Woman in custody after houses of worship vandalized

McALLEN — A woman has been taken into custody by McAllen police after three houses of worship in Hidalgo County were found vandalized Tuesday...

Abbott reopens water parks, food courts, adult rec sports

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took another step Tuesday in his phased reopening of statewide activities after the coronavirus lockdown. The Republican governor...

Hidalgo Co. exceeds 10,000 COVID-19 tests; reports 516 total cases

Hidalgo County reported Tuesday that it has administered 10,371 COVID-19 tests and confirmed a total of 516 cases locally, including 12 new positives. “There are currently more than 1,800 tests pending,” county Judge Richard F. Cortez wrote in a news release. “As we conduct more testing, we can expect the number of infected people to rise.” The county also reported that 30 people were released from isolation Tuesday, raising the total to 322. A total of 16 individuals remained hospitalized with complications from the virus, three of whom are being treated in intensive care units. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mayors critical of virus relief allocations

Nearly a dozen mayors from small cities across Hidalgo County descended on Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting to air their concerns about the allocation of coronavirus relief funds — a week after county commissioners decided their cities would receive less money because of their populations. The mayors of Palmview, Peñitas, Alton, Granjeno, Palmhurst, Edcouch, Donna, Elsa, Mercedes, Alamo and Edinburg attended the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court meeting to try to convince commissioners to treat them “fairly.” Last week, a majority of the county governing body voted to use $63 million — out of the $151 million in relief funds the county received — to reimburse cities for COVID-19 related expenses. The rates at which the 22 municipalities will be reimbursed, however, differ according to populations. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Records: Used car salesman charged with theft

McAllen police arrested a 49-year-old used car salesman late last week who they accuse of defrauding Burns Motors out of payment of $154,840 for the sale of six vehicles. Authorities arrested Carlos Rodriguez, owner of Charlie's Used Cars, on May 21 on a charge of theft of property, more than $150,000 but less than $300,000. Investigators allege in a probable cause affidavit that the theft began on Aug. 12, 2019, when Rodriguez attended a vehicle auction at Burns Motors where he took custody of a black 2017 Nissan Maxima, a black Ford F-250 pickup, a brown 2015 Jeep Wrangler, a red Jeep Wrangler, a black Mercedes Benz and a silver Dodge Ram. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Local expert says young COVID-19 patients more prone to suffer a stroke

If you’re a young person infected with COVID-19, you’re more prone to have a stroke, experts say. Young COVID-19 patients who begin experiencing the customary stroke signs of numbness or vision problems should get to the hospital immediately, according to experts. Now more than ever it’s imperative you do so, says Dr. Ameer Hassan, head of the neuroscience department at Valley Baptist Medical Center. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. While Valley Baptist has had to cancel many of its events in observance of this, the hospital is emphasizing the importance of stroke patients to seek treatment at the first sign of trouble. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Man dies in fatal wreck after multi-city chase

A police chase Monday evening from Sullivan City to La Joya ended in a fatality after the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control and hit a palm tree. The chase started at 10:31 p.m. when Sullivan City police officers stopped a car on FM 886 north of Military Road, according to Sullivan City interim police chief Joseph Cordova. Cordova says three to five people fled the vehicle into nearby brush and officers pursued on foot. As officers chased the individuals, they heard the vehicle start back up, prompting them to return to their patrol car and follow the vehicle. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg man accused of killing DPS trooper scheduled for court

A 25-year-old man accused of shooting a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who died from his injuries months later is scheduled for a Wednesday afternoon pre-trial hearing. Victor Godinez, who has remained jailed on $3 million in bonds since his April 6, 2019, arrest, is charged with capital murder of a peace officer for the shooting death of 48-year-old Moises Sanchez after a traffic stop. Sanchez died in Houston following surgery on Aug. 24, 2019. Godinez is also accused of shooting at two Edinburg police officers. He faces two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer for those allegations. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Work in progress: Pandemic doesn’t slow airport project

One of the few things that hasn’t been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic is construction of a new terminal building for the Brownsville South...