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Bond Set For Mission Cop Charged With Lying To Federal Investigators

A Mission police officer has been granted bond five days after his arrest in connection with the drug corruption case against a one-time colleague. A McAllen federal magistrate today set a bond of 50-thousand dollars for Officer Charles Lopez, who’s been behind bars since Friday on charges of knowingly making a false statement. Lopez, a […]

Fire That Ripped Through South McAllen IHop Deemed Accidental

McAllen fire investigators are pointing to a hot floodlight as the cause of the fire that destroyed the IHOP on South 10th Street last night. Investigators say the floodlight was touching a wooden section of the restaurant’s roof, sparking the flames that spread quickly through the roof and then the rest of the building. Employees […]

5 Charged In Deadly Convenience Store Shooting

A Hidalgo man has been charged with murder in Sunday night’s shooting death of a man outside a Stripes store in south McAllen. 25-year-old Alejandro Cuevas was one of four people arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from the shooting that killed 22-year-old Moises Tamez of Weslaco. Three other suspects are charged with aggravated assault and […]

Mission Cop Jailed For Lying To Federal Investigators

A Mission police officer has been ordered to stay behind bars on charges in connection with the drug corruption case against a one-time colleague. K-9 Officer Charles Lopez made his initial federal court appearance Monday on charges of knowingly making a false statement. Lopez, a 13-year veteran of the Mission PD, is accused of lying […]

Threat Of Zika Prompts Local Blood Agency To Change Screening Rules

The blood collection agency in the Rio Grande Valley is changing its screening procedures to stave off the potential threat of the Zika virus. United Blood Services is now requiring all donors to answer questions about their possible exposure to the virus — such as where they’ve traveled. If you’ve been in a country with […]

Penitas Clinic Owner Admits Health Care Fraud

There’s been an admission of guilt in connection with a health care fraud indictment handed up last year. Ricardo Mendez, who owned Palm Village Family Clinic in Penitas, has pleaded guilty to submitting bogus Medicare and Medicaid claims. As a result, federal investigators say Mendez received 50-thousand dollars in illegal reimbursements. The indictment against Mendez […]

Man Struck, Killed On Expressway In Harlingen

Harlingen police are trying to identify one of at least two vehicles that struck a man on Expressway 77 in Harlingen last night. It happened at around 10:30 on the northbound Expressway just south of Teege Avenue. Officers arrived to find the severely injured man lying on the roadway. He was rushed to the hospital, […]

Negligence Lawsuit Expanded Following Charter Bus Crash

One of the lawsuits filed following the deadly charter bus crash north of Laredo two weekends ago is being expanded. The attorney representing two of the surviving passengers has filed an amended petition adding three more survivors as plaintiffs, as well as three more defendants. The original lawsuit was brought against OGA Charters of San […]

‘Person, Vehicle Of Interest’ Identified In McAllen Bank Robbery

McAllen police have released photos of a ‘person of interest’ as well as a ‘vehicle of interest’ in connection with a bank heist Monday. It was around 10:45 a.m. when a man walked into the Wells Fargo bank on East Jackson Avenue, handed a teller a note demanding money, and fled with an undisclosed amount. […]

Smoke’em If You’ve Got’em In Pharr, Just Not Indoors

The city of Pharr has joined four other cities in passing some of the toughest public smoking restrictions in the Valley. The city commission Monday gave final approval to an ordinance that prohibits smoking indoors, and within 20-feet of a public building. The ordinance bans smoking in restaurants and bars, although the businesses can designate […]