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  • McAllen Chamber of Commerce Hosts Cash Mob Play Video

    August 29, 2014 12:10 AM

    McALLEN - The McAllen Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a "cash mob." The idea behind the event is to draw large crowds to local businesses. "You have a group of people show up at a specific time and spend at least $20 per person. It's a real quick,... more »
  • Couple at Odds with Furniture Store Play Video

    August 28, 2014 11:12 PM

    McALLEN - A McAllen couple says they are being billed for furniture that was never delivered. Connie Gonzalez said they needed furniture fast. Gonzalez said she thought a discount store would be the ticket. "My stepdaughter just moved down. (We) went to go purchase furniture for her," Gonzalez... more »
  • Motorcycle Bursts into Flames Minutes after Sale Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    McALLEN - A man walked away without injuries after the motorcycle he was riding burst into flames. McAllen Fire Chief Rafael Balderas said a passerby alerted the rider that his motorcycle was on fire. Balderas said the flames engulfed the motorcycle in seconds. The incident happened at the... more »
  • Mobile Home Park Residents Concerned about Dead Birds Play Video

    August 26, 2014 10:14 PM

    McALLEN - Residents of a mobile home park are concerned about dead birds. Texan Mobile Park Manager Roxanne Cedillo said they want to know why birds are dropping dead at the entrance of their park. "I've been living here 8 years and I've never seen this before. I've... more »
  • Kidnapping Suspect at Large Play Video

    August 26, 2014 12:50 PM

    MCALLEN - Police identified a suspect in the kidnapping of a 58-year-old McAllen woman. According to investigators, Cesar Marin and an unknown accomplice abducted the woman Monday morning from her home. We're told the 20-year-old suspect used to work for the victim's husband. The victim was held captive... 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 »
  • More Jobs Expected in the Upper Valley

    August 22, 2014 6:17 PM

    MCALLEN-The McAllen Development Corporation announced four new companies coming to the Valley. The four industries will create a total of 1,080 jobs. Teletech, SFT Food Tech, Calstrip Industries and Conn's Home Plus warehouse distributor will be located in McAllen or Mission. Keith Patridge , CEO and President of... more »
  • Valley Asks for Reimbursement for Humanitarian Relief Play Video

    August 20, 2014 4:47 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - A letter is providing a better picture of how much the Rio Grande Valley is spending on the immigration surge impacting the region. State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) wrote the letter to Gov. Rick Perry asking for McAllen and the Valley to be reimbursed.... more »
  • Suspect in 2 Mission Robberies Expected to Face More Charges Play Video

    August 20, 2014 12:33 PM

    MISSION - A 28-year-old Alton man is facing robbery charges. Police said Joel De Leon Cuevas robbed the same Stripes store twice this weekend. The store's located in Mission on the 300 block of North Conway. Cuevas is accused of threatening the clerk with a knife Saturday. Police said... more »
  • Child Injured in Mexico Treated in McAllen Play Video

    August 19, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - A child from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, is at McAllen Medical Center receiving treatment for serious injuries. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew spoke with the 4-year-old's aunt. She said the child was sedated and being prepared for surgery. She declined to comment on the nature of the injuries... more »
  • Park Construction Leaves Neighborhood Covered in Dust Play Video

    August 18, 2014 9:55 PM

    McALLEN - People who live around a soccer field and park under construction say blowing dirt is taking over their neighborhood. The neighborhood around De Leon Middle School becomes covered in dust when the wind blows. Residents said they are tired of the problem. "When the winds are really... more »
  • Veteran Struggles to Get Care at VA Clinic Play Video

    August 18, 2014 9:41 PM

    EDINBURG - A veteran says he's waiting to see a doctor months after he had hip surgery. Rene Soliz says his trip to the veteran affairs clinic Monday ended with a police escort. Solis said it has been a constant battle to get health care from the Department... more »
  • McAllen Police Searching for Shooting Suspect

    August 15, 2014 3:57 PM

    MCALLEN - McAllen police are searching for a shooting suspect. A McAllen police spokesperson said one man was shot this afternoon near the 2100 block of West Hawk Street. Investigators are still gathering facts at the scene and at the hospital. CHANNEL 5 NEWS is working to bring you... more »
  • McAllen Store Robbery Suspect Identified Play Video

    August 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    MCALLEN - Police identified the suspect in two McAllen store robberies. Arrests warrants were issued for 28-year-old Joel de Leon Cuevas. Police said the first robbery happened at a Stripes convenience store on South 23rd Street Tuesday around 4 a.m. The second took place the next morning. Police got... more »
  • Woman Demands Refund from Car Dealership Play Video

    August 13, 2014 11:01 PM

    McALLEN - A woman said she was surprised when the car she bought for her daughter was repossessed just three weeks after they drove it off the lot. Magdalena Martinez said she bought the 2010 Dodge Charger from Dos Primos Auto Sales in south McAllen. The car was... more »
  • McAllen Neighborhood on Edge After Recent Crashes Play Video

    August 13, 2014 8:33 PM

    McALLEN - Two recent accidents in a McAllen neighborhood have one family on edge. The family is concerned that the next crash at the intersection of Datepalm and 6th streets might hit too close to home. Celeste Mariscal said her surveillance camera captured video of the crashes. Drivers... more »
  • McAllen Police Searching for Suspect in 2 Robberies Play Video

    August 13, 2014 1:01 PM

    MCALLEN - Officers in McAllen are searching for a man suspected in two robberies. The first happened Tuesday on the 1000 block of South 23rd Street at 3:48 a.m. The second took place around 1:40 a.m. today at a Valero corner store on the 3000 block of West Business... more »
  • Police Searching for Robbery Suspect with Clown Tattoo Play Video

    August 13, 2014 8:19 AM

    MCALLEN - Police are searching for a robbery suspect with a clown tattoo on top of his head. McAllen officers said the man robbed a Valero convenience store just before 2 a.m. The store is located on Business 83 and Ware Road. According to police, the thief stole a... more »
  • Bank Refuses to Endorse Insurance Check Play Video

    August 12, 2014 10:47 PM

    McALLEN - A McAllen couple thought their two-year battle with their insurance company was over when a check arrived in the mail. They say without the funds their roof would stay battered from the hailstorm of 2012. Jose Cantu says the $5,500 check was made out to him.... more »
  • McAllen Places Auditors on Leave Play Video

    August 12, 2014 4:26 PM

    McALLEN - Two auditors for the city of McAllen are on administrative leave. City leaders released little information about the case. Commissioner John Ingram said in a news release that the city of McAllen is trying to intimidate the auditors. Ingram said the city reviewed the auditors' job... more »
  • Man Died after Falling Off Moving Vehicle Play Video

    August 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    MCALLEN - A 21-year-old man died after falling off a moving vehicle. The driver, a McAllen woman, was charged in his death. The accident happened Monday, shortly after midnight. McAllen police said Rosa Guadalupe Herrera drove her car, while Gersain Gutierrez was sitting on the trunk. Gutierrez fell off... more »
  • Mall Theft Suspects' Bond Set at $80,000 Play Video

    August 11, 2014 1:17 PM

    MCALLEN - Police arrested two men wanted for stealing sunglasses at a store in La Plaza Mall. Christian Garcia and Abelardo Gomez Reyes are also accused of assaulting a security officer. The robbery happened August 5. McAllen police said a loss prevention officer stopped Garcia, when he walked out... more »
  • Traffic Stop Turns into Foot Chase Play Video

    August 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    MCALLEN - A traffic stop turned into a foot chase in a McAllen neighborhood today. Folks who call the area home say they won't let this chase change their way of living. Nearly 50 years ago Stephen Thrasher's family settled in Old Town McAllen. He says his... more »
  • Residents Protest Border Convoy Press Conference Play Video

    August 8, 2014 1:03 PM

    MCALLEN - Residents protested a press conference held by a group called the "Border Convoy." The press conference took place outside the McAllen bus station Friday morning. The group is based in Murrieta, California and known for aggressive protests. Representatives said they are in the Rio Grande Valley to... more »
  • Honduran Consulate Reaches out to Families of Murder Victims Play Video

    August 7, 2014 6:46 PM

    McALLEN - The Honduran consulate in McAllen is reaching out to the families of three Hondurans killed in Starr County. Vice-Consul Lilian Gomez said she is in constant communication with a man who survived the shooting. She said a fourth Honduran was not in a house-turned-game-room when his brother... more »
  • Woman Wanted in McAllen Robberies Arrested in Laredo Play Video

    August 7, 2014 12:49 PM

    McALLEN - A 19-year-old woman wanted in the robbery of two women in McAllen was arrested in Laredo. Nohely Marie Leyva is being held in the Webb County jail. She is accused two grab-and-run robberies last month in McAllen. Police said Leyva will be returned to the Valley... more »
  • Suspect Arraigned in McAllen Murder Play Video

    August 5, 2014 10:31 PM

    McALLEN - A 28-year-old suspect was arraigned Tuesday night in the murder of a man in McAllen. Douglas Esteban Jasso was charged with murder in the death of Ryan Tyler Sewell, 26. He also was charged with possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at more... more »
  • McAllen Police Search for Robbery Suspect

    August 4, 2014 4:28 PM

    McALLEN - Police are searching for a 19-year-old woman in two robberies. Police say Nohely Marie Leyva of Pharr is wanted on two counts of robbery. Authorities say she took a woman's purse outside a business in the 3300 block of West Expressway 83 last week. Leyna and another... more »
  • Man Arrested in McAllen Murder Case Play Video

    August 4, 2014 1:01 PM

    MCALLEN - A McAllen murder suspect is in custody. Two other suspects are still on the run. Police said they have 28-year-old Douglas Esteban Jasso in custody. According to officers, evidence shows Ryan Tyler Sewell was killed in Jasso's home on Primose Avenue. The murder happened July 17. ... more »
  • Police Take Down Two Dangerous Gang Members Play Video

    August 1, 2014 11:16 PM

    MCALLEN- Police say they have taken two dangerous gang members off the streets. The duo was arrested as part of a joint investigation involving several law enforcement agencies including the San Juan and McAllen Police Department. Douglass Jasso, 28, was under investigation by San Juan police for two months.... more »
  • McAllen Man Pleads Guilty in Meth Case Play Video

    July 30, 2014 1:07 PM

    McALLEN - A McAllen man pleaded guilty in a federal methamphetamine case. Francisco Calderon, 27, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 2 pounds of meth. Calderon and Jorge Alejandro Galvan Ibarra, 30, were arrested in June as they attempted to distribute the drugs, court records... more »
  • Family Claims Elderly Mother Intimidated into Switching Electric Providers Play Video

    July 29, 2014 10:26 PM

    MCALLEN - The family of an elderly woman is warning others about door-to-door salesmen. They say two men physically forced Florencia Quintero into switching electric providers. The McAllen Police Department is investigating the alleged assault. Nauro Marquez says his elderly mother isn't usually left home alone. Marquez says one... more »
  • Church Worker Wants Better Treatment for Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:36 PM

    McALLEN - An employee at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is upset with the way some people view and treat illegal immigrants. Retired Attorney Ofelia de los Santos helps out at the church where the immigrants are being cared for before their journey north. De los Santos... more »
  • McAllen Police Officer Involved in Wreck Play Video

    July 29, 2014 11:49 AM

    MCALLEN - A police officer was involved in an accident in McAllen this morning. It happened on Trenton Road, between 10th Street and Main Street, before 11:30 a.m. Two other vehicles were involved in the wreck. The front of the police unit suffered damage. CHANNEL 5 NEWS is... more »
  • McAllen Police Search for Man Wanted for Murder Play Video

    July 26, 2014 8:42 PM

    MCALLEN - Police need your help in locating a man they say was involved in a murder that happened earlier this week. Investigators are looking for Anthony Joe Cortinas. He is a suspect in the murder of Ryan Tyler Sewell. Sewell's body was found in a burning pickup... more »
  • Warrant Issued for Suspect in Murder Play Video

    July 26, 2014 9:15 AM

    MCALLEN - McAllen police are searching for Anthony Joe Cortina. Police tell us he's a suspect in the murder of Ryan Tyler Sewell. Sewell's body was found in a burning pickup truck earlier this week. Police say Cortina is associated with the Texas Chicano Brotherhood gang. Police say... more »
  • Police Need Help in Solving Homicide Case Play Video

    July 25, 2014 2:49 PM

    MCALLEN - Police are asking for help in solving a case involving a body found in a burning truck in McAllen. Investigators want to speak with 34-year-old Marie Larraine Rivera, also know as Marie Larraine Sanchez. She is a person of interest in the case. A truck caught... more »
  • Business Leaders Seek to Improve Valley's Image Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:51 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley government and business leaders are asking Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider his decision to deploy the National Guard to the region. They say the move will send the wrong message about safety in the area. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops... more »
  • Border Patrol Says the Number of Illegal Immigrants Continues to Rise Play Video

    July 24, 2014 4:12 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Families are still streaming into the McAllen bus station, almost two months after U.S. Border Patrol began dropping them off there. It is where families wait before they continue on their long journey. The Border Patrol says, since the beginning of 2014, they picked... more »
  • New Lead In McAllen Homicide Case Play Video

    July 23, 2014 8:17 PM

    MCALLEN - Investigators have a new lead in a homicide case involving a body found in a burning truck. Police say a 34-year-old woman is now a person of interest in the case. Authorities want to speak with Marie Larraine Rivera, who's also known as Marie Larraine Sanchez. McAllen... more »
  • Police Search for Person of Interest in Homicide Investigation Play Video

    July 22, 2014 4:20 PM

    McALLEN - Police are searching for a person of interest in the death of a man in McAllen. The victim's body was discovered inside a burning truck early Monday behind an apartment complex in the 3500 block of McColl Road. Police said the body was that of Ryan... more »
  • Police Release Name of Man Killed in Crash Play Video

    July 22, 2014 12:56 PM

    McALLEN - Police released the identity of a man killed Saturday in a three-vehicle crash in McAllen. The victim was identified as Rolando Sifuentes, 36, of McAllen. The crash happened on Bentsen Road just north of Pecan Blvd. Sifuentes stopped on the side of the road to help... more »
  • Police Identify Body Found in Burning Truck Play Video

    July 22, 2014 12:54 PM

    McALLEN - Police released the identity of a body found inside a burning truck Monday morning in McAllen. Police said the body is that of Ryan Tyler Sewell, 26. Authorities are waiting for an autopsy to learn the cause of death. Police said they are investigating drug activity... more »
  • Apartment Residents Rattled after Body is Discovered in Burning Truck Play Video

    July 21, 2014 5:38 PM

    McALLEN - Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy in a homicide investigation. Officers found the victim's body inside a burning pickup truck behind an apartment complex at 3501 North McColl in McAllen. Residents at the apartment complex said they were shocked to learn about the... more »
  • Body Found in Burning Truck in McAllen

    July 21, 2014 7:56 AM

    McALLEN - The body of a 26-year-old man was found in a burning truck. Police say they are investigating the case as a homicide. McAllen Police Detective Jose Hernandez said officers were called out to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of N. McColl at approximately 1:30 a.m.... more »
  • Vehicle Strikes Woman in McAllen

    July 21, 2014 7:40 AM

    MCALLEN - A woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries after getting struck by a vehicle Sunday in McAllen. The incident happened at approximately 10 p.m. in the 500 block of S. 29th St. McAllen police say an investigation is pending. more »
  • Police Reconstruct 3 Car Collision Play Video

    July 20, 2014 10:49 PM

    MCALLEN- Police are investigating a deadly car crash that happened on Bentson road in Mcallen Saturday night. Authorities reconstructed the three car accident on Sunday morning. Officers say two cars were stopped on the side of the road when one was having car trouble. A third car then... more »
  • Home Invasion Investigation Play Video

    July 19, 2014 9:48 PM

    McALLEN - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion. It happened Saturday evening on Los Padres Drive off of Ware Del Norte Rd. According to J.P. Rodriguez, multiple suspects took part in the invasion. No other details were released. We spoke to the homeowner... more »
  • Ted Cruz visits RGV

    July 19, 2014 9:16 PM

    McALLEN - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was the latest politician to make his way down to the Rio Grande Valley. He was in town Saturday afternoon to get a first hand look at the humanitarian crisis. Cruz talked about his plans while he is here. He also... more »
  • Harlingen Doctor a Target of Extortion Scheme Play Video

    July 18, 2014 4:21 PM

    HARLINGEN - A second Rio Grande Valley doctor reported being the target of an extortion scheme. The Harlingen physician said he was driving home from work when he got a call on his cell phone. He said the caller used a New Jersey number and the person had a... more »
  • Family Recovering After House Collapses Play Video

    July 18, 2014 3:36 PM

    McALLEN - A woman and two of her grandchildren are recovering from injuries they suffered when the house they were trying to demolish collapsed. The owner of the house got demolition permits from the city of McAllen. He then hired the woman's relatives to tear down the dilapidated structure.... more »
  • New Immigrant Facility to Open in McAllen Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    McALLEN - A new immigrant processing facility is set to open Friday in McAllen. The facility is at the intersection of Ware Road and Ursula Avenue and will cater to unaccompanied minors. Starting Friday, the Border Patrol will be able to handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors inside... more »
  • Joggers on Edge After Symbol is Painted on Running Trail Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:52 PM

    McALLEN - A symbol painted on a running trail in McAllen caused concern among some area residents. The graffiti shows 12 Kalashnikov rifles around the Hindu symbol of peace, known as ohm. The emblem was painted with a stencil at the corner of 2nd and La Vista streets. ... more »
  • Girl in Stable Condition After Stabbing Play Video

    July 16, 2014 4:27 PM

    McALLEN - An 11-year-old girl, stabbed by her father, is listed in stable condition at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen. Deputies say she was stabbed 21 times by her father Tuesday morning in their house east of Rio Grande City. Starr County investigators said the father also stabbed... more »
  • Immigrants Diagnosed with Chicken Pox in McAllen Play Video

    July 15, 2014 7:57 PM

    McALLEN - Eight illegal immigrants being housed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church were diagnosed with chicken pox. Officials said the immigrants are in remission. Several other immigrants were diagnosed with scabies and lice. more »
  • McAllen Doctor a Target of 'Virtual Kidnapping' Play Video

    July 15, 2014 7:50 PM

    McALLEN - Federal authorities say physicians may be the newest target of drug cartels in the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Noel Lopez said he received a call from a man claiming to be a member of the Zetas drug cartel. The caller demanded money from Lopez in exchange for... more »
  • Suspects Held Without Bond in Immigrant Kidnapping

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    McALLEN - Two men arrested for allegedly holding three illegal immigrants against their will in a Penitas home have been ordered held without bond. A judge made the decision in federal court Tuesday in McAllen. Authorities say the alleged human smugglers held three people from Honduras in the... more »
  • Guatemalan Consul Seeks to Overcome Language Barriers Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    McALLEN - Officials with the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen are facing a new challenge - finding translators for seldom-spoken languages. Guatemalan Consul Allan Perez says it's common to have Border Patrol agents call his office for help with translations. The consul said he's not sure how to speak some... more »
  • Local Appeals Court Judge Arrested for DWI

    July 12, 2014 6:38 PM

    MCALLEN - A local judge was arrested on DWI charges early this morning. Nora Longoria is a judge on the 13 District Court of Appeals. McAllen police pulled Longoria over around 1:30am at 11200 N. 23rd Street. Longoria was arraigned this morning. more »
  • Weslaco Hotel to Become Immigrant Housing Play Video

    July 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants. Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco. The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
  • Los Ebanos Residents On Edge as Immigration Flow Increases Play Video

    July 10, 2014 7:37 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Hundreds of illegal immigrants use Anzalduas Park to cross into the United States every day. Others choose more secluded areas, like the small community of Los Ebanos. Residents of the small town are concerned about the increase in illegal activity. Still, they are not sure about... more »
  • Woman Confused about Eviction Notice Play Video

    July 10, 2014 5:33 PM

    MCALLEN - Who's my landlord? That's the question one McAllen woman is asking. The man she is paying rent to wants her to stay, but an attorney who she has never met served her with a notice to vacate. She called Five On Your Side to sort out... more »
  • Woman at Odds Party Rental Place Play Video

    July 9, 2014 10:53 PM

    McALLEN - A McAllen woman thought a click of the mouse would make her life easier, but things didn't work as planned. She called 5 On Your Side for help. Loida Morales wanted to throw a big party. That meant lots of supplies she didn't have. She looked for... more »
  • Exhibit Celebrates McAllen's First African American Church Play Video

    July 8, 2014 11:23 PM

    McALLEN - A new exhibit at the McAllen Heritage Center tells the story of the first African American church and school in Hidalgo County. Volunteers marked the opening of the exhibit with a ceremony at the site where the church and school once stood. A group of volunteers... more »
  • Women Attacked on McAllen Jogging Trail Play Video

    July 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    McALLEN - Police arrested a suspect in an attack on a woman on the 2nd Street jogging trail in McAllen. The attack happened Monday afternoon, police said. The victim was jogging along the 6200 block of North 17th Street when the incident happened. Officers arrested the suspect near... more »
  • Jogger Attacked on McAllen Running Trail Play Video

    July 8, 2014 4:27 PM

    McALLEN - Police are searching for a man who attacked a woman on the 2nd Street jogging trail in McAllen. The attack happened Saturday morning, police said. "I was running south of Trenton on 2nd Street and all of the sudden I was struck from behind on the... more »
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 7, 2014 10:33 PM

    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which... more »
  • Woman Recovering After Weekend Shooting Play Video

    July 7, 2014 4:32 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A woman remains in a hospital after being shot in the face over the weekend. The incident happened Sunday afternoon in an area known as the mud pits near Whalen and Jackson roads, south of McAllen. The private land is a popular spot among off-road enthusiasts.... more »
  • Border Patrol Unit Involved in Crash Play Video

    July 7, 2014 4:30 PM

    McALLEN - Authorities are investigating a crash involving a Border Patrol vehicle. Police say the Border Patrol unit collided with several vehicles just before noon Monday on Interstate 2 near Ware Road. Police say the agent, who was off-duty, was not hurt. He was taken to a hospital... more »
  • Cost Of Humanitarian Effort Will Not Impact McAllen Fireworks Show Play Video

    July 3, 2014 11:08 PM

    MCALLEN- The unexpected cost of the humanitarian effort will not hamper the work and festivities planned for the annual 4th of July celebration in McAllen. The city of McAllen covered about half the cost of the humanitarian effort for the recent surge in illegal immigrants. Hidalgo county and charity... more »
  • Funding for Immigration Shelters Continues, as City Plans for Independence Day Celebration

    July 3, 2014 11:06 PM

    MCALLEN- The unexpected cost of the humanitarian effort will not hamper the work and festivities planned for the annual Fourth of July celebration in McAllen. The city of McAllen covered about half the cost of the humanitarian effort for the recent surge in illegal immigrants. Hidalgo County and charity... more »
  • Bond Set for Bank Robbery Suspect Play Video

    July 3, 2014 7:01 PM

    McALLEN - A man arrested in connection with a bank robbery in McAllen is behind bars on a $50,000 bond. Thomas Joseph Hayden was charged with one count of aggravated robbery. Police say Hayden allegedly took a deposit bag from a customer inside the Vantage Bank branch at... more »
  • Doctor Offers Help Immigrant Mothers and Children Play Video

    July 3, 2014 4:54 PM

    MCALLEN - For the first time, we hear from an Edinburg doctor who's treating patients at a McAllen church used as a rest stop. He's seeing everything from the common cold to skin conditions. Dr. Martin Garza says, when he heard about the need for medical help at... more »
  • Act of Kindness to Benefit McAllen Neighborhood Play Video

    July 2, 2014 9:18 PM

    McALLEN - A CHANNEL 5 NEWS viewer stepped forward to help the residents of a neighborhood with their swimming pool problems. People who live in the neighborhood say the pools have been a mosquito magnet for months. Russell Capps called 5 On Your Side for help. "Children ought... more »
  • McAllen Bank Holdup Suspect Arrested Play Video

    July 2, 2014 4:38 PM

    MCALLEN - A man in his late 60s is in custody after allegedly attempting to rob a customer at a McAllen bank. Police arrested the man about 1pm in the 500 block of East Nolana. He was picked up in the parking lot of a McAllen restaurant. ... more »
  • FBI Investigating McAllen Bank Robbery Attempt Play Video

    July 2, 2014 12:52 PM

    MCALLEN - FBI agents are investigating an attempted bank robbery in McAllen. McAllen police got a call about the robbery attempt and responded to Vantage Bank. It's located at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 10th Street. Police units surrounded the scene. Investigators collected evidence and fingerprints from... more »
  • Smuggler Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison Play Video

    July 1, 2014 7:58 PM

    McALLEN - A federal judge sentenced a human smuggler to 8 years in prison for keeping illegal immigrants captive in a McAllen house. Federal prosecutors said Pedro Rayon Perez took the immigrants as they entered the United States. They said he extorted money from the immigrants' families. Court... more »
  • Man Admits to Buying Counterfeit Credit, Bank Cards in Mexico

    July 1, 2014 12:35 PM

    MCALLEN - A 35-year-old Mexican man admitted to buying counterfeit credit cards and bank cards to make purchases in the U.S. Alfredo Alejandro Alvarez-Mendicuti's sentencing is scheduled for September 18. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. He entered his... more »
  • Homeland Security Secretary Returns to McAllen Play Video

    June 30, 2014 12:19 PM

    MCALLEN - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is touring a Border Patrol immigrant holding facility in McAllen. Johnson's visit comes on the heels of a visit just two weeks ago, when the media was not allowed to question him at all. It also follows two new developments in... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Speaks About Politicians Visiting Border Patrol Facilities Play Video

    June 28, 2014 8:41 PM

    MCALLEN - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the latest high profile politician to visit the immigration children at the Border Patrol facilities. CHANNEL FIVE's Lauren Kendrick went to a shelter to see what illegal immigrants have to say about politicians visiting. Since we've been reporting on the... more »
  • Neighbors Upset About Dirty Pools Play Video

    June 27, 2014 8:22 PM

    McALLEN - Residents at a housing complex are worried about the condition of their swimming pools. They said the pools have not been maintained and could become mosquito magnets. They called 5 On Your Side for help. Russell Capps lives in the quiet McAllen neighborhood near La Vista... more »
  • Border Patrol Chief Thanks Hidalgo County Leaders, Civic Organizations Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN - The Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley issued a letter thanking city of McAllen and Hidalgo County leaders for their help with the ongoing immigration crisis. Kevin Oaks also thanked non-government and faith-based organizations for providing care for the thousands of illegal immigrants from... more »
  • McAllen Police Capture Murder Suspect Play Video

    June 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    MCALLEN - Police have captured murder suspect, Simon Hernandez. He's charged with the murder of Maria Magdalena Cruz. The 43-year-old woman lived in the 2100 block of West Gumwood Avenue. Police found her body Sunday afternoon. A neighbor says the woman moved in the home about eight... more »
  • State Says Little Chance McAllen Low-Income Housing Project Will Be Built Play Video

    June 27, 2014 3:20 PM

    MCALLEN - State housing officials say there is only a slim chance that a new low income housing project will be approved in McAllen. The city's housing authority, and some local advocacy groups had pushed for the construction of a complex at the intersection of 23rd Street and Auburn... more »
  • Immigration Rights Groups Hold Vigil for Central American Children

    June 27, 2014 1:28 PM

    MCALLEN - Immigration rights organizations in the Rio Grande Valley are doing their part to draw attention to the plight of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S. They held a vigil today in front of McAllen's Sacred Heart Church. Members of ARISE, LUPE, and their supporters read from... more »
  • McAllen Not Ready To Declare State of Emergency

    June 26, 2014 10:32 PM

    McALLEN - McAllen City Attorney Kevin Pagan says the city is not declaring a state of emergency for the humanitarian crisis since there is currently no threat to public health, and no increase in crime within the city. Pagan said city officials hope to get federal help without declaring... more »
  • Volunteers Focus on Humanitarian Effort Play Video

    June 26, 2014 10:28 PM

    McALLEN - Volunteers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen are offering transportation, meals and medical treatment to dozens of illegal immigrants being released by Border Patrol. The volunteer group continues to grow at the church. They are helping Central Americans crossing the border illegally. The city of McAllen... more »
  • Businesses Benefit from Surge in Law Enforcement Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The increase in the number of federal and state law enforcers in the region is turning into extra profits for local businesses. The troopers and agents are bringing extra profits for restaurants, hotels and even dry cleaners. Felipe Avila said his cleaners are getting more Border... more »
  • Immigration Surge Poses Different Challenges for Brownsville and McAllen Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:42 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The cities of Brownsville and McAllen are pitching in to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Each city, though, faces unique challenges. "McAllen has a very unique and different situation than Brownsville does. While there are a lot of similarities of what is happening, there... more »
  • Building Plans Revealed for Unaccompanied Minors' Temporary Housing Play Video

    June 25, 2014 9:01 PM

    MCALLEN - Construction crews are working to turn an old warehouse into a new processing center for unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally. Jorge Kuri works near the site. "Well, I know they are preparing for something," he told us. "For the last years... it's been empty." ... more »

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