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.

Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy fired for alleged theft

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra fired one of his deputies Tuesday following an internal investigation into an alleged shoplifting incident, the sheriff’s office...

Program stages drunken driving crash for juvenile justice center

WESLACO — Police and fire sirens wailed as emergency responders arrived at the head-on collision and began tending to passengers. One was pronounced dead,...

McAllen motel manager accused of human trafficking

McALLEN — A local motel manager has been arrested on a continuous human trafficking charge following prostitution stings at La Casita Motel, a longtime...

20-year-old charged with DWI after striking police unit

SAN JUAN — Police here arrested a man on a driving while intoxicated charge early Monday morning after he struck another police officer’s vehicle. Pedro...

The new front line: Constables and CBP coordinate for Central American exodus

NEAR GRANJENO — As more than two dozen migrants filled out processing paperwork near the levee here one warm April evening, deputies from the...

Edinburg man accused of stealing ex’s mother’s ashes

An Edinburg man is behind bars after police allege he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Donna mobile home and stole her mother’s ashes. Donna police arrested...

Update: 19-year-old charged in fatal hit-and-run in downtown McAllen

McALLEN — A 19-year-old man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle early Saturday morning told police he paid a nightclub...

Charges upgraded in Chayse Olivarez murder

RIO GRANDE CITY — Three young men charged with murder for the 2017 shooting death of Chayse Olivarez are now facing capital murder charges,...

Updated: Retired judge scheduled for June arraignment on DWI charge

EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against retired Cameron County state District Judge Roberto “Robert” Garza who was arrested...

Feit court transcripts lost; appeal delayed

The 13th Court of Appeals halted former Catholic priest John Feit’s appeal of his murder case last week after learning the court reporter lost...