Valley Congressman Vela, Gonzalez To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Two Valley congressmen have joined the more than 60 other Democrats in Congress in a boycott of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Filemon Vela of Brownsville and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen Thursday said they will stay away from the inaugural ceremonies. Both pointed to Trump’s failure to appoint any Hispanics to his Cabinet. But […]

Sentences Of Four Starr County Brothers Among Those Commuted By President Obama

Four brothers from Roma were among the more than 200 drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama Tuesday. Cesar, Eduardo, Lazaro, and Luis Moreno had been sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2001 for their roles in running an international drug smuggling and trafficking ring. They’d been convicted of drug trafficking […]

San Juan Fined For Illegal Trash Dumping

State environmental regulators are leveling a hefty fine against the city of San Juan for dumping its trash in the wrong place. The Texas Environmental Quality Commission is fining the city 75-thousand-dollars for allowing trash to be dumped in an area meant for brush. The commission has prohibited the city from using the brush site […]

McAllen Sees Spike In Violent Crime

The 2016 crime rate in McAllen is showing an overall decline, but a disturbing spike in one critical category. The latest crime statistics released by McAllen police officials show violent crime shot up by almost 40 percent last year. Specifically, there was one more murder, 24 more rapes, and 24 more aggravated assaults. However, there […]

Lucio Retains Chairmanship Of Senate Committee

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has released his committee assignments for the 2017 Texas Legislature, and once again Senate Democrats will chair just two committees – and one of them is Brownsville Senator Eddie Lucio. Lucio will remain the chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He will also be the Vice Chair of the Education Committee, […]

Ineligible Starr County Constable Resigns

A newly-elected Starr County constable who was found to be ineligible for the post, has resigned the office. The move by Precinct 1 Constable Daniel Muniz comes just weeks after he was sworn in. Also, Starr County Attorney Victor Canales was preparing to file a proceeding that would have forced Muniz to show under what […]

Opening Statements Set In Capital Murder Trial Of Ex-Border Patrol

Prosecuting and defense attorneys are to present their opening statements today in the capital murder and drug trafficking trial of a former Border Patrol agent. A jury was selected yesterday for the trial of 31-year-old Joel Luna, who is accused in the suspected drug cartel-related slaying of a Honduran man. The victim’s headless body was […]

4th Suspect Sought In Man’s Stabbing Death North Of Donna

Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies are working to track down a fourth suspect in the stabbing death of a man north of Donna. Homicide investigators believe that man was with the three suspects who were arrested shortly after the slaying and were charged with murder Tuesday. 33-year-old Lenin Gonzalez Montalvo, 26-year-old Francisco Hernandez Almager, and 23-year-old […]

Edinburg-Area Woman Killed, Boyfriend Facing Murder Charge

An Edinburg-area man is to be brought before a judge today on a charge of murder in the slaying of his girlfriend. 62-year-old Bolanos Vasquez was arrested early Sunday morning after Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on the 39-hundred block of North Alamo Road. Officials say Vasquez admitted he had killed […]

New University Group Taking Over Process Of Identifying Immigrant Remains

The painstaking and difficult task of identifying the remains of immigrants who’ve perished while trekking through the treacherous ranchlands of Brooks County, has been taken over by Texas State University. Anthropology teachers and students at the university in San Marcos were recently sorting through scores of remains that were found buried haphazardly in a cemetery […]