Molly Smith

Molly Smith covers public safety and the Hidalgo County District Courthouse for The Monitor. She can be reached at or (956) 683-4437.

Retired Cameron County judge arrested for DWI

He was also arrested on charges of evading arrest with a motor vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Woman, young boy killed in Donna wreck

Our most-read online story from Wednesday: The preliminary investigation suggests she veered off the road and struck the van head-on when she attempted to overcorrect, traveling into oncoming traffic.

Alamo police chief secures TRO against city before possible removal

The Alamo police chief has launched investigations against the mayor, a commissioner and the city manager, according to a temporary restraining order he filed Monday. A judge granted the order Tuesday, blocking commissioners from discussing an agenda item about his possible termination.

UPDATE: Affidavit: Driver admitted to drinking before deadly ambulance crash

Our most-read story online Wednesday was on the arraignment of Mitchell Garcia Treviño, who was charged in connection with a Sunday crash that killed a paramedic and the patient he was transporting after Treviño allegedly backed out of a Dollar General store at a high rate of speed.

Be prepared: law enforcement officials on heightened DWI patrol

Local authorities warn about the dangers of drinking and driving during the holiday season. The warning comes after two Hidalgo County public safety employees were recently killed by suspected drunk drivers.

Alamo commissioners to weigh firing police chief

“I don’t know why Mayor (Diana) Martinez and Commissioner (Robert) De La Garza placed our chief of police on the agenda for removal,” Alamo Mayor Pro-Tem Pete Morales said. “He has been doing a great job in our community. I guess we will all find out tomorrow and (see) if they can give the community and us an explanation for it.”

Family, friends mourn deaths caused by suspected drunken driver

Our most-read online story from Monday: “Yesterday was one of the darkest days in our family,” said Hidalgo County EMS Chief Administrative Officer Kenneth Ponce, who described Felipe Huerta as “a beautiful person (who) was always in a positive mood.”

Volunteers prepare to feed 4,000 at final Feast of Sharing of the season

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Weslaco and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contractors to begin surveying new levee wall site Monday

Government contractors will begin conducting geotechnical surveys Monday along the International Boundary Water Commission (IBWC) levee between Abram and Mission, U.S. Customs and Border...

Construction company owner sentenced to 30 years in home building scam

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, a victim of Briseño Construction’s home building scam said he used the $50,000 his wife received after a car crash while another woman said her husband, who still works as a tractor operator at age 73, took $40,000 out of his retirement plan to cover the down payments of their homes that were never built.