Mark Reagan

Mark Reagan is a reporter for The Monitor. He can be reached at or at (956) 683-4437.

Trio indicted for fatal shooting of doctor

A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted three men who authorities say fatally shot a Weslaco doctor during an attempt to steal $25,000 in case last November. Weslaco police arrested Alamo residents Joel Ismael Gonzalez, 18; Josue Benavides Torres, 31; and Weslaco resident Luis Antonio Lopez Valenzuela, 20, in early January after a tip from Runnels County helped crack the murder case that investigators first thought was a major car crash. The men, who are scheduled to be arraigned in late July, are charged with murder and aggravated robbery. All three remain in jail, court and jail records indicate. They were indicted on June 23. Read the full story at

Weslaco shooting suspect claims self defense

When Weslaco police arrested 23-year-old Angel Herrera on accusations he shot a man to death on June 8, the man was barricaded inside a...

McAllen police shoots burglary suspect Sunday morning

McAllen police shot a 29-year-old Palmview man three times early Sunday morning after they say he threw bricks at officers responding to a burglary call. In a news release, McAllen police say they shot Rodolfo Rivera in the upper right shoulder, right arm and upper left leg. As of Sunday morning, police say he was in serious condition at a local hospital. The shooting happened after police responded to a burglay in progress at 3:40 a.m. in the 400 block of North Ninth Street after the reporting person called polcie to say "someone is trying to break into the front door and there is a fire in the back door," according to law enforcement. Read the full story at

Man accused of brother’s death scheduled for court

A 24-year-old Mercedes man charged with the murder of his brother who died during a December home invasion is seeking a further reduction in his bond. Noel Alvarado has made multiple attempts at reducing his bond since his arrest. A hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon. He was originally held on a $1 million bond. However, since his arrest that's been wittled down to $100,000 on the murder charge. However, he is being held without bond on two counts of aggravated robbery. Read the full story at

Donna man faces charges of setting fire to ex’s building

A Hidalgo County grand jury has indicted a 24-year-old Donna man police accuse of burning down an abandoned building in an attempt to murder his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. Armando Garza Olivarez is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of arson and attempted murder of multiple persons. He has been held on $500,000 in bonds since his May 12 arrest. Donna police responded to a structure fire at 7 a.m. that day in the 100 block of South Main Street after seeing heavy smoke and a building that was engulfed in flames. Read the full story at

Judge grants more time for better exhibits in 2006 Donna murder appeal

The state of Texas has asked for another 30 days to obtain better quality exhibits for a federal judge weighing a petition filed by a convicted murderer who has maintained his innocence since his 2006 arrest. Federal magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby set a Monday deadline back on May 29 ordering the state to provide him with better quality and missing exhibits in the case of Douglas Tyrone Armstrong, who is serving life in prison for the April 21, 2006, murder of Rafael Castelan in Donna. Read the full story at

Man accused of killing infant in car crash charged

Edinburg police arrested a 26-year-old Mission man Thursday and charged him with criminally negligent homicide on accusations he failed to control his speed and caused a fatal car crash in March that killed a 6-month-old infant. Investigators say Jonathan Garcia Quiroz was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion on March 7 at around 10:38 p.m. when he crashed into the back of a 2009 Nissan Cube, which was stalled in the outside northbound lane in the 3100 block of South Expressway 281. Read the full story at

New Year’s Day stabbing suspect to seek bond reduction

A 31-year-old San Juan man accused of 2020's first murder made his initial pre-trial appearance via Zoom Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him in mid-May. During the brief hearing, Ramiro Escobar's defense attorney, Ricardo Alanis, asked state District Judge Fernando Mancias to set a bond hearing, which the judge granted. Read the full story at

Former Border Patrol agent’s bond to remain at $1.05M

A Border Patrol agent accused of holding his infant child while shooting his ex-girlfriend during their first child custody drop-off has again been denied lower bond. State district Judge Keno Vasquez denied Ricardo Cepeda Jr.'s request to lower his $1.05 million bonds on charges of attempt to commit murder, abandon endanger child without intent to return, abandon endanger child criminal negligence and aggravated assault discharge firearm. Cepeda has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Read the full story at

Animal cruelty suspect wants search of U-Haul with dead dogs inside tossed

A 36-year-old McAllen woman facing charges of animal cruelty says in a motion to suppress that Pharr police lacked probable cause to search the back of a U-Haul truck, where authorities found 33 dead dogs in May 2018. “Defendant respectfully submits that if the State wishes to justify the sudden and warrantless stop of Defendant's vehicle with some probable cause, the state should have first sought a search or arrest warrant, as in most civil societies,” a court document stated. “They do not argue any emergency factors, only that a number of dogs were being transported across town for safe-keeping.” Pharr police arrested Christina Arriaga on May 8, 2018, after a police officer found the dead dogs in the U-Haul cargo area. She is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and has entered not guilty pleas to the charges. A hearing on the motion to suppress is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Read the full story at