Erin Sheridan

Erin Sheridan is a reporter for the Brownsville Herald. She covers crime, plus state and federal courts. She can be reached at or (956) 982-6609.

Plasma still in high demand for Valley coronavirus patients

Plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients is in great need in the Rio Grande Valley, where cases continue to rise. The treatment, using the liquid...

Prayer vigil held for hospital patients, front line workers

BROWNSVILLE — Medical staff at Valley Regional Medical Center gathered outside the hospital’s entrances on a recent evening for a mobile church service and...

Cameron County deploys pump trucks to flooded areas

Colonias north of Los Fresnos experienced significant flooding over the weekend as Hurricane Hanna’s powerful rain bands hit the South Texas coast. On Monday, just...

Study indicates local beaches least polluted

Cameron County beaches are some of the least polluted in Texas, according to a new report released by the Environment Texas Research and Policy...

Virus forces county jails on lockdown until end of July

Officials with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department have responded to the nearly 400 positive COVID-19 cases among inmates inside the county jails by instituting mass testing for both inmates and employees. All of the facilities have been placed on lockdown until the end of July in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus. Captain of Operations Javier Reyna said on Friday that medical staff inside the jail facilities assured him that approximately 80 percent of those who tested positive have recovered, and that many of the carriers have been asymptomatic. Read the full story at

Report: Man’s death ruled homicide

The latest version of a report released by the Texas Attorney General’s Office in the December 2019 death of 27-year-old Mario Alberto Torres ruled his death a homicide, but included the possibility of it having been justifiable. Officer Rolando Trujillo, Jr. fatally shot Torres in the head in the early morning hours of December 15 after the young man opened fire on Trujillo and two responding officers, Lucio Cortinas and Jacqueline Ramirez, according to the custodial death report released on Monday. At 2:16 a.m. on December 15, the three officers drove towards Florence Lane, where they encountered Torres walking in Trujillo’s direction holding a midsize black object in his hand, the summary stated. Read the full story at

Demand for COVID-19 testing on the rise

A surge in demand for coronavirus testing means that residents using free, public testing offered by the county and state will wait about a week to get a test, plus a few more days to obtain a result. According to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, traffic at its patient call center and testing sites has nearly tripled since mid-June when the university expanded its testing capacity to 1,000 a day through use of a new machine at the lab in Edinburg. Beginning this month, the university dramatically increased its testing capacity to ensure everybody who needs it gets swabbed. The lab is one of six across Texas processing COVID tests from all over the state. An average of 6,000 calls a day from Valley residents is no easy feat for screening staff to keep up with, and so in response, the university is working to rapidly expand testing capacity and hire new providers, clinical staff and call center employees. Read the full story at

Eviction process begins again this month

The Texas Supreme Court ended its temporary moratorium on evictions on May 18. Locally, that meant property owners who don’t have a federally-backed mortgage were able to begin the eviction process again this month. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s team of housing attorneys received more than triple the requests for landlord/tenant-related assistance this May compared to that of 2019, according to Equal Justice Works fellow Eva Sikes. Read the full story at

Petition calls for H-E-B to require facial masks

A petition out of San Antonio signed by thousands of Texas residents is calling on H-E-B supermarkets across the state to require customers to wear face masks when shopping in its stores. In doing so, organizers say the grocery chain could set an example in protecting both its partners and the public. H-E-B operates more than 200 stores in South Texas. On Wednesday afternoon, the petition had nearly 42,000 signatures and was attracting more by the second. Read the full story at

Commission to consider Davis memorial’s removal

Outrage in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police has re-ignited the push to remove the 92-year-old monument dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the one-time president of the confederacy, from Washington Park in Brownsville. Over the weekend, someone splashed black paint on the monument and painted the words “No Racist Idols” across the front. The Brownsville City Commission will discuss removal of the monument at a commission meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom. The item was placed on the agenda by Commissioner Jessica Tetreau and Mayor Trey Mendez. Read the full story at