Darian Trotter, News 4 San Antonio

Darian Trotter

News 4 San Antonio

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Recent articles by Darian:

A local parent reacts to TEA's safety recommendation for school buses

SAN ANTONIO - The Texas Education Agency is making safety recommendations on how to get your kids to and from school. We spoke with a local parent, who isn't too impressed with the recommendations. "There are a lot of people here who do not have cars,” Melissa Harnish said. “There's a lot of kids who have to ride the bus and the buses aren't safe right now. " Melissa Harnish was not mincing… → Read More

CITY: No evidence protests or rallies contributed to COVID-19 case surge

SAN ANTONIO - New information from the city says there's no evidence to suggest protests and rallies are linked to the recent spike in Coronavirus cases. We looked into how contact tracing works and why honesty may help control the spread. Although the spike in positive coronavirus cases comes on the heels of widespread protests, Memorial Day celebrations and the reopening of local bars, the… → Read More

Tobin Hills neighbors are fed up about a growing homeless encampment

Homeowners in Tobin Hills say a large homeless encampment is growing and threatening property values. We reached out to City leaders to ask how the issue is being addressed. "It's terrible and it seems to be getting worse," says a neighbor who’s identity we’re concealing. He's talking about the homeless encampment in Tobin Hills, near McLane and E. Euclid Avenue, close to I-35. → Read More

San Antonio man who's recovered from COVID urges others to donate life-saving plasma

SAN ANTONIO - A man who has survived COVID-19 is making a public plea for plasma donations. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center says plasma donations from people who have antibodies are critically low. They're urging patients who have recovered to help save lives. "Keep in mind that the sickest of the sick are the ones getting this plasma," said Paul Basaldua. Fully recovered from COVID-19… → Read More

Emergency rooms seeing increase in both COVID patients and those who suspect they have it

SAN ANTONIO - Local hospitals say they've seen an increase in COVID-19 patients driving themselves to the hospital, or having a family member drop them off. Others with more serious complications are being taken by ambulance. We talked with emergency room doctors about the disturbing trend. During the past two weeks, emergency room doctors have seen an increase of patients - those who haven't… → Read More

North Side hotspot is among 17 bars forced to close for failing inspection

SAN ANTONIO - A local bar was forced to close for allegedly failing to comply with safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The bar's general manager spoke with us about the reasons it failed the inspection. "We did everything we possibly could to be within the Governor's orders," David Amrollah said. Burnhouse Cigar and Martini Bar has been forced to close, after officers with the… → Read More

Armed men plan to protect historic monuments during Juneteenth celebration

GONZALES, Texas - June 19 marks another Juneteenth. The day in 1865 when Union Troops in Galveston told slaves they were finally freed following the end of the Civil War. Texas was the first state to make it a holiday in 1980. Armed men plan to protect historic monuments during Juneteenth celebration. It's a holiday taking on new importance amid the growing demands for racial justice. → Read More

Homeless men and women stealing electricity for their nearby encampment

Homeless men and women were caught stealing electricity and water from a home under construction for their nearby encampment as more and more homeless encampments pop up due to the pandemic. But what are our city leaders are doing to address the problem? "As you can see all the walls are here in my front yard," said property owner Joe Lozano. Joe Lozano arguably has his hands full gutting and… → Read More

Maintenance issues forces a local woman to fight for 80-year old grandparents

SAN ANTONIO - Leaky ceilings, cracked walls and a door off its hinge have forced an 80-year old man and his wife to leave their home. They say their temporary retreat comes after years of frustration about unresolved maintenance issues at La Silva Apartments. Now the couple's granddaughter is stepping in. She reached out to me to help get much-needed repairs. Leaky ceilings, cracked walls and a… → Read More

Local renters request refunds after signing leases in 'high crime' area

SAN ANTONIO - Some local renters are learning a tough lesson. They're out thousands of dollars in rent-related fees, and say they're still looking for a place to live. Three women say they signed rental agreements then discovered the East Side property was in a high crime area. Although they never moved in, they say they were denied a refund of their security deposits and rent. To be clear,… → Read More

Bexar County District Attorney responds to protesters calling for case reviews

SAN ANTONIO - New video out of downtown shows protesters gathering at the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. While they talked about police relations with the African American community in general, this was organized by the families of two local men shot and killed by police who are now calling on the DA to re-open those cases. → Read More

Vacant lot pits homeowners against their home owners association

SAN ANTONIO - A zoning issue in one local neighborhood put on hold due to the pandemic is back. "This is kind of a quiet neighborhood street," said homeowner Kim Gibbs. Darian Trotter explains how a vacant lot off Broadway is pitting homeowners against their HOA. At the center of heavy debate, is just more than an acre of land. The vacant lot just off Broadway on Flamingo Drive has repeatedly… → Read More

Letter carrier refusing to wear mask is causing important mail for seniors to be delayed

SAN ANTONIO - A postal worker's alleged refusal to deliver mail is putting disabled and elderly tenants in a tough spot. The property requires all delivery workers to wear masks and have their temperature taken. Because the mailman refuses to comply, renters there say their important medication, letters, and packages have been delayed. "I want my mail delivered and I also want to be safe from… → Read More

Hundreds gather downtown for another day of protests

SAN ANTONIO - Black, white, and brown, people from all walks of life, all in a show of solidarity. The message was clear and displayed on handmade signs again Wednesday. Everything from 'black lives matter' to 'we will not be silent. 'They vowed not to be silent about George Floyd, Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown, Stephan Clark, Terrance Crutcher, Alton Sterling, for Lando Castile, Eric Gardner,… → Read More

City Council set to vote on $80M plan to teach people skills to earn higher wages

An important plan to help put San Antonians back to work, would also teach them skills to earn higher wages. City leaders are set to vote on the plan which would put $80-million dollars in federal funds toward developing a more skilled workforce and many residents like, Judy Nicastro could use the help. In fact, Nicastro tells us, she has been out of work now for nearly three months. "It's… → Read More

The debate over wearing masks at San Antonio malls heats up

SAN ANTONIO - As area malls open their doors to customers, the shopping experience has changed due to the pandemic. Masks are recommended to help fight the spread of Coronavirus, but they're not required inside malls. It's a choice left to shoppers, and as news 4 San Antonio's Darian Trotter explains it's sparking widespread criticism and debate. "It angers me that a lot of people in the mall… → Read More

Make-shift junk yard in neighborhood is creating eyesore for neighbors

SAN ANTONIO - A local man's side hustle is wreaking havoc on his neighbors. He's turned a vacant lot next to his Southside home into a junk yard. Neighbors say it's grown into an eyesore that's threatening property values. They reached out to us and we went straight to the source to help solve the problem. "I take advantage of everything I have," said Eddie Frias. Sitting in the middle of what… → Read More

COVID-19 creates new dilemma for parents with asthmatic children

SAN ANTONIO - A new dilemma for parents with children who have asthma has raised its head. The CDC says people with asthma are considered high risk; including children. It's even putting parents who are trying to get back to work in a tough position. Yahaira Ibarra was recently called back to work, and she’s ready to go, but she’s having a hard time finding childcare for her 5-year old son… → Read More

Elderly man needs door repaired after welfare check goes wrong

SAN ANTONIO - A team of first responders checking on a man with serious health issues wants to know who's going to pay for damages to his front door. Ernesto Olivares says firefighters pried his door open even after he yelled out to them that he was okay. Now he says, no one will take responsibility for repairing his door. "I didn't damage the door, I didn't kick in the door," said Ernesto… → Read More

New technology helps keep probation offers and offenders safe during COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN ANTONIO- The owner of a local tech company is offering an alternative to the probation process during the pandemic. Fox San Antonio's Darian Trotter shows us the app he's developed that helps keep both administrators and offenders safe, while saving the county money. "I've always really like technology, I always knew I wanted to do something with tech," said Enrique Stavros Pavlioglou. What… → Read More