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.

Trooper still in hospital; Rangers lead investigation

EDINBURG — A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was shot Saturday night remains hospitalized, Edinburg Police Chief Cesar Torres said Monday. The chief...

Hemp no longer a controlled substance

Hemp is no longer considered a controlled substance in the eyes of the Texas Department of State Health Services, which removed hemp from its...

Former Alamo secretary faces new charge of drug dealing

EDINBURG — The former executive secretary for the city of Alamo was handcuffed in district court Wednesday morning following her arraignment on a new...

Local junior high custodian faces prostitution charges

McALLEN — Police here arrested a former Sharyland North Junior High School custodian on prostitution charges last week after he allegedly solicited two male...

Countdown to 2020 Census begins in Hidalgo County

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County has one year to ensure that the 25,000 addresses that were not included in the 2010 Census will be counted...

Members of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System honored at the Capitol

PHARR — The mayor wasn’t the only one wearing scrubs at Monday’s city commission meeting. Members of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System, a...

Attorney donates mural to Mexican Consulate

McALLEN — After a temporary art exhibition closes next week, the Mexican Consulate here will have a permanent memory of the show in the...

UPDATE: Mission Veterans teacher accused of improper relationship with student turns herself in

MISSION — A teacher who was placed on leave following accusations of having a relationship with an underage student turned herself in to police...

Weight of numbers: Border Patrol agents in RGV ‘overwhelmed and over-stretched,’ CBP says

EDINBURG — The U.S. Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley warned Wednesday that agents may soon have to release migrants “on...

CBP: Border Patrol agents in RGV ‘overwhelmed and over-stretched’

EDINBURG — The U.S. Border Patrol sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley warned Wednesday that agents may soon have to release migrants on...