Unclaimed Cattle. The Duval County sheriff’s office received a complaint from a rancher about cattle tearing up his fields. Deputies located the five cows on Duval County Road 104 (approximately five miles north of San Diego) and called on local cowboy Julio Benavides to round up the animals and transport them to Live Oak Holding Pens. If they remain unclaimed after 30 days, the county sends them to auction.
Airlifted to Corpus Christi. Edward and Diana Garcia suffered head injuries after 83-year-old Juanita Ybarra struck the couple while driving her Oldsmobile Ciera Classic. Due to the nature of the injuries, emergency officials airlifted the Garcias to intensive care in Corpus Christi, 52 miles east of San Diego. According to the Alice Echo-News Journal, the Garcias frequently walk to and from area businesses. On the day of the accident, they were returning from Dairy Queen, their favorite restaurant.
King and Queen of Valentine’s Day. Mi Familia Adult Day Care crowned San Diego residents Francisco and Maria Arrutia king and queen of the facility’s annual Valentine’s Day celebration. In honor of the Arrutias and their newly named court, visitors, clients, and officials of Mi Familia danced to live tejano music provided by San Diego’s own Conjunto Irresistible.
Weight-Loss Challenge. Nicole D. Perez, a San Diego native and general manager of the Alice Echo-News Journal, joined the newspaper’s first battle-of-the-sexes weight-loss challenge. The six female and six male competitors weighed in at True Elite Fitness Club and have 12 weeks to lose as much weight as they can. Prizes for the “biggest loser” include a free gym membership, a complete makeover, and use of a convertible Chrysler. After one week, the competition is already heated. “All’s fair in competition,” says weight-loss competitor and city attorney Joe Torres. “I’m sending Nicole a box of chocolates.”
New Cop Cars. The Duval County sheriff’s department purchased four new Chevy Tahoes. The SUVs have received the complete “police package,” including cages, sirens, and upgraded lights, suspension, and engine. “They’re lower to the ground for a safer ride, especially when you’re in pursuit,” says chief deputy Jose Martinez. “We have a lot of illegals being brought in from Mexico, so we have a lot of pursuits on back roads. Our roads back here aren’t paved or anything, so the vehicle has to be durable.”