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.

UPDATED: Four suspects charged in June murder in McAllen, police looking for fifth suspect

UPDATED with new information Aug. 8 at 10:15 a.m.This post was corrected to reflect that the McAllen Police Department news release did not list...

Man takes plea deal in exchange for dismissal of attempted murder charges

EDINBURG – As he was escorted out of the Hidalgo County Courthouse to be returned to the Hidalgo County Detention Center, Juan Morin Jr....

CBP: Smugglers use Santa Ana as ‘staging zone’

ALAMO – Two people have been charged with human smuggling in what U.S. Customs and Border Protection called an effort to use Santa Ana...

Cities divided over SB 4

MISSION — Families and teenagers packed the amphitheater at Leo Peña Memorial Park as Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez kicked off the city’s 22nd...

Scholars receive NEH grant for historical project on state-led violence on the border

When Sonia Hernández submitted a project proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) last December, she worried a federal entity might not...

UPDATED: Warrant issued for man who dumped teen’s body

This story was updated Aug. 4 at 12:45 p.m. to reflect Aguilar's correct age.A second suspect has been named in the investigation of a...

UTRGV applying to become DHS research center

EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court gave Hiram Moya his 31st letter of support for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s application...

Bond denied for man in capital murder case

EDINBURG — A Palmview man potentially facing the death penalty for the alleged murder of two women remains in jail after a judge denied...

Sullivan City PD’s citation system to get a high-tech upgrade

SULLIVAN CITY – Police officers here will soon be able to input tickets electronically rather than writing them by hand.That’s because the City Commission...

Fees abandoned: DPS drops plan to charge for crime lab services after backlash

McALLEN — The Texas Department of Public Safety will not go through with its plan to charge law enforcement agencies for forensic analysis services...