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Year in Review: Crime and Tragedy in San Angelo

Fires, murders and drug use have kept law enforcement busy this year. Michelle Kingston takes a look back at the tragedy and crimes here in San Angelo in 2013.
Less than two months into the start of 2013, a 23-year-old San Angelo business burned to the ground. An electrical fire started in the kitchen of Catfish Corner on West Beauregard and high winds caused the fire to spread. In the summer of 2013, rebuilding began. Catfish Corner will reopen in 2014.

Over the summer, the Concho Valley lost a number of young residents. In June, Micah Key died in police custody after officers were dispatched to his home for a domestic disturbance call and tased him after he did not cooperate. Results from his autopsy in September reveal the 24-year-old died from a probable cardiac dysrhythmia caused by a police taser.

In July, a Lakeview High School defensive lineman drowned at Horseshoe Bend. 17-year-old Jason Roberts was about to enter his senior year.

Just two weeks later, Wall resident Brian Berry shot and killed his wife,  36-year-old Keri Berry and her brother 31-year-old Brandon Block. District Attorney Allison Palmer is seeking the death penalty in the case against 40-year-old Berry, who has been indicted on a capital murder charge.

Another domestic violence issue at the end of August -- In Grape Creek, a San Angelo man shot and killed his wife. Thirty-one-year-old Matthew Salazar was charged with capital murder in the shooting at a home in the 82-hundred block of Poplar Lane. His wife, Heather, was 30 years old.

"We do not want to see this kind of violence in our community and if we can intervene before it happens, that's what we want," Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones said.

Methemphetamine use continued to be a prevalent issue in San Angelo this year. The police department says they'll arrest an estimated 200 people by the end of the year on meth-related charges. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley predicts their numbers will stay the same as last year -- 1/3 of their clients are meth users.

"We have seen it just be a steady issue in our community," Eric Sanchez of ADACCV said.

And those are some of the top stories for 2013.
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