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Victoria police seek person of interest in theft

Detective Jason Stone, of the Victoria Police Department, is looking for a person who may be connected to a June 25, 2017, theft.The person can be seen in a photograph from when $280 worth of merchandise was reported missing about 7 p.m. June 25 at a business in the 1200 block of East Mockingbird La

VICTORIA ADVOCATE - 2018-04-21 02:19:46

Vanished from Victoria: Auto dealerships were iconic in 1950s

According to the City Directory of 1950, there were 12 automobile dealerships in Victoria that year. Six of these were located in downtown Victoria.The building in the photo, constructed in 1910, may have served Victoria the longest as an automobile dealershipLocated at the corner of Forrest and Bri

VICTORIA ADVOCATE - 2018-04-21 20:00:00

Candidates fight for control of Bloomington's water supply

The fate of Bloomington's water supply is again in the hands of voters this May, just two years after the last election ended with a convicted felon being booted off the board and the Texas Rangers investigating accusations of voter fraud. May 5, voters will be asked to choose between three current

VICTORIA ADVOCATE - 2018-04-22 02:00:00

Update: Police release name of man shot on Swan Drive

Martha Dawn and her husband woke up about 3 a.m. Wednesday to the sound of about four to five gunshots. Neighbors gathered minutes later near the home at 3506 Swan Drive, where Dawn said gunshots and arguing had been heard in the past. "It's very peaceful," the 38-year-old said about her neighborhoo


Hurricane season will be here before you know it

Q: Another hurricane season will be here before we know it, and I want to make sure that my family and I are fully prepared and informed. Can you provide some hurricane preparation tips so we can be ready? Get ready! Hurricane season is June 1-Nov. 30, and everyone should be prepared if and when ano

VICTORIA ADVOCATE - 2018-04-21 23:00:00

VPD arrest three suspects in overnight shooting off Swan Drive

The Victoria Police Department arrested three people in a shooting early Wednesday morning. The shooting happened around 3 O'clock at the 3500 block of Swan Drive. VPD says Kinsey Layton, age 32, Austin Ruddick and Devan Brister, age 21 and 22, were arrested after attempting to leave the scene of t


Livestream offers guidance, advice to blended Victoria families

Saturday morning rain hit the sidewalk outside the dimly lit Liberty Coffee Haus as 10 people gathered and listened to the Blended and Blessed livestream on a TV mounted on the wall of the cafe. One of the speakers, Rick Rigsby, a pastor at Radiant Life Church in McKinney, spoke about one of the obs

VICTORIA ADVOCATE - 2018-04-21 19:19:00

AG instructs Victoria police to release public document

The Victoria Police Department released on Tuesday court documents describing an undercover game room investigation after the Texas Attorney General's Office ruled the information was public. Although Assistant Attorney General Tim Neal wrote in his opinion that the department must redact the names


Victoria police arrest graffiti suspect

Victoria police arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with a string of graffiti incidents in Victoria. Overnight between Monday and Tuesday, a suspect used black spray paint to make markings on the sides of several downtown buildings. Surveillance video captured images of the suspect as well as t


Victoria man sentenced to 50 years in prison for hiding knives from police

A 44-year-old Victoria man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for hiding a knife from police after a jury also found him not guilty of assaulting his ex-wife.Gerald Lamont Peoples was found guilty on April 11 of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair an investigation,


Crime Stoppers: Victoria Crime Stoppers looking for information about a robbery

Two people robbed World Finance Corporation, 4102 N. Navarro St., on April 4. The clerk at the location described the suspects as young males, possibly under 20 years old, and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. They were wearing black hoodies and ski masks. The suspects showed guns while committing the rob


Victoria PD accept grant to aid Rape Defense Class

The Victoria Police Department officially accepted a $4600 grant from Holy Family Catholic Church to assist their Rape Aggression Defense class. VPD says the grant funding will go towards new equipment like full body suits, to aid students with hands on training, as well as adding additional trainin


Woman identified in auto-pedestrian accident

The 53-year-old woman injured in an auto-pedestrian accident on Friday about 10 p.m. was identified by police as Julianna Morgan of Victoria. Police would not release the identification of the 9-year-old girl, who was also injured, because she is a juvenile. Morgan and her granddaughter were injure


Victoria airport, Texas Mile officials to renegotiate contract

Victoria Regional Airport officials plan to meet with Texas Mile owners Thursday to start the renegotiation of the Texas Mile contract. Airport executive director Lenny Llerena sent a letter last week to Texas Mile co-owner Shannon Matus terminating the event's 10-year contract between the airport a


3 Victoria apartments under new management, amenities to improve, prices to increase

“Residents will benefit from many of the same styles and amenities as are found in newer A-class properties,” said Michael Knight, vice president of operations for Better World Companies, in a written statement.


Grandmother, granddaughter injured while crossing Victoria parking lot

A 53-year-old grandmother and her 9-year-old granddaughter were injured by a pickup truck Friday night while crossing a parking lot at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex. "I heard the truck accelerate, and then I heard screaming," said Sgt. Daniel Torres, of the Victoria Police Department. Police wer


Woman will continue to donate to worth causes despite misgivings

Editor, the Advocate:I have always been a very generous person. I have given to many GoFundMe drives and several of my favorite charities. Even though I witnessed something that was very troublesome in one of Victoria’s largest grocery stores, I will continue to donate my time and energy to good cau


Demand for hot rods high in Crossroads

Kris and Jennifer Bluntzer started building hot rods from scratch for the Crossroads by chance. Kris Bluntzer has built vehicles for 15 years and used his property at 9605 N. Navarro St. to work on his 15 cars, ranging from a 1926 Ford to a Lamborghini. Gradually, people started showing up at his ga


Goliad man's vehicle burns after police chase in Victoria; drugs recovered

A Goliad man's vehicle caught fire after sustaining damage in a police chase just after midnight Friday.Fidel Sosa, 33, fled from Victoria police in his vehicle after officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 4100 block of Callis Street, according to a police news release. Before officers arr


Police continue instigation into stabbing of teen

Victoria police continued their investigation Friday into the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy. Wednesday evening, officers arrived at the Mockingbird Lane Plaza Apartments, 2501 E. Mockingbird Lane, and found the injured youth, police officials said. He was taken to Citizens Medical Center with injuri