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  • Thieves Break Into Home and Steal Family Dog Play Video

    September 1, 2014 6:00 PM

    WESLACO - A Valley pet owner is desperate, thieves stole jewelry, electronics and the family's dog. Pet owner Joann Sherwood says her dog Sasha is more than a pet, she is a member of the family, "A lot of times when you retire your children are not here and... more »
  • Mother Charged with Child Endangerment

    August 29, 2014 12:51 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco mother was formally charged, after her daughter was found wandering the streets alone. Denise Reyna was arraigned on a child endangerment charge earlier today. Her 3-year-old is now in state custody. A man found the girl barefoot in an alley around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.... more »
  • Concerned Resident Helps Wandering Child Play Video

    August 28, 2014 6:56 PM

    WESLACO - A concerned resident helped save a little girl who was walking alone early Thursday in a Weslaco neighborhood. Officials with Child Protective Services took custody of the 3-year-old child. The girl's mother now faces charges. Damon Mercado said he saw the girl walking alone in an... more »
  • Child Found Wandering Alone in Weslaco

    August 28, 2014 12:27 PM

    WESLACO - Police in Weslaco are questioning a woman, whose daughter was found wandering the streets alone. The girl, who's believed to be between 2 and 4 years old, was found on the 100 block of West 1st Street this morning. Police said she was wearing a pink dress... more »
  • Project Nears Completion at Valley Nature Center Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:51 PM

    WESLACO - A $1.2-million project is entering the home stretch at Valley Nature Center. Work at the center began in the spring of 2012 and was supposed to end in January, 2013. The project was delayed when GAS Enterprises failed to pay subcontractors on the job. The company also... more »
  • Weslaco Cracks down on Water Violators Play Video

    August 27, 2014 5:37 PM

    WESLACO - Code enforcement officers are paying closer attention at watering violations in Weslaco. The officer said they will issue tickets to those who violate the watering restrictions. Watering is not allowed on Wednesdays, still, sprinklers were going full blast at Horton Elementary. "This is part of... more »
  • Weslaco Lifts Boil-Water Advisory, Urges Conservation Play Video

    August 26, 2014 12:44 PM

    WESLACO - The Weslaco city manager confirmed the city's boil-water notice was lifted for residents and businesses. The announcement was made this morning after test results showed the tap water was safe to drink. The city's water woes happened over the weekend, when the city exceeded its daily limit.... more »
  • Boil-Water Advisory in Weslaco Lifted

    August 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    WESLACO - The Weslaco city manager announced the water test results are back. They confirmed the water is safe to drink. The boil-water advisory has been lifted. The city's water system could not keep up with the above-average consumption of water this weekend. As a result, the boil-water advisory... more »
  • Weslaco Officials: Conserve Water as Advisory Continues Play Video

    August 25, 2014 1:11 PM

    WESLACO - An above-average demand for water in Weslaco this weekend resulted in a boil-water advisory. Weslaco City Manager Leo Olivares said the city exceeded water storage capacity, and the system couldn't keep up with demand. This also caused a loss of water pressure in one of the water... more »
  • Boil-Water Advisory in Effect for Weslaco

    August 25, 2014 9:56 AM

    WESLACO - A boil-water advisory is in place in Weslaco. In a press release, city officials said the city's water treatment plant had difficulty meeting above average water demands this weekend. "Weslaco continues to grow, but our infrastructure is only now catching up," said Leonardo Olivares, the Weslaco city... more »
  • Undocumented Children Enrolled in Valley Schools Play Video

    August 22, 2014 9:39 PM

    DONNA - Children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are now enrolling in local schools. "Normally we need a birth certificate. We need a Social (Security card). We need all of that," explained Ida Garcia, the director of intake and attendance at the Donna Independent School District. She... more »
  • Family Seeks Justice Years After Son's Murder Play Video

    August 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    WESLACO - A Rio Grande Valley family says they are still pushing for justice. On Aug. 23, 2008, 14-year-old Robert Castro Jr. was shot and killed at a gas station near the Walmart in Weslaco. The man accused of pulling the trigger remains free. The case went... more »
  • Police Department Boosts Patrols in Downtown Weslaco Play Video

    August 20, 2014 9:13 PM

    WESLACO - Police are increasing patrols in downtown Weslaco. Officials, though, will not say what led to the move. Business fronts along Texas Blvd. now have bright stickers alerting owners about the Nights Eyes program. CHANNEL 5 NEWS called the Weslaco interim police chief and the department's spokesman,... more »
  • Weslaco Police, Crime Stoppers at Odds Play Video

    August 18, 2014 8:17 PM

    WESLACO - Strife between the Weslaco Police Department and Crime Stoppers is forcing some business owners to seek alternatives for help in solving crimes. Police and the non-profit can't reach an agreement about how Crime Stoppers should be run. In the meantime, crimes continue to happen. Mireya Chavez... more »
  • More Troopers to Patrol As Labor Day Approaches Play Video

    August 18, 2014 12:58 PM

    WESLACO - Extra DPS troopers are on the road to keep an eye on Labor Day traffic. Patrol will increase through September 2. Troopers will focus on high-risk locations where alcohol-related crashes happen the most. A TxDOT grant is funding the extra patrols. During Labor Day enforcement last... more »
  • Weslaco and Donna At Odds Over Annexation

    August 13, 2014 4:34 PM

    WESLACO - A border war is taking place in the Mid-Valley. Weslaco and Donna are at odds over two miles of FM 493. Weslaco is claiming the land. So is Donna. The two miles in question includes FM 493 between Mile 12 and Mile 14 Roads. ... more »
  • AEP to Allow Use of Analog Meters Play Video

    August 11, 2014 11:01 PM

    WESLACO - Residents now can have smart meters removed from their homes. Smart meters transmit information back to the power company using electromagnetic signals. AEP began installing them in the Rio Grande Valley two years ago. Some people claim the electromagnetic signals are hazardous to their health. They... more »
  • Weslaco Murder Suspect Arrested in Dallas Play Video

    August 11, 2014 5:13 PM

    WESLACO - Authorities arrested a Mexican national in the murder of a Weslaco man two years ago. Investigators say Ociel Castaneda, 23, was believed to have fled to Mexico, but they found him in North Texas. Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators say Castaneda was upset over the sale of... more »
  • Weslaco Completes Investigation of Fire Officials Play Video

    August 11, 2014 4:10 PM

    WESLACO - Officials with the city of Weslaco say the investigations into the fire chief and assistant fire chief are complete. The city manager is waiting for the final report before releasing any information about the case. Fire Chief Jimmy Cuellar and his assistant were put on paid... more »
  • Weslaco Mid-Valley Airport to Expand Runway Play Video

    August 6, 2014 4:36 PM

    WESLACO - A road in Weslaco has been shutdown for good as the city works to expand a runway at Weslaco Mid-Valley Airport. Construction on Sugarcane Road began yesterday. City officials want drivers to know they will no longer be able to drive along Sugarcane Road near the... more »
  • Fire Destroys Weslaco Home Play Video

    August 3, 2014 9:17 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco family will return to the Rio Grande Valley to find their home destroyed by fire. The home is near Mile 9 Road and FM 1015. Weslaco firefighters said the family was out of town when the fire started just after 11 a.m. Sunday. It took... more »
  • Children of Texas National Guards Receive School Supplies Play Video

    August 2, 2014 8:40 PM

    WESLACO - An entire battalion of the Texas Army National Guard returned to the Rio Grande Valley from training in Fort Hood Friday. They were reunited with their families at the Weslaco Armory Saturday afternoon. While everyone was glad to be back with their loved ones, the soldiers' children... more »
  • National Guards Arrive in Weslaco

    August 1, 2014 3:52 PM

    WESLACO - The National Guard has arrived at the Weslaco Armory. CHANNEL 5 NEWS was there throughout the afternoon. We noticed several military vehicles at the Texas National Guard Armory in Weslaco. Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of 1,000 troops last week. The National Guard in... more »
  • Weslaco Resident at Odds with Water Department Play Video

    July 31, 2014 6:51 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco woman said she was billed hundreds of dollars for water service even though her house was vacant. Maribel Rivera stopped living in her house in November. She underwent major surgery and moved in with friends nearby. Rivera said she told the city she was... more »
  • Weslaco Water Main Break

    July 30, 2014 6:52 PM

    WESLACO - Utility crews are on the scene of a water main break. This is happening in the the area of 8th street around Knapp Medical Center. Emergency Manager George Garrett believes about 80 people are being affected. Garrett says after water comes back on let the... more »
  • Weslaco Man Files Lawsuit Against City to Make Sidewalks Wheelchair Accessible Play Video

    July 25, 2014 9:54 PM

    WESLACO -- A Weslaco man says the city is not as wheelchair accessible as it should be. Mario Martinez says he has multiple sclerosis and has been in a wheelchair for about 18 years. Martinez says he realized the sidewalks on 2nd Street in Weslaco, where he lives, are... more »
  • Weslaco Police Release Details About Officer's Arrest

    July 22, 2014 12:51 PM

    WESLACO - Weslaco police officials on Tuesday offered more details about an officer's arrest on multiple misdemeanor charges. The officials said the alleged offenses happened in July and November, 2013. They said the police department didn't write up affidavits in the case and ask a judge for an arrest... more »
  • Weslaco Officer Arraigned on Multiple Charges Play Video

    July 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco police officer was arraigned in court on multiple misdemeanor charges. The charges range from abuse of official capacity to assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The officer, Alvino Flores, seemed concerned that the bond amount was too low and told the judge he wanted... more »
  • Family Says They Are Closer to Getting Closure in Murder Case Play Video

    July 20, 2014 11:02 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY- A valley family says they're closer to getting closure following the murder of their father. Jose Beraza, 62, died trying to protect his family back in July of 2013. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's office arrested their first suspect, Brandon Gonzalez, two days after the murder. It... more »
  • Palm Aire Employees React to Hotel Sale Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    WESLACO - Employees of a hotel may soon be out of a job as the business transitions into a center for young illegal immigrants. BCFS Health and Human Services bought the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites after securing a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants. "I'm... more »
  • Hotel to Undergo Transformation into Immigrant Center Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    WESLACO - A center for unaccompanied minors set to open in Weslaco later this year will be the first of its kind in the nation, officials with a network of non-profits said. BCFS Health and Human Services secured a multi-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants at the... more »
  • BCFS Reveals Plans for Palm Aire Hotel Play Video

    July 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services secured a $50-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants in Weslaco. The network of non-profit agencies will take over the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015. BCFS officials say they plan to have 600 beds once the hotel... more »
  • Fire at RV Park South of Weslaco Play Video

    July 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    WESLACO - Investigators are looking into the cause of a small fire at an RV park south of Weslaco. Someone nearby smelled smoke coming from the home in the Siesta Village Retirement Community this morning. Firefighters responded around 9 a.m. We're told flames damaged a back corner wall.... more »
  • Weslaco Hotel to Become Immigrant Housing Play Video

    July 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants. Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco. The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
  • Perry Meets with DPS Officials in Weslaco Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Gov. Rick Perry visited the Rio Grande Valley Thursday to get a closer look at the immigration surge in the region. The governor met with President Obama in Dallas Wednesday to discuss the immigration and humanitarian crisis affecting South Texas. Obama opted not to visit the... more »
  • 2 People Hospitalized after Rollover Accident in Weslaco Play Video

    July 10, 2014 8:27 AM

    WESLACO - Two people are in the hospital after a morning rollover accident. It happened on Mile 4 West, just north of Weslaco. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies said the car was traveling north on Mile 4, ran off the road into a ditch, hit a drainage pipe and flipped.... more »
  • Neighbor Rushes to Help Put Fire Out at Friend's Home Play Video

    July 5, 2014 11:02 PM

    WESLACO - A neighbor came to the rescue when a home caught fire. The home was located at the 2000 block of Rose Lawn drive in Weslaco. The fire broke out at about 3:30 p.m. but was put out by the neighbor before firefighters arrived. Weslaco Fire Department... more »
  • Car Crash Ruptures Gas Line in Weslaco Play Video

    July 5, 2014 10:55 PM

    WESLACO - A chase in Weslaco ends in a crash that ruptured a gas line. It happened about 8pm. The driver was sent to the hospital. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reporter Samara Cokinos sent us a picture. Emergency crews remained at the scene at 10pm. Police asked folks... more »
  • Weslaco Firefighter Has Warning About Firework Safety Play Video

    July 2, 2014 2:50 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco firefighter has a warning before you hit the firework stands. It's an emergency call Johnny Pena will never forget: a severe firework injury. It was their first call of the year. "I had never seen that," said Pena. The patient wasn't a child.... more »
  • Weslaco Fire Chief Retiring Play Video

    July 2, 2014 12:49 PM

    WESLACO - The Weslaco fire chief announced his retirement. The decision comes almost two weeks after Santiago Cuellar was put on paid administrative leave. City leaders informed fire department administrators about Cuellar's decision this morning. Weslaco City Manager Leo Olivares tweeted, "Fire Chief Santiago Cuellar notified the city of... more »
  • Synthetic Marijuana Found at Snack Shop Play Video

    July 2, 2014 12:38 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - A woman renting a building with a snack shop is expected to turn herself in. Police said they found synthetic marijuana at the Rio Grande City store. It's located on the 5400 block of East Highway 83. Police executed a search warrant at the Rock... more »
  • 2 Charged in Hidalgo County Murder Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Two murder suspects are behind bars after almost a year on the run. Investigators say Domingo Gonzalez, 19, and Anthony Moralez were wanted in the killing of Jose Manuel Veraza, 62. The men were arrested over the weekend in Edinburg. Edinburg police said they caught up... more »
  • Runway Expansion at Weslaco Airport Starts Today Play Video

    July 1, 2014 12:22 PM

    WESLACO - Work to expand the runway at the Weslaco Mid-Valley Airport begins today. Part of Sugar Cane Road will be permanently shut down, starting today, to make room for the expansion. Drivers will have to take alternative routes. The expansion is part of an effort to allow... more »
  • Record Shows Letter of Reprimand in Interim Chief's File Play Video

    June 30, 2014 10:48 PM

    WESLACO - A Freedom of Information Act request revealed Weslaco's interim police chief was reprimanded earlier this year. CHANNEL 5 NEWS had previously obtained documents showing Interim Chief Sergio Ramirez had been accused of placing lives in danger. Ramirez accused officers of leaking those documents to CHANNEL 5 NEWS.... more »
  • 2 Arrested in Hidalgo County Home Invasion Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities arrested two men in connection with a weekend home invasion north of Weslaco. The suspects, David Martinez and Daniel Carbajal, went before a judge Monday afternoon to face aggravated-robbery charges. Investigators said Martinez and Carbajal used a shotgun to threaten the occupants of a house... more »
  • Work Resumes at Weslaco's Valley Nature Center Play Video

    June 26, 2014 9:30 PM

    WESLACO - Crews are back at work at Weslaco's Valley Nature Center. The $1.3-million project has been on hold for three months, when city officials fired the company they had hired to build the structure. The center is on Border Avenue, just south of Business 83. Workers now... more »
  • 1 Shot During Home Invasion in Weslaco Play Video

    June 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    WESLACO - One person is in the hospital, after being shot during a home invasion in Weslaco. Another victim suffered minor injuries. The crime happened on the 2000 block of Mesquite Drive Wednesday night. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office spokesperson J.P. Rodriguez said deputies got the call around 10 p.m.... more »
  • Region Recovering from Drought Play Video

    June 24, 2014 10:45 PM

    WESLACO - The Rio Grande Valley is emerging from a drought that decimated the area for two years. The 2013 drought monitor showed the entire region in extreme or exceptional drought conditions. A year later, the Valley is in an abnormally dry or moderate drought stage. The change... more »
  • Restaurant Owners Accuse City of Forcing Them Out of Business Play Video

    June 23, 2014 7:31 PM

    WESLACO - The owners of a popular restaurant say bureaucracy is keeping them from rebuilding after a fire. The Ranch House Restaurant on FM 1015 burned on March, 5. The owners say Weslaco officials are making it next to impossible to rebuild. The Barrera family opened the business... more »
  • Man Sentenced in Retired Teacher's Murder

    June 23, 2014 2:31 PM

    EDINBURG - A man convicted of killing a retired teacher was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Investigators said Francisco Javier Rivera stabbed Eduardo Cruz more than 70 times with a pair of scissors in 2008. The victim was found in his bed in his Weslaco home. According to... more »
  • Governor to Visit Federal Housing Facility in RGV Play Video

    June 23, 2014 8:12 AM

    WESLACO - Governor Rick Perry will be in the Rio Grande Valley to tour a federal facility housing children caught crossing the border alone. He'll also visit the DPS Region 3 headquarters in Weslaco. Perry is scheduled for an afternoon briefing by DPS Director Steve McCraw regarding the state's... more »
  • Weslaco Official Vow to Try Again and Seek Federal Funds for Detention Center Play Video

    June 22, 2014 8:24 PM

    WESLACO - Officials say they tried warning the federal government about the illegal immigrant surge. They asked for money to build a holding center, years ago. They hope this time the government will listen. David Suarez was elected Weslaco mayor in November 2013. He knew undocumented families... more »
  • Officials Investigate Arson in Weslaco Play Video

    June 20, 2014 7:15 PM

    WESLACO - Authorities are investigating a fire at a vacant house in Weslaco. The owner, Raul Leal, said he was getting the house ready for a new tenant. Leal said he arrived at the house on De los Santos Street and Texas Blvd. to find it filled with smoke.... more »
  • Police Arrest Illegal Immigrant after Assault at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    June 19, 2014 7:17 PM

    WESLACO - Police arrested a 17-year-old at the Weslaco Border Patrol station after he became violent with other detainees. Border Patrol officials will not speak about the incident. Weslaco police said they had never handled a similar case. Two detainees were victims of the assault. The incident happened... more »
  • Weslaco Airport Runway Expansion Causes Road Closure Play Video

    June 19, 2014 4:40 PM

    WESLACO - Weslaco/Mid-Valley Airport will soon start expanding its runway. Sugar Cane Road, north of the airport, will close for good. CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with a woman who lives on that road and has more than just one worry. School buses, commuters, and people who live in... more »
  • Top Weslaco Fire Officials Under Investigation Play Video

    June 18, 2014 8:32 PM

    WESLACO - The Weslaco fire chief and assistant fire chief will be on paid administrative leave as of Thursday. The move comes as a response to a signed petition from firefighters. The petition was signed by a majority of the city's 51 firefighters, officials said. The city did... more »
  • 4 Arrested After Raid North of Weslaco Play Video

    June 17, 2014 4:33 PM

    WESLACO - Four people were arrested on drug-possession charges after a raid Monday north of Weslaco. Authorities executed a search warrant at the house on Mi Tierra Drive and Mile 11 Road. They allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and $6,600 in cash. Officers say the raid... more »
  • Search Continues for Suspects in 8-Liner Robbery Play Video

    June 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    WESLACO - Police continue searching for suspects in the robbery of an illegal gambling parlor in Weslaco. The robbery happened Sunday night at an old children's day care center at the corner of Kansas and 7th streets. Three parlor patrons have come forward to give police witness statements.... more »
  • Search Continues for Suspects in Weslaco Robbery Play Video

    June 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    WESLACO - Police continue searching for two gunmen in the robbery of an illegal gambling parlor in Weslaco. Police say the suspects asked for the business owner before robbing the patrons. "We need the public to get involved," Weslaco Police Lt. Raul Vallejo said. The robbery happened... more »
  • Police Urge Vigilance after 8-Liner Bust Play Video

    June 16, 2014 4:24 PM

    WESLACO - Police are asking Weslaco residents to be more alert after officers busted an illegal gaming parlor next to a church. Police were called to the site on Kansas Street at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday for an armed robbery. Officers investigating the robbery found 15 eight-liner machines inside... more »
  • Robbery Call Leads Police to Illegal Gambling Operation Play Video

    June 16, 2014 12:52 PM

    WESLACO - Police discovered an illegal gambling operation at an abandoned day care in downtown Weslaco. Officers said three people called to report an armed robbery on the 600 block of Kansas. That's just blocks from city hall. The calls came in around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. When police... more »
  • Hidalgo County Investigators Search for Clues in Drive-By Shooting Play Video

    June 12, 2014 4:23 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County investigators are processing dozens of pieces of evidence they collected at the scene of a deadly drive-by shooting. Two people were killed, three others were sent to the hospital after a pair of vehicles drove by a home, north of Weslaco Wednesday night. For... more »
  • Judge Orders New Election in Weslaco Play Video

    June 12, 2014 4:10 PM

    WESLACO - A judge has overturned election results in a Weslaco race and is calling for a new election to be held as soon as possible. The dispute stemmed from a City Commissioner race held last November. Letty Lopez lost that election to Lupe Rivera by just 16... more »
  • Investigators Processing Scene of Drive-By Shooting Play Video

    June 12, 2014 1:32 PM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County investigators released updated descriptions of two vehicles involved in a deadly drive-by shooting. We're told the suspects were driving a maroon Cadillac and a red Ford Mustang. The shooting happened north of Weslaco around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Several people were outside a home along Mile... more »
  • Judge Orders New Election in Weslaco City Commissioner Race Play Video

    June 12, 2014 11:39 AM

    WESLACO - A judge called for a new election in a heated Weslaco city commissioner race. In November 2013, Lupe Rivera won the election against Letty Lopez by 16 votes. Lopez quickly filed a lawsuit claiming at least 44 votes were illegally cast for Rivera. The suit claimed nearly... more »
  • 2 Killed, 3 Injured in Drive-By Shooting

    June 12, 2014 2:56 AM

    WESLACO - Three people were hospitalized following a drive-by shooting that left two people dead. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a neighborhood located near Mile 9 and Mile 6 ½ in Weslaco. Investigators are talking to witnesses to determine what happened. Hidalgo County Interim Sheriff... more »
  • 2 Killed in Weslaco Drive-by Shooting

    June 12, 2014 12:33 AM

    WESLACO - Hidalgo County Sheriff Investigators are at the scene of a deadly shooting. They tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS 2 people were killed following a drive-by shooting. Authorities tell us the bodies were discovered around 11:30 P.M. near Mile 9 and Mile 6 and 1/2 in Weslaco. The... more »
  • 71 Immigrants Arrested at Stash House in Weslaco Play Video

    June 4, 2014 5:22 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents detained 71 illegal immigrants Wednesday at a stash house in Weslaco. The bust happened near Mile 10 and Mile 4 ½ roads. Authorities said the house didn't have air conditioning. "I pass by here all the time. It didn't seem like it would... more »
  • Suspect Slashes Tires at Weslaco Apartment Complex Play Video

    May 30, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - Residents at an apartment complex in Weslaco say they're fed up with a criminal that's has been targeting tenants for months. The complex is gated and requires an access code to get in, but the criminal keeps sneaking in. Once he gets inside, he slashes the... more »
  • Local Union Requesting Humanitarian Aid from Congress Play Video

    May 28, 2014 12:59 PM

    WESLACO - The local union for Border Patrol wants Congress to send help to the Rio Grande Valley. National Border Patrol Council President Paul Perez said conditions inside holding facilities are not only unhealthy for the illegal immigrants being processed but also for the agents themselves. He told... more »
  • Person of Interest Caught on Surveillance Video Play Video

    May 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    WESLACO - The Weslaco Police Department is looking for tips on the whereabouts of a person of interest. They released surveillance video from the Weslaco Starbucks drive-thru. The video shows a driver in a yellow shirt. Officers said the driver used a Starbucks card stolen during the burglary of... more »
  • Neighborhood On Edge After Teen Shot in Weslaco

    May 24, 2014 9:15 PM

    WESLACO - People in a neighborhood north of Weslaco are hesitant to talk to CHANNEL 5 NEWS after a shooting Friday night. Sheriff's officials say the case is still under investigation. They say a car ran into either a home, or a fence at the home, and that's... more »
  • Neighborhood On Edge After Teen Shot in Weslaco Play Video

    May 24, 2014 9:15 PM

    WESLACO - People in a neighborhood north of Weslaco are hesitant to talk to CHANNEL 5 NEWS after a shooting Friday night. Sheriff's officials say the case is still under investigation. They say a car ran into either a home, or a fence at the home, and that's... more »
  • Weslaco Man Protests Property Tax Increase Play Video

    May 23, 2014 4:14 PM

    WESLACO - A man says his taxes doubled overnight. His 100-year-old building increased in value without any improvements. He is not the only one. Many landowners in Hidalgo County also are experiencing tax hikes. History fills the 100-year-old Weslaco business. Guadalupe Reyes set up shop 33... more »
  • State Troopers Increase Patrols for Memorial Day Weekend Play Video

    May 23, 2014 7:56 AM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety will be increasing the number of patrols until Monday. High traffic numbers are expected during the Memorial Day weekend. Troopers statewide will be on the look out for violations like speeding and drunk driving. During last year's Memorial Day weekend,... more »
  • Driver Faces Charges in Crash North of Weslaco Play Video

    May 22, 2014 4:12 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A driver could face charges in a wreck that sent several people to the hospital. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Mile 11 North and Mile 4 West roads north of Weslaco. The driver of a GMC Envoy ran a stop sign at... more »
  • Valley Man Charged with Keeping Illegal Immigrant Hostage and Demanding Money

    May 21, 2014 5:03 PM

    WESLACO - Federal prosecutors in New York City have charged a Valley man in an alleged hostage taking incident. Investigators say he was threatening to kill an illegal immigrant if her family did not pay what he demanded. Juvencio Martinez will go before a federal judge Thursday. ... more »
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff's Deputy Discovers 46 Illegal Immigrants

    May 21, 2014 2:29 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents took 46 illegal immigrants into custody in northwest Hidalgo County. They were called to the scene by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office just before midnight on Tuesday. The Hidalgo County Sheriffs Office says a sheriff's deputy was waved down, south of 5 Mile... more »
  • Man Charged with Holding Illegal Immigrant Hostage Play Video

    May 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    WESLACO - Federal prosecutors in New York City just charged a Rio Grande Valley man with taking an illegal immigrant hostage. Juvencio Martinez is scheduled to go before a federal judge. Investigators said he was threatening to kill the woman if her family didn't pay what he demanded. ... more »
  • Early Voting Begins in Primary Runoffs Play Video

    May 19, 2014 12:50 PM

    WESLACO - The polls are now open for early voting in the primary runoff elections. There are 20 races across the Rio Grande Valley. The two candidates who got the most votes in the March primaries are going head to head again for your vote. Early voting ends Friday.... more »
  • Charges Pending After Driver Strikes Teen at Middle School Play Video

    May 14, 2014 10:47 PM

    WESLACO - Police say a 15-year-old was behind the wheel of a pickup truck when it struck a girl at B. Garza Middle School. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. Authorities said the 13-year-old girl was dragged several feet. The girl suffered severe road... more »
  • Weslaco Resident Helps Repair Potholes Play Video

    May 14, 2014 8:38 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco resident isn't waiting for the city to fix the street near his home. He decided to take matters into his own hands. Eric Contreras decided to fill a pothole. He said street repairs are long overdue. City officials said the repairs will happen, eventually.... more »
  • Car Burns at Weslaco Bank Play Video

    May 14, 2014 5:18 PM

    WESLACO - A car burst into flames Wednesday afternoon at a bank parking lot in Weslaco. Firefighters arrived to find the car engulfed in flames. The incident happened at Rio Bank near the intersection of Westgate Drive and Pike Blvd. Witnesses said the driver was sitting in the... more »
  • Car Strikes Girl at Beatriz Garza Middle School in Weslaco Play Video

    May 14, 2014 5:17 PM

    WESLACO - A girl was hit by a car outside a Beatriz Garza Middle School in Weslaco at about 4:30pm Wednesday. Emergency officials on scene says she was hit outside the school and was dragged several feet. She suffered severe road burns. Police say a 15-year-old boy,... more »
  • Weslaco Resident Questions Rising Water Charges Play Video

    May 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco resident is determined to learn how to read her water meter. She said her ever-increasing water bill encouraged her to become proactive about monitoring her water consumption. Christina Cruz said she is now paying nearly $100 a month for water service. "Everybody else that... more »
  • Weslaco Resident Upset About Water Bill Play Video

    May 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco woman wants to know why her water bill keeps going up. She said she asked the city but didn't get any answers. She turned to 5 On Your Side for help. Veronica Flores pays her water bill in person every month. She says the... more »
  • Weslaco's Interim Police Chief Refuses to Speak About Complaints Play Video

    May 7, 2014 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - Weslaco's new interim police chief spent his first day on the job addressing officers' concerns and complaints about his own police work. Sergio Ramirez officially took over as interim chief at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He replaces retiring Chief Mike Kelley. The two held a joint news conference... more »
  • Weslaco's Interim Police Chief Dismisses Officers' Concerns Play Video

    May 7, 2014 4:18 PM

    WESLACO - Weslaco's interim police chief called a news conference on Wednesday to address a CHANNEL 5 NEWS report that highlighted officers' concerns while he was a corporal. Paperwork obtained by CHANNEL 5 NEWS highlights internal concerns about Weslaco's new interim Chief Sergio Ramirez. The concerns first surfaced more... more »

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