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.

Police investigating former Edinburg school board candidate

EDINBURG — A former candidate for school board here is under investigation for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 from an educators group, the Edinburg...

Legal dispute over $1.2M job at Bert Ogden Arena

McALLEN — Attorneys for Panasonic filed a petition in federal court here last week asking a judge to appoint an arbitrator to resolve a...

Edinburg police offer a lifeline to domestic abuse victims

EDINBURG — Within the span of a week, two women here were either stabbed or shot by their intimate partners, one ultimately dying as...

Amid retirement, longtime prosecutor looks back on illustrious law career

After he decided once and for all he was going to retire from the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, Joseph Orendain began to grow...

Agent arraigned: Bond set at $800,000 for suspected shooter in domestic ‘tragedy’

EDINBURG — When a police officer arrived to a Zoe Avenue address here at 3 a.m. Sunday in reference to a shooting, he discovered...

Abrazo de amistad: Hidalgo and Reynosa, sister cities in US and Mexico, show unity...

HIDALGO — Standing in the middle of an international bridge that has found itself in the national spotlight, the mayors of two sister cities...

Air medic services returning to Hidalgo County

Air medic services will return to the area within the next three months after Hidalgo County EMS-South Texas Air Med finalized a contract Wednesday...

UPDATE: Police arrest Edinburg man accused of ex-girlfriend’s murder

EDINBURG — Police here arrested a man on a murder charge in connection with the death of his girlfriend. Isidro Mancilla Jr., 39, was arrested Wednesday...

McAllen ISD says most bond funds already being utilized

McALLEN — Nearly six months after a majority of city voters approved the school district’s tax ratification election, the McAllen Independent School District has...

Family of veteran detained by ICE pleads for his release

Edgar Baltazar’s 5-year-old daughter thinks the reason he hasn’t picked her up from the bus stop for nearly a month is because she did...