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Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

State of the City: Week of 10/17

Chloe Williams

Not subscribed to local news but still want to stay up-to-date on the happenings around town? Look no further. Highlighting notable stories from external San Antonio news sources, State of the City summarizes the most captivating news headlines of the week. This week’s topics range from the extreme drought in Bexar County to the sheriff’s office discovering 400 grams of a controlled substance in a man’s car. 

San Antonio’s Will Hurd drops out of presidential campaign

Will Hurd announced that he would be ending his presidential campaign last Monday. As a result, he endorsed former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for the GOP nomination. The former U.S. congressman was the only Texan running, but struggled to hit even 1% in the polls. He also failed to qualify for either of the first two GOP primary debates. Hurd has not commented on what he plans to do in his political future. 

SAPD bodycam footage catches officer shooting robbery suspect

On Saturday, San Antonio police released body camera footage of an incident that occurred on Sept. 16. The footage displayed officer Joshua Bagley shooting a robbery suspect in the back while he was walking away. The suspect, Jesus Hernandez, was seen stealing merchandise from a Mexican restaurant’s storage, causing the employees of the restaurant to begin chasing him. When officers arrived at the scene, Hernandez was seen running away before he tripped and fell with some of the stolen items in his hands, along with a machete. He then proceeded to ignore commands from police and began to walk away before Officer Bagley fatally shot him. Bagley has since been placed on administrative duty as the investigation continues. 

San Antonio enjoys fall weather, but still no rain

After a record-breaking summer of heat, San Antonio has finally been enjoying multiple days of fall temperatures paired with sunny skies. The city has yet to experience much rain though, as Bexar County is currently considered to be in the worst level of dryness on the drought monitor’s scale. During this time of the year, San Antonio’s average cumulative rainfall is usually about 26.2 inches, but the city has only experienced 15.74 inches of rain during 2023, making this 10.5 inches below the average. 

Sheriff finds 400 grams of a controlled substance in man’s car

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office found 40,000 pills believed to contain fentanyl in his car. Brian Betancourt was stopped by deputies on Oct. 6 after committing a moving traffic violation. While conducting a consensual vehicle search, a white powdery substance was detected on the driver-side floorboard. Betancourt has since been charged with a first-degree felony for having possession and intent to deliver over 400 grams of a controlled substance along with a third-degree felony for possession of 1-4 grams of a controlled substance. 

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Amber Serio
Amber Serio, News Editor
Amber (she/her) is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing. After graduating in the Spring, she plans to attend grad school and further her education in English. Originally from a small town on the outskirts of Houston, she greatly values the art of writing and media, as this has been something she has wanted to pursue her entire life. Outside of the Paisano, you can find her spending time with her weenie dog Otis, thrifting, or reading a romance novel.
Chloe Williams
Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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