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  • 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 »
  • DA Ponders Charges in Deadly Accident Play Video

    July 15, 2014 12:33 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office is investigating an accident that claimed the life of a young boy three months ago in McAllen. A Jeep SUV ran off the road and slammed into a car dealership where the boy and his father were looking at vehicles. The... more »
  • Suspects Held Without Bond in Immigrant Kidnapping

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    McALLEN - Two men arrested for allegedly holding three illegal immigrants against their will in a Penitas home have been ordered held without bond. A judge made the decision in federal court Tuesday in McAllen. Authorities say the alleged human smugglers held three people from Honduras in the... more »
  • Deputy Constables Rescue Kidnapped Immigrant Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    PENITAS - Two people are in custody after a Honduran woman was held for ransom at a stash house in Penitas. Authorities say investigators were able to use technology to pinpoint the woman's exact location. Authorities say there have been more cases of illegal immigrants held in stash... more »
  • Guatemalan Immigrant Buried in Hometown Play Video

    July 13, 2014 10:14 AM

    SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, GUATEMALA - Family members are remembering a fifteen-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children who cross into the United States illegally. A funeral service was held Saturday for Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, 15, in his home. His grey casket... more »
  • Hidalgo County Animal Control: Prevent Aggressive Animal Attacks Play Video

    July 11, 2014 1:59 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A recent dog attack has the Hidalgo County Cowboy, Teo Martinez concerned. Not only for livestock or pets, but also children. "They attacked (the calf) and they tore the ears and she was bleeding from both sides," said Martinez. Dogs viciously attacked a 14-month-old, 600... more »
  • Deputy Recovering after Rollover Accident Play Video

    July 11, 2014 12:47 PM

    EDINBURG - A deputy constable is out of the hospital and recovering at home after a rollover accident near San Manuel. The accident happened on Interstate 69C, just south of the Hidalgo-Brooks county line. The Hidalgo County Precinct 4 deputy constable was responding to a rollover accident when he... more »
  • Hidalgo County to Get New Morgue Play Video

    July 9, 2014 8:07 PM

    EDINBURG - A vacant building in Edinburg will soon become Hidalgo County's first morgue. The structure is a couple of years away from becoming a full-fledged medical examiner's office. Still, the county's pathologist will begin operations there in two months. Dr. Norma Jean Farley, the county's medical examiner,... more »
  • Hidalgo County Judge Defends President's Decision Not to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County judge says it is not necessary for President Obama to visit the Rio Grande Valley to witness the current immigration crisis. Judge Ramon Garcia said the president is working to get additional resources to deal with the issue. "He requested $2 billion from... more »
  • Interim Sheriff: Militias not Needed Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff said he does not need militias to help patrol the region. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra said militias from Texas and other parts of the country have contacted him. He said they offered to help deal with influx of illegal immigrants. Guerra... more »
  • Official: No Chemical Threat During Crop Duster Emergency Landing Play Video

    July 8, 2014 5:25 PM

    NEAR DONNA - A crop duster that made an emergency landing near Donna was used to spray cotton crops, officials said. Weslaco's Emergency Management Coordinator George Garrett told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that planes that dust cotton crops typically carry malathion or a similar chemical. Malathion is a pesticide... more »
  • Suspects Sought in Hidalgo County Homicide Play Video

    July 7, 2014 5:18 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators released new details in a homicide case. Investigators are searching for a red pickup truck they believe was used after the deadly shooting over the weekend near Edinburg. The crime happened at a mobile home on Ivory Street and Hoehn Road Saturday... more »
  • Homicide Investigation in Northern Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 6, 2014 10:47 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A homicide investigation is under way in Hidalgo County. Sheriff's deputies are trying to find out how a man died and who was behind it. Investigators collected evidence and spoke with neighbors Sunday morning. "Yesterday we stayed up pretty late, worried and trying to help,"... more »
  • Voting Machines Released Play Video

    July 3, 2014 9:34 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hundreds of voting machines impounded amid allegations of voter tampering were released for processing. State District Judge Aida Salinas Flores signed an order Thursday releasing more than 300 voting machines and other voting equipment and supplies. The machines and equipment was impounded following the March... more »
  • Thousands of Hailstorm Cases Assigned to Court in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:47 PM

    EDINBURG - Only one court is handling all the pre-trial motions for the lawsuits against insurance companies stemming from hailstorm damage two years ago. A panel of judges from around the state assigned more than 7,000 cases for pre-trial to the 206th District Court in Hidalgo County, where Judge... more »
  • Jaime Munoz Wins Special Election in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 1, 2014 10:37 PM

    EDINBURG - Jaime Munoz beat Eloy Trevino Tuesday in a special election for Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2. Munoz won the election by nearly 1,500 votes. None of the candidates got more than 50 percent of the vote in the March primary. Munoz... more »
  • Hidalgo County Republican Party Demands Action on Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 1, 2014 10:31 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Republican Party sent a letter to President Obama asking for action to mitigate the immigration crisis gripping the region. Party members urged the president to "adhere to current immigration law and to direct all agencies in charge ... to provide safe transport back to... more »
  • AG Investigates Documents Found in Edinburg Play Video

    July 1, 2014 9:20 PM

    EDINBURG - The Texas Attorney General's Office is looking into private documents that were found scattered in a parking lot in Edinburg. The documents included W-2 forms and pay stubs and contained Social Security numbers. Edward Smith stumbled across the private paperwork. "We saw all these papers... more »
  • Hidalgo County Announces New Sanitation Fee Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:41 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials say they expect an increase in illegal dumping in the coming months. They say the reason is a new sanitation permit program. The county will begin charging to dump trash at its community collection stations. The service was provided free of charge. County officials... more »
  • Hidalgo County to Charge Fee at Garbage Collection Stations Play Video

    July 1, 2014 4:15 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County will begin charging to dump trash at its community collection points. The service was provided free of charge. The county said the new permits to use the drop-off point will cost more than $8 a month. County officials acknowledged that some people will dump the... more »
  • Special Election Today in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 1, 2014 12:22 PM

    EDINBURG - A special election is under way in Hidalgo County today. Jaime Munoz and Eloy Trevino are vying for the Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Place 2 seat. None of the candidates got more than 50 percent of the vote in the March primary. Munoz... more »
  • Sentencing Hearing Set for Former Sheriff Play Video

    June 30, 2014 10:52 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17 for his role in a money laundering scheme. Trevino pleaded guilty in April. He admitted to laundering money through campaign contributions in 2011 and 2012. Trevino faces a maximum of 20 years... more »
  • Sentencing Postponed for Former Sheriff's Chief of Staff Play Video

    June 30, 2014 10:50 PM

    McALLEN - Sentencing for the former Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department chief of staff was postponed Monday. Maria Patricia Medina pleaded guilty in April to misrepresentation of a felony. She was accused of covering up then-Sheriff Lupe Trevino's money laundering. She was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. The judge... more »
  • Body Discovery Unsettles Residents Near La Joya Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - A young illegal immigrant died yards away from houses near La Joya. Those who live in the area believe he may have been searching for help. Area residents think 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez got lost in the brush. The Guatemalan boy's body was found on June... more »
  • Immigrants Arrested South of Donna Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities detained 14 illegal immigrants Monday south of Donna. The incident happened at the intersection of Military Highway and FM 493. Border Patrol agents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Hidalgo County deputy constables participated in the arrests. more »
  • 2 Arrested in Hidalgo County Home Invasion Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested two men in connection with a weekend home invasion north of Weslaco. The suspects, David Martinez and Daniel Carbajal, went before a judge Monday afternoon to face aggravated-robbery charges. Investigators said Martinez and Carbajal used a shotgun to threaten the occupants of a house... more »
  • Decomposed Body Identified as 11-Year-old Guatemalan Boy Play Video

    June 30, 2014 12:21 PM

    LA JOYA - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office identified a body found earlier this month as an 11-year-old boy from Guatemala. The remains of 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez were found outside La Joya on June 15. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said this is the first time his... more »
  • Man Dies after Chase in Progreso Play Video

    June 27, 2014 10:14 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - One suspect died Friday night after a chase that ended in a crash in Progreso. Another man is in critical condition and a third person is on the run. Progreso Police Lt. David Hernandez said the chase started after the driver of a white pickup... more »
  • Border Patrol Chief Thanks Hidalgo County Leaders, Civic Organizations Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN - The Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley issued a letter thanking city of McAllen and Hidalgo County leaders for their help with the ongoing immigration crisis. Kevin Oaks also thanked non-government and faith-based organizations for providing care for the thousands of illegal immigrants from... more »
  • Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector Has Warning for Some Residents Play Video

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector is sending out a warning to residents to pay up on property taxes by next week's deadline. If you don't, you can expect to be penalized with extra fines. Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Villarreal says there are still $12.3 million outstanding.... more »
  • Fire Marshal Searching for Owners of Mobile Home Destroyed in Fire Play Video

    June 27, 2014 12:31 PM

    DONNA - Fire officials are looking for the owners of a mobile home that burned down overnight. They're also searching for those responsible for setting the fire. As first reported on CHANNEL 5 NEWS THIS MORNING, the fire happened north of Donna, along the 7000 block of La Blanca... more »
  • Suspect Arrested After Chase in Penitas Play Video

    June 26, 2014 9:15 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a 22-year-old man after a chase that ended in a rollover in Penitas. The suspect, Adrian Lopez, went before a judge Thursday afternoon. He was charged with evading arrest. Authorities said Lopez had warrants for parole violation. La Joya police said Lopez... more »
  • Honduran Delegation Visits Hidalgo County Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:25 PM

    McALLEN - A Honduran delegation, headed by that country's first lady, arrived in Hidalgo County Thursday to learn more about the wave of illegal immigrants impacting the region. Honduras First Lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez echoed U.S. officials by calling the surge in immigration a humanitarian issue. She said... more »
  • 1 Shot During Home Invasion in Weslaco Play Video

    June 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    WESLACO - One person is in the hospital, after being shot during a home invasion in Weslaco. Another victim suffered minor injuries. The crime happened on the 2000 block of Mesquite Drive Wednesday night. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office spokesperson J.P. Rodriguez said deputies got the call around 10 p.m.... more »
  • Pictures Released in Double Murder Investigation Play Video

    June 25, 2014 9:48 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY- Investigators are releasing pictures in hopes of solving a double murder in Hidalgo County. Deputies hope photos of a 2004 model Cadillac CTS can bring forth information on the key piece of evidence in the case. Authorities said the same kind of car was found burned north... more »
  • Landlord Frustrated with La Joya Housing Authority Play Video

    June 24, 2014 8:23 PM

    LA JOYA - A frustrated landlord says she can't evict her tenant because she rented the house through La Joya Housing Authority. Flor Gallo said the tenant is breaking the rules. Gallo said she rented out the house in Palmview when she lost her job. "I have... more »
  • Store Owner Vows to Go On Despite Multiple Robberies Play Video

    June 24, 2014 7:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A drive-through store owner said she will not let criminals intimidate her. Two robbers held up the Border Drive-Thru Saturday night. It was the third robbery at the store in two years. The most recent crime happened in just 50 seconds. Border Drive-Thru Owner Melissa... more »
  • 2 Arrested After Chase in Mission Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    MISSION - A driver fleeing from authorities slammed into a building under construction this afternoon in Mission. Construction workers at the building witnessed the end of the chase near the Rio Grande. The men said they saw a Chevrolet Suburban speeding toward them. The workers said the fleeing... more »
  • Investigation Reveals Child Drowned in Waist-Deep Water Play Video

    June 24, 2014 4:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Investigators launched a criminal probe into the death of a toddler near Palmview. The 18-month-old was found unconscious Monday night in a canal off Abram Road and FM 2221. "That's where the first family member discovered the child, pulled him out, and immediately attempted to... more »
  • Child's Death Now a Criminal Investigation Play Video

    June 24, 2014 12:52 PM

    PALMVIEW - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office said a criminal investigation is under way into a toddler's death. The 18-month-old boy was found in a canal behind the child's home last night. The home's located north of Palmview, off of FM 2221 and Abram Road. Hidalgo County Sheriff's... more »
  • Autopsy Ordered for Child Found in Canal

    June 24, 2014 9:02 AM

    NORTH OF PALMVIEW - An autopsy was ordered for a 1-year-old found floating in a canal. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are now interviewing the child's family. Authorities told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they got a call about a missing child around 7 p.m. Monday. By the time they arrived, relatives... more »

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