Multiagency Pursuit Leads To The Arrest Of A Truck Driver Who Fled At Border Patrol Checkpoint
Sep12

Multiagency Pursuit Leads To The Arrest Of A Truck Driver Who Fled At Border Patrol Checkpoint

Laredo, Texas – On September 11, at around 3:40 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Freer Border Patrol Checkpoint encountered a tractor trailer at the primary inspection lane. While the immigration inspection was being conducted, a service canine alerted to the presence of narcotics and/or concealed persons within the tractor-trailer and subsequently was referred to secondary. The driver of the tractor trailer refused to stop at secondary and fled the checkpoint at a high rate of speed. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Freer station immediately deployed a pursuit vehicle after the tractor trailer. The driver failed to yield to the agent’s emergency equipment and continued east on Highway 44. Agents terminated the pursuit of the tractor trailer at the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 16 in Freer, Texas. The pursuit continued by other law enforcement agencies northbound on Highway 16 through multiple counties. At approximately 6:50 a.m., the driver was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety at the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 and Farm to Market Road 150 north of San Marcos, Texas. “Fleeing from a Border Patrol checkpoint is not only against the law, it also endangers the motoring public and agents by placing them at a substantial risk. This was a collaborative effort among the law enforcement agencies and exemplifies the outstanding partnership along the South Texas border,” said CBP South Texas Commander Robert L. Harris. A total of nine subjects were taken into custody. Agents performed an immigration inspection on the occupants of the vehicle and determined that seven of the nine subjects were illegally present in the United States. The Laredo Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at...

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Jaws of Life Save Truck Driver
Sep12

Jaws of Life Save Truck Driver

LAREDO, Par TX.- Police officers rescued a 66 year old man who caused a serious road accident. The driver Jorge Vazquez Lujanos, was sent to a San Antonio hospital, along with bystander Bernardo Ugalde. Vazquez Lugano lost control of his truck and crashed into several parked vehicles, including the compact truck of Bernard Ugalde. Vázquez also hit a building when the truck broke down the gates. As the truck came to a stop, Vazquez was found trapped with a severe cut to his head. The police arrived minutes after the accident and helped elevate the Vazquez’s head. Bernardo Ugalde was thrown against his Ranger truck and fell to the ground. Ugalde was standing in front of his small Ford putting away a tool when he was hit. The victim suffered injuries to both legs, but is considered stable and out of danger. Vazquez Lugano was airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio. Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” rescue tool to remove Vazquez from the twisted...

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Defendant pleads guilty to indecency with a child

Special to the Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS- The Office of the District Attorney secured a guilty plea in its case against Jose Aguilera-Santos, 71, for indecency with a child. On July 24, 2012, an indecency with a child report was made by a Child Advocacy Center forensic interviewer. She stated to police that while giving a presentation on child abuse awareness at a child care center, a little girl voiced concern about her step grandfather. The little girl known as “Jackie,” told the teacher and the forensic interviewer that her stepfather’s dad would touch her private part under and on top of her clothes and that he would also tell her to touch his private part. On February 27, 2013, Aguilera-Santos was arrested and charged with two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony in the state of Texas. Aguilera-Santos agreed to a plea deal where he will serve 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. He was sentenced this morning before the 49th District Court Judge Joe Lopez. Assistant District Attorney Adam Muffett represented the State of...

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New Highway On Mines Road
Aug28

New Highway On Mines Road

By Francisco Diaz for the Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX.- City and county government are working on a project to build a highway on Mines Road to Interstate 35 that will reduce the traffic congestion in that area. Commissioner John Galo confirmed that city and county officials have met and discussed sharing the expenses of the investment. “The idea is to fund the project through a loan that will be paid between the city and the county equally, since both entities have the same problem of traffic congestion,” he said. The project is called Hachar Road and the land needed for construction will be donated entirely by the Hachar Foundation with the aim of helping to reduce the serious problem of traffic chaos in the area of ​​Mines Road. “We have an intense movement of trucks coming mostly from the World Trade Bridge, the aim is to have a pathway that connects directly with Highway 35 without causing inconvenience to motorists,” said Galo. The commissioner added that this new route will begin at Tiendas Road towards Unitec Industrial Park and in the future extend to mile marker 14 on Interstate 35. “When the road is completed it will have a direct route for trucks from Mines Road to Interstate 35 and this will take away any inconvenience to motorists,” he said. Galo said the project has the support of the Texas Department of Transportation to oversee the work to meet all the quality standards they require for their roads. “The plan is to begin the construction next year, so we are doing working hard to get ready”, he said. The commissioner said the cost is between 15 and 24 million dollars and will increase if it takes longer to...

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Reminder: For Most Truckers, Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 2
Aug27

Reminder: For Most Truckers, Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 2

Washington D.C.- The Internal Revenue Service today reminded truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. This year’s Sept. 2 due date, pushed back two days because the normal Aug. 31 deadline falls on a Sunday, generally applies to Form 2290 and the accompanying tax payment for the tax year that begins on July 1, 2014, and ends on June 30, 2015. Returns must be filed and tax payments made by Sept. 2 for vehicles used on the road during July. For vehicles first used after July, the deadline is the last day of the month following the month of first use. Though some taxpayers have the option of filing Form 2290 on paper, the IRS encourages all taxpayers to take advantage of the speed and convenience of filing this form electronically and paying any tax due electronically. Taxpayers reporting 25 or more vehicles must e-file. A list of IRS-approved software providers can be found on IRS.gov. Paper returns must be mailed and postmarked by midnight on Sept. 2. As usual, IRS offices will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This generally includes trucks, truck tractors and buses. Ordinarily, vans, pick-ups and panel trucks are not taxable because they fall below the 55,000-pound threshold. The tax of up to $550 per vehicle is based on weight, and a variety of special rules apply, explained in the instructions to Form 2290. More information can be found in the Trucking Tax Center at...

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Company Announces Multi-Million Investment

By: Francisco Diaz The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – After obtaining an exemption on paying taxes for 5 years by the county, Celadon Trucking, one of the largest trucking and logistics agencies in the nation, announced their plans to build a new terminal in Laredo with a $15 million dollar investment. Patricio Gonzalez, manager of the terminal, said that this expansion takes into account the growth of international trade in Laredo. “We had attractive offers from McAllen to change operations, but we decided to stay in Laredo and have our base in this port,” he said. He stressed that the region boasts a tremendous amount of growth for customs activities such as transport, logistics and storage of goods in warehouses. “We already have 51 acres of land ready in north Laredo by Interstate 35. The name of the project is Hachar,” he said. The new terminal will have the capacity to accommodate more than 100 boxes simultaneously, a very large number for a transport company. “We have over 25 years of operating in Laredo with 70 employees and we will add 30 more jobs,” he said. Gonzalez said Celadon handles about 11,000 annual border crossings and transports about 250 boxes a day in Laredo, the highest figure in the company. “We hope to have the new terminal ready for the second quarter of next year and plan to start using it immediately,” he said. The employer stated that Laredo has a high growth potential and a prime geographic location and therefore the decision to build the new terminal here and not in McAllen. He said the current terminal will become a training center for truck operators. The Commissioners Court approved to give Celadon an incentive that will allow them to not pay taxes on the new building, with the exemption of paying building...

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