Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A "crack rental" gone bad

If you loan your car out for drugs and you don't get it back soon enough, what should you do? You could lie to police and tell them you'd been abducted, beaten, and raped, but that you had fortunately escaped. Just make sure your story is slightly plausible.

At about 7:30 a.m. police were called to an outhouse [!] on Gevers and West Commerce roads.

When they arrived Dorn told officers that she was tied up and locked in a closet for two days.

She apparently told officers that she escaped through a window. However, police determined that all the windows were nailed shut at the house.

"She finally confessed that she made up the story so that she could get her vehicle back that she loaned out for narcotics," [San Antonio Police Officer Richard] Hodge said. [emphases added]

The woman could get six months in jail and a fine.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"Windcrest Police Want To Talk With UTSA Student"

The case of Naomi Fuentes has been going on for some time now. Fuentes, a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, disappeared February 19, 2006 after she parked her car at the downtown UTSA campus. After some time of searching for her by family, friends, law enforcement, and even a psychic, she eventually turned up in New Jersey, alive and well.

She, a married mother of two, apparently left on her own. A bit strange, but the motive seems to be clear:

Detective Ram Hernandez of the Windcrest Police Department said that Naomi Fuentes may know something about some fraudulent transactions involving a credit card.

Sources close to the case told KSAT 12 News that the investigation is also tied to Cox Communications, where Fuentes used to be employed. ...

"Incredibly bizarre," Hernandez said. "Who in their right mind would go to this extreme? It boggles the imagination."

Fuentes has said she "left for personal reasons, didn't want anyone to know where she is and has no plans to return to San Antonio." Of course not. Especially since the Windcrest police are waiting for her.

Monday, March 27, 2006

A different skyline

When illustrating San Antonio, the most-used images are of the Alamo, the Riverwalk, or the Tower of the Americas. Here's a different one: a conservatory.

This structure is at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, a nice jewel in the midst of the city.

By the way, that's the Tower in the background.

"Students Attacked With Needles"

At Jackson Middle School, several students were apparently attacked with sewing needles.

North East Independent School District says the sewing needles were for a home economics class at Jackson Middle School, but that they made it around to several classes at the school.

Ariel Hernandez is just one of the students, stuck in the backside, with a needle.

“I was just walking inside to go to class,” she tells News 4 WOAI. “It felt like a pinch.”

And, when the cameras and reporters start going around, they start getting reports. And, of course, they usually find eager witnesses.

On Monday, the district sent a letter to parents claming the attacks were limited only the one gym class. News 4 WOAI spoke to students, like Luis Lopez, who weren’t in the class, and were attacked. [emphasis added]

“Some guy come up behind me [in the lunch line] and poked me with a needle,” says Lopez. “I just turned around and he looked all innocent like he didn't poke me.”

Maybe he didn't.

Strange in San Antonio

Strange things happen in San Antonio, Texas. I'm sure they happen in other cities as well, but I live in San Antonio, and I sometimes feel compelled to comment or just report these strange goings-on. After all, why should Austin get to have so much fun being weird?