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  • 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 »
  • Hidalgo County Focuses on PTSD Play Video

    September 30, 2014 4:31 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County has agreed to tackle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The county will reach out to veterans and help them find medical services. Hidalgo County Veterans Services Director Emilio de los Santos told CHANNEL 5 NEWS in November, 2013, that there was... more »
  • Constables and Federal Agents Work Together Play Video

    September 29, 2014 10:13 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Precinct 4 constable deputies teamed up with homeland security investigators to focus on human and drug smuggling. Nineteen federal agents from across the U.S. finished a three-month caseload. Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable Atanacio JR Gaitan said, "They're out there doing surveillance on stash houses, illegal... 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 »
  • Woman Found Dead with Gunshot Wound Play Video

    September 29, 2014 4:14 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a Sullivan City woman. The Sheriff's office posted information on their social media page about a shooting on Friday. Sullivan City Police Officers found a 25-year-old woman with a gunshot wound at a home on Loma Street.... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriffs Office Adult Detention Center Passed Inspection

    September 26, 2014 4:33 PM

  • Mixed Feelings about Highway Project Play Video

    September 25, 2014 10:22 PM

    DONNA - People who live along the proposed route for a new highway have mixed feelings about the project. State Highway 68 would run for 22 miles from Interstate 2 in Donna north to FM 490, where it would connect with Interstate 69C. Approximately 300 property owners would be... more »
  • Elections Official Defends Department's Procedures Play Video

    September 25, 2014 4:32 PM

    EDINBURG - A recent rash of voter fraud is keeping Hidalgo County's election director busy. Yvonne Ramon says her office is processing several added requests for public information. People now want to take a closer look at the ballots for the 2012 elections. She said candidates who lost... 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 »
  • 2 Arrested in Aggravated Robbery North of Weslaco Play Video

    September 23, 2014 7:04 PM

    EDINBURG - Two men are behind bars in connection with an armed robbery Saturday at a convenience store north of Weslaco. Jose Guadalupe de la Rosa, 32, and Ovidio Zamora, 17, are accused of taking the cash register at gunpoint from the Corner Store. Police said one of... more »
  • Store Owner Seeks Ways to Prevent Robberies Play Video

    September 22, 2014 7:04 PM

    WESLACO - A store owner is looking for ways to reinforce security after a series of robberies. The owner says robbers have targeted his store seven times. He now plans to arm his employees with Tasers. Investigators are checking to see if the robbery is connected to similar... more »
  • Residents Fed up with Illegal Tire Dump Play Video

    September 18, 2014 10:42 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents in a neighborhood north of Weslaco want a massive illegal tire dump cleared. They say the site has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other critters. Thousands of tires cram the site off Mile 11 and Mile 6 ½ roads. Eilearto Gonzalez lives... more »
  • Officials Urge Residents to be Cautious when Using Cleaners Play Video

    September 17, 2014 7:11 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County health officials are asking residents to use caution when using disinfectants and cleaners. Recent news about a high school student infected with a highly-contagious virus may lead some residents to douse every surface in their homes with bleach and disinfectants, officials said. "Don't overdo it,... more »
  • Fire Investigators Seek Help to Solve Arson in Elsa Play Video

    September 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    ELSA - The Hidalgo County fire marshal is asking for the public's help to solve an arson case in Elsa. Fire officials received some tips about the abandoned home that burned Tuesday along West 3rd Avenue. Still, they need more information. Officials said the fire is their 19th... more »
  • Task Force to Help Control Mosquito Population Play Video

    September 17, 2014 12:34 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo and Cameron county health officials are creating a taskforce to control the mosquito population. This is after confirming two cases of West Nile Virus in Hidalgo County. The virus is commonly spread through mosquitoes infected with the virus. The Hidalgo County health director is spearheading... more »
  • McAllen School on Alert after Student Contracts Virus Play Video

    September 17, 2014 12:16 AM

    McALLEN - A volleyball game between McAllen Memorial and James Nikki Rowe high schools was postponed Tuesday after a player came down with a contagious upper respiratory infection, school officials said. The coach for McAllen Memorial High School was notified about the student's condition two hours before the game,... more »
  • Investigators Identify Partially Burned Body Play Video

    September 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Officials on Tuesday released the identity of a body discovered in San Carlos. Sheriff investigators said the man was Sergio Salazar, 46, of Weslaco. County workers found his partially burned body near the intersection of Tex Mex and Sunflower roads in San Carlos. Anyone with... more »
  • Hidalgo County Investigates West Nile Death Play Video

    September 15, 2014 7:41 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County health officials are trying to determine how an elderly Donna resident contracted the West Nile virus. The man, William Edward Howell, died from the disease. Epidemiologist Steven Hinojosa is investigating Howell's case. "We want to make sure we get as much details as... more »
  • Alamo Resident Concerned about West Nile Virus Play Video

    September 15, 2014 5:32 PM

    ALAMO - The threat of West Nile virus has one Rio Grande Valley man on edge. Brad Smith says he survived the disease once. He now is worried he may contract the virus again. Two cases of West Nile are confirmed in the Valley. A Donna man died... more »
  • Woman Robbed of Item Posted on Craigslist Play Video

    September 15, 2014 1:15 PM

    ALAMO - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is searching for man who robbed a woman at gunpoint. Investigators said the victim put an item up for sale on Craigslist and was meeting with a potential buyer. The two met at the 1200 block of Cherokee Lane, near Sioux Road... more »
  • Hidalgo County "Cowboy" Says, 'Watch Out for Horses' Play Video

    September 14, 2014 7:31 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - We have a warning from the Hidalgo County's cowboy: Watch out for horses roaming along the roadways. Teo Martinez's phone has been ringing non stop. "Six or seven people call me up about the animals because they lost them," said Martinez. Martinez is the "Hidalgo County... more »
  • Task Force to Help Stop Spread of West Nile Virus Play Video

    September 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    EDINBURG - Valley health directors are urging residents to cut their lawns and drain any standing water. The recommendations follow confirmation of two cases of West Nile Virus in Hidalgo County. One person infected has died. Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus can spread the disease. During a... more »
  • Authorities Release Calls of Kidnapping Victim Play Video

    September 11, 2014 10:44 PM

    DONNA - Authorities released the calls made to emergency dispatchers shortly after a woman escaped from her kidnappers south of Donna. Emergency dispatchers got the first call at 2 p.m. Aug. 25. Police records show drivers found the woman crawling in a ditch off FM 493. She was frantic... more »
  • Two Cases of West Nile Reported, One Deadly Play Video

    September 11, 2014 4:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Two cases of the West Nile virus have been confirmed in Hidalgo County. One of those cases proved deadly. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned an 83-year-old man from Donna died Wednesday night. Hidalgo County health officials say he was the third West Nile virus... more »
  • USFWS Employee Injured South of Mission Play Video

    September 10, 2014 5:28 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee remains in the hospital after he was injured on the job. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew was at the scene when the worker and his partner approached members of the National Guard. The man was visibly shaken. One... more »
  • Deputy Recalls Deadly Accident Play Video

    September 5, 2014 9:30 PM

    EDINBURG - A deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department was back on the job Friday after being briefly hospitalized following an attempt to save a man from a sinking vehicle. Ricardo Garcia was back at the sheriff's academy where he works as an instructor. Garcia on Thursday... more »
  • Judicial Commission Searches for Fair Attorney Distribution System Play Video

    September 5, 2014 4:40 PM

    EDINBURG - A Hidalgo County judge is being accused of failing to follow the law. But the judge's mistakes may be part of statewide problem. Judge Noe Gonzalez presides over the 370th District Court in Hidalgo County. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct says he appointed one attorney to... more »
  • Texas Tribune: Hidalgo County Democratic Party Strong As Ever Play Video

    September 5, 2014 3:53 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The Democratic Party remains as strong as ever in Hidalgo County, according to a report from the Texas Tribute. The report indicates that former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's corruption scandal didn't impact the party's standing in the region. Trevino's scandal and eventual guilty plea unfolded shortly... more »
  • DA Asks for New Hearing in Justice of the Peace Case Play Video

    September 5, 2014 3:18 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County District Attorney's Affice has filed motions asking for a rehearing in the case against former Justice of the Peace Mary Alice Palacios. Earlier this year, three members of an appellate court reversed a jury verdict finding Palacios guilty of official oppression. Palacios was... more »
  • Campaign Worker Accused of Offering Cocaine for Votes Play Video

    September 4, 2014 8:30 PM

    McALLEN - A local campaign worker accused of trading cocaine for votes went before a federal judge Thursday. The judge will decide if there is enough evidence to support filing charges against Brenda Solis. According to the criminal complaint, another campaign worker told the FBI that when he worked... more »
  • Hidalgo County Court Judge Reprimanded Play Video

    September 4, 2014 2:34 PM

    EDINBURG - One Hidalgo County district court judge was reprimanded by state officials for failing to follow the law and failing to act professionally. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct handed down the judgment last week. The commission found that Judge Noe Gonzalez, who presides over the 370th... more »
  • Hidalgo County Officials Warn Residents About Jury Duty Scheme

    September 3, 2014 9:25 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials say someone is trying to extort money from county residents through a jury-duty scheme. District Clerk Laura Hinojosa and Sheriff's Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez revealed the scheme at a news conference Wednesday. They say it involves someone posing as a county court or sheriff's department... more »
  • Pump Used to Prevent Flooding in San Juan Neighborhood Play Video

    September 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    SAN JUAN - Crews are using a large pump to keep water from flooding homes in one San Juan neighborhood. Area resident Juan Garcia said this is the second time in one week that water flooded his yard. A faulty drainage pipe near an irrigation ditch is to blame,... more »
  • Hidalgo Sheriff Investigator Fired Play Video

    August 30, 2014 9:25 AM

    EDINBURG - An investigator with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is off the job. He is now the subject of a criminal investigation. Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the investigator was relieved of his duties Friday after criminal allegations surfaced against him. Guerra said a citizen came forward... more »
  • Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Prepares for Rains

    August 29, 2014 4:34 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County precinct 1 officials met to prepare for next week's storms. Crews are preparing equipment in case any roads in their jurisdiction flood. The precinct no longer excavates ditches because that responsibility now belongs to the drainage district. The precinct will clear debris from existing... more »
  • Search Continues for Kidnapping Suspect Play Video

    August 28, 2014 9:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Investigators continue searching for a man accused of kidnapping a woman from her McAllen home. The suspect, Cesar Marin, 20, took the victim to a house near Mile 4 Road and FM 493 in south Donna. Records show the house was rented out in 2013. ... more »
  • Resident Concerned About Brush in Floodway Play Video

    August 28, 2014 7:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hard, dry earth and thick brush in the floodway near Mercedes have one man worrying about his farm, his home and his town. Trees are growing in the floodway, between Mercedes and Weslaco. Lauro Saldana worries the trees could hamper floodwaters from flowing. Keeping the... more »
  • Human Smugglers Target a Hidalgo County Neighborhood Play Video

    August 28, 2014 5:19 PM

    MONTE ALTO - Hidalgo County deputy constables say human smugglers are targeting a neighborhood west of Monte Alto and are setting up shop there. The trend is causing concern for area residents. It worries them because so many children live in the area. The neighborhood is called Calle... more »
  • Constables Found Illegal Immigrants, Shotgun in Stash House Play Video

    August 28, 2014 12:50 PM

    MONTE ALTO - Constables detained a group of men found in a suspected stash house west of Monte Alto. Hidalgo Count Precinct 1 deputy constables stopped a vehicle that left the home on the 2500 block of Calle De Rosa. They questioned the driver, who led them back to... more »
  • Civil Trial Against Former Hidalgo Sheriff Continues Play Video

    August 27, 2014 3:47 PM

    EDINBURG - The civil suit against former Hidalgo County Sheriff Guadalupe "Lupe" Trevino continued today. This time, it is District Attorney Rene Guerra who is being questioned by attorneys. The lawsuit was filed by former Sheriff's candidate Robert Caples. He is suing Trevino for allegedly accepting cash... more »
  • Fire Officials Train more Arson Investigators Play Video

    August 26, 2014 8:56 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County fire officials are training more arson investigators. About 74 percent of arson cases go unsolved in Hidalgo County. Ralph Perez works for the San Benito Fire Department. He is learning the intricacies of arson investigation. "As we go through the process, we're gathering... more »
  • Kidnapping Investigation Leads Authorities to Home South of Donna Play Video

    August 25, 2014 9:56 PM

    SOUTH OF DONNA -- McAllen police are now investigating a possible kidnapping that led law enforcement units to a house south of Donna. Traffic was blocked off on FM 493 at the Mile 4 intersection just after 2:00 this afternoon. Earlier, a woman flagged down a passing driver.... more »
  • Deputies Investigating Kidnapping South of Donna Play Video

    August 25, 2014 3:18 PM

    DONNA - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are responding to a kidnapping south of Donna. They got the call around 2:15 p.m. The scene is along FM 493/Salinas Boulevard and Juarez Road. Deputies and Donna police are working on the case. They blocked off part of FM 493. CHANNEL 5... more »
  • Juries Hand Down Verdict Against Edinburg Attorney Play Video

    August 22, 2014 7:33 PM

    EDINBURG - Two juries have handed down verdicts against an attorney they say stole more than half a million dollars from a client's retirement fund. Elena Cantu turned to a trusted attorney and family friend to help fund her golden years. Ten years ago Cantu gave attorney Rodrigo... more »
  • Hidalgo County IT Worker Under Investigation

    August 22, 2014 4:37 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A former Hidalgo County information technology employee is now part of a criminal investigation. The employee was fired due to a violation in the county's security policy. County Executive Officer Valde Guerra released a statement saying, "This matter has been turned over to the appropriate... more »
  • Hidalgo County IT Worker Under Investigation

    August 22, 2014 4:37 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A former Hidalgo County information technology employee is now part of a criminal investigation. The employee was fired due to a violation in the county's security policy. County Executive Officer Valde Guerra released a statement saying, "This matter has been turned over to the appropriate... more »
  • Chase Leads to Stash House in Alamo Play Video

    August 21, 2014 10:38 PM

    ALAMO - A chase that ended in a bailout in Pharr eventually led authorities to a stash house in Alamo. Border Patrol first alerted Hidalgo County precinct 1 deputy constables to a possible stash house off south Val Verde Road in Alamo. The deputies followed vehicle that was leaving... more »
  • Bailiff Leaves Gun in Courthouse Restroom Play Video

    August 21, 2014 7:40 PM

    EDINBURG - An attorney found a loaded gun Wednesday inside a restroom on the first floor of the Hidalgo County Courthouse. Hidalgo County sheriff officials said the restroom is not open to the public. Only two judges, their employees and attorneys doing business in those courts have access to... more »
  • Winter Texans Say They'll Move if Property Taxes Increase Again Play Video

    August 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Mobile home owners in Hidalgo County are furious over their 2014 appraisals, even after they appealed the new value. The Hidalgo County Tax Chief Appraiser says he had to raise the value of the homes. Winter Texans say they might pack up and head elsewhere.... more »
  • Investigators Identify Suspect Killed in Home Invasion

    August 20, 2014 9:53 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's officials identified the suspect killed during a home invasion in Elsa. Officials said the suspect was 33-year-old Francisco Fernando Valdez Gonzalez. Deputies found Valdez dead when they responded to a robbery in progress late Friday night. Deputies say people inside the home... more »
  • Citrus Greening Spreading in the Valley Play Video

    August 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    WESLACO - Experts say citrus greening disease is rapidly spreading from tree to tree in the Rio Grande Valley. The mid-Valley has the most concentrated numbers of infected trees, officials said. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said they will concentrate in parts of Donna, Alamo, San Carlos and... more »
  • Health Officials Report Kissing Bugs Moving North Through the Valley Play Video

    August 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A bug that first crossed our border is now crawling its way north. It is named the "kissing bug." The insect is known to carry a life-threatening disease Hidalgo County is following illness cases due to the bug. We have also followed evidence of the "kissing... 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 »
  • 4 Candidates Seek Hidalgo County Sheriff Seat

    August 19, 2014 10:45 PM

    EDINBURG - Four candidates will seek the Hidalgo County sheriff's seat in November. The winner will finish the two-year term left open when former Sheriff Lupe Trevino stepped down. Trevino pleaded guilty to money-laundering charges and was sentenced to five years in federal prison. The candidates are: Al... more »
  • Deputies Investigate Suspect's Death in Elsa Play Video

    August 18, 2014 9:02 PM

    ELSA - Investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department are sorting out the details of a deadly shooting in Elsa. Deputies responded to a robbery in progress late Friday night. The suspect was dead when they arrived. Deputies say people inside the home took the gun away from... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Offers Homeowners Gun Instruction Play Video

    August 16, 2014 8:25 PM

    HIDALGO - Home burglaries and robberies are happening more often in the Rio Grande Valley. Many homeowners are concerned for their safety, so they are turning to guns as a means for protection. One homeowner, who asked not to be identified, says she's doing what the county is... more »
  • Questioning Continues for Former Sheriff Play Video

    August 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    EDINBURG - The former Hidalgo County sheriff is returning for another round of questioning in court. A judge ruled attorneys can continue to question Lupe Trevino about illegal campaign contributions. Trevino's former political opponent Robert Caples is suing Trevino over thousands of dollars the former sheriff received from a... more »
  • Suspect Uses Knife During Store Robbery Play Video

    August 14, 2014 9:15 PM

    MISSION - Police are searching for a suspect who held a knife to a store clerk's back during a robbery. The suspect entered the store and went directly to an employee who had his back toward the door. The suspect pushed a knife against the man's back and led... more »
  • Head Start Fleet Immobilized Play Video

    August 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    McALLEN - Thieves immobilized five Hidalgo County Head Start vehicles after they ripped the catalytic converters from the units. The Hidalgo County Head Start program serves more than 3,600 children of low-income families. Employees at the head start said they were anxiously looking forward to the start of... more »
  • Investigation Reveals No Evidence of Voter-Machine Tampering Play Video

    August 12, 2014 8:16 PM

    EDINBURG - An investigation into possible voter-machine tampering in Hidalgo County revealed no evidence of wrongdoing. A grand jury assigned to the investigation was summoned Monday to review and release the final report. The 42-page report was completed after a two-month investigation by Chicago-based Data Defenders. The company... more »
  • Hidalgo County to Hold Auction Play Video

    August 11, 2014 7:52 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials will hold an auction in an effort to offset budget shortfalls. Officials hope to raise approximately $4 million with the auction Wednesday. County officials say if everyone that owes court fines paid, they would collect more than $2 million. They also are trying... more »
  • Sheriff Officials Ponder Changes after Audit Results

    August 8, 2014 6:34 PM

    EDINBURG - An audit revealed that nearly a third of all the assets under the care of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department were missing or stolen. The audit started in June. It was the first done in 10 years. The sheriff's department had 5,431 assets worth nearly $20... more »
  • Abandoned House Burns in Palmview Play Video

    August 7, 2014 12:47 PM

    PALMVIEW - An abandoned house burned to the ground overnight in Palmview. The Hidalgo County Fire officials say the fire may have been intentionally set because there was no electricity at the structure. The fire happened in the 4200 block of Snowbird Lane. The house was engulfed in... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff's Deposition Rescheduled Play Video

    August 4, 2014 1:00 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge reset the deposition for Lupe Trevino, the former Hidalgo County sheriff. Former sheriff's candidate Robert Caples is suing Trevino for alleged election code violations. The allegations include taking large cash donations from drug traffickers and forcing sheriff's department employees to do campaign work on county... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Make 2 Drug Busts Within Hours of Each Other Play Video

    August 2, 2014 8:44 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are processing several hundred pounds of narcotics seized within hours of one another. The first bust happened in Havana, which is outside of La Joya in Hidalgo County. Around 5 p.m. Friday, agents on foot patrol saw several people carrying bundles with them.... more »
  • Former Political Rival Sues Trevino Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:36 PM

    EDINBURG - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino had to answer questions once again. This time the deposition was part of a civil suit filed by a former political opponent. The lawsuit stems from the campaign contributions Trevino admitted he took from convicted drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez. Those contributions... more »
  • DA Considers Appealing Palacios' Conviction Overturn Play Video

    August 1, 2014 6:32 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office is considering appealing a court's ruling overturning former Justice of the Peace Mary Alice Palacios' conviction. District Attorney Rene Guerra said his prosecutors are reviewing the more-than-60-page ruling by the 13th Court of Appeals. He said his office is considering appealing... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Dies in Sullivan City Due to the Heat Play Video

    July 31, 2014 4:50 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - Authorities recovered the body of another illegal immigrant in Hidalgo County. The discovery brings the number of deaths involving illegal immigrants to three this week. Sullivan City police say this is the first time they recovered a body of an illegal immigrant so close to... more »
  • Alleged Hidalgo County Hacker Set to Go to Trial Play Video

    July 31, 2014 1:42 PM

    EDINBURG - An alleged Hidalgo County hacker is set for trial next week. Fidel Salinas Jr. is accused of hacking into Hidalgo County's website by trying to log into the site 14,000 times. According to the FBI, the site contained sensitive employee information. Salinas said he tried... 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 »
  • Edcouch Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Play Video

    July 29, 2014 5:05 PM

    McALLEN - An Edcouch woman accused of embezzlement on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the charges. Federal prosecutors say Ofelia Vallejo admitted to embezzling more than $90,000 from the Mid-Valley House, where she worked as an administrative assistant. According to federal prosecutors, the money was obtained through money orders... 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 »
  • Investigators Arrest Home-Invasion Suspect Play Video

    July 28, 2014 8:22 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff investigators arrested a 17-year-old in connection with a home invasion. Deputies continue searching for two others, including a 14-year-old. Investigators say Noe Carmona was one of three people who forced their way into a home north of Mercedes near Mile 1 1/2 West and... more »
  • Dems Pick Guerra as Sheriff Candidate

    July 26, 2014 11:15 AM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Democratic Party selected Jose E. Guerra as its candidate for sheriff for the November general election. Guerra was picked from a field of three candidates. A fourth candidate, La Joya Police Chief Giovanni Hernandez, opted to drop out of the Democratic race and will... more »
  • Former Sheriff's Commander to Testify Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    McALLEN - A former Hidalgo County sheriff's commander will take the stand today in federal court. Jose Padilla was summoned to testify at the sentencing hearing of Maria Patricia Medina. She was former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's chief of staff and campaign manager. Medina pleaded guilty to covering up... more »
  • Deputy Escaped Injury During Initial Firefight in La Joya Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    LA JOYA - A deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department was providing backup for two Edinburg police officers when they came under fire Tuesday in La Joya. Interim Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the deputy suffered some bruises to his torso, but is doing fine. Authorities say... more »
  • Police Clear Area Where Officers Were Shot Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:15 PM

    LA JOYA - Police reopened the streets around the site of a shootout where two officers were wounded Tuesday in La Joya. The apartment where the shootout happened is now abandoned. The public housing unit has a large hole in the wall. Area residents returned to their apartments.... more »
  • Sentencing Delayed for former Sheriff's Chief of Staff Play Video

    July 23, 2014 12:42 PM

    McALLEN - The former chief of staff for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department will have to wait one more day to find out her sentence. Maria Patricia Medina also served as former Sheriff Lupe Trevino's campaign manager. In a move not anticipated by the defense or the prosecution,... more »
  • 3 Accused of Helping Former County Clerk Avoid Justice

    July 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    EDINBURG - Three members of Omar Guerrero's family were charged with helping the former Hidalgo County clerk escape into Mexico. Guerrero fled to avoid arrest on sexual assault charges. The family members, including his father and sister, have been charged with "hindering the apprehension or prosecution of a... more »
  • Home Invasion Investigation Play Video

    July 19, 2014 9:48 PM

    McALLEN - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion. It happened Saturday evening on Los Padres Drive off of Ware Del Norte Rd. According to J.P. Rodriguez, multiple suspects took part in the invasion. No other details were released. We spoke to the homeowner... more »
  • One Injured in Hargill Stabbing Play Video

    July 18, 2014 9:33 PM

    HARGILL - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is investigating a stabbing. Deputies say the stabbing happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday at an abandoned building near FM 493 and 7th Street. Neighbors witnessed as many as five people fighting in the street. One person was stabbed. One... more »
  • Hidalgo County DA: Former Sheriff Should Not Go To Jail Play Video

    July 17, 2014 8:02 PM

    McALLEN - The Hidalgo County district attorney on Thursday said the sentence against former Sheriff Lupe Trevino was too harsh and not justified. Rene Guerra said the sentence was an injustice. He said Trevino didn't deserve to be criminally charged much less sentenced to 5 years in prison. Guerra... more »
  • Trevino the Latest Valley Lawmen Sentenced to Prison Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in a money laundering scheme. Federal Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range... more »
  • Mixed Reactions to Trevino's Sentence Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino filed an appeal minutes after he was sentenced to federal prison. Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range for Trevino's crime was... more »

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