Gunshot Killed Elderly Priest Who Had Retired To South Padre

A little more than a month after his body was found, an autopsy has determined that a retired priest living on South Padre Island died from a gunshot wound to his head. It was on August 17th that the remains of 71-year-old William Costello were found east of the Willacy County town of Santa Monica. […]

Brownsville Receives Grant To Get The Lead Out

The Brownsville Housing Authority is about to embark on a sweeping effort to eliminate lead-based paint from its aging housing units. The large-scale effort is being made possible by a more than half-million dollar federal grant that’s part of a HUD program to remove lead-based paint hazards from public housing. The grant funds will be […]

Former Brownsville Cop Acquitted Of Smuggling Charges, Back On The Job

A former Brownsville police officer, acquitted of being part of an immigrant smuggling plan, is back on patrol. Seven months after she was arrested, and just days after a jury found her not guilty, Officer Valerie Rivas has returned to work. A Brownsville police spokesman telling Channel 5 News that Rivas proved her innocence and […]

Theft Case Against 2 Cameron County Employees Heads To Grand Jury

A Cameron County grand jury will be investigating theft and time sheet tampering accusations against two county employees – one of whom is also a Los Fresnos city councilwoman. The councilwoman, 52-year-old Belinda Garza, along with 29-year-old Melissa Escalante, have been arraigned on charges of theft and records tampering. They’re accused of filling out time […]

Brownsville Names Interim Police Chief

A Brownsville police commander has been named Interim Police Chief as the city continues its search for a full-time chief. James Paschall (PASS-kul), who heads the Brownsville P-D’s Support Services Command, takes over from fellow Commander David Dale. Dale had been named Acting Police Chief following the retirement of Orlando Rodriguez last month. Paschall has […]

Ex-Sheriff Cantu Getting Early Release

Former Cameron County sheriff Conrado Cantu has gotten a ‘get out of jail early” card. A federal judge has reduced the original 24-year prison sentence against Cantu, which means he’ll be free in a little more than two years. The sentence reduction is the result of a 2014 change in how federal sentencing guidelines are […]

Former Brownsville Cop Acquitted Of Smuggling Charges

A former Brownsville police officer, accused of being part of an immigrant smuggling plan, has been found not guilty. Valerie Rivas was acquitted of the charges after a several-day trial in Corpus Christi federal court. Rivas had been charged with conspiring to transport, conceal, and harbor undocumented immigrants as part of a scheme to get […]

Rodriguez Resigns As Edinburg City Manager

The city of Edinburg is having to search for a new city manager. Pilar Rodriguez is resigning the position after just three months, saying he needs to deal with some personal challenges, and denying speculation he’s leaving for political reasons. Rodriguez will be returning to his previous post as executive director of the Hidalgo County […]

Mission Educator Named Texas Elementary Teacher Of The Year

A Rio Grande Valley school teacher is the best elementary school teacher in the state. Rhonda Pena with the Mission school district has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Pena, who teaches 5th grade math and science at Bryan Elementary, says her goal is simply to be […]

Valley Windstorm Policyholders Facing 10 Percent Rate Hike

Hurricane Harvey didn’t hit the Rio Grande Valley, but some local coastal residents could still see their insurance rates jump. The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is proposing a 10 percent rate hike in windstorm policies for next year. That would mean more than 150 dollars-a-year more for Association policyholders. A TWIA (TWEE-uh) spokeswoman says the […]