All posts by Ngan Ho

A Reporter's Blog

Lawsuit alleges JP’s wife embezzled $98K

The spouse of a Tom Green County Justice of the Peace has been named in a lawsuit alleging fiduciary fraud. The lawsuit, filed Jan. 12 in the 340th District Court, accuses Margaret Markovitz Howard, 61, of embezzling $98,553.58 from the private funds of J. Willis Johnson III, a resident of Tom Green County. Howard, who ...

City, COSADC seek $2.7M judgment in wind power lawsuit

SAN ANGELO, Texas — What began as a promising multimillion-dollar economic venture to generate hundreds of wind energy-related jobs in San Angelo turned into an undertaking that blew south. The city of San Angelo Development Corp. and the city are seeking to recoup more than $2.7 million in damages, attorneys’ fees and minor costs resulting ...

Friday-night football in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Where high school football is the bread and butter of a town, take a look at how San Angelo residents treat one of their biggest games of the year.

Tom Green County prosecutors recap 2017: ‘Justice will happen’

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Tom Green County District Attorney’s Offices faced many trials and tribulations in 2017. Three teens were sent to prison for a double homicide. A judge postponed the trial of a capital murder suspect for the fifth time. And two late indictments — one of which led to the release of a man who was being held on ...

Jurors in murder trial see police dash-cam video, photo of child dying

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Shrieking and screaming pierce the darkness on dash-cam video as the first responding officer arrives at the residence of a 5-year-old girl who died from lacerations to her neck. Jurors were in tears on the second day of trial in the case of Isidro Miguel Delacruz, 27, who stands accused of capital murder in the Sept. 2, 2014, death of ...

CHANCE ENCOUNTER: How one promising life ended

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Malcolm Guy McBurnett grew up in a white-collar, influential West Texas family. Donald John Di Pietro was the child of a working-class family in Lincoln Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Neither man knew of the other’s existence, but on the night of March 9, 2013, their paths crossed in San Angelo. Donald Di Pietro, ...

San Angelo strip club sued by ‘internationally acclaimed’ models

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Fourteen women — among them a UFC Octagon Girl, a 2009 Miss Cuba and multiple Playboy models — are suing a San Angelo strip club, accusing the business of misappropriating their images. A petition filed April 11 in Tom Green County by a law firm in Austin is seeking over $1 million in damages from Pgc I ...

Controversy surrounds ‘Jihadi Threat’ training in San Angelo, decision to rescind credit

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo residents Terry Giroux and Ken Casper are livid that a seminar taught by a former FBI agent to Texas law-enforcement last month has gotten some bad publicity. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement recently rescinded six mandatory credit hours from law-enforcement officials who attended a seminar it originally approved. “It appears that there was a full-court press done ...

Man shot in fiery standoff with San Angelo police

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo police shot an armed man shortly after he called a local television news station to announce he was preparing for a standoff with law enforcement. Gunfire erupted from a burning house that was fully engulfed in flames at the 1200 block of East 21 Street about 11:30 a.m. Friday. ...

Christoval craftsman to be featured on PBS

CHRISTOVAL, Texas — Wilson Capron’s bit and spur shop was flooded with lighting equipment and camera gear for several days in March as a crew of seven people filmed for an episode of “A Craftsman Legacy.” Capron, 43, will be featured in the fourth season of the PBS television series, which showcases individuals in various fields of craftsmanship from across America. “I’m all ...

Isidro Delacruz gets death penalty in Naiya Villegas murder

SAN ANGELO, Texas — In the end, the photographs of a smiling 5-year-old girl juxtaposed with a menacing-looking Isidro Delacruz — staring straight into the camera on the night of the child’s murder — might have helped jurors decide Delacruz needed to die. A Tom Green County jury sentenced Delacruz, 27, to death late Tuesday in the slaying of 5-year-old Naiya Villegas ...

Isidro Delacruz found guilty of capital murder in death of Naiya Villegas

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A Tom Green County Jury found Isidro Miguel Delacruz guilty of capital murder in the 2014 death of 5-year-old Naiya Villegas. The jury of eight women and four men returned the verdict after about four hours of deliberation Thursday in the second week of trial. Delacruz, 27, nodded his head following the reading of the verdict by ...

Angelo State grad helps blaze trails with Discovery Channel

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Austin Osmanski, 26, may be a proven example that success occurs when hard work meets opportunity. Osmanski, a San Angelo native, went from Ph.D. student studying evolutionary biology at Texas Tech University to hunting a large crocodilian species in the Bolivian rainforest for the Discovery Channel. “We had a telephone call ...

Officials try to reassure Mertzon residents after mayor resigns, operations manager arrested

SAN ANGELO, Texas — It was a packed house inside Mertzon City Hall when the community’s City Council announced the resignation of Mayor Carol Shaw and termination of the city’s operations manager. About 50 people attended Monday night’s council meeting, and while many came with questions and some voiced their concerns to the five volunteer ...

Precocious local speller drawing national attention, studying hard

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Big things come in small packages, and 6-year-old whiz kid Akash Vukoti is a prime example. Akash and his family moved to San Angelo from the East Coast in August, and less than 8 months later Akash became the youngest winner of the San Angelo Spelling Bee. This wordsmith, a homeschooled ...

Abbott:Texas is what America’s supposed to be

SAN ANGELO, Texas – When Gov. Greg Abbott spoke Thursday afternoon in San Angelo, he had a clear message for the crowd of supporters: Texas is leading the way in preserving and protecting conservative principles and priorities, which he said leaders in Washington and on the Supreme Court have failed to do. “There is a ...

Monks pour time, heart into baked goods

CHRISTOVAL, Texas — Tucked in the West Texas countryside and purposefully secluded from the rest of the world, Mount Carmel Hermitage has sat overlooking Christoval for almost 25 years. The monastery, which was founded by Father Fabian Maria Rosette, began as a humble hut in 1991. Today it has a gift shop, a renovated chapel, ...

Guns falling into the wrong hands

SAN ANGELO, Texas — While the rights of legitimate gun owners have dominated a long and noisy public debate across the country, little attention has been paid to the trade in illegal firearms. In San Angelo, the black market in guns has become an acute public safety problem. From 2013 through 2015, reports of stolen ...

Tom Green suicide rate exceeds Texas average, year after year

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Jana Anderson, 63, recalls pulling weeds on her yard one afternoon when an unmarked green car pulled up in the driveway. Two men stepped out and approached her nervously. A police detective and a justice of the peace asked to speak with her husband before the three went inside the house ...