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BALCONES HEIGHTS - By Darian TrotterFacebookThe Balcones Heights police department has new leadership. Retired San Antonio Police Veteran officer Darrell Volz has been appointed Chief of Police.This is an important appoitment after the temultuous year Balcones Heights Police Department had last year.Darian Trotter joins has a look at the new chief's priorities."I think right off the bat the important thing is the reputation of the police department. We need to get that fixed," Chief Darrell Volz said. It's his first day on the job and already Darrell Volz is making it a priority to lead with transparency to improve the reputation of the Balcones Heights Police Department."If there is something that is going on that shouldn't be then you just need to address it quickly and take care of the problem." The reputation of the department suffered under its previous leadership.Former Chief Henry Dominguez came underfire when he failed to address concerns about an officer's alleged gang affiliation. Officer Julian Pesina was said to proudly display gang-related tattoos while on duty.Pesina was gunned down last summer in front of his tattoo parlor. "Unfortunately you only need one officer to do something maybe he shouldn't and then it just looks bad for all the officers." Chief Volz says he not only plans to improve the department. He wants to make Balcones Heights a better place to live and work. He's planning a series of community outreach projects with the residential and business communities. "I think deep down inside they understand theyve got a good department here. Every once in awhile you have something bad that happens and unfortunately Balcones Heights was involved in this last one so."Volz retired in June, 2014 after 35 years with the San Antonio Police Department. He was selected from a group of 29 applicants.A swearing in ceremony will be announced at a later date.
IRVING (AP) — Dez Bryant will get four more months to work on a long-term deal with the Cowboys and make $12.8 million next year after the team used its franchise tag on the star wide receiver.Bryant led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years.The 26-year-old Bryant was the fastest Dallas player to 300 career receptions and second-fastest to 50 touchdowns behind Bob Hayes.The Cowboys also have to decide whether to re-sign running back DeMarco Murray after he had a league-leading 1,845 yards rushing in the final year of his contract. He becomes a free agent March 10.
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio's Cocktail Conference raised more than $115,000 for children's charities across the city. The Children's Shelter, Child Safe, Heart Gift SA, and Transplant for Children, will split the money.Mark Bohanan, owner and executive chef of Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood, presented the checks on Thursday."That's what it's all about, giving back and especially to children that can’t help themselves. That's what makes us feel good," he says.Fox San Antonio and our sister station News 4 San Antonio are proud sponsors of the Cocktail Conference. Don't forget to mark your calendars for next year's conference, which takes place Jan. 14 -17.
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