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The QueQue: Fracking waste leads to injection well standoff in Wilson County, Beer dreams get upper hand in Hays Street Bridge scuffle, Bexar County jail suicide by spoon

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WASTE IN WILSON. Dusty Buckley near the waste injection well outside his rural Wilson County home.

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Concept art depicting the proposed Alamo Brewery.

Microbrewery-detractors say they're gathering signatures to give Council a petition when the measure comes back up, but they've got an uphill battle on their hands, contending with city leaders, business interests, and a broad swath of the public that say they want progress, development and, perhaps most importantly, beer.

With District 2 councilwoman Ivy Taylor supporting the microbrewery as an economic blessing for the East Side, the sale's likely to clear Council when it hits the agenda in August.

Bexar County jail suicide by spoon

A Bexar County jail inmate committed suicide last week — the second so far this year — by stabbing a plastic spoon into his dialysis shunt, Bexar County sheriff's Deputy Chief Ronald Bennett said. Jail guards found Robert Rodriguez, 29, unconscious and bleeding in his cell. "He had a plastic spoon, and he kind of broke it and sharpened it," Bennett stated. Rodriguez then stabbed the spoon into an artery in his arm where he had a dialysis shunt. "He just bled and bled and bled, all over the cell."

Rodriguez was arrested early last month on misdemeanor trespassing and drug charges, Bennett said.

When he first arrived at the jail, Rodriguez was sent to the jail's detox unit. Rodriguez was put in administrative segregation, or isolation, where he committed suicide. However, while Rodriguez wasn't on suicide watch, according to Bennett, he had exhibited "unusual behavior" in the days leading up to his suicide.

Adan Muñoz, executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, said TCJS officials have yet to review records of the incident.

In late May Cory Hiller, 36, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. Hiller had been scheduled to make his first pre-trial appearance later that day for fatally stabbing a local man and woman and injuring their 11-year-old boy. Families of two inmates who died at the jail, one a suicide and the other a woman who died while in detox, over the past two years sued the sheriff's department this past spring. •


* Originally reported as "miles." The Current regrets the error.

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