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  • Starr County DA Launches Offensive Against Synthetic Marijuana Play Video

    November 20, 2014 6:42 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County District Attorney's Office is declaring war against synthetic marijuana. DA Omar Escobar said the use of synthetic marijuana among teenagers and young adults is out of control in the county. He said it is so serious he is implementing a new procedure... more »
  • Deputy, Her Brother Arrested in Drug Smuggling Attempt Play Video

    November 18, 2014 9:46 AM

    HEBBRONVILLE - Border Patrol agents arrested a Starr County sheriff's deputy and her brother at the Hebbronville checkpoint. A K-9 alerted agents to the vehicle Amy Reyes and Bobby Reyes were traveling in last week. During a secondary inspection, agents found a compartment underneath the driver and passenger seats.... more »
  • Starr County: Playing the Numbers - Part 2 Play Video

    November 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Dwindling revenue and low employment have put Starr County millions in debt. Starr County Judge Eloy Vera hopes legal gaming establishments could bring the county out of the red. Ismael Ortiz opened a legal gaming facility a month ago. "It cost me about $40,000," he said.... more »
  • Starr County: Playing the Numbers Play Video

    November 17, 2014 10:15 PM

    STARR COUNTY - One county is giving 8-liners the green light for the first time in Rio Grande Valley history. Law enforcement says gaming parlors crossed the legal line in other parts of the Valley. CHANNEL 5 NEWS went undercover to see if Starr County can beat the odds. ... more »
  • CBP Shut Down Marijuana Growing Operation Play Video

    November 13, 2014 6:47 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Border Patrol agents have shut down another marijuana growing operation in the Rio Grande Valley. A tip led agents to the illegal growing field in rural Starr County. Several crates of tiny marijuana plants are in the hands of state investigators. Border Patrol Spokesperson... more »
  • Ranchers Worry about Smuggling on Pipeline Road Play Video

    November 5, 2014 6:53 PM

    SULLIVAN CITY - Starr County residents say a pipeline road has become path for smuggling activity. The natural gas pipeline runs through ranchland. A local rancher said he notices a lot of suspicious vehicles near the pipeline road. "You know all the cars that go through here, and... more »
  • Boil Water Advisory in Effect for La Victoria Play Video

    November 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    STARR COUNTY - A boil water advisory is in effect for residents of La Victoria. It's a result of a hole in a 300,000-gallon water tank in La Grulla. "Water started seeping around the perimeter of the tank and started coming out from the ground. And that's when we... more »
  • Accident Closes FM 1017 at Hidalgo-Starr County Line Play Video

    November 4, 2014 12:37 PM

    STARR-HIDALGO COUNTY LINE - A road will remain closed for at least five hours as crews clean up after a truck crash. The incident happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on FM 1017 at the Starr-Hidalgo county line. The truck driver suffered head injuries and was hospitalized Officials... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Starr County Tax Office Play Video

    November 3, 2014 6:49 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The ongoing investigation into the Starr County Tax Assessor's Office is not affecting operations. Employees with the office said business continues as usual. Authorities launched an investigation into the office after allegations that more than $700,000 went missing. The Starr County District Attorney's... more »
  • Early Voting Numbers Across the Valley Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:43 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Election Day starts tomorrow, but early voting numbers are in from across the Valley. The polls open at 7 a.m. In Cameron County, nearly 21,000 people cast their ballots. That is about 11 percent of registered voters in Cameron County. In Starr County,... more »
  • High School Student Killed in Rio Grande City Play Video

    October 27, 2014 12:12 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A Rio Grande City High School student died after a car accident early Sunday. The crash happened at approximately 1 a.m. on Highway 83. Two other students were injured. Rio Grande City Assistant Police Chief Noe Castillo said Jocelyn de la Garza and two classmates... more »
  • Starr County Deputies Search for Suspects in School Burglary Play Video

    October 21, 2014 5:33 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County deputies are investigating a string of burglaries near Rio Grande City. The break-ins happened in the area surrounding John and Olive Hinojosa Elementary School. The area is north of Highway 83, along Embassy Street. Authorities are looking for two people. The... more »
  • Starr County Teen Arrested for Burglary

    October 18, 2014 3:30 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Deputies have arrested 17-year-old Emmanuel Chapa from Las Lomas on burglary charges and evaded and resisted arrest. According to a police report, Chapa was captured about 3:00 o'clock Saturday morning. An iPad and several iPods from an elementary school in Rio Grande City were found... more »
  • Starr County Residents Want Details about Tax Office Investigation Play Video

    October 15, 2014 6:47 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County residents want to known what happened to the thousands of dollars allegedly stolen by some tax office employees. Ellena Marquez recently moved to Starr County from California. Marquez said she is not surprised by the investigation happening at the county tax office. ... more »
  • Starr County Tax Office Reopens Play Video

    October 15, 2014 12:33 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County Tax Assessor's Office is open again. The office closed Tuesday when officials launched an investigation into the department. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar confirmed his agency, along with the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety, launched the probe into the... more »
  • Starr County Tax Office Under Investigation Play Video

    October 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - County, state and federal authorities are conducting an investigation into the Starr County Tax Assessor's Office. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar would not discuss the nature of the investigation. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned the probe may be linked to two cases - one... more »
  • Starr County Grand Jury to Hear Shooting Case Play Video

    October 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Investigators are preparing to present a shooting case to a grand jury. The shooting happened Sunday at a ranch off FM 2686 in Starr County. The victim, Pedro Mondragon, 24, told authorities he was at the ranch when several people approached him and one shot... more »
  • Starr County Shooting Victim Released from Hospital Play Video

    October 13, 2014 12:42 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Houston man was released from a hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to the hand. The shooting happened Sunday at a ranch off FM 2686 in Starr County. The man, Pedro Mondragon, 24, told authorities he was at the ranch when several... more »
  • Deputies Investigating Shooting at Starr County Ranch Play Video

    October 12, 2014 10:45 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Starr County Sheriff's Office is investigating a weekend shooting at a ranch. DPS troopers pulled over a man, who had been shot in the hand. Troopers notified the Starr County Sheriff's Office, who then spoke to the 24-year-old, who we're told is from Houston. ... more »
  • 2 Accused of Torturing Roma Resident Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:36 PM

    ROMA - Two Starr County men have been arrested and charged with the torture of a Roma resident. CHANNEL 5 NEWS obtained a portion of the video showing the beating. Authorities said they are worried about threats one of the suspects made. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar... more »
  • Man Accused of Shooting at Starr County Deputy Play Video

    October 2, 2014 2:10 PM

    STARR COUNTY - State troopers arrested a man accused of firing a shot at a Starr County sheriff's deputy. Juan Antonio Perez faces a charge of attempted capital murder. He's accused of shooting at a deputy on Aug. 16. Troopers arrested him Monday in Liberty County near Beaumont.... more »
  • New Shelter Opens in Starr County Play Video

    September 26, 2014 7:21 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County residents now have a shelter where they can get help in time of need. Directors with the Center of Hope said their goal is to help families in need. "The need is there," Center of Hope Director Anna Villarreal said. Villarreal... more »
  • Authorities Investigate House Fire in Rio Grande City Play Video

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County fire officials are looking into the cause of a fire that gutted a home early Tuesday in Rio Grande City. The fire happened at approximately 3 a.m. in the 100 block of Peterson Drive. Officials said the house was engulfed in flames by... more »
  • Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges Play Video

    September 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence. Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. In Starr County, international... more »
  • Group Reaches out to Crime Victims in Starr County

    September 8, 2014 7:30 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A new group is reaching out to crime victims in Starr County. "I said, ‘if no body wants to go, then we'll go over there,'" Rosie Martinez said. Martinez is a regional crime victim specialist with the Crime Prevention and Restoration Program. Martinez... more »
  • Fire Destroys Abandoned Home in Starr County Play Video

    September 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Starr County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire in Salineno. It happened on the 600 block of Old Church Road. Officials with the sheriff's office said the call came in at 2 a.m. The Salineno Fire Department responded. We're told the fire was at... more »
  • Rio Grande City Officials Prepare for Arrival of National Guard Play Video

    August 21, 2014 5:08 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Texas military officials are preparing to deploy National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal says about 250 troops will be in Starr County. Talk to anyone who knows the history of Rio Grande City. They will tell... more »
  • Fishermen Discovered Decomposed Body in River Play Video

    August 21, 2014 1:08 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Investigators are working to identify a body found in the river east of Rio Grande City. Cpt. Carlos Delgado of the Starr County Sheriff's Office said fishermen discovered a man's body around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was found along Cemetery Road in the La Casita community.... more »
  • National Guard Troops to Arrive in Starr County Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:34 PM

    STARR COUNTY - National Guard troops will arrive in the Rio Grande Valley this weekend. The troops are part of the deployment ordered by Gov. Rick Perry. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said he spoke with the commanders about where to stay, the lay of the land... more »
  • Freelance Writer Demands Payment from Newspaper Play Video

    August 19, 2014 8:36 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A freelance journalist working for a newspaper in Starr County says he's not getting paid for his work. Kenneth Roberts said management at The South Texas Reporter stopped responding after he kept asking for his money. Roberts reports on topics like county commissioners' meetings and... more »
  • Suspect Opens Fire on Starr County Deputies Play Video

    August 18, 2014 9:10 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County officials say they are looking for a suspected gang member who reportedly shot at officers over the weekend. Sheriff investigators identified the suspect as Juan Antonio Perez Jr. They said Perez fired at least one shot at deputies as they arrived at a... more »
  • Aerostat Helps Agents Nab Smuggling Suspects Play Video

    August 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    ROMA - Federal authorities say the new aerostat in Roma helped them track a drug smuggling operation. A Border Patrol agent operating the aerostat spotted three people loading drugs from a shed into a pickup truck Friday. Cameras on the aerostat followed the truck down Highway 83 until agents... more »
  • Phoenix Murder Suspect Caught in Starr County Play Video

    August 18, 2014 12:56 PM

    STARR COUNTY - U.S. Marshals arrested a man wanted for murder. They caught Tomas Andrew Hernandez in Starr County Friday night. Hernandez is accused of shooting a man in Phoenix. According to investigators, Hernandez went to the man's home, while there was a party, shot him and ran. ... more »
  • Trooper Injured during Traffic Stop, Suspect on the Run

    August 14, 2014 7:25 AM

    STARR COUNTY - A driver is on the run after a DPS trooper was injured during a traffic stop Wednesday night. According to Sergeant Elizabeth Barney, the suspect was pulled over in Starr County, near FM 3167 and Expressway 83, around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday. After the trooper made contact... more »
  • Experts Predict Beef Price Increase Play Video

    August 13, 2014 8:49 PM

    ROMA - Cattle ranchers say consumers soon will pay more for beef. They say a small parasite is behind the spike in prices. Livestock is selling $1.50 to $2 higher per pound in Starr County. The prices represent a major increase from 2013. Compounding the problem is an increase... more »
  • Border Patrol Adds Aerostat in Roma Play Video

    August 12, 2014 12:21 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Border Patrol added a second aerostat in Starr County to help fight illegal activity. Aerostats are tethered blimp-shaped balloons used for surveillance. Border Patrol agents credit them in helping catch human smugglers and drug smugglers, as well as helping to rescue illegal immigrants in danger.... more »
  • Honduran Consulate Reaches out to Families of Murder Victims Play Video

    August 7, 2014 6:46 PM

    McALLEN - The Honduran consulate in McAllen is reaching out to the families of three Hondurans killed in Starr County. Vice-Consul Lilian Gomez said she is in constant communication with a man who survived the shooting. She said a fourth Honduran was not in a house-turned-game-room when his brother... more »
  • Arrest Warrant Issued in Starr County Triple Murder Play Video

    August 6, 2014 7:56 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County Sheriff's Department secured an arrest warrant for a suspect wanted in the murder of three Honduran men. Investigators are looking for 21-year-old Fernando Flores Rodriguez. Officials said the Mexican national was an acquaintance of the three victims. The murders happened over... more »
  • 2 Accused of Assaulting Border Patrol Agent Play Video

    August 6, 2014 1:08 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Two Honduran men are in federal custody. They're accused of violently assaulting a Border Patrol agent. The FBI is handling the investigation. A criminal complaint filed in the case states the agent encountered the two suspected illegal immigrants Monday afternoon in Starr County. According to investigators,... more »
  • Live Grenades Found at Murder Scene Play Video

    August 4, 2014 9:23 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County investigators are trying to determine how four live hand grenades ended up in a house where three Honduran men were killed. McAllen police secured the grenades. "They're weapons of mass destruction and they're apparently available," McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said. ... more »
  • Investigation Continues in Starr County Triple Murder

    August 4, 2014 5:33 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County sheriff's investigators are trying to determine what led to a triple homicide Sunday north of the community of Los Alvarez. Sheriff Capt. Carlos Delgado said Eduardo Moreno, 24, of Roma is a person of interest in the case and was expected to surrender.... more »
  • Police Search for Person of Interest in Starr County Triple Murder Play Video

    August 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Police are investigating a triple homicide near Rio Grande City. They're working to find the motive, as well as a person of interest. At 6:15 a.m. Sunday, the Starr County Sheriff's Office got a call regarding shots fired on Rosario Street. That's near North Alvarez Road,... more »
  • Triple Homicide Under Investigation Play Video

    August 3, 2014 10:19 AM

    STARR COUNTY- Authorities are at the scene of a shooting in Starr County where three unidentified people were shot and killed. It happened around 6:30 Sunday morning on Rosario Street west of Rio Grande City. The McAllen Police Department's bomb squad was also called to the scene after... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Rescue 2 Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol agents rescued two immigrants from the South Texas brush in two separate incidents. The first rescue happened Sunday evening. Authorities said a human smuggler abandoned the man near La Grulla. The man called 911 and Starr County dispatchers relayed his general location to agents.... more »
  • Black Bear Spotted in Starr County Play Video

    July 24, 2014 3:01 PM

    STRARR COUNTY - Texas game wardens are still searching for a black bear spotted in Starr County. A game warden sent pictures of the bear were sent to CHANNEL 5 NEWS. The bear was last seen on San Julian Road about two miles north of Expressway 83. ... more »
  • Black Bear Spotted in Starr County Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:59 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for a full-grown black bear. Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife game wardens said the bear was spotted over the weekend on FM 649 near the town of El Sauz. The site is about... more »
  • Rio Grande City Mayor Welcomes National Guard Deployment Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal welcomed the governor's decision to deploy the National Guard to the border. The Rio Grande City mayor said the recent surge in illegal immigration is draining law enforcement resources in his city. Villarreal said police often are tied up waiting for... more »
  • Deputies Raid 8-Liner Parlor in Rio Grande City

    July 18, 2014 1:49 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities raided a gambling parlor Thursday in Rio Grande City. Starr County sheriff's deputies interviewed a man from San Benito who they say was in charge of the establishment. They also questioned about 55 patrons. The manager and patrons were released pending an investigation. The... more »
  • 2 Accused of Impersonating Security Guards Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:38 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County authorities arrested two men accused of impersonating security guards. The men were armed and guarding two eight-liner parlors. The men were wearing uniforms with patches from a company called Border Security and Investigations of Los Fresnos. "These people were stealing from... more »
  • Smugglers Operate in Plain Sight Across the River from Roma Play Video

    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 »
  • Starr County Girl Recovering After Stabbing Attack Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:19 PM

    STARR COUNTY - An 11-year-old girl is recovering at a hospital after being stabbed 21 times by her own father. Starr County sheriff's deputies were called to the family's house east of Rio Grande City just before sunrise Tuesday. Deputies found the girl with stab wounds throughout her... more »
  • Father Stabs Daughter in Starr County Play Video

    July 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities say a father stabbed his 11-year-old daughter 20 times before attempting to take his life in the Las Lomas area east of Rio Grande City. Starr County Sheriff's deputies say the incident happened at approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday on JM Martinez Street. Deputies say... more »
  • Illegal Immigration a Burden on Rio Grande City

    July 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Starr County officials say the surge in illegal immigration is having an impact in their law enforcement budgets. The Texas Department of Public Safety recently increased its patrols in Starr County. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal says he welcomes the state officers. He says... more »
  • Pipeline Project Upsets Starr County Family Play Video

    July 9, 2014 9:08 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A family in Starr County is upset over the construction of a natural gas pipeline. The 124-mile-long pipeline will run from Nueces County to the U.S.-Mexico border. One landowner says the project is damaging her property. The project is carving a 40-yard-wide path through... more »
  • Man Hospitalized After Chase in Starr County Play Video

    July 9, 2014 4:20 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A man was hospitalized after the vehicle he was using to flee from police rolled over his legs. The incident happened after a chase at about 9 a.m. Wednesday on FM 649 in Starr County. Investigators tried to pull over the driver of the grey... more »
  • Brush Fire Threatens Homes near Fronton Play Video

    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 »
  • Overcrowding Blamed for Attacks at Border Patrol Facilities

    June 30, 2014 7:08 PM

    WESLACO - Overcrowding at Border Patrol holding facilities may be contributing to sexual assaults, an agents' union representative said. National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera expects conditions to worsen as the overcrowding continues. "When you over crowd it, you invite situations like this," Cabrera... more »
  • Federal Patrols to Increase in Starr County Play Video

    June 20, 2014 6:58 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County soon will see an increase in the number of federal agents in the region. The increase in patrols is the result of numerous requests by state lawmakers to federal officials to do more to secure the region. The initiative, called Boot Foot... more »
  • Starr County Seeks to Collect Outstanding Bond Forfeitures Play Video

    June 6, 2014 8:07 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County district attorney says millions of dollars were never collected from outstanding bail bonds and personal forfeitures. District Attorney Omar Escobar said he won't do business with bail bondsmen who owe until payments are made on the more than $3.4 million. The... more »
  • Teen Facing Several Charges after Chase Play Video

    May 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    PALMVIEW - A 17-year-old Mexican citizen is now in custody, after leading Starr County authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Palmview. The teen hasn't been arraigned, which why his face is hidden in the photo. We're told HIDTA task force officers tried to pull him over in... more »
  • New Ordinance Targets Starr County Tire Shops Play Video

    May 19, 2014 7:55 PM

    ROMA - A tire shop owner says a new county ordinance will have a negative impact on his business. Rene Barrera said he would take old tires to the Starr County transfer station for disposal. The new ordinance bans shops like his from continuing the practice. Barrera has... more »
  • Smuggler Wearing Life Vest Bails Out of Vehicle Play Video

    May 16, 2014 12:59 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Investigators said a drug smuggler escaped to Mexico empty-handed. An agent with the Starr County HIDTA task force spotted a group on an inflatable raft on the river around 7 a.m. All four men were in camouflage. Some hid their faces with black ski masks. Investigators... more »
  • Historical Landmark Escaped Damage During Chase Play Video

    May 16, 2014 12:59 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A historical landmark escaped damaged during a chase in Starr County. The pursuit happened Thursday in downtown Rio Grande City. Starr County HIDTA investigators told us they spotted a driver in black SUV on Avasolo Street fail to make a complete stop. They signaled for the driver... more »
  • First Responders on Alert for Weather-Related Emergencies Play Video

    May 13, 2014 12:58 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The threat of severe weather continues. First responders remain on alert. The heavy rains first hit northern Starr County this morning in the San Isidro area. San Isidro Fire Chief Bernabe Benavides said his crews held a special meeting this morning to prepare for their day.... more »
  • Cell Phones, Chargers Found in Federal Inmate's Cell

    May 13, 2014 12:31 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Four guards resigned after a jail search revealed two cell phones and chargers. In April, Starr County Sheriff's Office searched the jail and found the cell phones and chargers in a federal inmate's cell. Two federal inmates claimed the phones were theirs. Several guards were... more »
  • Smuggling Suspect Crashes into Horse Play Video

    May 12, 2014 8:17 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Officials say a police chase ended when a smuggling suspect struck and killed a horse. Authorities said the chase begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday when Starr County investigators spotted a suspicious driver. The motorist sped off and the chase continued through an alley on Acapulco... more »
  • 4 Charged after Drug Bunker Discovered Play Video

    May 9, 2014 12:50 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Four people were charged in connection with drug bundles found in a bunker. Starr County HIDTA investigators said they found more than 700 pounds of marijuana. Three men and one woman were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. The suspects were identified as: ... more »
  • Alert Officers Spot Drug Bunker in Escobares Play Video

    May 8, 2014 8:39 PM

    ESCOBARES - Alert law enforcers busted a drug bunker Thursday in Starr County. Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force officers found the bunker under a mesquite tree. They said several things gave away the site. Lawmen confiscated 126 bundles of marijuana at the site. ... more »
  • Marijuana Found in Underground Bunker Play Video

    May 8, 2014 12:42 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities found nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in an underground bunker in Starr County. They arrested three people. A HIDTA task force investigator patrolling Escobares saw three men sweeping the ground in a wooded area. It was outside a home on the 3000 block of Ramirez... more »
  • Starr County Reports Increase in Illegal Crossings Play Video

    April 22, 2014 7:37 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County officials said they are seeing a spike in the number of illegal immigrants trekking through the area. Authorities detained 20 illegal immigrants Tuesday morning. The immigrants were packed in a Ford Excursion. The group bailed out when the driver hit a parked vehicle... more »
  • 3 in Hospital after Starr County Chase Play Video

    April 18, 2014 8:36 AM

    STARR COUNTY - Three people are recovering after a rollover accident in Starr County. According to the Starr County Sheriff's Office, Border Patrol agents spotted six illegal immigrants getting into a 2008 red Ford Escape. They tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and a... more »
  • Investigation Launched after Drugs are Found in Burning House Play Video

    April 15, 2014 7:58 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities say an abandoned house in the La Rosita area was being used as a drug stash house. Authorities discovered bundles of marijuana at the house after firefighters were sent there to battle a blaze. "There was a bundle in the room that was (on)... more »
  • Starr County Running Out of Space to Store Confiscated Vehicles Play Video

    April 10, 2014 7:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County authorities are running out of space to store the vehicles and machinery confiscated from alleged drug and human smugglers. Agents with the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force seize about two heavy drug loads a day. Each load averages about... more »
  • Chase Leads to Almost 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Play Video

    March 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Nearly a thousand pounds of marijuana is off the streets in Starr County. The Starr County HIDTA task force made the bust yesterday afternoon. It happened after a short chase through the community of Los Barreras. The driver of a Ford Explorer bailed out and was... more »
  • Starr County HITDA Task Force Reports Uptick in Drug Seizures Play Video

    March 25, 2014 7:57 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Agents with the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force say they are seeing a record number of marijuana seizures. Investigators said they are happy with their results, but they're also concerned because their narcotic storage is reaching capacity. HIDTA agents said... more »
  • Starr County Stabbing Suspect in Custody Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:09 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County authorities detained a man wanted in a fatal stabbing. Starr County sheriff's investigators said the suspect tuned himself in this morning. The stabbing happened just after midnight Sunday in Las Lomas neighborhood east of Rio Grande City. Deputies found 34 -year-old Saul... more »
  • Mayor: Gas Pipeline a Boon for Rio Grande City Economy Play Video

    March 18, 2014 7:59 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Rio Grande City officials say a new gas pipeline project will bring jobs and economic prosperity to the region. The NET Mexico Pipeline will carry natural gas from Agua Dulce, in Nueces County, through Starr County and into Mexico. Construction is expected to begin in a... more »
  • Starr County Man Seeks Restitution for Injured Son Play Video

    March 14, 2014 8:36 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Starr County man says a defendant refuses to pay restitution to his son even after a court ruled in his favor. Eulogio Reyna said his first born, and namesake, almost lost his life a few years ago. A drunk driver hit him in the... more »
  • Suspect Smashed into Border Patrol Unit

    March 14, 2014 1:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A suspect rammed his vehicle into a Border Patrol unit. According to Border Patrol spokesperson Danny Tirado, the agent was chasing a suspected drug smuggler this morning. We're told the suspect turned into a dirt road and then smashed into the Border Patrol unit repeatedly. The... more »
  • Starr County Officials React to Former Officer's Arrest Play Video

    March 7, 2014 7:37 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The director of the Starr County Probation Office said he was blindsided by the alleged wrongdoing by one of his former officers. Noe Gonzalez said he confronted Joseph Romeo Ozuna about multiple allegations of wrongdoing. "He resigned and then I turned matters over to... more »
  • Former Starr County Probation Officer Awaits Arraignment Play Video

    March 7, 2014 4:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Multiple allegations of wrongdoing by a former Starr County probation officer led to an investigation that resulted in a 58-count indictment, officials said. Joseph Romeo Ozuna was charged with forging official documents for people he supervised as a probation officer. The indictment also alleges that... more »
  • Former Starr County Probation Officer Indicted on 58 Counts Play Video

    March 6, 2014 10:37 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County District Attorney's Office on Thursday unsealed a 58-count indictment against a former probation officer. Joseph Romeo Ozuna was charged with forging official documents for people he supervised as a probation officer. The DA said Ozuna forged documents in exchange for money and... more »
  • Starr County Judge Reelected Play Video

    March 4, 2014 10:42 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County Judge Eloy Vera was elected to serve another term. Vera beat opponents Lupe Amador and Guillermo Gonzalez Jr. by a wide margin Vera is into his 16th year as county judge. "A thing I would like to work on is our... more »
  • Suspect Leads Police on Chase in Two Counties Play Video

    March 2, 2014 3:48 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The driver in a cross-county chase was finally caught, and he was officially charged. Starr County sheriff's deputies said they began chasing 20-year-old Jose Alfredo Moreno at about 9 p.m. Saturday. He is from the Hidalgo. Jailers said he was charged with running from police... more »
  • Kidnappers Issue Threats against Victim's Family Play Video

    February 28, 2014 4:15 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A relative of a teenager kidnapped from his home in Starr County said the family is getting threats from the boy's abductors. Starr County sheriff's deputies said Brandon Medina, 15, was kidnapped Wednesday night from his house in the community of La Casita. The teenager was... more »

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