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  • 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 »
  • FBI Joins Investigation into Starr County Kidnapping Play Video

    February 27, 2014 7:17 PM

    GARCIASVILLE - FBI agents on Thursday joined the investigation into the kidnapping of a 14-year-old in Starr County. Investigators said the abduction happened in less than 1 minute. Starr County authorities say a teenager was kidnapped at gunpoint Wednesday. Investigators said the abductors used an older-model Dodge truck... more »
  • Investigators Search for Kidnapping Victim in Starr County Play Video

    February 27, 2014 4:20 PM

    GARCIASVILLE - Starr County authorities say a teenager was kidnapped at gunpoint Wednesday. Investigators said the abductors used an older-model Dodge truck in the kidnapping. The truck was found near the Rio Grande. Authorities identified the victim as Brandon Medina, 14. Starr County sheriff's deputies said several gunmen... more »
  • Deputies Investigate Drug Load, Abandoned Truck in Starr County Play Video

    February 26, 2014 10:02 PM

    GARCIASVILLE - Authorities are investigating two incidents in Starr County. Sheriff's deputies discovered 900 pounds of marijuana in a brushy area behind some homes off FM 1430 in the La Casita area near Rio Grande City. Deputies later converged on a spot near the river where they found... more »
  • Land Donation Brings New Cemetery to Starr County Play Video

    February 18, 2014 3:52 PM

    FRONTON - A new cemetery in Starr County is gaining a lot of attention. "We've got close to 7,000 spaces, including the cemetery for the community and the cemetery for the veterans," Starr County Precinct 2 Commissioner Raul Pena Jr. said. Pena convinced the Chevron Corporation to donate... more »
  • $1 Million Bond Set for Carjacking Suspect Play Video

    February 18, 2014 12:57 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A carjacking suspect is being held on a million dollar bond. Jesse Gonzalez Jr. was charged with felony aggravated robbery. A judge said the 24-year-old's high bond was because he believed Gonzalez was a flight risk. The carjacking happened in Starr County over the weekend.... more »
  • Officials Worry About Pollution from Splashdowns Play Video

    February 12, 2014 7:29 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County officials are concerned about an increase in the number of splashdowns and the contamination risks those vehicles pose for the Rio Grande. Texas Department of Public Safety divers on Tuesday helped pull a pickup truck from the river near the community of La... more »
  • Starr County Authorities Vow to Fight Smuggling Play Video

    February 11, 2014 7:32 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County authorities say they will not let cartel intimidation tactics get in the way of enforcing the law. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar said one of his narcotics investigators was the victim of retaliation from the Gulf cartel. Escobar said cartel members... more »
  • Official: Cartel Targets Investigator's House Play Video

    February 11, 2014 4:27 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Starr County narcotics investigator was the victim of retaliation from the Gulf cartel, officials said. Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar said cartel members set his investigator's house on fire. The blaze happened overnight in the 200 block of Shady Grove Drive. Sheriff... more »
  • Man Allegedly Assaulted Game Warden Play Video

    February 6, 2014 12:57 PM

    STARR COUNTY - An illegal immigrant accused of assaulting a game warden is in the Starr County jail. The man is facing charges for possession of marijuana and aggravated assault of a peace officer. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents assisted in the arrest. The game warden was... more »
  • 1 in Custody after Donna Raid Play Video

    January 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    DONNA - One person is facing drug charges, after investigators found a large amount of marijuana near Donna. Starr County HIDTA Investigator Ismael Guerra confirms they found drugs in a vehicle parked at a home yesterday. The property is located near Mile 13 and FM 493. The driver... more »
  • Thief Stops Paying Restitution to Crime Victim Play Video

    January 17, 2014 9:01 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Starr County burglary victim says he stopped receiving money from the man who promised to pay him thousands to make up for a crime. Rene Lopez said he has been to the Starr County Courthouse more times than he cares to count. "They... more »
  • Burglary Suspect Arrested in Starr County Play Video

    January 16, 2014 4:10 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Police arrested a 17-year-old Mexican national in a series of burglaries throughout Starr County, officials said. Court records show a tip led officers on Wednesday to an apartment complex on Embassy Street where they found Juan Daniel Estrada. Investigators said Estrada admitted to breaking... more »
  • Authorities Bust Drug Compound in Starr County Play Video

    January 8, 2014 8:21 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities are working to seize what they called a drug compound between Rio Grande City and Roma. High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force agents raided the property off Highway 83 for the fourth time in three months. Each time investigators arrested several members of the... more »
  • Book Explores Starr County's History Play Video

    January 7, 2014 3:42 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County has a rich history, but few dare to speak about the stories that tell the real past of the region, author Jesus Correa said. Correa recently penned a book titled, "The Real Stories of Starr County." Correa is the public information officer... more »
  • Man Allegedly Stabs Ex-Girlfriend's New Boyfriend Play Video

    January 1, 2014 5:54 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Rio Grande City man started his new year with felony charges; 22-year-old Antonio De Jesus Sanchez was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Starr County sheriff's deputies said Sanchez stabbed his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. It happened at the intersection of Amigo Street... more »
  • Gunmen Storm 8-Liner in Starr County Play Video

    December 31, 2013 12:05 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Starr County sheriff's deputies are searching for gunmen who stormed an 8-liner business. The robbery happened at La Victoria Grocery in Alto Bonito last night. Deputies said five men stormed the business and took purses and wallets from customers. They also made off with cash from... more »
  • Grand Jury to Hear Case of 3 Murder Suspects Play Video

    December 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Investigators in Starr County said they won't file anymore charges against three men in connection to the county's only murder of the year. Francisco Garza, Andy Munoz and Luis Sanchez were each charged with capital murder for the death of 27-year-old Carlos Alberto Garcia. The Roma... more »
  • Elderly Man Missing in Starr County Play Video

    December 24, 2013 10:18 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Authorities are searching for an elderly man who went missing Tuesday morning in Escobares. Ariel Moreno, 84, needs medical attention, his family said. He suffers from Alzheimer's and diabetes. Moreno was last seen outside his home in Escobares in the vicinity of Victoria Street. His... more »
  • Lyford Man Killed in Starr County Crash Play Video

    December 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    STARR COUNTY - State troopers are working to figure out what caused a fatal crash in Starr County. The victim was identified as a 36-year-old male from Lyford. The accident happened about 27 miles north of Roma on FM 649. DPS spokesperson Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said troopers got a... more »
  • Nurse Practitioner Sentenced in Drug Case

    December 13, 2013 10:32 AM

    MCALLEN - A nurse practitioner was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for her role in a drug conspiracy. Celia Raquel Zuniga will also be under supervised release for four years once her prison term is complete. The court enhanced her sentenced for perjuring herself while testifying. The 45-year-old... more »
  • Investigators Search for Leads in Starr County Murder Play Video

    December 9, 2013 4:19 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Investigators are trying to determine who tortured and killed a Mexican national over the weekend. Investigators said they conducted several interviews as part of their probe into the murder of a 27-year-old Carlos Alberto Garcia. Garcia's body was found Sunday morning north of Escobares in the middle... more »
  • Weather Posing Challenges in Murder Investigation Play Video

    December 9, 2013 1:03 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Investigators said they conducted several interviews as part of their investigation into the murder of a 27-year-old Mexican national. Carlos Alberto Garcia's body was found Sunday morning north of Escobares in the middle of Docking Street. He had been bound, stabbed and left for dead. ... more »
  • Man Found Bound and Tortured Play Video

    December 8, 2013 9:15 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Sheriff's Office investigating who tortured and left a man for dead. The Starr County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of 27-year-old Carlos Alberto Garcia. They tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS Garcia's body was found laying in the middle of Docking Street, north of Escobares, Sunday morning.... more »
  • Convicted Sex Offender Linked to New Case Play Video

    October 29, 2013 1:09 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Starr County sheriff's deputies need your help tracking down a wanted sex offender. Investigators said Jorge Luis Dominguez was already convicted on another sex offense charge and deported to Mexico. Now he's suspected of having a month-long sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl from Starr County.... more »
  • Starr County Chase Ends in Drug Bust Play Video

    October 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    LA GRULLA - A woman is on her way to the Starr County jail, after she was involved in a police chase. La Grulla police said they tried to pull over a truck with a missing license plate last night. We're told the driver refused to stop and led... more »
  • Agents Seize 98 Vehicles during Massive Raid Play Video

    October 9, 2013 6:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Nearly 100 vehicles were seized Tuesday during a massive roundup in a drug smuggling and money laundering case. Federal investigators said the vehicles were used in the drug trade or acquired with proceeds from illicit operations. The vehicles are some of the evidence gathered... more »
  • Starr County DA's Office Helps Nab Drug Suspects Play Video

    October 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - The Starr County District Attorney's Office helped federal agents nab the players in a major drug smuggling and money laundering operation, officials said. DEA agents, along with local HIDTA narcotics agents, spent Tuesday rounding up more than two dozen people. Thirty-one were arrested in... more »
  • 31 Arrested in Drug Conspiracy Case Play Video

    October 9, 2013 1:08 PM

    MCALLEN - Federal agents busted a major drug smuggling and money laundering operation. DEA agents, along with local HIDTA narcotics agents, spent yesterday rounding up more than two dozen people. Thirty-one were arrested in total; 13 are from the Rio Grande Valley. Eleven of them were arrested in Starr... more »
  • Officials: Starr County West Nile Patient Contracted Virus in Colorado Play Video

    October 2, 2013 4:17 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A man with West Nile virus is confirmed to have contracted the illness in Colorado, health officials said. The man contracted the virus a month ago before he traveled to South Texas, officials said. Health officials said this is the first time in two years... more »
  • West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Starr County Play Video

    October 2, 2013 12:57 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County health officials confirmed the first case of West Nile virus. Health officials said this is the first time in two years that someone contracts the disease in the county. There were seven West Nile virus cases in the Rio Grande Valley in 2012.... more »
  • Starr County Ranchers Say Ponds Ideal for Water Conservation Play Video

    September 27, 2013 8:41 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A Starr County rancher said Hidalgo and Cameron counties could learn from local cattlemen about water conservation. Ruperto Escobar said Starr County ranchers for decades have relied on ponds to store and conserve water. "We're very lucky here that the soils are green and... more »
  • Starr County Woman Finds Hand Grenade in Potted Plant Play Video

    September 26, 2013 4:22 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Police are investigating a hand grenade found in a potted plant in Starr County. Police said a Rio Grande City woman found the piece of ordnance on Wednesday. Maria Saldana said she bought the plant at a garage sale. She was pruning the plant when... more »
  • Starr County Ranchers Desperate for More Rain Play Video

    September 25, 2013 8:55 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County ranchers are desperate for more rain. They said the 6 inches the area got in recent days wasn't enough to fill their ponds. Ranchers said the small ponds on their ranches are the only source of water for their cattle. "Water comes... more »
  • Rio Grande City Woman Wins Suit Against Starr County Play Video

    September 24, 2013 6:30 PM

    McALLEN - A federal jury on Tuesday awarded $1.5 million to a Rio Grande City woman who sued Starr County for violating her First Amendment rights. Hilda Gonzalez Garza sued the county and its attorney, Victor Canales, after she was fired from her job when she ran for a... more »
  • Former Starr County Lawman Sentenced in Corruption Case Play Video

    September 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A former Starr County sheriff's deputy has been convicted of accepting bribes from drug smugglers. Romeo Javier Ramirez is accused of accepting $30,000 in bribes in exchange for information on how to avoid Texas Department of Public Safety troopers. Ramirez was sentenced to one... more »
  • Starr County Man Indicted on Six Counts of Murder Play Video

    September 17, 2013 10:39 PM

    EDINBURG - A Starr County man has been indicted in the death of a family after a chase last month north of Palmview. A grand jury indicted Hector Ramirez on six counts of murder and six counts of evading arrest. Prosecutors said the 18-year-old was fleeing from a... more »
  • Rio Grande City Loses Drug-Sniffing Dog Play Video

    September 12, 2013 8:42 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Rio Grande City recently lost one of its drug-sniffing dogs to an accident. Replacing the animal will be difficult, officials said. The police department now must rely on Drake, a chocolate Lab trained to sniff out drugs. Its counterpart, Grant, died after it slipped away from... more »
  • Drug Bunker Uncovered in Starr County Play Video

    September 4, 2013 9:18 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Drug traffickers are increasingly turning to makeshift bunkers to stash drugs before moving them north, officials said. Investigators with Starr County's HIDTA Task Force recently found 1,592 pounds of marijuana hidden in a bunker. "This bunker is just in an open land. The property could... more »
  • Men Accused Of Drug Smuggling In Starr County

    August 9, 2013 2:49 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Federal agents arrested three men on smuggling charges in Starr County. The incident happened at around 9 a.m. Thursday near Garceno. Border Patrol agents said they saw men crossing the river on a raft. Agents called in a helicopter and located 20 sugar sacks containing... more »
  • 4 New Game Wardens to be Stationed in RGV

    August 6, 2013 11:42 AM

    AUSTIN - Four of the state's 28 new game wardens are heading to the Rio Grande Valley. David A. Stokes of Nashville, Tennessee and Derrick Lopez of Round Rock, Texas were assigned to Cameron County. Mark R. Anderson of Tyler and Jack F. Pearl of Athens, George will be... more »
  • Starr County Judge Pushes for Wind Farms

    July 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Giant wind turbines may soon dot the Starr County landscape. Officials said turning some areas into wind farms may result in a windfall for the county. "This will have a tremendous impact. This is the largest project in Starr County, ever," Starr County Judge... more »
  • 12 Arrested in Connection with Starr Co. Drug Trafficking Operation

    July 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    MCALLEN - Twelve people were arrested after a yearlong investigation into a drug trafficking operation in Starr County. Investigators working on Operation Casanova said marijuana was distributed to other locations throughout the United States. The people arrested were: Delfino Bazan, 44, of Rio Grande City and Houston... more »
  • Deadly Starr County Crash Update Play Video

    July 14, 2013 10:20 AM

    STARR COUNTY - Three people are dead and seven others are in the hospital, after the pickup truck they were riding in flipped over. DPS Sergeant Johnny Hernandez tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the Ford F-150's rear tire blew out. The blow out caused the vehicle to rollover. Several others... more »
  • Drugs Found in Crib During Starr County Bust Play Video

    July 12, 2013 9:59 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The Starr County HIDTA task force busted a major drug distribution operation. They were concentrating on a home located off FM 2360, north of Highway 83. It was part of a follow-up. They found bundles of drugs and arrested five people, including one that escaped for... more »
  • 5 Allegedly Admitted to Stealing Money from La Grulla Play Video

    July 11, 2013 9:55 PM

    LA GRULLA - A newly released criminal complaint accuses five La Grulla city employees of stealing more than $24,000. Starr County District Attorney's investigators arrested the five Thursday afternoon. The funds were reportedly taken out of various city accounts through 2012. According to the complaint, during the investigation in... more »

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