Noon Fix: Omar Guerrero case; Weslaco’s costly water plant project; Ex-Trump lawyer receives prison sentence; Driver in dispatcher’s death charged with intoxication manslaughter

Former Hidalgo County District Clerk Omar Guerrero appears in the Hidalgo County Jail courtroom to face charges of possession of between 4 and 200 grams of cocaine and tampering with the identification of a rifle during his arraignment Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Edinburg. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Judge orders bondsmen to try to mediate Omar Guerrero case

A judge has ordered four bondsmen to enter into mediation with the district attorney’s office to see if an agreement can be reached on what to do about the $1 million bond posted for ex-district clerk Omar Guerrero.
A portion of Weslaco’s water treatment plant remains inoperable. The functioning portions of the plant, however, are able to produce more than enough clean water to keep up with demands from residents and businesses in Weslaco. (Cristina M. Garcia | cgarcia@themonitor.com)

Weslaco sues construction company hired to build $38.5M water plant

The city of Weslaco filed a lawsuit in October seeking to withhold payment from the construction company it hired to oversee the city’s costly water plant project, eight months after securing $1.3 million from the plant’s engineer.

Judge gives ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would “take a bullet” for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.

Family members of Orlando Zuniga watch him be arraigned on five charges in connection with a fatal car crash Sunday at Edinburg Municipal Court on Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. Photo by Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com

Driver in dispatcher’s death charged with intoxication manslaughter

Sobbing, a 20-year-old man accused in the death of a sheriff’s dispatcher learned on Tuesday the charges he faces in connection with a fatal car crash, which happened just two months after being released on probation for driving while intoxicated.