November 13, 2014 6:28 PM
LA VILLA - Some said an image of the Virgin Mary is a sign of hope for a corner of La Villa. They said the image appeared on an abandoned building.
Some people could see it, others could not. One man said he passed the building every day but... more »
November 3, 2014 4:10 PM
EDINBURG - More than a dozen Hidalgo County detainees have been cleared after being quarantined and monitored for signs of meningitis.
Commander Joel Rivera said three detainees, who shared a cell with another inmate who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, were moved last week.
Those three and another... more »
October 31, 2014 7:05 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Officials are not taking any chances after a county inmate recently tested positive for meningitis.
Twenty-eight inmates are being examined and monitored regularly inside this cell at the Hidalgo County Jail. They were brought here from a privately owned detention center in La Villa.
Another... more »
October 31, 2014 4:02 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY- An inmate in Hidalgo County has tested positive for meningitis. The inmate was jailed at the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa.
The detention center is run by a private company.
The prisoner recently told authorities he was not feeling well. The inmate was examined,... more »
July 31, 2014 3:51 PM
DONNA - The victim of a deadly car accident in Donna Wednesday has been identified as Balde Solis Gonzalez, 49, of La Villa.
He was killed in the accident that closed part of Expressway 83.
Gonzalez was trapped in one of the cars when it caught fire.
... more »
July 14, 2014 5:50 PM
NEAR LA VILLA - Residents of one unincorporated neighborhood say they are fed up with cars crashing onto their property.
They called 5 On Your Side for help.
One of the residents, Lupe Hernandez, said the county needs to do something to stop people from speeding.
Hernandez... more »
March 4, 2014 4:26 PM
LA VILLA - The city of La Villa and the La Villa Independent School District are close to reaching a deal over a long-standing water rate dispute.
Mayor Hector Elizondo said the deal needs the final approval from school officials.
The agreement will set the water and sewer... more »
January 31, 2014 1:01 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa Independent School District and the city of La Villa still haven't agreed on water rates. La Villa Mayor Hector Elizondo said the school board rejected a deal.
Both sides reached a verbal agreement earlier this month after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality refused... more »
January 18, 2014 10:46 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa is one step closer to coming to a resolution to its water woes.
An emergency meeting was held at the La Villa school district office Saturday night.
School board members gathered behind closed doors to discuss their options about water bill payments.
... more »
January 16, 2014 1:06 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa ISD students are back in school after a three-day closure. They've been out of class since the start of Christmas break. The city had turned off water to the school district, after city officials and the school district couldn't agree on water fees.
The... more »
January 15, 2014 10:19 PM
LA VILLA - Water service will be restored by Thursday morning to La Villa ISD campuses after the city and school district reached and agreement over rates.
The city of La Villa approved the new, lower rates for the school district during a special meeting Wednesday night. The school... more »
January 15, 2014 7:50 PM
LA VILLA - Students in La Villa will have to make up the days they missed while the schools were closed because of a water dispute with the city.
The students have missed three days, so far. They likely will make up those days on Saturdays or during Spring... more »
January 15, 2014 5:13 PM
LA VILLA - Students in La Villa ISD athletic programs said they are looking forward to practicing in their own gyms.
The students were forced to practice at other schools. Their campuses were closed when the city of La Villa shut off water service. The city and school district... more »
January 15, 2014 4:23 PM
AUSTIN - The La Villa Independent School District on Wednesday agreed to pay the city a water surcharge per student and staff member and thousands of dollars in outstanding fees.
The agreement means the city will resume water service to the district and students will be allowed to return... more »
January 15, 2014 1:00 PM
LA VILLA - A deal has been reached between La Villa ISD and the city of La Villa in the water bill dispute. This means students will soon be headed back to school.
Classes were cancelled earlier this week, after the city shut off water to the school district.... more »
January 15, 2014 12:18 PM
LA VILLA - State officials denied an emergency order to reconnect water to La Villa ISD. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality heard the case between the school district and the city of La Villa this morning.
There were two issues at hand. The first was whether or not... more »
January 14, 2014 10:39 PM
LA VILLA - LCS Corrections pays higher water rates in La Villa than at any of the company's other seven prisons, corporate officials said.
The prison in La Villa is the top water customer for the city of La Villa. LCS officials said the city told them at one... more »
January 14, 2014 8:19 PM
LA VILLA - The city of La Villa and the La Villa Independent School District continue locked in a battle over water rates.
The city and school district on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement to end the dispute. Both sides now will head to Austin for an emergency... more »
January 14, 2014 4:28 PM
LA VILLA - Schools in La Villa will remain closed at least one more day.
City of La Villa and La Villa Independent School District officials failed to reach an agreement to end a dispute over water rates. Both sides now will head to Austin for an emergency meeting... more »
January 13, 2014 10:41 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa Independent School District athletic programs are relying on the help of other districts to continue practicing while their campuses remain closed.
The school district's campuses are closed until further notice after the city shut off water service. The city stopped the water flow after... more »
January 13, 2014 8:20 PM
LA VILLA - The city of La Villa wants to charge the school district approximately $90,000 a year just to have access to water service.
The city shut off water flow to the La Villa Independent School District campuses after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for... more »
January 13, 2014 8:12 PM
LA VILLA - A water dispute between the city of La Villa and the school district is keeping hundreds of students from attending classes.
The city shut off water flow to the La Villa Independent School District campuses after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for the... more »
January 13, 2014 4:13 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa city leaders are refusing to restore water service to the school district until it pays thousands of dollars in outstanding fees.
The city shut off water flow to the La Villa Independent School District campuses after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000... more »
January 12, 2014 10:52 PM
LA VILLA - There's a war over water in La Villa. The La Villa Independent School District closed its schools after the city took its water away.
The dispute is over the school district's monthly water bill.
The city wants the district to pay an extra surcharge each... more »
January 9, 2014 9:01 PM
LA VILLA - The La Villa Independent School District officials want the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to take over the city's water operations.
School officials said they will meet with TCEQ to present the proposal. They said it may be the only way to reopen their schools.
... more »
January 9, 2014 1:02 PM
LA VILLA - The La Villa ISD school board is preparing for an emergency meeting this weekend. The school district and city have been fighting over unpaid water bills, and the 650 students in the district are caught in the crossfire.
They're scheduled to return to classes Monday, but... more »
January 8, 2014 10:42 PM
LA VILLA - The La Villa mayor on Wednesday proposed to reach a compromise with the school district over an unpaid water bill. Teachers and parents laughed at the terms of the offer.
A large crowd gathered during the La Villa city council meeting. School officials said the city... more »
January 6, 2014 8:48 PM
LA VILLA - The La Villa School District campuses will remain closed until further notice, officials said.
Students were scheduled to return to classes in one week, but the district no longer has water service at its campuses.
The city of La Villa shut off water service after... more »
December 27, 2013 7:29 PM
LA VILLA - The city of La Villa stopped water service to all the La Villa Independent School District campuses.
The move is the latest in yearlong battle between the city and the school district. The interruption in service had an immediate impact on the district's agricultural program.
... more »
December 23, 2013 10:10 PM
LA VILLA - The stare-down continues between the city of La Villa and its school district.
The city threatened to shut off water service if the district does not pay the $57,212.69 past-due bill.
The La Villa Independent School District board held an emergency meeting Monday night to... more »
December 20, 2013 11:06 PM
CAMERON COUNTY - The La Villa Independent School District is facing a formal threat from the city.
The city sent the district a letter asking them to pay or go without water. The move is the latest in an ongoing struggle over water between the city and the district.... more »
December 2, 2013 8:28 PM
LA VILLA - Some residents in the city of La Villa said their officials failed to issue a boil-water alert in a timely manner.
Heidi Guerrero said her family was left high and dry on Thanksgiving Day. She said water service was interrupted for 14 hours.
Six hundred... more »
October 17, 2013 8:07 PM
McALLEN - A U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced to 2 years probation on a theft charge.
Prosecutors said the man would sell money orders and keep the money to himself. They said he would than use money from other money order sales to cover what he had stolen.... more »
September 11, 2013 5:29 PM
LA VILLA - The La Villa Independent School District will have to pay the city $43,000 in delinquent water fees.
The district refused to pay the city's higher rate for water and sewer service earlier this year. School officials said the district was unfairly singled out for the higher... more »
June 27, 2013 8:00 PM
LA VILLA - A man was taken to a hospital in San Antonio after he received an electrical shock while working at the city of La Villa's water plant.
The incident happened on Wednesday. Toribio Espiricueta, an independent contractor, was working inside the waste water treatment plant when he... more »
June 11, 2013 3:30 PM
LA VILLA- Everything old is new again in the La Villa high school athletic program. Former head football coach Joe Salinas is back in charge at the campus. CHANNEL 5's Joel Villanueva explains the turn of events that brought Salinas back to the Cardinals. more »
May 16, 2013 10:22 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa school officials said they have a plan to trim the district's budget by $500,000 to cover the city's skyrocketing water rates.
The La Villa Independent School District pays an average of $17,000 a month for water service. Similar districts pay about $2,000 a month.... more »
May 10, 2013 7:47 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa school district officials want to know why their water and sewer bill is 10 times higher than before.
The school district gets its water from La Villa. The rate increase has district officials scrambling to find money. City officials said that is the price... more »
May 9, 2013 10:50 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - The state has notified the town of La Villa of serious concerns about its drinking water.
Tests show the town's drinking water contains the maximum level of a volatile, organic compound.
The compound is known as trihalomethane. It is formed when chlorine is added to... more »
April 10, 2013 8:03 PM
EDINBURG - A grand jury has no-billed a La Villa police officer in the shooting of a suspect late last year.
The shooting happened after a chase on Sept. 23. The chase started after an alleged beer run, police said.
The shooting happened at Mile 13 North and... more »
March 25, 2013 5:15 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A family living in a colonia north of La Villa continues the struggle to get clean water.
For years, the family has used canal water to bathe and relies on bottled water for drinking.
Consuela Garza said she has waited decades for clean, safe drinking... more »
February 15, 2013 9:52 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa Independent School District is once again locked in a battle with city administrators over water service charges.
School officials said the city wants to collect $17,000 for one month of water service. They said the city increased water rates without holding a public-comment session... more »
February 15, 2013 4:17 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa school officials said layoffs may be necessary to pay for the district's most recent water bill.
La Villa Independent School District officials said the city is charging them $17,000 for one month's service. They said most districts their size pay about $2,000 a month.... more »
February 6, 2013 10:58 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A suspect who eluded authorities for more than a year will have to answer for crimes allegedly committed throughout Texas.
Police arrested Jose Jaime Roque Munoz, 45, Tuesday north of Mercedes. He had eluded La Villa police officers on two previous occasions. "He's already been questioned... more »
February 6, 2013 12:58 PM
EDINBURG - A fugitive arrested in the La Villa area is expected to go before a judge late this afternoon.
Jose Munoz was taken into custody Tuesday. Multiple law enforcement agencies were searching for him. The charges against him include fleeing the scene of a deadly accident, money laundering... more »
January 29, 2013 1:06 PM
AUSTIN - Texas authorities are searching for a man now on the list of 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders. Santos Francisco Sanchez is wanted for a parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender.
The 45-year-old was convicted in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in... more »
October 30, 2012 7:02 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff's investigators have determined a La Villa police officer was not justified in shooting a suspect after a chase in late September.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department spent weeks investigating the incident. The findings have been sent to the district attorney's office for possible prosecution.
... more »
October 30, 2012 4:33 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department ended its investigation into a shooting involving a La Villa police officer.
The findings will be forwarded to the Hidalgo County district attorney for possible prosecution.
The shooting happened on Sept. 23. The officer shot Santiago Bruno, 45, after a... more »
October 25, 2012 8:49 PM
LA VILLA - Six hundred school districts are suing the state over budget cuts.
Attorneys for the districts said the cuts will leave them without money to properly teach their students.
Several Rio Grande Valley school districts are included in the lawsuit. Thirteen districts, including McAllen, PSJA and... more »
October 16, 2012 11:17 PM
MERCEDES - For the first time this season, a Valley girls' volleyball team has a top ten ranking in a state poll. Edcouch-Elsa is now ranked tenth in 4A and was sporting the new honor in a 32-4A match at Mercedes. CHANNEL 5 cameras were there for the district action.... more »
October 1, 2012 9:41 PM
McALLEN - A man shot by police after a high-speed chase in late September was arraigned on Monday.
A La Villa police officer shot Santiago Bruno, 45, on Sept. 23. Bruno and Alejadro Gill, 26, allegedly stole beer from a store and led police on a chase.
Officials... more »
September 28, 2012 11:37 PM
WESLACO - If you play the lottery in any fashion, it might be worth a look at the number 34 on Saturday. Five different teams scored 34 in Valley Friday night football. None of them were outscored, meaning that none of them lost. 34 was enough points in all five... more »
September 28, 2012 11:07 PM
WESLACO - Three more teams fell from the ranks of the Valley football unbeaten on Friday night. Mission shutout fourth-ranked Valley View 41-0 in the Tigers' first ever appearance in CHANNEL 5's Game of the Week spotlight. Another sub-5A team, Roma, lost for the first time, 34-16 at Edcouch-Elsa. And... more »
September 24, 2012 6:20 PM
ELSA - A Rio Grande Valley police chief on Monday spoke about the use of deadly force.
Elsa Police Department Chief Primitivo Rodriguez spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS in the wake of an officer-involved shooting in La Villa.
Rodriguez said a sidearm is an officer's last resort.
... more »
September 24, 2012 4:05 PM
EDINBURG - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies arrested a second suspect in connection with a beer run that ended in a shooting Sunday.
Deputies took David Alejandro Gil, 26, into custody. Officials said he was the original driver of a vehicle used during a beer run. The man fled on... more »
August 12, 2012 7:07 PM
LA VILLA - With about 40 kids on the practice field, La Villa is busy preparing for another season in the 1A ranks. Their goal is to reload and return to the playoffs. The Cardinals lost their top two weapons, A.J. Garza and Ricky Cantu to graduation and their coach... more »
July 23, 2012 5:14 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Texas DPS troopers are searching for the driver of a motorcycle involved in a deadly accident Sunday night near La Villa.
Officials said the man fled from the scene of the accident. His passenger died at the scene. DPS troopers said the driver lost control and... more »
July 20, 2012 10:56 PM
COLLEGE STATION - Great expectations fell victim to the reality of the second day format at the state 7-on-7 football tournament for Division 2 teams. Valley entries Port Isabel and La Villa had earned championship bracket assignments after strong performances in pool play on Thursday. Port Isabel went undefeated in... more »
July 19, 2012 11:16 PM
COLLEGE STATION - Valley entries won five out of six pool games on the opening day of the state 7-on-7 football tournament. And as a result, both Port Isabel and La Villa will advance to play in Friday's championship bracket of the Division 2 tournament. Port Isabel opened pool play... more »
July 10, 2012 10:01 PM
WESLACO - After a false start, when it appeared Wednesday's 7-on-7 tune up for the five Valley state qualifiers had been moved, organizers returned to the original plan to host the games in Weslaco. Reports on Tuesday confirmed the participation of Harlingen, but also had the warm up games moved... more »
July 9, 2012 11:00 PM
WESLACO - Valley teams headed to next week's 7-on-7 state tournament at College Station will get one more chance to prepare locally for the event. Four of the five teams are confirmed for action at Bobby Lackey Stadium in Weslaco on Wednesday. Division 1 tournament representatives Edcouch-Elsa and Weslaco will... more »
June 24, 2012 9:36 PM
WACO - Texas Football Magazine, long considered the bible of the sport for Lone Star gridiron fans, is out with the high school district predictions from the 2012 edition. In classifications where only three schools make the playoffs, Texas Football forecasts playoff berths for La Villa and Monte Alto in... more »
June 23, 2012 7:11 PM
LA FERIA - If there is one team in the Valley that has built a reputation thanks to 7-on-7 football competition, it would have to be La Villa. The Cardinals made the first and biggest splashes on the summer football scene and converted that success to the school's regular season... more »
June 20, 2012 12:40 PM
EDINBURG - A man suspected of killing a La Villa toddler is due in court tomorrow for a pre-trial hearing.
Adan Acuna was charged with the capital murder of Austin Reyna-Contreras. Acuna dated the 2-year-old's mother at the time of the boy's death.
In 2010, Acuna rushed the... more »
May 9, 2012 5:11 PM
LA VILLA - Some La Villa residents say their water bills have almost doubled since last year. Angie Reyna tells us her bill shot up from $60 a month to almost $120.
While looking at her bill, CHANNEL 5 NEWS noticed her water total at the end of the... more »
May 8, 2012 5:29 PM
LA VILLA - The Hidalgo County Health Department is moving forward with skin tests at a La Villa ISD campus. There's concern that someone within the school district may have tuberculosis.
Hidalgo County Health Department Director Eddie Olivarez says only 80 students and school staff members will be tested.... more »
April 30, 2012 10:17 PM
ALICE - There was some unfinished business for Valley girls on Monday in the form of completing the bi-district round of the UIL softball playoffs. Edcouch-Elsa hit the road for a decisive game three at Alice, but came up short in an 8-5 loss. It was a good night for... more »
April 25, 2012 6:52 PM
LA VILLA - The city of La Villa is a step closer to alleviating flooding during major downpours.
Hurricane Dolly made a mark and left painful memories for the people in La Villa. The city dealt with overwhelming amounts of water after the storm.
City officials are now... more »
April 13, 2012 11:33 PM
LA VILLA - A judge has set a $1,000,000 total bond for a man accused of sexually abusing three small children. Twenty-two-year-old Jose Rostro was arrested in Rochester, New York at a dairy farm this week and brought back to La Villa to face the charges.
Police say he... more »
April 12, 2012 4:40 PM
LA VILLA - A suspect in a child sexual abuse case is expected to return to the Rio Grande Valley tonight. That's according to La Villa police.
Jose Alfredo Rostro was found and arrested in New York, near Rochester. The 22-year-old was charged with three counts of continuous sexual... more »
April 5, 2012 10:42 PM
LA VILLA - Four illegal immigrants who escaped from a rural stash house are in Border Patrol custody tonight. They were caught when they came back to the house.
We found two families who both have ties to the property where the stash house is standing tonight. One of... more »
April 3, 2012 7:10 PM
LA VILLA - The days of suffering for 42 people from Central America and Mexico is over. Two undocumented immigrants helped Border Patrol agents and DPS troopers rescue them.
They were brave. They escaped from their smugglers. They came back for the people they left behind.
You can... more »
March 21, 2012 5:30 PM
LA VILLA - The final suspect in a child molestation case that La Villa police call disgusting is in custody. He was arrested this afternoon in New York.
La Villa police tell me that 22-year-old Jose Alfredo Rostro was arrested this afternoon near Rochester, N.Y.
The alleged victims... more »
March 21, 2012 4:40 PM
Authorities in New York have made a third arrest in a La Villa child molestation case.
La Villa police Chief Mario Leal has confirmed the arrest of 22-year-old Jose Alfredo Rostro. Rostro was wanted in connection with the abuse of two brothers and a sister; all three victims are... more »
March 20, 2012 4:45 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa police say a sexual assault suspect has turned himself in.
Nineteen-year-old Richard Diaz is accused of taking part in the assault of a 16-year-old girl. Police say Diaz got the girl drunk then gave her marijuana. Officers say another man, 21-year-old Luis Guzman, then... more »
March 19, 2012 10:48 PM
LA VILLA - La Villa police say are trying to track down a man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Investigators are looking for 19-year-old Richard Diaz. Police say the victim is a 16-year-old.
"He got her intoxicated and they gave her marijuana. While she was intoxicated,... more »
March 19, 2012 10:34 PM
LA VILLA - Two suspects are in custody and one on the run in what La Villa police call a case of multiple child molestation. The victims, two brothers and a sister, are under the age of seven.
Police say the abuse happened in La Villa repeatedly over the... more »
February 29, 2012 1:12 PM
LA VILLA - The warden of the La Villa detention center is off the job for now.
A spokesman for the privately run prison confirmed Elberto Bravo has been placed on administrative leave. Richard Harbison of LCS Corrections Services says it's company policy to place employees on leave any... more »
February 24, 2012 7:39 PM
WESLACO - Only two Valley boys' teams were able to fight through area round basketball to advance to next week's regional quarter-finals. Harlingen South took down Nixon 68-59 to advance in 5A play. The Hawks will meet United, a 57-54 winner over Edinburg in Alice. Other 5A action saw Alexander... more »
February 22, 2012 9:34 PM
WESLACO - Four Valley district champs, all with first round byes, will join six bi-district winners when the Boys' UIL basketball tournament resumes on Friday. Area round schedules were revealed on Wednesday afternoon. Because all four entrants from 30-5A were eliminated in the first round, there are no guaranteed games... more »
December 22, 2011 5:39 PM
LA VILLA - A nearly three-hour foot chase ends with a wanted fugitive in handcuffs.
He thought he could get away by hiding in some sugar cane. It was a plan going his way until the law brought out their dogs. Eric Villapando came running out of a sugar... more »
December 22, 2011 2:08 PM
LA VILLA - Authorities are searching for a suspect who bailed out after a chase north of La Villa along FM 491 near Monte Cristo Road.
Authorities have not caught their man yet. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies, La Villa police, state troopers and U.S. marshals have a sugar cane... more »
December 1, 2011 3:16 PM
LA VILLA - Police are still searching for 17-year-old Ruben Ortiz. He's wanted in connection with at least three burglaries in La Villa as well as prior charges for assault and deadly conduct.
Investigators say Ortiz and at least three members of his family are behind the burglaries of... more »
December 1, 2011 3:13 PM
LA VILLA - The city of La Villa is dealing with money problems. The city administrator says the town's $500,000 budget deficit dates back a couple of years.
It started when a new Stripes opened for business; the city lowered the property tax rate. It was expected that sales... more »