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  • 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 »
  • Hidalgo County Investigates West Nile Death Play Video

    September 15, 2014 7:41 PM

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

    September 15, 2014 5:32 PM

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

    September 15, 2014 1:15 PM

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

    September 14, 2014 7:31 PM

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

    September 12, 2014 1:01 PM

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

    September 11, 2014 10:44 PM

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

    September 11, 2014 4:41 PM

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

    September 10, 2014 5:28 PM

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

    September 5, 2014 9:30 PM

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

    September 5, 2014 4:40 PM

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

    September 5, 2014 3:53 PM

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

    September 5, 2014 3:18 PM

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

    September 4, 2014 8:30 PM

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

    September 4, 2014 2:34 PM

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

    September 3, 2014 9:25 PM

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

    September 3, 2014 4:24 PM

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

    August 30, 2014 9:25 AM

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

    August 29, 2014 4:34 PM

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

    August 28, 2014 9:19 PM

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

    August 28, 2014 7:17 PM

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

    August 28, 2014 5:19 PM

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

    August 28, 2014 12:50 PM

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

    August 27, 2014 3:47 PM

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

    August 26, 2014 8:56 PM

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

    August 25, 2014 9:56 PM

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

    August 25, 2014 3:18 PM

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

    August 22, 2014 7:33 PM

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

    August 22, 2014 4:37 PM

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

    August 22, 2014 4:37 PM

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

    August 21, 2014 10:38 PM

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

    August 21, 2014 7:40 PM

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

    August 21, 2014 3:56 PM

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

    August 20, 2014 9:53 PM

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

    August 20, 2014 9:26 PM

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

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