RGC man held without bond pending trial

A Rio Grande City man was denied bond and will remain in custody pending his trial. Sergio Gustavo Reyes, who crashed his vehicle into a fence while eluding authorities in early October remains in custody after a Court denied his bond release, notes show. Reyes, who made his initial appearance in federal court Oct. 6, recently requested new counsel to represent him in court; from attorney Jesus Maria Alvarez, to Yvonne Marie Sanchez, records show. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Eight more people die from COVID-19 in RGV

Eight more people throughout the Rio Grande Valley died from COVID-19 related complications, county officials reported Friday. In Hidalgo County, five more people died due to COVID-19, and officials confirmed another 171 new cases. The five individuals who died included a man and a woman, both over 70 years old, from Edinburg, a Weslaco woman over 70 years old, a McAllen man also over 70 and a McAllen woman in her 40s, according to a news release issued by the county. Read more at The Monitor.com.

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.

Search continues for two stolen Mission FFA heifers

There are cattle rustlers about in the Rio Grande Valley. According to law enforcement, two show heifers worth at least $10,000 apiece disappeared from a pasture in north Mission last week and appear to have been stolen. The heifers belong to Amy Ingram and her daughters, who noticed they were missing last Wednesday. Ingram says she and her daughters went out that day to feed their cows on their property near Mile 7-1/2 on Brushline Road, but Sunflower and Luna, the show heifers, never showed up. 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.

284 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, 172 hospitalizations in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County reported eight more coronavirus-related deaths and 284 new cases of the virus as hospitalization rates for the county remain fairly static. So far the county has recorded 34,799 positive cases, 1,914 of which have resulted in a person’s death. County hospitals continued to treat 172 COVID-19 patients Thursday, 68 of them in intensive care units. Hospitalizations were at 176 the previous day. 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.

New charges filed in RGC drug trafficking case

Five Rio Grande City men alleged to be members of a drug trafficking organization are facing new federal charges after prosecutors filed a superseding indictment earlier this week. Evaristo Sepulveda III, Juan Indalecio Garcia, Rene Sepulveda, Daniel Sepulveda and Jose Luis Garcia were already charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine when a second superseding indictment filed Tuesday lodged new charges against two of them. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen Holiday Parade going virtual in 2020

There won’t be any jostling for a good spot at this year’s McAllen Holiday Parade. The city announced Thursday that the 2020 parade will be entirely remote and will be broadcast live through television and streaming services. Despite the changes, city representatives remain confident the parade will live up to its reputation, which has won it epithets as both the “Best Parade in Texas” and “Best Parade in the World.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Starr County extends early voting hours

Starr County citizens will have more time to vote after the county's election office extended the hours of operation for their main polling site. 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.

Edinburg orders 2021 election on indicted elected officials

Council members ordered an election that will give residents the option to amend the city charter so that any future elected official charged with a felony is automatically suspended from office, all while raising questions of due process and dragging the criminal cases against the mayor and the Texas Attorney General into the discussion.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

COVID-19 shuts down part of sheriff’s office

A coronavirus outbreak has led officials to close part of the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department and the county tax office. At the Raymondville school district, COVID-19 cases led officials to cancel last Friday’s Bearkats football game along with this Friday’s game while requesting about 65 players, trainers and coaches quarantine. Meanwhile, Raymondville Mayor Gilbert Gonzales and Raymondville schools Deputy Superintendent Ben Clinton are under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Starr County shutting down drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

Starr County's COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, the first such facility in the Rio Grande Valley, will shut down on Friday after administering thousands of tests since it opened in March. The county announced Tuesday in a post on social media that the testing site would close as of Friday. Explaining why he and the county commissioners made the decision to close the site, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera explained there just simply wasn't a need for it anymore. 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.

Weslaco police make arrest in 18-year-old man’s stabbing

Weslaco police say they’ve arrested 21-year-old resident Vincent Cedillo on accusations he stabbed an 18-year-old man Tuesday afternoon. Cedillo is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was given a $200,000 bond. 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.

Hidalgo County virus hospitalizations up slightly as 7 more die

Hidalgo County reported seven new coronavirus-related deaths and 172 new cases Wednesday as the local death toll continues to slowly creep toward 2,000. Thus far, 1,906 people in the county have died of COVID-19 and 34,515 have tested positive for the virus. The county reported a slight change in hospitalization rates Wednesday, with the number of individuals with COVID-19 increasing by one to 176 patients and the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units going up from 66 to 74. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ballot board member infected with COVID-19, prompting tests

A member on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Committee who tested positive for COVID-19 prompted the testing of the entire committee, according to county spokesman Carlos Sanchez. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez issued the following statement Wednesday morning regarding the 2020 election. “The county recently learned that a member of the Hidalgo County balloting committee has tested positive for COVID-19,” Cortez said in the statement. “The balloting committee is a group made up of Democratic and Republican appointees who observe the electoral process for compliance with state election law. While they do have certain functions ahead of Election Day, the bulk of their work occurs beginning on Election Day and beyond.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Felon’s designation to Hidalgo County ballot board draws concern

The Hidalgo County Democratic Party appointment of a convicted felon to serve on a committee handling mail-in ballots, though legal, has drawn concerns from members of both parties in the ongoing, contentious election. “I feel it’s an insult to the members of Hidalgo County,” Adrienne Peña-Garza, who sits as the chair of the opposing Republican party, said. Sylvia Handy is serving on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Board, a committee tasked with verifying and processing mail-in ballots. This year, the county sent out over 18,300 ballots by mail. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

25-year-old Hidalgo County inmate transported to hospital, dies

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate suffered a continuous series of seizures and died at the hospital Saturday morning. Visit themonitor.com for the full story.

COVID-19 deaths climb by 92 in RGV, about 240 new cases confirmed

Throughout the Rio Grande Valley, the death toll from COVID-19 climbed by 92 on Friday and officials confirmed approximately 249 more cases of the disease. Hidalgo County reported 22 more COVID-19 related deaths and 208 new confirmed cases of the disease on Friday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

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Police, firefighters’ nonprofit donates to slain officers’ families

Local first responders have joined together to help support the families of two McAllen police officers who were killed in the line of duty in July while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The McAllen Guns and Hoses Foundation, a nonprofit organization comprised of McAllen police officers and firefighters, raised more than $90,000 for the families of Ismael “Smiley” Chavez, 39, and Edelmiro Garza, 45. The organization presented the families with the donations during a small ceremony Saturday. Read more at TheMonitor.com.

3 charged with murder in McAllen

The McAllen Police Department arrested five people over the weekend in relation to the Sept. 1 murder of 54-year-old Ricky Dowal Etheridge. Police haved charged 20-year-old McAllen resident Daniel Barker, 45-year-old McAllen resident Jose Luis Sanchez Jr., and 37-year-old McAllen resident Daniel Gilbert Garren with murder. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Bert Ogden Arena to host Hurricane Laura relief effort

EDINBURG — Bert Ogden Arena will host a relief effort this week aimed at aiding victims of Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana. A news release from arena owner Golden Grape Entertainment says donations will be accepted there through Saturday before the supplies are delivered to the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont and Reach Out America in Lake Charles Louisiana. “This is a great way for us to continue our tradition of serving the community,” Golden Grape Entertainment President Ron Patel wrote in the release. “During this time that we haven’t been able to bring people together for live events, we have been able to bring our community together through acts of service. It’s our pleasure to be able to help those in Beaumont and Lake Charles that are still in great need.” Read more at The Monitor.com.

McAllen police investigating man’s death as homicide

McALLEN — Police here say an investigation is ongoing after the discovery of a body in the 1000 block of North 15th Street on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the department said the body was that of an adult man and said a justice of the peace ordered an autopsy. He didn’t provide any additional details. A strong police presence could be seen in the alley behind a residence facing 15th Street near Kendlewood Avenue on Tuesday at around 9 p.m. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Sheriff: Standoff in Peñitas ends in man dying by self-inflicted gunshot

PEÑITAS — Law enforcement say one man is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following an hours-long standoff between him and police in Peñitas on Friday. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says a woman walked to the Peñitas Police Department Friday, where she told officers she had been assaulted by her husband. He says officers went to a mobile home near Military and FM 1427 where they encountered another individual who said they had been assaulted. Read more at The Monitor.com.