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  • Judge Under Fire Over Campaign Funds Play Video

    November 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    MCALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley judge has come under fire for campaign finance violations. District Judge Bobby Flores joins a long line of local jurists investigated by state watchdogs this year. Flores runs the 139th district court in Edinburg. He also is the presiding judge at the... more »
  • Hacker Awaits Sentencing Play Video

    November 20, 2014 12:37 PM

    McALLEN - A Donna man on Thursday admitted he attempted to hack into the Hidalgo County computer server in January, 2012. Fidel Salinas, 28, admitted that in the late evening and early morning hours of Jan. 4 and 5, 2012, he ran a script from his computer on the... more »
  • Hidalgo County Clerk's Office to Close for 2 Days Play Video

    November 19, 2014 12:56 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Clerk's Office will close for two days. District Clerk Arturo Guajardo said crews have to deal with damaged pipes. Flooding has been a problem over the years at the office. Broken sewer lines, clogged storm drains and leaky rods have caused damage to... more »
  • Hidalgo County Has New Dispatch System Play Video

    November 14, 2014 8:13 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Dispatchers said a new dispatch system not only connects different agencies but also better pinpoints callers. Dispatchers are calling it life-saving technology, but it came with a hefty price tag. Communications Supervisor Royden Garcia said, "It's faster. It's more accurate. It has shaved off minutes."... more »
  • Deputies: No Evidence of Animal Cruelty Found Play Video

    November 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    LA JOYA- Hidalgo County deputies said their case is closed. They found no criminal evidence of animal cruelty against a K-9 officer. The K-9 officer, named Paisano, is being treated for a tick disease. Deputies deferred to an expert, the veterinarian who treated the dog. The doctor... more »
  • Family Claims Deputies Used Excessive Force Play Video

    November 12, 2014 7:12 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A family claims excessive force by sheriff's deputies was used to subdue their son. The family called 911 because 22-year-old Noel Borrego Jr. started acting out of control Sunday night. He has a history of mental illness. They were hoping for an ambulance. His father... more »
  • PD Animal Cruelty Investigation Continues in La Joya Play Video

    November 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    LA JOYA - Hidalgo County is still investigating allegations of animal cruelty at the La Joya Police Department. Deputies said they are examining evidence and interviewing a veterinarian. They want to know more about the medical problems with a K-9 officer. The La Joya police chief said the... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Child's Death Play Video

    November 11, 2014 12:53 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators have not determined the cause of death of 10-month old. The child died two weeks at his home north of Donna. Deputies arrived at the house and found the child unresponsive. The boy and his two siblings were under the care of a... more »
  • Deputies Looking For Multiple Suspects in Shooting Play Video

    November 7, 2014 10:14 PM

    MERCEDES - Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is looking for at least 5 suspects in a Mercedes shooting. It happened just after 6 p.m. near Mile 2 1/2 East and Mile 11 North. One man is recovering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The suspects fled the scene in... more »
  • Thousands of Voters Skipped Proposition 1 on the Ballot Play Video

    November 7, 2014 7:52 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Thousands of Hidalgo County voters skipped Proposition 1 on the ballot. These are called undervotes. The Proposition 1 campaign signs were posted throughout Hidalgo County weeks before the election. The signs promote a new hospital district. It failed on election night. Once the votes were... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Seeks to Improve Jail Play Video

    November 7, 2014 6:43 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's newly elected sheriff says he will tackle some of the most serious issues in the department. Jose E. Guerra was elected Tuesday after holding the post as interim sheriff. Guerra was appointed to the position after former Sheriff Lupe Trevino resigned before pleading guilty to... more »
  • Authorities Ask Residents to Remain Vigilant Against Crime Play Video

    November 7, 2014 6:37 PM

    EDINBURG - Authorities say it's important to remain alert to avoid becoming a victim of crime. The comments come after two recent kidnappings in Hidalgo County. "Always be aware of their surroundings," Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said. "We don't want people to get into... more »
  • Former Deputy Asks for More Time Before Reporting to Prison Play Video

    November 7, 2014 12:40 PM

    MCALLEN - A former Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy and convicted money launderer has delayed his prison report date a second time. Robert Maldonado was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Oct. 1. He admitted to smuggling at least $40 million for drug cartels while working in law enforcement.... more »
  • Maps Show Election Results across Hidalgo County Play Video

    November 6, 2014 7:00 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The Hidalgo County Elections Office has released a series of maps showing how each precinct voted. One map shows how each area of Hidalgo County voted for Proposition 1. The areas in green voted for Proposition 1, and the portions in blue voted against. ... more »
  • Authorities Investigate Kidnapping, Murder Play Video

    November 6, 2014 6:43 PM

    PHARR - Local, state and federal law enforcement are working to help solve a murder. They said the death is linked to the kidnapping of a woman in Pharr. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, Pharr police, the FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating the murder and kidnapping cases. Authorities... more »
  • Hospital District Proposition Defeated Play Video

    November 4, 2014 10:29 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County voters vote down a proposition to create a hospital district and provide funding for a medical school. Proponents said it will bring in more federal money to the area for indigent care and secure money for the medical school. Opponents said it will create a bigger... more »
  • County Property Auction Benefits Buyers and County Play Video

    November 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County auctioned 68 properties. Every single property up for auction was delinquent on taxes. Hidalgo County needs to recoup millions of dollars in order to stop budget cuts. Bidder Raymond Orta said, "I'm interested in number 27 because it belonged to my grandpa... It is... more »
  • Workers Prepare to Count Mail-in Ballots Play Video

    November 4, 2014 7:11 PM

    EDINBURG - Tallying write-in votes may delay election results, officials said. This year Hidalgo County has four write-in candidates - the most they have had in more than a decade. Write-in votes must be individually checked by the ballot board made up of 18 Republicans and 18 Democrats.... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff Winner to Take Post Immediately Play Video

    November 4, 2014 6:30 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County sheriff's race drew a lot of attention among voters. Three people were on the ballot and a fourth candidate ran as a write-in contender. The winner will take office immediately and serve the next two years. That is the time left on former Sheriff... more »
  • Election Officials Report Brisk Turnout Play Video

    November 4, 2014 5:33 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County elections officials said voter turnout has surpassed that of the 2010 General Election. "(The) current turn out is 13,046 voters. We are glad to see so many people come out," Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon said. Ramon said the voter ID requirement hasn't... more »
  • County Workers Find Body in Trash Bag Play Video

    November 4, 2014 3:00 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A body was found on the side of the road near Ware Road and 9 Mile Line. Hidalgo County Precinct 4 workers discovered the body west of Edinburg. It was found stuffed inside a garbage bag. Authorities have not determined the body's gender. The Hidalgo... more »
  • Accident Closes FM 1017 at Hidalgo-Starr County Line Play Video

    November 4, 2014 12:37 PM

    STARR-HIDALGO COUNTY LINE - A road will remain closed for at least five hours as crews clean up after a truck crash. The incident happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on FM 1017 at the Starr-Hidalgo county line. The truck driver suffered head injuries and was hospitalized Officials... more »
  • Precinct 3 Constables on Alert despite Drop in Illegal Crossings Play Video

    November 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    MISSION - Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constables say they keep working long hours despite the drop in illegal crossings. The deputies continue patrolling around the clock along the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park. Thousands of illegal immigrants crossed into the United States through the Anzalduas Park area... more »
  • Early Voting Numbers Across the Valley Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:43 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Election Day starts tomorrow, but early voting numbers are in from across the Valley. The polls open at 7 a.m. In Cameron County, nearly 21,000 people cast their ballots. That is about 11 percent of registered voters in Cameron County. In Starr County,... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Child's Death Play Video

    November 3, 2014 4:12 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators are waiting on toxicology results before they release information on how a 10-month-old boy died last week. Deputies found Eliud Jose Perez unresponsive Tuesday at his home north of Donna. The baby and two other children were under the care of a babysitter... more »
  • Inmates Monitored for Meningitis Cleared Play Video

    November 3, 2014 4:10 PM

    EDINBURG - More than a dozen Hidalgo County detainees have been cleared after being quarantined and monitored for signs of meningitis. Commander Joel Rivera said three detainees, who shared a cell with another inmate who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, were moved last week. Those three and another... more »
  • Officials Taking Extra Precautions with Meningitis Play Video

    October 31, 2014 7:05 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Officials are not taking any chances after a county inmate recently tested positive for meningitis. Twenty-eight inmates are being examined and monitored regularly inside this cell at the Hidalgo County Jail. They were brought here from a privately owned detention center in La Villa. Another... more »
  • Inmate Tests Positive for Meningitis Play Video

    October 31, 2014 4:02 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY- An inmate in Hidalgo County has tested positive for meningitis. The inmate was jailed at the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa. The detention center is run by a private company. The prisoner recently told authorities he was not feeling well. The inmate was examined,... more »
  • Hidalgo County Inmate Contracted Bacterial Meningitis Play Video

    October 31, 2014 9:16 AM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office confirmed an inmate contracted a non-life-threatening form of bacterial meningitis. In a press release, the sheriff's office said the East Hidalgo Detention Center notified them Monday of an inmate in need of a medical evaluation. The inmate was returned to the sheriff's... more »
  • DA Probes Possible Voter Irregularities in Weslaco Play Video

    October 29, 2014 6:39 PM

    WESLACO - The Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office launched an investigation into possible voter fraud in Weslaco. Weslaco police said they are trying to determine if a man was forced out of is room, into a vehicle and later forced to vote. The case revolves around a disabled... more »
  • Residents Wait for City and County to Repair Road Play Video

    October 29, 2014 5:56 PM

    WESLACO - Some residents are trying to figure out when the city of Weslaco and Hidalgo county will get together to fix a rough section of road. The unpaved and potholed filled road is Border Avenue, south of 18th street.CHANNEL 5 NEWS first reported on the story more than... more »
  • Scofflaw Fee Approved in Hidalgo County Play Video

    October 29, 2014 5:53 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - People with outstanding traffic tickets in Hidalgo County will now pay a little more to get them cleared. The county just approved a $20 scofflaw fee. In order to renew your vehicle registration, the $20 dollar fee along with your outstanding fines. The fee... more »
  • Hidalgo County at Odds with Census Bureau Play Video

    October 29, 2014 5:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County continues waiting for federal officials to make a decision on the latest population count. The county is challenging the 2010 census. County Judge Ramon Garcia said his team tracked down 17,000 homes that were not visited by census workers. Counting those additional residents would mean $184... more »
  • Hidalgo County to Mail Tax Statements Play Video

    October 29, 2014 12:40 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County taxpayers should expect their tax statements in the mail in the next few days, officials said. Taxes must be paid before Jan. 31 to avoid incurring penalties and interest, officials said. Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Villarreal said his office will mail out the... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Boy's Death North of Donna Play Video

    October 29, 2014 12:36 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Deputies are investigating the possible drowning of a 10-month-old boy north of Donna. Authorities said a live-in caretaker was watching the child when he was found unresponsive in a bathtub Tuesday afternoon. Two other children were in the home at the time of the incident. ... more »
  • Child Drowns in Bathtub North of Donna Play Video

    October 28, 2014 6:03 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies are investigating the drowning of a 10-month-old boy north of Donna. Officials say the child drowned in a bathtub. Authorities were notified about the incident at approximately 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. The drowning happened at a house in the 1100 block of Hermosa Vida... more »
  • Valley Sees Varied Early Voter Turnout Play Video

    October 27, 2014 5:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Not many people have made it to the polls during early voting in Willacy County. Only 331 of the county's 11,500 registered voters have cast their ballots. Willacy County Elections Administrator Hugo Leyva said county voters only have two contested races to vote on.... more »
  • A Closer Look at the Voter ID Law Play Video

    October 24, 2014 7:58 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A Rio Grande Valley political expert said a state law could have a negative impact on the upcoming election. Voters heading to the polls will need a photo ID which has been a state law since 2011. Texas is one of 30 states with a voter... more »
  • Loaded Gun Found at School in Sullivan City Play Video

    October 23, 2014 10:01 AM

    SULLIVAN CITY - A 4-year-old boy took a loaded handgun to school Thursday in Sullivan City, Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies said. Just before 9 a.m. students in the boy's pre-school class told the teacher the child had a gun in his backpack. The teacher confiscated the backpack and took... more »
  • Officials: Diligence a Must With Write-in Ballots Play Video

    October 22, 2014 7:04 PM

    WESLACO - Some of the races on the November ballot offer the option to write-in a candidate. The way people fill out those ballots has an impact on the way they are counted. Voters can only write-in a candidate if they select the option on the computerized ballot.... more »
  • Hidalgo County Expecting Record Number of Voters Play Video

    October 21, 2014 4:26 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hidalgo County braces for a record number of voters. More than 7,000 people showed up to the polls yesterday, and almost 3,000 ballots arrived in the mail. The Hidalgo County Elections Office said the state's annual registration is part of the reason for the major uptick.... more »
  • Woman Arrested in Child's Death

    October 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    NORTH OF WESLACO - Police on Tuesday arrested a 22-year-old woman accused of causing the death of her newborn baby. Hidalgo County sheriff deputies said the incident happened at a house in the 5900 block of La Quinta Lane north of Weslaco. The woman will go before a... more »
  • Sheriff Candidates: Department Must Regain Public's Trust Play Video

    October 20, 2014 7:13 PM

    WESLACO - Four candidates are vying for the sheriff's spot in Hidalgo County. Jose E. Guerra, the current interim sheriff, is the Democratic Party candidate. Guerra was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. He said his family has been here for at least 100 years. ... more »
  • Livestock Caretaker Concerned About Increase in Animal Abuse Play Video

    October 20, 2014 6:59 PM

    SAN JUAN - The man called the "Hidalgo County cowboy" says he's concerned about the number of abused animals he encounters every month. He said animal owners need to be responsible for their care or face the possibility of criminal charges. Teo Martinez said San Juan police asked... more »
  • Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Weslaco

    October 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    WESLACO - The Hidalgo County fire marshal continues to investigate an overnight house fire. They are asking for the public's help. The fire started about 10 p.m. last night near the intersection of Pecan Grove and FM 1015, also known as International Boulevard. The home was on an empty lot... more »
  • Hidalgo County Health Officials Gather to Discuss Ebola Play Video

    October 17, 2014 6:18 PM

    EDINBURG - The presence of Ebola in the United States has Hidalgo County health officials looking closely at their emergency plans. Health officials met to discuss whether they're prepared to handle any exposures to the deadly disease. Dr. Heriberto Alanis oversees the largest EMS provider and several fire departments... more »
  • Police use Spikes to End Chase

    October 16, 2014 6:29 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Spikes were used Thursday to stop a human smuggler. Palmview police said they hadn't used the spikes in months. Authorities arrested the suspected smuggler after the chase ended in a crash in Mission. Border Patrol agents detained eight illegal immigrants at the scene. Palmview police used the... more »
  • Money Launderers Take Advantage of US Banking Rules Play Video

    October 16, 2014 6:25 PM

    McALLEN - A Mexican federal judge was ordered last week to surrender more than $1 million. Local prosecutors said the money came from bribes paid to the judge. Records show the judge hid that money in American banks. The trend is new the Rio Grande Valley. Prosecutors said... more »
  • Health Precautions Taken at Hidalgo Bridge Play Video

    October 16, 2014 5:54 PM

    HIDALGO - Health precautions are being taken at the Hidalgo port of entry. A viewer sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS a photo of at least eight detainees wearing surgical masks and latex gloves. The detainees do not have Ebola, officials said. CHANNEL 5 NEWS called Customs and Border Protection... more »
  • Sex Offender Surrenders to Authorities Play Video

    October 16, 2014 12:43 PM

    EDINBURG - A man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender turned himself in to authorities Thursday. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday asked the public to help find the 30-year-old Mission man. The department's plea was part of its Wanted Wednesdays program. The man... more »
  • Health Department Training Deputies for Infectious Diseases Play Video

    October 15, 2014 7:28 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - To help protect front line officials, the Hidalgo County Health Department will hold special infectious disease training for sheriff's deputies. The Hidalgo County Health Department is providing many tips to the sheriff's deputies, such as placing a mask on the person that is sick. This helps... more »
  • Deputies Search for Sex Offender Play Video

    October 15, 2014 12:35 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in locating a sex offender. Deputies are searching for Rogelio Vela Guerra, 30, of Mission. They said he failed to register as a sex offender. Vela is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 270 pounds.... more »
  • Warrant Issued For Stabbing Suspect Play Video

    October 14, 2014 5:40 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Deputies are releasing the name of the prime suspect in a stabbing that happened Sunday. Jose Luis Escamilla, 20-years-old, is running from an arrest warrant. Investigators think Escamilla confronted the victim at a birthday party. That argument led to the victim being stabbed several times... more »
  • County Commissioners Appoint Justice of the Peace Play Video

    October 14, 2014 5:12 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Commissioners are trying to figure out when they can swear-in a new justice of the peace. The Mayor of Penitas Marcos Ochoa resigned in an effort to take Ismael "Melo" Ochoa's position. The two aren't related. Melo Ochoa stepped down from the Justice of the... more »
  • Wanted Wednesday Works for Sheriff's Office Play Video

    October 13, 2014 10:42 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A program started by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office has paid off. Investigators said they arrested 21-year-old Rose Angela Nadine Gonzalez of Alamo. Gonzalez was wanted for burglary. Last week, she was the first suspect featured in the department's "Wanted Wednesday" The sheriff's office said... more »
  • Suspect Sentenced in Explosion Death Play Video

    October 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    EDINBURG - A man will spend two years in prison for a theft-turned-murder case. Raymundo Ortiz Sanchez was part of a criminal ring that targeted oil and natural gas facilities. Court records show a theft triggered an explosion in 2012 in McCook. One of the ring members, Mario... more »
  • Deputies Looking for Stabbing Suspect Play Video

    October 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hidalgo County deputies are looking for the prime suspect in a stabbing that happened yesterday. The victim is in stable condition at a hospital. Deputies said the 42 year-old man was stabbed multiple times in his back and stomach. The stabbing happened inside a home... more »
  • Suspect Opens Fire on Driver North of Weslaco Play Video

    October 13, 2014 12:50 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are looking for a motorist who they say fired shots at another driver over the weekend north of Weslaco. The incident happened on Mile 13 1/2 Road, just east of Mile 4 Road. Investigators said a 27-year old man was driving when... more »
  • Hidalgo County Neighborhood Fed up with Crime Play Video

    October 10, 2014 6:46 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents of a neighborhood where a carjacking happened Thursday night say crime is out of control in the area. The neighborhood is north of Donna, along Mile 11 1/2 and Rattler roads. Residents said auto thefts are common. Eva Sarsosa, 39, said she is fed... more »
  • Justice of the Peace Resigns Play Video

    October 10, 2014 5:16 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Place 2 Justice of the Pace Ismael Ochoa resigned his post. County Judge Ramon Garcia said he received Ochoa's letter of resignation Friday afternoon. Ochoa served as justice of the peace for western Hidalgo County for more than 20 years. Ochoa... more »
  • Election Workers Help Stop Voter Fraud Play Video

    October 8, 2014 7:47 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County election workers are processing voter applications. They have received a record number of applications. Six data processors go through each application by hand one at a time to weed out voter fraud. Hidalgo County Voter Registration Manager Belinda Sagredo said "Not only do we... more »
  • Man Goes Before Judge in Voter Fraud Case Play Video

    October 8, 2014 5:30 PM

    McALLEN - A man accused of using drugs and money to buy votes went before a federal judge Wednesday. Francisco "Frankie" Garcia was tracked down and arrested in Illinois after he was indicted on election fraud charges. Prosecutors said he paid for votes with cocaine and cash during... more »
  • Deputies Search for Burglary Suspect Play Video

    October 8, 2014 3:59 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help to track down a burglary suspect. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department's request is part of its new "Wanted Wednesday" program. The suspect is 21-year-old Rose Angela Nadine Gonzalez of Alamo. Sheriff's officials say they will... more »
  • Hidalgo County Health Officials Hold Workshop on Ebola Virus Play Video

    October 8, 2014 12:19 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County health officials on Wednesday held a workshop on the Ebola virus. Health officials reached out to school officials to train them on how to identify Ebola symptoms. An Ebola case in Dallas prompted the training, Hidalgo County officials said. The Dallas patient died Wednesday... more »
  • Hidalgo County Residents Concerned About Ebola Virus Play Video

    October 7, 2014 4:25 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County health officials say people are showing up at local hospitals asking to be tested for the Ebola virus. Officials say there are no Ebola cases in the Valley, officials. They say the people asking to be checked for the virus have not been to West... more »
  • Suspect Charged in Shooting at Baseball Field Play Video

    October 7, 2014 12:26 PM

    EDINBURG - A man suspected of opening fire Sunday at a baseball field near Elsa has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ruben Gonzalez, 45, was arrested at an Alamo motel Monday after he allegedly shot one man in the stomach. The victim, Wilfredo Alvarez Mendez,... more »
  • Mexican Federal Judge Will Surrender $1 Million Play Video

    October 6, 2014 5:25 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A Mexican federal judge agreed to surrender about $1 million to Hidalgo County. That was the settlement in Judge Luis Jerezano Trevino's money laundering case with the Hidalgo County District Attorney's office. Investigators said Trevino used McAllen banks to stash bribe money he received from drug... more »
  • Man Shot in Elsa At Baseball Game

    October 5, 2014 3:54 PM

    ELSA - One man is hurt after a shooting in Elsa. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is confirming shots were fired today at about 1:30pm. They think it happened in an open field where people gather to play baseball. Right now, no word on if any games... more »
  • Guatemalan Killed in Rollover Play Video

    October 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A woman from Guatemala died Friday in a rollover near La Joya. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the 22-year-old woman was part of a group traveling on a Ford pickup truck. They said the driver was speeding and lost control while heading west on... more »
  • Cocaine Seized at Hidalgo Port of Entry

    October 3, 2014 11:24 AM

    HIDALGO - Authorities confiscated almost 40 pounds of cocaine Tuesday at the Hidalgo Port of Entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Hidalgo County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force agents conducted the joint operation. Officials said a woman arrived at the port of entry at... more »
  • Overgrown Lot Causes Problem for Neighborhood Play Video

    October 2, 2014 7:55 PM

    MISSION - A Hidalgo County homeowner fears for the health and safety of his neighborhood because of an overgrown lot held in trust by Sharyland ISD. The house was foreclosed years ago for unpaid property taxes. There is a bidder on the property, but no one can agree on... more »
  • Police Departments Work to be on the Same Frequency Play Video

    October 1, 2014 7:27 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is working with smaller police departments to strengthen their communication. Edcouch sits away from most of the cities in Hidalgo County. Police Chief Eloy Cardenas said his department will soon be operating on a new radio system and are working with... more »
  • 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 »

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