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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2002 12:00 am

Around the Valley

Mcallen

Man accused of

falsely selling ads

A man accused of selling false advertising on high school sports calendars to

Rio Grande Valley businesses was arrested Thursday, officials said. Shane

Austin was arrested at about 1 p.m. by the Laredo Police Department, police

said.

Austin, 33, is accused of falsely claiming to represent area school districts

to sell advertising for their athletic posters. He approached businesses in

Mission, Pharr and Peitas, Mission Police Department Cpl. Martin Garza Jr.

said.

Austin was charged with theft by deception, Garza said.

Officials in Rio Grande City believe Austin also sold advertising to that

citys businesses, but Garza said it hadnt been confirmed Thursday evening.

Mission officials issued a warrant for Austins arrest Wednesday, Garza said.

He will be arraigned today at the Webb County Jail and taken to Mission this

afternoon.

Garza said officials identified Austin through photo lineups and interviews

with business owners who bought advertising.

City applying for $2.5 million grant

McAllens Community Development Division is preparing paperwork to apply for

$2.5 million from the United States Department of Housing and Urban

Development.

The city is applying for the Community Development Block Grant because it has

more than 50,000 residents and meets a combination of requirements regarding

low-income families and substandard housing. Other cities eligible for CDBG

money include Amarillo, Corpus Christi and Lubbock, said Scott Hudman, a HUD

spokesman in Fort Worth.

The only way they would not get it is if their performance is bad, said John

Maldonado, a HUD director of community planning and development in San

Antonio. Then we would recommend the amount they receive be reduced by

whatever we determine.

Mercedes

Developer still hoping for outlet mall

Although Humberto Zamora ended a construction agreement with the city, he

still hopes to build an outlet mall along Expressway 83.

According to city officials, the termination of a development agreement

between Zamora and the city of Mercedes has not ended the citys attempts to

help bring his mall to town.

City Attorney Juan Gonzalez said the city is in negotiation with Zamora to

rework the old agreement.

The agreement ended May 9, 2002 with a certified letter to former City Manager

Ernesto Silva. The letter claimed the city didnt live up to the contracts

obligations.

According to Zamora, the city failed to get promised utilities to his

construction site in East Hidalgo County an approximately 100-acre tract of

land along Highway 83 that borders Cameron County.

First-term mayor Joel Quintanilla said he couldnt comment on whether or not

Mercedes failed to get utilities to Zamoras site. I just came on board a

month ago, the mayor said.

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