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.

UPDATE: Hidalgo County confirms 39 mumps cases; more expected

Updated at 6:23 p.m. Hidalgo County is seeing a “second wave” of confirmed mumps case that brings the total to 39, the county announced Tuesday,...

Judge accused of partiality allowed to stay on case

EDINBURG — A Nueces County judge ruled Monday that local county court-at-law judge Sergio Valdez can continue presiding over a case despite allegations by...

McAllen oncologist faces three sexual assault charges

EDINBURG — A local oncologist pleaded not guilty to three sexual assault charges Monday during his arraignment in district court. Dr. Eugenio Galindo, 60, was...

Edinburg council must draft signature form before recall process moves forward

EDINBURG — A resident seeking to bring a recall election against Mayor Richard Molina is in limbo after the city determined it has no...

Local veteran granted relief from deportation

Jennifer Garcia was on another call with family when she received a call from the Port Isabel Detention Center Wednesday evening. Her husband was on...

DHR awaiting visit by American College of Surgeons for Level I designation

EDINBURG — Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is preparing for a visit by the American College of Surgeons for verification as a Level I trauma...

Additional misplaced records in Feit’s case found; appeal still delayed

EDINBURG — A hearing scheduled Wednesday to determine how lost records could affect John Feit’s appeal of his murder case was postponed by agreement...

Words of resistance: Former state poet laureate leads fellow writers in wall protest

ABRAM — Writers from across Texas gathered Sunday morning in front of a 900-year-old tree here to speak about a topic that united the...

Here we go again: Edinburg mayor, wife latest to be charged with illegal voting

At times appearing unfazed by the severity of his circumstances, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina was guided into a Pharr courtroom Thursday morning after he...

Hidalgo County court reporters receive pay bump

EDINBURG — Court reporters will see a substantial bump in pay on their next paycheck after the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court Tuesday unanimously approved...