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  • Data Collection Tower Installed at South Padre Island Play Video

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A new tower is standing along the coast on South Padre Island. This data collection tower is called a sentinel and will measure the wind speeds, water current, water temperature, air temperature and more. The tower can withstand a Category 4 hurricane. The... more »
  • Sand Sculptors Flock to South Padre Island Play Video

    October 23, 2014 5:27 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Sand sculptors gathered recently on South Padre Island to create unique works of art. Morgan Sand, from Santa Cruz, Calif., was one of the artists. "For me, the piece is primarily about self-confidence, self-love and wholeness," Morgan Sand said. People flock to the... more »
  • SPI Police Investigate Woman's Death Play Video

    October 23, 2014 12:51 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Police are investigating a nurse's death on South Padre Island. Melissa Alexis Ortiz, 25, was found unresponsive at the Hilton Garden Inn Sunday. Police said Ortiz was an intensive care unit nurse at Valley Regional Medical Center. more »
  • South Padre Island Spraying for Mosquitoes Play Video

    October 7, 2014 5:14 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - South Padre Island is on the offense against mosquitoes. The city's environmental health services department is spraying to knock out these pests on the island. They are spraying at dusk. Officials said the entire island has been sprayed twice, and they are treating standing water.... more »
  • Coast Guard Rescues Ship Crew Member Who Became Ill Play Video

    September 28, 2014 8:39 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued a crew member of a ship offshore of South Padre Island, late Saturday night. The 24-year-old man was suffering from appendicitis and asked to be taken off of the ship for treatment. A rescue helicopter and crew were... more »
  • Mexican Fishermen Rescued Near South Padre Island

    September 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Four Mexican fishermen are back home after being rescued at sea. It happened 22 miles from South Padre Island, Wednesday night. The U.S. Coast Guard says their boat capsized, and they didn't have life jackets. A tanker crew saw the men clinging to... more »
  • Fishermen Rescued After Boat Sank Play Video

    September 18, 2014 10:03 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four fishermen from Mexico after their boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico. It happened about 22 miles from South Padre Island. U.S. Coast Guard officials in Corpus Christi reported the men are in good condition following the rescue. Lt. Eric... more »
  • USS Saratoga Arriving Hours Earlier Than Expected Play Video

    September 12, 2014 1:00 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - For the second time this year, a U.S. Navy carrier ship is headed to the Port of Brownsville to be scrapped. It took the USS Saratoga about four hours to get passed the jetties on South Padre Island. As of noon, it reached the shrimp... more »
  • Stranded Shrimp Boat Pulled to Safety Play Video

    September 7, 2014 6:11 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The investigation starts on a shrimp boat that ran aground off South Padre Island. The boat was stuck for nearly a week. CHANNEL 5's Michael Scott was out there today when crews worked to bring the boat off the sand bar. It took crews... more »
  • Beached Shrimper Now Towed Out to Water Play Video

    September 7, 2014 10:22 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND- A Mexican shrimper that ran aground on South Padre Island is being towed out to the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard says the process could take up to 8 hours. The boat will then head to Port Isabel where the 4 men on board will... more »
  • Cuban Man Recovering in Hospital after 21 Days on Boat Play Video

    September 5, 2014 12:49 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Cuban immigrant who washed ashore on South Padre Island is still recovering in the hospital. He was one of six men who left Cuba and tried reaching Mexico by boat. The boat broke down and it floated up the gulf, until it landed on South Padre... more »
  • Sharks Spotted off South Padre Island Play Video

    September 4, 2014 8:55 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - South Padre Island officials say there is no cause for alarm after several sharks were spotted in the waters. The sharks were spotted near Clayton's Beach Bar and Grill, officials said. Lifeguards kept an eye on the three, 8-foot-long sharks, officials said. more »
  • Coast Guard Warns About Broken Navigation Light Play Video

    September 4, 2014 7:37 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Coast Guard officials say crews have not been able to reach a buoy to fix a broken navigation light. The light went out Tuesday while fishing trawlers sailed toward the Santiago-Brazos Pass as they sought shelter from Tropical Storm Dolly at the Port of Brownsville.... more »
  • Waters Still Too Rough to Free Stranded Boat Play Video

    September 4, 2014 1:53 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Waters are still too rough to free a stranded shrimping boat at South Padre Island. The Mexican vessel ran aground at Isla Blanca Park Tuesday night. Four crew members aboard are doing fine. The company that owns the boat hired a local contractor... more »
  • Coast Guard Issues Warning After Buoy Light Fails Play Video

    September 3, 2014 8:09 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The U.S. Coast Guard issued a navigational warning Wednesday after a buoy light went out near the Brazos-Santiago Pass. Coast Guard officials said they will have to wait for the seas to calm down before sending a crew to check the light. The light... more »
  • Boat Stuck Near Isla Blanca Park Play Video

    September 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Mexican shrimping boats are preparing to leave the Port of Brownsville and head back into the gulf. Rough seas caused by Tropical Storm Dolly led them to seek refuge at the port. Officials have given them to the green light to return to the gulf. ... more »
  • Boat Run Aground North of Jetties Play Video

    September 3, 2014 7:54 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - U.S. Coast Guard officials confirmed a boat was run aground near South Padre Island, north of the jetties. We're told there are four people onboard. Around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, the crew purposely beached the ship to avoid hitting the jetties, because the ship didn't have... more »
  • Angler Helps Cubans Stranded on South Padre Island Play Video

    September 2, 2014 7:43 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Houston man on a fishing trip got more than he expected Monday. Gustavo Burr and his girlfriend were on South Padre Island looking for the right spot to cast their lines. They noticed a strange boat near shore about 10 miles north of Beach... more »
  • Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Planned for Sept. 27

    August 29, 2014 11:38 AM

    AUSTIN - The 28th General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup is expected to have as many as 10,000 Texans to help clean up 30 of the state's most popular tourist beaches. The Adopt-A-Beach program is an all-volunteer effort that began in 1986 to help rid Texas beaches of litter.... more »
  • Former Harlingen Police Officer Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

    August 16, 2014 12:00 PM

    HARLINGEN - A jury found former Harlingen police officer Elias Cardona Thursday guilty of a 2013 sexual assault and Friday sentenced him to eight years probation. Cardona, 35, was off duty when he was arrested on South Padre Island during Spring Break in March 2013. Cardona will serve... more »
  • Coast Guard Rescues Kayakers off Island Jetties Play Video

    July 24, 2014 11:28 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Coast Guard crew rescued two teenagers after their kayak capsized Wednesday off the South Padre Island jetties. The 16- and 18-year-old were trying to cross the Brazos-Santiago Pass channel on a one-person kayak. Cameron County Beach Patrol was on scene to assist the... more »
  • Perry Issues Statement about Island Resident's Death in Gaza

    July 21, 2014 11:10 PM

    AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday issued a statement following the death of a South Padre Island resident serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. IDF Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, died fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was an American with dual Israeli citizenship. "On... more »
  • Island's Jewish Community Mourns IDF Sergeant Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:40 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Members of a synagogue on South Padre Island are mourning the death of one of their own. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, was killed while fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Members of Shoova Israel Synagogue were notified Sunday of his death. Carmeli was an... more »
  • Israeli Sergeant Killed in Gaza Attended Brownsville Schools Play Video

    July 21, 2014 4:24 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Rio Grande Valley resident died fighting in the Gaza Strip. Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, and 13 other Israeli soldiers were killed during a special mission on the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was born in Texas and has dual citizenship in Israel. Carmeli volunteered... more »
  • SPI Foundation Investigated for Illegal Gambling Play Video

    July 20, 2014 10:11 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - An eight-liner parlor, a small business and a home are now part of an investigation. Cameron County investigators say the three locations are connected with the Laguna Madre Scholarship Foundation. On their website, the foundation says they are a non-profit that helps veterans and their families... more »
  • 65 Decomposed Sharks Found in Illegal Gill Net

    July 2, 2014 9:23 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - U.S. Coast Guard crews suspect Mexican fishermen are responsible for the illegal use of a mile-long gill net. Sixty-five sharks were caught in the net and badly decomposed. An aircrew spotted the gill net Monday around 2 p.m. It was found about 20 miles off... more »
  • Cameron County DA Awaits Killer's Extradition Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:55 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County district attorney is pushing for the speedy extradition of a convicted killer. District Attorney Luis Saenz says murderer Amit Livingston could be extradited from India in six months. Saenz said he is relieved to know Livingston is in custody in India. "He was... more »
  • U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man Suffering From Chest Pains

    June 10, 2014 9:06 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescues a man 20 miles east of South Padre Island. Officials say the 52 year old man was suffering from heart-attack-like symptoms while onboard a charter ship Monday night. Crew members onboard the Osprey II called for help. Coast... more »
  • Woman Charged in Accident Involving Asst. DA

    June 6, 2014 2:11 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - A Brownsville woman is being held on a $60,000 bond, after she was involved in an accident with a motorcyclist. The victim, a Cameron County assistant district attorney, is in the intensive care unit. Lizeth Valdez was officially charged this afternoon. Her bond on the... more »
  • Body Found North of Beach Access 6 Play Video

    June 6, 2014 10:44 AM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The body of a Hispanic man washed ashore on South Padre Island. Around 7:15 a.m., beachgoers reported spotting the body about a half-mile north of Beach Access 6. Cameron County park rangers retrieved the man's body. We're told he was naked, and there were... more »
  • Mexican Crew Caught Illegally Fishing in US Waters

    June 3, 2014 11:10 AM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A Mexican fishing crew was caught illegally fishing in U.S. waters. A U.S. Coast Guard air crew first spotted the 25-foot Mexican fishing boat. A helicopter from the Corpus Christi station and a special purpose craft from the South Padre Island station headed toward the boat.... more »
  • Cameron County Looking for Public Input on Second Causeway

    June 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority is asking the public to take a survey regarding a second access point for South Padre Island . Cameron County Administrator Pete Sepulveda said the survey will help determine public traffic patterns. The survey is a part of the environmental development... more »
  • 2 Drowned at SPI during Holiday Weekend Play Video

    May 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Two people drowned at South Padre Island over the weekend. Michael Johnson, the Cameron County Beach Patrol safety coordinator, told CHANNEL 5 NEWS a 54-year-old man drowned Saturday afternoon. It happened after 3:30 p.m. at Isla Blanca Park. The second drowning happened Monday afternoon,... more »
  • AEP Urges Property Owners To Spruce Up Near Power Lines Play Video

    May 18, 2014 9:15 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND- Property owners on South Padre Island are being asked to remove or trim palm trees near power lines. AEP Officials say they want the island to be prepared for hurricane season. AEP spokesperson Frank Ezpinoza told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the community of Bayview had 14 palm... more »
  • Night Race Draws Runners from Throughout the State Play Video

    May 15, 2014 11:27 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Runners will take to the beaches of South Padre Island for the Sand Crab Run. The event is the only race in the Rio Grande Valley that happens at night. "I've never run in the sand before, so this is going to be a totally... more »
  • One of Cameron County's Most Wanted in Custody Play Video

    May 9, 2014 11:15 AM

    MCALLEN - After seven years on the run, a man convicted of a South Padre Island murder was arrested. The U.S. Marshals confirmed Amit Livingston is in custody. India National Police arrested Livingston in Hyderabad, India Tuesday. Livingston was convicted of the murder of Hermila Hernandez. The 32-year-old's body... more »
  • Heaps of Seaweed Pile onto SPI Play Video

    May 2, 2014 11:32 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Crews are working to bulldoze heaps of seaweed off beaches on South Padre Island. Seaweed washing ashore is common this time of year, but the amount is uncommon, officials said. Researchers explained the recent cold fronts kept the floating plants off shore longer. The seaweed... more »
  • Weather Experts Gather on South Padre Island Play Video

    April 24, 2014 6:56 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Meteorologists gathered recently on South Padre Island for the National Tropical Weather Conference. The weather experts gathered to discuss the upcoming hurricane season, among other things. CHANNEL 5 NEWS' Tim Smith and KABB-TV's Alex Garcia hosted the conference. "(We do this) to reach out... more »
  • 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 »

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