After KSAT reports, state funding suspended for SA nonprofit that used money on trips, smoke shop, land for hemp
A San Antonio nonprofit that provides assistance to pregnant women and young parents had its state funding suspended after an investigation by the KSAT 12 Defenders revealed it used the money on trips, a smoke shop and land later registered to produce industrial hemp.
Hearing underway to determine fate of Bexar County judicial candidate’s spot in primary
A lawsuit filed last month by 285th District Court candidate Nadine Nieto accuses her opponent in the March Democratic primary, Lisa Uresti-Dasher, of having multiple discrepancies on her sworn application for the position.
Arbitrator sides with sheriff, upholds firing of BCSO lieutenant who was at deadly Capitol riot
An arbitrator has upheld the termination of a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, nearly a year after she posted multiple photographs on Facebook showing her near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as a protest erupted into a deadly riot, agency officials confirmed to the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Dishonorable discharge given to BCSO sergeant for alleged “improprieties” during sting operation
A veteran Bexar County Sheriff’s sergeant retired in lieu of being terminated this week, amid an investigation into whether he acted inappropriately during a covert law enforcement investigation, the KSAT 12 Defenders have confirmed.
Texas Rangers, Attorney General’s Office investigating Real County Sheriff
The Texas Rangers and investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s Office raided several locations earlier this month in connection to an investigation of Real County Sheriff Nathan Johnson, Department of Public Safety officials have confirmed.
Winter storm issues exposed a cascade of scandals at CPS Energy in 2021
While February’s deadly winter storm not only left hundreds of thousands of San Antonio residents without power in subfreezing temperatures, some for days on end, it also exposed a large number of organizational issues within CPS Energy, the largest public power company in the nation.
‘It’s really a mess’: Bexar County DA hampered by SAPD, BCSO mishandling of evidence and communication issues
Public court proceedings, conversations with sources and case records reveal ongoing communication lapses and mishandling of evidence between the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and the area’s two largest law enforcement agencies: the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Ex-SAPD officer who repeatedly punched handcuffed pregnant woman lands at Elmendorf PD
A fired San Antonio police officer caught on body-worn camera repeatedly punching a handcuffed pregnant woman is now working for the Elmendorf Police Department, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders confirm.
‘I will never accept that’: Police chief says SAPD officer fired for using racist, sexist slur should not be reinstated
Arbitration for a San Antonio police officer fired earlier this year for directing a racist and sexist tirade toward a funeral home director wrapped up Wednesday, but not before nearly two hours of testimony from SAPD Chief William McManus.
SAPD officer continued seeing woman accused of beating him, violating protective orders, records show
A San Antonio police officer was suspended over the summer after he failed to report an off-duty incident with his girlfriend, who was barred from interacting with the officer due to a protective order against her, according to internal affairs records recently obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Criminal charges against fired SAPD officer dismissed days before he was scheduled for arbitration
A San Antonio police officer fired last year after being arrested in two separate domestic violence related incidents was able to get the charges in both cases dismissed this week, Bexar County court records show.
Judge denies motion to remove DA from Barrientes Vela public corruption case
A visiting judge has denied a motion to have the Bexar County district attorney disqualified from the public corruption case of Michelle Barrientes Vela, setting the state for the indicted ex-constable to finally go to trial nearly two years after she and a member of her administration were indicted.
DA argues to stay on Barrientes Vela case, calls basis of motion to remove him ‘pure fiction’
Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales this week pushed back on an attempt to remove his office from prosecuting indicted ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela, claiming the defense’s motion to have him disqualified failed to provide evidence of any conflict of interest.
Michelle Barrientes Vela invoked Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during taped deposition
Months before Bexar County officials settled multiple lawsuits filed against indicted ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela, she and her former captain repeatedly invoked their 5th Amendment privileges, taped depositions obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
DFPS chief of staff resigns amid lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment, inappropriate sexual behavior
The chief of staff for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has resigned, weeks after a lawsuit accused him of sexual harassment and making repeated sexual advances toward a female subordinate who later left the agency.
As Barrientes Vela’s public corruption trial looms, another person alleges shakedown at Rodriguez Park
The picture of Charles Ybarra smiling while surrounded by loved ones should have represented the proud culmination of months of planning for a family reunion. Instead, its a reminder of one of the most stressful days of his life.
Attorneys for Barrientes Vela file motion to have DA Gonzales kicked off of case
The upcoming public corruption trial of indicted ex-Bexar County constable Michelle Barrientes Vela took another turn this week as her attorneys filed a formal motion to have District Attorney Joe Gonzales removed from the case.
Former ECISD booster club treasurer pleads no contest in fraud case, ordered to pay $201K in restitution
The former treasurer of an East Central Independent School District booster club pleaded no contest Tuesday in an unrelated felony fraud case and can avoid prison if she pays back more than $201,000 in restitution by early next year, court records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
Nearly two weeks after fatal encounter, BCSO identifies deputy who shot and killed Nicholas Norris
A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man suffering from a mental health episode on the far West Side late last month was identified by agency officials Tuesday as 33-year-old Deputy Joseph Trevino.
Judge twice caught campaigning for daughter steps down, cites nepotism and empty salaries by others in resignation letter
A Bexar County justice of the peace who was twice caught campaigning for his daughter in a 2020 state senate race has stepped down, calling out nepotism and salaries paid to employees who do not show up to work in a lengthy resignation letter announcing his exodus.
CPS Energy executive’s comment about ‘Mexicans’ drew ethics complaint, records show
The ethnically insensitive comment, made in front of four fellow employees, led to a complaint being filed against Bonewell with the utility’s Ethics and Compliance Hotline a week later, internal CPS records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
Man behind aviation Ponzi scheme sentenced to 11 years in prison, must pay $7.4 million in restitution
A Boerne man who targeted retired San Antonio police officers, other first responders and their families in a massive Ponzi scheme was sentenced in federal court this week to more than 11 years in prison.
Local Child Protective Services director ripped own department, state in lengthy resignation letter
The director of Child Protective Services for the San Antonio area cited emotional and mental exhaustion and was sharply critical of the state’s foster care agency when stepping down from her position this summer, according to a copy of her resignation letter obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.
San Marcos officials change story again about why officer who killed woman in crash wasn’t disciplined
San Marcos city officials have offered yet another explanation as to why a police department sergeant was returned to duty late last year without being investigated internally for causing a fatal car crash.
After returning to duty from killing woman in crash, San Marcos officer used stun gun on compliant man with hands raised
A San Marcos Police Department sergeant, who was returned to duty late last year without being arrested or disciplined for causing a fatal crash, is at the center of another controversy involving misconduct, records obtained by KSAT 12 Defenders show.
Black man arrested while jogging sues SAPD a year after being mistaken for domestic violence suspect
A man seen on camera being forced into the back of a San Antonio police patrol vehicle after officers mistook him for a domestic violence suspect last year has sued the officers and Chief William McManus, court records obtained Wednesday by the KSAT Defenders confirm.
CPS Energy CEO’s treatment left senior staff ‘dejected, despondent and downtrodden,’ newly released complaint alleges
Officials with CPS Energy this month were forced to release a copy of a 2020 complaint that alleges its president and CEO, Paula Gold Williams, repeatedly mistreated members of the utility’s senior leadership team.
The 10 biggest revelations from the Barrientes Vela lawsuit depositions
More than eight hours of civil deposition testimony from Precinct 2 deputies Leonicio Moreno and Christopher De La Cerda included comprehensive descriptions of past scandals involving indicted ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela.
Video depositions reveal new details about alleged mistreatment of deputies at center of Barrientes Vela public corruption case
New details that could play a significant role in the upcoming public corruption trial of ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela are revealed in videotaped depositions obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Bexar County commissioner worried about ‘public relations fallout’ in boxer’s robbery case, records show
Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert went all the way to the top of county law enforcement in an attempt to discuss the case of a world champion boxer charged with robbery hours before that suspect turned himself in to authorities in San Antonio late last month, records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders reveal.
Lawyer in charge of prosecuting SAPD detective went on to represent mistress after charges were dropped
Months after a special prosecutor agreed to not move forward with family violence and burglary charges against a fired San Antonio police detective, she was hired to represent the alleged victim, his mistress, in a separate case, the KSAT 12 Defenders confirmed Friday.