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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.

Hidalgo County sheriff to chair Border Security Committee

As more than 200,000 families arrived illegally in the Rio Grande Valley during 2019’s so-called surge, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra invited sheriffs...

Bond lowered for Mercedes man mistakenly charged with murder

A judge on Wednesday reduced the bond by $200,000 for a Mercedes man who was mistakenly booked and admonished on a charge of murder...

Bond reduction request denied for capital murder suspect

A defense attorney argued Wednesday that a capital murder suspect with an immigration hold would be eligible for release despite that hold because she’s...

Edinburg man accused of killing DPS trooper appears in court

The march toward trial moved forward Wednesday as a 25-year-old Edinburg man appeared before a judge for his first pre-trial hearing after the prosecutors...

Texas Ranger testifies in 2003 manslaughter case

A Texas Ranger’s testimony at a hearing over a 17-year-old intoxication manslaughter allegation revealed the fatal crash happened on a street where 50 to...

McAllen names new fire chief

The city of McAllen announced Wednesday it selected a longtime employee of the McAllen Fire Department as its new chief. James Schultz, who had been...

Donna man accused of selling fake vehicle tags to undercover agent

The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a 37-year-old Donna man Monday on allegations he sold an undercover agent fake temporary vehicle tags in...

Hidalgo woman accused of stabbing husband several times

Hidalgo police accuse a 46-year-old Michigan resident of stabbing her husband several times in the stomach after becoming angry at the man. Authorities arrested Felicia...

Man booked in 2015 Mission double homicide

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has booked a 42-year-old man into county jail  on charges tied to a 2015 double homicide. Alberto Garcia Ocañas is charged with...

Rio Bravo man charged with capital murder set for arraignment

A 25-year-old Rio Bravo man accused of beating a man to death with a baseball bat over a wage argument is scheduled to be...

Appeal denied for Pharr man convicted of killing woman, unborn child

The third time was not the charm for a 56-year-old Pharr man spending the rest of his life in prison for murdering his pregnant...

Edinburg police accuse Alton man of swapping fake rings for real ones

Edinburg police say he went to JC Penney to look at gold and diamond rings. But when he handed the rings back to employees in the jewelry department, a loss prevention officer later learned the real rings had been replaced with counterfeit rings, police say. Authorities say that man is 42-year-old Alton resident Ignacio Angel Vela IV, who is charged with four counts of theft, more than $2,500, but less than $30,000. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Money over child’s care allegedly led to stabbing

Weslaco police say a 21-year-old Donna man stabbed an 18-year-old resident during an argument over money he felt was owed to him for taking care of the victim’s child. Vincent Cedillo is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remains in the Hidalgo County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond for allegations stemming from a dispute in the 1900 block of Las Brisas Street. The incident reportedly occurred at around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The victim has been identified as Alberto Fernandez. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg man to be arraigned on murder charge for fatal Palmview shooting

A 45-year-old Edinburg man accused of shooting and killing a man in Palmview last December is scheduled Friday to be arraigned on a charge of murder. A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted Francisco Antonio Griego on Sept. 3 over allegations he murdered 30-year-old Federico Garza Jr. on Dec. 22 at the P and V Drive Thru at 100 S. Minnesota Road. Palmview police and the U.S. Marshals arrested the man on Feb. 10. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

District attorney seeks AG opinion on releasing info in infant death case

The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office is asking the Texas Attorney General whether it can withhold a probable cause affidavit used to charge a 36-year-old Pharr man with capital murder for the death of an infant. Donna police arrested Ubence Ruben Hernandez on Oct. 7 and levied the charge, accusing the man of breaking the infant’s spine “due to blunt force trauma” while babysitting three children while their mother went to a store. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

DA’s office seeks to shield info on Mercedes murder case from public

Two men arrested by the Mercedes Police Department at the end of September are accused of murdering a minor. Police there arrested 34-year-old Fidencio Castillo Cosme and 37-year-old Juan Jose Cosme, both of Mercedes, on Sept. 29 and charged the men with murder. Details of the allegations against the men, however, are unclear. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Attorney: Statute of limitations expired on several counts in intox manslaughter cold case

A 39-year-old Michigan man who turned himself in earlier this month on charges related to decades-old incidents of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault with a vehicle pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning. State district Judge Ysmael Fonseca arraigned Juan Jose Gomez on an Aug. 11 indictment charging him with one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury over allegations he drove drunk on Feb. 23, 2003, and hit and killed Jennifer Ybarra and seriously injured two other people. Gomez was not a fugitive. He had never been indicted in the case. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Court hearing confirms Mercedes man mistakenly charged with murder

The defense attorney representing a 36-year-old Weslaco man confirmed in court Wednesday afternoon that his client was arraigned on murder charges despite not being accused of killing anyone. Jesus “Jesse” Contreras made the comment during a bond reduction hearing for Paul Buenrostro, who is accused of attempting to light his girlfriend on fire and choking the woman. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Child exploitation suspects indicted

Two child exploitation suspects arrested this month could face life in prison if convicted of charges that include the production, receipt and distribution of...

Mercedes woman fearful of police after being arrested when seeking help

When 58-year-old Nelda Ortega walked into the Mercedes Police Department on April 16 to file harassment charges, police there would end up arresting her...

Sexual exploitation suspects to remain jailed pending trial

A former South Texas College professor and a woman accused of filming the sexual abuse of young girls will be held without bond pending...

Murder suspect declared incompetent may have not been sent to mental institution as ordered

A 66-year-old man charged in a 2017 stabbing murder was supposed to be in a maximum security state mental hospital as of October last...

Edinburg woman accused of stealing $10K in jewelry from home where she worked

The McAllen Police Department accuses a 45-year-old Edinburg woman of stealing more than $10,000 from a residence where she worked as a provider. Authorities arrested...

Confusion clouds murder charge in Mercedes

A 36-year-old Weslaco man has been booked into jail on a charge of murder after being arrested by the Mercedes Police Department, but he's...

Mission man scheduled for arraignment in fatal Alamo shooting

A 40-year-old Mission man is scheduled to be arraigned later this week on a murder charge for killing a man in April, when police...

Feds: STC professor arrested for sexually abusing young girl, producing child pornography

Federal agents have charged a man who says he’s a South Texas College professor with sexually abusing a four-year-old girl and filming the alleged...

Michigan man turns self in to face charges in ‘03 fatal drunk driving crash

A man wanted on charges that he drove drunk and killed a woman nearly 20 years ago has been booked into the Hidalgo County...

Off-duty Border Patrol agent accused of driving drunk, causing major traffic accident

McAllen police on Wednesday afternoon arrested an off-duty Border Patrol agent who they accuse of drinking and driving and causing a major car crash. Eduardo...

McAllen man charged with harboring, sexually assaulting teen

Police have charged a 22-year-old McAllen man with three counts of aggravated sexual assault over allegations he harbored a runaway from Brownsville and had...

Man charged with sexual assault prohibited from practicing medicine

The Texas Medical Board sent a cease-and-desist order to a Mission man to prohibit him from practicing medicine in the state because he does...