Fernando Del Valle

Fernando del Valle is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at fdelvalle@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6278.

Raymondville trustee arrested for leaving child unattended

Raymondville school board member Janie Cruz is facing a charge after leaving her 7-year-old girl home alone. Earlier this week, Municipal Judge Felicita Gutierrez charged Cruz with abandoning and endangering a child with intent to return, a state jail felony, Jacob Rodriguez, the Raymondville Police Department’s crime victims’ advocate, said Wednesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Readying for super park

HARLINGEN — Soon, construction crews will start paving the way to the city’s multimillion-dollar super park. City officials are setting aside $23,825 to remove stretches...

Willacy County eight-liner case drags on

SEBASTIAN — For more than a year, four game rooms have remained open amid the slowly turning wheels of justice. In this tiny rural community dubbed “Little Las Vegas,” the case’s legal wrangling has left many residents flustered and confused. Since August 2018, a judge’s order granting temporary restraining orders has allowed the Silver Star Game Room, Silver Express Game Room, La Victoria Game Room and the Silver Outpost to remain open after Willacy County’s tough, new law shut them down months earlier. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Conjunto museum founder Avila dies at 77

SAN BENITO — Family and friends yesterday remembered Rey Avila as a loving husband and father who made his dream come true when he...

Durham family pays tribute to Texas Rangers

Reta Durham grew up listening to stories about her grandfather and the Texas Rangers who helped tame what he called “The Nueces Strip.” To carry on George Durham Sr.’s legacy, his son George Durham Jr. also wore the Texas Rangers badge. Today, Reta Durham and about 85 family members will gather at the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery, where the Former Texas Rangers Association has christened the graves of father and son with iron crosses, marking the sites as hallowed ground for the two former Texas Rangers. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Raymondville police investigate two sexual assault cases involving high school students

Police are investigating two cases in which Raymondville High School female students have accused male students of sexual assault. In one case, a male student apparently remains held at a juvenile detention center. “We’re not done with the investigations,” Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora said yesterday. “We’re getting statements from witnesses.” Investigators are also trying to determine whether other students may have been involved, Zamora said. Zamora said both cases allegedly occurred off-campus. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

IBWC dredges Arroyo, cuts flood risk

After years of negotiations with city hall, federal crews have dredged along a stretch of the Arroyo Colorado as part of a flood control plan. The U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission dredged along bridges at Farm-to-Market Road 509, FM 499 and 77 Sunshine Strip, IBWC U.S. Secretary Sally Spener said. Spener said the agency, which plans more extensive dredging, cleared sediment from the arroyo’s floor and banks to improve the floodway’s flow. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

After 34 years, legendary Willacy sheriff won’t seek re-election to focus on cancer battle

RAYMONDVILLE — It’s the end of an era in Willacy County. Sheriff Larry Spence, the Indiana-born lawman who won the county’s badge 34 years ago...

San Benito proposes $13.4 million budget; plans to hire four new employees

SAN BENITO — The city’s proposed $13.4 million general fund budget would fund the salaries of four new employees, including a new city planner. Before...

Trial reset for ex-Santa Rosa coach accused of sex with student

BROWNSVILLE — A trial has been reset for a former Santa Rosa school district coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old...