September 22, 2014 12:37 PM
WESLACO - Police released surveillance images of two men who robbed a store outside of Weslaco.
The crime happened Saturday around 8:30 a.m. at Corner Stop, which is located at the Mile 9 North and Mile 6 ½ West intersection.
We're told one of the men pointed a... more »
September 19, 2014 3:50 PM
WESLACO - Police are asking the public for information in a robbery they call "one of a kind."
Twelve victims were robbed Thursday night at the Pizza Hut on Business 83 in Weslaco.
The 12 victims, including employees and customers, were held at gunpoint.
"Two men entered... more »
September 18, 2014 11:51 PM
WESLACO - Police are searching for suspects in the armed robbery of a pizza restaurant and its patrons in Weslaco.
The robbery happened at about 10 p.m. at the Pizza Hut on Business 83 and Border Avenue. Police said two or three suspects held the staff and patrons at... more »
September 18, 2014 10:42 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents in a neighborhood north of Weslaco want a massive illegal tire dump cleared.
They say the site has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other critters.
Thousands of tires cram the site off Mile 11 and Mile 6 ½ roads. Eilearto Gonzalez lives... more »
September 18, 2014 10:35 PM
WESLACO - Hidalgo County fire officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a house early Thursday in Weslaco.
The homeowner returned from an out-of-town trip to find his house in ruins. Investigators have not ruled out any theory in the case.
The family lost everything in the fire.... more »
September 16, 2014 7:50 PM
WESLACO - Persistent rains over the weekend flooded some neighborhoods in Weslaco.
Storms dumped more than 3.5 inches of rain. The storm water overwhelmed the drainage system.
The drainage ditches were carved in the early 1900s.
Days after the storms, some neighborhoods still showed signs of flooding.... more »
September 16, 2014 4:26 PM
WESLACO - Police arrested a man Monday night after officers allegedly found him burglarizing a church in Weslaco.
Police said Jose Villarreal, 58, unlocked the front door so he could be arrested.
A judge charged Villarreal with burglary of a building.
Officers rushed to First United Methodist... more »
September 15, 2014 10:45 PM
WESLACO - A portion of FM 1015 leading to Progreso remains closed because of flooding.
State road crews shut down the road Monday morning. Motorists are asked to take alternate routes.
There is no word yet on when the road will reopen.
September 15, 2014 5:39 PM
WESLACO - Weslaco police are boosting the reward for a six-year-old murder case.
The department is offering $4,000 for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the murder of Roberto Castro Jr.
Castro was 14 was he was gunned down outside Weslaco's Walmart. Two men are serving... more »
September 13, 2014 9:06 AM
WESLACO - DPS is investigating a major early morning accident north of Weslaco.
The driver of a car and a truck appeared to have hit head-on along FM 1015 just south of Mile 11 North.
Three people were taken to Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. No word on... more »
September 12, 2014 3:14 PM
WESLACO - Police say a driver involved in a Weslaco crash is on the run.
The crash happened at around noon on Interstate 2 near Westgate Drive.
Weslaco police say a car crashed into the median and hit three other cars.
Two people were taken to Knapp... more »
September 12, 2014 12:23 PM
WESLACO - A portion of the eastbound expressway is closed in Weslaco, as police respond to an accident.
Officials closed the eastbound lanes, starting at the Westgate Drive exit and continuing until Texas Boulevard. All eastbound traffic is being diverted off the expressway at the Victoria Road exit. Traffic... more »
September 11, 2014 8:27 PM
WESLACO - A Weslaco resident says the city is billing her thousands of dollars for water service.
Lesvia Sepulveda said she received a bill for $48,000. She called 5 On Your Side for help.
Sepulveda said she doesn't use much water. She won't even water her backyard.
... more »
September 10, 2014 10:57 PM
WESLACO - Residents of one Weslaco neighborhood say their alleyway has become an illegal dump.
They called 5 On Your Side for help.
Residents say they filed a complaint about a month ago, but nothing was done about the problem. The city finally took action after the neighbors... more »
September 10, 2014 12:40 PM
WESLACO - A deputy constablep's vehicle was struck while patrolling north of Weslaco.
The constable was driving north on FM 1015, when another driver failed to yield and slammed into the constable's vehicle. It happened near Mile 11 around 10:30 a.m.
The driver was pulling out from a... more »
September 9, 2014 7:36 PM
WESLACO - Weslaco police are taking an unconventional step to get crime tips from the public.
Officer David Barbosa said they are not getting any tips from Crime Stoppers, so they decided to print the phone numbers of their investigators on wanted posters.
"The problem that we're having... more »
September 8, 2014 12:39 PM
WESLACO - Police are waiting for a warrant to remove synthetic marijuana from a Weslaco home.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned a neighbor called officers, after noticing a garage door had been open at a house for a few days. The home is located on the 1800 block of East... more »
September 5, 2014 8:31 PM
WESLACO - A Weslaco woman wants a local high school sports magazine to deliver the posters she ordered with her advertisement or refund her cash.
Nancy Bazan called 5 On Your Side for help.
High School Sports Magazine makes advertising posters for businesses in the Rio Grande Valley.... more »
September 4, 2014 6:18 PM
WESLACO - Two brothers were charged in a San Juan burglary that led to a high-speed chase Thursday.
Police arrested Ivan Gongora, 24, and Orlando Gongora, 17, when the chase ended in Weslaco.
The San Juan police chief said the two suspects sped down Interstate 2 toward Weslaco.... more »
September 4, 2014 12:35 PM
WESLACO - Police arrested two people after a high-speed chase in Weslaco. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned they're suspects in a San Juan burglary case.
The San Juan police chief said the two suspects sped down the expressway toward Weslaco. San Juan and Weslaco police followed the suspects' vehicle. The... more »
September 3, 2014 10:47 PM
WESLACO - Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday unveiled a new transmitter they will use to broadcast alerts in Spanish in the Rio Grande Valley.
Residents must have a weather radio to receive the alerts, officials said.
"With the large amount of Spanish speaking... more »
September 3, 2014 1:04 PM
WESLACO - Police are re-opening a cold case in Weslaco. Investigators are searching for Isidro Limon, who disappeared in September 2000.
The then-23-year-old was last seen along South Nebraska, near Texas Boulevard. Police suspect foul play in his disappearance. They interviewed a person of interest during the initial investigation,... more »
September 3, 2014 9:40 AM
MCALLEN - Rain across the Rio Grande Valley caused road closures in Hidalgo County. McAllen city officials announced the following closures due to flooding:
4th Street between Primrose and Redbud
12th Street and Quamasia Avenue
11th Street and Redbud Avenue
Eastbound lane at Main Street... more »
September 2, 2014 4:18 PM
WESLACO - The city of Weslaco is ramping up drainage efforts ahead of possible heavy storms.
Workers on Tuesday cleaned the last few ditches that still needed attention. Sediment and tree limbs are now gone.
Weslaco was able to test its storm drain system Friday. A strong storm... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »