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  • Cameron County Sheriff Searching for Copper Thieves Play Video

    October 15, 2014 7:23 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The Cameron County Sheriff's office is searching for several suspects in a copper theft ring. In January, Seal Construction owner Joe Fonseca said a group of thieves destroyed the electrical system to steal copper wiring. He said the cost of the damage was "about $40,000... more »
  • Chief Deputy Cleared in Crash Play Video

    September 24, 2014 7:46 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Texas Rangers cleared the Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputy chief of any wrongdoing in a crash involving an official vehicle. A statement from the Cameron County District Attorney's Office says Chief Deputy Gus Reyna rear-ended a Jeep in August. The crash happened 2:30 p.m. in the turning... more »
  • Murder Suspect Charged with Aggravated Robbery Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:55 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A man being held in Willacy County in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent was charged with seven counts of aggravated robbery Thursday in Cameron County. The suspect, Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, also was charged with four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Cameron... more »
  • Sheriff Defends Need For Military Vehicles Play Video

    August 20, 2014 11:03 PM

    OLMITO - The use of military equipment in police operations is drawing mixed reactions from officials and citizens. Armored vehicles previously used in war zones are being handed down to police departments across the nation. Several armored vehicles were used during a deadly standoff in La Joya. The... more »
  • 2 Arrested in String of Aggravated Robberies Play Video

    August 8, 2014 5:19 PM

    OLMITO - Two men are behind bars in a series of aggravated robberies on anglers in rural areas of Cameron County. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, jailed in the murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent, implicated Jesse Ibarra and Felix Padilla as part of... more »
  • Fake Officer Targets Elderly Residents in Cameron County Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities say a man posing as a court officer may be trying to steal money from the elderly. Authorities say the suspect calls people to collect supposed fines "They called this lady and said she failed to show up to jury duty," Cameron County Sheriff Omar... more »
  • Anglers Robbed at Gunpoint on the Arroyo Play Video

    July 10, 2014 7:51 PM

    RIO HONDO - A woman in Cameron County is sending a warning to others who may be heading to secluded fishing and camping spots near Camp Perry. She says her family was robbed at gunpoint while they were on a fishing trip. The attack happened on a Sunday... more »
  • Inmates Attack Cameron County Jail Guard Play Video

    February 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    OLMITO - A Cameron County jail guard was assaulted Monday after he tried to break up a fight among inmates. The attack happened at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito. Sheriff Omar Lucio said six inmates attacked another prisoner and the guard tried to break up the fight. He said... more »
  • Sheriff Warns About Dangers of Swimming in Ship Channel Play Video

    December 30, 2013 7:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cold temperatures can be deadly for illegal immigrants trying to swim across the Brownsville Ship Channel, officials said. The cold, wet and windy conditions, though, aren't enough to keep illegal immigrants from trying to swim across the Rio Grande or the Brownsville Ship Channel, Cameron County Sheriff... more »
  • Emergency Crews Pull Body from Brownsville Ship Channel Play Video

    December 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County authorities are trying to identify a body found on Christmas Eve in the Brownsville Ship Channel. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said it could be the body of an illegal immigrant who went missing while trying to swim across the channel two weeks ago. ... more »
  • Crime on the Rise in Laguna Heights Play Video

    November 8, 2013 10:10 PM

    LAGUNA HEIGHTS - Residents of a costal Cameron County colonia are concerned about a spike in crime. Alberto Contreras said Laguna Heights has changed for the worst in the past 15 years. He said drug sales and burglaries make the colonia a dangerous place. "There are people on... more »
  • Feds Say More Funds Needed to Reimburse County Jails Play Video

    October 28, 2013 8:03 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal officials said there isn't enough money to fully reimburse counties for holding illegal immigrants in their jails. The comment comes after complaints from Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio about the increasing cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants. Lucio said the federal government is shortchanging local law... more »
  • Burglary Suspect Arrested After Chase Play Video

    October 22, 2013 11:49 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Authorities arrested a man wanted in connection with several burglaries after a high-speed chase that ended in Harlingen. Cameron County deputies also arrested the men who allegedly helped hide the suspect. Dash camera video from a Cameron County sheriff deputy's squad car captured the chase... more »
  • Cameron County Disagrees with Feds over Payment for Holding Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    October 22, 2013 7:50 PM

    OLMITO - The cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants has become a burden for Cameron County, Sheriff Omar Lucio said. Lucio said the federal government is shortchanging local law enforcement agencies when it comes time reimburse them for the service. The sheriff said the number of illegal immigrants in... more »
  • Cameron County Deputy Involved in Accident Play Video

    October 8, 2013 8:41 PM

    OLMITO - A Cameron County sheriff's deputy was involved in an accident Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Sheriff Omar Lucio said the accident happened on FM 1732 and Santos Gutierrez Road. The deputy was not seriously hurt in the incident. It was not necessary to take him to a... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Swimming in Canals Play Video

    July 29, 2013 7:24 PM

    WESLACO - Recent drownings at irrigation canals highlight the dangers hidden under the seemingly calm waters, officials said. The most recent incident happened Sunday in a floodway canal near Santa Rosa. A Weslaco dive team was called to recover the body of Fernando Vasquez, 47. Officials said Vasquez drowned... more »
  • Sheriff: Smugglers Using New Tactics Play Video

    June 28, 2013 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County sheriff's investigators say they have uncovered a new trend in drug smuggling. The said smugglers are turning to construction equipment to hide their loads. The statement comes after deputies pulled over a tractor-trailer hauling a forklift on Highway 77 in Combes. The incident happened on... more »
  • Sheriff Releases New Sketch of Woman Found Dead on SPI

    June 10, 2013 6:17 PM

    OLMITO - Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio hopes a new composite drawing will help identify a woman found dead on South Padre Island. The woman's body was discovered in the sand dunes near Beach Access 6 in October, 2012. Sheriff's investigators said the woman was between 40 and 45.... more »
  • Shooting Shocks Brownsville Neighborhood Play Video

    April 15, 2013 8:04 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A brazen, late-morning shooting in Brownsville left area residents rattled. The shooting happened at around 11 a.m. at El Jardin Superette on FM 802. Cameron County sheriff's investigators said Roman Garcia, 35, was walking into the store when a woman approached him. The two argued and... more »
  • Search Continues for Marchan

    February 28, 2013 4:20 PM

    PORT ISABEL - The search continues in the Laguna Madre for an attorney who allegedly jumped off the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. Officials said a taxi driver told authorities he saw Ray Marchan jump into the dark waters at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday. The driver said Marchan asked him... more »
  • Cameron County Sheriff's Department Gets New GPS System

    February 21, 2013 5:34 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Sheriff's Department is working with a new global positioning system to help reduce response time, officials said. Sheriff Omar Lucio said the $375,000 system will track where deputies are at all times. He said that will allow dispatchers to send the closest units available... more »
  • Cameron County DA Not Interested in Seizing Old Cars

    February 14, 2013 9:22 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz said he does not want to seize old cars involved in crimes. Saenz said it's a waste of time when it comes to seizing old vehicles. "It's not giving them back. We can still impound the vehicle. We can still... more »
  • Inmates Return to Old Cameron County Jail

    February 5, 2013 5:29 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Sheriff's Department returned almost 200 inmates to the old Cameron County jail in downtown Brownsville. Sheriff Omar Lucio said the inmates were transferred to other jails two weeks ago after problems with the hot water system at the old jail. He said 117... more »
  • Limited Resources Blamed for Prisoner's Escape

    December 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    PRIMERA - Limited resources at the Primera Police Department led to the escape of an inmate in the department's custody, an official said. Primera Police Chief Manuel Trevino said his officers took a suspect to a hospital in Harlingen after he complained about chest pains. The suspect fled moments... more »
  • Sheriff: Local Law Enforcement Ready in Case of Mass Shooting

    December 17, 2012 7:33 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Local law enforcement agencies said they are ready should a mass shooting occur in the area. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said his deputies on Thursday trained for a mass shooting. He said it's important that his crews remain mentally and physically prepared for large-scale emergency... more »
  • Cameron County Deputies Assisted in Investigation of Drug Escorts

    December 14, 2012 10:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County sheriff's deputies participated in the investigation that netted four allegedly corrupt Rio Grande Valley lawmen. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said the allegations of wrongdoing are a black eye for the local law enforcement community. "We need to get rid of people who have... more »
  • Laguna Madre Death under Investigation

    October 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    LAGUNA VISTA - Cameron County investigators are trying to determine how a Port Isabel man's body got to the Laguna Madre. Investigators said Michael McPeak, 65, was floating in the water near Laguna Vista. Christopher Dasilva saw the commotion in the bay near his home. "It's rather spooky... more »
  • Thieves Target Local Cemetery

    August 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Laura Abrego says thieves won't let her family members rest in peace. She said thieves have taken metal vases from her relatives' graves at Mont Meta Memorial Park on three different occasions. She discovered the most recent theft while visiting her father's grave. "I... more »
  • Police Continue Search for Hoax Bomb Suspect

    August 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    SAN BENITO - Officials continue searching for the person who placed a hoax bomb inside a mailbox Thursday. Cameron County Sheriff' deputies said the home belongs to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. Sheriff Omar Lucio said his deputies met with federal investigators today at his office to... more »

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