Sentencing reset for ex-Border Patrol agent

A former U.S. Border Patrol found guilty of threatening a federal agent will be sentenced in June, according to court documents. A little more than a month after a federal jury found Daniel Polanco guilty of influencing a federal official by threat, the Court reset Polanco’s sentencing hearing to June, after it was originally set for May 22, records show. During a brief two-day trial in early March, jurors found Polanco was guilty of threatening a Homeland Security Investigations agent at a court hearing in Houston in early October 2019, records show. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Man faces arson, attempted capital murder charge

A Donna man said “voices” told him to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new romantic partner by setting fire to a building earlier this...

Trump to celebrate border wall milestone in Arizona

By ASTRID GALVAN The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to mark 200 miles (322 kilometers) of wall along the southwest...

Storm causes erosion at Trump backers’ private border wall

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Weeks after it was criticized by President Donald Trump as "done to make me look bad," a...

Armed robbery reported in Primera

PRIMERA — The Primera Police Department is searching for robbery suspect. According to a police press release, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Primera police were dispatched to...

TSC postpones graduation ceremony to July 11

Texas Southmost College President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez has announced that the college’s graduation scheduled for May 5 has been pushed back to July because...

Church prays over 300 local law enforcement at service

The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville held a Blue Mass here Wednesday for first responders throughout the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley. The Mass was held at 12:15 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in San Juan with over 300 first responders in attendance. The Blue Mass Committee helped organize the Mass. The committee, of which the diocese’s bishop and auxiliary bishop also serve, is made up of representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, and multiple agencies throughout Hidalgo County. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hidalgo Co. elections officials prep new poll workers for critical vote

Johnny Ramirez with the Hidalgo County Elections Office demonstrates how to set-up a voting machine at Bert Ogden on Thursday in Edinburg. (Delcia Lopez...

Assault ship ‘Tripoli’ comes to Brownsville for scrapping

BROWNSVILLE — Fifty-three years after it was launched from the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss., the 598-foot amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH...

Walmart to temporarily close store on FM 802

Walmart says it will temporarily close its store on FM 802 so it can be sanitized and employees can restock shelves. In a news release,...

New cases of virus tied to nursing homes; 23 patients cleared of virus

Cameron County Public Health is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19, including three tied to Harlingen nursing facilities. But at the same time, the...

Going up: Port elevator resumes grain shipments

It’s been about four years since the Port of Brownsville signed an agreement with agricultural commodity trading firm West Plains LLC to lease the...

Commissioner says budget won’t allow pay hike

The Cameron County Commissioners Court pulled the plug on proposed pay raises for county elected officials Tuesday, while a proposed tax abatement for Annova...

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...

Hundreds give final goodbye to Villalon

At least 300 people attended the funeral service for U.S. Army Spc. Miguel Angel Villalon at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Brownsville Events Center where a religious ceremony was held to give the soldier a final blessing. Community members and elected officials such as U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez and City Commissioner Jessica Tetreau, among many more, attended the funeral to give their final goodbye and express their support to the family. “It was very devastating to know that we lost one of our own and as a city official it was my job to make sure that we honor him in the highest and most honorable way that we could,” Tetreau said. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Brownsville police remind holiday shoppers to lock their car doors

Local police department gives important advice to shoppers for this time of year.

Fourth former La Villa guard pleads guilty

A fourth former employee of the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges last week. Domingo Gonzalez Hernandez, 25, of Mercedes, appeared for a rearraignment hearing Friday, where he changed his plea to guilty to one count of bribery of a public official after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend lowering the offense by two levels on the federal sentencing guidelines, a copy of the plea agreement indicated. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Local authorities issue safety advisories, debris cleanup notices

Local authorities are announcing safety precautions and the first steps toward recovery as Hurricane Hanna subsides. At least two municipalities have announced plans to begin...

Early voting begins Tuesday; a look at the races

Early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election begins on Tuesday, and Cameron County voters take to the polls to also elect officials in...

Blue Bell Ice Cream bringing back holiday favorites

Just in time for the holidays, Blue Bell Ice Cream is bringing back some of your holiday favorites. Its Christmas Cookies Ice Cream was first...

Reports suggest 10-day turnaround time for test results at private labs  

Surges in COVID-19 testing have slowed down the turnaround time for results at some private labs, according to a regional medical director for the Department of State Health Services. Dr. Emilie Prot, the regional medical director for Public Health Region 11, said health care providers are reporting an average turnaround time of 10 days for test results from private labs. "We've received several reports from local physicians, even hospitals who have used some of our national laboratories — CPL, Quest, and LabCorp — that are having backlogs at the national level," Prot said during a weekly news conference call on Friday. "This comes with a surge in testing requests across the country, not just our area." Read the full story at themonitor.com

Police: San Benito man charged with sexual assault

A San Benito man was arrested by Harlingen police and charged with sexual assault. Harlingen Police say they received a report of a sexual assault...

Trump Jr. to participate in local GOP luncheon

McALLEN — The president’s son will be in town Friday. The Hidalgo County GOP is hosting a luncheon with Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox...

Rio Grande Valley School Districts COVID-19 Updates

The staff of the Brownsville Herald, The Monitor and the Valley Morning Star have created this page for coronavirus updates that pertain to back-to-school...

Cortez supports governor’s plan to re-open state

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Friday that he supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s new executive orders beginning the slow process of reopening the state, and plans to work toward the same goal locally in the coming weeks, albeit cautiously. Abbott introduced the three new executive orders Friday, allowing retailers to offer curbside pickup, resuming elective surgeries and reopening state parks. State parks can reopen as soon as Monday, however the executive order regarding retailers goes into effect April 24. Cortez believes this is a step in the right direction. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Major turnout: First day of early voting breaks records

The first day of early voting in Cameron County for the Nov. 3, 2020, general election was one for the record books, reports county...

Jailed DA Villalobos seeks release; Former prosecutor wants home confinement

Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos continues his request to be released from federal custody under the CARES Act due to high...

NWS: Cold front to bring ‘feel like’ temperatures in the 20s, 30s

Winter doesn’t officially arrive in the Western Hemisphere until this weekend, but for those who live in the Rio Grande Valley it might feel like it arrived sooner. A cold front will move through South Texas, bringing in a significant change in temperatures. This weekend, temperatures hovered at 90 degrees, with daily records broken in McAllen (93) and Brownsville (90), but on Tuesday they will range between 40-60 degrees. The National Weather Service in Brownsville said mornings will feel even colder Wednesday and Thursday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Valley jobless numbers edge up but bigger loss looms

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent in January as it continues its flirtation with record lows, the Texas Workforce Commission reported. All that may be about to change. The Texas economy added 279,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 19,500 jobs added over the month for January. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.2 percent in January, marking 117 consecutive months of annual growth. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Local orgs hold panel on voter protection

Organizers with La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas hosted a virtual forum aimed to educate individuals...