Around the Valley
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
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,
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
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,
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.