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.

Dori Contreras secures Democratic nomination for chief justice of 13th Court of Appeals

Justice Dori Contreras secured the Democratic nomination for chief justice of the 13th Court of Appeals on Tuesday night and will face off against...

Cuellar secures 275th District Court, will take bench in 2019

Attorney Marla Cuellar will be the next judge of the 275th District Court come January 2019 when Juan Partida steps down after nearly three...

Cantu to continue to preside over County Court-at-Law No. 5

Arnoldo Cantu Jr. will remain County Court-at-Law No. 5’s only judge after facing his first challenger in more than a decade.Cantu received 56.43 percent...

DA Rodriguez handily wins second term over Guerra

Hidalgo County voters overwhelmingly re-elected Ricardo Rodriguez to a second term as district attorney.Rodriguez received nearly 80 percent of the vote — 35,481 votes...

Delgado’s pension safe despite suspension of salary

State District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado is currently without a paycheck, having been suspended without pay by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct last...

Bush makes campaign push in Valley amid Harvey, Alamo concerns

Land Commissioner George P. Bush made a whirlwind trip to the Rio Grande Valley late this week in an effort to clinch a second...

Student arrested for posting false alarm to Snapchat

MISSION — A 17-year-old student was arrested Tuesday morning after sending his friends an alarming message Friday.The Mission High School student was arraigned later...

McAllen ISD police launch first offender program

McALLEN — Hidalgo County youth have another opportunity at a clean slate with the launch of McAllen ISD’s first offender program.The program received approval...

Teen charged in Starr County slaying makes first court appearance

EDINBURG — A 17-year-old charged in the slaying of another teenager made his first appearance in Hidalgo County district court Friday, after the case...

Lawsuit challenges Starr County’s electioneering ban

McALLEN — Two civil rights groups have asked a federal judge to overturn Starr County’s recently adopted ban on electioneering on county property, citing...