A raccoon was responsible for the overnight power outages in San Benito. We learned the raccoon got into some equipment and was electrocuted. AEP officials said a piece of equipment damaged in the process caused the outages. Crews have since restored power to the impacted areas.
Police say that a Dallas elementary school teacher whose year-old daughter died after being left for hours in her car told officers she thought she had dropped her daughter off at day care that morning. Police revealed the information in the arrest warrant for 42-year-old Vibha Marks, who is charged with child abandonment.
Some 55 people were hurt, most not seriously, in a chain-reaction crash involving four school buses in northern Indiana. One driver was seriously hurt. The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined.
The Phoenix jury in the Jodi Arias murder trial returns tomorrow to deliberate on her fate. The panel has so far been unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison -- or to death -- for killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
Officials in Oklahoma say they've positively identified all 24 of the fatalities from Monday's monster tornado that tore through the Moore area. Ten of those who died were children, including two infants. Authorities say the EF5 twister may have caused $2 billion or more in damage. President Barack Obama plans to visit on Sunday.
The Arroyo Colorado Bridge in Rio Hondo is undergoing an in-depth inspection this week. The work will reduce traffic to one lane until Friday. The work is happening from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Texas Department of Transportation crews are checking the bridge for electrical, mechanical and structural problems. The inspection happens every seven to eight years.
AEP reports that some 2,200 customers were without power in McAllen. School officials said Garza and Sanchez elementary schools lost power just after 3 p.m. today. AEP officials said the power outages did not affect any schools in the area.
The Arroyo Colorado bridge will be down to one lane from 8:30 to 3 p.m. It is undergoing an in-depth inspection until Friday. Texas Department of Transportation says this type of inspection is done every seven to eight years for preventative maintenance. Crews are checking the bridge for electrical, mechanical, and structural issues.
A grand jury cleared an Edinburg restaurant owner in the shooting of an intruder. The shooting happened in March at the Pump Jack Mexican Restaurant. The owner told police he was inside his restaurant when the suspect broke in. Autopsy results showed the man was shot four times. Prosecutors said the case was dropped because of a lack of evidence.
A Mexican national will spend 14 years behind bars for leading a crack cocaine operation in the Rio Grande Valley. A judge today sentenced Emmanuel Barrientos, 33, to 168 months in federal prison. DEA agents and Rio Grande City police busted Barrientos in November, 2012, after an undercover operation involving 20 drug buys. Barrientos pleaded guilty in March.
Brooks County deputies said they found two more bodies in the brush on Monday. They said the body count could surpass the record 129 found in 2012. Deputies said they have found 22 bodies this year. All are believed to be illegal immigrants. The county now is working with Baylor University to do DNA testing on the bodies.
A San Juan woman says alleged Zeta cartel members left a threatening message at her home. Police said this is the first time they encounter an alleged cartel message threatening local residents. Police said the message demanded $500,000. Police raided the house in 2010 and seized a large amount of drugs. Investigators are trying to determine the veracity of the threat.
Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at a home in Rio Grande City. The house on Sauz Street continues to burn. Several fire trucks have left the area to reload their water tanks. A woman was injured when she went in to save her pets.
Harlingen police are searching for information on a hit-and-run. It happened Saturday around 11:55 p.m. on the 7100 block of West Business 83. Witnesses said a small, black passenger car hit a man on a bicycle and fled the scene. The car was last seen heading south on Stuart Place Road. The victim suffered a head injury and is now in stable condition. If you have information on the case, you're asked to call (956) 425-8477.
Do recognize the three men in this photo? They're accused of stealing farm equipment south of Donna three times this year. A wildlife camera caught this image. If you have information about the suspects, you're asked to call Hidalgo County deputies at (956) 668-TIPS.
Senators working on a bipartisan immigration bill have agreed to require fingerprinting when foreigners leave the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports. Under the amendment by Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah, the nation's 10 busiest airports would have to establish a fingerprinting system within two years. Within six years it would have to be in place at the 30 busiest airports.
As Oklahoma's governor tours areas that were damaged by yesterday's tornadoes, residents are watching for more of the same kind of weather. Forecasters are warning of tornadoes and damaging hail later today. A tornado near Shawnee left two people dead yesterday. At least 39 others throughout Oklahoma were injured.s Oklahoma's governor tours areas that were damaged by yesterday's tornadoes, residents are watching for more of the same kind of weather.
Two women playing video games at a North Texas convenience store and a worker have been burned after a female suspect set one of those customers on fire. The Fort Worth Fire Department says the incident happened early today. The woman who allegedly threw the flammable liquid fled with another person.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man for breaking into a woman’s home and assaulting her. Nicolas Estrada was later arrested at his workplace in Harlingen. His bond was set at $75,000.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - The Nassau County homicide squad in New York says it was a police officer's bullet that killed a Hofstra University student early Friday morning. Andrea Rebello was being held in a headlock at gunpoint by a masked intruder when the officer who had responded to the home invasion fired. Police say Dalton Smith had verbally threatened to kill the 21-year-old Rebello, when he pointed his gun and the officer fired.
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