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  • 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 »
  • Deputies Searching for Drive-Thru Thieves

    June 24, 2014 8:20 AM

    ALAMO - Two men are on the run after robbing a drive-thru store in Alamo. Hidalgo County investigators said the thieves took off with the store's cash register. The crime happened Saturday around 10 p.m. at Border Drive-Thru, which is located at the corner of Border Road and Allegro... more »
  • Authorities Investigate Toddler's Death Play Video

    June 23, 2014 10:12 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A toddler reported missing was found in a canal. The child was found at approximately 7 p.m. Monday. The canal is near FM 107 and Abram Road. Deputies tried to revive the child but were not successful. The toddler was pronounced dead at a local... more »
  • Robbery Suspects Sought in Hidalgo County Play Video

    June 23, 2014 8:10 PM

    ALAMO - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators are looking for two men in the robbery of a drive-through store near Alamo. The robbery happened at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday at the Border Drive-thru. The business is at the corner of Border Road and Allegro Avenue. Employees say two men... more »
  • Officials: Immigration Crisis Not Yet a Disaster Play Video

    June 23, 2014 7:43 PM

    McALLEN - Local governments have not spent enough in the illegal immigration crisis to meet the criteria for a disaster declaration, officials said. Officials said it is much easier to get help from the state. Getting funds from the federal government takes a much longer process, they said. ... more »
  • Officials Seek to Dispel Rumors Surrounding Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County leaders say they are trying to dispel rumors that have surfaced amid the surge in illegal immigration in the region. Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia and McAllen Mayor Jim Darling hosted a meeting to address residents' concerns. County officials confirmed that approximately 40,000 illegal... more »
  • Trash Fire Damages House in Hidalgo County Play Video

    June 19, 2014 10:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A trash fire turned into a nightmare for one family in southern Hidalgo County when the flames spread to their home. Thirteen people lived in the house. The family said they were burning trash Wednesday evening. They thought the flames had completely died out. The fire... more »
  • Stash House Bust Takes Neighborhood by Surprise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents of a neighborhood east of Edinburg were stunned to learn a stash house operated in their midst. The neighbors said they had no idea what was happening. Border Patrol said at least one person knew something was wrong, because that person tipped them off to... more »
  • New Hidalgo County Courthouse to Cost $157 Million Play Video

    June 17, 2014 8:10 PM

    EDINBURG - The new Hidalgo County courthouse is expected to cost the county as much as $157 million. Representatives from ERO Architects of McAllen presented county commissioners the first set of drawings and cost of the building. Commissioners approved the design and voted to go forward with the... more »
  • Stash House Raided Near Edinburg Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:15 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested more than 60 illegal immigrants after a raid at a stash house east of Edinburg. The stash house is located at 10303 Wind Drive, between Val Verde and La Blanca roads. Most of the immigrants are men. Border Patrol dispatched three large vans... more »
  • 4 Arrested After Raid North of Weslaco Play Video

    June 17, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Four people were arrested on drug-possession charges after a raid Monday north of Weslaco. Authorities executed a search warrant at the house on Mi Tierra Drive and Mile 11 Road. They allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and $6,600 in cash. Officers say the raid... more »
  • Hidalgo County Explores Options to Pay for New Courthouse Play Video

    June 16, 2014 8:37 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners are trying to figure out how to fund a new courthouse they say is badly needed. The existing courthouse is 60 years old. County leaders already spent more than $830,000 on the first phase of the project. Officials say it will take much... more »
  • Deputies Confiscate Marijuana North of Weslaco Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:52 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County investigators are interviewing several people they took into custody Monday at a house north of Weslaco. Authorities entered the house on Mi Tierra Drive and Mile 6 ½ Road with a narcotics warrant. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said deputies confiscated an... more »
  • Woman Killed in Crash on Business 281 Play Video

    June 16, 2014 5:22 PM

    EDINBURG - A deadly crash closed the southbound lanes Business 281 Monday afternoon. The crash happened near Trenton Road. Authorities say a pickup truck T-boned a gold-colored car that failed to yield the right of way. An older woman in the passenger side of the car was killed. The... more »
  • 2 Killed, 3 Injured in Drive-By Shooting

    June 12, 2014 2:56 AM

    WESLACO - Three people were hospitalized following a drive-by shooting that left two people dead. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a neighborhood located near Mile 9 and Mile 6 ½ in Weslaco. Investigators are talking to witnesses to determine what happened. Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff... more »
  • 2 Killed in Weslaco Drive-by Shooting

    June 12, 2014 12:33 AM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County Sheriff Investigators are at the scene of a deadly shooting. They tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS 2 people were killed following a drive-by shooting. Authorities tell us the bodies were discovered around 11:30 P.M. near Mile 9 and Mile 6 and 1/2 in Weslaco. The... more »
  • More Livestock on the Loose in Hidalgo County Play Video

    June 11, 2014 9:54 PM

    MERCEDES - The Hidalgo County livestock wrangler says countless animals are roaming free in the region. Teo Martinez picks up about 200 stray animals a year. This year, he has been called to rescue 500. He said livestock owners set the animals free. "These animals are very... more »
  • Hidalgo County to Close JP Office Play Video

    June 11, 2014 9:46 PM

    ELSA - Hidalgo County officials have started the process to shutter a justice of the peace office. The move is being done in response to the 2010 U.S. census data that also forced the closure of a constable's office. Hidalgo County expects to save thousands of dollars when... more »
  • Deputies Seize Cash after Chase Play Video

    June 9, 2014 9:22 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators continue searching for a man who led them on a high-speed chase. Investigators say the driver tossed out thousands of dollars during the pursuit. The passenger of the vehicle is behind bars. Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators said the pair left behind their... more »
  • Democrats to Pick Candidate for Sheriff, Constable Race Play Video

    June 9, 2014 8:14 PM

    EDINBURG - Six Democratic Party candidates are seeking the nomination for the Hidalgo County sheriff's race. Monday was the deadline to sing up for the nomination race. Hidalgo County Democratic precinct chairs will chose the winner. The candidates are interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra, San Juan Police Chief... more »
  • Deputies Investigating Homicide North of Palmview Play Video

    June 5, 2014 12:55 PM

    NORTH OF PALMVIEW - Authorities are investigating, after a woman's body was found inside her home. They're calling the case a homicide. An autopsy has been ordered. The home is located north of Palmview, near FM 492 and 6 Mile Line. As of noon, Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies were... more »
  • Deputy Constables Overwhelmed with Illegal Crossings Play Video

    June 4, 2014 8:08 PM

    MISSION - Hidalgo County deputy constables are pulling double duty helping Border Patrol agents round up illegal immigrants. The deputy constables' main focus is civil offenses. The deputies are in charge of patrolling Anzalduas Park. CHANNEL 5 NEWS rode along with the deputies during a recent patrol. ... more »
  • Shooting Suspect at Large Play Video

    June 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are searching for the man involved in a deadly shooting north of Donna. One man died and another is in the hospital. Investigators are looking for 36-year-old Jesus Daniel Romero Garcia. Authorities suspect he's driving a black Volkswagen Jetta with license plate number... more »
  • 2 Shot North of Donna, 1 Died from Injuries Play Video

    June 2, 2014 12:45 PM

    DONNA - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators are searching for a suspect following a deadly shooting north of Donna. The shooting happened early this morning off Minnesota Road on Armando Street. Part of the road is blocked off, as authorities are still sweeping the home for evidence. In addition to... more »
  • Hidalgo County Democratic Party to Pick Sheriff Candidate Play Video

    May 29, 2014 7:39 PM

    EDINBURG - The newly elected Hidalgo County Democratic Party chairman will have to take on the task of finding a suitable sheriff candidate for November's election. So far, an attorney, a businessman, a police chief and the interim sheriff are on the list for consideration. Others may decide to... more »
  • Contested Primary in Hidalgo County for State District Court Play Video

    May 27, 2014 7:10 PM

    EDINBURG - One of the most watched races in Hidalgo County was the Democratic Party primary runoff race for the 275th State District Court. Incumbent Judge Juan Partida is being challenged by former Judge Fidencio Guerra Jr. Partida has presided over the 275th State District Court for 25 years.... more »
  • Deputies Search for Suspects in Armed Robbery Play Video

    May 27, 2014 4:16 PM

    ALAMO - Hidalgo County sheriff deputies are searching for three suspects in the armed robbery of a drive-through store near Alamo. The robbery happened Friday night at the Cowboy Drive-Through on Haven Street. Investigators say one of the men was armed with an SKS-type rifle. No one was... more »
  • Interim Sheriff Vows to Find Former District Clerk Play Video

    May 22, 2014 10:29 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County interim sheriff is taking a closer look at the case of a former county district clerk. Omar Guerrero remains a fugitive. It is the second time authorities launch a manhunt for the former district clerk. Guerrero fled to Reynosa and was eventually found... more »
  • Families Ripped Apart by "Deadly Decisions" Play Video

    May 22, 2014 9:57 PM

    WESLACO - An accident left three families ripped apart. "I wake up and I see people entering the car. And to my recollection, I was just at the stoplight," recalled Jessie Guerrero. The 29-year-old was driving home with his wife, when they were hit at the intersection of... more »
  • Deputies use Robot during Standoff Play Video

    May 22, 2014 7:57 PM

    PALMVIEW - Hidalgo County sheriff deputies used a camera-equipped robot during a standoff Wednesday in Palmview. The machine was used to inspect the house before deputies entered the structure. Officials said images captured by the robot's camera let officer know that the suspect had shot himself. more »
  • Driver Faces Charges in Crash North of Weslaco Play Video

    May 22, 2014 4:12 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A driver could face charges in a wreck that sent several people to the hospital. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Mile 11 North and Mile 4 West roads north of Weslaco. The driver of a GMC Envoy ran a stop sign at... more »
  • 2 Charged in Assault on DPS Trooper Play Video

    May 22, 2014 11:28 AM

    EDINBURG - A man and a juvenile are facing charges. The two are accused of attacking a state trooper in western Hidalgo County. The attack happened on La Homa Road, just north of 7 Mile, Thursday. The trooper pulled over a driver for reckless driving. Victor Hernandez of Mission... more »
  • Hidalgo Housing Officials Ask County to Take Over Play Video

    May 21, 2014 7:10 PM

    HIDALGO - The city of Hidalgo Housing Authority has asked Hidalgo County to take over daily operations following the suspension of its executive director. Members of the Hidalgo Housing Authority board met with the county housing officials on Wednesday. Board President Javier Guerra said they want the county to... more »
  • Official: DNA Seldom Used to Track Suspects Play Video

    May 19, 2014 7:34 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said DNA is seldom used to link suspects to old crimes. The comments come in the wake of the arrest of a man wanted in the 2005 murder of Edinburg school administrator Arturo Noe Sanchez. Authorities said a DNA database... more »
  • Crews Extinguish Fire Near Elsa Play Video

    May 19, 2014 5:11 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Fire crews were sent to scene of a fire Monday near Elsa. The fire happened at an unlicensed recycling business, officials said. Officials said the owner of the lot has been cited twice for running a recycling business without the proper license. Officials said... more »
  • Suspect in 2005 Murder Arrested

    May 19, 2014 3:12 PM

    EDINBURG - A man wanted for a 2005 murder is in the Hidalgo County Jail. Claudio Alberto Morales was charged in the murder of longtime educator Arturo Noe Sanchez. Sanchez's body was found inside his McAllen home in December 19, 2005. Sanchez was an administrator with the Edinburg school... more »
  • Donna Residents Concerned about Highway Project Play Video

    May 15, 2014 8:50 PM

    DONNA - Residents in Donna are raising concerns about a new highway project. Bill Webber said many of his neighbors are moving away. "We've lived in this neighborhood for 14 years," Webber said. Webber and his wife were once considered Winter Texans. They now own a home... more »
  • Data Collected from Impounded Voting Machines Play Video

    May 15, 2014 12:22 PM

    EDINBURG - Forensic auditors examining voting machines in Hidalgo County finished the first part of their investigation. The team of three finished collecting data from impounded machines Wednesday night. They'll now analyze the data. It could take a month before the results are known. The forensic auditors are... more »

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