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DWC Announces 2020 Regional Safety Seminars
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces the dates and locations for this year’s Regional Safety Seminars.

Former NFL player indicted for bogus medical claims
Former NFL player Willie Montae Reagor was arrested January 30 for submitting fraudulent health reimbursement claims after an investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit.

Texas Business Convicted of Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Today, HHDP Security, a Houston security company was convicted of premium fraud and ordered by a Travis County District Court judge to pay $51,131 in restitution.

TDI relies on best practices approach to develop arbitration program
To get ready for the state’s new dispute resolution process for out-of-network health insurance claims, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) studied other states, engaged an arbitration expert, launched an online portal, and scheduled stakeholder meetings and updates.

DWC Announces Staffing Changes
DWC announces key staff changes for Legal Services, the Fraud and Prosecution Unit, and DWC Special Counsel.

Three Lauren Concrete Plants Receive Safety Awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized three Lauren Concrete plants for their exemplary workplace safety programs by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Classes Offered in Lubbock
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will begin offering Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Courses in Lubbock starting February 2020.

Texas Retail Worker Injuries Now Higher Than on Factory Floors
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more workers in shopping malls and retail outlets that get sick and injured than in any other private industry sector in Texas.

Ring in the new year, but make sure to lock your car
The Texas Department of Insurance is urging you to lock your car doors and turn on alarms while you ring in the new year.

POSTED DECEMBER 27, 2019 6:00 AM
Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Performance Based Oversight Results
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has released the 2019 Health Care Provider Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment. For 2019, health care providers were assessed on their performance in one of three categories.



Woman dies at Kirby Police Department

Amanda Lynn Watkins, 36, was found unresponsive Thursday.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2020 4:45 AM
Detail emerge in arrest of Cibolo officer facing child porn charges

A Cibolo Police Department officer admitted to viewing and saving child pornography after investigators found explict images in his home, officials said.

Officer Christopher Ybarra, 37, is charged with two counts possession of child pornography and one count of obscene wholesale promotion with deviant sex acts.

Ybarra was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Thursday after police were notified of warrants for his arrest in the case, according to Cibolo Police Chief Bryan Hugghins. He posted bonds totaling $75,000 on Friday and was set to be released from the Guadalupe County Jail.

Kayleigh Date, a spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, said the child exploitation unit searched Ybarra’s home and found child porn on a digital storage device. Numerous other items were seized from the residence, she said.

At least one video is known to have been made by Ybarra, who confessed to viewing and saving images of child porn, officials said.

Date said the case is the result of two separate investigations, including one out-of-state and another with the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office.

Ybarra, an 11-year veteran of the force, was placed on leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation. Hugghins said the department is cooperating with authorities.

“We will continue to hold those within our organization accountable to those high morals and ethical standards and swiftly deal with those who choose to violate those standards,” the chief said in a statement.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2020 2:39 AM
Man accused of forcing two teens to perform sex acts in exchange for drugs

Zachary Neuhaus, 27, is facing two counts of continuous trafficking of a child, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2020 1:34 AM
Former Dilley interim police chief accused of smuggling immigrants

Rausei Andrei Fonseca-Saldivar was smuggling three people, investigators said.

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2020 12:43 AM
'Disturbing trend': BCSO warns parents of 'uptick' of prostitution, sex trafficking cases

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office in news conference Friday warned parents of an uptick of prostitution and sex trafficking cases, adding that it offers public classes to educate the community and children about the disturbing trend.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2020 10:02 PM
Affidavit: Man arrested on charges of soliciting a 12-year-old via Snapchat

A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with soliciting a 12-year-old via the social media app Snapchat, according to an affidavit. The man was identified as Andrew Cummings in the affidavit.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2020 7:39 PM
SAPD has man in custody who it says shot at police

A 37-year-old man is in custody after shooting at officers during a foot pursuit in a neighborhood southwest of downtown on Friday, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2020 4:33 PM
Affidavit: Man arrested for allegedly hiring 16-year-old as dancer at men's club

A strip club manager was arrested for charges of harmful employment after authorities discovered he has hired a 16-year-old  to work as an entertainer, an arrest affidavit said.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2020 3:58 PM
Affidavit: Man arrested for sexually assaulting 9-year-old while employed at children's shelter

A former employee at a Converse children's shelter was charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old child, an arrest affidavit said.

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2020 2:52 PM
'We will never be whole again:' Father says of 10-year-old fatally struck by SUV Thursday

The Bexar County Medical's Examiner's Office has identified the 10-year-old girl who died Thursday after she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bike to school Thursday as Irie Suarez.

'We will never be whole again:' Father says of 10-year-old fatally struck by SUV Thursday

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2020 2:30 PM

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