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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 12:00 am

Around the Valley

San Juan

Police arrest man

in murder probe

Police arrested an Alamo man Tuesday in connection with an October murder and

plan to charge him today, officials said.

Javier Carrillo Moya, 33, was arrested without incident at a house in the 100

block of South Tower Road shortly before 9 a.m. in connection with the murder

of Arturo Mendoza, police said.

San Juan police Sgt. Homero Alaffa said the two knew each other.

Police said that Mendoza had been shot in the jaw and neck with an unknown

caliber handgun in the early morning hours of Oct. 21. The victim had been

standing in the yard outside his home at the corner of Frances Street and

Cougar Street.

Witnesses told detectives that Mendoza was having a party at his home when he

and his killer began to argue, Alaffa said. Alaffa said he had not determined

a motive for the slaying.

Alaffa said that police didnt have any trouble finding the suspect, and that

the delay in the arrest occurred because police were waiting for the district

attorneys office to review the evidence.

Moya will remain in the custody of San Juan police until he is arraigned,

police said.

Immigrants found in trailer

The U.S. Border Patrol found 25 undocumented immigrants shivering among a load

of watermelons in an airtight, refrigerated trailer over the weekend,

officials said Monday.

Besides the cold, the group risked suffocation, trailer distributors said.

Agents discovered the human cargo at the Falfurrias checkpoint on Hwy. 281

about 11 p.m. Friday after a contraband-sniffing dog alerted on a

tractor-trailer headed for Houston.

Agents opened the refrigerated unit and discovered the immigrants, all from

Mexico, standing in 45-degree temperatures.

They usually crank it down that low so that when the truck pulls up to the

checkpoint, all the agents will hear is that air conditioning, said Rick

Aguirre, a supervisory agent with the Border Patrols Anti-Smuggling Unit.

But then boom, voila, there you see (the undocumented immigrants).

Valco workers vow to stay on strike

Workers with the Valley Co-op Oil Mill or Valco said theyll stay on strike

until they get a just wage and benefits.

Almost four weeks ago, 38 workers at the mill were offered a pay increase of

60 cents an hour over a three-year period, but their insurance costs would

rise $20 a week. Its not worth it. We were losing more than we were

gaining, said striker Jesse Cantu.

Cantu was in charge of the nine strikers that carried picket signs on Tuesday

that read, We want a retirement benefits, not a watch.

The strikers were in good spirits even though the company has refused to

bargain with the workers, they said.

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