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Mark Reagan is a reporter for The Monitor. He can be reached at mreagan@themonitor.com or at (956) 683-4437.

Mercedes man arraigned on murder, robbery charges

A 22-year-old Mercedes man entered a not guilty plea Wednesday afternoon to a murder charge for the death of an accomplice during a home...

Mercedes man arraigned on murder, robbery charges

A 22-year-old Mercedes man entered a not guilty plea Wednesday afternoon to a murder charge for the death of an accomplice during a home invasion where the resident shot and killed the intruder last year. Juan Jesus Hernandez is facing an indictment charging him with murder and two counts of aggravated robbery for a Dec. 3 home invasion near the 9900 block of North Saltillo Circle in rural Weslaco that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Emanuel Alvarado, who authorities have alleged also participated in the attempted robbery. Emanuel’s 24-year-old brother, Noel, is also facing a murder charge for his older brother’s death, along with two counts of aggravated robbery. Martin Perez Torres, 23, is also charged with murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Documents detail deadly 2014 shootout

A man learned of his brother’s death on Feb. 1, 2014, after then 24-year-old Joseph Espinoza accidentally called him and left a life-changing voicemail. “At...

McAllen man wanted in 2014 double homicide arrested after traffic stop

After a little more than six years, a 30-year-old McAllen man accused of participating in a home invasion which resulted in the deaths of two people has been arrested. Lt. Joel Morales said Jose Eduardo Espinoza was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of murder and one count of aggravated robbery after the Texas Department of Public Safety pulled him over for traffic violations. Jail records indicate DPS pulled Espinoza over on May 1 on charges of evading arrested and reckless driving. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Court filing identifies officer who shot Mission man

A federal judge will allow a Mission man who was shot by police in 2017 to amend his lawsuit to name the actual officer who shot him. Steven Wilson, 52, sued the city of Mission and officer Teodoro Rodriguez Jr. in 2018 alleging excessive force after he was shot in the stomach on Jan. 9, 2017, at his parents’ home in Mission. The lawsuit named Rodriguez as the officer who fired the shot, but in a December 2019 filing Wilson’s attorneys said the actual officer who shot Wilson was Jaime Solis, who admitted as much during a deposition. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Theft probe leads to guns, drugs, money

When Edinburg investigators worked to determine who evaded arrest after leading them in a police chase in a stolen car on April 14, they...

DA cites COVID-19 executive order in opposition to murder suspect receiving PR bond

A 40-year-old Elsa man accused of killing his father in 2017 walked out of jail Thursday on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond. Joseph Robert Nocar, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence in letters written to the court and to The Monitor, is charged with murder for the Oct. 24, 2017, death of 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Nocar, whose daughter found him lying in a pool of his own blood inside his Weslaco home. On Wednesday, state district Judge J.R. “Bobby” Flores granted Joseph Robert Nocar the personal recognizance bond. Jail records indicate the man was released Thursday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Man who said he was ‘sorry’ after uncle’s death indicted for murder

A Hidalgo County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man on a charge of murder Wednesday on accusations he stabbed his uncle three to four times in mid-March after an argument. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Manuel Martinez III on March 18 on accusations he killed his uncle, 54-year-old Reynaldo Menchaca Villarreal, at a residence in Donna. Weslaco police began investigating after responding to a traffic accident in which the driver, Villarreal, appeared to have stab wounds. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Edinburg auto theft investigation leads to guns, drugs and money

When Edinburg investigators worked to determine who evaded arrest after leading them in a police chase in a stolen car on April 14, they ended up with more than just an auto theft case on their hands. Instead, the investigation lead to the arrest of three men and the seizure of four vehicles, nearly 400 pounds of marijuana, a half pound of cocaine, 26 weapons, including a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun, and more than $125,000 in cash. In a news release, police say they engaged in a chase after responding to an auto theft in progress on the 1500 block of Armagoza Drive. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Domestic violence rates are a concern in pandemic

On April 18, 22-year-old Diego Alfonso Gonzalez's girlfriend told him to leave the home the couple shared with her father after an argument. As the...