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  • Starr County Sheriff's Deputy to Face Judge Play Video

    November 25, 2014 12:52 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Starr County sheriff's deputy accused of drug smuggling will face a judge Wednesday. Deputy Amy Reyes is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana from Rio Grande City to Houston last week. Reyes and her brother were arrested at the Hebbronville checkpoint. A criminal complaint shows... more »
  • Driver Charged After Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle Play Video

    November 25, 2014 12:50 PM

    EDINBURG - Authorities charged a man with intoxication assault with seriously bodily injury to a peace officer after he crashed into a deputy's patrol unit. Arturo Hernandez is accused of veering into the Hidalgo County sheriff deputy's lane and slamming head-on into his the patrol unit. The crash happened on... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Child's Death in Cameron County Play Video

    November 24, 2014 7:29 PM

    OLMITO - Cameron County authorities said a woman accused in her baby's death had another child who also died at her home. Diana Torres, 19, lost two children. She was charged in the death of one. Investigators said they are taking a second look into the death the other... more »
  • 2 Charged in Fake Police Case Play Video

    November 24, 2014 7:20 PM

    OLMITO - Two men are behind bars after they allegedly pulled over a motorist and fired a weapon, officials said. The incident is the second in less then two weeks involving fake police officers. The most recent incident happened in Cameron Park, Cameron County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies... more »
  • Brownsville Police Arrest Man in Sexual Assault of a Child Play Video

    November 24, 2014 12:48 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police arrested a Brownsville man accused of sexually assaulting a child. Officers arrested Jesus Ignacio Arriaga, 33, early Monday after a complaint was filed. The complaint states that Arriaga had inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 16. more »
  • Weslaco Robbery Suspect Arrested Play Video

    November 20, 2014 8:58 AM

    WESLACO - Police caught a suspect wanted in connection with two Weslaco store robberies. He's expected to be arraigned later this morning. Weslaco police said they arrested him last night without incident. The robberies happened last Thursday just 20 minutes apart. more »
  • Man Arrested after Flag Football Game Ends in Gunfire Play Video

    November 18, 2014 6:50 PM

    EDINBURG - A Pharr resident is behind bars after he allegedly opened fire after a flag football game in Edinburg, police said. Justin Pecina, 24, was charged with one count of deadly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of endangering a child. ... more »
  • Mexican Drug Kingpin Expected in Court Play Video

    November 18, 2014 4:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A man accused of being one of the leaders of a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel is due in federal court in Washington after being extradited to the United States. Alfredo Beltran Leyva was arrested in Mexico in 2008 and indicted two years ago in the U.S. He was... more »
  • Arrest Made for Marijuana Patch Play Video

    November 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    DELMITA - The investigation into a marijuana patch found growing in a field in Delmita yesterday is now in the hands of the Starr County HIDTA Task Force. An anonymous tip lead border patrol agents to the plants yesterday. Agents found the marijuana in a field west of... more »
  • Teen Arson Suspect in Custody Play Video

    November 14, 2014 12:32 PM

    EDINBURG - A 16-year-old is facing arson charges after a fire at Economedes High School in Edinburg. He's currently in custody at the juvenile detention center. According to investigators, the teen started two fires in two of the boys' bathrooms on campus. It happened around 11 a.m. Thursday. School... more »
  • Police Impersonator Arrested in Brownsville Play Video

    November 13, 2014 12:37 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities arrested a man in Brownsville for impersonating a police officer. Police said Israel Vargas pulled over a driver near the intersection of 11th and Elizabeth streets early Monday. Officers noticed the bogus traffic stop and stop to investigate. The officers arrested Vargas when he couldn't... more »
  • Mexico Mayor, Wife Arrested in Case of Missing Students Play Video

    November 5, 2014 5:20 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican officials say federal police have detained the former mayor of Iguala and his wife, who are said to have ordered the Sept. 26 attacks on teachers' college students that left six dead and 43 missing. Two security officials say Jose Luis Abarca and Maria de... more »
  • Records: 3 Soldiers had Previous Human-Smuggling Arrest Play Video

    October 31, 2014 6:10 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Three Army soldiers face up to 10 years in prison for trying to transport illegal immigrants through a Border Patrol checkpoint. Eric Alexander Rodriguez, 20, and two other soldiers pleaded guilty to the charges Friday in federal court in Brownsville. Rodriguez was arrested in September when he... more »
  • Feds Nab 60 Illegal Immigrants with Criminal Records

    October 31, 2014 4:03 PM

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal authorities say more than 60 people with criminal records and in the country illegally have been arrested as part of a three-day law enforcement operation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a statement Friday said officers apprehended offenders in Austin, San Antonio, Waco and elsewhere.... more »
  • Suspect Arrested in Deadly Hit-and-Run Play Video

    October 30, 2014 12:28 PM

    HARLINGEN - Authorities arrested a man who left the scene of a deadly accident early Thursday in Harlingen. The arrest happened at approximately noon at a sugarcane field near Rangerville and Simmons roads. According to officers, the driver hit a woman around 3:45 a.m. It happened at the... more »
  • Police: Man Kidnapped University Students in San Antonio

    October 30, 2014 9:59 AM

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police arrested a man who they say kidnapped two female University of Texas at San Antonio students. Bo Jett Littleton, 34, was being held Thursday on charges including kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. Police say a woman who was partially bound escaped from Littleton's... more »
  • Harlingen Resident Demands Refund from Contractor Play Video

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM

    HARLINGEN - A Harlingen resident says a contractor ran off with the money she gave him to install new windows in her home. Marjorie Manson called 5 On Your Side for help. Manson said she called police and is now in a court battle. She had to pay... more »
  • Officers Confiscate Marijuana Load at Pharr Bridge

    October 29, 2014 11:37 AM

    PHARR - Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man Tuesday after he allegedly tried to smuggle a load of marijuana through the Pharr International Bridge, officials said. CBP officials said the 53-year United States citizen, resident of Palmview, was driving a 1995 Nissan pickup truck loaded with 46... more »
  • Wanted Man Arrested in Mission Play Video

    October 28, 2014 10:43 AM

    MISSION - Police arrested a wanted man after he tried to hide in an air-conditioning vent at a convenience store in Mission. Police said the man ran into Leo's Drive In at Mile 3 Road and Crisantema Street. The incident happened at about midnight Tuesday. Officers pulled the... more »
  • Sexual Offender Arrested at Hidalgo Bridge

    October 27, 2014 1:01 PM

    HIDALGO - Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested a sex offender at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The 23-year-old suspect was wanted on sexual indecency charges out of Mission. CBP officers arrested the man, a U.S. citizen, when he tried to enter the country through the pedestrian... more »
  • CBP Officers Confiscate Meth at Anzalduas Bridge

    October 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    ANZALDUAS - Customs and Border Protection officers on Friday arrested a Reynosa woman after she allegedly tried to smuggle methamphetamines through the Anzalduas International Bridge. Officers discovered the 13.8 pounds of meth hidden in a Chrysler Sebring the 20-year-old Mexican national was driving. The discovery was made after she... more »
  • Militia Member to be Released on Bond Play Video

    October 24, 2014 12:14 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A militia member arrested on weapons charges will be released on bond. Kevin Massey will be allowed to go back to North Texas with his wife after posting a $30,000 bond. The judge told Massey he is not to be within 12 feet of a weapon,... more »
  • Militia Member Charged in Federal Court Play Video

    October 22, 2014 1:58 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A member of a militia camped out south of Brownsville has been charged in federal court. The man, John Frederick Foerster, is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Agents with the ATF launched an investigation after a Border Patrol agent opened fire on... more »
  • Feds Nab Militia Leader in Brownsville Play Video

    October 21, 2014 6:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal agents arrested the leader of a militia camped out on private land in Southmost Brownsville. ATF agents arrested Kevin Lyndel Massey after an investigation into the group. Massey is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Massey is the third member of... more »
  • Woman Arrested in Child's Death

    October 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    NORTH OF WESLACO - Police on Tuesday arrested a 22-year-old woman accused of causing the death of her newborn baby. Hidalgo County sheriff deputies said the incident happened at a house in the 5900 block of La Quinta Lane north of Weslaco. The woman will go before a... more »
  • San Benito Man Arrested on Burglary Charges Play Video

    October 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    SAN BENITO - Police arrested a man accused of breaking into a house last week in San Benito. Jesus Castillo was charged with burglary of a habitation. Police said the 45-year-old broke into a home along the 1800 block of La Palma. The homeowner found broken glass and... more »
  • Starr County Teen Arrested for Burglary

    October 18, 2014 3:03 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Deputies have arrested 17-year-old Emmanuel Chapa from Las Lomas on burglary charges and evaded and resisted arrest. According to a police report, Chapa was captured about 3:00 o'clock Saturday morning. An iPad and several iPods from an elementary school in Rio Grande City were found in... more »
  • Sex Offender Surrenders to Authorities Play Video

    October 16, 2014 12:43 PM

    EDINBURG - A man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender turned himself in to authorities Thursday. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday asked the public to help find the 30-year-old Mission man. The department's plea was part of its Wanted Wednesdays program. The man... more »
  • Mission Man Arrested After Breaking into 5 Different Stores

    October 15, 2014 7:52 PM

    MISSION - Police arrest a man accused of breaking into five different stores in Mission. Police said the man broke into the stores and stole cash from the registers. The break-ins occurred over the last few days. This afternoon, officers arrested the suspect at his home in Mission.... more »
  • Father Arrested in Son's Death Play Video

    October 10, 2014 5:03 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police on Friday arrested the father of a 9-month-old child who died Thursday at a local hospital. A judge charged Ruben Gonzalez Jr. with capital murder in the death of his son. His bond was set at $1 million. Investigators said the boy was severely... more »
  • Suspected Cartel Leader Arrested in McAllen Play Video

    October 10, 2014 4:17 PM

    McALLEN - A suspected Gulf cartel boss arrested Thursday night in McAllen went before a federal judge Friday. Juan Francisco Saenz Tamez is wanted by federal authorities in Beaumont. A grand jury indicted him on drug trafficking and money laundering charges last year. Saenz was on the run... more »
  • Mississippi Murder Suspect Arrested in Starr County Play Video

    October 10, 2014 4:10 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Authorities arrested a woman in Starr County wanted on murder charges out of Mississippi. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Krystal Kersey after a traffic stop Friday. Kersey was scheduled to go trial on Monday for the murder of her husband, Justin Stork,... more »
  • Teen Arrested on Smuggling Charges Play Video

    October 10, 2014 12:49 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Police say a 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a van loaded with hundreds of pounds of marijuana. Officers found the van under the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver sped away when the officers approached the vehicle. Once the officers activated their units' emergency lights... more »
  • Second Suspect Arrested in Weslaco Robbery Play Video

    October 10, 2014 12:44 PM

    WESLACO - A second suspect has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Weslaco. Police said the second suspect is the girlfriend of alleged armed robber Ricardo Rico, 17. Investigators said the woman helped Rico after he allegedly robbed the Valley Food Mart convenience store Wednesday... more »
  • 3 Fort Hood Soldiers Accused of Smuggling Conspiracy

    October 9, 2014 2:25 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities arrested three Fort Hood soldiers and an alleged smuggler in connection to a seven-count indictment. They're accused of transporting and harboring illegal aliens. The indictment against them was unsealed after their arrests. Eric Alexander Rodriguez, Brandon Troy Robbins and Christopher David Wix are expected to appear... more »
  • Robbery Suspect Arrested in Weslaco

    October 9, 2014 12:50 PM

    WESLACO - Police arrested a teenager in an aggravated robbery at a Weslaco store Wednesday night. The incident happened at around 9:46 p.m. at Valley Food Mart near Sugarcane and North Bridge roads. Police say a man wearing a mask walked in, waved a handgun, demanded money and left.... more »
  • Harlingen Police Arrest Suspects in Armed Robbery Play Video

    October 8, 2014 1:12 PM

    HARLINGEN - Police arrested two suspects wanted in the armed robbery of a couple in Harlingen. Eduardo Sanchez and Michael Martinez, both 24, were arrested after officers found one of them in the vehicle matching the description and license plates of the SUV used in the crime. Police... more »
  • 2 Accused of Torturing Roma Resident Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:36 PM

    ROMA - Two Starr County men have been arrested and charged with the torture of a Roma resident. CHANNEL 5 NEWS obtained a portion of the video showing the beating. Authorities said they are worried about threats one of the suspects made. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar... more »
  • Trio Charged in Harlingen Burglaries

    October 7, 2014 11:36 AM

    HARLINGEN - Police arrested three suspects accused of burglarizing homes in Harlingen. Rafael Herrera, Elyse Brittany Herrera and Randall Bollinger went before a judge to face charges in two break-ins, officials said. Police say one of the break-ins happened in the 2300 block of South 25th Street. The... more »
  • Harlingen Man Arrested on Drug Charges

    October 7, 2014 10:41 AM

    HARLINGEN - A burned out rear license plate light landed a man in jail on charges of drug possession and evading arrest. Police say an officer tried to pull over a blue Nissan Altima Saturday on Frontage Road near M Street when he noticed the vehicle had a defective... more »
  • Restaurant Employee Arrested on Theft Charges

    October 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    HARLINGEN - Police on Saturday arrested a Golden Corral employee accused of stealing from managers at the Harlingen restaurant. Police say Fidencio Guadalupe Garcia stole $100 from one manager's purse and $150 from another manager's wallet. Investigators said the thefts happened between Wednesday and Friday. Police said surveillance... more »
  • Police Nab Suspected Thief in Harlingen

    October 6, 2014 11:56 AM

    HARLINGEN - A disturbance at a Harlingen hotel led to the arrest of a woman wanted on theft charges. Officers were dispatched to Su Casa Hotel at 3 a.m. Thursday for a disturbance. During the investigation, officers identified Nydia Jolunavi Vasquez as the woman wanted in the theft of... more »
  • Brawl at San Benito J.V. Game Ends in Six Arrests Play Video

    October 4, 2014 10:16 PM

    SAN BENITO - Six men were arrested for a sideline scuffle. The bleacher brawl happened at a J.V. football game in San Benito Saturday morning. The Castaneda's and the Garcia's were at Bobby Morrow Stadium. Police say a verbal fight between two men turned physical. All six... more »
  • Starr County Man Charged with Smuggling Play Video

    October 3, 2014 4:55 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A Rio Grande City man is in trouble with the law after he was caught with four illegal immigrants in his vehicle. Sullivan City police said an officer tried to pull over the driver when he noticed the 2014 Chevrolet Impala had a broken taillight. The driver... more »
  • Brownsville Man Charged with Cocaine Possession

    October 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police arrested a 28-year-old Brownsville man Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. Officers arrested Miguel Angel Deantes Figueroa after a chase in the Southmost area of the city. Police said Deantes Figueroa fled when an officer tried... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent Arrested in Laredo Play Video

    October 3, 2014 10:45 AM

    LAREDO - A Border Patrol agent was indicted on two counts of harboring and concealing illegal immigrants. The agent, Roberto Cantu Rodriguez, 35, of Laredo, was set to make his initial appearance Friday in federal court. The indictment was returned Wednesday and he was arrested Thursday at his place... more »
  • Houston Murder Suspect Arrested in Mexico Play Video

    October 3, 2014 10:20 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A man wanted in a nearly 20-year-old cold-case killing has been captured in Mexico and extradited to Texas. The Houston Police Department said Thursday that 47-year-old Pedro Maldonado was found by the U.S. Marshals and booked into the Harris County Jail in August. He is charged... more »
  • Brownsville Man Accused of Smuggling Money for Cartel Play Video

    October 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Mississippi have filed charges against a 28-year-old Texas man they say was found with $1.07 million in Mexican cartel drug money hidden in a SUV he was towing near Pascagoula. The FBI says Luis Miguel Aguilar Guiterrez, of Brownsville, was pulled over... more »
  • Brownsville Man Charged in Harlingen Burglary

    October 2, 2014 2:32 PM

    HARLINGEN - Police arrested a Brownsville resident accused of burglarizing a home Thursday in Harlingen. Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Gayle Avenue to investigate a suspicious man who was looking into a vehicle and trying to sell a television set. An officer found the man matching... more »
  • Mexico Feds Say Cartel Boss Beltran-Leyva Caught

    October 1, 2014 6:39 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Two Mexican federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran-Leyva is believed to have been captured. The officials say DNA testing is being done to confirm the suspect's identity. Beltran-Leyva is leader of a cartel named after his brother Arturo, who was killed by Mexican troops... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Seizure

    October 1, 2014 11:54 AM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a teenager after they discovered drug bundles in his vehicle during a traffic stop. A deputy constable pulled over a Buick Rendezvous at about 3 p.m. Tuesday just west of La Joya. The deputy noticed the smell of marijuana when he approached the vehicle.... more »
  • Harlingen Resident Accused of Sexually Abusing 2 Girls

    September 29, 2014 3:27 PM

    HARLINGEN - A 28-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls turned himself in to police on Friday. Police say the 12- and 13-year-old victims reported the abuse to their mother, who in turn filed a police report on July 31. The report shows that Francisco Felipe Robles... more »
  • Police Arrest 2 in Brownsville Stabbing Play Video

    September 29, 2014 12:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police arrested two men in connection with a stabbing over the weekend in east Brownsville. Officials said the attack happened in the 4000 block of Westland Drive. The victims told police they were standing outside their home when the suspects approached them. Police said the suspects,... more »
  • Drivers on Edge as Chase Winds through McAllen Streets Play Video

    September 26, 2014 7:09 PM

    McALLEN - A high-speed chase from Rio Grande City to McAllen drew the attention of countless residents Friday. The chase covered more than 50 miles. One driver said the fleeing driver nearly slammed into his car. "I heard some sirens," the man said. The man said he... more »
  • Deputies Arrest Elsa Woman After Chase Play Video

    September 24, 2014 10:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - An Elsa woman is facing state jail felony charges for allegedly fleeing from authorities. Hidalgo County Precinct 1 deputy constables tried to pull over Jaclynn Yvette Loza, 22, on Mile 14 ½ Road and FM 88 north of Weslaco. The deputies say they clocked Loza's... more »
  • Elsa Police to Make Arrest in Home Invasion Play Video

    September 22, 2014 7:08 PM

    ELSA - Police say they will make an arrest in connection with a home invasion in Elsa. The home invasion happened Thursday in the 300 block of Ciro Caceres Avenue. Two suspects beat and robbed the homeowner. The homeowner was hospitalized for about a day. The robbers allegedly... more »
  • Feds Arrest Man in Politiquera Case Play Video

    September 19, 2014 8:07 PM

    McALLEN - A federal investigation into local poltiquera practices led to another arrest. The case so far has led to the arrest and conviction of three politqueras in Donna. All are accused of buying votes with cash and cocaine. Federal officials now indicted and arrested Francisco Garcia. According... more »
  • Police Recover Stolen Items Play Video

    September 18, 2014 8:59 PM

    ROMA - The search for a wanted man led to the recovery of multiple stolen items, officials said. Roma police said officers were searching for a suspect wanted the kidnapping and beating of a man last week. The officers found the suspect in a house where the stolen items... more »
  • Soldier: Immigrants Hiding in Newly-Purchased Truck Play Video

    September 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A soldier accused of human smuggling claims the illegal immigrants were already inside a pickup truck when he bought it in the Rio Grande Valley. The soldier, Eirc Rodriguez, is stationed at Fort Hood. Rodriguez was in court Wednesday for an initial hearing. His mother was... more »
  • Soldier Accused of Human Smugglng Play Video

    September 16, 2014 8:15 PM

    SARITA - Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier on human-smuggling charges last week at the Sarita checkpoint. Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants in his pickup truck. Officials said the immigrants were hiding under bed sheet and Rodriguez's military jacket. Rodriguez was... more »
  • Alleged Smuggler Arrested at Sarita Checkpoint Play Video

    September 15, 2014 11:02 PM

    SARITA - An alleged human smuggler dressed in military garb tried to get two illegal immigrants through the Sarita checkpoint. Border Patrol agents arrested Eric Rodriguez when they discovered the immigrants on the floorboard of his pickup truck. Officials said the immigrants were hiding under Rodriguez's military jacket.... more »
  • Militia Members Arrested in Brownsville Play Video

    September 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The leader of a border volunteer group says he will not allow two members back on his camp once they are released from county jail. The arrests are detrimental to the group's agenda, he said. Officials say Steven Kurt Brooks, one of the group's members, left... more »
  • 4th Suspect in Mission Home Invasion Arrested Play Video

    September 11, 2014 11:56 AM

    MISSION - Police arrested a fourth person in connection to a Mission home invasion. Earlier today, Jose Cordero, aka Barbas, was arraigned on a charge of aggravated robbery. The home invasion happened last month on the 1800 block of Lauren Lane. Police arrested three others in the case,... more »
  • Shopper Tackles Would-be Robber Play Video

    September 9, 2014 4:24 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A would-be robber is in police custody thanks to a shopper. The attempted robbery happened at approximately 1 p.m. at the H-E-B store on Boca Chica Blvd. Police say a man entered the store and demanded money from one of the cashiers. The cashier handed over... more »
  • Ex-Texas teacher gets probation for lap dance

    September 6, 2014 9:24 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A former Houston-area teacher accused of doing a lap dance for a boy at school to celebrate his 15th birthday has been put on three years of probation. Felicia A. Smith of Spring was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to having an improper relationship with a student... more »
  • Pharr Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Play Video

    September 5, 2014 9:05 PM

    ALAMO - A Pharr man wanted in connection with a hit-and-run in Alamo went before a judge Friday to face charges. Surveillance video shows the incident unfolding on May 21. Police say Billy Ray Sanchez, 20, had just finished pumping gas at El Tigre store on FM 495 and... more »
  • Investigators Find No Weapons at Standoff Site Play Video

    September 2, 2014 9:21 PM

    SAN BENITO - Investigators say no weapons were found inside a motel room that was the center of a standoff last week. Local and state authorities arrested a man at the Super 8 Motel Aug. 26 after a 7-hour standoff. Cameron County deputy constables said they tried to... more »
  • Suspect Arraigned in Mission Home Invasion Play Video

    August 28, 2014 3:04 PM

    MISSION - A judge arraigned a man in connection with a home invasion in Mission. The suspect, Alejandro Villarreal Jr., was charged with aggravated robbery. The alleged home invasion happened in a neighborhood off Pecan Blvd. and Glasscock Road. The thieves took the couple's safe and stole their... more »
  • Suspect Charged in San Benito Motel Standoff Play Video

    August 27, 2014 4:16 PM

    SAN BENITO - A judge on Wednesday arraigned a man arrested after an hours-long standoff Tuesday at a motel. Joseph Paul Vargas, 34, was charged with theft of property. He is expected to face more charges. Authorities tried to arrest Vargas on the theft warrant Tuesday at the... more »
  • 2 Charged in Alamo Kidnapping Play Video

    August 26, 2014 9:37 PM

    ALAMO - A judge on Tuesday charged two suspects in a kidnapping case. Police say Rodrigo Montoya, 25, of Edinburg, and Osbaldo Molliendo Cruz, 37, forced a man into their car at the Alamo Flea Market Sunday night. The pair allegedly stole money from the victim's wallet. The... more »
  • Mercedes Police Investigate Activity at Mobile Home

    August 22, 2014 6:55 PM

    MERCEDES- Mercedes police are investigating possible illegal activity at a mobile home. Two people are in police custody. Police were called out the neighborhood near Business 83 and mile 2 and half Friday afternoon. This is the second time police responded to the neighborhood in less than a week.... more »
  • Woman Arrested on Child Abduction Charges Play Video

    August 20, 2014 10:52 PM

    HIDALGO - A child abduction warrant out of Edinburg was served more than four years after it was issued. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the mother on child abduction charges. The arrest happened Wednesday afternoon at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. Officials said the 40-year-old woman had her... more »
  • Harlingen Trio Arrested in Woman's Assault Play Video

    August 19, 2014 10:53 PM

    HARLINGEN - Police arrested three suspects accused of attacking a woman in Harlingen. Officials said Jacob Pena Jr., Leeroy Pena and Katherine Salas assaulted the woman after she filed a police report against the trio. Investigators say the three forced their way into a home in the 300... more »
  • Woman in Federal Custody after DPS Stop Play Video

    August 19, 2014 10:43 PM

    McALLEN - The family of a La Joya woman is still waiting for her release from federal custody. She was detained following a traffic stop by DPS troopers Monday. Isabel Barbosa Salazar was driving on Military Highway near International Parkway in McAllen when a state trooper pulled her over... more »
  • Aerostat Helps Agents Nab Smuggling Suspects Play Video

    August 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    ROMA - Federal authorities say the new aerostat in Roma helped them track a drug smuggling operation. A Border Patrol agent operating the aerostat spotted three people loading drugs from a shed into a pickup truck Friday. Cameras on the aerostat followed the truck down Highway 83 until agents... more »
  • 2 Charged after Pot Bust at Pharr Nursery Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:55 PM

    PHARR - Police arrested a man and a woman Monday after finding drugs at a nursery in Pharr. Investigators searched Plugz Nursery on FM 495 near Sugar Road and found 15 grams of marijuana, 18 small canisters of a liquid form of marijuana and one canister of marijuana oil.... more »
  • Murder Suspect Arrested in Mission Play Video

    August 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a man wanted on a murder charge out of Alton. The 28-year-old Mexican national was wanted in the murder of Jose Luis Gonzalez. He is the sixth suspect arrested in the case. Gonzalez was parked at a convenience store in Alton in December... more »
  • Judge Hands Down Stiff Sentences in Progreso Corruption Case Play Video

    August 11, 2014 8:05 PM

    WESLACO - A judge handed down stiff sentences Monday to former Progreso leaders. The case stemmed from a corruption and bribery investigation that led to the indictment of four members of the same family. Brothers Michael, Omar, Orlando and their father Lupe Vela are all headed to federal... more »
  • Brownsville Man Accused of Ordering Dogs to Attack Agent Play Video

    August 11, 2014 7:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Southmost resident was charged with trying to hurt a Border Patrol agent after he sent his dogs out to attack the lawman. Luis Enrique Garcia, 22, was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant. The agent called police to the 1200 block of Calle Milpe... more »
  • Woman Wanted in McAllen Robberies Arrested in Laredo Play Video

    August 7, 2014 12:49 PM

    McALLEN - A 19-year-old woman wanted in the robbery of two women in McAllen was arrested in Laredo. Nohely Marie Leyva is being held in the Webb County jail. She is accused two grab-and-run robberies last month in McAllen. Police said Leyva will be returned to the Valley... more »
  • Hundreds of Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Los Ebanos Play Video

    August 7, 2014 12:45 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers confiscated 354 pounds of marijuana after a chase Wednesday in Los Ebanos. The chase happened on Heriberto Garza Street. DPS Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said the driver tried to flee to Mexico, but one of the agency's tactical marine units arrested... more »
  • Chase Startles Los Ebanos Residents Play Video

    August 6, 2014 7:52 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Residents in the small town of Los Ebanos were shocked to see a chase happening in their community. One person is facing charges after Wednesday's chase. The pursuit happened just after 3 p.m. off Heriberto Garza Street. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers confiscated bundles of... more »
  • Murder Suspect Deported Multiple Times Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:23 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - One of the men who confessed to killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent had been deported numerous times. Court records show Gustavo Tijernia Sandoval entered the United States illegally at least five times before Sunday's murder. Records show he illegally crossed into the U.S. in... more »
  • Texas Syndicate Member Arrested in Hidalgo County Play Video

    August 5, 2014 7:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A member of the Texas Syndicate gang and his girlfriend are behind bars after leading authorities on a pursuit Monday night on Expressway 83 in Sullivan City. Sullivan City police now want to know how close their suspect was to gang member Joaquin Cibrian. Authorities killed... more »
  • Former Officers Indicted in Sexual Assaults Play Video

    August 5, 2014 7:16 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Two Rio Grande City officers are off the job and under indictment for allegedly sexually assaulting two different victims on two separate occasions. The crimes are similar. Records show the officers allegedly stopped young female victims and forced to perform oral sex. According to prosecutors,... more »
  • 2 Charged in Off-Duty Agent's Death

    August 4, 2014 4:27 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Authorities charged two Mexican nationals in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent. The suspects are expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence identified the agent as Javier Vega Jr. The sheriff said deputies got a call around 8 p.m.... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Stash Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A traffic stop led officers to a 1,000-pound pot stash at a house in Southmost Brownsville. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of San Eugenio Street. They found a small amount of marijuana inside. The driver, Fabian Ramirez, admitted to officers that the marijuana... more »
  • Police Confiscate Marijuana After Chase Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:04 PM

    LA GRULLA - A teenager and a man were hurt after their vehicle flipped while fleeing from police. Officers tried to pull over the suspects' 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer for a traffic violation Monday afternoon in La Grulla. Police said the driver, a 16-year-old girl, claims the male passenger... more »
  • Man Accused of Dragging San Benito Officer Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:06 PM

    SAN BENITO - Police arrested a man accused of dragging an officer with his vehicle in San Benito. The officer was responding to a disturbance call on Russell Lane when the dragging happened, officials said. Officials said the suspect, Jerry Daniel Smith, was yelling obscenities at a neighbor... more »
  • Brownsville Mechanic Accused of Sexual Assault Play Video

    July 29, 2014 5:02 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police say a mechanic sexually assaulted a customer after asking her for a ride home. The suspect, Ronald Fuentes, is behind bars accused of aggravated sexual assault. Police said the victim met the mechanic at a shop on Southmost Road when she took her car in... more »
  • Former Officer Charged in Marijuana Case Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:55 PM

    WESLACO - A former Rio Grande City and La Grulla police officer was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop near Houston. The La Fayette County Sheriff's Office said deputies pulled over Eriberto Briceno for a traffic violation Friday in Flatonia. Drug-sniffing dogs alerted deputies to the drugs.... more »
  • National Guard Will Have Authority to Make Arrests Play Video

    July 28, 2014 5:22 PM

    WESLACO - National Guard troops will have the authority to make arrests once they are deployed to the Rio Grande Valley. Gov. Rick Perry announced last week he was sending up to 1,000 troops to help secure the border. CHANNEL 5 NEWS on Monday asked the Texas military... more »

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