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  • Police Confiscate Marijuana After Chase Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:04 PM

    LA GRULLA - A teenager and a man were hurt after their vehicle flipped while fleeing from police. Officers tried to pull over the suspects' 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer for a traffic violation Monday afternoon in La Grulla. Police said the driver, a 16-year-old girl, claims the male passenger... more »
  • Former Officer Charged in Marijuana Case Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:55 PM

    WESLACO - A former Rio Grande City and La Grulla police officer was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop near Houston. The La Fayette County Sheriff's Office said deputies pulled over Eriberto Briceno for a traffic violation Friday in Flatonia. Drug-sniffing dogs alerted deputies to the drugs.... more »
  • Police Arrest Smuggling Suspect Play Video

    July 28, 2014 12:47 PM

    LA GRULLA - A suspected gang member is behind bars accused of smuggling immigrants. La Grulla police arrested the 38-year-old suspect after a short chase. Police tried to pull over the suspect when he ignored a stop sign at Frontage Road and Expressway 83. The driver refused to pull... more »
  • 2 Accused of Impersonating Security Guards Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:38 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County authorities arrested two men accused of impersonating security guards. The men were armed and guarding two eight-liner parlors. The men were wearing uniforms with patches from a company called Border Security and Investigations of Los Fresnos. "These people were stealing from... more »
  • Preliminary Autopsy Results Released For Death In La Grulla Play Video

    July 15, 2014 9:48 PM

    LA GRULLA- Preliminary autopsy results were released for a La Grulla man found dead in a pool of blood. The report states the 59 year old died of natural causes. Authorities were called out to a home on Johnson and 5th street on Monday. The victim's brother called police... more »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in La Grulla Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - La Grulla police found a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang among several illegal immigrants. A La Grulla police officer pulled over a vehicle after a traffic violation. The officer discovered several undocumented immigrants. The officer said he was shocked to find a member... more »
  • Police Investigate Man's Death in La Grulla Play Video

    July 14, 2014 10:05 PM

    STARR COUNTY - La Grulla police are investigating the death of a man. The man's body was found in a house on Johnson and 5th streets. Police said they received a 911 call transferred from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department at 3:30 p.m. The call was from the victim's... more »
  • La Grulla Impound Lot Running Out of Space Play Video

    July 8, 2014 8:05 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The La Grulla impound lot is running out of space to hold all the vehicles confiscated by authorities. The vehicles are coming in faster than authorities can get rid of them. La Grulla sits on Highway 83, between La Joya and Rio Grande City. The... more »
  • Sisters' Pool Story Results in Arrests Play Video

    July 3, 2014 11:11 PM

    LA GRULLA - Two sisters' story about visiting a swimming pool didn't add up, and now they're in custody. Police pulled over the SUV the women were traveling in La Grulla. According to authorities, the woman claimed they just left a local swimming pool and were going to visit... more »
  • Bogus Calls Overwhelm La Grulla Police Play Video

    May 8, 2014 7:32 PM

    LA GRULLA - La Grulla Police Department officials are concerned about the number of bogus calls they handle. Assistant Police Chief Desi Olivarez said the calls are meant to distract officers. Police officers in the small city of 1,800 residents east of Rio Grande City are overwhelmed with... more »
  • Immigrant Injured After Chase in La Grulla Play Video

    January 31, 2014 10:23 PM

    STARR COUNTY - An illegal immigrant was seriously injured after the vehicle she was in slammed into a pole Friday in La Grulla. The crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of FM 2360 and Old Military Highway. Officers where chasing the vehicle when the driver lost... more »
  • Border Patrol Officials Tout Aerostat Success Play Video

    January 2, 2014 10:35 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say the newly deployed aerostats are helping in the fight against drug smugglers. The agency began testing and deploying the aerostats in the Rio Grande Valley in August, 2012. The helium-filled balloons are equipped with infrared cameras. They were originally used in Iraq... more »
  • La Grulla HS Teacher Arrested Play Video

    December 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    LA GRULLA - A La Grulla High School teacher is on unpaid suspension. Rene Solis was arrested on campus Monday. Lt. Carlos Delgado said school district police filed charges against Solis with the sheriff's office for possession of a controlled substance. The sheriff's office also charged him for two... more »
  • Starr County Chase Ends in Drug Bust Play Video

    October 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    LA GRULLA - A woman is on her way to the Starr County jail, after she was involved in a police chase. La Grulla police said they tried to pull over a truck with a missing license plate last night. We're told the driver refused to stop and led... more »
  • 5 Allegedly Admitted to Stealing Money from La Grulla Play Video

    July 11, 2013 9:55 PM

    LA GRULLA - A newly released criminal complaint accuses five La Grulla city employees of stealing more than $24,000. Starr County District Attorney's investigators arrested the five Thursday afternoon. The funds were reportedly taken out of various city accounts through 2012. According to the complaint, during the investigation in... more »
  • 5 Arrested in Connection with Missing La Grulla Money Play Video

    July 11, 2013 5:03 PM

    LA GRULLA - Investigators arrested five people in connection with money missing from La Grulla city hall. The Starr County District Attorney's Office just confirmed that information minutes ago. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar can only confirm his investigators did arrest five people only moments ago. They are... more »
  • Audit: $17,000 Missing from La Grulla Water Department Play Video

    June 20, 2013 1:00 PM

    LA GRULLA - An investigation into La Grulla city employees is on hold this afternoon. According to Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar, criminal charges are still pending for five city employees. Escobar's office is looking into records from La Grulla's water department. An audit shows at least $17,000... more »
  • District Attorney to Audit City of La Grulla

    June 18, 2013 11:26 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County District Attorney's Office is investigating the possible theft of public money by city of La Grulla employees. DA investigators and Texas Rangers entered the city hall to seize evidence in the case. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar said there is... more »
  • Smuggling Suspect Tries to Hide in Beauty Salon Play Video

    June 12, 2013 10:24 PM

    LA GRULLA - Clients at a beauty salon were terrified Wednesday when an alleged drug smuggler tried to hide among them to avoid authorities. The suspect was fleeing from police when he pulled into the parking lot of the beauty salon just after 5 p.m. in La Grulla. ... more »
  • Man Sentenced in Drug Case, Ordered to Pay Agent's Hospital Bills Play Video

    May 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    MCALLEN - A Rio Grande City man will spend more than 11 years in prison, after his conviction on drug possession charges. Jorge Eduardo Lopez admitted to driving more than 600 pounds of marijuana north from the river. It happened in October near La Grulla. The 21-year-old sped... more »
  • Volunteers Needed for Fire Departments

    January 16, 2013 8:02 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Officials with local volunteer fire departments say it's becoming more difficult to recruit firefighters. Some volunteer fire departments operate with fewer than 12 firefighters, officials said. Alberto Trevino is one of those volunteers. He serves the La Grulla and Sullivan City fire departments. "I'm... more »
  • 8th Grader to Face Charges for Stabbing

    November 14, 2012 1:12 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The eighth grader accused of stabbing another student is expected to be charged today. The Rio Grande City CISD police chief told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the La Grulla Middle School student will likely be charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. The stabbing happened... more »
  • Student in Custody after Stabbing in Starr County

    November 13, 2012 7:16 PM

    STARR COUNTY - An eight-grade student remains in custody after he allegedly stabbed a classmate Tuesday at Grulla Middle School. The stabbing victim was released from a hospital Tuesday afternoon. He is recovering from his wounds. The stabbing happened after the students got into an altercation. The school... more »
  • 3 Men in Custody After Chase in La Grulla

    March 19, 2012 4:35 PM

    LA GRULLA - Three men are custody this afternoon. They were arrested by La Grulla police and turned over to Border Patrol just a few hours ago. Officers say the trio is part of a group of 14 illegal aliens. Police say they were all in a Ford pickup... more »

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