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Man accused of flashing Texas State students on campus arrested

Texas State police have arrested a man accused of exposing himself to three women on campus in the past week.

The man, described as a Hispanic male driving a dark colored four-door Nissan, was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to campus-wide emergency alert emails. The suspect’s arrest came after three separate incidents of indecent exposure occurred in the west campus area.

The suspect first exposed himself to a female near North and Vista Streets Aug. 1 around 5:53 p.m. The subsequent events occurred Aug. 5 at 9:15 a.m. near Academy Street and August 7 near North Street at 1:50 p.m.

According to a campus-wide email, a female walking near Bexar Hall during the Aug. 5 incident encountered a Hispanic male believed to be 20 to 25-years-old driving a dark four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan or Oldsmobile.

City councilmembers, Planning and Zoning commissioners discuss future of downtown

City councilmembers and Planning and Zoning commissioners discussed street restructuring, parking availability and improvements to the land development code in relation to the future of downtown San Marcos during a joint workshop Thursday.

Members of the two entities saw three presentations from city staff on developments and improvements to the downtown area. Abby Gillfillan, Planning and Development permit manager, began the meeting with a presentation on the design of downtown streets. Gillfillan highlighted the primary function of downtown and plans for making downtown a “destination.”

Gillfillan said by defining the cross-sections of downtown streets, identifying the responsibilities of downtown developers and working with TxDOT, the city will be closer to the council's “vision” of a better San Marcos.

Texas State student speaks out after being injured by officer during arrest

A Texas State student is still recovering after being injured during an alleged wrongful arrest by a San Marcos Police Department officer.

Alexis Alpha, a 22-year-old marketing junior, suffered broken teeth and a concussion when she was arrested by Cpl. James Palermo May 29. Palermo was arrested July 16 on charges of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury by a public servant, a first-degree felony, for “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused serious bodily injury,” according to the affidavit for his arrest.  Alpha said she is not the same since the incident.

“It definitely has affected me,” Alpha said. “I used to be more outgoing, but now I’m more cautious and timid.”

Palermo was released after posting a $25,000 bail, but was placed on restricted duty July 10. Michael Wadler, Alpha’s attorney, said at this moment they are not planning to take legal action against Palermo and are “weighing their options.”

Fire crews called to house fire in San Marcos

The fire that engulfed a 56-year-old home Wednesday night was contained to the structure at 901 Old Ranch Road 12.

The San Marcos Fire Department, as well as the South Hays, Kyle, Buda and Wimberly fire departments, contained the fire to the home owned by Benge Elliot, according to a press release from the city. Elliot and his wife evacuated the home and were unharmed, the release said. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Moore Street was closed as first responders put out the flames from the structural fire at around 8:15 p.m.

First responders arrived on the scene to quell the flames and evacuate onlookers near and around the adjacent cemetery. Crowds of onlookers watched from the Blanco Hall parking lot and the Frisbee golf course.

Parts of Hazelton and Franklin Streets were also closed during the effort to put out the flames.

The fire appeared to be under control around 8:50 p.m. 

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