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  • Agents Seize Drugs in Downtown Brownsville Play Video

    October 24, 2014 5:12 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Border Patrol agents confiscated a load of drugs in downtown Brownsville. Five people climbed the chain-link fence at Hope Park and snuck 68 pounds of marijuana into the country. The incident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Friday. Agents arrested one man. Four others fled to Mexico.... 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 »
  • Human Smuggling Still a Concern at Checkpoints Play Video

    October 21, 2014 7:52 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents are finding people in places like trunks and trailers at the checkpoint in Falfurrias. This type of smuggling continues and agents are asking for assistance. U.S. Border Patrol Spokesman Oscar Saldana is asking the public for help "because unfortunately we cannot be at all... more »
  • Officials Report Border Crossing Numbers Declining Play Video

    October 21, 2014 5:24 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Customs and Border Protection officials said the number of Central American immigrants crossing into the U.S. is trickling down. CBP said Border Patrol agents apprehended just over 2,400 unaccompanied children last month. That is down 77 percent from June, when the Border Patrol captured... more »
  • Smuggler Caught with $1.5 Million in Drugs

    October 18, 2014 9:42 PM

    MADERO - U.S. Border Patrol agents, working near Madero Thursday night, spotted two people running north from the river. The smugglers then dropped their bags and attempted to flee to Mexico. Agents caught one of the smugglers, but the other made it to Mexico. Inside the backpacks, agents... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Save Man's Life

    October 18, 2014 9:36 PM

    PENITAS - U.S. Border patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved a man's life Thursday. Agents were patrolling the Rio Grande by boat near Penitas when fishermen on the Mexican side caught the agent's attention and frantically waved up-river. As the Border Patrol boat rounded the... more »
  • Man Bailed Out of Vehicle with Marijuana Bundles

    October 17, 2014 6:34 PM

    WESLACO - Authorities are looking for a man on the run who bailed out of a vehicle on FM 88 and Mile 12 ½ north of Weslaco. Two cars were involved in the chase. Border Patrol has one man in custody. The constable's office said that bundles of marijuana... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Bones found in Brownsville Play Video

    October 17, 2014 2:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police confirmed that some bones found by Border Patrol agents last week are human. The agents found the remains in thick brush near the 1800 block of Calle Milpa Verde. Police sent the bones to a lab for testing. Authorities have not determined if the bones... more »
  • CPB Accepting Applications for Border Patrol Agents Play Video

    October 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection started accepting applications for Border Patrol agents. The agency will only accept online applications . Applicants must meet the following key requirements: • U.S. citizenship • Referral prior to 37th birthday (waiver for veterans) • Residency in the U.S. for... more »
  • Skeletal Remains Found near River in Brownsville Play Video

    October 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities are working to identify some skeletal remains found near the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents found the bones in a brushy field at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 1800 block of Milpe Verde Road. The bones were scattered throughout the area, officials said. ... more »
  • Welfare Check Leads to Immigration Bust

    October 8, 2014 7:54 AM

    ALAMO - A welfare check led to an illegal immigration bust. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said the agency was called about suspicious activity at an Alamo apartment complex around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Agents conducted a welfare check and found 11 illegal crossers. All are set to be processed.... 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 »
  • Tense Moments for Several Border Patrol Agents in Rio Grande City Play Video

    October 2, 2014 2:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - There were some tense moments for a few U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande City station. They were in the process of seizing a marijuana load around 10 a.m. Thursday when the a group of men started throwing rocks at them. The... more »
  • Suspects Indicted in Border Patrol Agent's Death Play Video

    October 1, 2014 11:05 AM

    RAYMONDVILLE - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted two men in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent in Willacy County. Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez Vallejo were each charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder. There are no other court dates set for... more »
  • Local Immigrant Shelter Still Operating Play Video

    September 30, 2014 7:19 PM

    MCALLEN - Sacred Heart Catholic Church serves about a third the number of people they were serving at the height of immigration surge. While most the people the shelter serves are still mothers with their children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, they are now starting to see more... more »
  • Constable Prepare for Agents' Departure Play Video

    September 30, 2014 7:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A constable is preparing for any possible changes as federal agents temporarily assigned to the Rio Grande Valley leave the region. Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable Lazaro Gallardo said the surge helped. Still long-term law enforcement is a local responsibility. "It's all our responsibility," Gallardo... more »
  • Extra Border Patrol Agents Wrapping Up Assignments in RGV Play Video

    September 30, 2014 8:49 AM

    PROGRESO - Extra Border Patrol agents temporarily working in the Rio Grande Valley are set to wrap up their assignments. They've been helping to secure the U.S. border, after an influx of illegal immigrants earlier this year. The additional agents were funded through the end of the fiscal year,... more »
  • Bail Out Turns Deadly Play Video

    September 29, 2014 5:08 PM

    SAN MANUEL - A vehicle hit and killed a Peruvian man as he ran across Highway 281 on Saturday morning in northern Hidalgo County. Border Patrol agents tried to stop the driver of a red suburban. The vehicle stopped and several people jumped out. Agents said they have five... more »
  • Extra Border Patrol Leaving

    September 29, 2014 4:39 PM

  • Border Patrol Agent Rescues Men Trying to Hide from Agents Play Video

    September 28, 2014 8:47 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a report of men jumping from a car near the Rio Grande, and end up saving two people from drowning. It happened Saturday night on the banks of the Rio Grande near Eagle Street in Escobares. When agents... more »
  • Muddy Roads a Challenge for Border Patrol Agents Play Video

    September 18, 2014 8:51 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Recent rains have forced Border Patrol agents to do more patrols on foot. The muddy roads are keeping their vehicles out of some areas, agents said. Wildlife refuge lands in Hidalgo County are hotspots for illegal border crossers. The recent rains turned roads in those... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Concerned about Body Cameras Play Video

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    McALLEN - A new piece of equipment is causing concern among some Border Patrol agents. The agents soon will be outfitted with body cameras. The spokesman for the agent's union says he is concerned the cameras will be used more to reprimand agents on minor agency violations rather than... 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 »
  • Border Patrol Agent Dies on Duty

    September 12, 2014 9:44 PM

    DEL RIO- A U.S. Border Patrol agent died while on duty in Carrizo Springs early Friday morning. Tyler R. Robledo was a three year veteran with the agency. Agents tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS the 34 year old died in a head on collision with a Dodge Sedan while... more »
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges Play Video

    September 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. In Starr County, international... more »
  • Feds Unable to Track Immigrants Released from Custody Play Video

    September 10, 2014 5:36 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials on Wednesday issued a statement to CHANNEL 5 NEWS saying they have no way of tracking illegal immigrants who fail to report to a deportation officer. Border Patrol officials have released thousands of illegal immigrants at bus stations. The immigrants are given a notice with... more »
  • National Guard Plays Significant Role in Border Enforcement Play Video

    September 10, 2014 4:44 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Officials say the National Guard is playing a significant role in supporting local law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley. Guards members were at the site of two serious incidents Wednesday. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee approached several National Guardsmen on duty... more »
  • 2 Smuggling Suspects Arrested in Brownsville Play Video

    September 9, 2014 1:00 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Two men were charged with smuggling a group of illegal immigrants. Brownsville police said 27-year-old Angel Avalos was driving a gold Chrysler with seven illegal immigrants inside. Benito Loredo, 17, was also a passenger. The car crashed into another vehicle. It happened Friday at the intersection... more »
  • Several Injured in Brownsville Accident Play Video

    September 5, 2014 12:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A two-vehicle accident in Brownsville sent several illegal immigrants to the hospital. Brownsville police, Border Patrol agents and Homeland Security investigators are piecing together the events leading to the crash. U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Omar Zamora said agents got a call from police that someone spotted suspected... more »
  • Smugglers Take Advantage of Aerostat's Absence Play Video

    September 3, 2014 10:45 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A spike in illegal activity near Penitas may have been caused by the absence of an aerostat. Border Patrol officials said bad weather forced the grounding of the blimp-like surveillance tool. Penitas Police Chief Roel Bermea said smugglers take advantage of the aerostat's absence. ... more »
  • Records: Armed Militia Member a Felon Play Video

    September 3, 2014 7:47 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A militia member who came under Border Patrol gunfire Friday is a felon. The man, John Frederick Forester, is part of a group camped out on private land near the river. Officials said Forester was armed when a Border Patrol agent opened fire on him. The... more »
  • Technology Helps Curb Smuggling in Brooks County Play Video

    September 2, 2014 8:22 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Technology is forcing smugglers to change their routes, Brooks County ranchers said. The South Texas county is a major human-smuggling corridor, but two aerostats may be forcing smugglers to seek alternate routes. Federal authorities deployed the aerostats in Brooks County to get a bird's eye view... more »
  • Driver Finds Immigrants Hiding Atop His Truck Play Video

    September 2, 2014 8:03 PM

    EDINBURG - Two illegal immigrants stowed away in a big rig nearly cost the driver his job. Commercial drivers are required by law to check their trucks and cargo on a regular basis. Those in the Rio Grande Valley also must check for illegal immigrants. Crystal Luna said... more »
  • Angler Helps Cubans Stranded on South Padre Island Play Video

    September 2, 2014 7:43 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Houston man on a fishing trip got more than he expected Monday. Gustavo Burr and his girlfriend were on South Padre Island looking for the right spot to cast their lines. They noticed a strange boat near shore about 10 miles north of Beach... more »
  • Militia Leader Defends Patrols Play Video

    September 2, 2014 7:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The leader of a militia spoke about an incident in which a Border Patrol agent opened fire on one of his members. The militia member involved in the incident was not injured. "We're private citizens, so we don't answer to the federal government," K.C. Massey said.... more »
  • CHANNEL 5 NEWS Speaks with Man That Was Shot At By Border Patrol Play Video

    August 31, 2014 4:30 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - CHANNEL 5 crews have located the man that was shot at by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Friday afternoon. He says he was very surprised to be shot at since they are there to support the Border Patrol. Because of the sensitivity of what he... more »
  • Feds Release Number of Immigrants Arrested in the Valley Play Video

    August 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials released more information about the number of illegal immigrants arrested so far this year in the Rio Grande Valley. Recently released information puts the number at 245,000. Seventy five percent of those crossers are from countries other than Mexico. Most of those are from Central... more »
  • Feds: Storms May Slow Down Illegal Crossings Play Video

    August 29, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Rainy days could slow down illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, Border Patrol officials said. Border Patrol agents said smugglers will stage immigrants south of the Rio Grande and wait for the area to dry up. Officials said muddy trails make it easier for agents... more »
  • Woman Deported After DPS Stop Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:53 PM

    McALLEN - A La Joya woman detained by state troopers and turned over to Border Patrol earlier this month was deported to Mexico. The family of Isabel Barbosa and members of the immigration rights group La Union Del Pueblo Entero, or LUPE, protested outside the McAllen Border Patrol headquarters... more »
  • National Guard Arrives in Starr County Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:45 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Members of the Texas National Guard arrived in the Rio Grande Valley. The troops are part of the deployment ordered by Gov. Rick Perry. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said the troops started arriving in his city. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 troops... more »
  • Police Report Spike in Gang Activity Play Video

    August 26, 2014 10:59 PM

    PHARR - Police departments in the Rio Grande Valley are concerned about an increase in gang activity. The San Juan Police Department reported there is an increase in three specific gangs. The department's gang unit keeps tabs on local gang activity. Investigators said they've noticed a spike in the... more »
  • Memorial Stands at Site of Deadly Smuggling Crash Play Video

    August 26, 2014 8:20 PM

    PALMVIEW - A memorial serves as a reminder of a rollover that claimed the lives of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. The deadly rollover ended in the parking lot of a day care center along eastbound Frontage Road between Abram and Goodwin roads. Teresa Cuellar... more »
  • Teen Gets 20 Years for 9 Deaths Play Video

    August 26, 2014 4:13 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge on Tuesday sentenced a teenager to 20 years in prison for the death of nine illegal immigrants two years ago in Palmview. Junior Benjamin Rodriguez was 15 years old when he flipped the van he was driving in April, 2012. Prosecutors said he was fleeing... more »
  • Large Amount of Drugs and Money Found in Sullivan City

    August 22, 2014 3:00 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - U.S. Border Patrol agents are trying to figure out who left four bags , filled with money, in Sullivan City brush. Agents found the bags recently as they were patrolling in the area. The money was a mix of U.S. and Mexican currency. It... more »
  • Immigrant Shelter Seeks More Donations Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:15 PM

    McALLEN - A decrease in the number of illegal crossers apprehended by Border Patrol will not put a stop to the humanitarian efforts at one local church. Leaders at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen say there is still a need to provide for those released from Border Patrol... more »
  • Immigrants Arrested After Chase in Las Milpas Play Video

    August 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested eight illegal immigrants after a chase that ended in Las Milpas, south of Pharr. The chase ended 4 miles south of Business 83 near Ciudad Mante and Val Verde roads. Authorities say the chase started at Sugar and Moore roads. Several immigrants bailed... more »
  • Smuggler Uses Spikes During Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler used spikes in an effort to flee from authorities Wednesday, officials said. The suspect threw the three-pronged spikes, also known as caltrops, out of his pickup truck during a high-speed chase, officials said. The spikes pose a serious threat to pursuing agents and... more »
  • Immigrants Hospitalized After Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Five illegal immigrants were hospitalized after a high-speed chase ended in a rollover south of Alamo. The chase began at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday near Pharr and ended just north of the intersection of Tower and Las Milpas roads. Authorities said the smuggler flipped his... 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 »
  • Field Yields $10 Million Worth of Marijuana Play Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A marijuana field discovered near Lasara yielded more than 9,000 pounds of the drug with an estimated street value of $10 million, officials said. Homeland Security investigators and Border Patrol agents spent two days handpicking the plants from the property near FM 490. Immigration and Customs... more »
  • Landowner Seeks to Prevent Future Marijuana Plantations Play Video

    August 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A landowner will set fire to acres of brush on his property to get rid of debris from a marijuana plantation. Federal agents discovered the marijuana plants amid the brush and trees on the land in rural Willacy County. Investigators said the field may have gone... more »
  • Feds Report Fewer Illegal Crossings in the Valley Play Video

    August 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say they have seen a decrease in the number of illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley. The agency still will send more agents to the region. Officials said they also are working with the National Guard to increase patrols in the area. ... more »
  • Fire Destroys Suspected Stash House Play Video

    August 18, 2014 12:57 PM

    PALMVIEW - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a suspected stash house to go up in flames. The fire happened at a mobile home in Palmview, near the intersection of Mile 2 and Goodwin Road. Firefighters responded to the scene, after 10:30 a.m.. It took them about... more »
  • Feds Secure Marijuana Field in Willacy County Play Video

    August 14, 2014 10:33 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Federal agents on Thursday secured a field of marijuana plants in Willacy County. Authorities said they will use heavy equipment to clear the two or three acres of marijuana plants near FM 490. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies found an illegal immigrant... more »
  • Family Fearful After Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 13, 2014 7:59 PM

    HARLINGEN - One of two suspects charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent has been implicated in three aggravated robberies in Cameron County. Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez, both illegal immigrants, are being held on capital murder charges in the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier... more »
  • Congressman Demands Action on Border Crisis Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says President Obama needs to do something about the humanitarian and immigration crisis impacting South Texas. Cuellar asked for a bi-partisan agreement to provide money and policy changes to the current immigration system. The congressman and some of his fellow Democrats are... more »
  • Aerostat Launched in Roma Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:45 PM

    ROMA - A new surveillance aerostat now flies in the skies above Roma. Roma residents say they hope the added surveillance will dive smugglers away from the town. "I put these (burglar bars on the) windows here all the way around the house," Roma resident Raul Moreno said.... more »
  • Murder Suspects' Vehicle to be Processed Play Video

    August 12, 2014 4:24 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County sheriff's investigators have yet to find out what is inside the vehicle driven by two illegal immigrants charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent. Sheriff Larry Spence said his deputies seized the getaway vehicle used by Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval and Ismael Hernandez... 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 »
  • Border Patrol Adds Aerostat in Roma Play Video

    August 12, 2014 12:21 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Border Patrol added a second aerostat in Starr County to help fight illegal activity. Aerostats are tethered blimp-shaped balloons used for surveillance. Border Patrol agents credit them in helping catch human smugglers and drug smugglers, as well as helping to rescue illegal immigrants in danger.... 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 »
  • Authorities Search for Smuggling Suspect Play Video

    August 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    PHARR - Authorities are searching for a suspected human smuggler that led them on a chase Monday in Pharr. Border Patrol officials said the man had several illegal immigrants in his car. Agents arrested six of the immigrants after the chase. Officials said agents saw a group of... more »
  • Warning: Fundraising Site for Fallen Border Patrol Agent is Fake

    August 10, 2014 8:31 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - A warning has been issued from the family of Javier Vega jr. He was the Border Patrol agent recently shot and killed while fishing in Willacy County. The family says, there is an unauthorized fund raising account on Facebook called "Fund Me." The... more »
  • Border Patrol Uses Airboats to Gather Intelligence Play Video

    August 8, 2014 9:56 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are using airboats at one of the areas with most illegal-immigrant traffic in the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents say they find more illegal immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. through the Rincon community than any other area. The spot near the... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent Remembers Fallen Friend

    August 8, 2014 5:12 PM

    KINGSVILLE - Friends remember fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. as a dedicated lawmen and a loving person. Vega worked at the Kingsville station since joining the U.S. Border Patrol in February, 2008. Agent Paul Perez knew Vega well. He says Vega's death stunned the Kingsville station.... more »
  • Anglers Stay Away from Fishing Spot Where Agent Was Killed

    August 7, 2014 4:55 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Anglers are staying away from a popular fishing spot where an off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed Sunday. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. was laid to rest with honors Thursday in La Feria. The men charged in his death are in the Willacy County jail.... more »
  • Border Patrol Releases Statement about Agent's Murder Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:33 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Officials with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector on Wednesday released a statement on the murder of Agent Javier Vega Jr. A Border Patrols spokesman said they're being told not to speak with the media about Vega or what happened to him. Still, local... 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 »
  • Funeral Services for Slain Border Patrol Agent Set for Thursday Play Video

    August 6, 2014 3:20 PM

    LA FERIA - Funeral services for a Border Patrol agent killed while fishing with his family are set for Thursday in La Feria. The funeral Mass will happen at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Parish, 500 Canal Street. Burial will follow at Heavenly Grace Cemetery. Border Patrol... more »
  • 2 Accused of Assaulting Border Patrol Agent Play Video

    August 6, 2014 1:08 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Two Honduran men are in federal custody. They're accused of violently assaulting a Border Patrol agent. The FBI is handling the investigation. A criminal complaint filed in the case states the agent encountered the two suspected illegal immigrants Monday afternoon in Starr County. According to investigators,... more »
  • Sebastian Family Unknowingly Helps Murder Suspects Play Video

    August 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    SEBASTIAN - A family who helped two suspects accused in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent said they had no idea the men were being sought in the crime. The family said they thought the suspects were just two men in need. They said the incident was... more »
  • Suspects Charged in Agent's Murder Play Video

    August 5, 2014 4:13 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Two suspects arrested in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent were arraigned this afternoon in Willacy County. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said both men seemed subdued and shocked when they learned the charges against them. Gustavo Tijerina and Ismeal Hernandez Vallejo are charged... more »
  • Apartment Owners Prepare for Arrival of National Guard Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    McALLEN - Apartment owners and operators are preparing for the arrival of the National Guard. The troop surge in the Rio Grande Valley could be a boon for apartment owners. It also could mean fewer places for locals to rent. Silvia Medina, of Medina Metro Realty, owns multiple... more »
  • Sheriff: Suspects Confessed to Killing Off-Duty Agent Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence is working with Cameron County investigators to determine if two men accused in the murder of an off-duty federal agent are linked to other crimes. Authorities charged the two Mexican nationals in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. ... more »
  • Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot and Killed Play Video

    August 4, 2014 12:46 AM

    WILLACY COUNTY - An off-duty Border Patrol agent was shot and killed while fishing with his family. Two suspects are in custody. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the agent was shot in the chest Sunday night after an attempted robbery. According to Zamora, the gunmen... more »
  • Man Rescued After Four Days in Brooks County Brush Play Video

    August 1, 2014 9:49 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - A man rescued after four days is doing well and being processed at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station. The illegal crosser called 911 and told Brooks County officials he had been lost in the brush without food or water. Brooks County contract Border Patrol and... more »
  • Game Wardens on Alert for Possible Spike in Crime on Falcon Lake Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:20 PM

    FALCON LAKE - The surge of state troopers, Border Patrol and National Guard into the Rio Grande Valley has law enforcement in Zapata County preparing for a possible uptick in illegal activity. The question is whether coyotes and smugglers will use Falcon Lake to escape the surge in law... more »
  • Security Improves at Non-24-Hour International Bridges Play Video

    July 30, 2014 10:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Smugglers are taking advantage of the cover of night and lax security along the border to move drugs and immigrants north of the Rio Grande. CHANNEL 5 NEWS exposed a weakness at border crossings two years ago. The Los Indios and the Donna international bridges closed... more »
  • Military Task Force Returns to the Valley Play Video

    July 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    WESLACO - Military troops are in the Rio Grande Valley to help patrol the areas between the ports of entry. The little-know operation has been going on for years. The Marines and Navy sailors, active and reservists, get part of their military training along the border. "We have... more »
  • Woman sues Border Patrol Agent Accused of Assault

    July 30, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN (AP) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol agent guarding her at a South Texas hospital has filed a federal lawsuit against him, alleging he violated her constitutional rights. The woman had crossed from Mexico into the U.S. without legal permission in April... more »
  • Scheme Targets Families of Unaccompanied Minors Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:03 PM

    WESLACO - The FBI is asking families of unaccompanied minors to be on high alert for a new scam. Investigators two weeks ago realized they'd found a new trend targeting families of unaccompanied minors in the United States. According to investigators, employees or contractors at two holding facilities... more »
  • Official: Immigration Surge Draining Municipal Budgets Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    McALLEN - The cost of helping illegal immigrants could mean the end of some municipal programs, officials said. The ongoing operation to care for illegal immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is putting a strain on municipal resources, officials said. "This is all coming out of... more »
  • Hidalgo County on Alert for Possible Lawsuits from Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is monitoring the jail for possible litigation from illegal immigrants. Some county jails in northern states stopped holding immigrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers. The detainers keep immigrants in jail until Border Patrol agents arrive. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Rescue 2 Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol agents rescued two immigrants from the South Texas brush in two separate incidents. The first rescue happened Sunday evening. Authorities said a human smuggler abandoned the man near La Grulla. The man called 911 and Starr County dispatchers relayed his general location to agents.... more »
  • Body Recovered From Pond in Penitas Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:10 PM

    PENITAS - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies had to use a backhoe to recover a woman's body from a pond. Officials said the woman was in her mid to late 20s. The body was found about a quarter mile south of Military Highway near Chihuahua Road in Penitas. Investigators... more »
  • Chinese Immigrants Detained in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The surge of Central Americans crossing the border illegally appears to be slowing down. Now, there could be a rush of people from other countries. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS met a group of immigrants from China during a ride-along with Border Patrol agents. The agents said people... more »
  • Border Patrol Assigns More Agents to the Valley Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - The Border Patrol has assigned 150 more agents to the Rio Grande Valley. Border Patrol officials say the agents are experienced, well-trained and equipped with the right skill-set. Officials did not say how long the agents will be in the Valley. more »
  • Militia Member Speaks About Group's Mission Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:27 PM

    McALLEN - A member of the South Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps says her group seeks to help authorities by observing and reporting what happens along the Rio Grande. Olivia Garza is one of approximately 80 members the group has from Corpus Christi to La Joya. Garza, a... more »
  • Mexican Railway Company Seeks To Reduce Number of Stowaways Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    WESLACO - The Mexican train used by countless Central Americans to reach the United States-Mexico border will increase its speed to reduce the number of stowaways. The cargo train, called La Bestia (the beast), typically travels at 6 miles per hour in areas where the Central Americans climb aboard.... more »
  • Rio Grande City Police See a Decline in Illegal Border Crossings Play Video

    July 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Rio Grande City police officers are noticing a decline in the number of families crossing the border illegally. The agency says they are seeing men crossing more often than families. Police, however, are staying busy. RGC police stepped up to help U.S. Border... more »

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