May 4, 2012 10:10 PM
BROWNSVILLE - From a ping to a thud, Texas high school baseball hitters are dealing with a sound off the bat that is distinctly different from a year ago. Aluminum bats have been re-formulated for the safety of the players. CHANNEL 5's Joel Villanueva reports from Brownsville. more »
April 20, 2012 10:22 PM
GEORGETOWN - CHANNEL 5's coverage of the Sharyland Rattlers in the 5A boys state soccer championship will continue on Saturday. Joel Villanueva leads our coverage and will have highlights and post-game reaction on CHANNEL 5 NEWS This Weekend. Our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and the Sports Box here on... more »
December 9, 2011 3:34 PM
KINGSVILLE - The 1989 Harlingen Cardinals have been a focus of comparison ever since the third round win over Warren. That team, coached by Jesse Longhofer, was the last Harlingen team to play in the fourth round.
Head coach Manny Gomez played on the '89 team. So did... more »
December 9, 2011 3:03 PM
SIOUX CITY, IA - The UTB/TSC volleyball team won the university's first national title after defeating Concordia University (CA) 3-1 in the final match of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Saturday night. Led by tournament MVP Danica Markovic, the Scorpions outperformed the Eagles 25-15, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-20. Vanja Joksic... more »
December 9, 2011 2:53 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Responding to reports on Channel 5 Sports that the local arena football team would shut down on Friday, the team's former owner has stepped in to keep the franchise alive. Chad Dittman was trying to sell the RGV Magic to a new owner.
When that sale... more »
December 8, 2011 9:41 AM
NORTH OF LA FERIA - The fire marshal is searching for the cause of a fire that destroyed a home overnight.
The blaze broke out before 4 a.m. In the 24000 block of Dakota Court. That's off of FM 506. La Feria firefighters had to stay back, at times,... more »
December 4, 2011 10:16 PM
LA JOYA - La Joya police are trying to figure out how a suspected smuggler got behind the wheel of a used utility vehicle. The vehicle had an AT&T company logo on the driver side door.
Officers received a tip about a suspicious vehicle in the area and tried... more »
December 1, 2011 3:08 PM
LA VILLA - When you turn on your tap, you expect clean drinking water, but more than a dozen families living on the outskirts of La Villa turn the tap and get dirty canal water. CHANNEL 5 NEWS started telling you about the problem more than three years ago.
... more »
November 29, 2011 4:26 PM
MCALLEN - What started as a traffic stop in Sullivan City ended in McAllen with a suspect in custody and a load of drugs seized.
The driver of the car crashed through a fence and ended up on a sidewalk feet away from a home on 24th Street. The... more »
November 22, 2011 5:43 PM
WESLACO - Another person has died after a house fire in Weslaco. An elderly man had already died, and his wife died in the hospital Tuesday morning.
Caution tape still lines the perimeter on the house on the 1700 block of Christian Court. The fire marshal is out investigating;... more »
November 21, 2011 7:28 AM
BROWNSVILLE - Dr. Carl Montoya was named as the sole finalist for the Brownsville school district superintendent post. The school board trustees made the announcement at their board meeting Tuesday night.
Montoya has served as the district's interim superintendent since June. That's when then-superintendent Brett Springston resigned. Montoya, an... more »
November 21, 2011 7:21 AM
My father has been in a wheelchair since 1982 when he was involved in a major car accident. Occasionally people with curiosity will ask me how I feel about this. Serenely, I proceed to respond that it has been perfectly normal for me because I grew up knowing that my... more »
November 18, 2011 7:23 PM
BROWNSVILLE - The Gladys Porter Zoo will hold its annual Wild Tales event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Wild Tales is a story telling event for children of all ages to experience. Visitors can expect a slew of activities, including listening to wild tales, face painting, a... more »
November 18, 2011 12:00 PM
Defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play in Group B during the round-robin portion of the ATP World Tour Finals, leaving world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Group A with Andy Murray. Only the top eight players qualified for the season-ending tournament, which begins Sunday at the O2... more »
November 18, 2011 11:35 AM
Despite having the worst odds, the Los Angeles Sparks won the top overall pick in the 2012 WNBA draft at the lottery held on Thursday.
Los Angeles had just 104 chances out of 1,000 to get the top pick, but beat out Chicago, Minnesota and Tulsa.
The only... more »
November 18, 2011 11:33 AM
The U.S. and International teams split Friday four-balls, but the Americans are still ahead by two at the Presidents Cup.
The U.S. leads 7-5 at a windy Royal Melbourne, but once again got nothing from Tiger Woods.
Woods, playing the four-balls with Dustin Johnson, lost to Jason Day... more »
November 18, 2011 11:23 AM
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup. Date: Sunday, November 20. Race: Ford 400. Site: Homestead-Miami Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 3:00 p.m. (et). Laps: 267. Miles: 400.5. 2010 Winner: Carl Edwards. Television: ESPN. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite. Three-two-one. No, we're not doing the countdown for a rocket launch.... more »
November 18, 2011 9:40 AM
EDINBURG - Another Valley athlete signs on to give her sport the old college try--and she's headed to Austin. Edinburg golf standout Jessica Tamen signed a national letter of intent with St. Edward's of Austin on Thursday. Tamen was the Valley's lone qualifer in the Class 5A State Golf Tournament... more »
November 18, 2011 5:55 AM
The 19th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies figure to be tested tonight by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, as the teams collide as part of the 2K Sports Classic at New York's famed Madison Square Garden. The Aggies have participated in an in-season tournament in each of the last four seasons and have... more »
November 18, 2011 5:54 AM
Dee Bost scored 20 points and Mississippi State upset No. 19 Texas A&M, 69-60, at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to reach the final of the 2K Sports Classic. "The only thing that matter is we won. If we would have lost it wouldn't mean nothing," Bost said about his... more »
November 18, 2011 5:53 AM
Major League Baseball is set to add two more Wild Card teams to its playoff format, an expansion that could occur as soon as next season. The expansion will be fairly simple. The American and National League will each get an additional wild card team. A one-game playoff will begin... more »
November 18, 2011 5:52 AM
Major League Baseball has approved the sale of the Houston Astros to a group headed by local businessman Jim Crane, and also announced that the longtime National League franchise will move to the American League West for the 2013 season. Drayton McLane reached an agreement to sell the club to... more »
November 18, 2011 5:49 AM
One day after rejecting the latest offer from owners, NBA players filed antitrust lawsuits against the league in two courts Tuesday. The suit filed in Minneapolis lists NBA players Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver and would-be rookie Derrick Williams as plaintiffs.
In the Northern District of California, another... more »
November 18, 2011 5:48 AM
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has decided to play in his native France during the NBA lockout. Parker has signed a contract to play for ASVEL, reportedly for less than $2,000 per month. The team is based in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, in the southeast of France.
The 29-year-old... more »
November 18, 2011 5:47 AM
Collin Klein's one-yard score in the fourth overtime gave No. 17 Kansas State a thrilling 53-50 win over Texas A&M in a Big 12 battle at Bill Snyder Stadium. Klein had a huge day under center as he ran 35 times for 103 yards and five scores while he passed... more »
November 18, 2011 5:46 AM
The 16th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats invade Austin this weekend for what is sure to be a physical Big 12 Conference clash with the Texas Longhorns. Fans of Kansas State will never forget last weekend's 53-50 victory over Texas A&M in a four-overtime marathon.
"I am so proud of everyone... more »
November 18, 2011 5:45 AM
After missing the last six games because of a hamstring injury, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson says he is ready to come back. Johnson, who was injured in a Week 4 game against Pittsburgh, said Tuesday he has "no doubt" that he will be on the field for Houston's... more »
November 18, 2011 5:44 AM
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis missed two practices in a row with what the team has called a foot injury, and is now expected to be out for at least one game, according to a report. Lewis has a toe injury, the extent of which was confirmed by a specialist he... more »
November 18, 2011 5:43 AM
EDINBURG - Another Valley athlete signs on to play college ball--on the Division I level. Edinburg High School baseball standout Edgar Cordon signed a national letter of intent to play at UTPA for the Broncs.
Cordon's dad, Edgar, played at UTPA in 1987 & '88. more »
November 18, 2011 5:42 AM
EDINBURG - Bronc women's basketball added some size with two signings of a pen on Tuesday. UTPA signed 5-10 forward Rickell Preston of Hahnville, LA, and 6-3 center Angelle Simon out of Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, LA.
The signings makes seven total for Denny Downing for... more »
November 18, 2011 5:40 AM
HIDALGO - Killer Bees still looking for a little magic against the Allen Americans--because they didn't find it on Tuesday night. Allen defeated the 'Bees 5-2 at State Farm Arena.
The Americans scored the 1st-period's only goal, and then one to open the 2nd-period before the 'Bees tallied two... more »
November 18, 2011 5:38 AM
HARLINGEN - The old saying "Blondes Have More Fun" may or may not be true, but for Valley football's top-ranked 5A team, blonde means "team bonding". Yes, the Harlingen Cardinals players all dyed their hair blond for the playoffs. Receiver Randy Bermea told CHANNEL 5 SPORTS the team decided to... more »
November 18, 2011 5:37 AM
LA JOYA - The Ray Trdla era at La Joya High School football is done--as the district reassigned Trdla on Wednesday. LISD Athletic Director Victor Garza confirmed the move to CHANNEL 5 SPORTS. Trdla was 4-16 in 2-seasons at the Coyotes' helm--and led the team to its first district victory... more »
November 18, 2011 5:33 AM
HIDALGO - Killer Bees exacted some revenge on the Allen Americans on Wednesday night--as they prevailed 4-3 in overtime at State Farm Arena.
The win came one night after falling to the Americans 5-2, and like the Tuesday night game, the 'Bees fell behind 1-0 on an Allen power... more »
November 18, 2011 5:31 AM
WESLACO - Time for the best of the best of Valley high school football action from Week 11--in the season's final edition of Crunchtime. more »
November 16, 2011 9:20 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michaels Stores is recalling about 28,000 Ashland glass vases because the vases can break or fracture when a consumer picks them up, posing a laceration hazard.
The firm has received four reports of the vase shattering, causing lacerations to the hands for all four. One person... more »
November 16, 2011 8:45 AM
MCALLEN - No hot showers and very cold meals are causing major headaches for a disabled McAllen man.
Pete Martinez lives on a privately owned trailer park. The owner turned off the gas for safety reasons. The lines are old and need repairs. Martinez is on a fixed income... more »
November 16, 2011 8:06 AM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece is launching complex talks with international banks on a €100 billion ($135 billion) debt writedown, as parliament holds a confidence vote later Wednesday in a new coalition government tasked to save the country from a disastrous bankruptcy.
A finance ministry official said the head... more »
November 16, 2011 8:04 AM
BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Investigators say two men suffered minor injuries when their twin-engine plane apparently ran out of fuel and crashed in Central Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the Beechcraft Baron flipped after hitting the ground Thursday along a rural road near Bryan, about 100... more »
November 15, 2011 9:11 AM
The ATF says it's trying to beef up its fight against gun trafficking by beefing up the number of agents on the street. In the last five years that number has increased by nearly 30 percent. Still, ATF tells us it is not enough.
According to ATF statistics, at... more »
October 18, 2011 7:49 PM
Devin's Personal Profile
Devin's greatest love is the water. Any activity involving being on or near the water makes Devin exceedingly happy. Devin loves fishing, swimming, and being at the beach. He also enjoys video games. He likes skateboarding and going out to eat for family events. He... more »
October 6, 2011 8:26 PM
Jayleen is a happy and pleasant child. She is very affectionate and loves to be held and cuddled. Jayleen also likes to be the center of attention. Jayleen is loveable and needs time to warm up to you and time to bond with her family. It... more »
October 6, 2011 8:18 PM
Jesus 's Personal Profile
Jesus is likeable and often quiet. He is a dedicated sports lover who aspires to play professional basketball if not, maybe football. When he is not playing or thinking about basketball, he likes to watch comedy movies or listen to rap music. He is... more »
September 16, 2011 2:42 PM
About Matthew Matthew is a loving, loyal and affectionate child who is hopeful for a permanent family. Matthew enjoys playing chess, monopoly and candy land and watching television. Matthew does have difficulty keeping still and keeping his hands to himself. He is a very curious individual who explores and ask... more »
August 18, 2011 6:26 PM
Sean's Personal Profile Sean is very friendly, affectionate, and active. He engages in all types of outside play and enjoys playing with animals. Sean has various interests; he likes arts and crafts, coloring, and superheroes. Sean is a great child with a big heart who needs redirection and guidance, encouragement... more »
August 16, 2011 2:01 PM
Lucke ' s Personal Profile
Lucke is shy at first, but quickly warms up and is witty and funny. A friendly child, she is able to engage in conversation easily and enjoys being helpful. She enjoys making friends and is able to interact well with both adults and... more »
July 29, 2011 7:37 PM
Henry 's Personal Profile
Henry is artistic and enjoys working on arts and crafts. He likes to work with his hands and on new projects. Henry likes to go to the movies, to the mall, and to dance. Henry is outgoing with an optimistic outlook. He is involved... more »
July 13, 2011 7:11 PM
Megan's Personal Profile
Megan is a bubbly, loving, friendly girl who likes to be around people her age and with individuals she can identify as family. Megan is a resilient person and is slowly overcoming disappointments that she has had to face in her life. Megan can be... more »
July 7, 2011 3:18 PM
Yolanda 's Personal Profile
Yolanda is talkative, fun, loving and thrives being in the center of activity! She is a born leader and likes being in control. Yolanda may need help with problem solving, as she can be impulsive. She continues to eagerly learn new ways to manage... more »
June 29, 2011 3:17 PM
Kodi 's Personal Profile
Kodi is a reserved, soft spoken boy who is very energetic. He enjoys playing with his Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards and riding his skateboard. He likes to be outdoors riding his bike and fishing, if he is not swimming. He also likes to watch... more »
June 23, 2011 8:26 PM
Stanford's Personal Profile Sanford is a smart and easy going child who loves animals. He is friendly, soft spoken, and laid back. Sanford enjoys fishing and playing on his PSP. Sanford can be content with spending time alone where he can listen to music, read, work on puzzles, and draw... more »
June 16, 2011 3:04 PM
Margarita Personal Profile Margarita is an independent, strong willed child. She is a typical teenager who likes music, dancing, videos games, and watching TV. She can be assertive and outspoken, especially when she feels she is being treated unfairly. Margarita cares a lot about her family. She is the oldest... more »
May 26, 2011 12:00 AM
BROOKS COUNTY - Volunteers across the country are coming to South Texas to help patrol and look for illegal immigrants.
Ranchers have even opened their land to Sheriff's Deputies. CHANNEL 5 NEWS joined the deputies on their hunt through the brush.
Within a few minutes Brooks County... more »
May 26, 2011 12:00 AM
FALFURRIAS - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is taking you to the other front line of the border battle. It's nowhere near the river. It's sixty miles north of McAllen. People here are grabbing guns to protect themselves.
Ranchers blame this Border Patrol checkpoint. Illegal immigrants know if they come... more »
May 20, 2011 12:00 AM
HARLINGEN - Federal agents say the Texas Mexico border is the go to area for terrorists.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation how many terrorists they've identified in the U.S., they wouldn't say. We did look through court records and did some research and found... more »
May 20, 2011 12:00 AM
HARLINGEN - A terrorist could be crossing the border right now.
Intelligence agents are focusing on that line between the U.S. and Mexico.
They are watching the people who come from India through the Valley.
The Indians say they're trying to escape persecution in their home... more »
May 18, 2011 7:56 PM
Steven's Personal Profile Steven is a friendly, outgoing, energetic youth. He has an easy going personality and he tends to make friends easily. Steven is interested in sports, video games, and outdoor activities, such as fishing. Steven spends most of his leisure time using the computer, hanging out with his... more »
May 16, 2011 12:00 AM
SAN BENITO - A retired DEA supervisor has serious concerns about two recent raids near San Benito. CHANNEL 5 NEWS was the first to tell you about officers raiding the Lopez family's house last October without a warrant. They found close to $150,000 buried in the backyard. Officers also raided... more »
May 13, 2011 12:00 AM
WESLACO - It's an easy way in and out.
" We don't have law enforcement 24/7 at the airport because we have Highway 77, which is part of the corridor for the cartel," said Judge Juan Escobar.
In the mid-Valley, a registered landing strip sits in an... more »
May 9, 2011 12:00 AM
WESLACO - The family of Manuela Montez is speaking out about a lawsuit they filed against the Weslaco City Cemetery.
They call what happened to Montez inhumane and unbelievable.
They city has called it criminal and asked the Hidalgo County Sheriff to investigate.
Norma Garcia says... more »
May 5, 2011 12:00 AM
BROWNSVILLE - For some people it's a necessity, others are searching for opportunity.
Immigrants are risking life and limb by hopping on freight trains heading north. It's a trip that often takes them through the heart of Brownsville.
The first stop inside the U.S. is on D... more »
April 28, 2011 12:00 AM
SAN BENITO - A Cameron County family says they found out the hard way what federal officers are allowed to do. They say a drug task force took more than a million dollars worth of equipment from them - even without a warrant.
We've spent two months investigating what... more »
March 4, 2011 12:00 AM
HARLINGEN - It's easy to miss the subtle signs of homelessness. An elderly woman walking down the street or a young man sitting on a park bench may not just be enjoying the day. They may have nowhere else to go.
"Everybody's got their own story. You know. Their... more »
February 24, 2011 12:00 AM
MERCEDES - The mother of Kim Sue Leggett is reaching out and begging for your help. Kim was kidnapped more than 25 years ago from her in-laws' cotton gin.
The FBI has just released two suspect sketches to CHANNEL 5 NEWS. Keep in mind, they were done back... more »
February 17, 2011 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - "Hi, is this Juan?" asked the undercover agent as she dialed another number on her list.
They sound like any other customer looking for work to be done. "You said you'd be here at 9:30?" the agent asked. "The only thing we want is a bid." These... more »
February 14, 2011 12:00 AM
AUSTIN - The scramble is on. Valley school districts are trying to figure out how to cut millions without cutting jobs.
It's all because of a massive budget shortfall in Austin. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say schools large and small need to prepare for cuts.... more »
February 10, 2011 12:00 AM
WESLACO - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is asking questions about what's happening at a Valley alternative school. There are concerns about attendance and grading.
Veteran educators say they've had enough. They say administrators are pressuring them to "give passing grades" to at-risk students at South Palm Gardens High School.... more »
February 8, 2011 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - An offer for a high school diploma in a week is tricking some Valley residents.
You can find offers on the Internet for hundreds of online schools. If you don't read the fine print, you could have the same problem.
"I need to start over... more »
February 3, 2011 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - Fire destroyed the Santiago family's McAllen home on May 26, 2007, changing their lives forever.
"And I screamed, 'Agapito, help me! The little boy's in here,'" says Ana Serna, a witness. Ana Serna and her son Agapito were neighbors who came to the rescue. Agapito burned his... more »
January 24, 2011 12:00 AM
DONNA - Twin teenage brothers ended up locked up at the Donna city jail following a fight at school. They never dreamed being in jail would put them in danger. And that danger would come at the hands of an officer.
The officer accused of attacking one of the... more »
November 23, 2010 12:00 AM
EDINBURG - Richard Silva is back at work as a patient care coordinator at the cath lab at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
Three months ago, he was in Iraq serving with Fox Company 536 BSB based out of Weslaco.
"Myself and four other medics. Had an excellent... more »
November 22, 2010 12:00 AM
WESLACO - Pete Casango is adjusting to civilian life after serving his country in Iraq. "I have tried to see my family physician, but I think I have it under control enough. I would rather keep it this way," he says.
He's been home from the war in... more »
November 18, 2010 12:00 AM
HARLINGEN - Local and state authorities are investigating activities at one Cameron County strip club. They're concerned about what CHANNEL 5 NEWS undercover cameras caught inside.
We got concerned when we started hearing from people who worked here. Ex-employees telling us sex is for sale. Jaguars claims it's about... more »
November 18, 2010 12:00 AM
CAMERON COUNTY - New details are coming out about our CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation "Sex for Sale." The state has launched an investigation into what's happening at a Cameron County strip club.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has limited oversight of a strip club like Jaguars. It's a fully... more »
November 15, 2010 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - You see their logo all over the Valley. The Drink for the Cure Foundation, Inc. is a new charity accepting donations for HIV and AIDS research.
Drink for the Cure has held several flashy fund-raising events at local nightclubs.
Marliza Navarro worked as the foundation's... more »
November 11, 2010 12:00 AM
BROOKS COUNTY - Thousands of footsteps have carved a trail through the South Texas brush.
It's a dangerous journey north taken by thousands of illegal immigrants each year.
Some of them will make it past the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias.
Others will get lost on... more »
November 11, 2010 12:00 AM
BROOKS COUNTY - Rancher Stephen Burns dreamed of a quiet life on his family's South Texas ranch. The cartels took that dream away.
Drug and human smuggling has forced the family to barricade themselves inside their home, which is surrounded by an 8-foot electric fence and has security... more »
November 8, 2010 12:00 AM
KINGSVILLE - It's gun training to the extreme. Precision rifle instruction, also known as sniper training, is taught to civilians just outside the Rio Grande Valley.
"We have no foreign students at all, with the exception of allied military units that either come here to use the facility... more »
November 4, 2010 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - Fear keeps the smuggler quiet. Money motivates him. The hustle from the Rio Grande Valley to Houston never stops.
"Everything I think is money, money, money," said the man in shadow.
He shared his secret. He's a human smuggler.
"Every trip 7,000 bucks. Every... more »
November 4, 2010 12:00 AM
RIVIERA - The sun sets on the town of Riviera, 120 miles north of the Rio Grande Valley. It's just a few miles past the Sarita checkpoint.
"Twice to three times a week, a bunch comes back here wanting to stay here, get water. We let them have... more »
November 1, 2010 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - Children are crossing the Rio Grande, entering the United States illegally. They aren't breaking criminals laws, instead they are violating civil laws.
The undocumented children who illegally bypass these bridges are all treated the same once they get caught here. They must all go through the... more »
November 1, 2010 12:00 AM
MCALLEN - Every day children cross into the United States illegally. Ninety percent will be sent back to the place they started.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with two of the children who are still here, living in shelters and hoping to stay legally. An 18-year-old we'll call "Jose"... more »
October 28, 2010 12:00 AM
WESLACO - They're sworn to serve and protect. P olice officers are accused of making their own rules.
Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into the allegations of corruption and possible ties to cartels.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS requested hundreds of pages of police dispatch logs... more »
October 28, 2010 12:00 AM
WESLACO - CHANNEL 5 NEWS has spent months investigating accusations of corruption in the Weslaco Police Department. The man accused of being sending officers to patrol elsewhere, Baudelio Castillo. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has obtained secret recordings made at city hall that show how Castillo rose to power.
The... more »
October 22, 2010 12:00 AM
REYNOSA - An Austin-based intelligence agency that monitors border violence said the Zetas have suffered more losses this year than other rival cartels.
Scott Stewart, VP of Tactical Intelligence for STRATFOR, said at least 9,100 people have been murdered in Mexico so far this year. And Stewart said the... more »
August 16, 2010 12:00 AM
MERCEDES - The family of a Mercedes woman who was kidnapped 26 years ago is offering a new reward. They're willing to pay $100,000 for your help with one of the Valley?s oldest cold cases.
Kim Sue Leggett was just 21 when she disappeared from a cotton gin on... more »
July 27, 2010 12:00 AM
EDINBURG - Several young men have come forward saying they were solicited for sexual favors online.
Edinburg police say teens and their parents need to know about the danger. They say someone's trying to recruit young men on "Facebook" promising easy money in the pornography industry.
One... more »
July 22, 2010 12:00 AM
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Violence is so much a part of life, even gas stations have armed guards.
The streets are a battleground. Gang members are the soldiers.
Tattoos are one way to tell them apart. El Salvador has two rival gants. Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13... more »
July 15, 2010 12:00 AM
HARLINGEN - Buses line up in the same place every time. Waiting for the plane to land at Valley International Airport.
The buses stay in formation, armed men stand guard as a line of illegals file out of the plane.
All of the men are from Mexico.... more »
May 27, 2010 12:00 AM
WESLACO - Several Valley teachers have been in the headlines lately. They've been arrested and accused of committing serious crimes.
In January, a fifth grade science teacher in Rio Grande City was accused of leading a double life as a drug smuggler. David Rey Ramirez was known on... more »
May 21, 2010 12:00 AM
FORT HANCOCK - Hudspeth County Sheriff Deputy Keith Hughes spends his days and nights patrolling the town.
The streets are mostly empty. He says it's because people are afraid to leave their homes.
"It's no way to live. When you're on this side of the river. It's... more »
May 21, 2010 12:00 AM
TORNILLO - Students from south of the border are fleeing to the United States and enrolling in U.S. schools. They're trying to escape the violence, but they can't escape the suffering.
Tornillo Independent School District Superintendent Paul Vranish is leading his district through a crisis. CHANNEL 5 NEWS traveled... more »
May 18, 2010 12:00 AM
HUDSPETH COUNTY - Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West is telling ranchers and farmers to arm themselves, in case of cartel violence.
Joe Galvan owns a farm less than a mile from the border. He always keeps a .45 semi-automatic pistol with him. He says he's on the look... more »
May 18, 2010 12:00 AM
EL PASO - The threat of cartel violence is forcing civilians along the border to take up arms. The threat is also taking a toll on Texas law enforcement officers in West Texas.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS traveled to El Paso where the violence there flared up several years ago.... more »
May 13, 2010 12:00 AM
HUDSPETH COUNTY - There's a place in West Texas where anyone can cross into the United States.
Two footbridges cross the Rio Grande River in Hudspeth County without gates, cameras, or Border Patrol agents. They were built for flood control, but authorities say they're used by smugglers to cross... more »
May 7, 2010 12:00 AM
PORT MANSFIELD - Thousands of people fly in private planes every day. They take off and land at general aviation airports like one in Weslaco. It's well-secured, but others are not. CHANNEL 5 NEWS found one Valley airport unlocked.
Behind the beauty, past the field of flowers on the... more »
May 6, 2010 12:00 AM
MEXICO - A businessman kidnapped in Mexico speaks to CHANNEL 5 NEWS about the ordeal that changed his life.
Luis Escobar was kidnapped by drug cartel members on two different occasions. The businessman spoke to CHANNEL 5 NEWS about the day he was grabbed off the streets of Mexico... more »