD), the number of sexual assault reports is on track (and is only expected) to rise in the San Marcos area.  Chart provided by the SMPD regarding the number of sexual assault reports from 2019-2021.  While the need for these reports is always unfortunate, the rising numbers may be due to a positive change in our culture […]

todayApril 14, 2021 16

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SMPD Hosts Church Safety Seminars

By Kaitlyn Benacquisto Assistant News Director The San Marcos Police Department is hosting church safety seminars May through June. According to an email from San Marcos Communications Specialist Trey Hatt, the seminar addresses concerns of violence and safety for faith-based communities across the country. The information is practical, relevant and timely, addressing the safety needs of churches and houses of worship. Laray Taylor, the San Marcos Community Services Corporal, presents […]

todayJune 11, 2018 11


Man Arrested for Burglary in Texas State Dorm Room

By Marques Mingo Assistant News Director The suspect involved in the burglary of a Texas State student in a Sterry Hall dorm room has been identified and charged. Around 4:40 AM Sunday morning, the Texas State University Police Department received a 911 call from a female Texas State student saying she woke to a random male in her dorm room at Sterry Hall and saw him touching a sleeping female. Ledward […]

todayApril 13, 2016 46

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Police Make Arrest in First Homicide of 2016

News Department  The San Marcos Police Department have taken a suspect into custody after a Texas State student was found dead in his home. Police received a call around 8 a.m. from the victim’s roommate, Esaia Kemuel Morris (05/05/1994), reporting that he found 20 year old Francisco Sierra (2/04/1996) dead in his room at the Villagio Apartments with a gunshot wound to the head. Morris was taken to the police department for questioning, where he […]

todayFebruary 5, 2016 8


San Marcos Police Participate in Beard Patrol

Carlos Marquez News Reporter The San Marcos Police Department will take the No-Shave November Challenge to raise funds for the Testicular Cancer Foundation. Participating officers will grow beards and goatees during the month of November, and donate the money they would have used to shave. Police Chief Chase Stapp said the challenge is for a good cause, emphasizing “we were contacted by the testicular cancer foundation a couple months ago […]

todayNovember 6, 2015 21

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SMPD Ready for National Night Out

Marques Mingo Assistant News Director National Night-Out is a program that brings awareness to neighborhood crime prevention and allows residents to discuss plans for their communities with city officials. San Marcos and surrounding Hays county neighborhoods will host porch sittings, lights-on areas, and sponsor special events like block parties, cookouts, parades, and rallies. Corporal Scott Johnson hopes residents expect a variety of activities along with a variety of San Marcos […]

todayOctober 6, 2015 7

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Texas State Warns of Possible Threats

KTSW News The Texas State University Police Department is responding to inquires regarding threatening posts on the internet. Last night, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Texas State sent a timely warning to students, faculty and staff regarding "menacing posts" being reported on multiple social media sites. One post warned students attending school in the Austin area. Texas State's UPD, the University of Texas Police Department and St. Edwards Police Department are […]

todayOctober 6, 2015 4

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San Marcos Sees its Fourth Homicide of the Year

by Taylor Zavala News Director San Marcos police are currently investigating the fatal stabbing of a San Marcos resident, that took place on Thursday, September 24. Jesse Cavazos, 40, died after suffering multiple stab wounds at a residence in the 100 block of Kingwood Street. SMPD were called to investigate the incident at 1:20 a.m. on Thursday, and were advised that a physical confrontation was escalating and that weapons may […]

todaySeptember 30, 2015 17

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National Night Out 2015

By Kasandra Garza News Reporter The Hays County Commissioners Court has declared October 6 as “National Night Out 2015” in Hays County. National Night Out is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities and police-community partnerships. Night Out works as a “message” to send to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and ready to fight back. “Cooperative community crime prevention is one of the best ways […]

todaySeptember 30, 2015 7

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