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.

Valley opposition to SB 4 grows by 3 more cities

Although Rio Grande Valley cities were slow to take action against Senate Bill 4, they have been quick to act over the past few...

Seven cities to vote on border wall resolutions Tuesday

Seven cities in Hidalgo County will consider resolutions opposing the border wall Tuesday, the same day Congress reconvenes to decide before the month’s end...

Five charged with forgery in fraud scheme

This story was updated Sept. 11 to reflect the correct bond amount.EDINBURG — Five Cameron County residents were charged Friday afternoon for their alleged...

Sheriff’s office receives back-to-back federal grants

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received two federal grants this week for efforts as disparate as senior citizen fraud prevention and border security.On Wednesday,...

Edcouch mayor arrested for DWI

This article was corrected to clarify that Gonzalez was arrested Thursday evening. It has also been updated throughout.Edcouch Mayor Virginio Gonzalez Jr. was arrested...

Judges approve Mission’s first-time offender program

EDINBURG – Mission will soon be the second city in Hidalgo County to give young, non-violent first-time offenders a second chance and an opportunity...

Fifth suspect charged in June murder

McALLEN — Police have been tight-lipped about a murder investigation that has quietly unfolded over the past two months, resulting in five arrests since...

Sheriff: Man confesses to killing woman, hiding remains in septic tank

EDINBURG — Although the skeletal remains found in a septic tank in rural Edcouch last month have yet to be identified, the Hidalgo County...

Man charged with murder after livestreaming confession

EDINBURG — A man who authorities said livestreamed a confession to Facebook was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his...

San Juan official announces candidacy for county treasurer

SAN JUAN — City Commissioner Raudel “Raudy” Maldonado announced Tuesday he will run for Hidalgo County Treasurer in the March 2018 primary as a...