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 fires police chief over domestic violence arrest

HIDALGO — The city council fired police chief Rodolfo “Rudy” Espinoza Monday night, but did not confirm the action taken against him until Tuesday,...

Interim Pharr police chief promoted to permanent position

PHARR — The city swore in a new police chief during Monday’s city commission meeting, naming the interim chief to the permanent position. Jose A....

Missing McAllen man discovered in Alton pond on Christmas Day

ALTON — A man found floating in a detention pond here Christmas Day has been identified as 25-year-old Eustacio Christian Mireles, who had been...

Alamo police chief’s temporary restraining order hearing delayed

EDINBURG — The Alamo police chief will have to wait another week to learn whether a judge will uphold the temporary restraining order he...

Off-duty Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy arrested for theft

McALLEN — An off-duty sheriff's deputy was arrested on a theft charge late Wednesday, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra. McAllen police arrested...

UPDATE: Affidavit reveals more details in Hidalgo police chief’s domestic violence arrest

Hidalgo Police Chief Rodolfo “Rudy” Espinoza was arrested early Thursday morning on a domestic violence charge following an incident in which the sheriff’s office...

Police investigating body found in pond

ALTON —  Police here are conducting an equivocal death investigation after a body was discovered floating in a pond. The body was found in a...

Edinburg swears in new police chief

Most of Torres’ 27-year law enforcement career was spent with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Police: Retired judge too drunk to perform field sobriety tests before arrest

The officer noticed Garza display “several symptoms of intoxication,” and he was “asked several times to step out of the vehicle.” He then failed to perform two rounds of field sobriety tests “due to his level of intoxication.”

Appellate court dismisses ex-justice’s lawsuit against Hidalgo County

The 13th Court of Appeals sided today with Hidalgo County and dismissed former Justice of the Peace Mary Alice Palacios’ lawsuit against the county for back pay.