Mark Reagan

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

Attorney: Portion of McAllen dash cam video missing in deadly dispute

Attorneys representing a man whose daughter died during a domestic dispute are challenging the city of McAllen's representation's assertion that police released the entire...

Edinburg police union lawsuit to remain in federal court over First Amendment question

A lawsuit filed against the city of Edinburg by one of the two police unions there will remain in federal court. U.S. District Judge Micaela...

Edinburg residents accused of robbing 2 gas stations in 30 minutes

Edinburg police arrested two residents on Saturday who they accuse of robbing two gas stations on Closner within just 30 minutes. Police arrested 26-year-old Stephanie...

Alamo man charged in machete attacks

McAllen police arrested a 39-year-old Alamo man last Friday who is accused of entering his ex-girlfriend's house with a machete and handgun and threatened...

Hearing for man accused of killing trooper canceled due to Hurricane Hanna

As Hidalgo County begins recovering from Hurricane Hanna, numerous court hearings this week have been canceled. That includes a scheduled pre-trial hearing for 25-year-old Victor...

San Juan man indicted for murder in March shooting

A 38-year-old San Juan man is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Wednesday morning for...

Border Patrol, DPS seize nearly 500 pounds of meth

A joint effort between Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety has resulted in a massive methamphetamine bust. A criminal complaint charging a Rio Grande City man named Edgar Lopez with drug trafficking allegations details how on July 12, DPS troopers and rangers seized eight large sacks containing 200 cellophane-wrapped bundles of methamphetamine weighing a little more than 476 pounds. On July 12, Border Patrol agents working in the area of Midway Road in Rio Grande City report that after they saw suspected scouts, they observed several people carrying bundles from the Rio Grande to the Midway Cemetery off of Midway Road. Read the full story at

Elderly pilot’s smuggling conviction is upheld

A federal appeals court has denied an appeal filed by an elderly man convicted of attempting to fly four people who were in the country illegally from Weslaco to Houston. Louis Luyten, who was 81 at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to 33 months in the Bureau of Prisons on June 20, 2019, after he reached a plea deal with the government and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants into the United States. Federal authorities arrested Luyten on Nov. 4, 2018, as he was attempting to take off. Read the full story at

OSHA investigating Port Isabel Detention Center over employee’s COVID-19 death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the private prison contractor that runs the Port Isabel Detention Center after one of its employees died from the coronavirus, according to records and an anonymous source. OSHA records indicate the agency initiated the investigation into Ahtna Support and Training Services on June 26. The Monitor has reached out to OSHA, Ahtna, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking for more information about the investigation. Read the full story at

Alamo man accused of rape, robbing gas station in medical mask

Edinburg police investigating a 27-year-old Alamo man over allegations he violently raped a woman twice also accuse him of robbing the same gas station two times over four days in late May. Police arrested Miguel Lechuga on July 2 and charged him with aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated robbery. He remains jailed on a total of $425,000 in bonds, records show. According to probable cause affidavits, investigators allege he robbed the Xoom/Stripes store at 1606 E. Richardson on May 24 and May 28 after a woman made an outcry about the rapes to investigators. Information learned through the sexual assault investigation led authorities to believe that Lechuga was also a suspect in the robberies, which occurred in the early morning hours. Read the full story at