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Former La Joya Housing Authority vice chair accused of bribery set for trial

Posted 8:53 PM 1/23/2020

MCALLEN – A woman accused of bribing a former elected official will head to trial.

Sylvia Garces Valdez plead not guilty in federal court Thursday. She is the former vice chairwoman of the La Joya Housing Authority.

Valdez is accused of bribing Frances Salinas. She is the former interim executive director of the La Joya Housing Authority. Salinas was arrested last month.

Investigators say the bribe was in exchange for a public relations contract.

1/21/2020

Coast Guard in high seas pursuit near South Padre Island

Coast Guard in high seas pursuit near South Padre Island

Posted 11:39 AM 1/23/2020

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The Coast Guard was involved in a high-speed pursuit Wednesday near South Padre Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies, including Marine Interdiction Units from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, intercepted a Mexican fishing vessel.

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