Day four of the Victoria Murder Trial: Closing Arguments and a Verdict

VICTORIA, Texas – Day four of the trial of Jesus Martinez began today. Martinez is charged with a 2018 double homicide in Victoria. After several hours of deliberations, the jury found 32-year-old Jesus Martinez guilty on two counts of capital murder. The district attorney’s office says that Martinez will face...
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'No winners': Defendant in double homicide case gets life in prison

A man convicted of capital murder Friday for the shooting death of two Victoria residents in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. After four days of hearing witness testimony and about two hours of deliberation, a Victoria County jury handed down a guilty verdict to Jesus Martinez, 32, who was accused of killing Michelle Johnson, 31, and Dward Kitchens, 34 in September 2018.
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Fire destroys mobile home on Fleming Prairie Road in Victoria

VICTORIA, Texas – A fire destroyed a mobile home in the 5000 block of Fleming Prairie Road in Victoria Friday night, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Richard Castillo. Castillo said that preliminary investigation determined that it was a grease fire in the kitchen. Three people were in the home, but...
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VISD virtual learning and mask update for 2021-22 school year

VICTORIA, Texas—Victoria ISD will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our community and implement. For the 2021-2022 school year, at this time, VISD will not require mask wearing. Those who wish to continue to wear a mask to mitigate COVID-19 transmission can do. At this time, VISD will...
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Lee Cantu wants to give back to the Victoria community

Lee Cantu said he’s always followed in his dad’s footsteps and volunteered in the community since he was around 10 years old. “My dad was very involved in the community,” said Cantu, who is now a father. He has six children, who he describes as his top priority. “He’s always taught me, give to people that are in need, and help your community.”

Woman arrested accused in stabbing of 63-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria Police Department says one woman was arrested after stabbing one man and barricading herself inside her home on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Authorities say they received a call at 5:44 p.m. to a disturbance at a business on the 2000 block of N. Ben Wilson St. Someone had been stabbed and the offender ran from the location, said police.
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Blotter: Victoria man arrested on solicitation of a minor charge

A Victoria man was booked into jail on an online solicitation of a minor charge on Wednesday, according to jail records. Justin Carrera, 33, was arrested by troopers about noon Wednesday on a warrant charging him with online solicitation of a minor, according to jail records. Online solicitation of a...

Getting hotter this weekend, watching the tropics

VICTORIA, Texas – This evening looking at a few clouds, otherwise a mostly clear sky. Some patchy fog possible in the morning. Lows in the mid 70s. On Saturday, another hot and humid day. Highs in the mid 90s with heat index values above 102° in many locations. Stay cool and hydrated.
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Victoria Police Report Huge Spike in Vehicle Burglaries From Last Year

Representatives in Texas are working on a bill to try and target those who are buying or selling stolen catalytic converters in the Lone Star State. Not only is the theft of catalytic converts rampant across Texas, but it's also a pretty big issue right here in the Crossroads. Victoria Police posted a very interesting graphic just a couple of days ago showing a huge spike in vehicle burglaries right here in town. Many of these cases involved the theft of the emission control devices which are the subject of House Bill 4110. If the bill passes, offenders are going to be looking at huge fines for buying or selling the converter.
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'Go Western' Dance Community to host dance

The "Go Western" Dance Community will host a dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight June 18 at Club Westerner, 1005 W. Constitution St. in Victoria. Live music will be provided by the Texas Continentals. Guests can bring their own bottles and admission is $10 per person.
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Victoria student readies for national spelling bee

Aaron Ehsan, 14, is preparing for the first rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year the national spelling bee will look a bit different. Instead of traveling to Washington, D.C., contestants will compete remotely for the preliminary, quarterfinals and semi final rounds. Aaron will compete virtually Saturday afternoon...

Pets of the Week: Frost and Lumi

VICTORIA, Texas -This week there is more than one Pet of the Week, there are two and they are also brothers. We hear from Angelina Gaud, the kennel manager at the Dorothy H. O’Connor Pet Adoption Center, about these two dogs. Gaud: “The first pet we’re going to meet is...

Jay Novacek signs autographs at a local liquor store

VICTORIA,Texas– Three time super bowl champion Jay Novacek promoted his first ever whiskey called “84 Proof” in a local liquor store, Texas Liquor, Thursday evening as he signed autographs. Novacek got the idea of making his own brand of whiskey while he was in a deer blind and five years...