State of the City – Week of March 7-14

Lauren Hernandez, Staff Writer

San Antonio faced thunderstorms, strong winds and quarter-sized hail on Thursday night, March 2. Downtown San Antonio took most of the hail damage and heavy winds caused power outages for thousands of people in the San Antonio area. CPS provided an update stating that crews worked through the night to trim trees surrounding power lines and repair fallen ones.  

On March 1, a man was arrested and charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance and the unlawful carry of a weapon. Luis Oliveras-Santiago was pulled over for a routine traffic stop during which a Bexar County sheriff’s officer smelled marijuana in Oliveras-Santiago’s vehicle. The officer stated that a small bag of marijuana was in plain sight, and during a search of the vehicle, five grams of marijuana, 260 grams of cocaine and a handgun were found. Oliveras-Santiago was arrested but has now been released from jail after paying a $40,000 bond.

At 9:48 p.m. on Friday, SAPD responded to a shooting in the 5100 block of NW Loop 410. Rifle and pistol shells were found on the ground outside the open apartment door. After searching the apartment complex, SAPD located the victim and suspect, both 18 years old, who had fled the crime scene. During the investigation, officers concluded that the suspect had shot at the apartment and pried open the door when the resident returned gunfire. 

At around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, a vehicle veered off the highway and rolled over, causing another car to crash into a wall near 1604 and Bulverde Rd. The driver was taken into custody for suspected drunk driving, and the passenger of the second car was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Construction along N. St. Mary’s Street has negatively impacted local businesses. Bars and shops have been cutting their hours of operation and letting employees go to stay afloat. Many of these businesses have applied for the city’s COVID-19 Construction Recovery Grant, which recently closed. This grant will reimburse businesses with a maximum of $35,000, and this money comes from COVID-19 relief funding and American Rescue Plan Act funds. Businesses should begin receiving grants as early as March 20.