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20th voter fraud arrest begins to unravel an alleged tangled web in Edinburg

EDINBURG — Authorities have now made 20 arrests in connection with alleged illegal voting in the 2017 city election.

  • icon Posted: July 22
Monday 07/22/2019
County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. apologizes amid social media complaints

HARLINGEN — County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. has released a statement regarding a comment he made during a private meeting in Santa Rosa on Wednesday to discuss flood damages with residents of La Feria, Santa Rosa and Tio Cano Road.

Victory in Austin clears path for mega-development in San Benito

SAN BENITO — A hotel and convention center project, a sports stadium, and plans for hundreds of millions of development dollars to build them seems too good to be real for this small city.

High-profile theft case defendant sentenced

McALLEN — The last defendant involved in a conspiracy to steal a Cadillac from a San Juan man was sentenced Tuesday.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
McAllen man accused of grabbing woman by throat, punching dog

McAllen police arrested a 34-year-old man Monday for allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the throat and punching her dog, according to court documents obtained by The Monitor.

Edinburg EDC OKs grant for Taco Ole owner facing charges

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation board voted unanimously during a May 28 meeting to authorize a small business grant to Elias Bazan, the Taco Ole owner accused of groping employees, forcing them to engage in oral sex and threatening one with a knife.

Sunday 07/14/2019
Rural Edinburg woman charged with animal cruelty

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Teresa Borjas Ortiz, 75, of rural Edinburg last week on a charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal, according to court documents obtained by The Monitor.

Thursday 07/11/2019
Former cop gets $225K bond in sex assault case

EDINBURG — A now former Progreso police officer accused of sexually assaulting a man who was in his custody has been arraigned and assessed a total bond of $225,000.

Monday 07/08/2019
PSJA searching for new superintendent

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district authorized two law firms to assist the district in its nationwide search for a new superintendent during a recent board meeting.

Lobbying group launches DACA Renewals Now

The lobbying group has launched DACA Renewals Now, a long-term educational campaign and resource drive to support the more than 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who are affected by changes to the DACA program. is a 501(c)(4) lobbying group based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco that advocates for prison reform, amnesty for undocumented immigrants, particularly for DACA recipients, and higher levels of immigration visas, particularly for H-1B visas for foreign workers in STEM fields.

Community organizations come together to help flood victims

HARLINGEN — In the aftermath of the disaster, residents are coming together to show their resilience and unification.

Tuesday 07/02/2019
Man tied to ammo smuggling case pleads guilty

McALLEN — A U.S. citizen pleaded guilty to a federal smuggling charge for attempting to smuggle ammunition into Mexico, court notes show.

Monday 07/01/2019
43-year-old El Salvador migrant dies in border custody in McAllen

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 43-year-old El Salvadoran man who crossed into the U.S. with his daughter collapsed at a border station and later died at a hospital, officials said Saturday.

Projects aim to improve drainage

HARLINGEN — One of the biggest storms in decades is teaching engineers lessons.

Monday 06/24/2019
Elderly pilot gets 3 years in prison for trying to fly in migrants

McALLEN — An elderly man who attempted to smuggle undocumented migrants in his personal plane was sentenced last week to nearly three years in prison, court records show.

Mission wins coveted All-America City designation

It was a mission accomplished for the city of Mission, which received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League over the weekend.

Saturday 06/22/2019
Federal grant awards UTRGV about $2 million for medical grant

The U.S. Department of Health and Health Services awarded about $2 million over the course of five years to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for its primary care training and enhancement program.

Pharr man gets 30 years in prison on child sexual assault charges

A Pharr man who a jury found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child was sentenced to 30 years in state prison, according to a news release from Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez’s office.

Thursday 06/20/2019
Appellate court denies RGC school district case

An appeals court dismissed a case filed by the members of the Rio Grande City school board that prevented another faction of the board from holding a meeting in May.

La Grulla scrambles after water leak

LA GRULLA — City officials here say they may be unable to afford what’s estimated to be more than a quarter of a million dollars in repairs after a leak at the city’s water supply facilities was discovered.

Valley Baptist cereal drive a success

HARLINGEN – If the success of this summer’s Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive could be measured by servings of cereal, it would total a whopping 48,870.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Car wash dispute ends in McAllen man allegedly threatening people with knife

A 31-year-old man allegedly threatened two individuals with a knife Friday after demanding $10 for washing a truck in the 200 block of West Ebony Avenue in McAllen, according to court documents.

Suspect accused in DPS trooper shooting indicted

A Hidalgo County grand jury on Tuesday formally indicted an Edinburg man suspected in the shooting of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper during a traffic accident, according to Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
Storm havoc impacts flights

HARLINGEN — Strong storms in Texas and the Midwest on Sunday caused chaos for air travelers that is still impacting flights across the nation. At Valley International Airport, American Airlines Flight 3963 from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was canceled Monday morning.

HCSO deputy arrested for assault

An off duty deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting a public servant.

Monday 06/17/2019
A call for artists: SPI Art Business Program seeking applicants

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Local artists with the desire to own and operate their own art business may soon be able to.

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