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McAllen man faces federal charge in rifle straw purchase case

McALLEN — A man here faces federal straw purchase charges after prosecutors allege he lied when he said he was the intended owner of a 50-caliber rifle he purchased in the spring of 2018, records show.

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Tuesday 03/31/2020
Man faces murder charge for brother's death

He didn't fire the shot that killed his brother, but he's been indicted on a charge of murder and two counts of aggravated robbery for his sibling's death.

COVID-19 delays death penalty decision

The deadline for the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office to announce whether it will seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a state trooper came and went Monday without a decision.

Monday 03/23/2020
Two arrested in fatal shooting

Edinburg police say they are investigating a Sunday morning shooting in the 1000 block of Esperanza Street after responding to a 9-1-1 call about a male on the ground with gunshot wounds.

Monday 03/16/2020
San Juan moves forward with $1M street upgrade bid

SAN JUAN — The city of San Juan is in the preliminary stages of upgrading some of its streets after awarding a bid to a construction company at Tuesday’s meeting.

Sunday 03/15/2020
Mexican national gets 14 years for drug smuggling

A Mexican national who claimed he was forced to smuggle drugs was sentenced to a 14-year prison sentence in federal court Thursday, records show.

Thursday 03/12/2020
STHS implements visitation limits at healthcare facilities

South Texas Health Systems began restricting visitation to its healthcare facilities Thursday in response to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday 03/09/2020
STC, UTRGV renew transfer agreements

McALLEN — South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley commemorated decades of partnership Monday at a memorandum of understanding signing attended by the leadership of both institutions, renewing 22 articulation agreements intended to allow students to easily transfer between the institutions.

Saturday 03/07/2020
Gary Hobbs among performers announced for HUBPhest

PHARR — The city of Pharr announced the entertainment lineup for this year’s HubPhest at Monday’s regular city commission meeting.

Friday 03/06/2020
UTRGV to host first Latin theater festival, inviting three Mexican companies

The Latin Theater Initiatives student organization at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be opening their stage to Mexican theater companies on Saturday — an event that the group’s founding adviser, Eric Wiley, said is a reflection of one of the university’s core missions.

Former detention center staffers plead guilty to bribery

McALLEN — Two former employees at the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa have reached deals with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into the facility.

Thursday 03/05/2020
Man gets 5 years for drive-by shooting

Another suspect entered a guilty plea to attempted capital murder of multiple persons for a May drive-by shooting that left two men injured.

Wednesday 03/04/2020
Former Boy Scout leader agrees to sex offender civil commitment

A former Boy Scout leader convicted of sexual assault of a child and child pornography in 2007 agreed Monday to civil commitment for sex offender treatment after his 14-year prison term concludes in September.

Friday 02/28/2020
Former RGC school district employee arrested for bribery sues district

A former employee of the Rio Grande City school district filed a federal lawsuit against three school board trustees alleging his termination from the district was political retaliation. Ricardo “Rick” Lopez, a former truancy officer with the school district, filed the lawsuit earlier on Tuesday against board trustees Daniel J. Garcia, Eleazar Velasquez and Daria “Dr. B.” Babineaux, claiming a violation of his rights to freedom of expression and due process.

Wednesday 02/26/2020
La Grulla police investigating early morning attempted murder and suicide

LA GRULLA — Police responded to what’s being described as an attempted murder and suicide here early Wednesday morning.

Sullivan City mayor and partner charged with assault

Sullivan City Mayor Leonel Garcia and his partner, Evelyn Vela, were arrested Tuesday on charges of assault, a Class A misdemeanor.

Monday 02/24/2020
Jury to be chosen in McAllen murder

A 27-year-old man who has spent more than two years in prison over allegations of beating a woman and then running her over is scheduled for jury selection today.

Congressman credits commissioner, others for flood disaster award

WESLACO — A local congressman is crediting one Hidalgo County commissioner’s efforts to bring together local, state and federal officials for the success of a nine-figure federal disaster relief funding award announcement.

Thursday 02/20/2020
Victim in Starr County shooting death identified

The Starr County Sheriff’s Office says a suspect named Juan shot 35-year-old Rio Grande City resident Juan Carlos Olvera to death Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday 02/19/2020
Hidalgo County CSA unveils new unit to better respond to disaster

NEAR SAN CARLOS — Hidalgo County Community Services Agency Advisory Board President Julian Martinez recalled an early morning phone call he made in late May in 2016 as terrible straight-line winds barreled into Granjeno, ripping apart houses and leaving the community without power for days.

Tuesday 02/18/2020
Edinburg leadership mulls vacant posts

EDINBURG — The economic development board met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the vacant executive director position.

Monday 02/17/2020
Oral arguments scheduled for appeal of wrongful termination suit

The appeal of the wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar is tentatively scheduled for oral arguments the week of April 27 in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Texas Lt. Gov. appoints Pharr mayor to statewide committee

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed Pharr Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee, the city announced last week.

Lawn care app launches in McAllen

Lawn care for McAllen land owners just became easier.

Tuesday 02/11/2020
Palmview murder suspect held on $2M in bonds

The Palmview Police Department says it arrested a 44-year-old man Monday who had been a person of interest in a December murder.

Rio Grande City appoints interim city secretary

Rio Grande City commissioners appointed an interim city secretary last week following the arrest of their city secretary at the end of January.

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