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  • Cameron County Prepares for Possible Storms

    September 2, 2014 4:09 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County officials are preparing for possible rain bands from Tropical Storm Dolly. The storm is expected to make landfall near Tampico, Tamaulipas, about 250 south of the Rio Grande Valley. County park rangers closed Isla Blanca Park Tuesday afternoon as the surf began to rise.... more »
  • Cameron County Beaches to Close

    September 2, 2014 12:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County judge ordered the closure of all county beaches. The order takes effect at 4 p.m. today and will continue until further notice. The decision was based on the potential high risk of rip currents and high tides associated with Tropical Storm Dolly. The storm... more »
  • County Losing Millions of Dollars in Unpaid Fines Play Video

    September 1, 2014 10:14 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Millions of dollars in unpaid fines are adding up for a Valley county and publics services are suffering. Judge Eloy Cano says filing cabinets in his office are full of arrest warrants of offenders who don't make it to their court dates. Cano says about... 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 »
  • Indian Lake Police Chief Says Charges are Politically Motivated Play Video

    August 28, 2014 11:51 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The Indian Lake police chief said his indictment on three misdemeanor charges is politically motivated. Chief John Chambers is expected to turn himself in to authorities Friday. Chambers said he was indicted on two counts of official oppression and one count of filing a false... more »
  • Murder Suspect Charged with Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:55 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A man being held in Willacy County in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent was charged with seven counts of aggravated robbery Thursday in Cameron County. The suspect, Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, also was charged with four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Cameron... more »
  • Brownsville Officials Prepare for Rainy Days Play Video

    August 28, 2014 7:08 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Brownsville officials are preparing for rain, and the possibility of flooding. Brownsville Public Utilities Board workers are doing repairs to the city's drainage system. Officials said the city is going to need everything in good working order if the ominous rain clouds overhead produce the expected downpours.... more »
  • TCEQ Officials Discuss Rules for Outdoor Burns Play Video

    August 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County residents will not have to call the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality before doing brush burns. The Cameron County fire marshal this week said they will no longer issue burn permits. They said the requests will be routed to the TCEQ office in Harlingen. TCEQ... more »
  • Changes Made in Cameron County Burn Permits Play Video

    August 27, 2014 3:10 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Emergency Management Office is no longer issuing burn permits. People will have to get burn permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Office. TCEQ's office is in Harlingen. The Emergency Management Office says they issue thousands of burn permits a year. Those... more »
  • Cameron County Probation Office Lacks Support

    August 25, 2014 10:23 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY -- County probation officers say deputies are not picking up parole violators. The sheriff says it all comes down to staffing shortages. The Cameron County Adult Probation Directorm, Tobin Lefler, says his office is not getting the support they need from county deputies. Lefler says his... more »
  • 2 Killed in Deadly Fire Play Video

    August 25, 2014 9:33 PM

    LA FERIA - Cameron County investigators are working to determine what caused a deadly fire that took the lives of two women. Primitivo Losoya says he is still taking in the reality of a fire that claimed the wife of his life and sister-in-law. He was at home... more »
  • San Benito Arson Under Investigation Play Video

    August 25, 2014 4:30 PM

    SAN BENITO - Cameron County fire investigators are following several leads to find an arsonist. A man was injured and taken to the hospital, after a morning fire at a San Benito home. There's no word yet on his condition. Cameron County Fire Marshal Humberto Barrera told CHANNEL 5... more »
  • Sheriff Defends Need For Military Vehicles Play Video

    August 20, 2014 11:03 PM

    OLMITO - The use of military equipment in police operations is drawing mixed reactions from officials and citizens. Armored vehicles previously used in war zones are being handed down to police departments across the nation. Several armored vehicles were used during a deadly standoff in La Joya. The... more »
  • Militia Sets Up Camp in Cameron County Play Video

    August 19, 2014 7:56 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Cameron County resident says he welcomes the presence of militia members on his land. Rusty Monsees told CHANNEL 5 NEWS earlier this summer he would welcome the National Guard to his property. Monsees said he is still waiting for the guard. He has taken on another... more »
  • Ex-District Attorney Requesting to be Released on Bond

    August 14, 2014 12:57 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County district attorney Armando Villalobos wants out of prison while he appeals his conviction. Villalobos was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison after being convicted of racketeering and extortion. In a handwritten, nine-page letter to the judge, Villalobos stated he needs to be released... more »
  • 2 Arrested in String of Aggravated Robberies Play Video

    August 8, 2014 5:19 PM

    OLMITO - Two men are behind bars in a series of aggravated robberies on anglers in rural areas of Cameron County. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, jailed in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent, implicated Jesse Ibarra and Felix Padilla as part of... more »
  • Cameron County Bridge Project on Schedule to Be Completed Play Video

    August 8, 2014 4:30 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The West Rail Project bridge in Cameron County is closer to being completed. County Administrator Pete Sepulveda says he believes the bridge will be open by late October. County officials are working to move an X-ray machine from the B&M Bridge to the new rail... more »
  • Cameron County Emergency Management Prepares for Space X Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:37 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County emergency management officials are preparing for the construction of a rocket launch site. Space X on Monday announced it will build a rocket launch site near Boca Chica Beach. Officials say approximately 12 rockets will be launched every year from the site. Cameron County... more »
  • Murder Suspect Confesses to Robberies in Cameron County Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:15 PM

    OLMITO - Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says a man charged in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent is wanted for other crimes in his county. Lucio said Gustavo Tijerina, 30, confessed to committing at least three armed robberies in his county. Tijerina and alleged accomplice... more »
  • Mixed Feelings in Brownsville About Space X Project Play Video

    August 4, 2014 10:59 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County officials are preparing for the economic impact a future rocket launch site will bring to the region. People in Cameron County don't all agree on how they feel about the project, but no one can deny it will bring jobs. Georgia, Florida and Puerto... 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 »
  • SpaceX Proposed Economic Development Agreement Discussed Play Video

    July 31, 2014 3:43 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - CHANNEL 5 NEWS has more information concerning a proposed economic development agreement between Cameron County and the rocket launch company SpaceX. This week the company filed building permits for solar panels for the proposed launch site at Boca Chica Beach. Today, Cameron County Commissioners went behind... more »
  • Cameron County Warehouse Packed with Historic Records Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:09 PM

    SAN BENITO - A warehouse in San Benito is full of stories about crime in Cameron County. Countless folders tell the stores of murders, rapes, robberies and disputes. "It's so much that we have. Hundreds of thousands of documents that we have," Cameron County District Clerk Aurora de... more »
  • Cameron County Drainage Project Nears Completion Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:56 PM

    COMBES - A drainage project meant to protect two Cameron County communities from severe flooding will not be finished before the end of the current hurricane season. The project has been delayed twice. The new drainage canal is expected to provide flooding relief for Combes and Primera. Both communities... more »
  • Combes Drainage Project Back on Track Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:21 PM

    COMBES - A multimillion dollar drainage project is nearly complete in Combes. The project, though, won't be ready before hurricane season ends this year. The project began in 2012. It is expected to provide flood relief to the Combes and Primera. Both towns flooded during Hurricane Dolly. Cameron... more »
  • Fake Officer Targets Elderly Residents in Cameron County Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities say a man posing as a court officer may be trying to steal money from the elderly. Authorities say the suspect calls people to collect supposed fines "They called this lady and said she failed to show up to jury duty," Cameron County Sheriff Omar... more »
  • Elections Officials Optimistic After Voter-Fraud Arrests Play Video

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County elections officials hope the arrests of six women on voter-fraud charges will send a strong message. Elections Administrator Chris Davis said voter fraud isn't unique to just one county. He said voters need to know they can trust the elections process. The women were... more »
  • Man Demands Answers After Deputy Shoots Dog Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:48 PM

    SAN BENITO - A man is searching for answers after a Cameron County deputy sheriff shot his dog. Charles Kattan was in the hospital when his 4-year-old pit bull, Sammy, escaped from his yard. The deputy shot the animal Friday afternoon. "That dog was more than a dog;... more »
  • Anglers Robbed at Gunpoint on the Arroyo Play Video

    July 10, 2014 7:51 PM

    RIO HONDO - A woman in Cameron County is sending a warning to others who may be heading to secluded fishing and camping spots near Camp Perry. She says her family was robbed at gunpoint while they were on a fishing trip. The attack happened on a Sunday... more »
  • Former Cameron County Jailer Indicted in Deadly Shooting Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A former Cameron County jailer, Antonio Gonzalez, 31, has been indicted in a deadly shooting in Brownsville. Gonzalez is accused of murdering a fellow jailer and holding his former common law wife hostage for several hours. He's also accused of firing several shots at officers during the... more »
  • Chase Leads Investigators to Counterfeit Cash Play Video

    July 3, 2014 12:44 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities confiscated thousands in counterfeit money and arrested two suspects after a chase that ended in Harlingen. The suspects, Lavarus Armstead and Brandon Smith, were charged with evading arrest and forgery. The Cameron County district attorney said the suspects sped off when investigators tried to pull... more »
  • Cameron County Sheriff's Deputies Accused of Cheating

    July 2, 2014 3:55 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Investigators say they believe they've caught everyone involved in cheating on civil service exams in order to become Cameron County Sheriff's Deputies. The grand jury indicted 11 people. All 11 are out on bond. CHANNEL 5 NEWS first told you about the case in April.... more »
  • 2 Kidnapping Suspects Already in Jail on Unrelated Charges

    July 2, 2014 12:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Two men already in the Cameron County jail are facing new charges. Brownsville police served outstanding warrants to Ramon Sandoval, 27, and Adrian Guerra, 26, on charges of aggravated kidnapping and engaging in organized criminal activity. The kidnapping allegedly happened two weeks ago, when a Brownsville... more »
  • Smugglers Threaten Landowners in Cameron County Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Ranchers along the Rio Grande say immigrant smugglers threaten them constantly. One Cameron County rancher said smugglers ordered him to look the other way or face the consequences. The landowner said smugglers are using trails on his property to bring illegal immigrants into the country. ... more »
  • FAA Investigating Crash Landing in Cameron County Play Video

    June 19, 2014 1:23 PM

    BAYVIEW - Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are trying to figure out what caused a plane to crash land in Cameron County. The 1968 single-engine fixed-wing Piper landed belly down in a brushy field around 4 p.m. Wednesday. It was just a half-mile from the runway at the... more »
  • Small Plane Crashes in Cameron County Play Video

    June 18, 2014 4:58 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating the crash of a small airplane near Bayview. Two people suffered minor injuries in the incident. They were taken to Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. The plane is in an open field between FM 510 and the Port... more »
  • State Releases Cameron County Election Inspection Results Play Video

    June 18, 2014 4:14 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Inspection results of the Cameron County Election Office have been released. A Secretary of State inspector found a few problems. The Cameron County Elections Administrator describes the issues as "hiccups" that he plans correcting by making sure poll workers get proper training. The Texas Secretary... more »
  • TxDOT to Build Ocelot Tunnels on Highway 106 Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:25 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The Texas Department of Transportation is working to protect endangered ocelots. The small endangered cats are extremely rare. Experts estimate that only 50 remain in the entire United States - all in the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuse area. TxDOT will install eight tunnels for... more »
  • Woman Charged in Accident Involving Asst. DA

    June 6, 2014 2:11 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Brownsville woman is being held on a $60,000 bond, after she was involved in an accident with a motorcyclist. The victim, a Cameron County assistant district attorney, is in the intensive care unit. Lizeth Valdez was officially charged this afternoon. Her bond on the... more »
  • Bridge Closure Blamed for Catastrophic Fire Play Video

    June 3, 2014 10:07 PM

    RIO HONDO - A Rio Hondo woman says a broken bridge forced fire crews to search for alternate routes to her home while the structure went up in flames. There are two roads to Valerie Garcia's neighborhood. The shortest route now is impassable because of a bridge that was... more »
  • Cameron County Looking for Public Input on Second Causeway

    June 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority is asking the public to take a survey regarding a second access point for South Padre Island . Cameron County Administrator Pete Sepulveda said the survey will help determine public traffic patterns. The survey is a part of the environmental development... more »
  • Cameron County Election Officials Blame Glitches for Delays in Results Play Video

    May 28, 2014 7:51 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County election officials say several glitches slowed down the counting of the ballots after Tuesday's primary election runoff. Election workers took more than three hours to tally the votes. "It did take a little longer, but I'm happy to say that this was in the... more »
  • Authorities Urge Beachgoers to Heed Riptide Warnings Play Video

    May 27, 2014 7:32 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Riptides claimed two lives over the Memorial Day weekend off South Padre Island. Cameron County lifeguards say swimmers need to be aware of the dangers lurking in the water. Michael Johnson, with Cameron County Beach Patrol, said riptides caused problems for swimmers over the... more »
  • Democratic Primary Runoff Draws Attention in Cameron County Play Video

    May 27, 2014 7:05 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Voters rushed to the polls during the last hours of the Democratic Party primary runoff race in Cameron County. The Democratic Party's nomination for the county's judge race is the most contested. The primary candidates are Joe Rivera and Ruben Pena. Rivera is the current county... more »
  • State Sues Owner of Problem Lot near Rio Hondo Play Video

    May 23, 2014 10:18 PM

    RIO HONDO - The owner of a Cameron County property under investigation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is fighting a lawsuit brought against him. The Texas attorney general sued William Templeton last year. The DA claims Templeton refused to clean up an illegal dump site just outside... more »
  • Ex-Deputy Acquitted of Official Oppression Play Video

    May 16, 2014 12:58 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville jury acquitted a former Cameron County sheriff's deputy, who was charged with official oppression. Arturo Ramos was charged with using excessive force. During a traffic stop, a man was taken to the ground after he was already in handcuffs. The incident happened November 2013. more »
  • Cameron County Resident Wants Solution to Drainage Problem Play Video

    May 13, 2014 10:38 PM

    SAN BENITO - Flooding wasn't a major problem despite heavy rainfall in Cameron County Tuesday afternoon. A homeowner northeast of San Benito said it's no reason to relax. John Prosek wants Cameron County Precinct 3 officials to fix drainage issues near his property before more precipitation fills the forecast.... more »
  • Cameron County Repairs Boat Ramp Play Video

    May 13, 2014 8:44 PM

    ARROYO CITY - Cameron County crews finished repairs to a boat ramp at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park. Anglers called 5 On Your Side to report what they called deplorable conditions at the ramp. They said boards were loose and the dock was not safe. Cameron County Parks... more »
  • No Flooding Reported in Cameron County Play Video

    May 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Heavy downpours should not pose a flooding threat in Cameron County, officials said. The parched land soaked up much of the precipitation, officials said. County officials said they still are monitoring low-lying areas to dispatch crews with pumps, if necessary. Cameron County residents are asked... more »
  • Parents Arrested In CPS Investigation

    May 8, 2014 8:46 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Police officers in Brownsville were called to assist Child Protective Services Wednesday, after a CPS investigator discovered drugs inside a home. Brownsville police say Melissa Martinez, 28, was home with her 5-month-old son when the CPS investigator arrived. Police say she admitted to having marijuana inside the house... more »
  • Cameron County DA Investigates Justice of the Peace Play Video

    April 29, 2014 9:13 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County District Attorney's Office said it will proceed with an investigation into a justice of the peace. The investigation stems from marriage waivers the DA says were issued by the justice of the peace. The Texas Attorney General Office ruled Monday that a justice... more »
  • No Interim Commissioner for Cameron County's Precinct 2 Play Video

    April 28, 2014 4:18 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos will not name an interim commissioner for the county's precinct 2 seat. Cascos said the spot will go immediately to the winner of next month's runoff election. Former Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez was voted out of office in... more »
  • Cameron County Commissioner Resigns After Allegations of Corruption Play Video

    April 25, 2014 4:40 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez has resigned his position. Hernandez is stepping down as part of a plea deal. The deal was resign, and seven corruption charges will be dropped. The deal was made just a short while ago. Seven of the... more »
  • Thieves Target Cameron County Cemetery Play Video

    April 22, 2014 8:12 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Metal thieves are targeting a cemetery near Brownsville. Margaret Prosise, widow of an Air Force veteran, is disgusted with what's happening at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. Thieves stole the bronze vase that used to hold flowers for her late husband, Gerald. She said his grave isn't... more »
  • Study: Space X Not Likely to Jeopardize Wildlife Play Video

    April 18, 2014 5:33 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The results of an environmental impact study have put the Space X program one step closer to becoming a reality in the Rio Grande Valley. The study released by U.S. Fish and Wildlife said Space X operations in the Boca Chica area are not likely to jeopardize wildlife... more »
  • Brownsville Man Demands Answers from Former Notary Play Video

    April 10, 2014 10:49 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A former Brownsville notary allegedly took a car buyer for an unpleasant ride. Greg Marinez claims the notary told him he could get a title for his SUV, but left him with empty pockets and an unregistered vehicle. "He said, ‘I will call back at 3,'... more »
  • Changes Planned to Cameron County Civil Service Exam Play Video

    April 10, 2014 7:20 PM

    OLMITO - Eight former Cameron County sheriff deputies face felony charges after they allegedly cheated on their civil service exams. A county commissioner says the exam has been corrupted and compromised too many times. "You need to get to the bottom of who is responsible for those tests... more »
  • Eight Sheriff's Deputies Accused of Cheating on Civil Service Exams Play Video

    April 10, 2014 3:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Sheriffs Department is investigating eight of its own deputies. They were fired for cheating on their civil servants entrance exams. Chief Deputy Gus Reyna made the announcement on Thursday. Reyna says the deputies cheated on their civil servant entrance exams in 2013.... more »
  • Cameron County Landowner Opposes Transmission Line Project Play Video

    April 7, 2014 7:59 PM

    WESLACO - Utility companies will begin acquiring rights-of-way from more than 500 Rio Grande Valley landowners for a high-voltage transmission line that will run from Edinburg to Brownsville. Texas officials recently approved the route for the $309-million project. Some people in Cameron County are vowing to fight to... more »
  • Cameron County District Attorney's Office Speaks Out Against 8-Liners Play Video

    April 5, 2014 10:44 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Eight-liners are nothing new in the Rio Grande Valley. It's been a constant struggle for law enforcement to shut them down. The Cameron County District Attorney's taskforce, Operation Bishop, reveals owners are getting creative when it comes to operating their businesses. "Now that they... more »
  • Anglers Upset Over Boat Ramp at Cameron County Park Play Video

    April 4, 2014 7:51 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - An Arroyo City fisherman says the county is neglecting a boat ramp at Adolph Thomae Jr. Park. Smiley Yanez said the problems are easy to spot. "They're loose, you can see they're loose," he said of the railing at the ramp. "If you reach... more »
  • Lifeguards to Return to Cameron County Beaches Play Video

    April 1, 2014 4:28 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The Cameron County Beach Safety Program will return this year, officials said. County officials said the lifeguards will be back on county beaches beginning Memorial Day Weekend. About 40 employees will be part of the program, officials said. Last year, county officials fired... more »
  • Cameron County Men Help in Houston Ship Channel Cleanup Play Video

    March 24, 2014 7:47 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Two members of the oil-spill response team from Brownsville were dispatched to Galveston Bay to help in the cleanup effort at the Houston Ship Channel. Mike Janskowski and Joe Torres will help clean up 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the waterway over the weekend.... more »
  • Photographer Concerned About Isla Blanca's ADA Compliance Play Video

    March 24, 2014 7:44 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A wheelchair-bound photographer says Isla Blanca Park is hardly handicapped-accessible. Mike Orbin said the cracking, uneven sidewalks make it difficult to move around. He said the county may be violating federal laws. Orbin said he visits the park regularly to shoot photos. Orbin said... more »
  • No Changes after Recount in Race for District Court Play Video

    March 24, 2014 7:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The recount in the race for the 357th District Court in Cameron County did not change the original outcome. Juan Magallanes is still the Democratic nominee. Candidate Gloria Rincones put down more than $10,000 for the recount. The recount happened Sunday. Rincones gained eight votes and Magallanes 13.... more »
  • No Changes After Recount in Cameron County Race Play Video

    March 20, 2014 10:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A recount for Cameron County justice of the peace precinct 2, place 3 revealed no surprises. The vote count remained the same - 2,635 for Mary Esther Garcia, 2,492 for Pete Avila Jr. and 2,387 for Minerva Pena. Pena was granted the recount after she paid... more »
  • Recounts Set in 2 Cameron County Races Play Video

    March 19, 2014 7:54 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The dates for recounts in two Cameron County elections have been set. Recounts were granted to candidates who lost by less than 10 percent of the vote. The races include the seat for justice of the peace, precinct 2, place 3. That recount will happen on Thursday.... more »
  • Officials Designate Citrus Greening Quarantine Zone in Harlingen Play Video

    March 12, 2014 8:07 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - State agriculture officials on Wednesday designated a citrus greening quarantine zone in Harlingen. The zone covers a 5-mile radius from the city's downtown. Officials said no citrus trees may be taken out of the area. Anyone with questions on the quarantine or the incurable... more »
  • Officials Prepare to Canvass Election Play Video

    March 5, 2014 7:24 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Election administrators are preparing to certify Tuesday's primary election. Election officials said they are making sure every vote is counted. "We got provisional ballots from folks that may have voted without being registered, which is what we tell our workers to do - not to deny... more »
  • Cameron County Holds Auction to Collect Delinquent Taxes Play Video

    March 4, 2014 4:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Tax Assessor's Office auctioned nearly 100 properties Tuesday. County officials said the auction will help recover more than $1 million in delinquent property taxes. The combined value of the properties auctioned surpassed the $3.4-million mark. Many of the properties sold for much less... more »
  • Cameron County DA Uses Facebook to Track Fugitive Play Video

    February 12, 2014 7:17 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz says some cases and criminals are hard to forget. Amit Livingston is one of them. Saenz says a photo in his office serves as a daily reminder that the convicted murderer must be brought to justice. The photo features the... more »
  • Ex-District Attorney Files Appeal after His Sentencing Play Video

    February 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The former Cameron County district attorney turned in a notice of appeal immediately after his sentencing yesterday. A federal judge sentenced Armando Villalobos to 13 years in jail on extortion charges. The paperwork for the appeal was already prepared when Villalobos appeared in court yesterday. He left... more »
  • Inmates Attack Cameron County Jail Guard Play Video

    February 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    OLMITO - A Cameron County jail guard was assaulted Monday after he tried to break up a fight among inmates. The attack happened at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito. Sheriff Omar Lucio said six inmates attacked another prisoner and the guard tried to break up the fight. He said... more »
  • Ex-District Attorney Awaiting Sentencing Play Video

    February 11, 2014 12:00 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The former Cameron County district attorney will learn his sentence this afternoon. Armando Villalobos was convicted of racketeering and extortion. Investigators said he solicited and accepted bribes in exchange for reducing criminal charges or dismissing cases altogether. more »
  • Thousands Without Power in Cameron County

    February 6, 2014 8:22 AM

    WESLACO - The AEP Texas outage map is showing more than 6,000 customers in Cameron County are without power. An AEP spokesperson said the outages started around 7:15 a.m. We're told it's due to a transmission-related problem. Related link: AEP Texas Outage Map The outages are mostly in... more »
  • Cameron County, Harlingen to Clarify Agreement on Building Inspections Play Video

    February 4, 2014 8:42 PM

    HARLINGEN - Cameron County and the city of Harlingen will make changes to a 20-year-old agreement on building inspections. A conflict over inspections at a tire recycling plant prompted the move, officials said. Attorneys will go over the agreement to eliminate any ambiguities. The agreement will outline who... more »
  • Man Wanted in Auto Fraud Case Play Video

    February 3, 2014 8:51 PM

    HARLINGEN - Cameron County authorities are searching for a man who they say swindled car buyers out of thousands of dollars. Deputy constables say Donny Rider fraudulently sold a truck to a man. Investigators said there are more victims in the case. Investigators said Rider bought a Ford... more »
  • Accused Murderer Out on Bond Play Video

    January 25, 2014 9:24 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - An accused murderer is out on bond in Cameron County. 47-year-old Antonio Santos is facing charges in connection to a crime dating back to 1998. Court documents reveal Santos is out on a $200,000 bond. He appeared before a judge earlier this week. He's accused... more »
  • Integrity Unit Sets Sights on Corruption Cases Play Video

    January 24, 2014 8:33 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Unit is working closely with state and federal authorities to curb corruption in the region, officials said. The unit is credited with gathering the evidence needed to indict Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez and three others. ... more »
  • Cameron County Commissioner Mum on Corruption Charges Play Video

    January 24, 2014 5:38 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez remains tight-lipped after his arrest on corruption charges. Hernandez is free on bail. He was arrested Thursday on corruption charges. A grand jury charged Hernandez with eight counts of corruption. He turned himself in to authorities after the indictment... more »
  • Rio Hondo Fire Volunteers Charged with Arson Play Video

    January 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    RIO HONDO - Two volunteer firefighters have been banned from the Rio Hondo Fire Department after they were charged with arson. Authorities said Alexander Benavides and Daniel Davis set fire to a vacant house Wednesday night. Cameron County fire investigators said more arrests are possible. Bond was set... more »
  • Cameron County Commissioner Released on Bail Play Video

    January 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez is free on bail. He was arrested Thursday on corruption charges. A grand jury charged Hernandez with eight counts of corruption. He turned himself in to authorities after the indictment was made public. Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz... more »
  • Cameron County Commissioner Indicted Play Video

    January 23, 2014 2:49 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez was indicted on eight counts, including tampering with government records and official oppression. The Cameron County district attorney made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon. The indictment is in connection with the hiring of Hernandez's brother-in-law as a... more »
  • Cameron County Unveils New Veterans Court Play Video

    January 21, 2014 4:24 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Veterans accused of breaking the law in Cameron County can now have their cases heard in a special court. County officials on Tuesday opened the new Veterans Treatment Court. The program brings together a judge, probation officer and defense attorney to help the veteran with issues like... more »
  • Cameron County District Clerk to Retire Play Video

    January 16, 2014 3:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Aurora de la Garza has been an icon at the Cameron County Courthouse for 43 years. She now is ready to retire. "It was a very difficult decision for me to make," De la Garza said. "My husband has been retired already, over six years, and... more »
  • Cameron Co. Owed More than $70 Million in Property Taxes

    January 16, 2014 1:04 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County tax collector is warning people about upcoming property tax deadlines. County officials said taxes are due by January 31. Seventy-six thousand notices were mailed to property owners who haven't paid yet. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned the county is owed more than $70 million in... more »
  • Cameron County Mails Voter Cards Play Video

    January 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Thousands of Cameron County residents have yet to receive their voter registration certificates. Election officials mailed the cards days ago, but many were returned. "One hundred and sixty five thousand of these, maybe a little more, went out to all registered voters in the county," Cameron... more »
  • Cameron County Mails Property Tax Notices Play Video

    January 15, 2014 4:26 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Tax Assessors Office began sending notices to people who have not paid their property taxes. Tax officials said they will send more than 76,000 notices. They said the property owners owe the county more than $70 million in taxes. The money is due by... more »
  • Cameron County Man Gets Voter Card 10 Years After His Death Play Video

    January 14, 2014 8:51 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Cameron County resident wants to know why his father-in-law keeps receiving voter registration cards 10 years after his death. Malcom Jones said the cards could lead to voter fraud. Cameron County elections officials mailed out 165,000 voter registration cards in the past month. The elections... more »
  • Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison for Brownsville Murder Play Video

    January 9, 2014 3:59 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville man convicted of a 2009 murder was sentenced to 45 years in prison. A Cameron County jury found Randall Bolivar guilty in the case yesterday. Prosecutors said he used his vehicle to chase two brothers in a Brownsville neighborhood. One of them allegedly owed Bolivar... more »
  • Health Officials on Alert after Spike in H1N1 Cases Play Video

    January 2, 2014 4:20 PM

    EDINBURG - Rio Grande Valley health officials are keeping a close eye on the spike in flu cases. Six deaths in Hidalgo County have been linked to H1N1 flu. The deaths include one child. County officials said the number of H1N1-related cases is far from an epidemic. Hidalgo... more »
  • Cameron County Sheriff's Office Notices Increase in Meth Cases Play Video

    January 1, 2014 5:44 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies in Cameron County are noticing an increase in the trafficking of methamphetamine. 2013 ended with a one million dollar meth bust Tuesday. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said it's not common to see so much methamphetamine in the trunk of a car. Deputies found... more »
  • Deputies Confiscate Meth in Cameron County

    December 31, 2013 7:32 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies confiscated about 40 pounds of methamphetamines after a traffic stop on Interstate 69E north of Brownsville. Deputies said the driver fled on foot, leaving the passenger and drugs behind. Authorities said the drugs have a street value of more than $1.2 million. The... more »
  • Deputies ID Body Found in Brownsville Ship Channel Play Video

    December 31, 2013 12:06 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County sheriff's deputies learned the identity of a body found in the Brownsville Ship Channel. The victim was identified as 19-year-old Cesar Honorio Gutierrez Oloarte of Veracruz. County investigators worked with the Mexican consul to learn the victim's name. Authorities said the 19-year-old was one... more »

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