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Mission man arrested, accused of masturbating in front of family

Mission police arrested a 34-year-old man on Aug. 1 who admitted to masturbating in public, according to a probable cause affidavit.  “He ... looked at her” while masturbating, police stated in the affidavit, which is based on the accuser’s account. A woman arrived in the parking lot of her residence and saw Emmanuel Dominguez Gonzalez fully clothed, but she soon witnessed the defendant’s pants and underwear at his knees, the documents state.  Read the full story on

Suspect in fatal shooting charged with murder

HARLINGEN — Adrian Garcia, 28, was arraigned Monday morning and charged with murder after a weekend argument about fighting roosters led to a fatal...

Texas Land Commissioner asks HUD for RGV disaster designation

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush asked HUD for a disaster recovery designation to help the Rio Grande Valley rebuild following a 500-year thunderstorm that pounded the area in June. The torrential downpour broke rainfall records dating back 100 years, with up to a foot of water dropped in less than six hours time, Bush said in a letter he sent to Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bush requested the designation be applied to congressional appropriations of Community Development Block Grants, arguing the storm mirrored another 500-year weather event that struck the region in June 2018, for which HUD earmarked $46 million in recovery efforts. Visit for the full story.

Fatal shooting suspect to be arraigned today

HARLINGEN – A 28-year-old male suspect remains in custody and is expected to be arraigned today in connection to an early Sunday morning shooting...

La Joya Housing Authority Vice Chairwoman charged with bribery

McALLEN — The La Joya Housing Authority vice chairwoman formally pleaded not guilty of bribing a city official with cash in an alleged quid...

FBI arrests La Joya Housing Authority Vice Chairwoman

FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee confirmed Monday morning the arrest of the La Joya’s Housing Authority Vice Chairwoman.  Lee said she couldn’t go into details about the arrest of Sylvia Garces Valdez, but added the La Joya woman would make her initial appearance in federal court Monday morning before a federal magistrate.  The arrest of the 38-year-old woman comes only days after FBI agents executed a search warrant at city offices.  Read the full story on

Census staff begin canvassing operations in RGV

The first major field operation of the 2020 Census begins in the Rio Grande Valley on Sunday. The U.S. Census Bureau will begin canvassing addresses in McAllen and throughout the RGV to refine its nationwide list of households, according to a news release from the agency. The list is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census and plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count, the news release stated. Visit for the full story.

Encuentro en la Frontera underway throughout the Valley

BY NUBIA REYNA | STAFF WRITER A multiple-day community arts festival and fundraiser event will take place this weekend in McAllen, Brownsville and Alton. The “Encuentro en la Frontera” is the...

Brownsville residents fear arsonist on the loose

BY NUBIA REYNA | STAFF WRITER Residents continue to remain on alert following a house fire last week that left the house and seven other...