October 30, 2014 7:12 PM
MCALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley veteran is a little closer to seeing a doctor for cancer treatment.
Abel Martinez is battling prostate cancer. He has been waiting for a voucher from the Veterans Administration so he can get in to see a specialist. The voucher was a couple... more »
October 30, 2014 4:11 PM
PHARR - A man sought as a person of interest in the possible kidnapping of a woman is now considered a victim in the case.
Victor Garcia, 26, of McAllen, owns the black Dodge pickup truck the woman was driving when she was abducted. Police said the woman borrowed... more »
October 28, 2014 10:59 PM
MCALLEN - A tax preparer in McAllen was barred from handling any other returns, and now the government is gathering a list of customers that were impacted.
In the past decade, the tax division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of fraudulent tax preparers.
Melissa Alvarez is now part... more »
October 28, 2014 10:58 PM
MCALLEN - A local engineer said he has a solution to the Rio Grande Valley's water needs. He wants to use the water left over from extracting natural gas, but must prove his idea will work.
Dario Guerra of Big D Engineering said he can use the brackish water... more »
October 28, 2014 7:48 PM
McALLEN - A shuttered McAllen furniture store left many customers without the items they had put on layaway.
Several people said they paid hundreds of dollars in layaway payments. They now want to know if they will ever see their money again.
Furniture Discount Center closed unexpectedly a... more »
October 28, 2014 7:14 PM
MCALLEN - The mother of a woman who died in the hands of a McAllen spa owner wants justice for her daughter.
Elva Navarro appeared in federal court to learn her punishment, but the hearing was postponed for a later date.
The owner of Bella Face and Body... more »
October 27, 2014 10:59 PM
MCALLEN - A McAllen spa owner who injected fake Botox into unsuspecting customers will be sentenced tomorrow.
Elva Navarro pled guilty to the charge of injecting a client with liquid silicone back in June. She operated Bella Face and Body Spa.
Attorneys said Navarro injected silicone into the... more »
October 25, 2014 9:40 PM
MCALLEN - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is providing some answers on an area of contamination below the city of McAllen. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has tracked the case since 2008.
The area in question includes businesses and homes along Business 83 and 23rd Street. Hazardous chemicals like benzene... more »
October 24, 2014 11:17 AM
MCALLEN - The McAllen Valley chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual Walk for Health on Sunday, November 2 at 7:30 a.m. This event will take place at Town Lake at Firemen's Park on 201 North 1st Street in McAllen.
Hadassah is a volunteer organization which raises funds to... more »
October 23, 2014 6:36 PM
McALLEN - A local businessman is looking for alternate ways to travel into Mexico after the bus line he uses was hijacked earlier this month.
The man said he visits Reynosa and other parts of Mexico regularly to do business. He travels to Mexico twice a month.
The... more »
October 23, 2014 4:23 PM
McALLEN - A McAllen firefighter is in the hospital after a blaze at a manufacturing plant.
The firefighter is being treated for heat exhaustion. McAllen fire officials said he is expected to be okay.
Firefighters responded to a fire at the GE Engine Services plant near 42nd Street... more »
October 22, 2014 6:52 PM
MCALLEN - The federal government is asking for millions of permanent residency cards to be made. A post on the federal business opportunities website solicits for a contractor to make them.
The solicitation post is from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
When asked why they were requesting... more »
October 22, 2014 4:10 PM
McALLEN - Police are searching for a man who took an exotic bird from a pet store in McAllen.
The theft happened over the weekend at Exotic Tropical Pet World. Store managers said the animal could be in danger.
"They don't know how to take care of them... more »
October 21, 2014 11:03 PM
MCALLEN - A McAllen woman lives in an apartment the city calls substandard, but the landlord said there is more to the story.
Cindi Weber moved into her McAllen apartment nearly two years ago.
She said, "I lost my home and so I needed a place to live.... more »
October 21, 2014 4:23 PM
McALLEN - Officials with the city of McAllen said they have no more plans to spray for mosquitoes.
City crews sprayed several areas of the city last week.
In Mission, officials said spraying will be done based on complaints by residents. Officials said they have not received any... more »
October 20, 2014 6:56 PM
MCALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley man is out more than five hundred dollars because a furniture store where he bought a bed on layaway closed unexpectedly.
Chris Beltran said he and his daughter visited Furniture Discount Center at McColl and Business 83 in McAllen. His daughter wanted a... more »
October 20, 2014 7:49 AM
MCALLEN - Police in McAllen are investigating a deadly motorcycle accident. It happened on FM 107 and La Lomita Road around 8 p.m. Sunday.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said no other vehicles were involved. The motorcyclist died overnight. The man was identified as Baldemar Martinez Islas, 63.
... more »
October 18, 2014 4:25 PM
MCALLEN - Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved a man's life and seized nearly 50 pounds of cocaine in two separate incidents Thursday.
Agents were patrolling the Rio Grande by boat near Penitas, when fishermen on the Mexican side of the river caught the agents'... more »
October 17, 2014 5:18 PM
McALLEN - The city of McAllen announced an amnesty period for those with outstanding traffic tickets.
The city will not charge the failure-to-appear fee for traffic violators who have warrants out for their arrest.
McAllen Municipal Court Coordinator Eva Mendoza said the court has more than 24,000 active... more »
October 16, 2014 6:35 PM
McALLEN - Love and a deep faith in God helped a McAllen woman deal with breast cancer.
Meldie Pro remembers the day she was diagnosed with the dreaded disease.
"I wasn't scared for me; I was scared for my kids, for my mom," Pro said.
Pro survived... more »
October 16, 2014 12:38 PM
McALLEN - Police continue searching for a man wanted in a bank robbery.
The robbery happened at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Capital One Bank branch in the 4900 block of North 10th Street in McAllen.
Police said the man approached the bank counter and demanded money.... more »
October 15, 2014 7:36 PM
MCALLEN - U.S. Marshals arrested 48-year-old Juan Xavier Nichols at a home in McAllen yesterday.
Nichols was wanted by Houston police for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Nichols was arrested near the 2700 block of West Tamarack Avenue.
Nichols is being held at the Hidalgo County... more »
October 15, 2014 5:21 PM
MCALLEN - The Whole Women's Health Clinic will soon reopen. The McAllen abortion clinic made the announcement during a conference call.
The CEO said services will resume.
A Supreme Court ruling allowed 13 clinics to reopen while the legal process involving the state's abortion law plays out.
... more »
October 15, 2014 10:47 AM
McALLEN - A Homeland Security agent's visit to McAllen High School prompted a lockdown at the campus, school officials said.
School officials said a student reported an "unfamiliar person with a holster weapon." That triggered the lockdown.
McAllen Independent School District police searched the campus and determined that... more »
October 14, 2014 6:46 PM
McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley residents who travel to Mexico by bus are on edge after an armed man robbed passengers.
The robbery happened Thursday in Reynosa. The man boarded a Lineas Panamericanas bus and took the passengers' money and valuables. The bus was traveling to McAllen when the... more »
October 14, 2014 4:50 PM
MCALLEN - A kidney transplant center located at a Rio Grande Valley hospital is no longer on a federal watch list.
Last October, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services singled out McAllen Medical Center's South Texas Transplant Center... more »
October 13, 2014 6:22 PM
WESLACO - Officials in Dallas are trying to figure out how a nurse contracted Ebola even though she used protective gear to treat a patient infected with the virus.
Experts believe she may have become infected while she was removing the equipment. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control... more »
October 10, 2014 11:40 AM
McALLEN - Police are searching for a suspect in a car theft in McAllen.
Officials said the 2002 Ford Mustang was taken early Thursday from a parking lot the 5300 block of North 23rd Street.
The victim told police he noticed a suspicious man hanging around the parking... more »
October 8, 2014 9:14 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Authorities arrested three Rio Grande Valley men in connection with a cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracy. The suspects are:
Mario Capote-Morejon, 43, McAllen,
Enrique Artiles-Mata aka Calvo, 54, McAllen, and
Helvis Artiles, 25, Mission.
The two McAllen men are expected... more »
October 7, 2014 3:51 PM
Growing up with a single parent had its ups and downs. I never knew what it was like to grow up with both parents because my father passed away in 1998; a year after I was born. So, I grew up with a strong, independent mother and one older sister.... more »
October 6, 2014 7:18 PM
MCALLEN - Illegal immigrants continue to seek help at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.
The number of immigrants visiting the shelter has declined, but spending has not decreased at the same rate, church officials said.
McAllen's Health Director Josh Ramirez said, "The amount of people we receive... more »
October 6, 2014 5:25 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A Mexican federal judge agreed to surrender about $1 million to Hidalgo County. That was the settlement in Judge Luis Jerezano Trevino's money laundering case with the Hidalgo County District Attorney's office.
Investigators said Trevino used McAllen banks to stash bribe money he received from drug... more »
October 6, 2014 4:31 PM
MCALLEN - A second suspect is in custody in connection with two copper thefts in McAllen last month. Police said the thefts occurred in the 4200 block and 2300 block of North McColl Road.
Police arrested 24-year-old Armando Trevino in Cameron County. Trevino was charged with two counts of... more »
October 3, 2014 12:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A former Tamaulipas governor's brother-in-law has been indicted in a money laundering scheme.
Oscar Gomez Guerra, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Corpus Christi on charges of conspiring to launder monetary instruments and aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting... more »
October 2, 2014 11:02 PM
MCALLEN - The only abortion clinic in McAllen now stands to close its doors only after reopening less than a month ago. A federal judge had blocked some key parts of an abortion law. That decision was overruled by an appeals court.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New... more »
October 2, 2014 5:58 PM
MCALLEN - Three teens are accused of working a car burglary ring. McAllen police think there could be more cases linked to the trio.
Police tracked the teens to a car parked along West Pelican Avenue near 29th Street. They found stolen property inside their vehicle. Five vehicles in... more »
October 1, 2014 10:59 PM
MCALLEN - Eight-liner businesses are coming up with creative ways to keep their businesses hidden. The Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office said some of these illegal gambling establishments are moving to Hidalgo County from Cameron County, where Operation Bishop has put a strangle hold on 8-liner businesses.
The district... more »
September 30, 2014 7:19 PM
MCALLEN - Sacred Heart Catholic Church serves about a third the number of people they were serving at the height of immigration surge.
While most the people the shelter serves are still mothers with their children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, they are now starting to see more... more »
September 30, 2014 4:27 PM
MCALLEN - The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the license of a McAllen doctor.
Last week, the board found the practice of Dr. Raja Nicolas Salameh would constitute a continuing threat to public welfare. The board said an evaluation indicated that Dr. Salameh is unsafe to practice medicine... more »
September 30, 2014 2:43 PM
McALLEN - The city of McAllen approved an increase to water rates to fund growth and major expansions.
The average customer will see an increase of approximately $3.80 per month, according to the city.
The rate increase was approved during the past joint McAllen city commission and public... more »
September 30, 2014 12:48 PM
McALLEN - The trial for a McAllen attorney accused of committing professional misconduct has been postponed.
The trial of Attorney Mark Cantu was set to start today, but there were two problems at the courthouse - too many trials and not enough jurors.
There were at least 11... more »
September 29, 2014 9:24 PM
MCALLEN - The McAllen International Airport will soon begin construction on critical runway safety enhancements after receiving a multimillion dollar Federal Aviation Administration grant will fund 90 percent of the venture.
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa said, "The $10 million we have received from the Federal Aviation Administration will provide much... more »
September 29, 2014 4:09 PM
McALLEN - A McAllen attorney accused of committing professional misconduct will go on trial Tuesday.
The Texas State Bar brought the case against Attorney Mark Cantu. The alleged misconduct charges stem from Cantu's bankruptcy case. The federal judge in that case found that Cantu had made false statements, had... more »
September 29, 2014 2:43 PM
McALLEN - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Mission resident to nearly 20 years in prison for his role in a marijuana conspiracy.
Rogelio Guerrero, 46, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute large amounts of marijuana, U.S. Attorney... more »
September 29, 2014 10:30 AM
McALLEN - Police arrested a 24-year-old woman in connection with a double shooting Friday in McAllen.
The incident happened at approximately 7:19 p.m. in the 4800 block of West Sycamore Avenue. Police said two men were shot in the attack. Both were hospitalized.
Police on Monday said Laura... more »
September 28, 2014 8:53 PM
MCALLEN - Residents of one McAllen neighborhood want answers, following a possible drive-by shooting.
McAllen police say they responded to a call of shots fired at the 4800 block of West Sycamore Street about 7pm Friday.
Two people were taken to the hospital.
Police are still investigating... more »
September 26, 2014 7:09 PM
McALLEN - A high-speed chase from Rio Grande City to McAllen drew the attention of countless residents Friday.
The chase covered more than 50 miles. One driver said the fleeing driver nearly slammed into his car.
"I heard some sirens," the man said.
The man said he... more »
September 26, 2014 6:22 PM
MCALLEN - A McAllen couple is recovering after being attacked by a swarm of bees this morning at their home. A city worker saw what happened and called for help.
McAllen City Worker Rolando Garza said he was glad to be in the right place at the right time... more »
September 26, 2014 3:34 PM
McALLEN - One person is in custody after leading police on a chase Friday from Rio Grande City to McAllen.
The chase ended near the intersection of 11th Street and Dove Avenue.
Police say they discovered bundles of marijuana in the suspect's car.
September 26, 2014 3:14 PM
McALLEN - Police are searching for a suspect in an attempted robbery at a business in McAllen.
The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. Friday in the 700 block of East Jackson Avenue. The victim told police he was about to enter his business when the suspect threatened him.... more »
September 26, 2014 10:19 AM
McALLEN - A McAllen resident was hospitalized after a swarm of bees attacked him Friday morning.
The man was mowing his lawn when the attack happened. The incident happened near 12th Street and Highland Avenue.
Firefighters found a beehive in a tree on the man's property.
A... more »
September 25, 2014 8:25 PM
EDINBURG - Hidalgo County, Edinburg City and hospital representatives made a strong push for Proposition 1, which would create a Hospital District for Hidalgo County.
Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia, Senator Juan Hinojosa, McAllen Medical Center's CEO Elmo Lopez and Doctor Carlos Cardenas said creating a hospital district would help... more »
September 25, 2014 7:49 PM
MCALLEN - Salesman Randy Ramirez wants the roofing company Quick Roofing to pay him for work he has done more than two years.
The work was completed, but the homeowner had not paid the roofing company the full amount owed. That homeowner said there is a good reason.
... more »
September 25, 2014 12:28 PM
EDINBURG - A McAllen garbage truck caught fire, while traveling north on I-69C/US 281.
Police closed one lane, while the Edinburg Fire Department worked to extinguish the fire. The driver of the truck wasn't hurt. He was headed to a landfill north of Edinburg, when the container area of... more »
September 23, 2014 10:43 PM
MCALLEN - State investigators said they have confirmed a case of neglect at the Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McAllen. They want to impose a $2,000 fine to the facility.
The Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 194-bed facility open since 1997 with a few different owners.... more »
September 23, 2014 12:30 PM
MCALLEN - One suspect in a McAllen church theft is in custody. Police said they're searching for another suspect.
Thieves stole more than $3,000 worth of copper from The Family Church on North McColl Road last week. The crooks used a long PVC pipe to disconnect the power supply... more »
September 22, 2014 6:57 PM
MCALLEN - After several days of rain, McAllen Code Enforcement officers start following up on complaints of tall grass and weeds.
Code Enforcement Officer Arcelia Chavez said the concerns with the high grass are snakes and other rodents. Keeping overgrown lots mowed is one of the first lines of... more »
September 18, 2014 3:22 PM
MCALLEN - A high school student infected with a strain of the corona virus is at home resting and catching up on school work.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the Lamar Academy senior today. She decided not to speak on camera.
Classmates say she visited campus today.... more »
September 18, 2014 12:42 PM
MCALLEN - Police are investigating why and how a car ended up in a canal in McAllen. They received a call just after 8 a.m.
Police found a blue Chevy Cruze in the canal near Yuma Avenue and McColl Road. Firefighters said they responded because they thought someone might... more »
September 17, 2014 11:02 PM
McALLEN - Police are searching for a pair of suspects in the theft of copper wiring from churches.
The pair's most recent target was The Family Church on North McColl Road. The Rev. Alan Weber said the thieves made off with approximately $3,350 worth of copper wiring.
Police... more »
September 17, 2014 11:00 PM
McALLEN - A Lamar Academy student who contracted a rare virus has been released from a hospital.
The teen was diagnosed with the Corona NL63 virus. It's the first confirmed case of the illness in Hidalgo County.
Patients infected with the highly-contagious virus have symptoms similar to those... more »
September 17, 2014 6:57 PM
McALLEN - Officials with the McAllen Independent School District remained tight-lipped Wednesday about a student who tested positive for a rare virus.
The Lamar Academy senior was hospitalized Tuesday.
School officials would only say that parents were alerted about the incident.
Student Kristen Pena, 17, expressed concerns... more »
September 17, 2014 5:31 PM
McALLEN - A rare virus confirmed in McAllen is different to the one that was linked to 27 states, officials said.
A Lamar Academy senior tested positive for the Corona NL63 virus. Officials with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the virus affecting the other states is... more »
September 17, 2014 12:16 AM
McALLEN - A volleyball game between McAllen Memorial and James Nikki Rowe high schools was postponed Tuesday after a player came down with a contagious upper respiratory infection, school officials said.
The coach for McAllen Memorial High School was notified about the student's condition two hours before the game,... more »
September 16, 2014 10:09 PM
McALLEN - A McAllen businessman can't retrieve an ice machine because of a dispute between a landlord and a nightclub operator.
Joe Bravo called 5 On Your Side for help.
"They are sealed shut, so what do you do?" Bravo said of the building doors.
"Anyone that... more »
September 16, 2014 8:58 PM
McALLEN - A church and school were forced to shut down after thieves made off with the copper wiring.
The theft happened at First United Methodist Church near McColl Road and Nolana Ave. Church officials said thieves took the wiring from a secure building.
The theft left the... more »
September 16, 2014 7:42 PM
McALLEN - City crews are trying to remove as much standing water as possible before the next storm moves through.
The crews are familiar with problem areas.
"Yesterday we were here and we did seven of these trucks," McAllen Public Works Director Carlos Sanchez said.
The crews... more »
September 15, 2014 8:48 PM
McALLEN - Police say they may add more traffic surveillance cameras in the streets of McAllen.
The city has 101 cameras in the area bordered by Interstate 2 on the south, 10th Street to the east, Houston Avenue to the north and Bicentennial Blvd. to the west.
A... more »
September 15, 2014 8:43 PM
McALLEN - A McAllen woman says she is not safe in her own home.
Patricia Morales says mosquitoes surround her home. Morales said she complained to the city several times.
Morales said her house has an overgrown lot to one side and a drainage ditch in the front.... more »
September 11, 2014 10:44 PM
DONNA - Authorities released the calls made to emergency dispatchers shortly after a woman escaped from her kidnappers south of Donna.
Emergency dispatchers got the first call at 2 p.m. Aug. 25. Police records show drivers found the woman crawling in a ditch off FM 493. She was frantic... more »
September 11, 2014 7:55 PM
DONNA - Police are searching for two suspects accused of beating, kidnapping and threatening a McAllen woman.
The victim escaped from a house on FM 493 south of Donna. Drivers saw her crawling in a ditch and called 911.
"There's a lady ... her mouth was tapped up,... more »
September 9, 2014 2:35 PM
MCALLEN - A McAllen man was indicted for allegedly defrauding Texas Medicaid. Willie Chester Mitchell, the owner of Illusion Medical Equipment and Illusion Medical Equipment II LLC, is facing seven counts of health care fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, the 33-year-old submitted... more »
September 8, 2014 10:56 PM
McALLEN - Police are searching for a wedding photographer who may have skipped town.
Three newlyweds say the photographer took their money and left them empty-handed. They called 5 On Your Side for help.
Stacey Silva signed a contract with photographer Jesus Casal, but says he didn't follow... more »
September 5, 2014 4:20 PM
MCALLEN - Police are searching for a burglar who hit three homes in McAllen.
Police say the burglaries happened with in 2 weeks of eachother in August.
Investigators believe 26 year old Christopher Fuentes is behind the three robberies.
The first robbery took place at the 6800... more »
September 5, 2014 8:22 AM
MCALLEN - Police said a chase in McAllen ended in a major accident. According to officers, a driver who refused to stop for police passed a red light and hit three vehicles.
The crash happened near Ware Road and Frontage Road around 11 p.m. Thursday. We're told the driver... more »
September 4, 2014 7:55 PM
McALLEN - Officials with the city of McAllen are hoping a $40-million investment will keep a water plant working for the next 30 years.
The city's south wastewater treatment plant reached the end of its lifespan. City officials said several of the treatment components are in poor condition.
... more »
September 4, 2014 5:13 PM
MCALLEN - An employee of a roofing company is reflecting after he helped a law enforcement officer and a by-stander pull a man from a sinking car.
The car landed in a canal in McAllen after authorities say the driver lost control. Julian Villanueva's day started off just like... more »
September 4, 2014 12:34 PM
MCALLEN - An off-duty Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy was released from the hospital, after attempting to save a man's life.
Sgt. Johnny Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said a driver lost control and slammed into a guardrail. The impact pushed the blue Saturn into... more »
September 3, 2014 4:29 PM
McALLEN - A McAllen abortion clinic is scheduled to reopen at the end of this week.
The clinic closed in March after a state law passed last year imposed strict regulations on abortion clinics and physicians. A federal judge recently ruled against key parts of the law, thus allowing... more »
September 3, 2014 4:26 PM
McALLEN - McAllen police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident that involved one of their units.
The crash happened Wednesday afternoon on the 23rd Street overpass of Interstate 2. Officials said an officer was helping a motorist when another driver hit the squad car.
No injuries were reported.
September 3, 2014 9:40 AM
MCALLEN - Rain across the Rio Grande Valley caused road closures in Hidalgo County. McAllen city officials announced the following closures due to flooding:
4th Street between Primrose and Redbud
12th Street and Quamasia Avenue
11th Street and Redbud Avenue
Eastbound lane at Main Street... more »
September 2, 2014 12:32 PM
MCALLEN - Police arrested a driver accused of hitting eight people this weekend.
Aldrin Espinoza was charged with eight separate counts of aggravated assault. The 21-year-old's bond was set at $75,000 for each charge.
Officers said the hit-and-run happened on the 200 block of South 15th Street early... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »