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  • Mexican Tourists Seek Peaceful Getaway on South Padre Island Play Video

    April 15, 2014 8:24 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Violence in Mexico may result in an increase in traffic for businesses on South Padre Island. Millions of Mexicans are in the midst of the Holy Week vacation. Countless northern-Mexico residents traditionally flock to beaches in Tamaulipas and South Texas. The violence, though, has many... more »
  • Less Active Hurricane Season Predicted for 2014 Play Video

    April 10, 2014 1:01 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The 2014 hurricane season is predicted to be less active than usual. Meteorologists from across the United States are at South Padre Island to discuss the season's expectations. "We're forecasting a below average hurricane season, a total of nine named storms, three hurricanes, and one... more »
  • Illegal Immigration a Growing Problem for Border Sheriffs Play Video

    April 1, 2014 8:22 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Sheriffs from Texas border counties say the surge in illegal immigration is taxing their budgets and staffs. The law enforcers gathered on South Padre Island to discuss challenges in their regions. "We got a lot of drug trafficking, human smuggling, things of that nature,"... more »
  • Border Sheriffs Discuss Illegal Immigration Play Video

    April 1, 2014 4:21 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Sheriffs from Texas border counties are on South Padre Island to discuss issues affecting their regions. One of the concerns is the growing number of illegal immigrants crossing the border. The conference also will focus on new technologies available to law enforcers. Sheriffs... more »
  • Drowning Victim Identified Play Video

    March 31, 2014 4:02 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Authorities released the name of a student who drowned in the waters off South Padre Island over the weekend. Police said the victim was 18-year-old Jesus Eduardo Moreno. He was a student at PSJA High School. A crisis-counseling team was at the high school on... more »
  • Counselors Helping Students, Staff Deal with Teen's Drowning Play Video

    March 31, 2014 1:03 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The 18-year-old who drowned off the shores of South Padre Island was a junior at PSJA North High School. A crisis counseling team is at the campus helping students and staff cope with the Pharr teen's death. A PSJA ISD spokeswoman said the counselors will... more »
  • Young Man Drowns on South Padre Island Play Video

    March 30, 2014 10:43 PM

    PHARR - A young man drowned on South Padre Island Sunday afternoon. South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith said the teenager drowned near the Inverness condominiums, not far from the Good Hope beach access. Smith said the 18-year-old man from Pharr was pronounced dead Sunday at 12:35... more »
  • SPI Police Investigating Spring Breaker's Death Play Video

    March 19, 2014 4:09 PM

    SOU8TH PADRE ISLAND - Police on South Padre Island are working to determine what led to the death of a student from New Jersey. The 23-year-old was found dead in his hotel room Wednesday morning. Police have identified him as Gerald Plescia of Freehold, New Jersey. Officers say... more »
  • Body Found in SPI Hotel Room Play Video

    March 19, 2014 11:51 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A body was found in a South Padre Island hotel room. The discovery was made at the Comfort Suites on the 900 block of Padre Boulevard. Police are on the scene. They're in the second-floor room, gathering evidence. According to officers, the person found dead... more »
  • Shots Fired After Argument on South Padre Island Play Video

    March 17, 2014 5:32 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - An argument led to shots being fired outside a convenience store on South Padre Island, officials said. The incident happened Saturday, officials said. One person was injured by debris or bullet fragments, police said. The incident remains under investigation, officials said. more »
  • SPI Search for Suspect in Saturday Night Shooting Play Video

    March 16, 2014 9:28 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - South Padre Island police are now looking for suspects involved in an overnight shooting. It happened at the 2000 block of South Padre Island Boulevard at a Stripes convenience store. According to SPI Police Chief Randy Smith, what began as a verbal confrontation soon became... more »
  • Emergency Command Center Opens on South Padre Island Play Video

    March 12, 2014 5:21 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - State officials turned a parking lot on South Padre Island into an emergency command center complete with a mobile hospital and pharmacy. Traffic congestion on the island and roads leading to the Spring Break hotspot prompted the decision to set up the site, officials said.... more »
  • TSTC Sends Drug-Testing Coasters to South Padre Island Play Video

    March 12, 2014 5:19 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Texas State Technical College officials sent thousands of coasters that students can use to test for drugs in their drinks during Spring Break. The coasters change color when a drink has been laced with drugs. Officials did not say what drugs can be detected. They... more »
  • Boat Crew Found Illegally Fishing in US Waters

    March 11, 2014 11:00 AM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A Coast Guard crew intercepted a Mexican lancha carrying approximately 110 pounds of fish illegally caught in U.S. waters. A crew from the South Padre Island station spotted the 30-foot lancha Friday, approximately 32 miles offshore and 6 miles in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. After making... more »
  • County Seeks Solution to Mosquito Problem at Isla Blanca RV Park Play Video

    February 19, 2014 5:27 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Winter Texans living at a county-owned RV park on South Padre Island want a solution to a mosquito problem. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported on the problem last week. The residents said the problem is so bad it keeps them from going outdoors. "Early in... more »
  • Fog Delays Arrival of USS Forrestal Play Video

    February 18, 2014 12:57 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Heavy fog is delaying the arrival of the Navy's first supercarrier. The decommissioned USS Forrestal is headed to the Brownsville shipyard, where it will be dismantled. As of noon, the USS Forrestal was waiting outside the ship channel for the fog to clear. It was... more »
  • SPI to Discuss Renovations to Convention Center Play Video

    February 12, 2014 10:32 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The city of South Padre Island will host a workshop to discuss the renovation of its convention center. The move comes after island residents sued accusing the municipality of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act. The workshop will happen at 3 p.m. on Feb.... more »
  • Popular Fishing Spot Reopens on South Padre Island Play Video

    February 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A portion of a popular fishing spot has reopened on South Padre Island. The South Padre Island city council approved the reopening of part of the boardwalk under the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. State authorities closed the boardwalk to visitors after inspectors noticed that... more »
  • South Padre Island Residents Upset Over Constant Power Outages Play Video

    February 6, 2014 7:29 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - South Padre Island residents say they are fed up with the power outages that happen every time temperatures drop. Workers at Dirty Al's said an outage Thursday morning delayed opening of the restaurant. "We had to wait longer to get everything ready. We were behind... more »
  • Thousands Without Power in Cameron County

    February 6, 2014 8:22 AM

    WESLACO - The AEP Texas outage map is showing more than 6,000 customers in Cameron County are without power. An AEP spokesperson said the outages started around 7:15 a.m. We're told it's due to a transmission-related problem. Related link: AEP Texas Outage Map The outages are mostly in... more »
  • Starfish Wash Ashore South Padre Island Play Video

    February 1, 2014 9:24 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Thousand of starfish have been beached on South Padre Island recently and weather has played a big part. According to one South Padre Island park ranger, it's the worst he's seen in three years. Strong winds and rough currents has stranded the starfish along... more »
  • Starfish Beachings Puzzle Beachgoers Play Video

    January 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Experts say high winds are responsible for massive starfish beachings in Cameron County. The large groups of starfish washing up on South Padre Island had visitors puzzled. Experts said the species washing ashore is called the gray sea star and is typically found off... more »
  • South Padre Island Seeks to Control Rabies Play Video

    January 27, 2014 10:53 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The city of South Padre Island will spread vaccine-laced bait in an effort to prevent the spread of rabies. The city's environmental health services department will disperse the bait Wednesday in unpopulated areas where coyotes roam. The public is urged to avoid contact with... more »
  • Thousands Turn Out for Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk Play Video

    January 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    PORT ISABEL - A foggy, muggy morning didn't dissuade people from gathering two weeks ago in Port Isabel for the 30th annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk. The nearly 5,000 participants were denied the paradisiacal views of South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre. The fog made it... more »
  • Anime Convention Takes Over South Padre Island Play Video

    December 26, 2013 2:46 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Characters from countless anime cartoons recently took over Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. It was all part of the fourth annual BanzaiKon Convention. Hundreds of anime aficionados dressed up in their favorite character costume for the event. "(It's) a two-day anime convention. We have many guests... more »
  • Sand Dune Restoration at South Padre Island Play Video

    December 14, 2013 10:53 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A group of people are fighting to keep natural barriers from washing away in the Lower Valley. Cold fronts sweep the Valley in the colder months. These storms aren't thought of as destructive, but in fact they could be. Damaging winds and rough surf... more »
  • SPI Residents Question Post Office's Flag Etiquette Play Video

    December 9, 2013 8:58 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Some residents on South Padre Island are upset over the way the U.S. Postal Service office is flying the American flag. The residents said the flag wasn't lowered to half staff as ordered by President Obama to honor South African Leader Nelson Mandela. The... more »
  • Mexican Boat Caught Poaching in US Waters

    November 22, 2013 10:53 AM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - The crew of a Mexican boat poaching fish in U.S. waters was returned to Mexico, after the Coast Guard caught them. The lanca used long line fishing gear to illegally catch 25 red snapper, two yellow fin grouper and numerous sharks. A Coast Guard aircraft spotted... more »
  • Family Tries to Recover Deposit after Short Stay on SPI Play Video

    November 6, 2013 9:33 PM

    HARLINGEN - A short getaway to South Padre Island turned into a financial headache for a Harlingen woman. Lizette Villegas said she wanted to give her grandmother getaway for her 92nd birthday. She decided to rent a beachfront home on South Padre Island. "We wanted her to be... more »
  • Police: SPI Kidnapping was Crime of Opportunity Play Video

    November 5, 2013 5:15 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Police say a kidnapping and auto-theft case on South Padre Island was a crime of opportunity. The suspect, Matthew Chapa, allegedly took the vehicle while the owner spoke with a motel clerk just feet away. A 5-year-old child was in the SUV. The incident... more »
  • SUV Theft Leads to Kidnapping Charges Play Video

    November 5, 2013 4:29 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Police arrested a man on kidnapping charges after he allegedly stole a vehicle with a child inside. The incident happened Saturday night on South Padre Island. Police said the child's father was just feet away from the vehicle, speaking with a motel clerk. Investigators... more »
  • Three Cyclists Injured on South Padre Island Play Video

    November 4, 2013 4:31 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Cyclists are asking for more police patrols on South Padre Island after vehicles struck three fellow riders last week. A local resident and two tourists were injured in the incidents, which happened in a 24-hour period, officials said. The cases are under investigation. more »
  • Popular Walkway Closed on South Padre Island Play Video

    October 21, 2013 5:24 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The city of South Padre Island has ordered an inspection into a deteriorating walkway near the east landing of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. South Padre Island officials said Texas Department of Public Safety inspectors performing maintenance on the causeway noticed that the walkway was... more »
  • Sea Breeze Ordered to Demolish Seawall Play Video

    October 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A newly built seawall at a South Padre Island condominium will have to be demolished as ordered by a court. The retaining wall at Sea Breeze Estates raised red flags among area residents. They claimed the seawall violated state codes. The case went to... more »
  • Beach Closures Still in Effect Play Video

    October 7, 2013 12:54 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Cameron County beaches remain closed due to rough conditions. Leaders decided to close Beach Access 5 and 6 on South Padre Island, along with Boca Chica Beach, Friday. They said there are high waves and dangerous rip currents. Tropical Storm Karen made landfall over the... more »
  • Rough Seas Blamed for Deadly Boating Accident Play Video

    October 3, 2013 4:09 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Four-foot waves near the Brazos-Santiago Pass and construction on the jetties caused a motorboat to capsize Wednesday, Coast Guard officials said. One man died. A Coast Guard report states that the victim and another man were on a boat designed for freshwater use. The small... more »
  • Boater Drowns Near Boca Chica Beach Play Video

    October 3, 2013 12:23 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Authorities released the name of a man who drowned Wednesday near Boca Chica Beach. The victim, Peter Clark, 74, drowned when the boat he was on capsized. Another man on the boat survived. Coast Guard officials said they got a call about the capsized... more »
  • Coast Guard Boat Returns After Dredging Play Video

    September 30, 2013 6:09 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A large Coast Guard boat is now back at South Padre Island. The 87-foot Coast Guard cutter was moved from South Padre to Corpus Christi when the boat basin became too shallow. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cleaned out the buildup so the boat... more »
  • Cameron County Beaches Closed Play Video

    September 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Dangerous rip tide conditions forced authorities to close some Cameron County beaches. County leader closed beach access 5 and 6 on South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach. Leaders say tides reached sand dunes along the shore lines. Waves are expected to reach four feet... more »
  • Ceremony to Mark Anniversary of Causeway Collapse

    September 10, 2013 11:24 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The cities of South Padre Island and Port Isabel will host a memorial to remember those who died when the Queen Isabella causeway collapsed in 2001. The public is invited to attend the ceremony to remember the victims and honor those that survived the collapse.... more »
  • Island Officials to Crack Down on Illegal Parking Play Video

    August 20, 2013 4:30 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Beachgoers are being warned to park in designated areas on South Padre Island. South Padre Island officials said homeowners have complained about motorists parking on their properties. They also are parking illegally on right-of-ways. South Padre Island Mayor Bob Pinkerton said police will start... more »
  • Toddler Drowned in Pool Play Video

    August 19, 2013 12:53 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - South Padre Island police are investigating a drowning. A 3-year-old child died Friday afternoon. Police report the child was found unresponsive in the pool at a condominium. Paramedics administered CPR to the child. The 3-year-old was then airlifted to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in... more »
  • 7 Detained for Illegally Fishing in US

    August 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - The Coast Guard seized two lanchas and detained seven Mexican nationals caught illegally fishing in U.S. waters Thursday. The captain of a charter fishing boat contacted the Coast Guard station at South Padre Island at 7 a.m. The captain reported a lancha was retrieving fishing gear... more »
  • Whales Spotted in Gulf of Mexico Play Video

    August 5, 2013 9:10 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Whale sightings in the Gulf of Mexico have researchers baffled. Some of the sightings have happened about 70 miles off South Padre Island. Researcher Tony Reisinger, with the Texas Sea Grant Program, said the sightings are extremely rare. "This is an unusual happening to... more »
  • Texas International Fishing Tournament Grand Champion

    August 4, 2013 7:43 PM

  • Accident Raises Concern About Safety at Beach Accesses Play Video

    July 15, 2013 6:18 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - An accident involving a child at a beach access on South Padre Island has raised concerns about safety in the area. The child is recovering after being hit by a vehicle, officials said. Beachgoers said the accident comes as no surprise. Vendor Ricardo Camacho... more »
  • Construction Under Way to Repair Jetties Play Video

    July 11, 2013 7:48 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The Army Corps of Engineers is working quickly to repair the jetties at South Padre Island. Workers want to take advantage of calm weather at the coast. "We're coming in after Hurricane Ike. It's a $46-million project to repair all the jetties on the Texas... more »
  • Park Rangers: Smugglers Hoping SPI Will Provide Quick Getaway Play Video

    July 10, 2013 7:37 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Cameron County park rangers are keeping a close watch over the beaches of South Padre Island. By day, it's a favorite spot for families. By night, it becomes a favorite spot for drug smugglers. "On the border where the U.S. meets Mexico, smugglers deal with... more »
  • Convicted Drug Trafficker Awaits Sentence Play Video

    July 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A convicted drug trafficker will be sentenced in October for his role in a smuggling operation, officials said. Mario Alberto Villanueva Balderas pleaded guilty to the smuggling charges Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Brownsville. He admitted to helping smuggle 235 pounds of marijuana onto South Padre... more »
  • Cameron Co. Looking for New Beach Safety Coordinator Play Video

    July 8, 2013 4:46 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Cameron County is looking for a new beach safety coordinator. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned both the program coordinator and supervisor positions are now vacant. Officials would only say the parks department decided to go a different direction. The county parks rangers are now supervising the... more »
  • SPI Drowning Victim Identified as UTB Graduate Play Video

    July 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - An autopsy was ordered for a man who drowned off South Padre Island. CHANNEL 5 NEWS received photos of the search for 27-year-old Ousainou Senghore. Witnesses said he disappeared in the water Thursday afternoon near the third sandbar by Clayton's Bar and Grill. The... more »
  • Victims' Names Released in Fatal 2-Vehicle Crash Play Video

    June 30, 2013 7:12 PM

    LOS FRESNOS - We now know that identities of those killed in a fatal two-car crash in Los Fresnos. The driver and three passengers that died in a 2013 Toyota Carolla include: Edward Gomez, 32, of McAllen Erika Olaya Davila, 30, of McAllen Julexy Alvares, 13,... more »
  • 4 Killed in Head-on Collision

    June 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    CAMERON COUNTY - A major accident on Highway 100 east of Los Fresnos claimed the lives of four people. Two others have been transported to the hospital in critical condition. Emergency crews received the call around 10:18 a.m. Sunday. Los Fresnos City Public Information Officer Mark Milum told CHANNEL... more »
  • Microbrewery Gains Following on South Padre Island Play Video

    June 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Two friends one day decided they would brew their own beer. The decision led to the opening of Tejas Brew Pub & Smokehouse on South Padre Island. "Don and I have been friends for eight or 10 years," Mel Ocker said. Ocker and Don... 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 »
  • Composite Sketch Released in SPI Cold Case Play Video

    June 10, 2013 12:57 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Cameron County officials are looking for a break in a cold case on South Padre Island. They hope a new composite drawing of a woman found dead will bring new clues. They released the sketch earlier today. A decomposed body was found last October... more »
  • Cameron County Lifeguards Recognized for Rescuing 3 Children

    June 6, 2013 1:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Six Cameron County lifeguards were honored for rescuing three children. They were recognized at today's county commissioners' court meeting. Edward Sanchez, Tomas Wilson, Matthew Thornock, Michael Johnson, Brandon Tovar and Pedro Cuellar were acknowledged for risking their lives to save the children. The rescue happened along the... more »
  • Drowning Victim Identified Play Video

    June 4, 2013 9:22 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Officials released the identity of a teenager who drowned near Beach Access 5 on Monday. Officials said Luis Hernandez, 19, of Donna drowned while swimming with a woman near the beach. A passerby saw the couple in trouble and rushed in to help. The man,... more »
  • SPI Kicks Off Anti-Littering Campaign

    June 4, 2013 3:42 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - South Padre Island officials have kicked off their anti-littering campaign and are encouraging beachgoers to not litter when they are on the beach. SPI leaders kicked off its "Treasure It, Don't Trash It" awareness program last week. They are encouraging beachgoers to keep the beach clean... more »
  • Repairs Underway at SPI Jetties Play Video

    May 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making repairs to the jetties at the entry of the Brownsville Ship Channel on South Padre Island. Crews will replace boulders damaged or moved during Hurricane Ike, officials said. Construction is expected to last one year. Anglers... more »
  • Birders Flock to SPI for Unusual Fallout Play Video

    April 26, 2013 5:28 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A cool snap brought a feathered surprise to nature lovers in the Rio Grande Valley. Lower temperatures caused an out-of-season bird fallout on South Padre Island. "They were tired. The wind tires them out. Of course, when they are flying their wings get wet... more »
  • Valley Man Worried About Friend Participating in Boston Marathon Play Video

    April 16, 2013 4:29 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Cameron County resident said he endured moments of agony after the explosions Monday near the Boston Marathon finish line. Rodolfo Muller said a friend was running in the marathon. It took him hours to get news from his friend. "I was so worried.... more »
  • Spring Breakers Hospitalized after taking Drug Cocktail

    March 19, 2013 7:45 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Twenty Spring Breakers are recovering after they consumed a drug concoction known as molly, South Padre Island officials said. Officials confirmed the people consumed a mixture of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and bath salts. Valley Regional Medical Center officials refused to give out details about the patients... more »
  • Fewer Arrests Reported During Spring Break

    March 18, 2013 4:14 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - South Padre Island police reported a decrease in the number of arrests during Texas Week. Police said they arrested 345 people this year. They reported 454 arrests during last year's Spring Break. Most of the arrests were on alcohol and drug charges. Police cleared out... more »
  • Acts of Compassion

    March 15, 2013 10:58 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Some unexpected acts of compassion from big name NBA stars are helping to ease the grief of a Brownsville family. 20-year old Nico Benavides died last weekend after injuries suffered while working on South Padre Island. Benavides had met former Spurs' guard George Hill while attending a basketball... more »
  • SPI Officials Boast Increase in Police Presence

    March 12, 2013 7:17 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - South Padre Island officials say an increase in police presence should keep Spring Breakers safe during Texas Week. Police arrested more than 100 people during the first four days of Spring Break, officials said. The town's court will be open seven days a week to accommodate... more »
  • Harlingen Lawman Accused of Rape

    March 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Harlingen police officer is on administrative leave after a Spring Breaker accused him of rape. South Padre Island police arrested Officer Elias Cardona, 34, Sunday. He was arraigned and later released on bond. Harlingen Police Department officials said Cardona will remain on leave... more »
  • More Law Enforcement Patrolling SPI

    March 12, 2013 12:59 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Police and state agents from other parts of Texas were called in to help control the crowd at South Padre Island during Spring Break. The increased police presence is visible. Many are working crowd control. Others are helping process the people arrested. Law enforcement... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Schlitterbahn Accident

    March 11, 2013 4:34 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused an accident that claimed the life of a Schlitterbahn Beach Resort lifeguard. Nicholas Benavides and another worker were injured last week as they helped perform maintenance on a wave generator. Benavides died Saturday at a Harlingen hospital.... more »
  • Family Making Funeral Arrangements for 20-Year-Old Lifeguard

    March 11, 2013 12:52 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The family of a 20-year old lifeguard who died over the weekend is making funeral arrangements. Nicholas "Nico" Benavides was fatally injured while working maintenance at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island last weekend. Doctors at Valley Baptist Medical Center declared him brain-dead Saturday. The... more »
  • Hospital List Schlitterbahn Worker in Critical Condition

    March 9, 2013 10:43 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The family of a Schlitterbahn worker has said Nicko Benavides is brain dead. The hospital list Benavides in critical condition. The family says they have filled out the required paperwork to donate his organs. Benavides was hurt on the job Wednesday; he was a seasonal... more »
  • OSHA Investigating Schlitterbahn Accident

    March 8, 2013 12:40 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - CHANNEL 5 NEWS confirmed a worker involved in an accident at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island died last night. OSHA investigators are at the park right now searching for answers. The Department of Labor confirmed the death; however, Schlitterbahn officials who earlier said... more »
  • 2 Workers Injured at Schlitterbahn

    March 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Two construction workers were injured at Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island. Police are on the scene, taking a report. The accident happened this morning. One man was airlifted to Valley Baptist Medical Center with head injuries. Emergency workers rushed the other man to a Brownsville... more »
  • Causeway Renovation Impacts Businesses on SPI

    March 1, 2013 7:17 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The renovation work on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway is impacting businesses on South Padre Island, local residents said. The maintenance project began in September, 2012, and was scheduled to end Friday. Mike Finney, with Kelly's Irish Pub on South Padre Island, said the traffic... more »
  • BikeFest Moving to Corpus Christi

    February 27, 2013 8:42 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - One of the largest motorcycle rallies in Texas will move away from the Rio Grande Valley. BikeFest will be held in Corpus Christi in October. The rally typically drew more than 10,000 bikers to South Padre Island. The event was considered one of the... more »
  • Necropsy Ordered for Beached Whale

    February 27, 2013 8:09 PM

    GALVESTON - A necropsy is being performed on a melon-headed whale found beached on South Padre Island. Veterinarians and volunteers worked to save the nearly 400-pound mammal, but it did not survive. "It's sad when they die like that. You do all you can for them, and these... more »
  • Beached Whale in Critical Condition

    February 26, 2013 8:47 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - A veterinarian is tending to a whale found beached near Beach Access 6 on South Padre Island. Officials said a horseback rider spotted the nearly 400-pound, melon-headed whale Monday afternoon. They said the large mammal is in critical condition. "He looked at its respiratory rate,... more »
  • Coast Guard Seizes Hundreds of Pounds of Fish

    February 18, 2013 9:59 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The U.S. Coast Guard seized hundreds of pounds of fish from 2 small Mexican fishing boats near Boca Chica Beach. Crews found 300 pounds of red snapper, several sharks and other fish. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter spotted the Mexican boats in U.S.... more »
  • Portuguese Man-of-War Safety Warning

    February 17, 2013 10:55 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Portuguese Man-of-War have been washing up on the shore of Boca Chica Beach and South Padre Island Access 5 and Access 6. Cameron County Emergency Officials have put out a warning to beach goers after hundreds of the creatures started washing ashore. CHANNEL 5... more »
  • 4 Sentenced in Connection with Spring Break Attack

    February 14, 2013 12:58 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Four people were sentenced after pleading guilty in connection to an attack on a Spring Breaker last year. They will each serve three years in prison. They were accused in the beating and stabbing of Derek Madrigal on South Padre Island. Madrigal was stabbed nine... more »
  • Officials Identify Body Found on SPI

    January 29, 2013 4:29 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Officials identified a body found Monday morning on South Padre Island. Authorities said the body is that of Mario Martin, 39, of Matamoros. His family reported he tried to cross the Rio Grande three weeks ago. The body was badly decomposed, officials said. more »
  • Kite Festival a Tradition on South Padre Island

    January 29, 2013 3:31 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The 13th annual South Padre Island Kite Fest is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the flats behind the South Padre Island Convention Centre. The festival begins Friday with an indoor, kite-flying display and runs through Sunday. "We have gone from roughly 15... more »
  • Body Washes Ashore on SPI

    January 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A badly decomposed body washed ashore on South Padre Island earlier today. The body of a man was found about a mile north of Beach Access 5. We're told the body had on a t-shirt and shorts, but no identification was found. Authorities are hoping... more »
  • 12 Charged in Spring Break Stabbing

    January 17, 2013 5:31 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Twelve defendants were reindicted by the new Cameron County District Attorney on Tuesday in the stabbing of a man during Spring Break on South Padre Island. Officials said the men are accused of stabbing Derek Madrigal, 21, of Dallas. The suspects are believed to be... more »
  • Officials: Mexican Poachers a Threat to Local Fishermen

    December 28, 2012 8:40 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Mexican fishermen are wandering further north of the international boundary in the Gulf of Mexico in search of better catches, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. The Coast Guard on Monday found a gill net 18 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico boundary. They said it is... more »
  • Cameron County Precinct 1 Park Rangers Reinstated

    December 27, 2012 5:27 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Precinct 1 park rangers will be back on duty after a three-year hiatus. The county had cut the jobs to save money, officials said. The precinct 1 commissioner pushed to get the rangers back. The commissioners voted two to one to give the park rangers... more »
  • Missouri Tourist Dies in Waters off South Padre Island

    December 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - South Padre Island police say a 44-year-old tourist from Missouri died on Christmas Day in the Gulf of Mexico off South Padre Island. Rescuers found Timothy James Harrison floating in the water near The Shores. Police got a call about a swimmer in distress shortly... more »
  • Beach Access 5 and 6 Temporarily Closed

    November 13, 2012 1:01 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos ordered the temporary closure of Beach Access 5 and 6. The closure is due to dangerous rip current conditions and high tides along the Gulf coast. Cascos asked law enforcement to ensure no one bring vehicle to those beach accesses.... more »
  • Investigators Release Sketch of Woman found Dead on SPI

    October 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Texas Department of Public Safety investigators on Tuesday released a sketch of a woman found dead on South Padre Island earlier this month. DPS investigators think the woman was in her 40s. They believe her body had been near Beach Access 6 for more than... more »
  • Amazing Devotion to Sand Castles

    October 23, 2012 3:48 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - For more than 25 years, Amazin' Walter McDonald has been playing in the sand. He's been a fixture at South Padre Island's Sand Castle Days for decades. McDonald said, "Our visitors center plucked me off the beach and said, 'We've been watching you, and we'd... more »
  • South Padre Island Environmental Health Services Department Honored

    October 19, 2012 9:55 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The South Padre Island Environmental Health Services Department received the Texas Environmental Health Association's Award of Excellence for its work in the area of food inspection and enforcement. South Padre Island Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton Jr. recognized the department at the Oct. 17 council meeting for... more »

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