After 34 years, legendary Willacy sheriff won’t seek re-election to focus on cancer battle

RAYMONDVILLE — It’s the end of an era in Willacy County. Sheriff Larry Spence, the Indiana-born lawman who won the county’s badge 34 years ago...

Trooper Sanchez to return home Saturday; funeral arrangements next week

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez will be laid to rest next Friday. Sanchez died Aug. 24 after undergoing surgery. He was 49. DPS announced that it will receive Trooper Moises Sanchez’s body Saturday at South Texas International Airport in Edinburg. Read the full story on

Sentencing reset for former RGC judge charged with bribery

The sentencing for a former Rio Grande City municipal judge who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges is back on after his previous July sentencing date had been postponed indefinitely. Leonel Lopez Jr. pleaded guilty to federal programs bribery in March stemming from an alleged bribery scheme surrounding the rehabilitation of the Weslaco water treatment facilities. His sentencing, now scheduled for early December, was initially scheduled for July 15. Just a few days before the hearing, though, it was canceled until further notice. Read the full story on

Mission man accused of assaulting 3 women during break-in

A 54-year-old Mission man was arrested by Edinburg police for allegedly assaulting three women after forcing his way into their house, according to a probable cause affidavit. Edinburg police responded to an assault in progress at a residence located in the 2500 block of North Sugar Road on Sunday, July 14, at approximately 2:49 p.m., the affidavit read. The responding officer made contact with the homeowner, who accused Mission resident Ramon Cardenas of assaulting her girlfriend and girlfriend’s mother. Read the full story at

New salon offers sensory-friendly haircuts

McALLEN — Jesiah Ramirez, 5, sits in a barber chair squeezing a squishy toy in each hand. Clippers buzz as hair from the side...

Gov. Abbott appoints McAllen attorney to fill 464th state district court vacancy

On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the appointment of Ysmael D. Fonseca Jr. to the bench of the 464th state District Court, according to a news release. The appointment comes as the current state district judge Jaime Tijerina, is set to be sworn in Thursday as judge for the Place 4 seat on the 13th Court of Appeals. Abbott appointed Tijerina to the spot on July 24, shortly following the resignation of recently elected Place 4 Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, who was convicted of bribery during a federal trial in early July. Fonseca, 38, of McAllen, is currently a junior partner at Guerra, Leeds, Sabo & Hernandez, PLLC, which has offices in McAllen and Brownsville. Read the full story at

Letters to the Editor: Thanks for fundraiser; City supported on immigration; America invaded

Thanks for fundraiser Kudos to our police department, all the volunteers and the Baptist Retreat Center for the time and work that went into the...

Reloaded: Patriots ready to carry the torch

MISSION — Mission Veterans and Mr. Texas Football 2018 Landry Gilpin captivated South Texas football fans last year as the Patriots became the first...

Edinburg man sentenced for 2015 double homicide

A 26-year-old man received a 45-year prison sentence Tuesday morning for his role in a drug deal that ended with the death of two men found dead in a burning car along a canal near Delta Lake in May 2015. Edwin Adrian Salinas, of Edinburg, said nothing as state District Judge Marla Cuellar accepted his guilty plea to two counts of murder and handed down the near five-decade sentence. The state agreed to dismiss one charge of capital murder in exchange for the guilty pleas. Salinas had initially been charged with three counts of capital murder. Salinas admitted to participating in the May 1, 2015, murder of Jose Luis Salinas Torres, 23, and Lazaro Alejandro Martinez Esparza, 26, who had both been shot in the back. Read the full story at