Sheriff: Animals rescued from shelter; 2 face cruelty charges

LOS FRESNOS — Two men remained in custody Tuesday afternoon facing animal cruelty charges after Cameron County authorities found 270 dogs and one cat...

Thousands mourn: Family, law enforcement say goodbye to fallen DPS trooper

A murmur echoed through Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg on Friday as Texas Department of Public Safety troopers slowly filed into the venue, forming a sea of Texas tan Stetson hats. As more law enforcement officers found their seats, everyone was soon called to attention. A solemn silence fell upon the arena as troopers, together with law enforcement from across the country, stood to honor one of their own: Trooper Moises Sanchez. The salute came as the Texas DPS Honor Guard slowly carried Sanchez’s casket, draped with the Texas flag, into the arena. This was but the beginning of the nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long funeral service for the fallen trooper, who died on Aug. 24 after undergoing surgery related to gunshot wounds he received in the line of duty in April. Read the full story on TheMonitor.com.

30-6A Notebook: McHi to utilize two-quarterback system

McALLEN — After his team’s dominant 49-7 defeat of Brownsville Lopez on the road, McAllen High head coach Patrick Shelby said that he plans...

Teen faces capital murder charge in stabbing death at Donna eatery

A former Donna High School freshman accused of stabbing and killing a man during a robbery at a restaurant he frequented was booked into jail last week on charges of capital murder. Donna resident Pedro Gaspar Rocha, now 17, faces capital murder charges on accusations he broke into Pollos y Costillas Asadas Estilo Veracruz, located in a rural area of Donna, at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 12 and stabbed 69-year-old Arturo Hermes Hernandez to death and injured an unidentified 21-year-old, leaving the man in critical condition. Both victims worked at the restaurant. The incident occurred a week before Rocha turned 17 years old. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mercedes, Rowe meet in Game of the Week

When Mercedes and McAllen Rowe meet in The Monitor’s Game of the Week on Thursday, it will be a brawl between arguably two of...

STC gets $1.9M grant for migrants

South Texas College received $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the High School Equivalency Program grant. The grant funds a five-year project to assist about 500 migrant and seasonal farmworkers. This group, along with their eligible family members can earn the equivalent of a secondary school diploma and receive postsecondary education or training. The project aims to increase access to education for GED programs, industry-recognized certifications, career pathway training and certificates or degrees.  In the first year of the grant, STC will receive about $370,000. The amount will increase slightly each year, until it’s last year, when the college is slated to receive $394,000. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

As new laws go into effect Sept. 1, McAllen tussles with new public comment...

As bills passed by lawmakers in the recent state legislative session go into effect beginning Sept. 1, officials here are bracing for the implementation of a new public comment law that they worry could affect efficiency at city commission meetings. The new law allows for the opportunity for the public to comment at public city meetings across the state on any agenda item before the elected officials take said item up for a vote. Typical city commission meetings in McAllen have more than 45 agenda items. “It could certainly turn into a problematic situation,” said City Attorney Kevin Pagan, who said meetings could potentially last significantly longer on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Read the full story on TheMonitor.com.

The 85: PVAC overcoming many obstacles to improve live-release rates

Marshall’s intake paperwork identified him as a Shepherd mix, but one wouldn’t know by looking at him. Dry cracked skin covered his head and frail, skinny body. Ribs protruded from his emaciated torso. “Smells like mange,” said an intake staff member on June 5. His dark, hairless tail swung behind the two-year-old dog who walked on a leash like he’d done it before. Despite his poor condition and “severe skin infection” staff noted, Marshall was friendly and cooperative during the process. Read the full story on TheMonitor.com.