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Principal Spends Night On Roof After Harvey Fundraiser

(AP) – A Pennsylvania school principal has spent a chilly night on the roof after his students raised money for a school in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.  Tim Long was awake Wednesday on the roof of the Newtown Middle School. Long had told his students he would sleep on the roof if they raised $8,000 […]

Sheriff: Fire Kills Woman And Her 5 Children

(AP) – Authorities say a woman and her five children were killed in a fire that destroyed their Texas home.  Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis says the fire was reported by a neighbor around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday near Silsbee, which is about 80 miles northeast of Houston.  He says the family’s home, a small structure […]

DA Changes Grand Jury Policy For Officer Shootings

(AP) – The local district attorney says she won’t pursue possible charges against Austin police officers involved in three shootings, citing a change in how her office handles such cases. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore says she’ll only take cases to grand juries if she believes a shooting was […]

Border Gunbattles Leave 11 Dead In Northern Mexico

(AP) – Mexican officials say a running series of gunbattles left at least 11 people dead in the northern border state of Tamauilpas.  The level of violence forced authorities to break up road blockades and use a helicopter to support ground patrols. Officials discovered eight bodies Monday following shootouts in the border city of Reynosa […]

Man Shot Dead Near Alton

Hidalgo County sheriff’s homicide investigators are scouring for clues after a man was shot and killed near Alton Monday night. Responding to a call about shots fired, deputies found the body of a Hispanic man lying against a fence in a rural area near Mile 7 and Los Ebanos Road. The victim hasn’t been identified, […]

Raymondville ISD Updates Parental Emergency Notifications Procedures

A gun incident last week has prompted the Raymondville ISD to change the way it notifies parents and students in the event of an emergency. The school district will now send mass text and email messages, post an alert on the website of each campus, and will generate phone calls to parents. The changes stem […]

Did Fire Department Audit Prompt City Manager’s Retirement?

Brownsville is unexpectedly having to look for a new city manager following the abrupt retirement of Charlie Cabler last week. Cabler’s sudden retirement comes shortly after the release of an audit committee report which revealed irregularities in the Brownsville Fire Department’s handling of 9-1-1 calls. The audit report states former fire chief Carlos Elizondo and […]

Road Rage Led To Man Being Shot To Death In Edinburg

Edinburg police say it was road rage that led to the shooting death of a man found inside his crashed car near the Hidalgo County courthouse last week. Police Chief David White says an argument had broken out a few miles north near Schunior and Business 281, where 26-year-old Joshua David Sanchez suffered a gunshot […]

Toxicology Tests Ordered In Jail Inmate’s Death

Authorities are waiting for a toxicology report to help determine what killed a Cameron County jail inmate. 32-year-old Lee Roy Tapia was found dead in his cell last Thursday morning, three days after he’d been arrested. A preliminary autopsy discovered a small plastic baggie in his stomach, and toxicology tests are being done to determine […]

Cameron County Worker Nabbed In Massive Fajita Theft Scheme

A former Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department employee is charged with felony theft – accused of stealing more than 1-million dollars worth of – fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla was arrested in August following a delivery of 800 pounds of fajitas to the Juvenile Justice Department. However, the department does not serve fajitas, and a detailed investigation […]