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.

Judge upholds sentence in Briseño case

EDINBURG — A district court judge upheld the 30-year sentence he gave a woman who pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1 million from nearly...

McAllen District 4 withdrawal leaves 2 candidates

McALLEN — A candidate who raised concerns about an opponent’s residency has since dropped out of the race for District 4 city commissioner. Mario de...

Pharr city candidate may have violated Texas ethics code

PHARR — A candidate for city commissioner here may have violated the Texas Ethics Commission campaign finance guidelines when the mayor’s specific purpose political...

Judge weighing motion to reconsider 30-year sentence in Briseño case

EDINBURG — A district court judge is tasked with deciding whether to reduce the 30-year sentence he handed down to a construction company owner...

San Juan city hopefuls launch bids for open seats

SAN JUAN — Both open seats on the city commission here will be contested this spring after a fifth candidate filed for a spot...

San Juan city hopefuls launch bids for open seats

SAN JUAN — Both open seats on the city commission here will be contested this spring after a fifth candidate filed for a spot...

Appellate court inches closer on Patterson appeal

Appellate court justices are one step closer to ruling on an appeal for Monica Melissa Patterson, who was convicted in 2017 of murdering a...

All 4 McAllen ISD incumbents face a challenger

McALLEN — Four of the seven seats on the McAllen Independent School District Board of Trustees are up for election this spring and all...

Judge declines to recuse himself from family law case

EDINBURG — A county court-at-law judge has declined to remove himself from presiding over a misdemeanor case after an attorney filed a motion for...

Two of four seats on Pharr commission to be contested

PHARR — Two women who describe themselves as “moms on a mission” are trying to shake up the political establishment here, filing late Friday...