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.

Sullivan City woman convicted of intoxication manslaughter in 2018 crash

EDINBURG — A Hidalgo County jury convicted Franshely Salinas of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxication assault Wednesday, almost one year to the date she crashed...

Judge’s ruling gives Alamo green light to fire police chief

EDINBURG — A district judge sided Friday with the city of Alamo and dismissed the police chief’s claim that the city violated various state...

Police union seeks investigation into misuse of funds by assistant chief

EDINBURG — The police union here voted Thursday to investigate an assistant police chief for allegedly purchasing Jennifer Lopez concert tickets with the union’s...

State dismisses domestic violence charge against former police chief

EDINBURG — At the request of the district attorney’s office, a judge Thursday dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against former city of Hidalgo Police...

Palmview man charged with attempted murder

A Palmview man was charged with attempted murder last week following a shooting incident that appears to be tied to at least two kidnappings. Ricardo...

Pharr woman arrested after 33 dead dogs found in U-Haul

PHARR — A traffic stop on a U-Haul truck last week resulted in a gruesome discovery: 33 dead dogs inside the truck's cargo area. The...

Cover-up alleged in wrongful death suit

McALLEN — After waiting more than two years for evidence that would explain what happened when police responded to a domestic violence call that...

UPDATE: 19th person arrested in Edinburg voter fraud probe

Updated at 4:33 p.m. Another arrest has been made in the Texas Attorney General’s voter fraud investigation into the 2017 Edinburg municipal election, bringing the...

Mission man pleads guilty to 2015 Palmview murder

EDINBURG — A Mission man pleaded guilty Monday to the 2015 murder of a Palmview man after a 2017 jury failed to reach a...

Former county commissioner entangled in JP’s preferential treatment case

A former Hidalgo County commissioner’s traffic citation case was reviewed as part of a State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigation that led to an...