October 23, 2014 8:13 AM
WESLACO - A man wanted in connection with a string of convenience store robberies surrendered to Weslaco police. The 28-year-old suspect is expected to be formally charged this morning.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned he arrived at the Weslaco Police Department to surrender around 1:30 a.m. He faces three counts... more »
October 20, 2014 5:46 PM
WESLACO - The Hidalgo County fire marshal continues to investigate an overnight house fire. They are asking for the public's help. The fire started about 10 p.m. last night near the intersection of Pecan Grove and FM 1015, also known as International Boulevard. The home was on an empty lot... more »
October 20, 2014 12:25 PM
WESLACO - Early voting has begun for the November general election.
The Texas Secretary of State said a record number of Texans are registered to vote. The election is expected to be the largest since 1990. Every statewide office is up for grabs.
Election Day is Nov. 4.... more »
October 20, 2014 7:59 AM
WESLACO - Firefighters are calling an overnight house fire in Weslaco suspicious. Not much is left of the home, which is located near the intersection of Pecan Grove and FM 1015.
The fire broke out around 10 p.m. Sunday. When fire crews arrived, it was fully engulfed in flames.... more »
October 17, 2014 6:34 PM
WESLACO - Authorities are looking for a man on the run who bailed out of a vehicle on FM 88 and Mile 12 ½ north of Weslaco.
Two cars were involved in the chase. Border Patrol has one man in custody. The constable's office said that bundles of marijuana... more »
October 15, 2014 6:57 PM
WESLACO - A Weslaco police officer insisted he was wrongly accused when arrested by his own department on criminal charges. A grand jury agreed with him.
Alvino Flores was charged with abuse of official capacity, assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The charges stemmed from Flores' work as a... more »
October 14, 2014 7:33 PM
WESLACO - Neighbors in Weslaco feel a man claiming to be an exterminator took their money.
John Dare shares a mosquito problem with his neighbors. He said a middle aged man driving a small green car offered to exterminate the pests for $300.
He said the man "had... more »
October 14, 2014 6:50 PM
WESLACO - A woman says an electrical repair at her mobile home park set her back $1,000.
Susan Garza moved her mobile home from McAllen to Weslaco in June, 2013, to be closer to her family.
Garza said the new landlord didn't have the electrical hookup ready.
... more »
October 13, 2014 4:20 PM
WESLACO - Police say they notified international bridges and Border Patrol checkpoints about a man wanted for a series of armed robberies in Weslaco.
Police distributed George Melton's photo and information to state and federal authorities. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Melton is accused of robberies at... more »
October 12, 2014 8:16 PM
WESLACO -Police are still looking for a man suspected of a string of armed robberies.
Police say George Melton used a gun and a knife to commit three armed robberies at Weslaco Stripes stores, in the last two weeks.
Sheriff's deputies and constables were searching for Melton near... more »
October 11, 2014 7:13 PM
WESLACO - Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man involved in a drive-by shooting.
It happened on Mile 13 1/2, just east of Mile 4 West, just before 3:00am.
The sheriff's office says the victim, a 27-year old man, was driving when another man starting shooting... more »
October 10, 2014 4:14 PM
WESLACO - Police arrested the girlfriend of an armed robbery suspect.
The woman, Elizabeth Salinas, on Friday was charged with hindering apprehension.
Weslaco police arrested Salinas after her boyfriend, George Melton, escaped from a Donna home Thursday.
Melton is wanted in connection with three armed robberies. Investigators... more »
October 10, 2014 12:44 PM
WESLACO - A second suspect has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Weslaco.
Police said the second suspect is the girlfriend of alleged armed robber Ricardo Rico, 17.
Investigators said the woman helped Rico after he allegedly robbed the Valley Food Mart convenience store Wednesday... more »
October 9, 2014 11:15 PM
DONNA - A man wanted for a string of armed robberies is on the run in the Donna area.
George Melton is wanted for at least three armed robberies in the past week and a half. He robbed three Stripes stores, two of with a handgun and one with... more »
October 9, 2014 12:50 PM
WESLACO - Police arrested a teenager in an aggravated robbery at a Weslaco store Wednesday night.
The incident happened at around 9:46 p.m. at Valley Food Mart near Sugarcane and North Bridge roads. Police say a man wearing a mask walked in, waved a handgun, demanded money and left.... more »
October 6, 2014 10:52 PM
WESLACO - The police department in Weslaco will be better armed against criminals.
About four years ago, a felon led officers on a high-speed chase, then fired at them with a modified, fully automatic, AR-15 variant. Officers were using pistols and shotguns.
Lt. Raul Vallejo said because of... more »
October 2, 2014 11:19 PM
WESLACO - Police have still not made any arrests for the robbery at a Weslaco Pizza Hut, but now they know who called for help.
On Sept. 18, police said two suspects entered the Pizza Hut on Business 83 in Weslaco and robbed the restaurant and all the customers... more »
October 1, 2014 7:59 AM
WESLACO - A driver escaped from police after leading them on a chase overnight.
Weslaco police assisted Donna officers with the pursuit. They said it started around 4 a.m. We're told the driver was in a black Mustang. The chase ended in Weslaco on the 3000 block of Pleasantview... more »
September 30, 2014 4:37 PM
WESLACO - The city expanded the police department's budget to cover the cost of two new police officers.
Weslaco will hire the new officers before the end of the year. The current police force is made up of about 55 officers.
The city also recently budgeted for new... more »
September 26, 2014 5:28 PM
WESLACO - Police say a Weslaco city worker was at fault in a traffic accident that sent several people to the hospital earlier this week.
The crash happened Monday on Pike Road. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew saw two women were taken away by stretcher. There were also two... more »
September 24, 2014 10:41 PM
WESLACO - City public works departments are battling two problems because of all the rain, mosquitos and potholes.
The city of Weslaco said potholes are currently not the top priority.
Homer Cardenas knows city crews are trying to keep up with repairs, but "patch jobs only last a... more »
September 23, 2014 7:04 PM
EDINBURG - Two men are behind bars in connection with an armed robbery Saturday at a convenience store north of Weslaco.
Jose Guadalupe de la Rosa, 32, and Ovidio Zamora, 17, are accused of taking the cash register at gunpoint from the Corner Store.
Police said one of... more »
September 23, 2014 12:12 PM
WESLACO - Police said the victim of a Weslaco shooting knew the gunmen. The shooting happened at the Weslaco Inn Monday around 9:30 p.m.
According to officers, there was a confrontation between the victim and the gunmen prior to the shooting. It's not known what the confrontation was about.... more »
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 »