Corridor Weekly News Recap for the week of March 7

Sierra Martin | Managing Editor

San Marcos Corridor News is back to bring you the Corridor Weekly News Recap, videos covering the biggest stories in Hays County every week. I’m Jirah Simpson, let’s dive into the news for the week of March 7th from the Innovation Corridor. 

On Tuesday, March 8, San Marcos Police arrested 21-year-old Giovanni Fernandez of Canyon Lake, TX for a crash that occurred Saturday, March 5, and resulted in the death of 31-year-old Adam Martinez.

Jeffrey Vuillemin, 43, of Victoria, Texas, was convicted on Tues., March 8, of Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Children and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

During Vuillemin’s trial, which began on February 28, the jury heard three child victims testify that they were each sexually abused by Vuillemin, who used a series of relationships with their mothers to gain access to the children.

According to the City of San Marcos, on the night of Monday, March 7, the San Marcos CARTS station was targeted by thieves who stole ten catalytic converters from ten busses. The San Marcos Police Department is investigating the theft. 

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in the theft of a gas station in Dripping Springs.

On March 6, at approximately 10:49 a.m, the suspect arrived at the Circle K Gas Station in Dripping Springs and approached the clerk and demanded money. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office asks that you contact them if you are able to identify the suspect.

The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees have voted to end the mask mandate they have had in the district since Aug. 12, 2021. San Marcos CISD recommends but does not require the use of face coverings, effective Tuesday, March 8.

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Tuesday, March 8, to begin the process of terminating Blanco Vista second grade elementary school teacher Andrew Palmore.

On Tuesday, March 1, Palmore was arrested by the Kyle Police Department (KPD) and charged with two counts of Indecency with a Child, a third-degree felony, and two counts of Improper Relationship Between an Educator and Student, a second-degree felony. Palmore was released from the Hays County Jail on March 4, after paying a total of $50,000 in surety bonds for all four of the charges against him.

The City of Buda mayor and councilmembers engaged the international firm, Baker Tilly, to conduct its search for a new city manager. They also took action to name Deputy City Manager Micah Grau as the interim city manager to become effective April 1, 2022.

Long-time Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams tendered his resignation to the City Council at the Jan. 4, council meeting. Williams’ 13 and a half year tenure as city manager with the City of Buda, will end on March 31.

The City of San Marcos in conjunction with the Texas River Protection Association held the 37th Annual Great Texas River Clean-Up on Saturday, March 5. The goal of the event is to gather as much litter as possible from the entire 90 miles of the San Marcos River as well as areas around the Blanco River.

The San Marcos Animal Shelter unexpectedly brought in dozens of dogs last week and is currently out of kennel space. If you have been considering adopting or fostering a dog, now is the time. Please visit the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter website. 

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