Erin Sheridan

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Erin Sheridan is a reporter for the Brownsville Herald. She covers crime, plus state and federal courts. She can be reached at esheridan@brownsvilleherald.com or (956) 982-6609.

Going the Distance: Remote training program overcomes virus challenges

As COVID-19 swept into the Rio Grande Valley this spring, UTRGV’s graduate class of social work students faced a unique dilemma: how do social...

Clothes Call: Shelter seeks donations to help area families

Good Neighbor Settlement House in downtown Brownsville is seeking donations to serve the community’s homeless population, which faces unique challenges during the pandemic. Brownsville’s unsheltered...

Man seeks release from detention in Medicare fraud case

Former Merida Healthcare Group owner Rodney Mesquias filed a petition seeking release from the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in Raymondville, where he is...

County jailer arrested, records indicate

A Cameron County jailer was arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito, according to documents detailing the arrest. Magistrate’s warnings...

Mosquitos spraying begins this week

Brownsville Public Health will be taking care of those giant, pesky mosquitoes that have been swarming the city since Hurricane Hanna made landfall on...

Judge orders principals in Atkinson case not to talk about it outside of court

A federal judge last week signed a protective order restricting Sylvia Atkinson, her attorneys, and government prosecutors from making certain statements outside the court...

Teacher honored as Distinguished Educator of Blind Students

Graciela Olivo has been a teacher of blind students in the Rio Grande Valley for over 35 years. This month, the National Federation of...

Plasma still in high demand for Valley coronavirus patients

Plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients is in great need in the Rio Grande Valley, where cases continue to rise. The treatment, using the liquid...

Meeting new needs: Plasma in demand for Valley virus patients

Plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients is in great need in the Rio Grande Valley, where cases continue to rise. The treatment, using the...

Prayer vigil held for hospital patients and front line workers

Medical staff at Valley Regional Medical Center gathered outside the hospital’s entrances on a recent evening for a mobile church service and prayer vigil...

Pilot program to address human trafficking; Brownsville chosen to be part of project

An initiative led by United Way Worldwide and UPS will feature Brownsville as one of four cities across the United States in a pilot...

Public access denied in Atkinson motion hearing

A motion hearing in the federal bribery case against BISD Trustee Dr. Sylvia Atkinson moved forward without public access on Thursday in accordance with...

Rio Grande may crest; threatens migrant camp

Volunteer engineers working in collaboration with Resource Center Matamoros, Global Response Management, and the Dignity Village collective are monitoring the rising level of the...

Tornado Scare: ‘We heard the noise — like a train. A big, loud train.’

Hurricane Hanna spawned a tornado that left behind damages at two different locations in Brownsville when the storm passed through South Texas over the...

Water Woes: County deploys pump trucks to flooded areas

Colonias north of Los Fresnos experienced significant flooding over the weekend as Hurricane Hanna’s powerful rain bands hit the South Texas coast. On Monday, just...

Brownsville pushing census outreach efforts

The City of Brownsville is ramping up its census outreach efforts once again. The 2020 Census will touch the lives of every Brownsville resident....

Cleanest Waters: Study indicates local beaches least polluted

Cameron County beaches are some of the least polluted in Texas, according to a new report released by the Environment Texas Research and Policy...

More ICE detainees test positive for COVID-19

The number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees in local detention centers who have tested positive for COVID-19 is on the rise. To date,...

Complaint alleges La Feria man threatened to shoot employees at VA clinic in Harlingen

A La Feria man was arrested this week after authorities alleged he threatened to shoot employees at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Harlingen, as...

Tropical storm forms in the Atlantic; rain later this week

A tropical depression in the Atlantic ocean strengthened into a storm on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service outpost in Brownsville. According to the...

Dentention officer passes away from COVID-19

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that one of its staff members, a detention officer with the department, passed away from complications...

Plasma drive draws from COVID-19 survivors

Brownsville’s first scheduled plasma drive was underway on Tuesday morning in an effort to collect convalescent plasma containing COVID-19 antibodies from those who had...

Letter blames Abbott for death; Daughter claims virus policies responsible

Isabelle Papadimitriou, born and raised in Brownsville, passed away on the 4th of July. She tested positive for COVID-19 only five days prior after...

Afternoon fire damages several businesses on Price Road

A fire broke out at a building housing several businesses on the 2000 block of E. Price Road in Brownsville on Monday afternoon, sending...

Virus forces county jails on lockdown until end of July

Officials with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department have responded to the nearly 400 positive COVID-19 cases among inmates inside the county jails by instituting...

Mental health frontlines; Health workers see rise in patient anxiety

For nearly five months, Rio Grande Valley residents have been working hard to maintain jobs, families, and health while COVID-19 infections and the necessary...

High number of inmates test positive for COVID-19; Some are quarantined for safety measures

Nearly 400 inmates inside Cameron County’s four jail facilities have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest report from the Texas Commission on...

DA issues subpoena to BISD superintendent

Cameron County authorities on Monday issued a subpoena to BISD Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez requesting messages, videos, and documents related to Board of Trustees...

Report: Man’s death ruled homicide

The latest version of a report released by the Texas Attorney General’s Office in the December 2019 death of 27-year-old Mario Alberto Torres ruled...

Garza defeats Omar Lucio; Ex-district clerk secures 57% of vote

Former Cameron County district clerk Eric Garza unseated 19-year incumbent Sheriff Omar Lucio in the primary runoff election to secure the nomination on the...