Monday, October 3, 2016

On This Day: October Issue

October 1, 2012 Charlie San Miguel says, “I will not resign.”
October 1, 2003 Sisters of Mercy sell hospital to Community Health Systems
October 2, 2015 Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau unveils official hashtag.
October 2, 2016 LISD schools respond to threats made online. Anonymous character posing at creepy clown.
October 2, 2018 FBI raid at Laredo Laser & Surgery office, alleged Medicaid fraud.
October 3, 2016 Ethics committee vice-president resigns. Disappointed w council's decorum. 
October 4, 1898 Smallpox outbreak noticed by local doctors (Smallpox riot occurs next year in March)
October 4, 2014 Autmus Fest featuring A.B. Quintanilla’s Kumbia King AllStarz.
October 2013 Trash pick-up done once a week (green & blue bins)
October 6, 2011 Martin Tigers play Eagle Pass at new Shirley Field.
October 6, 2014 City Council welcomes new Lemurs owners from Monterrey.
October 7, 1927 Elmo Lopez Sr. born (died March 15, 2021). 
October 7, 2002 Laredo Bucks start training camp. (Home debut November 1)
October 8, 2002 Tony Sanchez has spent $58 million on race for governor.
October 8, 1979 The Clash play Laredo
October 8, 2014 Johnny Amaya booked for tampering w governmental records and engaging in organized activity.
October 9, 1822 Samuel Matthias Jarvis was born in New York. (Died on January 31, 1893)  Donated land: Martin High School, Jarvis Plaza.  
October 9, 2009 Shirley Field demolition starts. (blog post)
October 10, 2011 Boat ramp at Lake Casa Blanca closed due to low water levels.
October 11, 1979 Judas Priest plays Laredo Civic Center
October 11, 2007 Barrera’s office raided by TX attorney general’s office for gambling promotion.
October 13, 2011 Bordertown: Laredo debuted.
October 13, 2014 Alex Perez arrested for stealing Abey Lugo campaign signs.
October 13, 2016 Bridge 1 inspection stations demolished. 
October 14, 2011 Laredo Police Officer and his motorcycle dragged by SUV on I-35. Officer taken to S.A. hospital.
October 15, 1947 Happy birthday Maria Estela Quintanilla: teacher, Crimestoppers volunteer. (passed away December 23, 2020)
October 17, 2009 Rio Fest at Rio Grande Park, under Bridge 1. (blog post with photos) 
October 18, 2012 Max Mandel Golf Course opens.
October 18, 1869 City council adopts new map of Laredo streets named after Mexican and American heroes. Mayor was Samuel Jarvis.
October 18, 2018 Commissioner Jaime Canales turns in his resignation letter to Webb Co. Later in the day we find out that he and Johnny Amaya pled guilty to bribery charges in federal court. 
October 19, 2001 Alfredo Santos store on Sanchez closed its doors.
October 20, 2014  Meg Guerra holds farewell benefit event at La Posada.
October 21, 1927 Lalo Duarte born on this day. 
October 22, 2001 Commissioners Court files lawsuit against Sheriff Juan Garza.  Garza had requested a raise from commissioners.
October 22, 2018 Louis Jones of Dannenbaum Engineering commits suicide.
October 23, 2017 El Metro fees went up: Adults- $1.75; Seniors- 75 cents; transfers- 50 cents.
October 23, 2020 City officials met to dedicate the park at 6002 Thomas after Jovita Idar. 
October 24, 2016 Early voting count: 3,341 ballots. Record turnout throughout Texas, except Laredo.
October 26, 2007 Chief Dovalina pled guilty to taking bribes.
October 27, 2016 Palenque Grill has grand opening for 2nd location. (San Bernardo)
October 27, 2020 Eva Longoria is guest on KGNS Digital Desk program w Ruben Villarreal 
October 29, 2003 City officials present TX DOT with plans/cost of bridge 5.
October 29, 2014 Esteban Rangel agreed, in writing, to pay back money to city.

October 30, 1951 Latin Jazz Conga Player Poncho Sanchez born (in Laredo).
October 30, 2019 Photo of woman wearing blackface appears in the Laredo Times. People are shown wearing costumes at an event that Webb County hosted.
October 31, 2016 Two people found dead on Arco Iris Road & Estrella Drive (Hwy 359). 


  1. Judas Priest and The Clash in the same week?! How was that even POSSIBLE before we had the LEC?;-)

  2. That's the work of an aggressive promoter. My co-worker remembers seeing The Clash. And her brother won tickets to see Judas Priest.