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  • Trash Collection Center Turned into Illegal Dump Play Video

    April 22, 2014 10:47 PM

    NORTH OF MERCEDES - Some Hidalgo County residents turned an area outside a waste collection site into an illegal dump. People dumped the trash outside during Easter weekend. A sign at the collection site notified residents that the location would be closed for the weekend. Crews were sent... more »
  • Colonia Residents Use Graywater to Keep Lawns Green Play Video

    April 22, 2014 8:48 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Health officials say colonia residents often use water from their washing machines or sinks to irrigate their lawns. The practice, though, may pose a health hazard. Maria Vallescos uses water from her washing machine to hydrate her yard. "It lets go a lot of water,... more »
  • Hidalgo County Delays Hiring of Forensic Expert Play Video

    April 22, 2014 8:25 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners took no action to hire a forensics expert to inspect voting machines used during the recent primary elections. Officials said the grand jury in the case wanted more choices for a forensic analyst. The county cannot appropriate money until the grand jury picks an... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Calls Authorities for Help Play Video

    April 22, 2014 8:04 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials released copies of a 911 call from an illegal immigrant that helped authorities find a stash house. The call for help is one of the most recent made by immigrants after smugglers held them captive, officials said. "Where exactly are you?" the dispatcher... more »
  • Sheriff: Changes Need to Track Deputies' Work Time Play Video

    April 18, 2014 5:35 PM

    EDINBURG - The new sheriff in Hidalgo County said his department needs to change how it documents deputies' work time. In a trial last year, some deputies claimed to have manipulated the system in the past to earn comp time. They testified they used that comp time to campaign... more »
  • Man Reports Voter Intimidation Play Video

    April 17, 2014 9:10 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A man claims voter intimidation has become a problem in his town. The man said he was intimidated while he was a teacher at a school. Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon said a record number of people are assisting voters in the polls. She said the... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff's Commander Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case Play Video

    April 17, 2014 12:28 PM

    MCALLEN - Former Hidalgo County sheriff's office commander Jose Padilla pleaded guilty to taking bribes from accused drug trafficker Tomas Gonzalez. The amount in question is at least $5,000, according to federal prosecutors. The full amount won't be known until sentencing. Prosecutors said in exchange for the cash,... more »
  • Teen Accused of Assaulting Deputy Play Video

    April 16, 2014 8:35 PM

    WESLACO - A teenager is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a sheriff's deputy. Ricardo Chavez, 17, was arrested at his mother's house on Lantana Street south of Weslaco. His mother told authorities she was concerned her son was taking her car without permission. The deputy tried to... more »
  • Former Commander Expected to Plead Guilty to Drug Charges Play Video

    April 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    McALLEN - Two people linked to the downfall of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino are expected to plead guilty in their own drug trafficking cases. Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Cmdr. Jose Padilla is expected to go before a judge on Thursday and plead guilty to drug trafficking charges. Padilla... more »
  • Judge Orders Release of Voting Machines Play Video

    April 15, 2014 8:46 PM

    EDINBURG - A state district judge gave the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office authorization to release the voting machines needed for the upcoming runoff election. The DA released 241 voting machines on Monday from the approximately 500 seized after allegations of fraud in the Democratic primary elections. The... more »
  • Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff Names Chief Deputy Play Video

    April 15, 2014 8:38 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners on Tuesday granted interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra's request to create a chief deputy position for his department. County commissioners eliminated the chief of staff position and replaced it with a chief deputy. Guerra appointed Texas Department of Public Safety Maj. Mario Lopez... more »
  • Sheriff Departments Struggle with Corruption Play Video

    April 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    McALLEN - Monday's guilty plea from former Sheriff Lupe Trevino is not the first time a Rio Grande Valley sheriff has admitted to guilt in federal court. Trevino spoke about the allure of money during an interview with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "Sometimes that allure of money, regardless of... more »
  • Former Sheriff's Guilty Plea Caps Years of Scandals Play Video

    April 14, 2014 8:07 PM

    WESLACO - A guilty plea from the former Hidalgo County top cop caps a series of scandals at the sheriff's department. Former Sheriff Lupe Trevino saw employees and even his son give in to corruption. Trevino vowed to start an integrity unit after the corruption scandal involving members... more »
  • Mixed Emotions After Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Play Video

    April 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County's elected officials expressed mixed emotions after former Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. Trevino faces up to 20 years behind bars. Elected officials said Trevino will be remembered for the money laundering charges, rather than his accomplishments as a lawman. ... more »
  • Interim Sheriff Pledges to Restore Trust in Department Play Video

    April 14, 2014 4:08 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff expressed shock and disbelief after former Sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS an e-mail with his reaction. He said the department's priority now is to regain the public's trust. Guerra... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff's Bond Set at $30,000 Play Video

    April 14, 2014 12:40 PM

    MCALLEN - A judge set a $30,000 bond for former Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Trevino. This morning, Trevino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He admitted to accepting cash contributions for his 2012 election campaign from Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez, knowing the funds came from drug trafficking. ... more »
  • Ex-Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

    April 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    EDINBURG - Former Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Trevino pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in federal court this morning. He admitted he concealed money provided to his campaign by Tomas Gonzalez, a suspected drug trafficker. That money was delivered via Jose Padilla, a member of the sheriff's command staff,... more »
  • Former Hidalgo County Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Felony Play Video

    April 12, 2014 10:40 PM

    EDINBURG - The former chief of staff for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is now waiting to see what her punishment will be. On Friday, 40-year-old Maria Patricia Medina pleaded guilty to covering up a felony. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Medina admitted she helped former Sheriff Lupe... more »
  • Suspect in Hacking Attempts Facing More Charges Play Video

    April 10, 2014 8:58 AM

    MCALLEN - A man charged last year for attempting to hack into the Hidalgo County web server is facing new charges. A superseding federal indictment lists 14 additional charges against 27-year-old Fidel Salinas. He's expected to make an appearance before a judge this morning. According to the indictment, the... more »
  • Interim Pct. 4 Constable Named Play Video

    April 8, 2014 12:39 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials named an interim Precinct 4 constable. Commissioners selected J.R. Gaytan earlier today as the replacement for Eddie Guerra. Guerra was named Hidalgo County sheriff last week. Gaytan will represent the Edinburg area and oversee 16 employees. He'll serve until the November general election. more »
  • Former Candidate Alleges Voter Fraud in Primary Elections Play Video

    April 7, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - A former Hidalgo County precinct 2, place 2 justice of the peace candidate said he uncovered voter fraud during the recent primary elections. Paul Vazaldua said he no longer can stay quiet. Vazaldua said he and his team uncovered information that is now in the hands of... more »
  • Workers Clear Immigrant Camp North of Mission Play Video

    April 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A group of workers is clearing a site where illegal immigrants set up a makeshift camp north of Mission. Border Patrol agents arrested 71 illegal immigrants at the site. The immigrants were hiding in huts under trees. "It's a lot of work for us to... more »
  • Hidalgo County DA to Release Voting Machines Play Video

    April 4, 2014 8:26 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County district attorney has agreed to release some of the voting machines confiscated after the primary elections. The decision comes after the county had trouble finding replacements for the more than 500 machines in the DA's custody. The machines were impounded after allegations that... more »
  • Interim Sheriff Takes Oath Play Video

    April 3, 2014 5:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Jose Eduardo Guerra on Thursday was sworn in as Hidalgo County's interim sheriff. Guerra, the former Hidalgo County Precinct 4 constable, will oversee a department of nearly 800 employees. Hidalgo County commissioners unanimously selected Guerra for the job during Wednesday's meeting. The sheriff's spot became... more »
  • Hidalgo Co. Interim Sheriff to be Sworn In This Afternoon Play Video

    April 3, 2014 12:35 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County interim sheriff will be sworn in later this afternoon. County commissioners unanimously picked Jose "Eddie" Guerra to replace former sheriff Lupe Trevino. Guerra told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he has no plans to make any personnel changes during his time as the county's top law... more »
  • Interim Sheriff Meets with Command Staff Play Video

    April 2, 2014 8:24 PM

    EDINBURG - Jose Eduardo Guerra did not waste time settling into his new job as Hidalgo County's interim sheriff. Hidalgo County commissioners appointed Guerra to the job Wednesday morning. He met with the department's command staff hours later. The command staff oversees the four different areas within the sheriff's... more »
  • Mixed Reactions After Constable is Picked as New Sheriff Play Video

    April 2, 2014 4:19 PM

    EDINBURG - The appointment of Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable Jose Eduardo Guerra as interim sheriff came as a disappointment to some residents. Fern McClaugherty, a member of the county government watchdog group OWLS, was one of several people who went before commissioners Wednesday to voice her concerns. ... more »
  • Hidaglo County Releases Names of Sheriff Applicants Play Video

    April 1, 2014 5:03 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County released the names of applicants vying for the position of interim sheriff. Twelve people submitted applications for the job. County commissioners are expected to choose from the applicants during Wednesday's meeting. CLICK HERE for the list of candidates. more »
  • Parties Prepare to Select Sheriff Candidates Play Video

    March 31, 2014 8:06 PM

    EDINBURG - The upcoming sheriff's election will be unlike any other race in Hidalgo County. The candidates on the ballot will never have a primary vote. The Republican and Democratic parties divide the county into more than 250 precincts. Both parties have hundreds of vacant seats in those precincts.... more »
  • County Commissioners to Select Interim Sheriff Play Video

    March 31, 2014 7:53 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners are expected to name an interim sheriff during Wednesday's meeting. Sheriff Lupe Trevino resigned Friday. Trevino said he could no longer dedicate and focus his attention to the department. Hidalgo is the eighth largest county is Texas. The top law enforcer job comes... more »
  • Commander: No Immediate Changes Expected at Sheriff's Department Play Video

    March 31, 2014 5:14 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino's resignation will not impact the agency's cooperation with local, state and federal authorities, officials said. Trevino announced his resignation on Friday. Danny Garcia, commander in charge of the Hidalgo County jail, said deputies are assigned to several organizations, partnerships and taskforces... more »
  • Commander Credits Trevino for Help, Advice Play Video

    March 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    HIDALGO - The news of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino's resignation saddened many who worked under him. "I feel bad, because he was a personal friend of mine," said Commander Danny Garcia, a jail administrator. "He is a personal friend of mine, and that's the way I met him... more »
  • Sheriff Position Open to Anyone in Upcoming Election Play Video

    March 28, 2014 5:19 PM

    EDINBURG - With the resignation of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, the county will now begin the process to replace him. Trevino's term was set to expire in 2016; however, his resignation is effective today. Chapter 202 of the Texas Elections Code describes how to fill a vacancy in a... more »
  • Hidalgo County Judge Speaks About Sheriff's Resignation Play Video

    March 28, 2014 4:48 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's top law enforcement office is without a leader. Four commanders now run the daily operations. Sheriff Lupe Trevino will no longer run the office. He offered his resignation this morning. CHANNEL 5 NEWS acquired a copy of the resignation. He said this all... more »
  • County Judge: No Clear Successor to Sheriff's Post

    March 28, 2014 2:28 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said the sheriff's department's hierarchy doesn't name a clear successor to the sheriff. Sheriff Lupe Trevino submitted his letter of resignation this morning. It's effective immediately. The letter originally referred to the sheriff's "retirement." In a press conference, Garcia said the letter... more »
  • Hidalgo Co. Sheriff Announces His Resignation Play Video

    March 28, 2014 10:55 AM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino has submitted a letter announcing his resignation, effective today. He's served as sheriff since 2005. In his letter, he wrote, "My decision is the result of the internal and external pressures placed upon me since December 12, 2012." He added the sheriff's... more »
  • Grand Jury Approves Hiring Expert to Inspect Election Machines Play Video

    March 27, 2014 7:58 PM

    EDINBURG - A grand jury on Thursday gave Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra the approval to hire a forensics analyst to inspect the county's voting machines. More than 500 voting machines may be inspected, officials said. Guerra's office confiscated the machines after allegations that a now-former county... more »
  • Decision Expected in Investigation into Voter Tampering Allegations Play Video

    March 27, 2014 1:03 PM

    EDINBURG - An Hidalgo County grand jury is deciding whether to authorize funding to hire a forensic analyst to review voter machines. This is after allegations of voter tampering. More than 500 voting machines may have been affected. Hidalgo County commissioners asked the district's attorney's office to take over... more »
  • Hidalgo County DA to Lead Investigation into Election Machines Play Video

    March 25, 2014 8:13 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court on Tuesday agreed not to hire a forensics expert to inspect voting machines used during the recent primary elections. The county's district attorney will handle the investigation, they said. The DA's office confiscated the machines last week after allegations that a now-former... more »
  • Expert to Inspect Hidalgo County Voting Machines Play Video

    March 21, 2014 8:33 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners addressed allegations of election irregularities and fraud during a special meeting Friday. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned that an investigation into those irregularities pointed to a former county employee. The county commissioners agreed on Friday to hire a forensic analyst to inspect 563 voting... more »
  • Officials: Former Hidalgo County Employee Tampered with Voting Machines Play Video

    March 20, 2014 6:48 PM

    EDINBURG - An investigation into irregularities with Hidalgo County voting machines during the Democratic primaries points toward a former employee, officials said. Hidalgo County commissioners will address the results of the investigation Friday during a special meeting. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned that the employee had access to the... more »
  • Parents Question Rehab Center's Effectiveness Play Video

    March 19, 2014 10:53 PM

    EDINBURG - Parents of teens sent to a rehab center in San Patricio County say the program has done little to help their children overcome their addictions. Shoreline Drug Treatment Center in Taft, near Corpus Christi, receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. Hidalgo County officials... more »
  • Candidates Allege Irregularities in Hidalgo County Primaries Play Video

    March 18, 2014 10:25 PM

    EDINBURG - A dozen democratic candidates who lost in the primary elections asked Hidalgo County officials to confirm that all votes tallied were valid. The candidates want the voting machines inspected. They believe some of the machines may have counted too many votes. County commissioners will decide later... more »
  • Authorities Arrest Fugitive in Hidalgo County Play Video

    March 17, 2014 4:18 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested a parole violator after a manhunt in the San Juan area. Members of the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task force arrested Alfredo Vargas after hours of searching. Vargas was on parole for an aggravated assault in San Antonio. State authorities sent tracking hounds from... more »
  • Veteran to Get Help with Cancer Treatment Play Video

    March 13, 2014 10:47 PM

    PHARR - The Hidalgo County Veterans Services Department is helping a Vietnam War veteran get treatment for his cancer. Larry de Leon said the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to pay for treatment for bladder cancer. De Leon said his original, VA-approved doctor moved to Florida. The VA... more »
  • Chase Ends in Drug Bust Play Video

    March 13, 2014 10:44 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A chase north of Edinburg ended in a drug bust and the arrest of several illegal immigrants. Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable Eddie Guerra said the chase began just before 10 p.m. Thursday on Highway 281. Deputies chased a pickup truck to FM 1017 where it... more »
  • Feds Reach out to Assault Victims Play Video

    March 13, 2014 5:23 PM

    McALLEN - Federal authorities and the Honduran consulate in McAllen are helping three women from Honduras after their assault at the hands of a Border Patrol agent, officials said. The victims are being treated at McAllen Medical Center. Officials said two victims are teenagers. According to CBP officials,... more »
  • Hidalgo County Teens Implicated in Riot at Rehab Center Play Video

    March 12, 2014 10:56 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Juvenile Probation Program is temporarily cutting ties with a drug rehab center near Corpus Christi. The move comes after teens from Hidalgo County were involved in a riot at Shoreline Treatment Center in Taft, north of Corpus Christi. Three Hidalgo County teens face... more »
  • County Commissioner Surprised by Employee's Arrest Play Video

    March 12, 2014 7:49 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Tito Palacios expressed disbelief after one of his employees was arrested on drug charges. Christian Lee Sanchez was arrested after police allegedly found him selling hydroponic marijuana in a drug-free zone - a county park. Wednesday's arrest is not his first... more »
  • Hidalgo County Employee Arrested on Drug Charges Play Video

    March 12, 2014 7:43 PM

    EDINBURG - Authorities on Wednesday arrested a county employee accused of selling drugs while on the job. Christian Lee Sanchez was arrested after police allegedly saw him selling marijuana in a drug-free zone - a county park. Wednesday's arrest is not Sanchez's first brush with the law. Police... more »
  • Deputies Bust Stash House North of Weslaco Play Video

    March 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    WESLACO - Authorities arrested 16 illegal immigrants Wednesday at a stash house north of Weslaco. Deputies with the Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Constable's Office said they received an anonymous tip about suspicious activity at the house on Mile 13 and FM 1015. Officials said at least 30 suspected... more »
  • DA-Elect Plans to Hire More Prosecutors Play Video

    March 11, 2014 7:45 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District-Attorney-elect Ricardo Rodriguez says he plans to hire more prosecutors to handle the overwhelming caseload. Rodriguez takes office in nine months; still he is not waiting until then to begin planning expanding his staff. District Attorney Rene Guerra said Rodriguez's idea may be wishful... more »
  • Overcrowding Persists at Hidalgo County Jail Play Video

    March 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    EDINBURG - Overcrowding at the Hidalgo County jail is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars a day, officials said. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the county needs to expand the jail's capacity to 2,000 beds. The jail has capacity for 1,230 inmates. The current population, as of Monday, is at... more »
  • Rodriguez Declines Guerra's Request Play Video

    March 7, 2014 7:49 PM

    EDINBURG - The newly elected Hidalgo County district attorney will not accept the current DA's request to investigate a 53-year-old cold case. Outgoing Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra on Friday asked Ricardo Rodriguez to accept a special assignment before he takes office on Jan. 1, 2015. The assignment... more »
  • Rene Guerra Wants Rodriguez to Take on Cold Case Play Video

    March 7, 2014 4:15 PM

    EDINBURG - Outgoing Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra wants to assign a 53-year-old cold case to the man who beat him in Tuesday's election. Guerra on Friday asked Ricardo Rodriguez to accept a special assignment before he takes office on Jan. 1, 2015. The assignment is to take... more »
  • Official: Hidalgo County Avoids Flu Pandemic Play Video

    March 6, 2014 8:17 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County avoided a flu pandemic this winter, officials said. "This season was tagged to be a very aggressive flu season," Hidalgo County Health Director Eddie Olivarez said. "We started being very concerned," he said. Olivarez said the flu season is winding down. He said... more »
  • Candidates Rush to Remove Political Signs Play Video

    March 5, 2014 7:09 PM

    WESLACO - Political candidates are rushing to remove their propaganda to avoid paying fines. The political signs must be removed by the end of the week. Sign-makers said they sold thousands of placards. Sean O'Connor, with ASAP Printing Solutions, said his company was making as many as four... more »
  • Former Judge Wins Hidalgo County DA Race Play Video

    March 4, 2014 10:40 PM

    EDINBURG -Hidalgo County voters on Tuesday elected former 92nd state district Judge Ricardo Rodriguez as their new district attorney. Incumbent Rene Guerra expressed disbelief in the wide margin separating him from his challenger. Rodriguez got more than 60 percent of the vote. The result ends Guerra's 32-year stint... more »
  • State Recommends more Judges for Hidalgo County Play Video

    March 4, 2014 7:13 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's growth has created the need for more judges, officials said. State officials said the current judges are struggling to keep up with their docket demands. The caseload often means a delay in justice. Delays in court dockets let a DWI suspect go free in... more »
  • Hidalgo County Opens Call Center to Handle Election Problems Play Video

    March 4, 2014 7:08 PM

    Link: Visit the KRGV Elections page for election results EDINBURG - Hidalgo County election officials set up a special call center to help poll workers deal with problems stemming from the state's new voter ID law. The number also was available to the public. Three women were... more »
  • Election Officials Report Uptick in Early Voting Play Video

    March 4, 2014 5:15 PM

    Link: Visit the KRGV Elections page for election results EDINBURG - Hidalgo County election officials said more voters cast early votes than in previous elections. Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon said more than 37,000 voters cast early ballots. Fewer than 30,000 voted early during the 2010 gubernatorial... more »
  • Police Release Teen Implicated in Theft Ring

    March 3, 2014 7:30 PM

    MISSION - A teenager implicated in an auto theft ring slipped through the hands of law enforcement. Police arrested the teen last week, but he was not held on the felony charges. Police said they tried to send the 15-year-old to the juvenile detention center in Hidalgo County.... more »
  • Colonia Residents Brace for Cold Night Play Video

    March 3, 2014 7:26 PM

    WESLACO - Colonia residents in Hidalgo County are bracing for a cold night. Jose Almaraz and his family live in a tent next to their rundown travel trailer. "We've been fixing it up, but it's uninhabitable because it still needs a lot of work," he said of the... more »
  • Hidalgo County Election Officials Ready for Primaries Play Video

    March 3, 2014 5:07 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County election officials say they are ready for Tuesday's primary elections. The county will open all 75 polling locations. "Bring your umbrellas, make sure that you bring your jackets and just be prepared for anything," Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon said. Polls open... more »
  • Defendants in Drug Trafficking Case Expected to Plead Guilty

    March 3, 2014 1:02 PM

    MCALLEN - There was an unexpected turn in the case against the former Hidalgo County sheriff's commander. Jose Padilla was charged with conspiring to distribute at least 1,000 pounds of marijuana. There's a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for a conviction on that charge. According to an indictment, one... more »
  • Citrus Greening Spreading in Hidalgo County Play Video

    February 28, 2014 4:25 PM

    McALLEN - More than half of Hidalgo County is now under a citrus-greening quarantine. The Texas Department of Agriculture on Thursday expanded the quarantine zone. The new areas now reach from La Joya to Mercedes and as far north as the intersection of Interstate 69C and Highway 186, north... more »
  • Primary Election Process Confuses Some Voters Play Video

    February 26, 2014 7:08 PM

    MISSION - A Mission woman said polling site workers violated her rights when they asked about her political party affiliation. County election workers say she is wrong. Hidalgo County Election Administrator Yvonne Ramon said poll workers are required to ask for party affiliation during primary elections. Those who refuse... more »
  • Judge Postpones Sentencing for Members of Panama Unit Play Video

    February 19, 2014 8:38 PM

    McALLEN - A federal judge on Wednesday postponed sentencing for members of the now-disbanded Panama Unit. Several sheriff's deputies and Mission police officers were convicted of drug trafficking during their time in the drug-interdiction unit. Sentencing was rescheduled to April. more »
  • Feds Raid Stash House North of Palmview Play Video

    February 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - More than a dozen illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America were arrested Tuesday at a stash house north of Palmview. Federal agents raided the house in the 8200 block of Grapefruit Lane, near Mile 7 and Abrahms roads. Hidalgo County constables helped in the... more »
  • Hidalgo County Seeks to Collect Millions in Delinquent Property Taxes Play Video

    February 17, 2014 8:29 PM

    EDINBURG - The deadline to pay property taxes in Hidalgo County has come and gone. Thousands are now delinquent on their property taxes, the county's tax assessor said. Those people now will have to pay penalties. The deadline was Jan. 31. The delinquent accounts amount to millions of... more »
  • 7-Year-Old Killed in Alton Fire Play Video

    February 14, 2014 3:10 AM

    ALTON - A 7-year-old girl is dead after a late night house in northern Hidalgo County. Firefighters tell us the fire broke out after 10 p.m. Thursday north of Mile 3 and Bentsen Palm Drive in Alton. According to Hidalgo County Fire Marshal Juan Martinez, six people were inside... more »
  • Search Continues for Kidnapping Victim, Suspects Play Video

    February 13, 2014 10:42 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff investigators continue searching for a kidnapping victim and his abductors. Juan Pedro Borjas was taken by force Tuesday night from outside his home north of Weslaco, officials said. The abductors demanded a ransom, but did not specify an amount, officials said. Sheriff... more »
  • Deputies Searching for Kidnapping Victim, Suspects

    February 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are searching for a kidnapping victim and his kidnappers. Deputies said two men forced 44-year-old Juan Pedro Borjas into a black, four-door, late model Dodge truck. One of the men was armed with a rifle. The kidnapping happened Tuesday at 7 p.m. on... more »
  • New Guidelines for Campaigning on Hidalgo County Properties

    February 11, 2014 8:24 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County election officials said they've set up guidelines for campaigning on county-owned property. Officials said they will not allow tractors, trailers, barbecue pits or propane burners. Politicians and their supporters will not be allowed to use loudspeakers, microphones, megaphones or any amplified sound devices. The... more »
  • Hidalgo Co. Offers Marriage License Application Online

    February 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County is offering engaged couples a faster way to get a marriage license. People can now complete a marriage license application online. Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. said the new process "will cut down on county resources by eliminating the need for paper applications, streamlining... more »
  • Home Invasion Victim Speaks Out Play Video

    January 30, 2014 7:47 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Emergency calls made public Thursday reveal the horror a family endured when a group of gunmen stormed two homes and demanded drugs and money. The home invasions happened Tuesday south of McAllen. Deputies said the suspects didn't find drugs or money at the first house and... more »
  • Investigators Release Emergency Call Made After Home Invasions Play Video

    January 30, 2014 4:20 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff officials released a 911 call made after a double home invasion south of McAllen. Investigators said the families were frantic after gunmen stormed into their homes. A woman called 911 and told authorities the intruders demanded drugs and money. Deputies said the suspects... more »
  • La Joya Early Voting Location Reinstated Play Video

    January 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County commissioners re-instated the early voting poll location in La Joya. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the city's youth center as an early voting polling location. Earlier this month, La Joya city leaders said they were blindsided when county commissioners voted to take away their early... more »
  • Commissioners Reconsider Early Voting Location in La Joya Play Video

    January 28, 2014 9:24 AM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County commissioners will re-vote on whether or not to remove La Joya's early voting location. As CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported last week, La Joya city leaders said they were blindsided when county commissioners voted to take away their early voting location. That vote happened in... more »
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Stash House Play Video

    January 27, 2014 7:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A traffic stop on the outskirts of Edinburg led authorities to a stash house in the community of San Carlos. Authorities said they also found items commonly used by home invaders. The raid happened in a modest, quiet neighborhood on Eva Street. People who live in... more »
  • Teen Charged in Home Invasion Play Video

    January 27, 2014 5:21 PM

    EDINBURG - A teenager is behind bars for his alleged role in a home invasion north of Mission. Investigators said the teen used a toy rifle during the incident. He faces aggravated-robbery charges, officials said. Hidalgo County sheriff investigators said the teen didn't act alone. Four adults already... more »
  • Stash House Raided in San Carlos Play Video

    January 27, 2014 5:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Four people are behind bars for their alleged role in a stash house operation in San Carlos. Authorities said the men used a small house on Eva Street to hide illegal immigrants. Hidalgo County Precinct 1 deputy constables helped Border Patrol agents round up as many... more »
  • Arrest Warrants Issued for Cockfight Organizers Play Video

    January 23, 2014 8:28 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies obtained arrest warrants for six people suspected of organizing cockfights. Deputies on Saturday raided a warehouse near Edinburg where the fights were held. The men claimed the fights were part of medical research. Authorities said the claim was bogus from the start. They... more »
  • Cities ask County to Run Elections Play Video

    January 22, 2014 7:50 PM

    EDINBURG - Some towns are asking Hidalgo County officials to run their elections. The request comes in the wake of revelations about problems with the early voting process. Residents in the cities of Progreso and Edcouch in May asked to the county to take over their elections. The... more »
  • Deputies Confiscate Dozens of Gamecocks Play Video

    January 21, 2014 8:55 PM

    EDINBURG - Dozens of roosters confiscated from a cockfighting ring have been turned over to Hidalgo County's livestock custodian. Deputies found 78 live roosters and 21 dead. Teo Martinez said some of roosters have broken wings, missing eyes and open wounds. Martinez does not give out his address.... more »
  • Ranchers Fed up with Destruction Immigrants Leave Behind Play Video

    January 21, 2014 8:20 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Illegal immigration is forcing a rancher to move his livestock away from a property along the Rio Grande. Jose Cavazos said it's become nearly impossible to maintain his fences. He said immigrants damage them when they flee from Border Patrol agents. Cavazos isn't the only... more »
  • Cockfight Organizers Claim Operation Held for Medical Research Purposes Play Video

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies cited 54 people found at a cockfighting operation southeast of Edinburg. About 100 spectators were at the warehouse on the 300 block of East Owassa Road, but several fled with deputies arrived Saturday night. According to investigators, the organizers claimed the cockfights were... more »
  • La Joya Residents Upset over Closure of Polling Site Play Video

    January 20, 2014 4:12 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia will ask county commissioners to vote again on their decision to remove an early voting location from La Joya. The petition comes after La Joya residents voiced their opinion about the decision to shutter the site. La Joya City Attorney Roberto... more »
  • Man Charged in Deadly Edcouch Shooting Play Video

    January 17, 2014 12:54 PM

    EDCOUCH - An Edcouch man is in the Hidalgo County jail. Aaron Guerra was charged with killing a man. The 25-year-old is accused of fatally shooting Alonzo Perez outside Guerra's home in Edcouch. Edcouch Police Chief Eloy Cardenas said Guerra has a handgun license and claimed he opened fire... more »
  • Constable's New Office a Year Behind Schedule Play Video

    January 15, 2014 8:25 PM

    WESLACO - Workers at Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Constables Office will have to wait longer to move into a new building. The new office should have been finished a year ago, but construction delays and funding problems held back the project, officials said. The exterior of the Weslaco... more »

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