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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001 12:00 am

Around the Valley


Youth survives

being hit by van

A game of hide-and-go-seek almost turned fatal Wednesday night after a 5-year

old boy was struck by a mini van and thrown several feet while he played with

his siblings.

The boy was taken to Brownsville Medical Center but did not suffer serious

injuries. He was treated for minor cuts and bruises and was released, Lt.

Orlando Rodriguez of the Brownsville Police Department said

He was fortunate not to have been seriously injured, Rodriguez said.

No citations were issued to the driver, 39-year old Diana Sauceda, because she

was not at fault, Rodriguez said.

This is just another incident when kids are not careful around traffic,

Rodriguez said.

Police seeking information

The Brownsville Police Department is looking for information on two

individuals picked up Thursday morning carrying a stereo and a cage full of


The juveniles were stopped at the intersection of Palm Boulevard and East

Jefferson Street and had no proof of ownership of the stereo, Srgt. Adrian

Mascorro of the Brownsville Police Department, said.

The birds and the stereo were confiscated, and the men were not arrested,

Mascorro said. We dont have a victim at this time.

The birds were turned over to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Brownsville Police Department at

546-TIPS (8477).

Teen charged in burglary

A local teenager was charged Thursday in connection with the robbery of a

pizza parlor and the kidnapping of an employee.

Ricardo Villarreal Jr., 17, was taken before Municipal Judge Kathleen Henley

and charged with one count each of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and evading

arrest. Bond was set at $252,000, and he was taken to the Hidalgo County Jail.

Police Sgt. Joel Morales said that the charges stem from a robbery, kidnapping

and foot chase shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday at the Little Caesars Pizza.

The sergeant said an alarm at the store, at 1618 North 23rd St., went off at

about that time, and officers responding to the scene found the employee

outside the building.

MADD opens Valley office

The Rio Grande Valley chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, an advocacy

group for the victims of drunk drivers, opened its new McAllen office Tuesday.

National and state officials said the new location will provide a support

network for families who have lost loved ones to alcohol-related accidents.

This is how we get our strength, from hearing each others stories, state

Board Chairwoman Laura Dean-Mooney told assembled chapter members, law

enforcement officials and other invited guests.

The RGV chapter previously was headquartered in the Mid-Valley, said Ruben

Flores, RGV chapter director.

We had originally been located in Weslaco because of its central location,

but we moved here because theres a lot more commercial activity in McAllen,

he said.

Flores said that, in addition to the move, the chapter also is working to open

a satellite office in Brownsville to increase the groups membership and

activities across the Valley.

The new RGV chapter is located at 4401 N. 22nd St. in McAllen.


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