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City of McAllen to host landscapers meeting

The City of McAllen is inviting local landscapers to attend a meeting regarding the Watershed Ordinance.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the McAllen City Hall, Commission Chamber, located on the 3rd Floor at 1300 West Houston Ave. Visit themonitor.com for more information.

Sullivan City man charged with multiple counts of credit card abuse

A Sullivan City man was arrested here after allegedly making purchases using a credit card that did not belong to him, according to a police report. The owner of a San Antonio-based company called R Install contacted the McAllen Police Department on Sept. 13 to report that someone was using a company gas card without permission, the report read. The card in question had been used several times throughout the Rio Grande Valley between the months of July and August of this year. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Jack Ingram, Charley Crockett to headline Pharr’s Christmas Posada

The city of Pharr has announced the entertainment for this year’s annual Christmas Posada. The Christmas Posada is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Pharr. Headlining the event will be acclaimed country singer Jack Ingram, whose career spans over 20 years. He is known for such songs as “Wherever You Are,” “Lips of an Angel,” “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely,” and “Barefoot and Crazy,” among others. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

First responders fighting fire at Alamo flea market

Fire fighters and first responders are currently battling a fire at the flea market located off the expressway in Alamo. For the full story, visit themonitor.com.

Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy arrested for DWI

An off-duty Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy was arrested by DPS and charged with DWI over the weekend, according to information released Monday. According to Sgt. Maria Montalvo, deputy Jesse Dandlin was arrested by a DPS Trooper Saturday. Sandlin was promoted to the criminal investigations division of the sheriff’s office in 2017, according to a post on the office’s Facebook page. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra issued a release on the arrest Monday afternoon, stating he was informed of the arrest Saturday and that Sandlin “has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation as standard protocol.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg to host another ‘Coffee with the Mayor’

The city is hosting yet another Coffee with the Mayor event next week as the municipal election draws near. Mayor Richard Molina and city staff will be on hand Tuesday at Mario’s Supermarket, 5120 N. Doolittle Road., to hear from constituents from 9 to 11 a.m. The event gives residents the opportunity to voice their concerns and speak directly with the mayor, who has been under scrutiny for about two years for his alleged voter fraud scheme. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

SPI creates traffic management

City officials are preparing for two parades that will be held throughout the day Saturday. Walk for Women will host its 16th annual awareness walk, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the SPI Convention Centre and will end at Louie’s Backyard. An SPI Pride Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will start at the SPI Post Office and end at Dolphin Street. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Sheriff’s office searching for armed men suspected in Alamo robbery

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying three men who robbed a drive-through store Thursday evening, according to an agency statement issued via social media. At approximately 9:07 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to Time Out Drive-Thru Store, located at 1002 Valley Blvd. in Alamo, over reports of an aggravated robbery, the sheriff’s office said in the statement. At the scene, deputies made contact with a store clerk who reported that two men entered the store and stole money, beer and cigarettes. One of the two men was carrying a long rifle with a silver barrel. Sheriff’s investigators obtained video surveillance footage of the incident. One of the suspects was described as wearing a gray hoodie with camouflage pants and tennis shoes. The other suspect was described as wearing a blue Houston Texans cap, a black and gray hoodie, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Both men had their faces concealed. Anyone with any information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at (956) 383-8114. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the smartphone application “P3 TIPS.”

Woman charged with possession, money laundering following storage unit search

A mission woman has been arrested after her storage unit was discovered to have illegal narcotics. The Mission Police Department received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force that a storage facility in Mission may contain illegal narcotics. Further investigation by the police department identified the facility as The Storage Depot, located at 304 West Griffin Parkway. According to the police report, the manager of the storage facility granted permission for police to be on the premises of the storage facility. A K9 officer was called to the location, and a free air search determined the storage unit in question may contain illegal narcotics.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen man arrested in hit-and-run which left victim in critical condition

A McAllen man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash and denying his involvement by telling police he had been working as a mariachi. According to the police report, officers responded to a hit and run at 2:06 a.m. in the vicinity of the 2800 block of North Second Street. Upon arrival, the officers observed three individuals who had sustained numerous injuries. One of the individuals, who was trapped in the back seat of the vehicle, sustained the most severe injuries, including a broken neck, a broken face and bleeding in the brain. Read the full story at themonitor.com.