July 24, 2014 8:11 PM
ROMA - A church congregation this year started a tradition to keep their priest's legacy alive.
The Rev. Jim Irving created the first ever summer camp at the Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Roma. He died earlier this year. He was in his 40s.
"We lost Fr.... more »
July 17, 2014 7:37 PM
WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper surge along the Rio Grande Valley has drawn mixed reactions from residents and business owners.
The $1.3-million-a-week surge seeks to close gaps in patrols and cut cartel smuggling routes, state officials said.
A Progreso Lakes couple said they see... more »
July 16, 2014 7:32 PM
ROMA - Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande across the border from Roma.
A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew watched as the smugglers blew up rafts, took payments and sent men floating across the river.
The smugglers... more »
July 1, 2014 10:41 PM
STARR COUNTY - Fire crews were putting out hot spots Tuesday night after a large grass fire near Fronton.
The fire scorched more than 80 acres of brush. Several homes had to be evacuated as the flames spread.
"Some people weren't even home," Ulises Garcia said. He owns... more »
June 26, 2014 8:34 PM
ROMA - Authorities say an ice cream vendor was using his van to haul drugs.
Border Patrol found 22 bundles of marijuana inside the van in Roma. Border Patrol Spokesman Oscar Saldana said smugglers are using new tactics.
"That's out of the ordinary ... not the usual vehicle... more »
June 23, 2014 12:57 PM
LA JOYA - A 17-year-old with a history of drug charges will go before a judge in La Joya today.
La Joya police said the Roma teen led officers on a chase Friday night that ended on 3 Mile Line and Tom Gill Road. When the chase ended, police... more »
June 19, 2014 11:34 PM
PECOS COUNTY - Four people from Roma died in a crash Wednesday south of Fort Stockton.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers identified the victims as Gilberto Gonzalez, 21, Selene Verenise Leal, 19, Martin Guardiola Jr., 18, and Gilberto Gonzalez Jr., 10 months.
The crash happened on U.S.... more »
May 5, 2014 7:30 PM
STARR COUNTY - A family fishing on the Rio Grande claims someone opened fire on them from Mexico.
Six members of the family were using two fishing boats when the alleged incident happened in Roma.
Texas game wardens responded to the call on Sunday. They did not find... more »
April 17, 2014 4:40 PM
MISSION - A group of young Oblate priests traveled on horseback from Brownsville to Roma 167 years ago.
For the past 10 years, a group of Rio Grande Valley residents have retraced the path with the Historic Oblate Bicycle Trail Ride.
The young Oblates were known as the... more »
March 29, 2014 9:20 AM
ROMA - Three men and a woman are being detained following a drug raid in Roma. The South Texas HIDTA Task Force raided a home on the 2500 block of Mark Street Thursday morning.
Officers said two men were quickly caught after trying to flee from the scene. Sixty... more »
March 11, 2014 9:42 PM
ROMA - Jesus "Chuy" Guerra was born and raised in Roma. He graduated from Roma High School and eventually became the district's superintendent.
Now, after more than 15 years at the helm of the Roma Independent School District, he is ready to retire.
Guerra is somewhat of a... more »
February 18, 2014 3:52 PM
FRONTON - A new cemetery in Starr County is gaining a lot of attention.
"We've got close to 7,000 spaces, including the cemetery for the community and the cemetery for the veterans," Starr County Precinct 2 Commissioner Raul Pena Jr. said.
Pena convinced the Chevron Corporation to donate... more »
February 12, 2014 10:29 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Authorities on Wednesday seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana during two separate incidents in Starr County.
Members of Starr County's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Border Patrol agents teamed up to confiscate the drugs.
Authorities found 1,499 pounds of marijuana in... more »
February 12, 2014 7:29 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County officials are concerned about an increase in the number of splashdowns and the contamination risks those vehicles pose for the Rio Grande.
Texas Department of Public Safety divers on Tuesday helped pull a pickup truck from the river near the community of La... more »
January 8, 2014 8:18 PM
STARR COUNTY - A Roma husband and wife are behind bars on drug charges.
Investigators with the Starr County District Attorney's Office said they found a large drug load in the couple's car.
Investigators said the drugs were in the trunk and on the back seat, covered with... more »
January 7, 2014 3:42 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County has a rich history, but few dare to speak about the stories that tell the real past of the region, author Jesus Correa said.
Correa recently penned a book titled, "The Real Stories of Starr County."
Correa is the public information officer... more »
December 26, 2013 7:39 PM
ESCOBARES - A Starr County family has expanded the search for their missing loved one south of the border.
They worry that the inclement weather could further endanger their missing father.
State officials issued a Silver Alert for Ariel Moreno, 83, of Escobares. Authorities said he went missing... more »
December 23, 2013 12:30 PM
STARR COUNTY - State troopers are working to figure out what caused a fatal crash in Starr County. The victim was identified as a 36-year-old male from Lyford.
The accident happened about 27 miles north of Roma on FM 649. DPS spokesperson Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said troopers got a... more »
December 18, 2013 10:22 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Investigators arrested a woman who may have witnessed the torture and murder of a Roma man.
Authorities say Nayarit Cortez is the wife of one of three suspects in the death of 27-year-old Carlos Alberto Garcia. The victim's body was discovered 10 days ago on... more »
December 10, 2013 12:33 PM
ROMA - The Starr County Sheriff's Office continues to interview people who may have information concerning the murder of a Roma man.
Sheriff's investigators say they are working to put together a timeline of events, in order to figure out the last person to talk to the victim.
... more »
November 8, 2013 8:59 PM
STARR COUNTY - Residents of an Escobares neighborhood are upset over the standing water on their streets.
Area residents said county officials are not doing enough to solve he problem.
"They just move it from neighborhood to neighborhood," Maria Moreno said.
"We don't know where the water... more »
November 8, 2013 4:21 PM
McALLEN - Department of Homeland Security officials on Friday confirmed that a rock forced the emergency landing of helicopter Tuesday in Roma.
A Border Patrol spokesman said the rotorcraft was providing aerial support to agents on the ground when the incident happened. DHS officials said damage to the main... more »
November 5, 2013 5:10 PM
ROMA - A Customs and Border Protection helicopter made an emergency landing in Roma after its main rotor was damaged.
A Border Patrol spokesman said the rotorcraft was providing aerial support to agents on the ground when the incident happened.
Unofficial accounts claim rock-throwers on the Mexican side... more »
October 1, 2013 3:47 PM
ROMA - The historic plaza in Roma has garnered the attention of Texas Tropical Trail members. The group is part of the Texas Historical Commission.
The group recently visited the more than 30 historic buildings in Roma's main plaza. The site is a national historic landmark.
"The Tropical... more »
September 27, 2013 8:41 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - A Starr County rancher said Hidalgo and Cameron counties could learn from local cattlemen about water conservation.
Ruperto Escobar said Starr County ranchers for decades have relied on ponds to store and conserve water.
"We're very lucky here that the soils are green and... more »
September 17, 2013 10:39 PM
EDINBURG - A Starr County man has been indicted in the death of a family after a chase last month north of Palmview.
A grand jury indicted Hector Ramirez on six counts of murder and six counts of evading arrest.
Prosecutors said the 18-year-old was fleeing from a... more »
September 5, 2013 12:43 PM
AUSTIN - A Roma man has just been added to the DEA's Most Wanted Fugitive list.
Roel Garcia was one of 11 people named in a drug indictment in 2010. Prosecutors said the group included several family members, including a former Roma police officer, who worked with a Mexican... more »
September 4, 2013 11:52 AM
ROMA - Roma authorities are investigating a crash that sent one person to a hospital. Border Patrol agents said they got a call about a pickup truck with a group of illegal immigrants. The call came in just after 10 a.m.
We're told the driver spotted an agent, was... more »
August 15, 2013 7:26 PM
ROMA - The raging drug wars in Mexico have taken a toll in Roma, city officials said.
The city across the border from Roma, Miguel Aleman, has been the epicenter of incessant battles between cartels and the Mexican military.
"Who wants to be in a place where you... more »
August 15, 2013 6:20 PM
WESLACO - Authorities released the 911 calls made moments after a deadly crash Monday north of Palmview.
"Hello, please send an ambulance, because there's been a terrible accident on Western Road and 107," one of the callers said.
"There are about four cars and a person thrown on... more »
August 15, 2013 6:15 PM
EDINBURG - Hector Guadalupe Ramirez, 18, of Roma, on Thursday was arraigned on six counts of murder.
Texas Department of Public Safety investigators said Ramirez was fleeing from a TxDPS sergeant when he slammed the stolen truck he was driving into a white Chevrolet Suburban with a family of... more »
August 14, 2013 6:32 PM
McALLEN - A teenager accused in the death of six people after a chase north of Palmview had just been released from jail, officials said.
Hector Guadalupe Ramirez, 18, faces six counts of murder in Monday's deadly crash.
Ramirez was fleeing from a TxDPS sergeant when he slammed... more »
August 13, 2013 5:24 PM
NORTH OF PALMVIEW - State troopers released the name of the man who they say fled from authorities and caused the death of a family Monday.
The man, Hector Ramirez, 18, of Roma will be charged when he is released from the hospital, TxDPS officials said.
Ramirez was... more »
July 1, 2013 7:55 PM
ROMA - Police are trying to determine if a driver in a weekend wreck was intoxicated.
The crash happened on Highway 83 near the Roma Police Department. The driver slammed into an SUV. The family in that vehicle was not hurt.
The driver was taken to McAllen Medical... more »
June 5, 2013 8:19 PM
ROMA - The Border Patrol has turned to shuttling agents to the field in Starr County to save fuel.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS recently found seven Border Patrol units parked in front of the Roma Police Department. The agents are shuttled in from their station in Alto Bonito, more than... more »
April 16, 2013 11:09 PM
ROMA - A 160-year-old home at the heart of Roma's historic district is scheduled for restoration.
The structure, known as the old Cox Building, was the one of the sets for the movie "Viva Zapata" starring Marlon Barndo and Anthony Quinn.
The structure is at the Roma Plaza.... more »
April 10, 2013 7:20 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Federal agents are searching for a McAllen resident with ties to a money laundering and drug operation.
The suspect is one of two Rio Grande Valley residents named in a federal indictment. Federal officials said the McAllen resident is the leader of a major drug trafficking... more »
March 19, 2013 3:30 PM
ROMA - Challenger Baseball is giving special-needs children a chance to experience the sport.
No one keeps score, and the crow cheers as loud for the home team as they do for the opposing team.
"We're very excited. We've been waiting for months and months for this to... more »
March 18, 2013 10:19 PM
WESLACO - Several school districts and charter schools are rushing to complete criminal checks on employees to comply with state laws.
Vanguard Academy in Pharr, Mid-Valley Academy, Roma ISD and Progreso ISD are among the Rio Grande Valley charter schools and districts not in compliance with the law.
... more »
March 9, 2013 12:16 AM
MERCEDES - The night's "On the Diamond" action stops first in Mercedes for softball play between the Tigers and Rio Grande City. It's a district 32-4A match-up between the girls' teams that was won by the visitors. Rio Grande City gets the win 5-1. Pre-district tournaments are the focus for... more »
February 26, 2013 11:21 PM
WESLACO - Valley basketball fans knew that at least one boys' team would remain alive after Tuesday night's regional action. One 5A team was guaranteed to emerge from an all-Valley meeting between Rowe of McAllen and Porter of Brownsville. Five other local squads needed to beat outside competition. None of... more »
February 19, 2013 11:57 PM
EDINBURG - The spring season of tennis is underway at UT-Pan American. One of the players on the women's team is an impressive freshman from Starr County. CHANNEL 5's Vince Erickson has her story. more »
February 5, 2013 11:04 PM
HARLINGEN - The Tip Off Tuesday basketball highlights focus on a pair of boys' games and one involving the girls. In Harlingen, the Porter Cowboys came to face the Cardinals and left with a 32-5A victory after a 73-59 decision. 4A boys' hoops involved Roma and Valley View on Tuesday... more »
January 9, 2013 11:51 PM
MERCEDES - When Valley basketball coaches draw up their schedules for an upcoming season, there is seldom a reason to play on Wednesday. Yet, for the second week in a row, games were being played at mid-week. Rather than the New Year's holiday forcing Wednesday action, this time it was... more »
December 20, 2012 2:31 AM
ELSA - Christmas came a little bit early for the Edcouch-Elsa football program on Wednesday. Four players earned high honors from the Associated Press in the form of first team all-state honors in conference 4A. The four selected are offensive lineman Eduardo Hermosillo, defensive lineman Robert Trevino, linebacker Bucky Barrera... more »
December 4, 2012 4:25 PM
ROMA - Customs and Border Protection agents on Tuesday reunited a mother and her daughter.
The woman told authorities they were separated while crossing illegally into the United States near Roma. Her daughter allegedly was being held for ransom. Officials tracked the girl to Houston where agents rescued her.... more »
November 30, 2012 1:08 PM
MCALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley man accused of smuggling weapons in and out of Mexico is due in federal court.
Police arrested Juan Ricardo Cardenas in Roma during a traffic stop. They found five assault rifles, a grenade launcher, four grenades and ammo.
Investigators say Cardenas and... more »
October 27, 2012 10:23 PM
Starr County- Investigators looking for driver of an abandoned vehicle found with marijuana inside.
Border Patrol agents responded to some suspicious activity west of Roma early Saturday morning.
Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola told CHANNEL 5 NEWS agents spotted the car on the side of the road with nobody... more »
October 18, 2012 5:28 PM
STARR COUNTY - A blaze has scorched at least 90 acres near Rio Grande City.
Firefighters from Roma, Rio Grande City and La Rosita converged on the scene near the Rio Grande and Expressway 83 to control the rapidly spreading flames.
They are trying to prevent the fire... more »
October 3, 2012 12:12 PM
ROMA - CBP officers arrested a 64-year-old man, who had an outstanding warrant for sexual assault charges dating back to 2004.
Fernando Calderon Moreno is accused of sexually molesting at least three young girls from Roma. The children were ages four and five.
He was arrested at the... more »
October 2, 2012 5:26 PM
ROMA - The family of a woman missing in Mexico said they are running out of options.
The woman, Carmen Gonzalez, was last seen on Aug. 1. She crossed the border into Miguel Aleman and took a bus headed for Cerralvo, her family said. She never returned home.
... more »
October 2, 2012 2:45 PM
ROMA - A woman from Tennessee was arrested at the Roma port of entry after she allegedly tried to smuggle three Mexican children into the United States.
The woman arrived at the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Bridge early Monday and showed officers her permanent resident documents and U.S. birth certificates... 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 17, 2012 11:09 PM
ROMA - There are only so many games that a high school athlete can be a participant. Losing even one game is difficult. Losing most of a season is extreme. CHANNEL 5's Joel Villanueva reports from Roma on a Gladiators' wide receiver that has put his lost season in the... more »
August 29, 2012 6:36 PM
ROMA - An aerostat is back on the ground after its test phase ended in Starr County.
Border Patrol agents raised the blimp-like aerostat on Aug. 10. The device is designed to help agents detect incursions into the U.S.
The blimp was on a trial basis and officials... more »
August 20, 2012 11:11 PM
ROMA - A former Roma high school football player is putting his professional career on hold to return to the hometown sidelines as an assistant coach. Jorge Guerra still has dreams of a future in pro football. CHANNEL 5's Vince Erickson explains why Guerra's waiting game coincides with Gladiators' football... more »
August 14, 2012 9:59 PM
ROMA - A family is desperate to find out what happened to a mother who crossed into Mexico two weeks ago. They said she disappeared without a trace.
Carmen Gonzalez's family contacted law enforcement on both sides of the border and placed an ad in the local newspaper.
... more »
August 11, 2012 8:28 PM
ROMA - Hopes are high out west for the Roma Gladiators. A year ago, Roma narrowly missed the playoffs after dropping an overtime decision to Mercedes in the final game of the regular season. With six starters back on offense and five on defense, Roma is hungrier than ever to... more »
August 10, 2012 6:13 PM
STARR COUNTY - A tool used against the war on terror will be deployed in western Rio Grande Valley.
Blimp-like aerostats have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan. They now will keep an eye on the ranchlands of Starr County.
"We were coming this way to the house... more »
August 1, 2012 10:30 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County Republican voters didn't get a chance to cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary election runoff. The problem, county officials said, was that no one organized the party's election.
Republican Party leaders in Austin said there was nothing they could do since their chairperson... more »
July 31, 2012 10:53 PM
ROMA - Border Patrol agents confiscated an undetermined amount of marijuana and arrested one person after a driver crashed as he tried to flee.
Law enforcement officials are looking for more suspects. Officials said they tried pulling over the driver of a truck but he crashed onto a wall... more »
July 30, 2012 5:27 PM
ROMA - Federal investigators are trying to find out who kidnapped a couple and their child in Mexico.
FBI agents said the baby was rescued in the border city of Miguel Aleman, but they have no clues on the couple's location.
Agents said the couple crossed into Mexico... more »
July 26, 2012 12:50 PM
STARR COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies are looking for the suspect or suspects involved in a shooting Wednesday in Escobares.
Officials said the incident happened at the corner of Martinez and Lopez streets. Investigators said there was at least one victim, but they have not located that person. The victim... more »
July 25, 2012 11:03 PM
EDINBURG - Summer vacation may be in progress at some places around the Valley. At UT-Pan American, the athletic staff continues to stay busy during the hottest months of the year. Baseball coach Manny Mantrana will welcome three local players as walk-ons to his team this fall. Pitchers Jacob Garcia... more »
July 10, 2012 6:46 PM
STARR COUNTY - Limited resources are forcing law enforcement agencies to lean on each other for support resulting in an increased show of force, local officials said.
"It depends on the situation. We'll have calls right outside our jurisdiction where another agency might not be able to make it,"... more »
April 20, 2012 1:05 PM
ROMA - Two weeks after an abandoned SUV was found shot up, investigators are still searching for the vehicle's owner. They suspect she may be in danger.
Starr County violent crime investigators found an empty SUV with the engine running and gunshots along its side two weeks ago. Investigators... more »
April 12, 2012 12:58 PM
ROMA - A woman connected to a Roma shooting investigation may be in danger.
Starr County violent crime investigators found an empty SUV with the engine running and gunshots along its side last week. Investigators traced the paper plates on the Land Rover to a Mid-Valley car company.
... more »
April 11, 2012 10:32 AM
MCALLEN - A traffic stop led to the discovery of two rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, night vision rifle scopes and other items listed on the United State Munitions List. Enrique Gustavo Gonzalez admitted he was taking the items to a Zapata County ranch, where they would then be... more »
April 9, 2012 4:36 PM
ROMA - Investigators are working to track down the owner of a shot up SUV abandoned near Roma.
Last week, the SUV was found with bullet holes in its side. No one was around to explain what happened. There wasn't any blood to indicate a hit.
Paper plates... more »
April 5, 2012 10:41 PM
STARR COUNTY - Investigators have traced a car found shot up near Roma back to the Mid-Valley.
A car found on a Roma road shows the signs of a crime, no victim, no trace of who was targeted.
A call like no other to a place usually free... more »
April 5, 2012 4:29 PM
STARR COUNTY - Starr County sheriff's deputies hope to find out more about a shot up SUV found north of Roma.
Starr County sheriff's deputies and Roma police are investigating. Officers found the abandoned SUV late yesterday on Athens Street.
They tell us the blue Land Rover had... more »
April 4, 2012 10:42 PM
STARR COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies and Roma police are investigating a shooting in Starr County. An abandoned vehicle riddled with bullet holes is the only indication of the crime.
The road just north of Roma on Athens Street is closed at this hour while investigators comb the area for... more »
March 23, 2012 10:25 PM
A Central Texas mother will not give up hope. She thinks her son is still be alive and in the Valley area.
We haven't seen her face, but the tone in her voice shows the pain. She wants her 35-year-old baby boy home.
"It was 9:30 at night... more »
March 16, 2012 3:06 PM
HOUSTON - A Roma man who admitted to helping former law enforcement officials move and store marijuana was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Jose Manuel Garcia's sentencing also included five years of supervised release following his release from prison. The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of participating in... more »
March 2, 2012 5:35 PM
A member of Texas Homeland Security Committee is saying the drug cartels will get more aggressive and the situation along the border will get worse before it gets better.
State Rep. Aaron Pena says the Mexican gunmen who shot at Border Patrol agents on Wednesday isn't a surprise.
... more »
March 2, 2012 12:56 PM
ROMA - Border Patrol is responding after gunmen from Mexico opened fire Wednesday on Border Patrol agents near Roma.
The Border Patrol chief says he considers the shooting a threat against his agents. A Border Patrol spokesman will only say they're responding with "personnel, technology and/or infrastructure."
This... 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 16, 2012 7:23 PM
ROMA - A brutal dog attack, an ultimatum from a judge and a short-handed police department, one woman fears the combination could lead to trouble.
Christine Donald still misses her 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier Chloe. Two neighborhood dogs killed the pet last month. Police say this isn't the first time... more »
February 13, 2012 7:15 PM
The Mexican military busted three stash houses across the river from Roma.
Seventy-three Central American migrants were found inside. Mexican troops arrested four men.
Authorities suspect they were planning to smuggle the group in through the Valley. It's unclear if those migrants were kidnapped and held for ransom... more »
February 2, 2012 6:39 PM
ROMA - A Valley police chief is doing what he can to make people in his community feel safe. His approach includes direct communication.
Getting directly in touch with Roma police Chief Jose Garcia is as simple as picking up your phone. The chief says he wants people in... more »
January 30, 2012 7:20 PM
ROMA - A murder suspect is in custody in Roma after nearly three months on the run.
The Starr County violent crime unit arrested Joe Alan Garcia of Hebbronville on Friday night. Garcia is accused of killing Ricardo de la Cerda in Roma back in October.
De la... more »
January 6, 2012 11:10 PM
DONNA - The Nikki Rowe Warriors showed patience and it paid off Friday night in 30-5A boys' basketball action at Donna. The Warriors rallied to take a two point win on the road, 41-39, as part of "Fast Break Friday" festivities for the night. There was another squeeker, not so... more »