Month: March 2018

  • AP/Eric GayEmergency vehicles sit in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. A package headed for Austin exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, just northeast of San Antonio, early Tuesday morning, injuring one employee. Federal authorities say they believe the incident is related to the string of four bombs that have rocked Austin this month. MAJOR INCIDENT SCHERTZ TEXAS AREA. This is what we have gathered unofficially: Shortly after 12 midnight, a package destined for Austin, Tx detonated at the FedEx distribution facility located at 9935 Doerr Lane. The package was said to have contained nails and shrapnel. The package blew up inside the facility’s sorting area at about 12:30 a.m., according to the Schertz Police Department. Details are pretty scarce right now, but FBI agent Michelle Lee told the Associated Press that “it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related” to the four Austin bombings that have left two dead and four injured in March. Austin mayor Steve Adler told Spectrum News that he believes the incident seems to be related to the Austin bombings after talking with investigators, and Austin police chief Brian Manley said in a statement Tuesday morning that his department “is aware of the incident” in Schertz and “is working closely on the investigation” with federal authorities. “I want to continue to remind our community to pay close attention to any suspicious device whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack or anything that looks out of place, do not approach it,” Manley said. “Call 911 immediately.” Mayor Adler: After speaking with officials, this one in #Schertz seems to be related/hopefully it'll provide...
  • The Latest on primary day in Texas (all times CST): 12 a.m. A businessman will face a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the runoff for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith in a hotly contested San Antonio district. Matt McCall moved on Tuesday to the May 22 runoff. He will face former Cruz staffer Chip Roy. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW More than 15 Republicans entered the race to replace Smith, who announced in November he would retire from a seat he's held since 1987. Smith is currently the chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee and is a noted skeptic of climate change. He is one of eight Texas congressmen not seeking re-election this year. ___ 11:45 p.m. Texas state Rep. Kevin Roberts has advanced to the Republican primary runoff to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Ted Poe. Roberts has served one term in the state Legislature. His opponent in the May runoff was not immediately clear as votes were still being counted. Poe is stepping down after six terms in Congress. He's one of eight Texas congressmen not seeking re-election this year. ___ 11:40 p.m. The seven-way Democratic primary in Dallas for the right to challenge longtime U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions is headed to a runoff. Leading the pack is Colin Allred, a former linebacker for the NFL's Tennessee Titans and a civil rights attorney. Allred's opponent in the May runoff wasn't immediately clear as votes were still being counted. The winner will face Sessions in November. Sessions was first elected to Congress in 2002 and his district includes Dallas enclaves north of downtown, such as upscale Highland Park and...