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  • Old School Buses Flip North of Combes Play Video

    November 6, 2014 12:32 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Two old school buses headed to Central America crashed Thursday on Interstate 69E north of Combes. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said one bus was pulling the other vehicle when it hydroplaned. The buses left the road and rolled on the median. The driver... more »
  • School Bus Accident North of Harlingen

    November 6, 2014 8:30 AM

    COMBES - DPS troopers are responding to a school bus accident north of Harlingen. It happened on Highway 77, south of Orphanage Road. Troopers told CHANNEL 5 NEWS no children were injured. We have a crew headed to the scene. Another expressway accident was reported in Harlingen at... more »
  • Highway Closes After Accident Near Combes Play Video

    October 23, 2014 10:38 AM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Emergency crews closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 69E/Highway 77 near Combes after an accident involving a big rig. The accident happened at 4:50 a.m. Thursday. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the driver of the tractor-trailer fell asleep. The big rig rolled on its... 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 »
  • Meter Problem Leaves Church in the Dark Play Video

    March 11, 2014 5:29 PM

    COMBES - Members of a church in Combes are desperate to see the light ... literally. The church lost power five weeks ago after a problem with the electric meter. Pastor Janie Ortega said the power company has been too slow in solving the problem. She called 5... more »
  • Combes Residents Await Completion of Drainage Project Play Video

    December 17, 2013 9:30 PM

    HARLINGEN - A federal-funding deadline has been extended on a $4-million drainage project in northern Cameron County. The project began in October, 2012. Funding was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2014. A snag between Cameron County Drainage District No. 5 and Union Pacific Railroad delayed the project and... more »
  • TxDOT Blames Weather for Construction Setback Near Harlingen Play Video

    December 10, 2013 8:43 PM

    COMBES - A newly-resurfaced road north of Harlingen is falling apart, a local resident said. He called 5 On Your Side to shed light on the problem. Construction on Frontage and Combes-Rio Hondo roads started in April. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the project is 80 percent... more »
  • Mistrial in Combes Murder Case Play Video

    September 10, 2013 1:20 PM

    COMBES - A judge declared a mistrial in a Combes murder case. Aroldo Cadriel is charged with the murder of 20-year-old Brisna Mireles. Mireles was found dead in a field in Combes last summer. An autopsy stated she died from five gunshot wounds and also had bruises on her... more »
  • Sheriff: Smugglers Using New Tactics Play Video

    June 28, 2013 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County sheriff's investigators say they have uncovered a new trend in drug smuggling. The said smugglers are turning to construction equipment to hide their loads. The statement comes after deputies pulled over a tractor-trailer hauling a forklift on Highway 77 in Combes. The incident happened on... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to $1 Million Drug Bust Play Video

    June 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    COMBES - A traffic stop led to a million dollar drug bust in Combes. It happened Thursday night. Cameron County sheriff's deputies pulled over a truck, which was hauling a trailer with a forklift. They found 40 kilos of cocaine when they searched the vehicle. Several bundles were... more »
  • Combes Man Charged in Sexual Assault Play Video

    June 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    COMBES - Police arrested a 20-year-old man in Combes on Tuesday on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The suspect, Justin Baker, is accused of assaulting a 9-year-old girl in her home. Officials said the girl's family called 911 to report the attack. Baker tried to... more »
  • Water Outage in Combes Play Video

    April 26, 2013 4:17 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The town of Combes is without water this afternoon. Public utilities workers are installing new valves to help prevent flooding during heavy rains, town officials said. Water service should be restored by 6 p.m. For more information on the outage, call the town of... more »
  • Train Rams Trailer North of Harlingen

    November 9, 2012 4:22 PM

    COMBES - Crews are working to clear the site of a collision between a train and a trailer hauling sugar north of Harlingen. The collision happened today at a railroad crossing at Business Highway 77 and FM 107. No one was injured in the collision, police said. ... more »
  • Officials Investigate Tire Fire near Combes

    September 11, 2012 4:05 PM

    COMBES - Cameron County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a person in connection with a tire fire near Combes. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew on Tuesday spotted the flames and called the county's fire marshal to report the blaze. Firefighters were dispatched to the site to prevent the flames... more »
  • Man Arrested for Accidental Fire

    July 12, 2012 12:33 AM

    COMBES - One man is in police custody after a huge fire in Combes that took crews from four cities to put out. Emergency officials say it was a controlled burn that got out of hand. Since the worker who started it didn't have a burn permit, he was arrested... more »
  • Combes Junkyard Owner Cited for Illegal Fire

    July 11, 2012 4:11 PM

    COMBES - The owner of a junkyard was cited for illegally burning trash behind his business after the burn got out of control. Officials said the man runs a recycling center and was burning brush when the fire grew out of control. Several cars in the yard exploded when... more »
  • Combes Town Council to Address Mayor's Attendance at Meetings

    May 23, 2012 4:23 PM

    COMBES - The Combes town council will meet next Tuesday to talk about the mayor's attendance at council meetings. Mayor Silver Garcia came under fire for missing most of this year's meetings. After concerned citizens reached out to CHANNEL 5 NEWS, we obtained attendance records dating back to 2009.... more »
  • Concerned Citizens Say Mayor Missing Too Many Meetings

    May 23, 2012 1:09 AM

    COMBES - Some people are asking where their longtime mayor is. "We pay our taxes. We ought to know what's happening with our governing body," said Ken Stolar. Stolar has lived in Combes since the mid-90s. He's worried where Mayor Silvestre "Silver" Garcia has been. CHANNEL 5 NEWS... more »
  • Cash Found On Girl and in Toddler's Diaper

    April 16, 2012 12:53 PM

    COMBES - Police found cash strapped to a 6-year-old girl and hidden in a 2-year-old's diaper. The children's mother is now in federal custody. Combes officers found the cash, after pulling over Betzabeth Perez-Torres along Highway 77. Police say the 23-year-old Brownsville woman also strapped cash to her... more »
  • Murder Suspect Also Charged in Sexual Assault Case

    April 12, 2012 5:11 PM

    COMBES - A Cameron County judge is ordering a murder suspect be held without bond. The charges against Aroldo Humberto Cadriel are piling up. Police say he shot and killed Brisna Mireles. He's also accused of sexually assaulting a Harlingen child. Investigators say Cadriel isn't cooperating. The... more »
  • Preliminary Autopsy Says Woman Died of Multiple Gunshot Wounds

    April 4, 2012 11:07 PM

    COMBES - A preliminary autopsy report reveals new information into the death of a Harlingen woman. Twenty-year-old Brisna Mireles died of multiple gunshot wounds. Cameron County's forensic pathologist just released the preliminary autopsy report. Combes police are working to crack the murder mystery. The woman's body was found... more »
  • Texas Rangers to Assist After Body Found in Combes

    April 2, 2012 4:48 PM

    COMBES - A police investigation is moving forward in Combes. Police are calling in the Texas Rangers to help crack a murder mystery. Officers say someone shot Brisna Mireles and left her body on the side of Highway 77. The police chief says the 20-year-old woman was likely lying... more »
  • Autopsy Ordered in Deadly Wreck Near Combes

    March 28, 2012 1:02 PM

    COMBES - An autopsy was ordered for the driver killed in a three-car accident near Combes. Troopers are working to figure out what caused the crash. It happened last night on Highway 77, near Orphanage Road. DPS investigators say a Nissan heading north hit a Toyota Camry. Then it... more »
  • Combes Woman Loses Home in Fire Amid Confusion About Address

    February 14, 2012 7:05 PM

    COMBES - A Lower Valley woman is searching for answers. She lost her home in a fire and didn't know what address to give to emergency responders. She was only in the home a few weeks. She says when the fire broke out, panic set in. "It was... more »
  • Family Left to Pick Up Pieces After Fire Destroys Home in Combes

    February 8, 2012 6:56 PM

    COMBES - The Cameron County fire marshal dug through the rubble to find out what caused a blaze that cost one family in Combes everything. The fire started in a bedroom. The fire marshal says he is still trying to figure out exactly how it started. A woman and... more »
  • Firefighters Putting Out Hot Spots at Combes House Fire

    February 8, 2012 4:36 PM

    COMBES - Fire crews are putting out hot spots in Cameron County. They've been battling a blaze at a home in Combes. The fire at the yellow one-story home on 107 near Business 77 in Combes is now out. Crews are working to put out hot spots. There are... more »

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