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  • Game Wardens Face Increasing Threats from Smugglers Play Video

    August 11, 2014 8:10 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Game wardens are facing increasing threats from smugglers, officials said. A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department captain said his wardens are attacked and threatened regularly. "Our primary focus is hunting, fishing and water safety," TPWD Capt. James Dunks said. Their focus is shifting. ... 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 »
  • Interim Sheriff: Militias not Needed Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff said he does not need militias to help patrol the region. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra said militias from Texas and other parts of the country have contacted him. He said they offered to help deal with influx of illegal immigrants. Guerra... more »
  • Smugglers Threaten Landowners in Cameron County Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Ranchers along the Rio Grande say immigrant smugglers threaten them constantly. One Cameron County rancher said smugglers ordered him to look the other way or face the consequences. The landowner said smugglers are using trails on his property to bring illegal immigrants into the country. ... more »
  • Woman Accused of Threatening to Blow Up DEA Offices in Laredo

    March 27, 2014 9:23 AM

    LAREDO - A 43-year-old woman was charged with threatening to blow up a building that houses the Drug Enforcement Administration in Laredo. The criminal complaint against Cristina Lara was unsealed this morning, after federal authorities took her into custody. According to the charges, an anonymous caller left a voicemail... more »
  • La Villa Schools Facing Formal Threat from City Play Video

    December 20, 2013 11:06 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - The La Villa Independent School District is facing a formal threat from the city. The city sent the district a letter asking them to pay or go without water. The move is the latest in an ongoing struggle over water between the city and the district.... more »
  • Threat Shuts Down Hidalgo County Courthouse Play Video

    December 19, 2013 12:38 PM

    EDINBURG - Operations are back to normal at the Hidalgo County Courthouse after a threat forced authorities to evacuate the structure. Court proceedings were put on hold for a few hours as troopers, firefighters and sheriff's deputies searched the structure. Authorities received a threat on the building at... more »
  • Judge Sets Bond for Man Accused of Threatening Sheriff Play Video

    November 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    EDINBURG - A judge on Thursday set bond at $500,000 for a man accused of threatening to kill Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Adan Alonzo Arguelles, 31, is accused of making the terroristic threats against Trevino on KRGV's Facebook page. Deputies said Arguelles has an arrest record for unlawfully carrying... more »
  • Threat Sends Brownsville High School Into Lockdown Play Video

    October 14, 2013 4:31 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Veterans High School in Brownsville was placed on a soft lockdown after someone called in a threat, officials said. Brownsville Independent School District officials said the threat was called in shortly after noon and was aimed at one student. Students were allowed to walk to different... more »
  • Man Who Found Lost Phone Facing Charges

    June 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    HARLINGEN - A man who found a lost cell phone allegedly threatened the phone's owner, when she didn't pay him a reward. Harlingen police said it happened on the 1900 block of West Tyler Avenue Thursday night. The phone's owner and two friends were meeting a man who had... more »
  • Feds Join Investigation into Threatening Texts in Rio Hondo Play Video

    June 17, 2013 7:50 PM

    RIO HONDO - Federal agents have launched a probe into a string of threatening text messages sent to a family in Rio Hondo. A 17-year-old girl was arrested in May and charged with the harassment. San Benito police said she sent nearly 200 threatening text messages to the family.... more »
  • Police Investigate Alleged Cartel Threat in San Juan Play Video

    May 21, 2013 8:37 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - An alleged drug cartel threat found at a San Juan home unnerved residents and authorities. San Juan police said this is the first time they have found an alleged cartel threat in the city. Police said the threat was written on a bright-colored poster board.... more »
  • Online Threat Lands Teen Behind Bars Play Video

    May 3, 2013 8:27 PM

    WESLACO - An online posting landed a Weslaco teenager behind bars Friday. Police said the teen posted a threat Thursday night against the school he attends. Authorities descended on Weslaco High School Friday as a precaution. Weslaco police and Hidalgo County constables used dogs to search the campus.... more »
  • Sheriff: Cartels Resorting to Scare Tactics Play Video

    April 26, 2013 7:46 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - An increase in the confiscation of drug loads may be driving cartels to resort to scare tactics, officials said. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the Rio Grande Valley's law enforcement community has received threats about poison-laced drug loads. Trevino said the cartels may be... more »
  • Cartels Considered Top Threat to Public Safety in Texas

    March 27, 2013 5:17 PM

    AUSTIN - State officials say Mexican drug cartels still pose the greatest threat to public safety in Texas. The announcement was the highlight of the Texas Department of Public Safety 2013 Threat Overview released Wednesday. The report separates threats to public safety in Texas into seven categories. The... more »
  • Death Threat Has Sullivan City Residents on Edge

    November 30, 2012 7:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A death threat on a Sullivan City police officer has residents on edge. Sullivan City residents said crime has become a part of life in their small town. Threatening the life of a police officer, however, crosses the line of tolerance, some said. "There are... more »
  • Threat prompts 5-hour evacuation at Texas A&M

    October 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M University's campus was shut down for about five hours Friday after an emailed bomb threat prompted an evacuation of more than 50,000 people and a building-by-building search. A&M Police Lt. Allan Baron said officials were still searching some buildings late Friday afternoon, but... more »
  • Threat Prompts 5-Hour Evacuation at Texas A&M

    October 19, 2012 5:56 PM

    COLLEGE STATION (AP) - Texas A&M University's campus shut down for about five hours Friday after an emailed threat prompted an evacuation and building-by-building search. A&M Police Lt. Allan Baron said officials still were searching some buildings shortly after 4 p.m., but no bombs had been found and people were... more »
  • Texas A&M University Evacuated after Campus-Wide Threat

    October 19, 2012 12:21 PM

    COLLEGE STATION (AP) - Texas A&M University officials say they have received a campus-wide threat and are evacuating all students, faculty and staff. The evacuation order was posted on the university's website Friday as a "Code Maroon" warning. The school says all classes were canceled. The warning says the evacuation... more »
  • Parents Upset over Threat at Los Fresnos School

    October 11, 2012 10:35 PM

    LOS FRESNOS - Parents at Los Fresnos ninth grade campus are upset they were not notified immediately about a school threat. School officials sent a letter to parents after school informing them about a threat posted on Facebook. Several students reported the post to campus police. Police found... more »
  • Police Investigate Threat Against County Building

    October 2, 2012 6:48 PM

    LA FERIA - Police are asking for help to find a man who claimed he placed a device that could destroy the Cameron County Annex Building in La Feria. The man called police and said some of the materials used to build the device had been left outside of... more »
  • Police Investigate Bomb Threat in La Feria

    October 2, 2012 4:10 PM

    LA FERIA - Police are searching for a person responsible for planting possible explosives near a bakery. Officers said someone called police to tell them pieces to a bomb were left outside the bakery. The person said he would blow up a county annex building Monday night. Police combed... more »
  • Harlingen Parents Upset Over Handling of Student Threats

    September 25, 2012 6:14 PM

    HARLINGEN - Parents in Harlingen are speaking out about a 17-year-old student charged with threatening his classmates. Fred Quentin Farhat is accused of sending threatening text messages to a classmate. That student alerted school administrators. Police said the incident happened a few weeks ago. Parents said they were never... more »
  • Parents Cope with Threat at UT Austin

    September 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    McALLEN - The stepmother of a Rio Grande Valley student in Austin said she found out about Friday's terroristic threats through Facebook. Erika Johnson said she didn't know how the threat was unfolding five hours away. "They had to evacuate the campus and get far from the building,"... more »
  • UT Students from Valley React to Campus Evacuations

    September 14, 2012 5:31 PM

    AUSTIN - Rio Grande Valley families are breathing a sigh of relief. Their students are safe after a threat on Friday shut down the University of Texas at Austin campus. The university was reopened Friday afternoon after police deemed it was safe. Students on campus said the campus... more »
  • UT Campus Reopens After Bomb Threat

    September 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    AUSTIN - The University of Texas at Austin campus reopened Friday afternoon after police determined it was safe. A university spokeswoman says a man claiming to be affiliated with Al-Qaida said he had placed bombs all over the 50,000-student campus and that they would detonate in 90 minutes. ... more »
  • All-Clears After Bomb Threats Evacuate Campuses

    September 14, 2012 2:48 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tens of thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after telephoned bomb threats prompted officials to warn students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. Both campuses eventually were deemed safe and reopened by early afternoon, as... more »
  • Reporter From Mexico Says Cartels Controlling Journalists Through Threats

    May 16, 2012 12:07 AM

    MEXICO - One reporter from Mexico says journalism in his country no longer exists. He tells us extortion and threats from the cartels are destroying Mexico's media, and fear dictates the headlines in northern Mexico. "If you publish something, they will find out, and they will find you," says... more »
  • Controlled Access to Hospital Caused by Trash Can

    April 13, 2012 4:33 PM

    MCALLEN - A call about an upside trash can in an emergency room led to controlled access at the McAllen Medical Center. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned someone called Mission police around 1:30 p.m. about a suspicious package in the emergency room. Mission police contacted McAllen officers, who responded to... more »
  • Man Receives Threatening Email Seeking Money

    March 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A threat sent halfway around the world landed in a Valley business man's e-mail inbox. The sheriff says the threat is fake but the $12,000 the thieves are asking for is all too real. This email highlights how fear can be used to manipulate. This digital... more »
  • Edinburg Police Questioning Pair Accused of Threatening Man

    March 21, 2012 4:41 PM

    EDINBURG - Edinburg police continue questioning two suspects. Officers say the men threatened another man outside a busy gas station. It all happened at the TA gas station off Highway 281. Police received a 911 call around 11 this morning. Soon after, they caught up to a vehicle matching... more »
  • Brownsville Police Say Threats Against Them Nothing New

    January 11, 2012 6:40 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Brownsville police say they received several calls threatening the officers involved in the Cummings Middle School shooting. Student Jaime Gonzalez was shot and killed last week when he refused to put down a BB gun. The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. Officers say these types of... more »
  • Valley Police on Alert After FBI Warns Gulf Cartel Threatening to Shoot Officers

    January 11, 2012 6:39 PM

    Valley police are on alert. The Gulf Cartel is threatening to shoot at officers to protect their loads. The warning came from the Texas Department of Public Safety. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reviewed a letter sent to different agencies in the McAllen area. The letter, citing information from the FBI,... more »

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