Molly Smith

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Molly Smith covers public safety and the Hidalgo County District Courthouse for The Monitor. She can be reached at msmith@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4437.

Deported Army veteran returns home only to be laid to rest

Carlos Torres, a veteran who volunteered to join the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was later deported to Mexico, will finally be home today when he’s buried at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Judge orders bondsmen to try to mediate Omar Guerrero case

“The uniqueness of this case stems from the proposition that you’ve got multiple bondsmen on the same defendant for the same charge,” District Judge Noe Gonzalez told the parties during a hearing Monday, telling them he thought both the bond companies and the DA’s Office have a lot to gain by trying to resolve the case.

UPDATED: Driver in dispatcher’s death charged with intoxication manslaughter

Sunday’s incident was not the driver’s first run in with the law involving alcohol. He was arrested in June 2017 on a driving while intoxicated charge and sentenced to probation, which he completed in October of this year.

Affidavits: Local oncologist sexually assaulted staff members

The investigation also revealed an attempted sexual assault that allegedly occurred in 2012 against another former employee, who “quit because of his unwanted sexual advances towards her,” the affidavit states, which references an incident in which he tried to inappropriately touch her.

Longtime assistant named interim police chief in Edinburg

Lots of personnel changes have been made in the Edinburg police department over the past month, with the city giving little information as to reasons behind the moves.

Bipartisan bill aims to identify missing migrants’ remains

The bill seeks to amend existing federal laws to expand grant funds for local law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories, medical examiners offices and nonprofit organizations that work to find, report and identify migrants that die or go missing in the U.S.

Edinburg oncologist arrested on sexual assault charges

Our most-read online story from Thursday: Oncologist arraigned on two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.

Alamo hires new city secretary

Before coming to the city of Alamo, Alexandra Rangel worked as a program coordinator and program specialist for the UTRGV School of Medicine. She’s also a recent graduate of UTRGV’s MPA program.

Local attorney wants to donate mural to county

“Some friends and I wanted to bring some public art to our county because we don’t have anything,” McAllen attorney Gerardo Arriaga told county commissioners. “You go to places like San Antonio, places like Houston, Dallas — and yes, they’re big cities and they have money — but if you go to Reynosa, they have a lot more public art than we do, and I can guarantee you that their budget is a fraction of what we have.”

ADA receives Hidalgo County’s first Lone Star Prosecutor award

EDINBURG — The lead prosecutor in last winter's John Feit trial was named prosecutor of the year by the Texas District and County Attorneys...

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